Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|For reasons that show up in the standings, and one reason that doesn't, the first half National League Manager of the Year is Ron Roenicke of the Brewers.
More» Roenicke on Peralta's struggles|
|This may be parity's finest hour. The A's, in the Major League Baseball scheme of things a low-revenue, low-salary operation, are now favored to win it all in the American League.
More» Samardzija fans five, gets win in A's debut|
|"Don't trade David Price." That is what the recent play of the Tampa Bay Rays says. Loudly, repeatedly, over four weeks, this is the message the Rays are sending to their own management, along with the equally topical, "We're still in this thing."
More» Price strikes out six over 8 2/3 solid frames|
|Saturday's game aside -- way aside, out of even peripheral vision -- the Detroit Tigers amply demonstrated during the first half of the season that they are the best team in the AL Central. You assumed that going into the season. But now you know it.
More» Duane Mclean on Tigers and New Amsterdam|
|If you're the Tampa Bay Rays, go ahead and hope. Hope because you have played better over the past 24 days. And hope because this is parity's payoff. Nobody else in the American League East is going to romp off into the sunset with this division race.
More» Longoria talks Rays' win, his performance|
|The first seven spots in the Tampa Bay lineup and their corresponding position numbers matched the 867-5309.
More» Rays' lineup card resembles famous 80's song|
|Last October, the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. This weekend, however, it was Los Angeles which claimed a series victory, and the biggest difference was that three of the Dodgers' starting pitchers were working at a nearly unhittable level.
More» Mattingly talks about Kershaw's dominance|
|The Dodgers' recipe is standard, time-tested and entirely feasible. They will pitch well enough to win most of the time. They will be solid defensively. They will put together enough offense to win.
More» Mattingly on Greinke's day, injuries in win|
|The Cardinals have 60 percent of their projected starting rotation on the disabled list. But once again, this organization appears capable of finding replacements that are not only suitable, but have the potential to be exceedingly good.
More» Martinez pitches well, collects two hits|
|Wednesday night, Josh Beckett was one-half of a compelling pitchers' duel, opposite Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. Beckett pitched seven shutout innings as he kept up his recent superb pitching.
More» Beckett tosses seven scoreless vs. Cardinals|
|Wednesday's defeat could have appeared to be a calamity for the Brewers. In truth, it was a difficult night and early morning at Miller Park, but chances are that both the season and the ballclub will be able to come back.
More» Roenicke on missed opportunities, bullpens|
|At the end of the night, both the bottom line and the trend line were extremely positive for the Washington Nationals. After defeating the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-0, on Monday night, the Nats left Miller Park holding a two-game lead over their closest pursuers in the National League East, the Atlanta Braves. They are headed in the right direction, which is upward.
More» Clippard's whiff preserves the shutout|
|The Arizona Diamondbacks may well believe that they have reasons to throw at Ryan Braun, right fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers. Some of these reasons are three-year-old reasons. But Tuesday night at Chase Field, when the D-backs apparently chose to take a couple of shots at Braun, their timing was less than exquisite.
More» Lucroy makes D-backs pay with a slam|
|The most recent casualty among the Oakland Athletics' starting pitchers is lefty Drew Pomeranz. Some teams might look upon this sort of thing as a catastrophe. But for the A's, dire circumstances somehow translate mostly into opportunity.
More» Pomeranz limits Angels to one run over seven|
|Have you noticed that the Old-Timers' Game, once a sure-thing staple of baseball promotions, is now about as prevalent as the brontosaurus? For the participants, it can be a reminder that they can no longer play the game at the same level they once did. They don't need that. And maybe the rest of us don't, either.
More»A look back at the Dodgers' 2014 Old-Timers' Game|
|It is time for the Milwaukee Brewers to remove Marco Estrada from the starting rotation. This move is necessary, but it would not be made out of desperation. The Brewers already have a more than suitable replacement for Estrada. That would be Jimmy Nelson.
More» Frazier lines a two-run homer to left-center|
|The Cincinnati Reds are not yet where they want to be. But now, at least, they are in a spot in which where they want to be has become clearly visible.
More» Latos throws six scoreless innings in return|
|In its best days, the Milwaukee Major League baseball operation has been the little franchise that could. Friday was like a collection of the Milwaukee Brewers' best days.
More» Brewers unveil Wall of Honor at Miller Park|
|The New York Yankees are 13th in the American League in runs scored. This is a long way from anything resembling our shared notion of the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees have been slumping offensively for some time. To their manager, Joe Girardi, this does not mean that a crisis is at hand. It means instead that the Yankees are due to go on a tear.
More» Girardi discusses Yanks' hitting slump|
|Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and shortstop Alcides Escobar repeatedly made run-saving defensive plays in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Yankees. In a closely-contested, low-scoring game, their defense made all the difference.
More» Escobar, Hosmer flash leather multiple times|