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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.

June 21, 2016

What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!

by Daniel Rathman

The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.

June 20, 2016

What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time

by Ashley Varela

Tim Lincecum impresses in Angels debut, the Marlins pitch their way out of a shutout, and Jake Arrieta finds new and unsurprising ways to keep winning.

June 17, 2016

What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen

by Emma Baccellieri

Colby Lewis' near-magical day, and more from Thursday's action.

June 16, 2016

What You Need to Know: 4,257*

by Demetrius Bell

Ichiro argues for being the new Hit King, Clayton Kershaw and Noah Syndergaard dominate again, and Johnny Cueto in San Francisco has been a good deal.

June 15, 2016

What You Need to Know: Don't Ever Get Used to Coors Field

by Nicolas Stellini

A wild game at altitude, an exclamation point by Taillon, and a near-injury to Maeda.

June 14, 2016

What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort

by Daniel Rathman

Scherzer threatens another signature start, the Dodgers dip toward .500, and Whit Merrifield is a thing.

June 13, 2016

What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win

by Ashley Varela

Michael Fulmer goes streaking, Edwin Encarnacion remembers how to hit home runs, and Cole Hamels tries out a new look.

June 10, 2016

What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter?

by Emma Baccellieri

A play that was almost too close for replay, Ichiro marches on, and the Rangers and Orioles continue to surge.

June 9, 2016

What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak

by Demetrius Bell

Julio Teheran pitches the Braves past the Padres, James Shields gets walloped in his Chicago debut, Josh Donaldson still and always good, and more.

June 8, 2016

What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough

by Nicolas Stellini

Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura take swings, Adam Duvall takes bigger swings, and Julio Urias finally does okay.

June 7, 2016

What You Need to Know: James Paxton's 101s

by Daniel Rathman

Paxton and Bauer duel, Tyler Chatwood keeps getting outs, and Jose Altuve is everything.

June 6, 2016

What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This

by Ashley Varela

The Diamondbacks hand Jake Arrieta his first recorded loss, Jose Fernandez pitches his way into the history books, and Clayton Kershaw’s worst outing is still pretty good.

June 3, 2016

What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is

by Nicolas Stellini

Julio Urias gets hit again, Zack Greinke is basically back, and the Padres out-do themselves.

June 2, 2016

What You Need to Know: Baseball Easy

by Demetrius Bell

Matt Albers delivers the big double. Meanwhile... the rest of baseball stops what it's doing to consider Matt Albers delivering the big double.

June 1, 2016

What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout

by Emma Baccellieri

Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.

May 31, 2016

What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey!

by Daniel Rathman

The Mets erstwhile ace gets back on track, the Braves are on a bona fide not-cold streak, and Wood beats Wood.

May 30, 2016

What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better

by Ashley Varela

Yu Darvish returns in full force, the Royals stage an unlikely comeback, and the Mariners embarrass themselves on the basepaths in new and creative ways.

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