| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Tigers (1): Victor Martinez has been a beast in the second half, hitting .371 with a .945 OPS. The Rays' Wil Myers (.385) is the only AL hitter with a higher average.
2. Dodgers (2): No wonder Don Mattingly...
| Aug 20, 2013
1. Dodgers (2): They were 30-42 on June 21. Do the math. Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig and the big-money lineup tend to get the attention, but they're winning mostly with pitching, holding opponents to 2.9 runs per game since the All-Star break.
| Aug 10, 2013
| 3:46 PM
With seven weeks left in the season, we're about to round the quarter pole and head for home. Here is some of what I have come to believe:
•The most likely World Series outcome is Tigers over Dodgers in a terrific matchup, with Detroit favored only...
| Aug 11, 2013
The most likely World Series outcome is Tigers over Dodgers in a terrific matchup, with Detroit favored only because it would have home-field advantage.
No team has been better the last couple of months than the Dodgers, who turned things around in...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:13 PM
The ball soared high into the right-field pavilion as the bat sailed high above foul territory, the ball flying, the bat flipping, Adrian Gonzalez preening.
Yes, he was going to pimp his prize home run. He swung. He stopped. He stared. He jogged. And...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Thank you, Miguel Cabrera. You too, Josh Hamilton.
From someone who is voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award, it's really nice to have an easy choice when you write the first name on the ballot — or type it, actually, as the...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 8:04 PM
ATLANTA — The farewell tour is over for Chipper Jones.
It's time that we begin another one — this time for the concept of six-man crews in the playoffs. They have to go, as Sam Holbrook demonstrated in the first game of the 2012 postseason....
| Oct 18, 2012
| 9:42 PM
ST. LOUIS — Six years.
That's how long it has been since Barry Zito has pitched the kind of game he's going to need Friday night, and he hasn't been cryogenically frozen in the interim. He has been getting older, losing velocity off his fastball...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 9:30 PM
ST. LOUIS — Talking playoff baseball while wondering if Roger Goodell will be the biggest casualty of the Saints' bounty program:
1. Who is the best catcher in baseball? Probably one of the two guys who have been slugging it out in the National...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 1:42 PM
No baseball fans loved their guy more than Cardinal Nation loved Albert Pujols this time last year. But one October later, he has become the civic punch line.
While Cardinal-for-life Stan Musial is treated like the pope in Vatican City, Pujols...
| May 19, 2012
| 8:07 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies needed a power hitter and the pressure was on John Mayberry Jr.
Freddy Galvis had the burden of being a rookie.
And with Carlos Ruiz being the one main-stay in the bottom of the Phillies lineup, all eyes were on him,...