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  1. Ranking the contenders' schedule strength

    Buster Olney

    On July 23, 2013, the Cleveland Indians were 52-48 and slogging along. But what they had in front of them was opportunity, as noted then, in the form of one of the easiest second-half schedules in the big leagues. They proceeded to take full advantag...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  2. How the Indians remain a contender

    Buster Olney

    When the Indians clinched a playoff spot on the final Sunday of the regular season, Terry Francona walked through the two sheets of plastic that separated a hallway of sanity from Cleveland's champagne celebration. A few minutes later, Francona st...

    Blog | November 09, 2013
  3. The Royals are patching together what they feel can be a contende...

    Buster Olney

    It's pretty common to build hope for a Royal return to glory, only to have the idea effectively smashed by the end of April. But KC has been aggressive so far this offseason, and the team should be better in 2013.

    Blog | Conversation | November 21, 2012
  4. The status of each playoff contender heading into postseason - ML...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at all 10 playoff teams and evaluates their statuses heading into the postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | October 03, 2012
  5. Key players for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    Scouts are scattered all over ballparks these days, preparing for the postseason, looking for weaknesses, forming opinions on which hitters to avoid and which hitters to go after. Each of the playoff teams will have particular players who will be...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  6. The most important player on each current playoff team - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney goes through every team currently projected to make the postseason and highlights the player most crucial to their playoff hopes.

    Blog | Conversation | September 25, 2012
  7. Buck Showalter's bullpen management is a big reason for Orioles' ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that if Buck Showalter wins AL Manager of the Year, it'll be because of his (and pitching coach Rick Adair's) ability to manage the Baltimore bullpen, a group that has had to consume far more innings than other AL contenders.

    Blog | Conversation | September 23, 2012
  8. What must go right for each AL contender to make the postseason -...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney runs through all of the current American League playoff contenders and says what must go right in the final month of the season for each team to have a shot at the postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | August 28, 2012
  9. Second-half schedules for NL contenders

    Buster Olney

    Yesterday, we ranked the second-half schedules for the American League contenders. Here's how our second-half schedule ranking stacks up for the National League contenders, ranked from the easiest schedule to the toughest. 1. Cincinnati Reds...

    Blog | July 08, 2012
  10. Ranking the second-half schedules for all National League contend...

    Buster Olney

    After looking at the second-half schedules for American League contenders, Buster Olney does the same with the National League. The Reds appear to have the easiest second-half road.

    Blog | Conversation | July 08, 2012
  11. Second-half schedules for AL contenders

    Buster Olney

    Nobody is going to feel sorry for a team with a payroll scraping the luxury tax ceiling, but the Boston Red Sox have the sort of second-half schedule that might require grappling hooks to climb over. Their game against the New York Yankees on Friday ...

    Blog | July 07, 2012
  12. Ranking second-half schedules for American League contenders - ML...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the second-half schedules for every American League playoff contender, from easiest to toughest.

    Blog | Conversation | July 07, 2012
  13. Carlos Quentin could be most valuable bat at trade deadline - MLB...

    Buster Olney

    As the games pass by, it's becoming clear there won't be much offensive help available at the trade deadline. Buster Olney writes that this could make Carlos Quentin very attractive for many contenders. Here are some trade scenarios for Quentin.

    Blog | Conversation | June 06, 2012
  14. Prince Fielder could make the Nationals immediate playoff contend...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that signing Prince Fielder would immediately make the Washington Nationals contenders in the NL East, as Fielder would transform the lineup. But how would the dollars and years sag on the franchise in future seasons?

    Blog | Conversation | January 05, 2012
  15. Lessons from AL MVP voting

    Buster Olney

    Matt Kemp was to the National League what Jose Bautista was to the American League -- a dominant offensive force who played exactly no games when his team was regarded as a legitimate playoff contender. Bautista became the most dangerous hitter in th...

    Blog | November 22, 2011
  16. Like Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp could be affected by not playing fo...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the AL MVP vote proved voters consider playing for a winning team to be a big part of the "most valuable" argument. Matt Kemp may not be able to overcome this in the NL MVP voting. Plus, the latest MLB hot stove news.

    Blog | Conversation | November 22, 2011