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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. Best trade fits for David Price - MLB

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski looks at which contenders need David Price the most, and which teams aren't a good fit.

    Story | Conversation | October 14, 2013
  3. Ranking aces of NL contenders

    Jim Bowden

    As we've all learned by now, baseball's postseason is pretty much a crapshoot, with all 10 participants having a legitimate chance at a world championship. Just before last year's postseason began I predicted the San Francisco Giants would win th...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  4. The closer myth is dying - MLB

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello explains why it's not necessary for contenders to pay for an elite closer to win the World Series. He points to the past two champions -- St. Louis and San Francisco -- as examples.

    Story | Conversation | August 08, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 20 starting pitchers who could be traded

    Jim Bowden

    With MLB's trade deadline just six weeks away, there are presently 22 teams within eight games of making the playoffs. This means just eight teams can be considered "sellers" at this juncture. Many of the contenders are looking for elite starting pit...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  8. 10 players likely to be traded by July 31

    Jim Bowden

    Baseball is witnessing the most competitive balance in more than two decades. As a result, general managers of contending teams already are preparing and targeting potential trade partners for the July 31 trade deadline. All the same, non-contenders ...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  9. 10 concerns for 10 contenders

    Buster Olney

    The Toronto Blue Jays were the first team to jump into winter with an early hammer, but some general managers and agents say that their sense of the market is that others are waiting. Waiting for the prices to drop, or waiting for more opportunities ...

    Blog | November 23, 2012
  10. Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves among contenders with major conc...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at 10 concerns for 10 contenders.

    Blog | Conversation | November 23, 2012
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. The Baltimore Orioles are playing like a true contender in Septem...

    Carson Cistulli

    Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs writes that while the Orioles' record for most of the season could be picked apart by the numbers, their September performance resembles that of a true playoff contender.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2012
  15. 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
  16. 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