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  1. Podcast: Playoffs? Let's talk about playoffs

    Rob Neyer

    Eric Karabell and Mark Simon hosted Monday's Baseball Today podcast and among the things they discussed: 1. Eric isn't ready to write off the Diamondbacks yet and believes we could see the home team win every game of this series. 2. Did the Phi...

    Blog | October 03, 2011
  2. Stat Shots: Yes, the Philly rotation is good

    Rob Neyer

    ESPN Stats & Information provides a statistical breakdown of teams, players and MLB history....

    Blog | March 30, 2011
  3. Thome's back for more

    Rob Neyer

    Jim Thome's coming back in 2011, and with the possible of exception of the Yankees not getting Cliff Lee or Zack Greinke, this might be the best news of the winter. Because Thome's been one of the great hitters of this era, and when he's gone he'll ...

    Blog | January 14, 2011
  4. Lee puts 'mystery team' back on top

    Rob Neyer

    First thing's first: One of my fellow BBWAA members has taken a fair amount of punishment these past few days, for repeatedly referencing some "mystery team" that's been in the hunt for Cliff Lee. Well, the Phillies were a mystery, and a well-kept...

    Blog | December 14, 2010
  5. Free-agent pickings getting slim

    Rob Neyer

    Top 10 free agents still available: 1. Cliff Lee 2. Adrian Beltre 3. Orlando Hudson 4. Carl Pavano 5. Magglio Ordonez 6. Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin 7. Manny Ramirez 8. Jim Thome 9. Bill Hall 10. Hideki Matsui Once you get ...

    Blog | December 09, 2010
  6. A.L. C.Y. pits Wins against ERA

    Rob Neyer

    If Felix Hernandez wins the Cy Young Award today, those howls you'll hear from our nation's leafy suburbs will be coming mostly from a certain generation of baseball writers, many of whom fought like blazes to keep on-base percentage from entering th...

    Blog | November 18, 2010
  7. Giants are worthy champions

    Rob Neyer

    Remember when Cliff Lee was unbeatable? Seems like a vague memory now ... While Lee matched Tim Lincecum on the scoreboard for the first six innings of Game 6, he wasn't really matching him. In the second inning, Pat Burrell lined one of Lee's ...

    Blog | November 01, 2010
  8. Giants find easiest way to win: Play better

    Rob Neyer

    Did Bruce Bochy out-manage Ron Washington in Game 1? Not really. Cliff Lee gave up seven runs, and there wasn't any obvious point at which Washington should have removed Lee before most of the damage was done. With any other pitcher, maybe? But Le...

    Blog | October 27, 2010
  9. Yanks' fans not helping hunt for Cliff Lee

    Rob Neyer

    From Bob Nightengale, here's a wonderful corrective for everyone who thinks Cliff Lee is merely on temporary loan to the Rangers from the Yankees: "That's the greatest thing, being so close to home," says Kristen, who says she is superstitious and ...

    Blog | October 26, 2010
  10. Rangers had 'em all the way

    Rob Neyer

    I will probably go to my grave believing that the New York Yankees were better than the Texas Rangers in 2010. I believe, right now, that the difference between them probably wasn't as large as most of us thought, a few weeks ago. The Yankees o...

    Blog | October 22, 2010
  11. Questioning Washington's bullpen moves (again)

    Rob Neyer

    Tying up a few loose ends from Monday night's blowout ... Immediately afterward, I didn't attempt any analysis of how Cliff Lee pitched so well; it still felt too raw, the answers too obvious. However, BaseballAnalytics.org has a a lovely graphical ...

    Blog | October 19, 2010
  12. Should Girardi have used Mo in Game 3?

    Rob Neyer

    Lost in Cliff Lee's continuing wizardry was the Yankee bullpen's ninth-inning meltdown, which turned a 2-0 nailbiter into an 8-0 blowout. And as It's About the Money notes, it didn't have to end that way: Rather than bring Mariano Rivera in to face...

    Blog | October 19, 2010
  13. Rangers' Lee claims spot among greats

    Rob Neyer

    It's premature to suggest that Cliff Lee is having the greatest postseason in the history of postseasons; in 1905, Christy Mathewson started three World Series games and pitched three shutouts. Randy Johnson carried the Diamondbacks in 2001. Et ceter...

    Blog | October 18, 2010
  14. Revisiting Jack Morris's brilliant Game 7

    Rob Neyer

    With Cliff Lee's next gem just around the corner, here's some e-mail about a related subject: Rob, I just wanted to drop you a line regarding your recent Top Ten postseason pitching performances. Interesting, naturally, but I was quite surprised yo...

    Blog | October 18, 2010
  15. A five-point plan for beating Cliff Lee

    Rob Neyer

    From Dan Rosenheck's blueprint for the Yankees' success against Cliff Lee in Game 3: 3. That said, try to lay off the junk. Lee doesn't have the raw stuff to blow hitters away -- in fact, batters made contact against him on 84 percent of their swin...

    Blog | October 18, 2010
  16. Rangers turn tables on Rays, steal Game 5

    Rob Neyer

    When Tuesday night's game is remembered, it will be remembered mostly for Cliff Lee's sparkling performance -- nine innings, 11 strikeouts, just one run -- which lowered his career postseason ERA to 1.44 in seven starts. Deservedly so. The real...

    Blog | October 12, 2010