Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|Carlos Gomez is back, which means that the amount of excitement in Major League Baseball has increased. Released by the Astros on Aug. 18, after a truly substandard performance, Gomez has revived his career with the Rangers.
More» Gomez on game-winner, gets doused|
|Monday night at Globe Life Park was a mixture of joy and relief for relielver Jeremy Jeffress and the Rangers. He was back on the mound and paused for a moment, he later said, to take it all in: the field, the crowd, the baseball, the Major League Baseball.
More» Jeffress induces ground ball to end the 7th|
|The best non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition by a contending team this year was made by the Rangers when they acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers.
More» Brewers' broadcast discusses Lucroy trade|
|The Milwaukee Brewers are on a very long journey, but steps in the right direction have certainly been taken.
More» Thornburg strikes out Rodriguez for the save|
|The Wild Card, once derided as a mere gimmick, has now become an indispensable part of baseball's September landscape.
More» A quick look at Wednesday's action|
|One sure sign of competitive balance is this: Nobody remains at the top year after year. In fact, Major League Baseball is 0-for-the-millennium in the category of back-to-back World Series champions.
More»Royals beat Mets in five games to win World Series|
|Voters for the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player Award are faced with a dilemma. It's not an ethical dilemma. It's not even an empirical dilemma. It's more of a definitional dilemma.
More» Bryant slides to make stop, throws for out|
|The home run is one of baseball's three true outcomes, the most obvious victory of the hitter over the pitcher, independent of the rest of those people on the field with gloves.
More»Cardinals tie NL record by homering in 25 straight|
|The Washington Nationals are going to win the National League East with or without Stephen Strasburg. They entered Friday's game against the Phillies with an eight-game cushion, and the rest of their rotation has substantial talent. An MRI exam on Thursday revealed that Strasburg had a strained flexor mass in his right arm. There is no specific timetable for his return.
More»Baker discusses Strasburg being out indefinitely|
|When Joe Maddon came on board as manager of the Cubs, he was taking over a team that had finished in fifth place for five straight seasons.
More» Bryant hits No. 35, puts Cubs on top in 10th|
|At this point, the Cubs are not only beating people as a result of talent, but as a result of depth. They may be carrying the same number of players as other clubs, but they still seem to outnumber the opposition.
More» Montero slugs a solo homer into the bullpen|
|Based on what they have accomplished and what is left on their schedule, the Tigers should qualify for the postseason. There is nothing automatic about it, but this club should be one of the five AL clubs playing beyond the regular season.
More» Rodriguez retires Orlando to end the threat|
|Here come the Royals again, trying to turn the impossible into the merely improbable.
More» Royals drop back-to-back two-out bunts|
|Brad Ausmus, manager of the Detroit Tigers, was asked what he thought of Friday night's mercurial struggle against the Kansas City Royals. The manager saw the big picture.
More» Miggy plates two in the 9th to take the lead|
|When Yadier Molina homered in the fourth inning Wednesday night, it marked a franchise record 20th straight game in which the St. Louis Cardinals had a hit a home run.
More» Molina pulls home run over the wall|
|Underestimating the Cardinals is a task that generally turns out to be equal parts perilous and pointless.
More» Wainwright fans seven over seven innings|
|The Cardinals are not pitching as well as they usually do, except for Carlos Martinez, who is better than ever.
More» Martinez nets 13 K's in a one-run effort|
|The Pirates turned their Miller Park experience all the way around; from consistent defeat to daily victory. After losing nine straight here, not to mention 64 of 81 over the last 10 seasons, the Bucs swept a four-game series, finishing the job with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. In the process, they moved to one-half game back of the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card berth.
More» Watson strikes out Broxton, notches the save|
|Ordinarily, a three-game winning streak for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park would be cause for unrestrained rejoicing. The Pirates on Saturday night won their third straight at Miller Park; a 9-6 victory over the Brewers that included a comeback from a four-run deficit. But another development made this a less than ecstatic evening for the Bucs. After the game, Pirates executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington said that No. 1 starter Gerrit Cole will miss at least one start, as he gets further tests on his right elbow.
More» Polanco hits three-run double to center|
|Ryan Vogelsong, coming back from his latest bout of adversity, continues to provide baseball with an uplifting story. More to the current point, he is providing the Pittsburgh Pirates with outs.
More» Vogelsong fans six in gem vs. Brewers|