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  1. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  2. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  3. 10 breakthroughs to watch for 2015

    Buster Olney

    For these 10 players, 2014 represented a big step forward, and because of that 2015 will be a season of tremendous promise; it'll be fascinating to see how they grow. In no particular order: 1. Jose Abreu, White Sox From the first day he arr...

    Blog | September 27, 2014
  4. Jeter's legacy: consistency, reliability

    Buster Olney

    Two camps have warred throughout Derek Jeter's career -- those who claim he has raised his level of play in crucial moments, versus the crowd of skeptics, who countered that Jeter merely cashed in on a fragment of his extraordinary number of opportun...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  5. Bochy staying positive amid Giants slump

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Hours before the Giants stepped in front of the pitching bulldozer otherwise known as Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday evening, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a quandary: What should be done if his team were to lose yet still...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  6. Pace of play committee lacks right voices

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Another in the season-long burst of complaints erupted recently over one of the on-the-fly rule changes that were implemented in 2014. An official with Major League Baseball privately conceded that the criticism, in this particular cas...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  7. Reds already focused on '15 bounce back

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- The 2014 season began evaporating for the Cincinnati Reds the first week after the All-Star break. Three straight losses against the Yankees, three more against the Brewers, another to Washington ... a flurry of failure from which the...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  8. The Jeter Tour has hurt the Yankees

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Some folks employed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1995 have spoken with reverence for what took place on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, when Cal Ripken played in his 2,130th and 2,131st consecutive games. The response of the fans to Ripken, and the ...

    Blog | September 21, 2014
  9. 10 days, 10 burning questions

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY -- Ten days left in the regular season. Ten burning questions. 1. Will Oakland pull out of its flat spin? The Athletics have surrendered 15.5 games in the standings to the Angels in 39 days, which might otherwise seem impossible if ...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  10. Trading Cueto makes sense for the Reds

    Buster Olney

    The Cincinnati Reds will finish this season with a losing record, but their 2014 struggles may well take them beyond that bit of ignominy. It's possible they will finish last in the National League Central, and they have a chance to finish with one o...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  11. Previewing the qualifying-offer market

    Buster Olney

    As the saying goes, those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Not one of the 22 players who were extended qualifying offers the past two winters accepted them, and in a lot of cases, that made sense. But it's a strategy that failed...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  12. To-do lists for Orioles, Angels, Nationals

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- There will not much rest at all for Miguel Cabrera, it appears, no chance for him to stay off his right ankle and let the pain from his bone spur subside. If Wade Davis becomes weary in the next 14 days, he probably won't have much choic...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  13. Davis' mistake may cost him eight figures

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- This cannot be overstated: Chris Davis is a really nice person. Routinely gregarious, cheerful, helpful, self-deprecating. He is eminently likeable in the way that a wagging St. Bernard is, and that great demeanor is probably what will p...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  14. Oakland's collapse could be worst ever

    Buster Olney

    On the morning of Aug. 10, the Oakland Athletics not only had a 4-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, they also had the majors' best record: 72-44, on a pace to win 96 games. They were regarded as the best team in baseball, with th...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  15. Stanton's injury could cause MLB change

    Buster Olney

    On this date in 1952, the Pittsburgh Pirates did something no other team had done before. From NationalPastime.com: At Forbes Field, the Pirates become the first team to use protective head gear, a precursor to the batting helmet that protects the...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  16. Could be a quiet offseason in New York

    Buster Olney

    As one small-market general manager said recently, Major League Baseball is at its strongest when the big-money teams are thriving and driving interest in the largest pools of potential customers. Parity is nice, and it's a good thing when fans in Ba...

    Blog | September 10, 2014