Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|So much baseball to watch, so little time to prepare for what you're watching. That's why we're here to help. It's your weekend cheat sheet.
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|Five starts into a five-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, Jordan Zimmermann has a 5-0 record and a 0.55 ERA. Because the number five is easily associated with Zimmermann as he prepares for his outing Friday night opposite Cole Hamels and the Rangers at Comerica Park, here are five things to know about his historic start to 2016.
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|The sporting world was mesmerized by Leicester City's clinching of the prestigious Barclays Premier League title Monday. And because a certain National League squad hasn't won the World Series since 1908, it's easy to draw a baseball parallel to Leicester ending its 132-year wait for glory.
More»Maddon and Arrieta discuss the Cubs' early success|
|The eventual AL West-champion Rangers were 7-14 last April, which tells you how much we should be paying attention to the standings right about now. But man, there's got to be something we can pay attention to, right? Well, how about a few team- and league-wide trends that have pleasantly caught us off-guard?
More» Velasquez strikes out six, allows no runs|
|We're almost out of April, the month of small samples and sometimes-dreary conditions. With Sunday comes the month of May, and maybe that's a good thing for a Twins reliever named Trevor.
More»Callis on Tigers calling up top prospect Fulmer|
|At this early juncture of the season, when the slightest of missteps can lead to the largest of statistical swings, it's not unusual to see more than 20 qualified starters in possession of an ERA north of 5.00. We just didn't expect to see the names of Adam Wainwright, David Price, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Chris Archer and Matt Harvey dotting that particular list. It says here that this can't possibly last, as evidenced most notably by Archer's resurgent start against the Orioles on Monday night.
More» Harvey fans five to pick up his first win|
|The season is young -- but not so young that we can't highlight players standing out in the crowd. With the release of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Ballot, it's time to start paying attention to who might be worthy of inclusion in the July 12 Midsummer Classic at San Diego's Petco Park and let your clicks be heard. As a public service, we're going to look position by position in each league. We'll begin today with National League first basemen.
More» Rizzo smacks two home runs|
|Between repeat playings of "Purple Rain" and, perhaps, renewed appreciation for the presence of Prince Fielder, we'll have plenty of baseball to watch this weekend. Here's a cheat sheet to help you prepare.
More» Lester strikes out 10 over 7 1/3 innings|
|The statistics will tell you that the Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are great shortstops. Their actions tell us they are great people, too. Their teams aren't the only ones who will benefit from their talents.
More»Lindor to visit Indians community programs all season|
|Edgar Martinez will tell you he's not spending much time assessing his own Hall of Fame candidacy. The Mariners hitting coach is too consumed with trying to do what so many great players have attempted and precious few have succeeded at. To impart the innate, to teach your own talent is no easy task.
More»Edgar gained the love, respect of Emerald City fans|
|They tried to spike his shins. They tried to wound him with words. They tried to drown hope with hate. Through it all, Jackie Robinson's competitive spirit and his unyielding belief that he belonged in the big leagues would not be deterred.
More»Archer, Harrison among players anticipating day|
|Every week of the baseball season is packed with hot topics, and on Fridays we touch on a few of them (and touch all the bases) here in The Cycle. Four items (single, double, triple and home run), each with a little more magnitude than the last. Let's swing away.
More»Cubs players are introduced to their new clubhouse|
|The Chicago Cubs are 6-1. The most recent time they won the World Series -- way, way back in 1908 -- their record after seven games was 6-1. The Chicago White Sox are 5-2. The most recent time they won the World Series -- not-so-way back in 2005 -- their record after seven games was 5-2.
More»White Sox discuss improved team chemistry|
|Dodgers fans booed. Even Giants fans booed. And you know if those two respective crowds are in agreement on something, we have an extreme situation on our hands.
More» Stripling gets Duffy to ground out to end 7th|
|The 2016 season is young but already loaded with hot topics, and we're going to touch on a few of them (and touch all the bases) here in The Cycle. Four items (single, double, triple and home run), each with a little more magnitude than the last. Let's start swinging.
More»Robinson Cano's power surge leads Mariners|
|This column, for the record, was going to be written no matter what Mookie Betts did on Opening Day or in this opening week. If he took the collar or misplayed a ball, Betts' potential to ascend to superstardom, his ability to shine even in a year in which David Ortiz is destined to absorb so much of the limelight, was something that demanded to be touted.
More» Betts smacks a two-run shot to left field|
|Mind over matter. That's what David Price had said. The conditions, Price knew, going into his first official start as a member of the Boston Red Sox would be frigid, but so would the response from the Boston faithful if he stepped on that Progressive Field mound and got shelled.
More» Price strikes out 10 in his Red Sox debut|
|Usually, baseball fans are reminded to respect the length of the season, that it's a marathon, not a sprint, that Opening Day is just Game 1 of 162. Ah, phooey. Why let facts and context get in the way of a good gut reaction?
More» Span, Panik, Posey go back-to-back-to-back|
|The ebbs and flows of baseball, the adjustments and counter-adjustments, are central to its strategy and, ergo, its soul. And as the 2016 Major League season begins, there is a serious strategic battle taking place between pitcher and hitter.
More»Aggressive hitting vs. aggressive pitching|
|Maybe it began with the first prominent public presentation of the radar reading, that now-ubiquitous scoreboard and television screen standard that satisfies our need to know and overwhelms the art of estimation. A generation of kids saw mph scrutinized and monetized, and now they are bringing the heat to the bigs and altering the average.
More»Herrera, Syndergaard among most powerful hurlers|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|