Saving Pitchers From the Scrap Heap

Published April 15, 2016

Tommy John surgery has saved the careers of countless professional pitchers over the past three decades, whose elbow injuries otherwise would have left them on the scrap heap. But the problem it is meant to solve has only become more common. One study showed that from 2007 through 2011, 56.8% of all ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgeries were performed on 15- to 19-year-olds.

Here’s How the Undefeated Orioles Are Defying Expectations

Published April 12, 2016

Heading into the ninth inning of Monday’s matchup against the Orioles, Craig Kimbrel had faced 302 batters with runners in scoring position. Over all of those plate appearances, he’d allowed exactly zero home runs with RISP. Already up in the count 0-1, Kimbrel needed just two more strikes to get out of the inning, at which point he would hand a 6-6 tie to the potent Red Sox offense for the bottom of the ninth.

The 30: Rangers Hurting, Dodgers Strong Through First Week

Published April 11, 2016

Welcome to the season premiere of The 30! Every week, I’ll rank all 30 major league teams, profiling one notable club from each of our four tiers, as well as hand out one superlative for the week that was.

If you’re looking for straight rankings based solely on where teams place in the standings, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Carlos Correa, a Baseball Unicorn, May Join Ranks of Trout and Harper

Published April 7, 2016

It’s not often that fans get to experience an unforgettable moment two games into a season — during a 16-6 loss, no less.

On Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, Carlos Correa provided one of those moments. In the first inning of the Astros’ matchup with the Yanks, Correa took starter Michael Pineda deep to left for a 386-foot home run.

A.J. Pollock Injury Dooms D-Backs and Here’s What They Should Do About It

Published April 6, 2016

The Royals losing Lorenzo Cain. The Orioles losing Manny Machado. The Pirates losing Andrew McCutchen. That’s the kind of player the Diamondbacks lost when A.J. Pollock fractured his right elbow Friday, knocking him out for several months and possibly the whole season.

For a team that went all-in for 2016, this is devastating news.

More Than Just Momentum for MLB Return to Montreal

Published April 5, 2016

MONTREAL — It’s been 12 years since the Expos played their last game in Montreal. For a while, it seemed that nobody remembered, and nobody cared.

Now, everything is different. When the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox took the field in Montreal last weekend, it marked the third straight season that fans packed decrepit, gigantic Olympic Stadium…for mere exhibition games.

NL Central Preview: Get Ready for Another Three-Team Slugfest

Published March 30, 2016

Four down, two to go. Today, the CBS Sports division previews move to the NL Central.

The Cardinals head into 2016 coming off a 100-win season and a strong recent track record of success … yet not as the favorites to win the division. That distinction belongs to the Cubs, who’ll need to translate best-team-on-paper status into wins amid a likely three-team race.

NL East Preview: Mets and Nationals to Battle for Top-Heavy Division

Published March 28, 2016

CBS Sports’ division previews shift to the NL East!

One of the most lopsided division in baseball includes two of the best teams in the league (the Mets and Nationals), and two of the worst (Braves and Phillies). Meanwhile the talented but flawed Marlins look poised for a 13th straight season somewhere in the vast middle.

2016 AL West Preview: A Texas-Sized Battle for Supremacy

Published March 25, 2016

The CBS Sports division previews continue today with the AL West!

Will the Rangers and Astros repeat last year’s surprise results? Might the Mariners be this year’s sleeper team … a year after many thought they’d be last year’s sleeper team? Are Mike Trout and a bunch of mostly ordinary players enough to push the Angels to glory?