national league


The Brewers Are Walking a Tightrope

Milwaukee has the best record in the National League and only trail the Red Sox and Yankees for the best in baseball. They're doing it with a subpar rotation and pedestrian offense. How?
Rachael McDaniel

Let's Skip the Cy Young Award This Year

Without a dominant pitcher in either league, perhaps this might be the year to pass on awarding the Cy Young in both leagues.
Steven Goldman
this particular week in baseball

Staggering Titans, Tater-Powered Upstarts, And A Break: This Particular Week In Baseball

At the All-Star Break, the AL is upside down, the NL is anxiously playing out according to predictions, and everyone honestly needs to take a rest for a week.
Matthew Kory

Injuries And Indecision Have The Mets On The Edge Of Panic Mode

A year after their miracle run to the World Series, the Mets have been hit by injuries and hobbled by indecision. It's not time to panic, but it's time to get to work.
Steven Goldman

Watching The San Francisco Giants, So Strange And So Blessed

The San Francisco Giants have won the World Series in every even-numbered year this decade. They could do it again this year. That's not even the weird part.
Robert O'Connell

The Chicago Cubs Are Already In Rare Company, And Could Be Special

Even for a hot World Series pick, the Cubs are off to a historically hot start. Very few teams have been this good this early. Most of them finished strong.
Steven Goldman

Bartolo Colon's First Career Homer at Age 42 Now Immortalized as a Baseball Card

A measly card? Psh! There's plenty of space next to Lincoln's head on Rushmore.
Liam Daniel Pierce

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Persistence of Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon will turn 43 next season, and will spend it pitching for the New York Mets. This is good news for all of us, and not just for baseball reasons.
Steven Goldman
hot stove things

Exorcising the Failures and Fishmongers of Chicago Cubs Past

The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since William Howard Taft was President, and came by their failures honestly. Now that all seems to be changing.
Steven Goldman
raise the w

The Chicago Cubs Are Still the Future

The Cubs might have gotten swept out of the NLCS, but they're young, talented, rich, and poised to dominate the National League.
Matthew Kory

The Dodgers Will Not Waste Clayton Kershaw's Genius

You don't have to be a Dodgers fan to want to see baseball's best pitcher on baseball's biggest stage. The good news is that the Dodgers are working on it.
Matthew Kory
split-fingered terror

The Unexpected Rise of the Unhittable Jeurys Familia

The New York Mets have had some memorable closers, but never one who has pitched quite as fearlessly or brilliantly—or as much—as Jeurys Familia has this October.
Howard Megdal