The 30: The Fantastically Mediocre AL Wild-Card Race Is Heating Up

Published August 15, 2017

Being a baseball fan usually means rooting for excellence. We cheer for tape-measure home runs and dominant pitching performances. Ten-game winning streaks. No-hitters. The rare hitting streak that can even start to threaten DiMaggio. This is usually what we want to see.

But this season, baseball’s biggest source of excitement is emanating from an entirely different place: mediocrity.

Keri the 10: Mariners Drought Watch, Rally Cats, the Baby Mets and More MLB Notes

Published August 12, 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of Keri The 10! As always, we’ll go around the majors with 10 stories that caught our eye from the past seven days. There will be numbers, and occasionally, memes. As always, we will have fun.

1. Drought Watch: Seattle Mariners
The 2001 Seattle Mariners were one of the most disappointing teams in baseball history.

The Rockies Are Winning with Pitching and Strong Arms, Not Just Bats, Go Figure

Published August 10, 2017

On a pleasant afternoon in June at Coors Field, Mark Melancon was in a world of hurt. The Giants closer had put two runners on with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and desperately hoped to protect a one-run lead. This was no easy feat in a ballpark that spits out runs like a video game.

Keri the 10: Cleveland Finally Rocks, Shark Attack, Honeywell Watch, More MLB Notes

Published August 8, 2017

1. Cleveland rocks (finally)
It didn’t make any sense.

Cleveland won 94 games last year, then stormed to within an eyelash of their first World Series crown in 68 years. This spring, they boasted a much better collection of talent than they’d trotted out last year. Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar were all healthy, something that could rarely be said in 2016.

Why This Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony Brought More Closure Than It Has in Decades

Published August 6, 2017

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — No event in sports brings a stronger sense of closure than a hall of fame induction. When a player, manager, or executive steps to the podium to deliver his speech, it’s often the last major public act he’ll perform in that sport.

Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions brought more closure, more finality than any in years… maybe decades.