COMMENTARY | The New York Mets are in trouble. Maybe it hasn't yet reached crisis mode, but as the Mets went 2-4 on the just-completed homestand, major issues surfaced. More »For the Wrong Reasons, Jordany Valdespin Has Become the Story
COMMENTARY | Over the past year or so, a lot of people have come up with a lot of different theories about the surprising recent success of the Baltimore Orioles. They've been described as lucky (as in lucky to win all those close games). Their improvement has been credited to the team's manager, Buck Showalter, who seemingly pushes every correct button. ... More »It’s No Secret Why the Baltimore Orioles Are Great Again
COMMENTARY | It's no secret that Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte has had a tremendous start to this season. Even the casual fan can recognize that a .329 batting average signifies significant production, especially for a man whose only job as leadoff man is to get on base. But his overall numbers don't do justice to the headaches Marte is causing opposing pitchers in the first inning. More »Is Starling Marte the Best Leadoff Hitter in Baseball?
COMMENTARY | Major League Baseball's offseason is key to building a team. More times than not, teams will strike out when winter comes to the future of their franchise, but there are rare instances when a team's free agent signing fits just like a missing puzzle piece. More »Torii Hunter Has Emerged as Detroit Tigers' Best Free Agent Signing Since 2004
COMMENTARY | The Philadelphia Eagles have been on the decline for each of the past four seasons but they continue to be the talk of the town in Philadelphia. At a time when the city's hockey and basketball franchises each missed out on the postseason and the local baseball team struggles to find any positive consistency, the Eagles once again have shown they continue to be the top sports story in town. More »Why Philadelphia is an Eagles Town
COMMENTARY | In the history book of the Minnesota Twins, Justin Morneau will have a large chapter due to his accomplishments. More »Justin Morneau's Days with the Minnesota Twins Are Numbered
COMMENTARY | Remain calm. All is well. More »Boston Red Sox: Just a Slump or a Regression Toward the Mean?
COMMENTARY | One of the biggest questions in Reds Country right now surrounds Johnny Cueto's return from the disabled list. While Tony Cingrani has arguably earned a spot over Mike Leake, he's younger and could use some more time in the minors. More »What the Cincinnati Reds Should Do in Left Field
COMMENTARY | It didn't make sense when it happened, and a month and a half into the 2013 season, it still doesn't make sense. More »Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey on Pace for Career Worst Season
COMMENTARY | The Los Angeles Dodgers spent a lot of money on Korean import Hyun-Jin Ryu this winter. So far, he's making them look awfully smart. More »Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu Consistently Good in First Eight Starts
COMMENTARY | Five games under .500 with a record of 14-19. That's where the New York Mets find themselves less than a quarter of the way into the 2013 season. More »Aside from Matt Harvey, the New York Mets' Rotation is in Need of Repair
COMMENTARY | Major League Baseball is not like the NFL where player contracts aren't always worth the price of the toilet paper on which they are written. In the MLB, if a player signs a contract for $250 million then the team is generally on the hook for the full ¼ of $1 billion. Thanks to the Atlanta Braves signing B.J. Upton to the most lucrative deal in franchise history, fans can now look forward to a long, long future of Upton clogging up the balance sheet. More »Atlanta Braves: Is B.J. Upton the Most Overpaid Player in MLB History?
COMMENTARY | When the Los Angeles Dodgers made that blockbuster August trade with the Boston Red Sox, there were many key pieces and much talent going back and forth (as well as a ton of money). More »Nick Punto Ranks Third on the Los Angeles Dodgers in WAR, Because of Course He Does
COMMENTARY | When Chipper Jones retired after 19 years manning the hot corner for the Atlanta Braves, most assumed third base would be the weakest part of the Atlanta roster. Even at age 40, Jones still averaged .287, hit 14 home runs and took his cuts from the pressure-packed No. 3 spot in the order for much of the 2012 season. The Braves have tried to fill their Chipper Jones-shaped hole at third base with the combination of Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco - both of whom have over 1,900 fewer games of wear and tear on their bodies than the former Atlanta slugger. ... More »Replacing a Legend: How Have the Atlanta Braves Third Basemen Compared to Chipper Jones so Far?
His folksy charm and questionable in-game decision making notwithstanding, there's no questioning the fact that Philadelphia Phillies' manager Charlie Manuel has endured in one of the toughest sports towns in the country. That longevity became etched in Phillies' lore on May 9 when Manuel managed his 1,332 game for the franchise, making him the longest-tenured manager in the team's 130-year history. More »Philadelphia Phillies' Charlie Manuel Breaks Club Record While His Ship Takes on Water
COMMENTARY | As of May 9, the Cincinnati Reds are three games behind the division leading St. Louis Cardinals. For Reds fans, that's not the worst news considering the Reds haven't started hitting well (or at least consistently) yet this season. In fact, the Reds rank a paltry 20th in Major League Baseball in batting average (.245) and 22nd in slugging percentage (.384). However, for fantasy baseball fans, the Reds' poor team hitting might be cause for concern. More »Buy ‘Em or Sell ‘Em: A Look at the Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Lineup
COMMENTARY | A four-game series at Boston's Fenway Park May 6-9 was just what the doctor ordered for the struggling bats of the Minnesota Twins. More »Trip to Fenway Awakens Bats for Minnesota Twins
COMMENTARY | Entering the 2012 season, there was a conspicuous absence in the Chicago White Sox clubhouse. The pranking, tarp-sliding leader of the pitching staff for the past 12 seasons was starting on opening day, but he was doing it in a uniform that said "Miami" on the front. Mark Buehrle, longtime face of the franchise and 2005 World Series champion, had gone to a new team for the first time in his career. ... More »Letting Go of Mark Buehrle was Right Decision for White Sox
COMMENTARY | The Los Angeles Dodgers went on a spending spree under the new ownership in 2012 . The days of being penny-wise and pound foolish were over when billionaires bought the team from the bereft and bankrupt McCourts. Dodger fans rejoiced. More »No Spark, No Fire, No Puig: Why the Los Angeles Dodgers Are Losing More Games Than They Win
COMMENTARY | Besides detailing his cocaine and alcohol binge the night the New York Mets won the 1986 World Series, eventually leading to his absence from the team's parade down the Canyon of Heroes, Dwight Gooden dedicates space in his latest memoir to former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who Gooden describes as instrumental in turning the former pitcher's life around. More »Dwight Gooden Memoir Heaps Praise on George Steinbrenner
COMMENTARY | A funny thing happened while the Atlanta Braves' right fielder, Jason Heyward, has been on the disabled list: the Braves have actually fixed many of the offensive woes they were experiencing with Heyward in the lineup. The 23-year-old All-Star has already begun his Minor League rehab assignment with Class AAA Gwinnett after appendectomy surgery had kept him off the field since April 20. Heyward will look to rejoin the Braves later this month, but the question has to be asked as to where exactly Heyward fits in when he is ready to return. More »Atlanta Braves: Where Should Jason Heyward Bat in the New Lineup?
COMMENTARY | When the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals met for the first time in 2013, a colossal matchup that has been favored to be a potential World Series preview was on display. Both teams are elite and legitimate in their respective leagues, and while the talk of a World Series matchup that could occur in five months is intriguing, it doesn't come close to the importance that one relatively unnoticed storyline represented. More »Baseball's Present, Miguel Cabrera, and Future, Bryce Harper, Collide in Nation's Capital
COMMENTARY | The city of St. Louis is fortunate enough to have seen success at multiple levels of various sports franchises. Despite the support the citizens of the city will throw towards the other sports franchises in town, the city remains a baseball town at heart. More »Why St. Louis is a Cardinals Town
COMMENTARY | Born and raised in Queens, I'm a proud and loyal fan of the New York Mets. I'll never turn my back on the team, but sometimes it's tough to root for the orange and blue. Sure, there have been magical moments in team history. There were the Miracle Mets of 1969, who stunned the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles in the World Series, and who can forget the against-all-odds comeback in Game 6 of the 1986 Fall Classic? But being a Mets fan is more about enduring failed seasons, terrible trades and postseason heartbreak. ... More »Five Reasons It's Hard Being a Fan of the New York Mets