SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 26:  Johnny Cueto #47 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after pitching a complete game 1-0 shutout against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on April 26, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Worth every penny: Cueto and Samardzija are keeping the Giants afloat

No team spent as many free agent dollars on their rotation as the Giants did this past winter, and no team had as many questions about their rotation when Spring Training started either. The guys the Giants spent big for – Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija – both had serious question marks. Talented pitchers, yes, but […]

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 08:  A general view of ceremonies prior to the home opener between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on April 8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

With new gaming console coming, Nintendo bows out of Seattle Mariners’ ownership

Hours after announcing its plans to release a new console in 2017, Nintendo is stepping away from its majority ownership of the Seattle Mariners after 24 years, the team announced Wednesday. The Mariners announced the decision on their Twitter account hours before Seattle takes on the Houston Astros. According to the team, Nintendo will retain 10 percent of […]

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 24:  Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is helped off the field by trainers Michael Salazar, left, and James Quinlan, right, after injuring his left leg making an out on Andrew Romine of the Detroit Tigers at first base during the third inning at Comerica Park on April 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Indians will certainly miss Carlos Carrasco for the next month

Just as the Indians got good news on the injury front with Michael Brantley returning to the team on Monday night, things got much, much worse. On an odd play Sunday, Carlos Carrasco was covering first base when his left leg collapsed under him. By some miracle of foot placement, Carrasco got the out at […]

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - APRIL 05:  Players look toward a 2015 World Series Championship banner after receiving their rings during a ring ceremony prior to the game between the Royals and the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium on April 5, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Examining the potential pennant hangover

Baseball is the most superstitious of sports and with it, there is an overlying belief of some that once a team makes it to the promised land of the World Series, they are under greater pressure and scrutiny the following season that will make it more difficult for them to repeat their success early in […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 21:  Shelby Miller #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks walks back to the dugout after he was taken out of the game against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the third inning at AT&T Park on April 21, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

What should we make of the Diamondbacks?

The Diamondbacks were baseball’s most entertaining team this winter by a long shot. The huge signings, the weird trades, the insane uniform redesign – everything they did made you take notice. It was the kind of offseason baseball writers dream about, where a team decides to throw everything they have against the wall and hope […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 16: Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies swings and misses in the eighth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on April 16, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 8-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Phillies’ outfield is out of this world…bad

The Phillies have a lot of issues. Their bullpen has been both really good and really bad. Their starting pitching started out great, but appears to be coming back to earth.  They have made the habit of making boneheaded base running mistakes. Their offense is putrid. Among all these issues, the most glaring one is […]

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ESPN fires Curt Schilling after his anti-trans comments and defense of them

Curt Schilling’s most recent controversy over his repost of a Facebook meme mocking trans people and his added “the men’s room was designed for the penis” commentary has finally led to his termination from ESPN, which the company announced Wednesday night. Here’s the entirety of their two-sentence release: ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 10: Michael Brantley #23 celebrates with Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians after Chisenhall hit a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on May 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Indians expect a shot in the arm with the returns of Brantley, Chisenhall

The Indians outfield is already considerably improved over the beginning of 2015, but they look to make a more significant improvement this week as both Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley are expected to return from the disabled list. Last year, it was Brantley in left, Michael Bourn in center, and Brandon Moss in right, and […]

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As bullpen crumbles, Giants hope new faces can stop the damage

Nobody ever seems to notice the bullpen until things go wrong. That’s been the case with the San Francisco Giants, whose three World Series championships since 2010 had as much to do with their strong ‘pen as they did with Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, or anyone else who grabbed more headlines. But now, […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 14: Dioner Navarro #27 of the Chicago White Sox checks on Byron Buxton #25 of the Minnesota Twins after he was hit by a pitch during the third inning of the game on April 14, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The White Sox defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Young Twins hopefuls lead the team’s early season offensive woes

The Minnesota Twins entered the 2016 offseason with big needs on offense. Minnesota surprisingly finished above .500 in 2015 despite being one of the worst-hitting squads in the league. The Twins lived by the long ball, finishing with 156 home runs (16th), which hid the fact they posted a .247 batting average (26th) and a .305 OBP […]

Trevor Story

Trevor Story’s hot start for Rockies is historic, but ultimately trivial

By now, way too many words have been written about the white-hot start of Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story. Story has homered seven times in the first six games of his MLB career, the first time anyone has ever done that. But while Story’s start is truly historic, it’s likely not predictive of much […]

at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 21, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

Angels fans are right to worry about Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols is off to a pretty poor start (.148/.179/.148 in seven games as of this writing) and people are obviously worried about him. To be fair, he hasn’t been awful since signing with the Angels in 2012. But he’s definitely not been anywhere near as good as he was with the Cardinals. He hit 40 […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 10:  Dallas Keuchel #60 of Houston Astros walks off the field after allowing two runs in the first inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park April 10, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Hot pick Houston Astros off to cold start

When the Astros blasted off in the AL West last year, ultimately winning the AL Wild Card game before falling to the Royals in five games in the ALDS, it surprised many who didn’t think they would be a contender until 2017. This didn’t keep the expectations of the Astros from exploding heading into 2016 […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21:  Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI double off the right field wall in the fourth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Brandon Belt’s extension shows Giants’ commitment to their own

For a long time, the knock on the San Francisco Giants’ farm system was that it was awful at developing position players. While the organization could churn out quality arm after quality arm, they couldn’t do the same for bats as hard as they tried. All of that changed when Buster Posey arrived in 2010 […]

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