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  • MLB's Top Candidates for Positive and Negative Regression at Quarter Mark

    Bleacher Report "With the Major League Baseball regular season nearly six weeks old, there are a few statistical anomalies that appear to be unsustainable. Justin Verlander and Michael Wacha cannot possibly maintain their historically great marks in batting average against and baserunners stranded,..." May 17

  • Steve Aoki delivers all-time bad first pitch before Red Sox game

    New York Post "Steve Aoki went for the corner and missed. Aoki was on-hand at Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch before the Red Sox faced the Astros, and wound up literally throwing the ball onto the backstop net on Monday. " May 17

  • Evaluating 3 best David Price trade options for Dodgers

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is looking for an opportunity to start and it seems the club wants to make it happen. With Peter Gammons of The Athletic reporting the Dodgers’ willingness to move Price, he’s now one of the leading MLB trade..." May 16

  • Behind the Houston Astros’ surprising early-season pitching depth and dominance

    The Athletic "It’s the kind of thing you notice from decades in the game and hours watching from the same dugout perch. Astros manager Dusty Baker could tell starter Framber Valdez was a little upset in the seventh inning Friday night. Not because Valdez didn’t pitch well. The..." May 16

  • In Defense of Umpires: Why Complaints About MLB's 'Ump Show' Problem Miss the Mark

    Bleacher Report "Take it easy on Major League Baseball's umpires, would ya? Yeah, I know. This isn't an easy ask in the best of times, and the 2022 season has only been the best of times for umpires if one unironically enjoys what they call the "ump show." To..." May 14

  • Astros Acquire Mauricio Dubon from the Giants

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have acquired utility player Mauricio Dubon from the Giants in exchange for catcher Mike Papierski, as announced by both clubs. Additionally, the Giants have recalled infielder Donovan Walton to replace Dubon on the active roster and assigned Papierski to..." May 14

  • 3 best Xander Bogaerts trade destinations

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Red Sox entered 2022 hoping to compete for a World Series and to sign a Xander Bogaerts contract extension. Nearly two months into the season, neither seem like realistic possibilities as Boston plummets down the MLB standings. Bogaerts, the..." May 13

  • Yankees’ Brian Cashman rips Astros owner Jim Crane’s comments over cheating

    NJ "Bang this. That was essentially Yankees general manager Brian Cashman’s response to Astros’ owner Jim Crane’s comments from earlier this week equating the Yankees’ minor fine for using video replay rooms to decode signs to..." May 13

  • PitchCom -- aimed at foiling MLB's would-be sign-stealers -- is (mostly) winning over the skeptics

    ESPN "Texas Rangers closer Joe Barlow was skeptical about PitchCom at first. The electronic device, used to transmit pitch signals from the catcher to the pitcher in an effort to curb sign stealing, is brand new in Major League Baseball this season, and Barlow wondered what..." May 13

  • MLB Report Card Grades for All 30 Teams Early in 2022

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Major League Baseball season is nearly 20 percent completed (five out of 26 weeks), which is the perfect time for some early report card grades. Marks for each team are based on how their play has compared to preseason expectations. (Win totals via DraftKings.) In other..." May 13

  • Astros' Jim Crane Responds to Yankees' Cashman on Cheating: 'You Were Doing It, Too'

    Bleacher Report "Houston Astros owner Jim Crane believes people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman turned heads in March when he told Andy McCullough of The Athletic the "illegal and horrific" cheating scheme from the..." May 12

  • 10 Potential MLB Trade Deadline Rental Bats Off To Strong Starts

    MLB Trade Rumors "As always, this year’s trade deadline will prominently feature many players who will be eligible for free agency after the season.  Here’s a look at 10 rental hitters off to strong starts who could be available in trade.  All of the teams included in this post currently..." May 11

  • MLB regular season games to be played in London starting in 2023

    Clutch Points "The MLB has announced future plans for games held in the city of London, beginning in 2023. The partnership features regular season games in 2023, 2024, and 2026. The MLB held games in London for the first time in its history back in 2019, where the Red..." May 11

  • Three MLB pitchers who are off to surprisingly strong starts in 2022

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's regular season is now more than a month old. Every team has played at least 25 games, or 15 percent of its schedule. In other words, it's that time of the year when people start wondering, is their team's seemingly overperforming player for real? After all,..." May 11

  • Crew chief explains decision to eject Blue Jays' Yimi Garcia vs. Yankees

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays lost to the New York Yankees 6-5 in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday on a three-run, walk-off home run from Aaron Judge. But the main talking point after the game was a pair of controversial decisions by the umpires that led to three members of the Blue..." May 11

  • Blue Jays' Yimi Garcia, Pete Walker, Charlie Montoyo ejected in confusing, chaotic moments vs. Yankees

    Yahoo! Sports "A wild pair of innings in Tuesday's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees culminated in multiple heated ejections. The home half of the sixth inning began with a pair of hits for the Yankees to chase Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi, who had been cruising..." May 11

  • Rob Manfred says league's goal for baseballs is consistency, gripping agent could be approved by next year

    CBS Sports "Just over a month into the 2022 Major League Baseball season, unfortunately, one of the biggest stories to this point has been the ball. The actual, physical orb we have long called a baseball is a discussion point, and mostly a negative one.  Here at CBS Sports, Mike Axisa..." May 10

  • Shohei Ohtani: 2022 baseballs 'aren't as juiced' as they used to be

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani believes the new baseballs being used this season have been responsible for a dip in offensive production throughout the league. "I do feel it personally, and just by watching the games, I feel like the balls aren't..." May 10

  • Study Confirms Which MLB Team’s Fans Drinks The Most Alcohol

    Total Pro Sports "It’s no surprise that sports fans consume a ton of alcohol at games, but which fan base drinks the most in Major League Baseball. NY Gambling Online surveyed 2,000 MLB fans across the country to see which teams have the “booziest” fanbase. " May 10

  • Yankees looking early like team to beat in American League

    New York Post "Just before the season started, I asked Yankees manager Aaron Boone on TV how it felt to be managing a third-place team, or words like that. While Harold Reynolds was gasping a room away, Boone seemed unfazed, unannoyed. Boone answered calmly, saying he had great confidence in his team, more..." May 09

  • How much impact has MLB's universal DH had?

    CBS Sports "The designated hitter rule, in which pitchers are not forced to humiliate themselves at the plate, is now a permanent presence in Major League Baseball. The DH has of course been in force in the American League since 1973, and the National League used it during the COVID-abbreviated 2020..." May 07

  • 1 Takeaway For Every MLB Team 1 Month Into 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "Exactly one month ago today, the 2022 Major League Baseball season finally began after a protracted lockout and a shortened spring training.  We don't know everything about all 30 of the league's teams just yet, but we know a lot more than we did before. As such, it's..." May 07

  • What April attendance reveals about MLB's worrying trend

    The Score "MLB avoided the worst outcomes of losing regular-season games to the lockout, but the sport's overall attendance trends are still pointing downward. While no games were lost, the lockout generated significant negative publicity. That's nothing new. Attendance has declined..." May 07

  • MLB State of the Position 2022: Every Team's 5-Year Plan at Second Base

    Bleacher Report "The second base position is not the deepest in baseball right now, though young stars like Ozzie Albies, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Jake Cronenworth, Jorge Polanco and Jonathan India are capable of making a major impact. The next generation of players at the position is led by Nick Gonzales..." May 07

  • Twelve MLB hitters doing things right but getting the wrong results

    The Athletic "If you listen to the podcast, you’ve heard the secret sauce: chase rate, barrel rate, contact rate. Give me a hitter who knows the strike zone, has bat speed, and can put the bat on the ball, and I’ll show you Mike Trout. What’s even better about these..." May 06

  • Jose Altuve realized how ‘powerful’ Astros rookie Jeremy Pena can be

    Clutch Points "The Houston Astros might not have all the same group from their World Series-winning days, but they possess one hell of a rookie in Jeremy Pena. He is filling the void left by Carlos Correa quite nicely at shortstop, offering solid defense and an impact bat. That’s catching the..." May 06

  • Padres' Manny Machado and the 10 Players Defining MLB's 2022 Season so Far

    Bleacher Report "If you had to sum up the entire 2022 Major League Baseball season in just 10 players, could you do it? We're not talking about a ranking of the 10 best players. That's easy. I mean, it's subjective and would start a lot of arguments, but it's easy to just pick and rank..." May 06

  • Dinelson Lamet trade scenarios: 3 best fits for San Diego Padres’ hurler

    Sportsnaut "According to The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, the San Diego Padres have discussed trading right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet. The 29-year-old has been in and out of the Padres’ starting rotation the last four years due to injuries and the team’s rotation glut of late..." May 05

  • What's been the biggest surprise so far of the 2022 MLB season?

    CBS Sports "We are now a full month into the 2022 MLB regular season. The sample sizes aren't so small and fan bases are gaining and losing hope with each passing day. That said, there is still a lot -- A LOT -- of season to play, and plenty of teams are still vying for a spot in the new 12-team..." May 05

  • 7 Early Predictions for the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 MLB trade deadline is still three months away, but it's never too early to start envisioning what teams might look like as the time nears.  By mid-July, the landscape will be much clearer, and that's when fans can expect the market to move. Contenders..." May 05

  • MLB Teams Should Keep An Eye On These Pitching Trade Targets

    MLB Trade Rumors "Less than three months remain until the August 2nd MLB trade deadline, and starting pitching is always a hot commodity.  Here’s a look at 18 starters who might be available in the coming months.   Top of the..." May 05

  • Swinging less could be the answer to MLB’s offensive woes. But is it bad for the sport?

    The Athletic "Ted Williams’ first rule of hitting was “get a good ball to hit.” In today’s game, there is, of course, still value in patience. But if you think that analytics have made baseball more boring, it’s yet another strategy that could hurt the sport’s..." May 05

  • Rays’ Wander Franco can spearhead the action revolution that MLB so badly desires

    The Athletic "Call them “action guys.” For lack of a better phrase, that’s how I would describe the high-contact, extra-base threats who embody the kind of excitement Major League Baseball wants to restore to the game. Action guys are not the only kinds of hitters who..." May 05

  • Potential MLB Landing Spots for Robinson Cano After Mets Release

    Bleacher Report "Robinson Cano and the New York Mets are parting ways, but he may yet get to write a final chapter to his MLB career with another team. The 39-year-old began the 2022 season as their starting second baseman but hit just .195 through 12 games. This was on the heels of a season-long..." May 04

  • What the heck is going on with the baseball? Everything you need to know about MLB's scoring drought

    ESPN "Tune in to an MLB game on any given night, and there's a good chance the conversation will turn to the topic that's dominating the sport so far this season. The latest exploits of Shohei Ohtani? Nope. The red-hot starts both New York teams are off to in 2022? Try again...." May 04

  • Astros' Dusty Baker Becomes 12th Manager to Win 2,000 Career Games

    Bleacher Report "Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker joined an exclusive club Tuesday by helping lead his team to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Baker became the 12th manager in MLB history to win 2,000 games in his career. Jon Heyman of MLB Network noted every other manager on the..." May 04

  • Stunning MLB Predictions That Could Actually Happen in 2022

    Bleacher Report "Now that it's May, enough time has passed in the 2022 Major League Baseball season to accept some early trends as absolute truths and adjust expectations accordingly. So, here are seven outrageous predictions that might just come true. In putting these predictions..." May 03

  • 11 Potential Landing Spots For Robinson Cano

    CBS Sports "Robinson Canó's time with the New York Mets is over. The Mets designated Canó for assignment on Monday, the day teams must trim their rosters from 28 players to 26. New York opted to keep JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, and Dominic..." May 03

  • Who Are the 20 Best MLB Players Right Now?

    Bleacher Report "Voting for Major League Baseball's 2022 All-Star Game won't even begin for another month, but it's never too early to start arguing over who is currently the best in the business. This ranking of MLB's top players is not exclusively rooted in 2022 production...." May 02

  • How bad is it for MLB hitters? Baseball has its worst batting average in history

    USA Today "Hitters across Major League Baseball can take heart: They were, in fact, getting robbed of hits and extra bases all throughout April. The anecdotal factors at hand – a deadened baseball, the use of humidors in every major league stadium, expanded pitching staffs to mitigate a..." May 02

  • Adam Morgan Opts Out Of Minors Deal With Astros

    CBS Sports "Morgan missed out on the Opening Day roster and will now look for other opportunities after spending the first three weeks of the season at Triple-A Sugar Land. The left-hander allowed three earned runs and had a 10:1 K:BB over 8.2 innings, and he finished the 2021 campaign with a..." May 02

  • How MLB stadiums have stayed flush with hot dogs – in spite of inflation, supply chain problems

    USA Today "Go to a Major League Baseball game, and the invisible effects of analytics are everywhere – from the pitches being thrown, to the positioning of fielders or the swing plane of the hitters. And even the hot dog you might enjoy at the ballpark. Two years of shuttered,..." May 02

  • Where Do Seiya Suzuki, Steven Kwan Rank Among Best MLB Rookie Starts Since 2000?

    Bleacher Report "Both Seiya Suzuki and Steven Kwan have gotten out to fantastic starts for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Guardians, respectively. But how do those debut months stack up with what we've witnessed since the beginning of the millennium? Because both Suzuki and Kwan made..." May 01

  • Padres discussing Dinelson Lamet trade with other teams

    The Score "The San Diego Padres are discussing potential trades involving right-hander Dinelson Lamet with other clubs, sources told The Athletic's Dennis Lin. San Diego is looking to create some flexibility for potential offensive additions, and clearing Lamet's..." April 30

  • Ranking the Top 25 MLB Players of Upcoming 2022-23 Free-Agent Class

    Bleacher Report "Following a loaded 2021-22 MLB free-agent class, this upcoming offseason could be a letdown by comparison, but that's not to say big names couldn't change teams. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner and New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge are..." April 29

  • MLB's Ball Controversy Could Define the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "Another year, another whirlwind of distrust over just what the heck is going on with Major League Baseball's baseballs. In the back half of the 2010s, there were questions abound about whether the ball was juiced as home run rates soared to record highs. Three years..." April 29

  • Ranking MLB's 10 Most Dangerous Offenses So Far in the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "At this time of year, pitchers are typically still ahead of hitters in the MLB season. Offensive struggles are to be expected early on, but some teams stand out from the beginning.  Even this year, with a shortened spring training, there are offensive juggernauts worth..." April 28

  • With the ball again a topic of conversation, a pre-tacked version can’t come soon enough

    The Athletic "The ball. Every year it’s something with the freaking ball. The current season is only three weeks old, and already the ball is the subject of two debates — whether it’s too dead and whether its surface is too inconsistent, creating frustration for..." April 28

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Teams' Homegrown Talent for the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "In an ideal world, every MLB draft pick and amateur free-agent signing would develop as hoped and go on to make an impact at the big league level. But that's simply not how things play out. For small-market teams, finding young, cost-controlled assets is the key to..." April 28

  • 10 MLB Prospects off to Red-Hot Starts in the Minor Leagues

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 minor league baseball season is in full swing, and while the standout rookies at the MLB level generate the bulk of the attention, it's worth shining some light on some of the standout performers still rising the minor-league ranks. Ahead we've highlighted..." April 28