Posts by Shane Ryan

  • PitchCraft: Chris Sale, the South-Side Scarecrow

    MLB 2014 scenario: A top young pitcher suffers an early injury, hits the DL, returns in May, totally dominates, and quickly puts himself back in the Cy Young race. If you asked 100 baseball fans to name the mystery player, 98 of them would say Clayton Kershaw, and they’d be right

  • The Uncensored 2014 PGA Championship Power (and Powerless!) Rankings

    It’s a sport of extreme highs and lows at the moment, so rather than count down from 20, let’s go all schismatic and divide the rankings into POWERLESS and POWER.

  • Rory vs. Sergio II: Same Ending, Different Story

    A strong start in the final round at WGC-Bridgestone was imperative for Sergio if he wanted to show he was capable of defending a three-shot advantage against the best golfer in the world. By the third hole, Rory had made three consecutive birdies to snatch a one-shot lead in what can only be called a complete disaster for the Spaniard.

  • PitchCraft: Jon Lester, Moneyball Mercenary

    It’s a mini renaissance for a guy who didn’t really need one, and it’s going to be fascinating to watch him spearhead Oakland’s playoff efforts against the Tigers juggernaut.

  • PitchCraft: Corey Kluber, the Cleveland Not-So-Plain Dealer

    Corey Kluber, the 28-year-old Indians ace, is a relative newcomer in the world of elite pitching, but that elite status is not in question. He’s got the third-best WAR of any pitcher in the bigs, beating out names like Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw.

  • The Rory Coaster Reaches Its Apex at the British Open

    There’s never really been a period of time when it has been boring to be Rory McIlroy, but it’s a fair guess that 2014 is already a strong contender for Most Interesting Year of His Life.

  • PitchCraft: The Midseason GIF Awards

    Honoring the good, the bad, and the ugly from baseball’s first half.

  • Just Another Day

    With a résumé of personal and professional ups and downs, Jason Day looks to the British Open to make the leap from good to great.

  • The Uncensored 2014 British Open Power Rankings

    Unlike the U.S. Open course at Pinehurst, which was virtually guaranteed to be a huge headache for the golfers regardless of what the weather did, the elements here in England will have an enormous determining factor on how this tournament plays out.

  • PitchCraft: Adam Wainwright, the Elite Bridesmaid

    Since becoming a starter for St. Louis in 2007, he’s been one of the most reliable, successful pitchers in the game. So why hasn’t he ascended to the level of public stardom he deserves?

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