No-no latest example of Jake Arrieta’s Cubs breakthrough

Monday, August 31st, 2015

No-hitters are random by nature (and not cause they hate ya). Hacky hurlers like Edwin Jackson, Bud Smith, Philip Humber and Bobo Holloman(!) have channeled that magic for a night while Hall of Famers like Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez have not. The Cubs, long associated with ineptitude, managed to ...

Watch: Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Melvin Upton Jr. (or the artist formerly-known as B.J. Upton) is trying to rehab his image around baseball this season and lately he has been doing just that for the San Diego Padres. On Thursday night against the Washington Nationals, Upton threw out two runners, tripled and made one of ...

Video: Jonathan Schoop blasts 484-foot home run

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

You could be forgiven if you haven't heard of Jonathan Schoop. But after what he did Wednesday night, you might want to get familiar with the Baltimore Orioles' second baseman. During an 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals, Schoop took Johnny Cueto deep, and when we say deep, we mean ...

Manfred should consider Wild Card Game tweak

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has not made many waves in his first year of replacing Bud Selig, but he should consider a significant tweak to the Wild Card system this offseason. As things currently stand, due to geographical circumstance the top three teams in the National League all reside in ...

Cubs must NOT start Jon Lester in Wild Card game

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Here is a modest proposal for Cubs manager Joe Maddon: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER CAN YOU START JON LESTER OVER JAKE ARRIETA IN A WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME. That's as modestly as I can get the point across, at any rate, though some non-caps lock talking points would probably allow my ...

Sunday a banner day for hitting pitchers

Monday, August 17th, 2015

For one day, pitchers with bats told the designated hitter rule to suck it. Two aces, the Dodgers' Zach Greinke and the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, helped their own cause with home runs on Sunday. Bumgarner blasted his fourth home run of the season and also added a double in a 5-0 win ...

Doug Melvin Returned Brewers to Relevance

Friday, August 14th, 2015

After months of speculation regarding his future with the Milwaukee Brewers, Doug Melvin brought the rumors to an end Tuesday by announcing that he’s ready to step down as the franchise’s general manager and transition into an advisory role.

Don’t look now but Madison Bumgarner is heating up

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Last October, San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner went on an insane roll to absolutely dominate the postseason. During the playoffs he went 4-1 with a save, a 1.03 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, two shutouts and 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings while leading the Giants to a World Series title. Don't ...