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

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

Dodgers’ Julio Urias Struggles in Debut

In one of the more anticipated debuts of this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers called up left-handed pitcher Julio Urias to make his major league debut. Urias, just 19 years old, has been with the club since 2013, and is expected to make a difference once he adapts to the new level of play.  Although few believe Clayton Kershaw when he says that Urias is … Continue reading Dodgers’ Julio Urias Struggles in Debut

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

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

National League Worst: Why the NL West is Struggling

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is now over a month old. Some teams have shown vast improvements over last season, while others that were thought to be contenders already appear to be in “wait till next year” mode. But we have winners and losers, teams over .500, and teams that could make noise in the playoffs in each division. Each division, that is, except … Continue reading National League Worst: Why the NL West is Struggling