Marisnick a hero for Astros, fantasy
Prior to Houston's 10-game win streak, Jake Marisnick was already batting .350. And now? He has IMPROVED to .382, which includes an 8-game hit streak. Karabell: Pick him up!
Astros climbing up MLB Power Rankings
The Astros were No. 12 on the Power Rankings last week, but they haven't lost since April 22, propelling them up to No. 3 behind just the Royals and best-in-MLB Cardinals. Is Houston's success sustainable? Full list
NL Central showdown tonight
The first-place Cardinals have the best record in baseball at 18-6. When they play the Cubs tonight, it'll be the first time since Sept. 20, 2009, that the foes will face off while in first and second in their division this late in the season.
Buster Olney: End retaliatory beanball
"However MLB got to this place, no matter the tradition, it's stupid that pitchers are throwing fastballs at prone targets and dramatically increasing the risk of injury." Unwrite this unwritten rule
Today's best Ace to start in DFS?
Kershaw? King Felix? Bumgarner? No. Nope. Negative. Houston's Dallas Keuchel, says Tristan Cockcroft: "He'll cost you roughly 70% of your typical aces working Monday, but give you performance in the same ballpark."
Roenicke merely Brewers' scapegoat
Signing Ryan Braun through 2020? Not Ron Roenicke's fault. No staff ace after Zack Greinke left? Nope. Carlos Gomez's poor health? Not that either. Decline of Aramis Ramirez? Try again. Kahrl: Firing doesn't fix team
This season's streakiest MLB teams
The teams with win streaks of 10 or more were a combined 149-175 last year. Who are they? The Mets, who reeled off 11 straight earlier this season, and the Astros -- winners of 10 straight. Both won five 1-run games during the stretch.
ChiSox players back Robin Ventura
After an 8-14 start, players are taking the blame instead of placing it on their manager. Said 1B Jose Abreu through an interpreter: "It's our fault because we are the ones who are playing. We are the people who are on the field."
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Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke yesterday Brewers are MLB-worst 7-18, tied for their 2nd-worst 25-game start (5-20 in 1970)
BBTN's Power Rankings
The Astros are tied with the Cardinals for the most wins in baseball and have the best 25-game start in franchise history. With that impressive start, Houston has pushed its way into the Power Rankings, knocking out the Mets.
From one Chicago team to another
Each Cubs player wore a personalized Blackhawks jersey on the flight to St. Louis Sunday night in support of the city's team taking on the Wild in Game 2. It must've been good luck -- the 'Hawks won 4-1 and took a 2-0 series lead.
ICYMI: Brewers (7-18) fire Roenicke
Brewers GM Doug Melvin said of the team's decision to fire manager Ron Roenicke after Sunday's win: "Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It's all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn't see the progress and improvement we had hoped for." Story
Houston's complete 180
Not only do the Astros have the best 25-game start in franchise history, they have the fourth-best start in MLB history after losing at least 90 games the previous season.
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Clayton Kershaw seeking 100th career win tonight. 2.51 ERA. Last starter with that low an ERA and reached 100 wins-Tom Seaver in 1972