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  1. Oakland's collapse could be worst ever

    Buster Olney

    On the morning of Aug. 10, the Oakland Athletics not only had a 4-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, they also had the majors' best record: 72-44, on a pace to win 96 games. They were regarded as the best team in baseball, with th...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  2. Potential pitching targets for Red Sox

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Yoenis Cespedes got a hanging slider from Shane Greene on Saturday, a great chance to make an initial statement to Red Sox fans about the damage he can do. There were runners on base, and Boston was trying to mount a comeback. But Cesped...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  3. A's-Sox deal works for both sides

    Buster Olney

    In Jon Lester's past 10 starts, he has a 1.54 ERA, with 66 strikeouts and 11 walks over 70 innings. He has been a completely different pitcher since last August, since Red Sox catcher David Ross convinced him to work to both sides of the plate. He wa...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  4. Red Sox had better have a post-Lester plan

    Buster Olney

    Memo to John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino: I hope you have a Plan B. In fact, make sure you have a Plan B. Because if there is no Plan B to Jon Lester for next season, you could have a whole lot of angry fans and players by Opening Day, a...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  5. Marlins could be buyers at trade deadline

    Buster Olney

    Before you dismiss the notion that the Miami Marlins could be serious players in the market over the next few days, it's worth noting that, after their wild comeback win over Washington on Monday, they are closer to the leader in their division -- si...

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  6. New Atlantic League rules could help MLB

    Buster Olney

    Pat Gillick reminisced the other day about an amateur baseball tournament in Kansas, in which games were started from morning until midnight, the schedule pushed along by the clock. If the hitter wasn't in the box 90 seconds from the last pitch of an...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  7. Red Sox taking needless risk with Lester

    Buster Olney

    There are 119 days remaining in the Major League Baseball season, and depending on whether the Boston Red Sox make the playoffs, perhaps 119 days until Jon Lester throws his last pitch of the year. But the Red Sox may have much less time than tha...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  8. Ausmus' impact on Tigers' basepaths

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- From the first day of spring training, the Detroit Tigers players say, Brad Ausmus talked about the running game. But not only the running game of the Detroit baserunners, who were told to look for opportunities to take a bas...

    Blog | May 18, 2014
  9. How Bailey changed the pitching market

    Buster Olney

    Homer Bailey's career ERA is 4.30, and he's had two seasons in which he has thrown over 200 innings. He has not pitched to the level of a Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, or even a Matt Cain. He's never had any kind of a vote for the Cy Young Award...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  10. Early grades for the free-agent class

    Buster Olney

    In the April leading up to CC Sabathia's free agency in 2008, his ERA after four starts was 13.50. Months later, he got the biggest contract ever for a pitcher -- $161 million -- after he had bounced back, and then been traded to Milwaukee and led th...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  11. Red Sox had reasons to say nothing

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have been there and done that with the accusations of pitchers using foreign substances, from Clay Buchholz's shiny forearm and game-day wet look to the green stuff seemingly wedged into the leather of Jon Lester's glove last October. The...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  12. Red Sox succeeding through details

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Jon Lester was about to wade into the marsh of reporters waiting for him Saturday, after he had shut down the Yankees, when catcher David Ross beckoned him to the side. Ross had been looking for Lester since the game ended, wanting to share...

    Blog | September 15, 2013
  13. Guys to target in fantasy baseball

    Buster Olney

    Friends who play fantasy baseball ask me all the time about possible picks, and while I don't know about value relative to the rounds in a fantasy draft in the way Eric Karabell or Matthew Berry do, these are some of the names I've mentione...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  14. Paul Maholm, Josh Beckett among players to target in fantasy base...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney gives his fantasy baseball recommendations for the 2013 season.

    Blog | Conversation | March 29, 2013
  15. Players facing make-or-break seasons

    Buster Olney

    Chris Davis had 1,005 plate appearances in his first four seasons in the big leagues, and so he was at a crossroads in his career in 2012. He had just turned 26 years old and had 441 strikeouts and 253 hits, and if he had struggled again, he may have...

    Blog | January 28, 2013
  16. Hanley Ramirez and Jon Lester must return to form in 2013 - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at nine players facing make-or-break seasons in 2013.

    Blog | Conversation | January 28, 2013