Chris Archer is Still Struggling, but Better Days Lie Ahead

As the season wears on, Chris Archer’s struggles are becoming a legitimate concern for the Tampa Bay Rays. They sit in last place in an offense-heavy AL East, and have seen Archer both baffle hitters with his stuff, and baffle coaches with his execution. The strikeout totals are still there, although the K% isn’t quite as impressive. Without a doubt, walks and home runs have … Continue reading Chris Archer is Still Struggling, but Better Days Lie Ahead

Penguins and Sharks Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals: the Road Ahead

The Stanley Cup Finals have arrived! It’s been an exciting playoffs so far, with top seeds bowing out early, upsets all over the place, and a few teams getting hot at just the right time. The Finals this year feature a team just like that, who wasn’t a top seed, but managed to get hot when it counted, and a team that many expected big … Continue reading Penguins and Sharks Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals: the Road Ahead

Jeff Samardzija’s “New” Cutter

After a dismal 2015 with the Chicago White Sox, Jeff Samardzija signed with the San Francisco Giants looking for a bounce-back year. Contract details aside, Samardzija justifiably worried fans with his performance last season, but playing with an improved defense behind him in a much more pitcher friendly park made a turnaround look possible, if not probable. Through two months with the Giants, Samardzija has … Continue reading Jeff Samardzija’s “New” Cutter

Ian Desmond’s Offensive Resurgence Allows Rangers to Pursue Padres’ Tyson Ross

The Texas Rangers took somewhat of a chance on Ian Desmond over the offseason, inking him to a 1-year, $8 million deal to learn LF. Expectations were low after Desmond floundered in his contract year with the Washington Nationals, but obviously, he is now a key piece of a Rangers’ lineup with a lot of talent. We can talk about how good Ian Desmond has been … Continue reading Ian Desmond’s Offensive Resurgence Allows Rangers to Pursue Padres’ Tyson Ross

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins and Blues Looking to be Favorites

The second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs is in the books. The San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning are the last four teams standing. We’ll take a look at how each team won their series and advanced to the semifinals. Tampa Bay Lightning defeat New York Islanders (4-1) In the shortest series of the second round, the Lightning made … Continue reading NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins and Blues Looking to be Favorites

New Team, New Leonys Martin

Under the tutelage of Seattle Mariners’ legend/hitting coach, Edgar Martinez, Leonys Martin has revamped his approach at the plate, showing confidence in his swing after a disappointing 2015; however, Martin has still struggled to overcome what has always been seen as limited offensive upside. With the Mariners’ front office championing a “control the strike zone” movement, Martin has found himself walking at a league average … Continue reading New Team, New Leonys Martin

Hector Rondon is On His Way to a Career Year

Chicago Cubs’ closer Hector Rondon is off to an incredible start in 2016, even though he has been called upon somewhat infrequently for a surging Cubs squad. Rondon has improved each year since coming over to Chicago as a Rule 5 draft pick in 2013, and with some changes to his approach, Rondon is making 2016 look like a career year. After posting a 1.67 … Continue reading Hector Rondon is On His Way to a Career Year