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August 21, 2017

What You Need to Know: Return of the Baby-Faced Assassin

by Ashley Varela

Manny Machado dismantles the Angels, Mike Trout sets another home run record, Javier Baez hustles home, and Boog Powell defends his turf.

August 18, 2017

What You Need to Know: Engel in the Outfield

by Demetrius Bell

A slugfest at Wrigley Field, Patrick Corbin on fire, Wild Card wildness, and Adam Engel goes very, very far.

August 17, 2017

What You Need to Know: The Thin Line Between Diaz and Rzepczynski

by Ben Diamond

Edwin Diaz was off, Aaron Judge was on, Mike Matheny got mad, and Yasiel Puig kept the Dodgers winning.

August 16, 2017

What You Need to Know: The Slugger Who Was Promised

by Nicolas Stellini

Rookies look good for the Mets, Aroldis Chapman looks bad for the Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton hits no. 44, and Miguel Sano does his Brooks Robinson impression.

August 15, 2017

What You Need to Know: Bettis 1, Cancer 0

by Stacey Gotsulias

Chad Bettis returns from cancer treatment with seven shutout innings, Rafael Devers keeps doing remarkable things, and Giancarlo Stanton breaks a Marlins record.

August 14, 2017

What You Need to Know: Come So Far, Got So Far to Go

by Ashley Varela

Chris Rowley makes his historic MLB debut, Bryce Harper takes a scary tumble, and Giancarlo Stanton rakes his 42nd home run of the year.

August 11, 2017

What You Need to Know: The Trout Card

by Demetrius Bell

Mike Trout is MIKE TROUT, Yoan Moncada is becoming YOAN MONCADA very quickly, and the Dodgers secure .500.

August 10, 2017

What You Need to Know: The World's Oldest 26-Year-Old

by Ben Diamond

Age is merely a construct, Kyle Seager is Corey's brother, and Big Sexy is a helluva athlete.

August 8, 2017

What You Need to Know: Unhappy Birthday

by Stacey Gotsulias

Mike Trout does Mike Trout things on his birthday, Bryce Harper keeps pace, Javier Baez does it the hard way, and Andrew McCutchen lays out.

August 7, 2017

What You Need to Know: Just Like the Good Old Days

by Ashley Varela

The Dodgers give the 1912 Giants a run for their money, Jacob deGrom swipes a base, Bartolo Colon tosses a complete game, and Rob Refsnyder uses evasive maneuvers to take down the Astros.

August 4, 2017

What You Need to Know: Feeling a Pinch

by Demetrius Bell

Hansel Robles' very bad day, bobsledding bullpens, Klubot Ks, and three for Paul Goldschmidt.

August 3, 2017

What You Need to Know: All Good Things Come to an End

by Stacey Gotsulias

Somehow the Braves have the Dodgers' number, Jeremy Hellickson had a great Orioles debut, Dellin Betances was immaculate, and Joey Gallo did what he does best.

August 1, 2017

What You Need to Know: Gio's 99th Percentile Day

by Ben Diamond

Gio Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, Doug Fister got the job done, Jake Marisnick went deep twice, and Yoan Moncada had a scary collision.

July 31, 2017

What You Need to Know: Mr. 3000

by Ashley Varela

Adrian Beltre hits No. 3,000, Steve Pearce cracks another walk-off grand slam, and Zack Greinke stifles the Cardinals.

July 28, 2017

What You Need to Know: Milwaukee Mauled

by Demetrius Bell

Washington blasts eight homers, Kyle Schwarber has a huge night, Steve Pearce ends things in grand fashion, and Jake Lamb takes a tumble.

July 27, 2017

What You Need to Know: First Time For Everything

by Ben Diamond

Luis Severino starred, Chris Sale did his usual thing, Rafael Devers and Lewis Brinson homered for the first time, and Justin Turner walked it off.

July 26, 2017

What You Need to Know: Hug Watch

by Martin Alonso

Oakland's hug watch, Harrison Bader's debut, Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off slam, and Yoenis Cespedes' little league home run.

July 25, 2017

What You Need to Know: Relentless Royals

by Stacey Gotsulias

Kansas City is making another run, Giancarlo Stanton and Hunter Renfroe hit two apiece, Bartolo Colon stays alive, and Cody Bellinger keeps the Dodgers winning.

July 24, 2017

What You Need to Know: Taking Care of Business

by Ashley Varela

Marwin Gonzalez steps up for the Astros, Jaime Garcia goes yard, Jon Lester attempts a perfect game, and Dee Gordon meets his nemesis.

July 21, 2017

What You Need to Know: You Are Who You Are

by Demetrius Bell

St. Louis doesn't know the first thing about first base, Justin Smoak continues his breakout year, and Joey Bats flashes some glove.

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