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  1. Glaring holes among playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    It's easy to imagine the Angels succeeding in October -- for seven innings, at least. Mike Trout is already widely regarded as the best player on the planet, and he is in the midst of what is arguably the best month of his career, sporting a 1.228 OP...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  2. Ranking aces of AL contenders

    Jim Bowden

    On Monday, I ranked all the National League aces of postseason contenders. The list featured a mixture of young power arms and seasoned veterans with postseason experience. What's more important: ability or experience? While veteran savvy is importan...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  3. Royals-Tigers Preview

    Royals-Tigers Preview

    Preview | September 12, 2013
  4. Contending teams should not trade for Houston Astros pitcher Bud ...

    Dave Cameron

    Despite slim pickings in the starting pitcher trade market, Bud Norris isn't worthy of a spot in a playoff rotation and thus shouldn't be pursued by a contender, writes Dave Cameron.

    Story | Conversation | July 26, 2013
  5. Ervin Santana shuts down Tigers in Royals' victory

    Ervin Santana allowed two singles in 7 1/3 innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | July 19, 2013
  6. Which contender is most collapse-proof?

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell and I briefly raised this question a couple weeks ago on a SweetSpot TV: Which team is most collapse-proof? Or, to rephrase it, which is least likely to go all 2012 Red Sox on us? At the time, we mentioned the Reds, but I'm not so sure ...

    Blog | April 20, 2013
  7. Predicting a Detroit Tigers-Washington Nationals World Series

    Jayson Stark

    A single pitch has yet to be thrown in the 2013 season, but we already know who's going to win it all. And it's the ...

    Story | Conversation | March 30, 2013
  8. Top 10 pitchers in the playoffs

    Keith Law

    A number of the best starting pitchers in baseball this year, including Cy Young contenders R.A. Dickey, Clayton Kershaw, David Price and Felix Hernandez, won't be pitching in the postseason, but we still have plenty of top arms to watch among t...

    Blog | October 04, 2012
  9. Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia among the top 10 pitchers in the 20...

    Keith Law

    Keith Law ranks the top 10 pitchers who will be playing in the 2012 MLB postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | October 04, 2012
  10. 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
  11. Which AL contenders have legitimate ace starters?

    Our panelists take a look at which AL teams have true aces, and what that might mean for them in the postseason.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2012
  12. 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
  13. MLB -- Wild weekend for wild-card contenders

    Our experts focus on four weekend series involving teams in the mix for wild-card berths.

    Story | Conversation | August 17, 2012
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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