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  1. Wild card making September more exciting

    David Schoenfield

    Look, the wild-card game is goofy. Or dumb, depending on your personal taste. Having teams play 162 regular-season games and then a one-game playoff to move on in the postseason is akin to having an NFL playoff game that lasts about six minutes. B...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  2. Braves and umps blunder their way to loss

    David Schoenfield

    Well, that was insane. Fans of the new system will say this is exactly the kind of excitement baseball needs. Critics will suggest this game sums up everything that's wrong with a one-game playoff series. One bad throw (or three), one mental er...

    Blog | October 05, 2012
  3. Key players to watch for September

    David Schoenfield

    Monday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians set up to be one of those much-anticipated September pitching duels between aces on playoff contenders: David Price versus Corey Kluber, the team everyone expected to win the American Lea...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  4. Molina injury could cost Cards four wins

    David Schoenfield

    The St. Louis Cardinals won at least 86 games each season from 2008 through last year. They haven't made the playoffs every season, but they've been competitive every season. The one constant in those years, of course, has been All-Star catcher Yadie...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  5. Double trouble: Too many Tigers mistakes

    David Schoenfield

    Now this was a high-octane postseason game, with baserunners all over the place, collisions at home plate, one all-time "Did you see that!?!" play by Jose Iglesias, bullpen maneuverings, subs contributing, superstars struggling ... and double plays. ...

    Blog | October 18, 2013
  6. Is too much good pitching a bad thing?

    David Schoenfield

    From 2002 through 2012 there were three postseason games that ended 1-0. We've already had four this postseason. Justin Verlander has allowed one run in his three starts -- and his team has lost two of the games. The Dodgers and Cardinals began their...

    Blog | October 16, 2013
  7. Cardinals mistakes help Dodgers in Game 3

    David Schoenfield

    Here's one reason the baseball playoffs are, as always, so unpredictable: Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and now Adam Wainwright have started games in this round of the playoffs, allowed the combined total of six runs, and their teams ha...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  8. Why Cole will challenge Beltran

    David Schoenfield

    One of the key matchups in tonight's Game 5 between the Pirates and Cardinals is rookie starter Gerrit Cole versus Carlos Beltran, who is doing his usual Babe Ruth impersonation in the playoffs. While some may believe Cole should pitch as carefull...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  9. Leyland's slow hook burns Tigers in Game 3

    David Schoenfield

    Earlier on Monday, Eric Karabell and myself taped a SweetSpot TV segment on managers, and one thing we harped on was the slow hooks some managers have had in the postseason, particularly Dusty Baker with Johnny Cueto in the NL wild-card game and Fred...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  10. Good move by Mattingly to start Kershaw

    David Schoenfield

    #Dodgers announced that Clayton Kershaw will start tonight's Game 4 at Chavez Ravine. #ITFDB- Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 7, 2013 One of the things I repeatedly assert about the postseason is you can't manage the same way in...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  11. Rays win individual battles, move on

    David Schoenfield

    Don't let the final score fool you: This was an interesting game, from Danny Salazar looking like the second coming of Bob Feller to sabermetric whipping boy Delmon Young hitting another postseason home run to the Cleveland Indians creating one scori...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  12. Reds now team to beat in NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    The wild-card game is, of course, a bit mad. Or maybe completely mad. Telling teams they have to play 162 games to get into the playoffs and then one game to stay alive is akin to telling two NFL teams they've made the playoffs after 16 regular-seaso...

    Blog | August 18, 2013
  13. Should O's worry about Machado, Davis?

    David Schoenfield

    If the playoffs started now, the Baltimore Orioles would be in -- they hold a one-game lead over the Rangers (who lost Thursday afternoon to the Yankees) as they go into their game tonight against the Royals. That lead is obviously precarious, with t...

    Blog | July 25, 2013
  14. Ten guys facing the most pressure in 2013

    David Schoenfield

    Does pressure exist in baseball? We've made heroes and goats of those who performed -- or didn't perform -- in the game's biggest moments. But those are usually isolated snippets of time in a postseason game, when the results of one at-bat or a few g...

    Blog | March 04, 2013
  15. Do you need a closer to win World Series?

    David Schoenfield

    The obvious answer here is: Well, of course, you do. Starters rarely throw complete games anymore in the postseason; in the past 10 postseasons we've had just 19 complete games. Only two starters have thrown more than one in that span: Josh Beckett a...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  16. Cardinals stun Nats in amazing comeback

    David Schoenfield

    We just witnessed one of the most amazing games in postseason history. Whether this game will eventually earn itself a place alongside other legendary games remains to be seen -- after all, Cardinals-Nationals doesn't quite have the same buzz to it a...

    Blog | October 13, 2012