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article May 24, 2017

The Best Player on Every MLB Team

Wade Miley better than Manny Machado? Alex Avila better than Miguel Cabrera? Mike Leake better than Carlos Martinez? When we take a look at the best players one each team this season, some names may surprise you. More»
GettyImages-678087444 article May 23, 2017

Playoff Odds Report: May Edition

Every month, we take a look at the MLB playoff picture with the help of Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report. This month, the Mets and Red Sox may be in better shape than the standings say, while there's skepticism about the Orioles and Twins. More»
browns_lose article May 23, 2017

Teams Still Chasing Title Chance

The Nashville Predators finally have the monkey off their back, as they have reached a Stanley Cup Final, but there are 17 other teams which have never even reached the pinnacle of sports, let alone won a championship. More»
cavs-warriors article May 22, 2017

The NBA Finals We Hate to Love

Fans have been complaining about the repeated possibility of a Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals matchup all season, but secretly it's the one we all want and need. Here's why that's the case. More»
header_WIll article May 19, 2017

3 Most Disappointing Teams In MLB

Sometimes, baseball teams that dominate one year fall apart the next, going from the postseason to the bottom of the division. There are three teams this year in danger of doing just that. Which are likely to rebound and which might be too far gone? More»
goldy article May 18, 2017

Taking Stock In 5 MLB Surprise Teams

Every year, we predict the same teams to make the postseason that made the leap the previous year. And every year, we're proven wrong. Which surprising teams in 2017 have a chance to hold on to their early success? More»
GettyImages-672707814 article May 17, 2017

Managers Making Their Hall Case

The Cubs' Joe Maddon won his 1,000th game as a Major League Baseball manager on Tuesday night, making him the eighth active manager to reach that mark. Is he a Hall of Famer? Let's take a look at the possible Hall candidates among today's active managers. More»
GettyImages-683056764 article May 15, 2017

Pop Gives Us All Perspective

On Sunday, before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took time out to discuss the state of the nation, a Hall of Fame coach going out of his way to offer refreshing pregame perspective. More»
PlayersChamp article May 13, 2017

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

Golf, hockey, hoops and Derek Jeter will be dominating the sports landscape on Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of action to keep you planted on the couch. Let us be your viewing guide. More»
cards-cubs article May 12, 2017

Cards-Cubs More Heated Than Ever

No longer are the Cardinals the big brother with all the championships in their rivalry with the Cubs. This new era of Cubs dominance will put an extra charge into any Cardinals-Cubs series, and this weekend's feels particularly noteworthy. More»
orioles article May 11, 2017

MLB's Good, Bad and Unlucky

Many teams have surprised fans to open the season, from the surging Yankees to the flailing Giants. But Lady Luck is always responsible for some teams' successes and failures. Which fan bases should be worried? More»
AP_758861336763 article May 10, 2017

Leave Extra Innings Alone

For some reason, people are overreacting to Sunday night's 18-inning game between the Cubs and Yankees, bringing up the possibility of rule changes to include ties. That would be a big mistake in this humble fan's opinion. More»
GettyImages-612786598 article May 9, 2017

How Will We Remember Ryan Howard?

Ryan Howard was released from his Minor League contract by the Atlanta Braves on Monday, likely ending his baseball career. Howard is an MVP and World Series winner, but his late-career struggles make one wonder how his career will be viewed. More»
USATSI_10016248 article May 8, 2017

We Can't Ignore Harper's Greatness

This is Bryce Harper's sixth season in the Major Leagues, and yet the 2015 NL MVP is still younger than other superstars like Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant and Manny Machado. Somehow, despite all Harper has accomplished, he's just getting started. That's scary. More»
GettyImages-674955292 article May 5, 2017

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

There's a whole lot to watch this weekend, from the Capitals trying to avoid choking once again to the Yankees making a visit to Wrigley Field. Oh, and there's also the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Here's what you should watch this weekend. More»
GettyImages-663850130 article May 5, 2017

Early Look At The NL Wild Card Race

It's only May, but the National League Wild Card race is shaping up to be a doozy. With the triumvirate of the Giants/Mets/Cardinals all facing major problems, it looks like we could get a very different NL Wild Card Game than we're used to seeing. More»
GettyImages-675941044 article May 4, 2017

The 2017 Kentucky Derby Name Game

I absolutely love the Kentucky Derby for several reasons, and one of them is the fantastic names of the horses. Somehow, this is my fourth annual Kentucky Derby Horse Rankings here at Sports on Earth. So without further ado, here are this year's names ranked. More»
GettyImages-668456826 article May 3, 2017

18 Ways To Fill Out An All-Star Ballot

One of my favorite things about Major League Baseball's All-Star ballot is that you can fill it out 35 times. That gives the fan a ridiculous amount of options to play around with. So with that in mind, here are 18 different ways to fill out your All-Star ballot. More»
GettyImages-674172416 article May 2, 2017

The Dumbest Stories Of April 2017

Roger Goodell's ridiculous stance on marijuana, Knicks owner James Dolan terrorizing fans individually and Brewers slugger Eric Thames already getting accused of taking PEDs are just some of the dumbest sports stories from April 2017. More»
JonesSubban article May 2, 2017

Fan Interference: A Wake-up Call

After Baltimore's win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones revealed that he dealt with racist taunts from fans at Fenway Park all night. But this isn't just a problem MLB has to deal with: We need to do our part, too. More»

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