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July 25, 2016

What You Need to Know: Just For the Record

by Ashley Varela

Trevor Story adds three more home runs to his Pokédex, Jose Fernandez remains unbeatable in Miami, and Aaron Nola throws something resembling a strikeout.

July 22, 2016

What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure

by Nicolas Stellini

Stephen Strasburg's perfect season gets befouled. Meanwhile, a baseball traveled 484 feet and Francisco Liriano righted himself.

July 21, 2016

What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick

by Demetrius Bell

All Seattle does is hit walk-off dingers. Plus: Felix returns, Hanley takes a swing at four bombs in a game, and the Cubs are good again.

July 20, 2016

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Fret No More

by Daniel Rathman

Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard look like themselves again, Chase Headley keeps building his trade value, and Blake Snell is effectively wild at Coors.

July 19, 2016

What You Need to Know: J-Fer Effort

by Emma Baccellieri

Two young studs get into a pitchers duel, while bullpens cost a couple of older studs.

July 18, 2016

What You Need to Know: All He Does Is Win, Win, Win

by Ashley Varela

Stephen Strasburg coasts to a record win, Ryon Healy gets his first big-league knock, and Santiago Casilla balks his way out of extra innings.

July 11, 2016

What You Need to Know: And Then It Got Weird

by Ashley Varela

The Giants flail their way to a win, Carlos Martinez matches a career record, and Yoan Moncada puts on a show at the Futures Game.

July 8, 2016

What You Need to Know: Into the Wild

by Nicolas Stellini

Colon/Giolito is a dud, but the game is wildy satisfying nonetheless. Meanwhile, Glasnow debuts, Trout steals home, and the Cubs keep slouching toward San Diego.

July 7, 2016

What You Need to Know: Giancarlo Stanton Hits a Bunch of Dongers

by Demetrius Bell

A good day for picturesque bombs, the Dodgers wasted 14 innings of trying, and the Cubs keep being human.

July 6, 2016

What You Need to Know: Cubs' Losing Streak Stands At: 1

by Emma Baccellieri

The struggling Cubs fail to build any momentum, the Angels win without Trout, and the Indians keep destroying the Tigers.

July 5, 2016

What You Need to Know: Oh, That Fernando Rodney

by Daniel Rathman

The maddeningly inconsistent closer had his first meltdown of the year. Meanwhile, the Brewers batted out of order and Lance McCullers dominated for real.

July 4, 2016

What You Need to Know: Rams 21, Patriots 2

by Ashley Varela

The Angels win a football game, Bryan Holaday throws a knuckleball, and the Indians fall just short of history.

July 1, 2016

What You Need to Know: Madison Bumgarner, Designated Hitter

by Nicolas Stellini

Madison Bumgarner puts the Babe Ruth comparisons to the test, the Yankees stay mediocre, and Tim Anderson starts making a name defensively.

June 30, 2016

What You Need to Know: Baltimore Bombs

by Demetrius Bell

Record-breaking Orioles power, Yankees comeback craziness, and Jose Altuve doing his usual thing.

June 29, 2016

What You Need to Know: Giolito vs. Harvey vs. Rain

by Emma Baccellieri

Rain cut short Lucas Giolito's much-hyped debut, but he fit plenty of impressive pitches in before the delay.

June 28, 2016

What You Need to Know: A Five-Hit Night Unlike Any Other

by Daniel Rathman

Kris Bryant makes major-league history, Noah Syndergaard scuffles amid rumors of elbow trouble, and much more from a busy Monday.

June 27, 2016

What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose

by Ashley Varela

The White Sox hit seven home runs, Kevin Gausman and Carlos Carrasco toss four-hitters, and Jose Altuve goes for the cycle.

June 24, 2016

What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?

by Nicolas Stellini

The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.

June 23, 2016

What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises

by Demetrius Bell

Beltran continues his reboot, the Astros are bona fide hot, and Andrelton Simmons makes a play.

June 22, 2016

What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?

by Emma Baccellieri

The Mets face the World Series champs again, but their starter gets knocked out by a line drive in the first. Meanwhile, Belt whiffs against a position player pitching, and an inside-the-parker that technically wasn't.

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