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  1. Does power pitching reign in October?

    David Schoenfield

    One conventional baseball axiom says power pitching wins in the postseason. Think Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson dominating World Series games in the 1960s, or pitchers such as Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett winning in the 2000s with high-octane fastba...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  2. What are odds of Monday baseball?

    David Schoenfield

    Heading into the weekend, we have the slim possibility of three potential tiebreaker games Monday. This wouldn't be unusual in the wild-card era. We had one last season between the Rays and Rangers (the Rays won 5-2 behind David Price's complete game...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  3. Five things we learned Thursday

    David Schoenfield

    What did we learn Thursday night other than Derek Jeter has lived the most charmed baseball life any of us could imagine? (Not that we needed confirmation.) We learned that we'll have weekend baseball that still matters. Playoff spots remain unclinch...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  4. Guilder Rodriguez and the baseball dream

    David Schoenfield

    This has to be one of the season's best moments: Guilder Rodriguez, a 31-year-old Venezuelan recently called up to the majors for the first time, gets his first major league hit and we see his parents crying, Rangers fans giving him a standing ovatio...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  5. Five things we learned Monday

    David Schoenfield

    Six days of regular-season baseball left. Barring a tie-breaker. Catch the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedule at the Hunt for October page. 1. Andrew McCutchen is a baseball deity, conqueror of enemy moundsmen and lifeblood of Pi...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  6. An inning to remember: Duffy escapes

    David Schoenfield

    The Kansas City Royals began their Monday evening of baseball activities by officially losing that suspended game to the Cleveland Indians, although they made it interesting by scoring a run and having the tying run at second when Omar Infante popped...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  7. Where are fans on Selig's committee?

    David Schoenfield

    Commissioner Bud Selig, in one of his final acts before handing the reins of leadership over to Rob Manfred, announced a special committee to study implementing new rules to speed up the game for 2015. Of course, baseball receives a lot of criticism ...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  8. What's a manager really worth?

    David Schoenfield

    People like to talk about baseball managers, about Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. The talk focuses almost entirely on who is a good manager and who is a lousy manager. The average fan has a one-dimensional image of a manager. He's good or...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  9. How many career home runs for Miggy?

    David Schoenfield

    Via Lee Sinins of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Miguel Cabrera moved into the top 10 for career home runs through his age-31 season. The top 10: 1. Alex Rodriguez, 518 2. Jimmie Foxx, 464 3. Ken Griffey Jr., 460 4. Albert Pujols, 445 ...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  10. Ten questions for the stretch run

    David Schoenfield

    Two weeks to go. Two weeks of gut-wrenching, sweat-inducing, pacing-in-front-of-the-TV baseball if you're a Kansas City Royals fan, hoping to see your team make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Two weeks of wondering when Robinson Cano ...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  11. Stanton's HBP shows the danger of baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Former major infielder Jeff Huson once said this to my ESPN colleague Tim Kurkjian about facing Randy Johnson: "What was the worst thing that Michael Jordan could do to you? He can go dunk on you. He could embarrass you. What's the worst thing Randy ...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  12. Remember the bad Jayson Werth contract?

    David Schoenfield

    When the Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract before the 2011 season, the deal was widely criticized. It was made out to be symbolic of the further decline of baseball or something like that. The criticis...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  13. McCutchen right up there with Trout

    David Schoenfield

    Maybe I'm wrong here, but is it possible reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is a little underrated? Here's what I'm getting at it: Who is the best player in baseball? Most everyone says Mike Trout. Some will say Clayton Kershaw, if you ...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  14. Chat wrap: Managers on the seat

    David Schoenfield

    Here's Tuesday's chat wrap, another fine example of distressed baseball fans, happy baseball fans and those already looking ahead to the offseason....

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  15. A complaint about the 2015 schedule

    David Schoenfield

    Major League Baseball released its tentative 2015 schedule today -- big season-ending series between the Diamondbacks and Astros! -- and I have one major issue. The season begins April 5 with a "Sunday Night Baseball" game on ESPN, with the full O...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  16. Yasiel Puig's power drought a big concern

    David Schoenfield

    Through the first two months of the season, Yasiel Puig looked like a superstar franchise player, as good -- and certainly as exciting -- as any position player in baseball. At the end of May, he was hitting .344/.436/.615 with 11 home runs, was draw...

    Blog | September 08, 2014