Red Sox rotation, Yankees bullpen are cream of AL East pitching crop

The most persistent question in the American League East involves the Yankees and World Series champion Red Sox. Which team has the best rotation? Let's say the Red Sox. Which has the best bullpen? No doubt, it is the Yankees. The Blue Jays rotation banks on the health of its two best pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez and the rest of the rotation is ... read more

In NL East arms race, Mets and Nationals have the upper hand

The National League East is an arms race, at least with the Nationals and the Mets. The Nationals, who missed the postseason in 2018, traded Tanner Roark and added Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez to a rotation led by Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. And, as good as the Nationals rotation is, the Mets rotation has fewer questions. The Mets' offseason focused on fixing their ... read more

Reds retool rotation, but will aging Cubs starting five be an issue in NL Central?

With three new starters, the Cincinnati Reds are shooting for at least a .500 record in the National League Central. The Cubs have experience in their rotation, but check out their ages: Could they have too much experience? The Pirates think their rotation will surprise. The Cardinals' best story is Carlos Martínez and whether he can lead the rotation after injuries put him in the ... read more

Dynamic rotation boosts Indians, makes things difficult for rest of AL Central

The Cleveland Indians rotation is one of the best in baseball, which makes life difficult for the other four teams in the American League Central, so that makes them the favorite. Minnesota has the most improved team, but will the Twins rotation help them make up 13 games in the division race? For drama to happen in the AL Central, the Twins need a consistent ... read more

Dodgers have top mound staff in NL West, but Rockies are close behind

The best overall pitching in the National League West belongs to the Dodgers, but the Rockies aren't far behind, at least when it comes to youth and depth. The Dodgers' biggest addition is reliever Joe Kelly, who grew up a Dodgers fan and ate Dodger Dogs sitting in the left field seats at Dodger Stadium. Kelly, 30, helps a bullpen that goes thin when the ... read more

In AL West, question marks aplenty on patchwork pitching staffs

Where has all the pitching gone? That's the theme for rotations in the American League West. Houston had to replace three starters going into the offseason. Oakland isn't sure who is going to be in the final three rotation slots. Texas is hoping for a bunch of injury comebacks. Los Angeles is banking on comebacks, some from injuries others from subpar seasons. Seattle traded its ... read more

Remembering Frank Robinson: feared slugger, Triple Crown winner, baseball trailblazer

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who hit 586 home runs and helped the Orioles win World Series in 1966 and 1970, and later managed the Nationals, died Thursday in Southern California. He was 83. Here are things to know about Robinson: * He was born in Beaumont, Texas, the youngest of 10 children, and when his parents divorced, his mom moved the family to Oakland, ... read more

Will proposed rules changes help commissioner speed up the game?

Major League Baseball is getting serious about quickening the pace of a game. And, MLB isn't just talking about cutting a few minutes here and there. The idea is to get away from games that drag for three hours. It's better to get the average time of game down to 2 hours, 30 minutes. MLB is discussing several rule changes with the players association. ESPN's ... read more