Rian Watt

Baseball

How Strikeout Machine Robbie Ray Became His Best Self in Arizona

Robbie Ray was a question mark when the Detroit Tigers acquired him for Doug Fister four years ago. He's now an exclamation point for the Diamondbacks.
Rian Watt
7.17.17
Baseball

The Ball Is Juiced. Who Cares?

Home runs are flying out of ballparks across Major League Baseball. Fans and writers are whispering conspiracies about a juiced baseball. Here's the thing: it's about damn time.
Rian Watt
7.12.17
Baseball

Cody Bellinger Is Rewarding the Dodgers for Embracing His Uppercut Swing

The Dodgers rookie has 24 home runs in just 240 plate appearances. Here's how he has made the most of his size, athleticism, and uppercut swing.
Rian Watt
6.26.17
Baseball

At 34 Years Old, Jason Vargas Finds His Inner Ace

Vargas's pitches haven't changed, but by making small tweaks around the margins, the Royals' journeyman starter has become one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Rian Watt
6.19.17
mlb

It's Too Early for the Cleveland Indians to Panic

Cleveland's challenges aren't insurmountable, and neither is the Minnesota Twins' standing in first place.
Rian Watt
6.12.17
mlb

Stop Whining, Chicago, the Cubs Are Going to Be Fine

At least until October.
Rian Watt
6.5.17
Major League Baseball

Paul Goldschmidt Keeps Getting Better

The Arizona Diamondbacks slugger may play for a small-market MLB squad, but his superstar swing is well worth watching.
Rian Watt
5.30.17
Baseball

The Astros Have Baseball’s New Murderers’ Row

The Houston Astros finally look like a juggernaut in the American League West, and pretty much all of them are hitting out of their minds right now.
Rian Watt
5.22.17
Baseball

It's Time for the Rays to Trade Chris Archer

Archer is the heir to David Price and James Shields in Tampa, but unlike his predecessors, the 28-year-old starter won't have a competitive Rays team around him.
Rian Watt
5.16.17
mlb

Michael Pineda is Finally Good

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is getting all the hype, but Michael Pineda has been equally important to New York's strong start.
Rian Watt
5.9.17
Sports

Jason Heyward Reinvents Himself Again

Heyward is meditating, focusing on his hands, and finding his groove in his second year in Chicago.
Rian Watt
5.2.17
mlb

The Reds May Not Be Good Yet, But They Are Definitely Exciting

Would it surprise you if I said that the Reds—yes, the Reds!—have the highest contact rate in the National League?
Rian Watt
4.25.17
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