Can the Mariners actually reach the postseason this season?

A warning: This is neither an attempt at humor nor cruelty. Every bit of it is real, even if the possibility of it happening is relatively slim. The Mariners could make the playoffs. Like, this season. It’s true. After an 8-4 win over the Rangers on Monday at T-Mobile Park — the team’s sixth consecutive […]

Could Zach Plesac someday become the first Cleveland Indians pitcher to win a Gold Glove Award?

Zach Plesac’s right arm limited Kansas City to one run in seven innings Monday, but it was the glove on his left hand that helped make sure the Cleveland Indians were in position to come away with a 5-2 win at Progressive Field. Plesac, who is gaining a reputation as one of the best fielding pitchers […]

Kieboom’s glove better than expected on both sides of infield

As much as the Nationals have gone out of their way to keep Carter Kieboom focused on learning how to play third base, the rookie infielder is actually spending a lot of time on the other side of the diamond so far this season. When they utilize the shift against a left-handed batter, the Nats are leaving Trea Turner at shortstop […]

What distinguishes the Oakland A’s from MLB’s strongest teams?

The Oakland A’s are 14-6. They sit atop the American League West with the best record in baseball. Even if it feels we’ve just sat down and settled into the season, the A’s start can give us some hints into what we know about this team’s postseason run outlook. Yes, the postseason is peaking above […]

Aaron Boone still believes in Gleyber Torres’ ability to handle shortstop

It was a routine ground ball to shortstop in the eighth inning Tuesday night, until Gleyber Torres couldn’t handle it. Adam Duvall reached base after Torres bobbled it and collected his fourth error in 17 games.  That error led to Duvall scoring, cutting into the Yankees’s lead and forcing them to go to the back-end […]

Defense starting to become Cubs’ calling card during fast start

It would be easy to look at the Cubs’ offense with Kris Bryant, Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo and think that would be their calling card. Oh, the Cubs have shown they can still be dangerous at the plate, but they’re starting to turn heads with their defense. Whether it’s a flashy play on a slow roller or a catch […]

What’s wrong with a Giants defense that just isn’t good enough?

Really wherever you look, the numbers are damning. Errors are passe, a blunt way of measuring a defensive play without much context. And yet, the Giants rank last in the majors with 19 entering Tuesday’s action. Their .970 fielding percentage, which again is imprecise and does not take into account range, is a big league-worst […]

Los Angeles Dodgers’ defense could be among the best in recent memory

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best lineup in the National League and maybe the best pitching staff, but their two biggest highlights of the season have been two tremendous throws. The first, from Mookie Betts deep in the right-field corner to cut down Ketel Marte trying to stretch a double into a triple, was a Roberto Clemente-esque laser that traveled […]

Arenado and Chapman: Former Teammates Always Putting on a Show

One of the great things about watching the A’s and Rockies play, which they do tonight and tomorrow afternoon, is the chance to watch the third base matchup. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado has won seven Gold Gloves at third and is a five-time All-Star. Chapman has made one All-Star team, has won two Gold Gloves and […]

Padres to open season with catcher split

SAN DIEGO — It’s been two years since the Padres landed Francisco Mejía in a midseason trade with Cleveland, sparking the most hotly debated positional battle on the team’s roster. Evidently that competition — between the bat-first Mejía and the glove-first Austin Hedges — has yet to be settled. The Padres expect to enter the season with Mejía and […]

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