Josh Hamilton is doing things we've never seen before, and yet opposing pitchers continue to feed him pitches to drive. As Buster Olney writes, it's time to try one last option before walking him: expand the strike zone.
From Jordan Walden's struggles to recent injuries to Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins, the Angels' bullpen has taken a beating so far this season, writes Buster Olney. At 6.5 games back in the AL West, the club is hanging on while its 'pen is repaired.
Arizona's Chris Young is constantly evaluating and tweaking his swing, and his latest adjustments, Buster Olney writes, have helped him find some rhythm at the plate and get off to a hot start in 2012.
Buster Olney writes that with the Dodgers' new ownership group, significant change for the franchise could come immediately. No longer will the Dodgers have a sagging payroll and fail to be impact players in the free-agent market.
Buster Olney writes that if you were picking the best pitcher in baseball right now -- not based on track record or anything other than current ability -- it'd be hard to pass up Justin Verlander. But other arms would have a say in the debate.
While there is a positive resolution on the horizon for Dodgers fans, the same can't be said about the Mets, Buster Olney writes. Ownership is headed to court, as the club can't shake the repercussions of the Bernie Madoff scandal.
After ranking the early-season AL schedules Tuesday, Buster Olney now looks at the National League, writing that the Pirates have the toughest early road and the Phillies have a chance to sprint out of the gate.
Buster Olney writes that Tony La Russa has a different goal in mind this spring and is not missing managing, at least not yet. La Russa looks relaxed and is intent on learning more about front-office operation and other areas of the game.