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  1. PitchCraft: Chris Sale, the South-Side Scarecrow

    Shane Ryan

    MLB 2014 scenario: A top young pitcher suffers an early injury, hits the DL, returns in May, totally dominates, and quickly puts himself back in the Cy Young race. If you asked 100 baseball fans to name the mystery player, 98 of them would say Cla...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  2. PitchCraft: The Midseason GIF Awards

    Shane Ryan

    It's All-Star week, so rather than focus on a single pitcher, it's time for the first annual PitchCraft Awards. Here we'll be honoring the good, the bad, and the ugly from baseball's first half. Starting, because we're real r...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  3. PitchCraft: Adam Wainwright, the Elite Bridesmaid

    Shane Ryan

    It took eight weeks, but the PitchCraft franchise has finally found its way - in slow, parabolic, curve-like fashion - to Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals ace has solid credentials, with the second-best ERA in baseball and...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  4. PitchCraft: Felix Hernandez, King of the North(west)

    Shane Ryan

    There's a persistent pitching riddle that goes like this: Is it best to be a strikeout pitcher, ensuring a certain number of "free outs" per game but sacrificing a certain number of innings over a season because of elevated pitch count...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  5. The Best, Most Devastating Pitches of the Year: A GIF Roundup

    Shane Ryan

    In terms of alcohol, pitching is the craft beer of baseball -- subtle enough to be considered artistic, but earthy and powerful enough to avoid associations with more pretentious spirits, like that one whiskey you can find only on raft distilleries o...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  6. Ranking Mariano Rivera's Parting Gifts

    Shane Ryan

    Yesterday was the saddest of days. Mariano pitched at Yankee Stadium for the last time in his career, and the last man to wear no. 42 is now just three games from retirement. But endings are also a time for celebration, so let's accentuate the positi...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  7. Simple Math: Why the Indians Will (Kinda) Make the Playoffs

    Shane Ryan

    The Cleveland Indians, who haven't made the playoffs since 2007, just finished a fairly brutal stretch of baseball. Starting on August 27, they endured 15 games in 16 days against some of the best teams in the game. That list included the Atlanta Bra...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  8. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Last Chance in Believeland

    Shane Ryan

    The main message I want to convey up top is that if you're a real baseball fan, you won't watch any college football this weekend. Anyone who watches even a minute of college football on Saturday is a traitor to baseball and shouldn't be allowed to w...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  9. Base-Beards: The 2013 MLB Beard Awards

    Shane Ryan

    Welcome to the first Major League Baseball Beard Awards, where we honor the most unique and terrifying beards worn by professional baseball players in the 2013 season. No sport exemplifies the multifarious qualities of the beard better than baseball ...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  10. The MLB Weekend Top 10: The Best Pitching Matchup You'll Never Se...

    Shane Ryan

    The weekend is here, and I don't know about you, but I'm ready to sit back, watch some baseball, cry, watch more baseball, think about exercising, back to baseball, cry, baseball, eat, cry, baseball, baseball, cryball, eat, cryercise, baseball, eat. ...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  11. Guilty Pleasures: The Little League World Series

    Shane Ryan

    A fact about me: There are two levels of baseball I enjoy watching on television. 1. The major leagues — No-brainer. The best players in the world, the most intense competition, the highest stakes. 2. The Little League World Series &#8212...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  12. Career Arc: Alex Rodriguez

    Shane Ryan

    December 2007: "For the record, have you ever used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other performance-enhancing substance?" —Katie Couric, CBS "No ... I've never felt overmatched on the baseball field. I've always been in a very str...

    Blog | August 19, 2013
  13. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Immovable Rays, Meet Unstoppable Dodgers

    Shane Ryan

    August may be the lowliest sports month of all, but we've got ourselves a fantastic little weekend of professional baseball. Feast your eyes, perk your ears, and open your hearts: It's list time. 10. The Battle for Tejas (TEX-HOU) For so long, we...

    Blog | August 09, 2013
  14. The Faces of A-Rod: Return to Baseball

    Shane Ryan

    With a 211-game suspension looming, Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees lineup last night, going 1-for-4 in his first game of the 2013 season. We know that A-Rod is a complex man, full of depth and shadow. But though we've studied him for years...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  15. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Nolan and Billy, to the Death

    Shane Ryan

    It's August, the worst month of the year! Time to shut your blinds, turn the air conditioner down to 56, and hibernate for 30 days with only baseball and unsweetened ice tea for companions. Here are the best ways to make it through the first weekend ...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  16. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Showdown in Atlanta

    Shane Ryan

    It's been proven time and again by science that a baseball fan should follow no more and no fewer than 10 story lines per weekend for the maximum viewing experience. Any more and you risk obsession, any fewer and you risk spiritual anarchy. For your ...

    Blog | July 12, 2013