New York State of Mind

The Mets are really still the “Mess” .Overshadowed by their acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline last July is the fact that the Mets have really been a mediocre team despite having a starting pitching staff that has the potential to rival any of the great ones that come to mind immediately: Cleveland 1950s, Atlanta 1990s. With […]

Video: Peter Gammons talks D-backs, Marlins, Orioles and more

Peter Gammons joins the Rundown on MLB Network with Christopher Russo to talk about the D-backs in the NL West, the state of the Marlins, the Orioles’ offense and more…

Peter Gammons: National League East Outlook

There is no PECOTA or simulation that knows whether David Wright’s legs will be strong again, or whether Wright’s teenage sidekick Ryan Zimmerman can play 140 games, Jose Fernandez can make 30 starts, and Giancarlo Stanton gets 600 plate appearances. Look, we know that in a National League whose teams are separate but far from equal—and […]

Temperatures Rising

Even though many of the races appear to be over, recent history would indicate that some of the leaders could spiral into a tailspin and wind up in the wildcard spot or worse out of the playoffs completely. As that famous baseball philosopher Yogi Berra says, “It ain’t over til it’s over” Houston, one of the surprise teams […]

Sheehan: The NL East is Awful

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. If you’ve read any of my writing on college basketball over the years, you’ve seen me wrestle with the issue of measuring conference strength given limited inter-conference data. It’s an even bigger problem in college football, […]


It seems like when dust from the Trade Deadline tempest settled, the Phillies acquired minions of prospects with uptick that should re-invigorate the franchise within the next few years. Fans may not see the improvement because the they are in a division with other teams that are only going to get better too. Yet, with […]

Five questions for each division on Opening Day

On Opening Day, it is meet and right to remember the final games of the last five seasons. And remember that last fall Juan Perez started in left field in Game Seven for the San Francisco Giants, as Xander Bogaerts started the clincher at a position at which he’d started 9 regular season games in […]

MLB Video Highlights: Nationals & Orioles Clinch Division, Altuve sets Astro hit record

Anthony Gose climbs the wall and brings back a Nick Hundley home run ball… Your browser does not support iframes. Orioles clinch their first American League East crown since 1997… Your browser does not support iframes. Adam Jones celebrates with fans… Your browser does not support iframes. O’s celebrate in the clubhouse… Your browser does […]

Midseason Projected Lineups

With the first few weeks of the season in the books we have seen a lot of surprising starts, transactions, lineup changes, promotions, and demotions. Many publications have shown us what projected season openers would look like, but where will teams be by the All-Star Break?  Based on the slurry of moves we have seen, […]

NL East Midseason Projected Lineups

NL East Midseason Projected Lineups Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals (All stats through 4/16) AL East AL Central            NL Central AL West              NL West