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  1. Five ways a Molina absence hurts Cards

    Buster Olney

    Yadier Molina still hasn't ruled out the possibility that he could play in Game 3, writes Derrick Goold, but there is some mystery about what Molina's role could be, writes Jayson Stark. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't saying exactly how -- o...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  2. 10 crucial matchups in the ALCS, NLCS

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Ten key matchups in the AL and NL Championship Series that begin Friday and Saturday, respectively: 1. The Orioles vs. the Kansas City running game: This is like a steel-cage match within the main event. The Royals have run aggressive...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  3. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  4. Bochy staying positive amid Giants slump

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Hours before the Giants stepped in front of the pitching bulldozer otherwise known as Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday evening, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a quandary: What should be done if his team were to lose yet still...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  5. Trading Cueto makes sense for the Reds

    Buster Olney

    The Cincinnati Reds will finish this season with a losing record, but their 2014 struggles may well take them beyond that bit of ignominy. It's possible they will finish last in the National League Central, and they have a chance to finish with one o...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  6. McCutchen admirably playing despite pain

    Buster Olney

    After Andrew McCutchen banged into the center-field wall making a catch Tuesday night, he paused for a moment, bent at the waist, and was probably doing one of three things: 1. Assessing whether his injured ribs had been knocked free from his body...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  7. Rockies' hot bats among stories to watch

    Buster Olney

    In case you missed it: The three leading hitters in the NL batting race all wear the same uniform. The Rockies' Charlie Blackmon is batting .379, Troy Tulowitzki is at .376, and Justin Morneau is at .357. Oh, yeah, and Nolan Arenado is ...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  8. What could derail the Dodgers?

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were picked by more folks at ESPN than any other team to win the World Series; 38 of the 44 ESPN experts who cast ballots chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. Las Vegas is picking them as we...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  9. NL MVP Andrew McCutchen on staying positive, helping others -- ES...

    Buster Olney

    For ESPN The Magazine's MLB Preview Issue, NL MVP Andrew McCutchen tells Buster Olney about how he stays positive and upbeat during long MLB seasons.

    Story | Conversation | March 24, 2014
  10. Ranking strength of early NL schedules

    Buster Olney

    In following Tuesday's column ranking the American League's early-season schedules, Wednesday we have the National League. The teams are ranked toughest to easiest in caliber of early-season schedule. 1. Chicago Cubs Games vs. teams with reco...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  11. Phillies will listen on Hamels and Lee

    Buster Olney

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to regain their footing after a disastrous 2013 season, trying to get younger while still contending against the Braves and Nationals in the National League East, and they seem ready to t...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  12. Key under-the-radar guys

    Buster Olney

    MILWAUKEE -- Yadier Molina is probably the Cardinals' leading candidate for National League most valuable player, with Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig well-positioned to get some top-10 votes. Adam Wainwright will get some consideration for the NL Cy ...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  13. Braves won't let 2011 happen again

    Buster Olney

    PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Braves wake up this morning with a lead of 12 1/2 games in the National League East, and if they win just one of three games in Washington in the series that starts tonight, the division race may be all but over. Now, you'...

    Blog | August 05, 2013
  14. NL trade deadline preview

    Buster Olney

    The perception in some corners around baseball is that the Chicago Cubs fared well in their trade of Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday. "They turned a one-year rental into pieces that can help [going forward]," said an AL evaluator. "The...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  15. Early leaders for MVP, Cy Young

    Buster Olney

    I recently bumped into a longtime evaluator who offered an interesting handicap on the National League Most Valuable Player race. "Right now," he said, "Yadier Molina is the league MVP, hands down." Over the next week to 10 days, every team will p...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  16. Kershaw is still NL's top arm

    Buster Olney

    I heard a great description of Matt Harvey's curveball the other day from a longtime evaluator, and it really would apply to Clayton Kershaw's curveball as well: Even when a hitter is looking for it, even when he plans to swing at it, even when he kn...

    Blog | May 15, 2013