SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park on June 14, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Surprise! The San Francisco Giants are rolling

One day, people will figure out how the San Francisco Giants do it. Sure, they spent a lot of money in the offseason to patch a few glaring holes on their roster. And despite missing the playoffs in 2015, they boasted one of the league’s best offenses that was coming back intact this season. They […]

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American League sellers are few and far between

The combination of the extra Wild Card (which has now been around long enough we should probably just get used to it) and the extreme parity in the American League looks to have lead to a second straight season where everyone thinks they’re a contender. Nearly three months into the season, only one team in […]

Allan Dykstra of the Las Vegas 51's is introduced into the starting lineup for the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team with his home run derby championship belt prior to the start of the 2014 Triple-A All Star Game on Wednesday, July, 16, 2014, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

Major League Baseball in Las Vegas is a silly idea

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has created plenty of waves during his year-and-a half on the job, mainly because he never outright dismisses anything when it comes up in conversation. Banning the shift? Universal DH? Pitch clocks? The return of the Montreal Expos? All have been points of discussion for Manfred, and he hasn’t said “this […]

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The 10 best caps in Minor League Baseball

There are literally thousands of Minor League Baseball caps out there, ranging from plain, boring old logos (hello, Gwinnett and Mississippi Braves!) to some that are truly insane. And the majority of them are so cool, anyone who collects hats could go broke with one big shopping trip. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. […]

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Setting odds for Ryan Braun’s possible landing spots

Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy contract, which when combined with his […]

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 24:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 24, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Pirates are in trouble

If we’re being honest, the Pittsburgh Pirates were always long shots to make the Postseason in 2016. In a division that features the powerhouse Chicago Cubs and the always dangerous St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates’ chances entering the year were slim. Almost everything needed to go perfectly in order for them to make it, but so […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 07: Ryan Kalish (C) of the Chicago Cubs reacts after hitting a two RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning on May 7, 2016 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Cubs at Nationals looks like mid-June NLCS preview

Monday night at Nationals Park, the two best teams in baseball match up in a three-game series. The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals face each other for the second time this season and have the top two records in the National League. (Over in the AL, the Texas Rangers have the same 39-24 record as […]

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 01:  Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants grabs his right leg pullling up short running to first base on a ground out in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

How can the Giants replace Hunter Pence?

When Hunter Pence pulled up lame while running out a grounder last week, the Giants’ hopes of making another deep October run took a major blow. Pence is the catalyst of the offense, someone who makes the hitters around him better, and the entire lineup suffers when he’s not in it. So when word came […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 31:  Starting pitcher James Shields #33 of the San Diego Padres pauses on the mound after giving up a three-run homer to Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Safeco Field on May 31, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

White Sox need more than James Shields to right the ship

The Chicago White Sox needed another starting arm, sure. To fill that need, they went out and grabbed James Shields from the Padres for a fairly small price. That’s all fair and well, but the White Sox’s main priority should have been (and definitely should be now) to find a bat to help a relatively […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 5:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning off of Chris Young #32 of the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on June 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Lindor's home run was the third home run of the inning and marked the end of the game for Young. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Indians roll over Royals on their way to first place

Despite it being early in the season and there being over a century of evidence that being first in May does not have much meaning to being first in September, many bought into the hype of the Chicago White Sox early on. With Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, arguably the two best left handed pitchers […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5:  Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Jose Bautista #19 after defeating the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, at Fenway Park on June 5, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Toronto Blue Jays appear to be back on track after putting a dent in AL East

The Toronto Blue Jays appear to be back on track, and all it took was facing off against the tough American League East. In late May, the Blue Jays appeared to be in trouble. Despite getting mostly excellent pitching performances from their starting rotation, the bullpen and the club’s notoriously powerful offense wasn’t producing at a level […]

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 4:  Matt Kemp #27 of the San Diego Padres is seen prior to the game against the Seattle Mariners on March 4, 2015 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona.  The Mariners defeated the Padres 4-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Big Game James Shields traded from Padres to White Sox

In the first major trade of the 2016 season, Big Game James Shields was traded to the Chicago White Sox from San Diego for 26-year old right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson and Fernando Tatis Jr. a 17 year old shortstop from the Dominican Republic who has yet to play in the minors for the White Sox. […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 01:  Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with Xander Bogaerts #2 after hitting his second home run of the game in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Trying to figure out the enigmatic Boston Red Sox

During the week, Major League Baseball was captivated by yet another offensive performance from the Boston Red Sox. After Jackie Bradley, Jr. nearly hit 30 games with his hit streak, Mookie Betts slugged five home runs across two games, the first leadoff hitter ever to do so. Additionally, Xander Bogaerts has been on a nice […]

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 30:  Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The most disappointing players of 2016 (so far)

“I’m not mad. I’m just disappointed.” Those are the words that sting the most, don’t they? Because you know the person who’s saying that to you is definitely lying, because there’s no way they’re not mad. Then you put disappointment on top of that and you really feel like a jerk. The baseball season may […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 29: Kris Bryant #17 (L) of the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo #44 (R) congratulate Ben Zobrist #18 on hitting a three run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Wrigley Field on May 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Cubs-centric first ballots in for NL All-Star team

The American League All-Star tallies were released Tuesday and like in all things except the adoption of the DH, the National League wasn’t far behind, coming out on Wednesday. Much like in the AL, we see a small number of teams dominating the field, but here it could be considered a little more legitimate. The […]

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