7:23 AM EDT, Wed September 22, 2021
10 hours ago

Phillies wandering in September for a fourth straight year

It had become all too familiar territory for the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans. For the fourth season in a row, the team found itself in a mid-September race to escape definitive mediocrity, possibly post their first winning season since 2011, or actually make the playoffs for the first time since that season. Great inspiration […] Phillies wandering in September for a fourth straight year - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
22 hours ago

Baltimore Orioles playing spoiler role perfectly

One could understand if a team in the playoff hunt would be happy to see the Baltimore Orioles on their schedule. The Orioles have been miserable for much of the season, their .320 winning percentage the worst mark in the majors. Even if they are playing for a future several years down the line, the […] Baltimore Orioles playing spoiler role perfectly - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 20, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers: Max Scherzer altered NL playoff picture

For the Los Angeles Dodgers, the mission is clear – World Series repeat or bust. They made that obvious during the offseason when they added Trevor Bauer to their stable of pitchers, one-upping the Padres in their divisional arms race. Then, when Bauer was placed on administrative leave, the Dodgers swiped Max Scherzer from under […] Los Angeles Dodgers: Max Scherzer altered NL playoff picture - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 20, 2021

Boston Red Sox: Yankees series is a must win beyond bragging rights

Just days before their final regular-season series against the New York Yankees in 2021, the Boston Red Sox are looking at several possibilities. Right now, the team sits at the top of the Wild Card standings in the American League, and the Yankees are currently out of the playoff picture. However, all that can change […] Boston Red Sox: Yankees series is a must win beyond bragging rights - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 20, 2021

Anthony Gose completes comeback with Cleveland Indians

There was a time when Anthony Gose was one of the top prospects in baseball as an outfielder. He was a key part of the return for Roy Oswalt, only to be flipped for another top prospect in Brett Wallace. A consensus top 100 prospect prior to the 2012 season, Gose had intriguing power and […] Anthony Gose completes comeback with Cleveland Indians - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 20, 2021

Washington Nationals: Juan Soto being overlooked in NL MVP race

In a year when there are plenty of worthy candidates to take home the National League Most Valuable Player award, Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals is putting up solid numbers but getting little national recognition in return. Soto, who will turn 23 on October 25, has accumulated 6.3 bWAR this season, second only to […] Washington Nationals: Juan Soto being overlooked in NL MVP race - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 20, 2021

How the St. Louis Cardinals took command of second NL Wild Card spot

On Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals not only finished off a sweep of the San Diego Padres inside Busch Stadium, but also likely finished the Padres season as well. St. Louis has become a bully when it comes to assuming command of its own National League Wild Card destiny. With its eighth straight win […] How the St. Louis Cardinals took command of second NL Wild Card spot - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 20, 2021

Kohei Arihara deserved second season with Texas Rangers

Kohei Arihara was the Texas Rangers‘ biggest offseason acquisition. A solid pitcher in Japan, he had signed a two year contract with Texas, likely serving as a bridge option while they looked to rebuild the roster. However, for just $7.44 million over two years, Arihara was a worthwhile investment, someone that could easily return a […] Kohei Arihara deserved second season with Texas Rangers - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 20, 2021

Stephen Strasburg key to Washington Nationals 2022 hopes

The past two years have been a disaster for Stephen Strasburg. He was a key part of the Washington Nationals plans, but has pitched a grand total of 26.2 innings over the past two seasons. The 2021 campaign was lost as he battled various arm issues, culminating with surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. While this […] Stephen Strasburg key to Washington Nationals 2022 hopes - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 19, 2021

Gerrit Cole is every New York Yankees fan watching the scoreboard

The New York Yankees desperately needed Gerrit Cole to come through on Sunday. They had fallen out of the second Wild Card spot, and with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and A’s playing well recently, the Yankees needed to rack up victories to keep pace. With their ace on the mound, and facing an Indians […] Gerrit Cole is every New York Yankees fan watching the scoreboard - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 19, 2021

Washington Nationals: Alex Avlia ready for next chapter in baseball future

Eventually, every player hangs up their cleats for one last time. There comes a time when they simply do not have it anymore, when Father Time calls upon them and says that it is time to go. That is the reality that Washington Nationals catcher Alex Avila is facing as the 2021 season winds down. […] Washington Nationals: Alex Avlia ready for next chapter in baseball future - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 19, 2021

Milwaukee Brewers will be tough out in 2021 playoffs

Saturday night was a cause for celebration for the Milwaukee Brewers. For the fourth consecutive season, they have clinched a playoff berth, hoping that this will be the season that they can finally bring home the first championship in franchise history. This may be the year that happens. The Brewers have ridden a dominant trio […] Milwaukee Brewers will be tough out in 2021 playoffs - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 19, 2021

Manny Machado showing leadership for San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres season is starting to fall apart quickly. Between their seemingly unending pitching injuries and inconsistencies, the Padres are on the verge of missing out on the postseason. What had been a season that began with high expectations and hopes for a championship has become a frustrating year of disappointment. Those frustrations […] Manny Machado showing leadership for San Diego Padres - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 19, 2021

Tampa Bay Rays pitching assembly line keeps cranking

The Tampa Bay Rays have a knack for developing pitching. Whether they have drafted those arms, signed them as bargain free agents, or acquired them in trade, there is something about that organization that is able to bring out the best in these players. That has been the case with Shane Baz, who has gone […] Tampa Bay Rays pitching assembly line keeps cranking - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sep 18, 2021

New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton moves up all time leaderboard

Saturday afternoon’s game will be a forgettable one for the New York Yankees. The game was essentially over after a seven run fifth inning as the Indians clobbered Yankees’ pitching. For the most part, this game will not be featured on any highlight video for the 2021 season. However, there was one highlight in the […] New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton moves up all time leaderboard - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More