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  1. Houston Astros' Jose Altuve has a real zest for the game

    Jerry Crasnick

    While the Astros continue to be miles away from being a contender, their best and most uplifting story is a tiny second baseman who has a flair for collecting hits.

    Story | Conversation | August 08, 2014
  2. NL Central contenders must start shopping

    Jerry Crasnick

    The Milwaukee Brewers looked so out-of-sync and vulnerable in losing four straight games to the Philadelphia Phillies at home this week, it's only natural that St. Louis and Cincinnati would aspire to reach the All-Star break in first place. They'...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  3. Philadelphia Phillies in tough spot with aging roster

    Jerry Crasnick

    Despite myriad reasons to the contrary, the Phillies believe they will be a contender in 2014.

    Story | Conversation | January 25, 2014
  4. How GM Ben Cherington rebuilt the Boston Red Sox

    Jerry Crasnick

    Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington took the team that finished last in the AL East a season ago and made it into a title contender.

    Story | Conversation | October 11, 2013
  5. Breaking down the National League MVP race

    Jerry Crasnick

    Andrew McCutchen is the leading contender for the National League's top player award.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2013
  6. Playoff contenders closely monitoring workloads of young pitchers...

    Jerry Crasnick

    Much like the Nationals did last season with Stephen Strasburg, contenders are keeping close tabs on their young starters.

    Story | Conversation | August 07, 2013
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates waiting on Andrew McCutchen's wingman to emerg...

    Jerry Crasnick

    If the Pirates hope to break the .500 barrier and produce a postseason contender, they're going to need a wingman for star center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

    Story | Conversation | April 19, 2013
  8. MLB -- Greinke good to go at deadline

    Jerry Crasnick

    Brewers ace Zack Greinke silenced concerns over his readiness to contribute to a contender by shutting down the Phillies over seven innings.

    Story | Conversation | July 24, 2012
  9. Washington Nationals believe they're a legitimate contender

    Jerry Crasnick

    Could this be the season the Nationals put aside their losing ways, and make a run at a spot in the postseason? They think so.

    Story | Conversation | March 30, 2012
  10. Cliff Lee arrived with the Texas Rangers and made them true conte...

    Jerry Crasnick

    Cliff Lee elevated the Rangers to a new place, not just by leading them to their first playoff series win, but simply by arriving in Texas.

    Story | Conversation | October 12, 2010
  11. Recovering from shoulder surgery "a flip of the coin"

    Jerry Crasnick

    When you see the words shoulder and surgery in succession, understand that a pitcher who undergoes the procedure usually faces a long and arduous rehab before returning to full health ... if ever.

    Story | Conversation | September 14, 2010
  12. Ranking contenders' lineups, from best to worst

    Jerry Crasnick

    Teams that have the ability to hit quality pitching usually thrive in the postseason. That said, which lineups among serious playoff contenders are the best?

    Story | Conversation | September 08, 2010
  13. Midseason 'All-Offensive Laggard' squad

    Jerry Crasnick

    There are several hitters on contenders who've failed to produce to expectations and must pick up the pace in order to help their teams make the playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | July 07, 2010
  14. Jerry Crasnick: Kansas City Royals' strong bullpen still needs he...

    Jerry Crasnick

    The Royals' bullpen should be a strength in '09, but their starting staff will need to improve for them to be legitimate contenders.

    Story | Conversation | March 19, 2009
  15. Jerry Crasnick: San Francisco Giants close to being NL West conte...

    Jerry Crasnick

    The Giants could be dangerous in the NL West if they can add another productive bat to their lineup.

    Story | Conversation | January 16, 2009
  16. Unknown spoilers await unsuspecting contenders

    Jerry Crasnick

    It's not known who it will be and when it will happen, but spoilers are bound to cause either the Twins, White Sox, Phils, Mets or Brewers to stumble.

    Story | Conversation | September 24, 2008