The Brewers spent 150 days in first place in 2014, but missed the playoffs entirely following one of the worst end-of-season collapses in baseball history. Now they have to try to put the memories of that collapse behind them while trying to contend in one of baseball’s toughest divisions. Will last year be a motivator […]
When Giancarlo Stanton signed his new megadeal, there were some questions on how the Marlins would surround him with talent and stay competitive. After all, they haven’t been known to spend big, and when they have, it’s been short-lived. But the fact that Stanton’s contract is so back-loaded may help Miami in the short-term, and […]
You thought Oakland’s slide was bad? The Brewers spent 159 days in first place this year. They missed the playoffs. Completely. Couldn’t even hang onto the second wildcard spot. Anytime you go down in history compared to the 2007 Mets, it was a rough year. Preseason Prediction: Braun hits more like he did in 2009 […]
The Yankees decided to thumb their nose at the luxury tax last winter, returning to their big-spending ways with a huge free agent shopping spree. Unfortunately, the result was the same — they missed the playoffs. While they’ll at least finish with another winning season, it’s all about the championships in New York, and it’s […]
At one point this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers trailed the San Francisco Giants by 10 games in the NL West. Now, with their win over the Giants Wednesday night, the Dodgers are NL West champions for the second year in a row. Your browser does not support iframes. Clayton Kershaw solidified his case for […]
All things considered, the 2014 Miami Marlins were a bit of a surprise. Sure, they were never truly a playoff contender — especially after Jose Fernandez tore his UCL in mid-May and needed Tommy John surgery — but they hung around .500 for much of the season. Coming off a year in which they lost […]
Yasiel Puig is a strong man. This is obvious if you’ve seen any number of his throws to nail runners at third from right field. But we got another reminder in Milwaukee on Friday night. In the 7th inning, Puig tried to check his swing while facing the Brewers’ Zach Duke. Puig’s hands stopped. The […]
Usually when we see a position player pitching, it’s a utility infielder or backup catcher. But Tuesday night, the Chicago White Sox turned to Adam Dunn. Dunn pitched the 9th inning of Chicago’s 16-0 loss to the Rangers. And it was glorious. Dunn was able to record three outs, allowing two hits and a run. […]
The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t the only team to hit batters intentionally. They are, however, the only team whose GM publicly decreed before the season even started that they will retaliate, and any pitchers on the roster not willing to “protect” teammates won’t be on the roster very long. So when something like what happened on […]
The most predictable thing in baseball on Saturday was Andrew McCutchen getting hit by a pitch in Arizona, one day after Paul Goldschmidt broke a bone in his hand on a HBP. It took until the 9th inning to happen, though, with the game already a lost cause for the Diamondbacks. And that had McCutchen […]
With three teams within 2.5 games of eachother, the National League Central figures to have one of the closest and exciting division races down the stretch. That’s why it was surprising to see none of the teams involved in the race — Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh — go hard after any significant upgrades at […]
The Nashville Sounds are starting an eight-game road trip tonight in Colorado Springs. Unfortunately, a key piece of luggage was lost — their hats. No logos on the hats, and no names on the jerseys. Maybe the Sounds are just embracing an old-timey retro look tonight.
More than most sports, baseball is about “earning your spot.” Players have to work their way through four or five levels of the minors before getting their chance in the big leagues, and some guys wait close to 10 years before they get their shot. So it’s at least understandable when players get upset over […]
It turns out the Dodgers and Diamondbacks don’t even get along at the Triple-A level. A massive brawl broke out early in Saturday night’s game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces. After nearly being hit with a pitch, Erisbel Arruebarrena was eventually called out on strikes. He apparently shoved Reno catcher Blake Lalli after […]
It’s been that kind of year for the Colorado Rockies. It’s not like he’s the face of the franchise or anything. Maybe it’s actually Troy “Tulowizki” in all of those trade rumors.