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  1. Pirates just moves away from greatness

    Jim Bowden

    It was quite the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had their first winning season since 1992 and won an exciting NL wild-card playoff against the Cincinnati Reds -- also their first playoff win since 1992. They then pushed the St. Louis Car...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  2. These teams won't miss playoffs in 2014

    Jim Bowden

    With the introduction of a second wild-card team in 2012, teams are in the postseason hunt later and longer than ever. Three teams in particular were expected to contend for a playoff berth but fell short for various reasons. What sets them apart is ...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  3. 10 X factors down the stretch

    Jim Bowden

    With just two and a half weeks left in the regular season, we still have dramatic division races in the National League Central and American League West as well as an intense wild-card race in the AL where five teams are separated by just three games...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  4. White Sox, Phillies, Brewers must rebuild

    Jim Bowden

    With the addition of an extra wild-card team, it's becoming increasingly difficult for GMs to decide whether their teams are contenders, so I've decided to do it for them. Wednesday I examined three teams on the edge of contention, and explained w...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  5. Dodgers, Giants, Indians must reload

    Jim Bowden

    With the addition of an extra wild-card team, it's becoming increasingly difficult for GMs to decide whether their team is a contender, so I've decided to do it for them. Over the next two days I will be looking at six teams on the edge of content...

    Blog | June 19, 2013
  6. Wild-card berth in reach for Royals

    Jim Bowden

    Call it early, call it April, tell me there are still 143 games left in the 162-game schedule, but the fact is that the Kansas City Royals have developed into a legitimate wild-card contender. They're off to a relatively fast 11-8 start. They sit...

    Blog | April 26, 2013
  7. Scott Boras still holds all the cards

    Jim Bowden

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Last year, well into January, Prince Fielder remained unsigned. But as colleague Jerry Crasnick wrote at the time, it wasn't going to cause his agent, Scott Boras, to sweat: "In Boras' world view, the trade market is almost tapped...

    Blog | December 07, 2012
  8. What's next for Atlanta and Texas?

    Jim Bowden

    After more than seven months and 162 games, the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers won 93 and 94 games, respectively. Their seasons ended in the span of three hours, as they became the first teams to lose in MLB's new wild-card elimination game form...

    Blog | October 08, 2012
  9. Picking NL wild-card rosters

    Jim Bowden

    In the inaugural season of the wild-card sudden-death playoff, managers and GMs will be setting their rosters for a one-game series with the notion that their team must be prepared for any contingency. What if the game goes multiple extra innings? Wh...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  10. Who should start the wild-card games?

    Jim Bowden

    This postseason will mark the first time Major League Baseball will feature two wild-card berths for each league. Managers of the contending clubs for the final four spots say they are only worrying about winning each day's game. However, there's no ...

    Blog | September 24, 2012
  11. 5 pitchers who could swing pennant races

    Jim Bowden

    Starting pitching is what got division leaders to where they are now and it is what many believe will decide the four wild-card berths. Just look at the teams vying for those slots and the pitchers they boast: the Tampa Bay Rays are led by David Pric...

    Blog | September 17, 2012
  12. Common thread for Angels, Giants, Rays

    Jim Bowden

    It was a year ago when the St. Louis Cardinals sat five games over .500 at 67-62, 10 games behind the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers and 10.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the NL wild card. The Cardinals ended up going 23...

    Blog | August 13, 2012
  13. 10 most likely to be traded by July 31

    Jim Bowden

    With increased parity and two wild-card berths available, there are fewer sellers this season than ever just before MLB's July 31 trade deadline. Because of that, conventional wisdom dictates it could be a slow go for teams in search of help. How...

    Blog | July 03, 2012
  14. Evaluating trade deadline sellers

    Jim Bowden

    With just more than six weeks before the July 31 trade deadline, the difference between buyers and sellers remains blurred. Parity and the addition of two wild-card berths has many teams on the fence about being a buyer or seller. For now, there are ...

    Blog | June 12, 2012
  15. How a GM handles the extra wild card

    Jim Bowden

    As we all know, MLB added an extra wild-card team this year -- with the two wild cards playing a one-game playoff -- and this will no doubt have an enormous impact on how front offices handle decisions during the season. The critics of the one-ga...

    Blog | April 01, 2012
  16. Cards take calculated risk with Matheny

    Jim Bowden

    As a player, Mike Matheny was known as a gutsy and heady catcher who played and studied the game as if he were a manager already. Though just a .239 career hitter, Matheny must have hit it out of the park in his interview with the St. Louis Cardinals...

    Blog | November 14, 2011