Let’s take a deeper look at MLB Futures betting

Ah, futures betting. One of the most unknown gambles that a fan can make. Pretty much, in a futures bet, you’re betting on a team to win the World Series (or pennant, or division…whatever you choose) before the season starts, using a given set of odds that fluctuate as the season goes on. If you […]

Trevor Story DENVER, CO – APRIL 08: during opening day at Coors Field on April 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

Trevor Story’s hot start for Rockies is historic, but ultimately trivial

By now, way too many words have been written about the white-hot start of Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story. Story has homered seven times in the first six games of his MLB career, the first time anyone has ever done that. But while Story’s start is truly historic, it’s likely not predictive of much […]

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 12: Fredi Gonzalez #33 of the Atlanta Braves challenges the called out at second of Jace Peterson #8 in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on September 12, 2015 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves can’t do anything right to begin the 2016 season

There are two winless teams still left in Major League Baseball after one week. One is the Minnesota Twins, who nearly snuck in to the playoffs in 2015 and have lost five or their six games this year (all on the road) by one or two runs. The other is the Atlanta Braves, who have […]

Felix Hernandez on Opening Day <> at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 4, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

18 wild and wacky things that happened on MLB Opening Day

MLB Opening Day Part 1 and Part 2 are in the books, and the baseball season is underway. Well, sort of. Six teams still haven’t played games yet because of either scheduling quirks or weather issues. And the Rays and Blue Jays are already two games into their season, while everyone else is just one […]

KANSAS CITY, MO -NOVERMBER 3: Ned Yost manager of the Kansas City Royals waves to fans as he rides with the championship trophy during a parade to celebrate their World Series victory on November 3, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

TOC’s staff predictions for the 2016 season

MLB preseason predictions are fun but ultimately, completely meaningless. No one is going to remember (or care) if you picked the Astros to win the AL West, or if you have the Nationals winning the World Series. As I pointed out back in October, our staff’s predictions for the 2015 season were generally awful. Our […]

Topps Bunt returns for the 2016 season with a slicker approach

It’s becoming a tradition for me – downloading the updated version of Topps Bunt for the upcoming MLB season. Bunt is generally the same this season as in prior years with two major additions – the card exchange, and experience points. Experience points are a great addition to the app – you get them for pretty […]

Hot take Cardinals and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Five hot take predictions for the 2016 MLB season

On Monday, the 2016 MLB season kicks off across the league after six teams get started on Sunday. This is looking like it’s going to be a pretty strange season. All but two American League teams look like contenders, while in the National League, half the league appears to be contenders, and the other half looks […]

HAVANA, CUBA – MARCH 22: Tampa Bay Rays players stand with children as they are introduced before the start of their game against the Cuban national team at the Estado Latinoamericano March 22, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. This is the first time a sittng president has visited Cuba in 88 years. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cuban fan angry about MLB’s Cuba visit ejected from Spring Training game

When Drew Barrymore’s character ran onto the field in Fever Pitch, she did so as a protest to stop Jimmy Fallon’s from selling his Red Sox season tickets. When a baseball fan ran onto Bradenton’s McKechnie Field during a Tampa Bay Rays versus Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training game on Saturday, his protest wasn’t over a […]

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 09: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a double in the third inning against the New York Mets in game one of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Seven strong 2016 Rookie of the Year candidates

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros were both integral parts of their respective clubs in 2015 – and their undeniable impact earned both Rookie of the Year nods. Looking ahead to 2016, which young players are poised to separate from the pack and take home their own ROY honors once […]

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 12: CH 12: CH 12: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field on March 12, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Five players who could call it a career after 2016

As the new season approaches, there aren’t many high-profile players heading into their ‘farewell’ seasons. David Ortiz is an exception, and will be stepping away from the game after 2016 as a crucial part of Boston Red Sox lore. Still, there are at least a handful of players that could very well be lacing up their cleats […]

in game one of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Three 2015 Postseason teams that might not make it back in 2016

Looking ahead to the approaching season, the National League is filled with teams that should compete for a Postseason spot. Problem is, they won’t all make it. As a result, a few teams that made it to October a season ago have a decent chance of winding up on the outside looking in. Here are two National League teams […]

2016 season preview: Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves were not good in 2015. In fact, they were awful. The Braves unloaded plenty of star players last offseason, a trend that continued into the season and once again during this offseason. But with the team’s young talent getting closer and closer to the majors, will 2016 result in more misery or […]

during a spring training workout at Surprise Stadium on February 19, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona.

Biggest injuries to keep an eye on this season

Every offseason, rosters are tweaked and projected lineups and pitching staffs are set by clubs in hopes of having enough ‘depth’. Depth is what leads teams deep into October (see: Giants of 2010, 2012, and 2014 and Royals of 2014 and 2015), as the ability to overcome injuries to key players is key. Heading into […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 04: Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by teammates and coaches after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on August 4, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

2016 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies didn’t pretend they were contenders going into the 2015 season, and while that led them to the worst record in baseball, it also led them to dealing away pretty much every veteran asset they had left, barring Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz. Out from the burden of nearly every large contract that […]

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 20: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with his catcher Rene Rivera #44 after his one-hit complete game shutout as the Rays defeated the Houston Astros 1-0 at Minute Maid Park on August 20, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

2016 season preview: Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays just couldn’t put it together in 2015. The team scuffled their way to an 80-82 record, just six games out of a playoff berth, but they were part of a quagmire in the middle of the American League standings. Injuries also played a huge role in Tampa Bay’s struggles – only […]