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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. Happy Birthday, Edgar Martinez!

    David Schoenfield

    Excuse me while I get caught up in a wave of nostalgia ... The greatest moment in Mariners history. And this may be the second-greatest moment. The first highlight was from Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series, one of the most exciting playoff ga...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  4. Bumgarner's place in World Series history

    David Schoenfield

    Obviously, everybody wrote about Madison Bumgarner after his dominant Game 5 performance -- following up on his dominant postseason run. Jayson Stark: With Bumgarner, we have come to realize now that this isn't just about one night, even on a ni...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  5. Too much Bumgarner for Royals in Game 1

    David Schoenfield

    After a postseason that has given us game after game of late-inning drama, I guess we were due for a game such as this one. You feel bad for Royals fans who were so excited and pumped up before the game. Although the team that won Game 1 has gone on ...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  6. Lineups, roster decisions for Giants, Pirates

    David Schoenfield

    Can we top the American League wild-card game? Unlikely, but PNC Park promises to be one of the best atmospheres you'll see all postseason, just like last year when the Pirates beat the Reds in the wild-card game. Giants lineup CF Gregor Blanco ...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  7. Final thoughts on Ned Yost, Royals, A's

    David Schoenfield

    I still can't get this game out of my head. I'm happy for Royals fans, sad for A's fans, happy for baseball, worried that we just saw the best game of the postseason. Let's hope we get few more like this one. Some stuff from other people: Joe Shee...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Does power pitching reign in October?

    David Schoenfield

    One conventional baseball axiom says power pitching wins in the postseason. Think Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson dominating World Series games in the 1960s, or pitchers such as Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett winning in the 2000s with high-octane fastba...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  10. How are Pirates, Cards lining up rotations?

    David Schoenfield

    The playoff teams are set in the National League, but we don't yet know the order. Three things are still in play: 1. The Cardinals lead the Pirates by one game in the NL Central. 2. The Pirates lead the Giants by one game in the wild-card race...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  11. Five things we learned Monday

    David Schoenfield

    Check the standings, playoffs odds and upcoming schedule on the Hunt for October page. 1. "That's what speed do." A few years ago, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson, talking about his ability as one of the fastest players in the game, coi...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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