National League Articles

Stealing any base, especially third, is extremely difficult in the MLB because of the power and accuracy of catchers behind the plate. As Anthony Rizzo headed to third base on a steal attempt, Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki delivered a perfect throw...
Josh Hamburger
4 days ago
In arguably the most anticipated debut for an injured player, Marlins pitching hurler Jose Fernandez will make his first start since May 9, 2014. After dominating in his first season in 2013 and earning the NL Rookie of the Year award, a torn UCL...
Josh Hamburger
4 days ago
If any pitcher is flying under the radar right now, it has to be Zack Greinke. He only has six wins, tied with 17 other pitchers for 32nd best in the MLB. However, he ranks atop the MLB in ERA and is second in WHIP (behind Max Scherzer). Yesterday...
Josh Hamburger
1 week ago
Top Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz did more than just pitch well in a rout of the Cincinnati to earn his first Major League win in his first start. In 7.2 innings, he only allowed two runs, while striking out six. But arguably his best...
Josh Hamburger
1 week ago
The Phillies have baseball’s worst record with no sign of improvement. And now they’ll be without Hall of Fame manager Ryne Sandberg. After replacing Charlie Manuel as the manager late in the 2013 season, he became the permanent manager...
Josh Hamburger
1 week ago
Chris Heston came into last night’s game against the Mets with some flashes of brilliance but also shaky inconsistency in several starts. He wasn’t even supposed to start this season in the majors, but an injury to Matt Cain...
Josh Hamburger
3 weeks ago
Down 6-1 in the sixth inning, Cubs right fielder Junior Lake blasted a home run deep to left field. Filling in for an injured Jorge Soler, the unassuming batter flipped his bat a bit much and trotted around the bases to collect his...
Josh Hamburger
1 month ago
Adam Jones
The calendar has flipped from May to June as the baseball season has reached a quarter of it's life. Over the course of the past 50-plus games several young studs have lead their squads toward contention, while a handful of All-Star...
Jake Rose
1 month ago
Troy Tulowitzki
When healthy, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is one of baseball’s most complete and exciting players. The problem is Tulowitzki is hardly healthy. When Tulo is on the diamond, he is one of the elite, five-tool players in...
Jake Rose
1 month ago
Bryce Harper
The hype surrounding Bryce Harper has been snowballing since 2009 when the words “Chosen One” were plastered next to his wiry, 16-year-old frame on the cover of Sports Illustrated. After three seasons of injuries, awkward...
Jake Rose
1 month ago
Madison Bumgarner
When it became clear that the Giants wouldn’t catch the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, they held a team meeting. The message: Just find a way to play baseball in October, and the rest would take care of itself. By this point, who would...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Andrew Cashner
It was shaping up to be another ho-hum winter for the Padres when first-year general manager A.J. Preller changed the complexion of the team with a dizzying series of blockbuster trades in just more than a week in mid-December. After eight seasons...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Clayton Kershaw
The Dodgers are hoping to find out what happens when ‘Moneyball’ gets big money. Two years of record payrolls and high-profile acquisitions did just what they were supposed to do — regain credibility for the franchise after...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Troy Tulowitzki
The Rockies endured their fourth straight losing season. Their 96 defeats were eight more than in 2013 and two shy of the franchise record. A regime change resulted. General manager Dan O’Dowd turned down a contract extension and resigned. So...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Paul Goldschmidt
The Diamondbacks are rebooting, and it is hard to blame them. The wall-to-wall changes began with the hiring of Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer last May, and also include new GM Dave Stewart, new director of baseball...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Adam Wainwright
Ten days after the Cardinals’ postseason run ended just shy of their intended destination, a tragedy stunned the organization and sent its future in an unplanned direction. The prospect the Cardinals intended to unleash in right field and one...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Andrew McCutchen
It is almost hard to believe the Pittsburgh Pirates were the laughingstocks of baseball not long ago. They had 20 consecutive losing seasons from 1993-2012, the longest such streak of futility in major North American professional sports history....
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Jonathan Lucroy
Who, exactly, are the Milwaukee Brewers? Are they the team that led the NL Central for 150 days last season? Or are they the team that collapsed down the stretch? After an in-depth review of all aspects of baseball operations, general manager Doug...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Johnny Cueto
The way the Reds dealt with their four free-agent-to-be starters was supposed to indicate their intentions for the upcoming season. By trading Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, it showed the team wasn’t all-in for 2015, but by hanging on to Johnny...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Anthony Rizzo
After three years of rebuilding the farm system at the expense of the major league roster — and big-league results — the Cubs are back in the hunt for the first time in team president Theo Epstein’s regime. Not “all in,...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Stephen Strasburg
The Nationals’ talented but underachieving roster reached a crossroads this winter, with a slew of critical players heading into their walk years in 2015. The choices were clear: Keep the band together for one more run at a title, even if it...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Cole Hamels
After several years of hoping to coax one more run out of the rusting frame of the team that won five division titles, two pennants and a World Series from 2007-11, the Phillies have finally given in to a full rebuilding effort. Consecutive 89-loss...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Matt Harvey
After six consecutive losing seasons, tied with Houston for the longest active streak in the majors, the Mets believe they can finally break the .500 mark — and these days, if you do that, you can contend for a wild card. Anything less would...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Giancarlo Stanton
As Marlins manager Mike Redmond pointed out during the winter meetings, it was difficult to envision a scenario in which his team would be better without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins, in spite of a widely held belief that Stanton...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Freddie Freeman
John Hart has tried his best to convince Braves fans that the team wasn’t simply rebuilding for the opening of the new stadium in 2017. The newly named president of baseball operations tried to argue that the Braves would be “very...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago

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