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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. MLB -- Texas Rangers need to have a fire sale

    Paul Swydan

    After bottoming out in the first half of 2014, the Rangers need to start fresh, writes Paul Swydan.

    Story | Conversation | July 14, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Brian McCann fills Yankees' biggest void

    Keith Law

    The New York Yankees' move to sign Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract might be the easiest, best upgrade any contender could make this offseason. They played a variety of offensive ciphers at the position in 2013, getting just 0.9 W...

    Blog | November 23, 2013
  5. 10 biggest holes on contenders

    Buster Olney

    A year ago, Marlon Byrd was coming off a season in which he had been suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs and was limited to just 47 games, and he eventually settled for a make-good minor league deal with the New York Mets. Now he...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  6. Biggest positions of need for contenders this winter - MLB

    Paul Swydan

    Paul Swydan looks at the biggest holes that contenders must fill this winter.

    Story | Conversation | October 27, 2013
  7. 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
  8. Mapping playoff probabilities for each American League wild-card ...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski maps out the playoff probability for each AL wild-card contender based on how they fare in each of their remaining series.

    Story | Conversation | September 16, 2013
  9. Yankees-Blue Jays Preview

    Yankees-Blue Jays Preview

    Preview | September 16, 2013
  10. First Pitch: It ain't over

    Andrew Marchand

    It ain't over for the New York Yankees. Not by a long shot. Not with their schedule. Now that the Yankees have fled Boston, they have the easiest schedule of any of the wild-card contenders. In fact, if they can sweep the last-place Blue Jays in T...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  11. Who to root for? Ranking the contenders

    David Schoenfield

    Your team is out of it, but you still love baseball. You intend keep checking box scores and watching the big games these final two weeks. You'll watch the playoffs, but you need a team to root for. So, who to pick from the remaining teams in cont...

    Blog | September 15, 2013
  12. New York Yankees contenders? Not the way they played at Fenway

    Wallace Matthews

    When the Yanks need to be playing their best, they're playing their worst.

    Story | Conversation | September 15, 2013
  13. J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones help O's avert sweep by Yankees

    J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones hit three-run homers in the seventh inning as the Baltimore Orioles suddenly broke loose, jolting the New York Yankees 7-3 Sunday to avert a sweep in a matchup of wild-card contenders.

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | September 01, 2013
  14. X factors for playoff contenders - MLB

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski writes about August X-factors for teams in the playoff hunt. He points to the Reds and Athletics as teams in dire need to have a resurgence offensively.

    Story | Conversation | August 07, 2013
  15. Yankees-Rangers Preview

    Yankees-Rangers Preview

    Preview | July 23, 2013
  16. Matt Garza to make Texas Rangers debut Wednesday against New York...

    Matt Garza is set to start pitching for a playoff contender again, this time with a team that has long coveted him.

    Story | Conversation | July 23, 2013