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  1. Ned Yost shows why he's a terrible manager

    David Schoenfield

    I'm all for thinking outside the box in the postseason, especially in a one-game situation like a wild-card game. But it's another thing to think so far outside the box and pull off one of the worst managerial decisions in recent history. The Kans...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  2. What was Billy Butler thinking?

    David Schoenfield

    It's not too often you see a Little League play work in the majors. And it didn't work in the first inning when Billy Butler wandered off first base and got caught in a rundown and then Eric Hosmer got caught trying to score. Officially, Hosmer is cr...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  3. Key roster decisions for A's-Royals

    David Schoenfield

    The Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals have announced their 25-man rosters for Tuesday's wild-card game and since rosters can be changed before the Division Series, it's no surprise that both teams left several starting pitchers off their roste...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  4. The implications of Game No. 162

    David Schoenfield

    We began Saturday with six teams playing for something: Trying to win a division title, trying stay alive for a division title, trying to clinch a wild card, or, in the case of the Seattle Mariners, just trying to keep alive the faintest of hopes tha...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  5. Five things we learned Friday

    David Schoenfield

    The big news of the night was the Kansas City Royals clinching their first postseason berth since 1985, ending the longest playoff drought in the majors. (That honor now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, last in the playoffs in 1993, when they won th...

    Blog | September 27, 2014
  6. What are odds of Monday baseball?

    David Schoenfield

    Heading into the weekend, we have the slim possibility of three potential tiebreaker games Monday. This wouldn't be unusual in the wild-card era. We had one last season between the Rays and Rangers (the Rays won 5-2 behind David Price's complete game...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  7. Five things we learned Thursday

    David Schoenfield

    What did we learn Thursday night other than Derek Jeter has lived the most charmed baseball life any of us could imagine? (Not that we needed confirmation.) We learned that we'll have weekend baseball that still matters. Playoff spots remain unclinch...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  8. How unique are the Royals?

    David Schoenfield

    I found this piece from August Fagerstrom of FanGraphs interesting. He asks: Has a team like the Royals ever made the playoffs? The Royals are last in the American League in both home runs and walks and, no, that kind of team has never made the pl...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  9. Five things we learned Wednesday

    David Schoenfield

    It was a night of missed opportunities. The Cardinals lost but the Pirates couldn't take advantage. The Royals led the Indians but couldn't hold on and dropped further behind the Tigers. The A's and Royals lost. Taijuan Walker finally gave the Marine...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  10. Looking at the best rookies of 2014

    David Schoenfield

    With the news that Jacob deGrom has been shut down by the New York Mets and after watching Yordano Ventura deliver another impressive performance Tuesday night for the Kansas City Royals, it seems like a good time to review the 2014 rookie class. Her...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  11. Five things we learned Tuesday

    David Schoenfield

    The main thing we learned was clarity: With Kansas City winning and Seattle losing, we basically know the 10 playoff teams now, barring some sort of miracle as the Royals (and Athletics) are three up on the Mariners with five games remaining. The Dod...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  12. Five things we learned Monday

    David Schoenfield

    Six days of regular-season baseball left. Barring a tie-breaker. Catch the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedule at the Hunt for October page. 1. Andrew McCutchen is a baseball deity, conqueror of enemy moundsmen and lifeblood of Pi...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  13. An inning to remember: Duffy escapes

    David Schoenfield

    The Kansas City Royals began their Monday evening of baseball activities by officially losing that suspended game to the Cleveland Indians, although they made it interesting by scoring a run and having the tying run at second when Omar Infante popped...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  14. Five things we learned Wednesday

    David Schoenfield

    Check out the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules at the world-famous Hunt for October page. 1. This is how Mariners fans feel right now. Mariners rookie James Paxton was filthy, matching zeroes with Angels left-hander C.J. W...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  15. Who may pitch the wild-card games?

    David Schoenfield

    We're getting close enough to the end of the season to start speculating on who could pitch in the wild-card games. Teams won't necessarily have the luxury of lining up their best pitcher -- two years ago, for example, the Orioles went with Joe Saund...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  16. What's a manager really worth?

    David Schoenfield

    People like to talk about baseball managers, about Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. The talk focuses almost entirely on who is a good manager and who is a lousy manager. The average fan has a one-dimensional image of a manager. He's good or...

    Blog | September 16, 2014