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The Blue Jays rotation deserves credit for club’s rise back to contention

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in contention, sitting 11 games over .500 (51-40) after a so-so start to the season. Most of the accolades have been given to the teams powerful lineup, which is fair considering Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki have been incredible as the season progressed. Perhaps the most surprising reason Toronto has both survived and returned...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

As much as people want them to, the Yankees aren't selling

Much of the modern day trade speculation starts like this: you find a team that has no chance at making the playoffs and a list of decent players who aren’t signed longer than one year or two years in the future, then a good match on a playoff contender for that player. Because of this, there have been rumors abound surrounding the Yankees, most often around Carlos Beltran and...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s try to make the Angels great again

The Los Angeles Angels are probably not making the playoffs this year. They currently sit in last place in their division, sporting the second worst record in the American League. They’re almost as far out of the Wild Card race as they are in the division. But the Angels aren’t the rebuilding kind – their owner is too rich, and the desire to win too strong, to commit to a years...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Marlins for real?

If the season ended today, the Miami Marlins — yes, the team with Jeffrey Loria as owner — would make the playoffs for the first time since 2003 or, if you prefer, 13 long years ago. The Marlins are currently leading the race for the NL’s second Wild Card, one game back of the Dodgers for the top spot and half a game up on both the Mets and Cardinals. Looking at their lineup...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Winning in Cleveland is becoming commonplace

If this keeps up, the city of Cleveland is going to have to completely embrace a new identity. After the Cavaliers came back from three games to one in the NBA Finals, the city felt it couldn’t get much higher, but the Indians are showing that Cleveland sports isn’t done yet. After playing .500 ball through May 15th, the Indians pulled into first on May 28th for a day, then for...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

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 were widely considered to be at least a contender, not quite as good as the elite...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

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 the AL is more than 10 games out of a playoff spot compared to two in...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

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 far, everything has gone horribly wrong. Injuries...
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June 16, 2016  |  Discuss

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 down that he’d torn his hamstring from the bone and would need at least two...
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June 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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 weak lineup. The White Sox started the season on a roll, to the surprise of many...
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June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

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 in baseball, leading their rotation and a few big name hitters to back them up, some...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

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 needed to compete in what’s often...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

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 little tear of his own, running his hit streak up to 26...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Most disappointing MLB 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 only be a few months old, but that’s plenty of time to tell...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

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 primary team with the voting advantage right now is the Chicago Cubs...
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June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Are the Houston Astros still World Series contenders?

The Houston Astros are one of the most disappointing teams in baseball so far in 2016. At 25-29, they look nothing like the playoff team almost everyone had pegged them to be. The trade they made with the Brewers last season has been a disaster as Carlos Gomez looks lost at the plate and Mike Fiers has gotten shelled. The Astros find themselves in the middle of the pack after being...
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June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Three best fits for James Shields

Before being absolutely crushed and annihilated by the Seattle Mariners on May 31 (10 ER in 2.2 innings), San Diego Padres starter James Shields had put together a very solid first two months of the season. And since I started writing this just before his undoing in Seattle, I began the post like this: James Shields is good again. Well, he wasn’t ever really bad, but last...
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June 01, 2016  |  Discuss

First ballots in for 2016 RoyAL All-Star Team

So we’re going to do this again, huh? Kansas City fans Royals flooded the ballot boxes so much during last season’s All-Star voting that Major League Baseball changed the rules this year. Instead of voting 35 times per e-mail address, you are now only able to vote five times per day and 35 times per e-mail address. It turns out the people of Kansas City have quite a few e-mail...
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June 01, 2016  |  Discuss

2016's MLB All-Surprise Team after two months

Pretty soon, we’ll be seeing All-Star vote totals and will be able to argue over whether the leaders deserve their spots, but in general, the best players in baseball are who we thought they would be. Names like Manny Machado, Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, and Clayton Kershaw are already among the best in baseball yet again. Even so, there are plenty of players worthy of recognition...
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May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Can the Dodgers put it all together?

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Not for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the deepest pockets and the smartest front office around. They weren’t supposed to be fighting to keep their heads above water in late May, or be faced with questions on the makeup of their roster. But that’s the reality for the Dodgers so far, a talented team that has yet to put things together...
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May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The shocking, swift decline of Shelby Miller

The Arizona Diamondbacks have not had the type of year they envisioned back during the course of the winter. Those words have been written and stated verbally in some order and some fashion countless times as we approach the two-month mark of the season. While there’s still plenty of time to hope that they can recover, the Diamondbacks have already dug themselves into a hole with...
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May 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Did Alex Gordon’s wrist break the Royals’ chances?

Heading into the 2016 season, many were down on the Kansas City Royals’ chances. Despite winning the World Series and two straight AL pennants, improvements made by the Tigers, White Sox and Indians during the off-season matched with expected regression and the expected loss of free agents largely lead to the Royals being expected to finish in the middle of the pack in the AL Central...
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May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist in the last couple of years that really establish this team as the...
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May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Jackie Bradley, Jr. experiencing breakout campaign, but how?

In a season that certainly hasn’t lacked for intriguing storylines, one of the more remarkable situations thus far in 2016 has been the not-so-subtle emergence of Jackie Bradley, Jr. While the Boston Red Sox were expected to return to prominence after a noisy offseason, Bradley, Jr. was something of a wild card heading into the year, with a spot in the outfield no guarantee for...
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May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays need more out of their messy bullpen

Entering the 2016 season, the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen seemed to be in fairly good shape. Returning to the club was the hard-throwing closer Roberto Osuna and the criminally underrated lefty Brett Cecil, both of whom helped the club’s bullpen finish 12th in the league with a 3.50 ERA. Toronto wanted to further solidify the pen and appeared to do so after acquiring Drew Storen...
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May 23, 2016  |  Discuss
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