Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Nothing's more difficult than evaluating the impact managers have on their teams. To quantify it is probably impossible. But one way it can be done is through the Pythagorean standings.
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|How will bullpen roles shake out for the Cubs? MLB.com's Phil Rogers examines this and four other pressing issues for Chicago as the club looks to put a memorable postseason run together.
More» Cubs honor Arrieta after no-hitting Dodgers|
|If you've paid attention to Jake Arrieta since the Cubs acquired him from Baltimore two years ago, you know his no-hitter was probably more inevitable than unbelievable.
More» Arrieta throws first career no-hitter|
|Paul Molitor's Twins have been one of baseball's biggest surprises all season, and thanks to young talents like Miguel Sano, remain so heading into September.
More»Russo breaks down the Twins' unlikely playoff run|
|Nelson Cruz, who was traded three times before his 27th birthday, learned long ago about the beauty of the glass half full. So here he is at 35, continuing to raise his level with the Mariners, despite them being his third team in three years.
More»MLB Central uses Statcast to look at Cruz's approach|
|A weekend that saw one of the Phillies' top scouts spend time watching the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field suggests the club is about to pull the trigger on a complicated trade involving six-time All-Star Chase Utley. He's hitting like himself again after an injury-related decline, and he's elicited interest from multiple contenders looking for left-handed hitting.
More» Utley rips a solo shot to right|
|The White Sox have had trouble stepping up at the plate this season, and one of the casualties has been Jose Quintana's record. Despite a string of quality starts, the lefty quite possibly is the best 6-10 pitcher in the Majors this season.
More» Quintana fans four over six frames|
|Here's the Keep it Simple Stupid version of all you need to know about how the Cubs have gone from a cute little story to the team you'd least like to meet in the postseason: It's the Schwarber Factor.
More» Schwarber opens the scoring with a sac fly|
|Jon Lester, the Cubs' big free-agent signing over the offseason, is all about preparation, endurance and accountability. He'll accept the responsibility of being a leader, if what you're looking for is someone who leads by example.
More» Lester tosses seven strong in win over Giants|
|Addison Russell was the Cubs' second baseman until last Friday, when he moved across to his natural position. He's not moving off shortstop any time soon. Maybe not in the next 10 years. Maybe not ever.
More» Russell catches errant throw, makes great tag|
|A season after leading the Major Leagues with 98 wins, Mike Scioscia's team finds itself in a dogfight with the Astros and surging Rangers in the American League West.
More» Murphy's three-run shot confirmed in 3rd|
|Jake Arrieta has been on the short list of the Major Leagues' best pitchers for the last couple of months and demonstrated that to the Giants on Sunday. His 7 2/3 shutout innings were the centerpiece of a 2-0 victory that concluded a four-game sweep for the Cubs, who have won 10 of their last 11 to build a 3 1/2-game cushion for the National League's second Wild Card spot.
More» Arrieta discusses superb outing vs. Giants|
|Now it's time to get serious. That's the message that manager Joe Maddon and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein sent to the Cubs on Friday afternoon, when they fielded a lineup that included four left-handed hitters (no, we're not counting Jon Lester) and, most noticeably, no Starlin Castro, the three-time All-Star shortstop.
More» Schwarber grounds two-run single up middle|
|With the Giants at Wrigley Field for four games over the weekend, it's the biggest series of the Theo Epstein era in Chicago.
More» Rondon retires Sanchez to earn the save|
|The Cardinals have a comfortable lead in the NL Central, but the Pirates and Cubs are talented clubs who could keep the pressure on deep into September.
More» Newly acquired Moss wins game for Cardinals|
|As we wake up on Monday, with nine weeks remaining in the regular season, it's clear that the Blue Jays are the team to beat in the American League Wild Card race.
More» Tulo pads lead with RBI single in the 8th|
|Trades will be made in August -- the only difference is that after 4 p.m. ET on Friday, general managers have to get a player through waivers before wheeling and dealing. Here's a look at a few who could still be traded.
More» K-Rod fans Crawford to notch the save|
|Building a pitching staff at Coors Field, with the thin air and eye-popping dimensions, will always be a huge challenge. But it has to be met for the team to compete.
More»Mayo on prospects dealt to Rockies in Tulowitzki deal|
|Left field can be the bus terminal of positions in the Major Leagues. That's certainly been the case for the Orioles this season, but it would take only one trade to end the shuffling of faces and upgrade the lineup. Justin Upton looks like the perfect piece for the Orioles, sort of like he did for the Angels, whose general manager, Bill Stoneman, acquired Shane Victorino instead. So it would seem Upton is there to be taken for Baltimore, which makes all the sense in the world.
More» Upton collects six RBIs in two innings|
|Jeff Samardzija isn't quite baseball's version of "Where's Waldo," but the guy gets around. That trend isn't likely to stop now, not with the White Sox making a 9-2 stretch before the All-Star break look more like an outlier than a contender finding its stride.
More» Shark gets popup to cap seven solid innings|