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  1. The Cardinals: A Gross October Tradition Unlike Any Other

    Michael Baumann

    There are some annoying inevitabilities that come with the calendar: taxes in April, swamp ass in August, and the St. Louis Cardinals in October. I thought we were in the clear this year, because on July 1, the Cardinals were 6.5 games out of first p...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  2. Iron Men: Quantifying the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Remarkable In...

    Ben Lindbergh

    At the age when most players, and particularly most catchers, have begun to decline, 31-year-old Pirates backstop Russell Martin is peaking. As usual, Martin has excelled on defense this season, posting strong pitch-framing stats, a stellar pop time,...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  3. Skunked Brew: The Bizarre Implosion of Milwaukee’s Playoff ...

    Charles P. Pierce

    The simple things, Pete Townshend once warned us, are all complicated. That is the way it is when you are in a pennant race, and that is especially the way it is when you are falling out of a pennant race like a bowling ball down a well. Take, for ex...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  4. Yadi’s Secret Sauce

    Ben Lindbergh

    Last week, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina completed the latest in a long line of preternaturally perceptive plays at the plate. As he'd done so often before, Molina evaluated his competition, drawing upon a deep familiarity with...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  5. How the NL Central Will Be Won

    Jonah Keri

    The baseball world got a jolt Sunday afternoon when, for the first time in three-plus months, a team other than Milwaukee held an outright lead in the NL Central. It didn't last long. The Cardinals, who'd briefly moved into fir...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  6. The 30: Angels in the Outfield (and Bullpen)

    Jonah Keri

    We're only three games beyond the All-Star break, yet the pennant-race craziness has already begun. The NL Central is a free-for-all following the Brewers' big slump. The AL East is full of mediocre-to-bad teams that believe they still hav...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  7. MLB Midseason Report

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the MLB All-Star break, a necessary pause during the grueling baseball campaign, and also the most boring time of the season for many fans. Since I've already said my piece on the yawnfest, let's turn our attention to something w...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  8. The Jonah Keri Podcast: Chip Caray and Derrick Goold

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah talks to Chip Caray about the Braves and his career in broadcasting, and to St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold about the Cardinals and the NL Central race. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter, and subscrib...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  9. Did the Pittsburgh Pirates Penny-Pinch Their Way Back Into Irrele...

    Jonah Keri

    The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a dream 2013 season full of walk-offs, celebratory hashtags, and Super Mario Brothers-themed Cutchy goodness, nabbing their first winning season and playoff berth in 21 years. And there was noooooo doubt about...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  10. The Duncan Way: How Cardinals Pitchers Continue to Dominate by Ex...

    Jonah Keri

    Dan Brooks, an experimental psychologist and the proprietor of the excellent baseball analysis site Brooks Baseball, contributed charts, data, and research for this article. Follow Dan on Twitter @brooksbaseball and visit Brooks Baseball for more adv...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 2014 NL Central Preview

    Jonah Keri

    Grantland's MLB division preview series continues today with the NL Central, where the Cardinals aim for their third World Series berth in four years, the Reds try to get by with a thin lineup, the Pirates hope to pull off consecutive miracle se...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  13. 2014 MLB Preview

    Grantland Staff

    The 2014 MLB season is rapidly approaching. Prepare for Opening Day (well, Opening Days ...;) with Grantland's MLB Preview, which includes Jonah Keri's division primers, our staff MLB Warning countdown series, over/under odds, fan...

    Blog | March 21, 2014
  14. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Loving and Hating the Wild Card

    Shane Ryan

    Only two more weekends left in the regular season, and to use one of my favorite clichés, these guys have EVERYTHING to play for! Let's get to it. 10. How the Nationals Will Destroy the NL Central (MIA-WAS) At exactly the moment in the sea...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  15. About Last Night: Rangers Back in the Hunt

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy being quietly content with Greg Schiano, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday: The Texas Rangers broke a seven-game skid and reasserted themselves in the AL wild-card race with a 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. When...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  16. Second Chances, First Place: Inside the Pirates' Rookie-and-Recla...

    Michael Baumann

    One of the knocks on baseball's dual wild-card system is that it leaves the winner of the play-in game at a real disadvantage, forcing the club to pitch its ace in the win-or-go-home match, then turn around and start the division series without being...

    Blog | September 17, 2013