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  1. Meet Chris Carter 2.0

    Jonah Keri

    On September 5, Houston designated hitter Chris Carter came to the plate against Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija in the top of the sixth inning. The A's led 3-2, and, with two outs already recorded, speedy Astros second baseman Jose Altuve dance...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  2. Bryan Cranston Is: Baseball — The One-Man Show

    Grantland Staff

    Where does a critically acclaimed, award-winning actor go after playing Walter White for five seasons? He embodies the most misunderstood, tortured character of all: the MLB postseason. Now who's being rumored for the female lead in Seas...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  3. Dear Clayton; Love, Pedro

    Ben Lindbergh

    Dear Clayton, Pedro Martinez's 2000 season here. I heard you were having a pretty good year, so I took a look at the stats, and wow: We have so much in common. We're almost identical ERA brothers! Me at 1.74, you at 1.70. Both...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  4. Jason Heyward, Baseball Enigma

    Michael Baumann

    There was a moment after the 2010 MLB draft when four NL East teams suddenly had a young right fielder who was either in the majors or on the way there, and who was expected to one day challenge for MVP awards. Division partisans were suppos...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  5. The 30: Putting a Pin in the Champs

    Jonah Keri

    Normally, this is where I'd offer an elaborate intro to capture the drama that's sure to ensue during the season's final days. With the chilly pennant-race air settling in, however, there are bigger priorities. Like keeping your face ...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  6. The Cardinals: A Gross October Tradition Unlike Any Other

    Michael Baumann

    There are some annoying inevitabilities that come with the calendar: taxes in April, swamp ass in August, and the St. Louis Cardinals in October. I thought we were in the clear this year, because on July 1, the Cardinals were 6.5 games out of first p...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  7. MLB September Math: When Small Numbers Become Big, and Fan Optimi...

    Michael Baumann

    The Miami Marlins are only 4.5 games back of the National League's second wild-card spot. That's incredible - 4.5 games is nothing. It's slightly more than a good weekend. It's a hiccup, and they have 18 games in which t...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  8. The Adolescence of Soccer Stats

    Mike L. Goodman

    There is a school of thought in the baseball analytics community that the world would have been better off without the box score. The argument goes that the the box score legitimized a certain set of numbers, and that those numbers weren't...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  9. Derek Jeter's Diary: Derek Jeter Day of the Dead

    Mark Lisanti

    The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captain's private journal. Thursday, September 4: vs. Red Sox Everybody gets olde...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  10. Iron Men: Quantifying the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Remarkable In...

    Ben Lindbergh

    At the age when most players, and particularly most catchers, have begun to decline, 31-year-old Pirates backstop Russell Martin is peaking. As usual, Martin has excelled on defense this season, posting strong pitch-framing stats, a stellar pop time,...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  11. A Clockwork Oakland: What the Heck Happened to the Once Great A&r...

    Jonah Keri

    At the end of play on July 30, the Oakland A's led the AL West by 2.5 games. They owned the best record in baseball, at 66-41. They also boasted the top run differential, outscoring opponents by an amazing 162 runs, which is what happens wh...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  12. No Steals for You: How Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura Became...

    Ben Lindbergh

    "I consider it a fifth pitch," Kansas City Royals starter James Shields says of controlling the running game. His old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, considered it "one of the biggest things we did all season long."...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  13. Skunked Brew: The Bizarre Implosion of Milwaukee’s Playoff ...

    Charles P. Pierce

    The simple things, Pete Townshend once warned us, are all complicated. That is the way it is when you are in a pennant race, and that is especially the way it is when you are falling out of a pennant race like a bowling ball down a well. Take, for ex...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  14. We Went There: The Yankees' Definitive Derek Jeter Day

    Ben Lindbergh

    On the days at Yankee Stadium that feature only a moderate amount of brand-building pageantry, pennants representing each team hang from the building's famous frieze, their placement corresponding to each club's spot in the standi...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  15. The 30: Six P’s, One Giant Surge

    Jonah Keri

    Slowly but surely, the playoff field is starting to narrow. Three teams now lead their divisions by five or more games, meaning they're nearing the point at which they can start to feel safe. Two AL West and two AL Central teams are battling for...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  16. Derek Jeter's Diary: Like Sands Through the Hourglass

    Mark Lisanti

    The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captain's private journal. Thursday, August 28: at Detroit Tigers This is my fina...

    Blog | September 04, 2014