Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|For two nights against the Brewers, the lineup choices Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made were absolutely correct, even if the evidence at hand in one case was not what one would call extensive.
More» Jay lines a sharp three-run shot to right|
|It may be that the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers are considerably better than many people thought. But the Brewers' problem is that the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals could be every bit as good as many people thought.
More» Roenicke on Garza's start in shutout loss|
|Unlike years past, where controversial calls could often lead to a manager screaming at or kicking dirt at an umpire, the new replay system has instead led to much more friendly discussion between skippers and the men in blue..
More» Viciedo's double reviewed, confirmed|
|The Royals are only 4-4, but it may be one of the most encouraging 4-4 starts you're ever going to see, according to MLB.com national columnist Mike Bauman.
More» Gordon jacks a three-run homer to right|
|Before the start of the season, you could have confidently predicted that the pitching staff of the Kansas City Royals would be one of the best in the American League. Now, it can be safely suggested that the Royals' pitching may be even better than expected. The variable would be Yordano Ventura, a 22-year-old with dynamic stuff and pitching maturity well beyond his years.
More» Ventura throwing some serious heat vs. Rays|
|The trade that helped both teams is generally more rhetoric than reality. Most trades produce two things: one winner and one loser.
But at Kauffman Stadium this week we have an example of a trade that really did help both clubs. This trade was so good that it deserves a merit badge for making a huge difference in the fortunes of two American League franchises.
More» Myers singles in Jennings for Rays' fifth run|
|What if the Yankees had been swept by the Astros on Thursday night? What would an 0-3 start have meant? Nothing. Something. Everything. Take your pick. It is way too early to tell.
More» Girardi on Solarte's big game, Nova's outing|
|With at least three planned starting pitchers unavailable for the start of the regular season, Atlanta turned to contingency pitchers such as Aaron Harang. Harang rewarded the Braves on Wednesday, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 1-0 win.
More» Harang shuts down Brewers in debut|
|The Braves' starting rotation lost some of its edge during Spring Training because of a number of injuries, but Julio Teheran and Alex Wood showed in the first two games of the season that all is not lost.
More» Wood tosses seven innings of one-run ball|
|In Wisconsin, the winters can be completely unforgiving. But the people there apparently are much more tolerant, as Ryan Braun got a standing ovation in his first at-bat of the season in a show of support from Brewers fans at Miller Park on Opening Day.
More» Braun gets warm ovation before first at-bat|
|This, this is the season to be jolly. You need some tidings of comfort and joy? Here is the national pastime, starting all over again, creating its annual restoration of the spirit.
More» Mattingly on Dodgers sweeping in Australia|
|The Detroit Tigers have agreed to pay a kingly amount of money to Miguel Cabrera. Miggy has hit his way into a higher bracket. The last two consecutive Most Valuable Player seasons proved his worth in an indisputable way.
More» Cabrera hits a monster three-run homer|
|There are at least 20 clubs that could consider themselves legitimate contenders for a postseason berth. Even more reason for optimism is that some of the most viable contenders are small-revenue franchises that have found success against clubs with much larger resources.
More»Donaldson talks about his spring, looks ahead to 2014|
|Turning one of baseball's ugliest episodes into a story of redemption might seem, at first glance, like a reach. But in this case, the facts support the considerable distance traveled between violence and goodwill.
More»Marichal looks back on incident with Roseboro|
|The Giants could win a third straight championship in an even-numbered season -- if they are able to pitch something like they did during their 2010 and '12 championship seasons.
More» Bochy likes what he sees out of Bumgarner|
|Wednesday night at Surprise Stadium, the danger on batted balls hitting pitchers was demonstrated all too clearly when Aroldis Chapman, closer for the Cincinnati Reds, was struck in the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez.
More» Chapman struck by liner, leaves on stretcher|
|The idea of the Royals as a Wild Card this season makes perfect sense. After all, if you improve significantly from 86 victories, you're entering the postseason neighborhood. There are solid reasons to believe that the 2014 Royals will take those forward steps. And Ned Yost has chapter and verse handy.
More»Ned Yost discusses Royals baseball with Dan Plesac|
|Yes, the White Sox lost 99 games last season and finished 30 games out of first place in the American League Central standings. But based on moves that the Sox have made since last summer, significant improvement in the standings would seem to be a question of when, not if.
More»Hahn, Ventura excited to field young White Sox team|
|The Oakland Athletics have had the kind of pitching depth over the last two seasons that allowed them to win consecutive division titles. Now, with injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, they will once again rely on others to step up.
More»Jarrod Parker will miss 2014 season with Tommy John|
|The adventure was about to begin for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The anticipation was real, the excitement was genuine. And then came a really lousy piece of news.
More»A look at D-backs' options with Corbin out|