For a decade and a half, the Yankees and the Red Sox have been in a club by themselves. But the Tigers, the Rangers and the Angels are knocking on the door to superpower status.
Are you buying your team's vision for the future based on those hot prospects it just acquired by trade? A word of advice: Don't. Your favorite front office just surrendered.
Although there are more high-profile spots on the calendar, the next six weeks of the baseball season is by far the most intriguing. This period of discovery foreshadows the pennant finale and October glory.
Now that they've ended 56 years of torment, the Giants must learn to embrace a new, unfamiliar course as champions.
Did the Yankees buy a World Series celebration? Their money didn't hurt, but that $207 million payroll is the least of baseball's competitive-balance problems.
CC Sabathia knows all about success in the regular season. But after falling flat in the past two postseasons, he's focused on becoming a success in October.
After a devastating loss in Game 5, the Rays can't let their thoughts betray them if they hope to advance to the World Series.
Though a playoff berth has not yet been guaranteed, and this was not the pressure of October, the Rays learned they could compete -- and beat -- the Red Sox on a big stage, Howard Bryant writes.
Time will tell if the Rockies' accomplishments this season represent a springboard to future successes or if the magic of '07 remains in a time capsule.
Having pitched poorly thus far in the playoffs, Daisuke Matsuzaka will face the most pressure with the Red Sox needing a win in Game 7 to advance to the World Series.
Having been eliminated after losing the final three games of the ALCS, the Indians and their fans are left wondering where it all went wrong.
Facing potentially his last start as a member of the Red Sox, Curt Schilling craves the big stage and the sense of theater that will come along with it.
C.C. Sabathia was tough and resolute throughout Game 5, but not dominant -- and his night should have ended after six innings.
Cleveland is flush. Boston is dead broke. Here's a checklist of the money moments over the past three ALCS games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was signed for moments like the one he faced in Game 3, but he once again failed to deliver on the postseason stage.
The Indians have pierced the air of invincibility that permeated the Red Sox this October and proven they can beat them.