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Dallas Keuchel's Cy Young Hangover Is at Heart of Houston Astros' Dismal 2016

It's normally unfair to put the struggles of any MLB club at the feet of a single player. It's a team sport, there are nine men on the field, etc.

But if you're a Houston Astros fan looking to play the one-man blame game with your squad's dismal start, look no further than Dallas Keuchel.

Matt Cain's Resurgence Yet Another Weapon for Streaking Giants

The San Francisco Giants were coming up short for a while there. After going into 2016 amid loads of hype, they were under .500 as recently as May 10.

But all of a sudden, the Giants are making it look suspiciously like an even year.

6-1 Steven Matz Making Matt Harvey's Struggles Bearable for Contending Mets

NEW YORK — The tone in the afternoon was serious as the New York Mets discussed what they're going to do with a pitcher who was once their biggest asset but is now their biggest concern.

The tone Friday night was much lighter thanks to another Mets pitcher who is quickly becoming a valuable asset.

Yu Darvish's Comeback Could Be Deciding Factor in Mariners-Rangers Race

The race in the American League West is just tight enough to possibly be decided by one man.

Yu Darvish, come on down.

MLB Team of the Week: Chris Sale, Danny Valencia and Mike Trout Star

The Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale improved to 9-0 Thursday with a complete-game victory against the Houston Astros.

If that doesn't sum up the folly and intrigue of Bleacher Report's MLB Team of the Week, nothing does.

On the one hand, pitching wins are a silly, outmoded stat. On the other hand, 9-0 is 9-0.

Likewise, a week's worth of scalding production doesn't mean much in the long run. On the other hand, a hot week is a hot week.

Tim Lincecum and the Angels Are an Ideal Match of Need, Opportunity

On today's episode of "Things That Were Meant to Be," we have the Los Angeles Angels and Tim Lincecum.

A deal between the Angels and the two-time Cy Young Award winner had been in the air for a few days and is now complete. As reported by MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Lincecum is heading to Anaheim on a modest contract:

MLB 'Contender or Pretender' Breakdown at the 2016 One-Quarter Mark

It's time for America's favorite game show, "Contender or Pretender."

OK, maybe it's not America's favorite game show, but we're still going to play, and you're invited to play along.

It works like this: We take a look at the teams with the best records in baseball and determine whether they're legitimate threats to make the playoffs (contenders) or if their early-season success is unsustainable (pretenders), which could be for a variety of reasons.

Sonny Gray Becomes Must-Watch Trade-Deadline Chip with Stephen Strasburg Signed

Under normal circumstances, a struggling pitcher with an ERA north of 5.00 wouldn't inspire feverish trade speculation.

But the Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray isn't a normal struggling pitcher. And these aren't normal circumstances. 

Blue Jays' 2016 Struggles Putting Toronto in Danger of Becoming 1-Year Wonder

What a difference a season can make.

Stanton-Yelich-Ozuna Trio Making Case as One of MLB's Best Offensive Outfields

Hype has such versatile usage in sports, like the English language’s version of Will Smith—a rapper, comedian and actor.

It’s employed to characterize a player, group of players, team, franchise, manager, executive and even owners. Basically, sports’ hype machine is applicable to any breathing organism in the world of sports.

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