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  1. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  2. Angels bullpen reason for second-half success

    Mike Petriello

    In ESPN The Magazine, Insider Mike Petriello explains how the Angels turned their bullpen from the worst to arguably the best, and Jim Keller shows how other contenders turned their seasons around.

    Story | Conversation | September 15, 2014
  3. The biggest defensive liabilities on top contenders -- MLB

    Scott Spratt

    Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions takes a look at the biggest defensive liabilities on potential playoff teams. He leads with second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, who has cost the Nationals 11 runs since Aug. 1.

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2014
  4. Updated team win-loss projections, playoff odds and World Series ...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski updates his MLB win-loss projections, playoff odds and World Series odds, using the ZiPS formula, which shows that the true playoff contenders have emerged, but there are still no clear World Series favorites.

    Story | Conversation | September 03, 2014
  5. Cuddyer staying in Colorado?

    AJ Mass

    After hitting for the cycle on Sunday, there had been some rumors that perhaps the Colorado Rockies were going to move Michael Cuddyer to a contender. However, a hamstring injury to the outfielder seems to have sent any chance of a deal right out the...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  6. Why Washington Nationals are NL front-runners to make World Serie...

    Mike Petriello

    Which National League team is the front-runner to make the World Series? Mike Petriello outlines why all signs point to the Washington Nationals playing deep into October.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2014
  7. My early award winners, top contenders

    Keith Law

    With just five weeks left in the regular season, we're approaching peak silliness time, the point in the season when we start to hear narrative-based explanations for why players who weren't actually the best at their respective roles deserve more aw...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  8. Seven moves to make Rockies contenders

    Jim Bowden

    Future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire at season's end and when he does, he'll pass the torch to the next most important shortstop who wears No. 2 in major league baseball: Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, who migh...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  9. DeGrom's workload

    Doug Mittler

    The New York Mets previously set a 180-185 innings pitched limit for rookie Jacob deGrom, but there could be some wiggle room if the club is a serious contender for a postseason berth. In an interview during a local TV broadcast over the weekend,...

    Blog | August 04, 2014
  10. Seattle the favorite for Cuban outfielder?

    Joe Kaiser

    Seattle may be the front-runner to land 27-year-old Cuban outfielder, Rusney Castillo. Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reported Friday that "some rival scouts suggest the Mariners, who seek a right-handed bat, are among the leading contenders to...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  11. How the Los Angeles Dodgers fix their center-field problem - MLB

    Scott Spratt

    Scott Spratt provides defensive pickups that would bolster contenders going forward. One possibility is the Los Angeles Dodgers trading for Gerardo Parra.

    Story | Conversation | July 19, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Twins to shop Kendrys Morales?

    Doug Mittler

    The Minnesota Twins have considered themselves legitimate postseason contenders (at least publicly), but 15 losses 22 games provided a sobering dose of reality. It could be time for the Twins to become sellers once the All-Star Game festivities concl...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  15. 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
  16. First base options in Texas

    Doug Mittler

    Injuries have become a way of life for the Texas Rangers. ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney recently chronicled how the Rangers have dealt with an inordinate amount of ailments and remained a postseason contender. The list grew even longer Sunday ...

    Blog | June 10, 2014