Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|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.
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|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.
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|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|
|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.
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|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|
|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|
|Because depth and flexibility can reveal themselves in various ways, let's examine a few of them and how they apply to some outlooks for 2016.
More»Jim Duquette on MLB clubs having more depth to win|
|John Gibbons was pleased when the Blue Jays' opener was moved from April 4 to April 3 to accommodate the ESPN slate. The natural byproduct of success is allure, and if Gibbons' club keeps rattling off five runs a game and maintains its status as an American League East power, there will be plenty more scheduling shifts aimed at ensuring ample eyes are upon them.
More»Mad Dog and Zaun break down the Blue Jays' roster|
|If you believe in the power of MVP osmosis, in the contagiousness of clout, then nothing Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has done on the field this spring -- and he's done plenty -- is as important as what he's done with his downtime.
More» Correa belts a two-run shot to center field|
|Labels can be tough to shake in this game, and Dusty Baker has long worn this one: He favors veterans over youngsters. At a Nationals camp in which the likely Opening Day lineup features Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa and not Michael Taylor and Trea Turner, Baker's policy on young players is worth addressing.
More» Trea Turner, SS, Nationals|