Fatal Five-way: The NL Central is now up for grabs

With the Cincinnati Reds landing Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood Friday in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the presumed NL Central doormats are ready to rumble, and the division went from being a two-way race at the end of 2018 to an open field with five not unrealistic contenders for the division title.

Hit the music.

Continue reading “Fatal Five-way: The NL Central is now up for grabs”

In memoriam: Roberto Clemente’s underrated on-field legacy

Roberto Clemente’s death was a tragedy that shook the western hemisphere. In the shadow of the man’s sacrifice, his on-field achievements are more remarkable than we might recognize.

Continue reading “In memoriam: Roberto Clemente’s underrated on-field legacy”

Josh Bell keeping Pittsburgh Pirates interesting, rewriting record book

Josh Bell‘s emergence isn’t just a great rookie campaign. He may singlehandedly keep the Pirates’ window of contention open.

It hasn’t been a great season in Pittsburgh. Entering play Tuesday night, the Pirates are 66-72, virtually out of postseason contention and mired in everything from off-field issues (Jung Ho Kang) to PED issues (Starling Marte) to a particularly nasty spate of injuries throughout the season, to a team that was already considered by some to be approaching the downside, close to having to blow components of the big league club up and begin rebuilding.

Enter Josh Bell.

Continue reading “Josh Bell keeping Pittsburgh Pirates interesting, rewriting record book”