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  1. Slump City: Why Does the 2014 MLB Season Suddenly Feel Like 1968?...

    Jonah Keri

    Less than a month into the 2014 baseball season, we're already reveling in the game's many intricacies. One trend in particular has reared its ugly head with all the subtlety of a Bartolo Colon at-bat: Nobody, it seems, can hit worth a dam...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  2. We Get 10 Minutes With Eric Chavez

    Jonah Keri

    For a while, Eric Chavez was one of the best all-around players in the game, a sweet-swinging third baseman with power and patience and six straight Gold Gloves who played a far bigger role in the Moneyball-era Oakland A's success than Chad Bradford ...

    Blog | May 24, 2013
  3. Roster Doctor: The Unpredictability of Closers, NL Edition

    Jonah Keri

    Last year, Jason Motte was one of the best and most reliable closers in the game, racking up 42 saves, nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings, and a 2.75 ERA. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract in January, and was widely expected to have anoth...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  4. Loss of Damaged Weaver Could Be an Angel Blessing

    Jonah Keri

    Jered Weaver will miss four to six weeks with a fracture in his left elbow. This could be great news for the Los Angeles Angels. To understand how losing someone considered one of the best pitchers in the game could be a good thing for a pennant c...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  5. Game of the Night: Rockies vs. Diamondbacks

    Jonah Keri

    It's been an ugly season for the Colorado Rockies. The Quadruple-A applicants for the third-base job have collectively played below replacement level. Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, normally one of the best defensive players in the game, had a one-w...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  6. 2012 MLB Season Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Jonah Keri

    One of the top 15 players in the game in Troy Tulowitzki. A young star entering his age-27 season in Carlos Gonzalez. A potential future ace in Jhoulys Chacin. Plus ... Jamie Freaking Moyer! The offseason relocation of Grantland's baseball headqua...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  7. 2012 MLB Season Preview: Chicago White Sox

    Jonah Keri

    Robin Ventura had his doubts when Kenny Williams first approached him about the White Sox managing job this offseason. He liked serving as an advisor for the Sox without being there every day, liked keeping his hands in the game without wringing them...

    Blog | February 29, 2012
  8. Oakland Opens the Wallet for Cuban Import

    Jonah Keri

    Looks like Billy Beane really is sticking to that Window. After spending the offseason trading away two of the better young starting pitchers in the game for a flock of prospects, the A's shelled out big bucks for the most mysterious prospect sin...

    Blog | February 13, 2012
  9. The Jonah Keri Podcast: What to Watch for in Game 6, With Jayson ...

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri talks to ESPN's Jayson Stark and FanGraphs writer Dave Cameron about the World Series and what to watch for in Game 6 (and a possible Game 7). Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Sports podcast network on iTune...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  10. World Series Game 5: The Giants Carve Out a Series Lead, Madison ...

    Jonah Keri

    Madison Bumgarner owned Royals hitters on Sunday night, firing the first complete-game shutout by a Giants pitcher in a World Series contest since 1962, pushing San Francisco to within one victory of its third title in five years with the 5-...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  11. World Series Weekend Preview: Three Keys for Three Royals-Giants ...

    Jonah Keri

    The Giants and Royals reconvene tonight in San Francisco for Game 3 of the World Series, with the matchup knotted at one win apiece and with plenty of questions looming heading into a pivotal weekend. Here are three of the story lines we'll be f...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  12. 2014 NLCS Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals

    Jonah Keri

    The games have been played and bat flips tallied - and for the fifth year in a row, the St. Louis Cardinals or San Francisco Giants will represent the National League in the World Series. So who will it be? We...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  13. A Clockwork Oakland: What the Heck Happened to the Once Great A&r...

    Jonah Keri

    At the end of play on July 30, the Oakland A's led the AL West by 2.5 games. They owned the best record in baseball, at 66-41. They also boasted the top run differential, outscoring opponents by an amazing 162 runs, which is what happens wh...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  14. The Texas Rangers' Lost Season

    Jonah Keri

    Few teams entered the 2014 season with higher hopes than the Texas Rangers did. They'd won 90 or more games in each of the past four seasons, joining Tampa Bay as the only teams to accomplish that feat. The Rangers made the playoffs in 2010...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  15. Something Special’s Brewing: How Milwaukee Turned a Disastr...

    Jonah Keri

    The lineup the Milwaukee Brewers fielded against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night looked like it belonged in a split-squad spring training game. Elian Herrera, the light-hitting utility man with one career big league homer, hit second. Sco...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  16. Moneyball …; But With Money

    Jonah Keri

    Not too long ago, David Ortiz looked like he might be cooked. Boston's hulking DH had posted huge numbers through the first three and a half months of the 2012 season, hitting .316/.414/.609 with 23 homers and 25 doubles in just 89 games...

    Blog | March 13, 2014