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  1. 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
  2. The 30: It’s a Brave New World

    Jonah Keri

    The A's and Cubs pulled off the first blockbuster of trade-deadline season with a six-player swap over the holiday weekend, but it's tough to know when we'll see another deal that big. That's because with one week to go until the...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  3. Jonah Keri Podcast: Jim Callis and Travis Sawchik

    Jonah Keri

    MLB.com's Jim Callis joins the show to discuss the 2014 draft. Then Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review comes on to talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter, and subscribe to the Grantl...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  4. 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
  5. The 30: The Blue Period

    Jonah Keri

    Every week my rankings manage to piss off readers, who have various questions for me, such as: How can you put this team so high? Are you ignoring this squad's record and run differential? Have you failed to account for the gravitational pull of...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  6. Driven by Youth, Pittsburgh Aims to Best the Regression Beast

    Jonah Keri

    With one out in the top of the 10th inning of Monday's season opener, the Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves knotted in a scoreless tie with the Cubs. Chicago speedster Emilio Bonifacio took an aggressive lead, and Pittsburgh righ...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  7. 2014 MLB Season Predictions

    Jonah Keri

    We've witnessed baseball in Australia and baseball in San Diego. We've previewed all six divisions and counted down the days until the season's arrival. Now that Opening Day is finally here, it's time for my annual season predicti...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Moneyball …; But With Money

    Jonah Keri

    Not too long ago, David Ortiz looked like he might be cooked. Boston's hulking DH had posted huge numbers through the first three and a half months of the 2012 season, hitting .316/.414/.609 with 23 homers and 25 doubles in just 89 games...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  10. Winter Meetings Wrap: Recapping the Final Flurry of Deals and Pre...

    Jonah Keri

    Baseball's winter meetings concluded with Thursday's Rule 5 draft, where the Rangers generated some of the biggest buzz of the week by selecting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. That tells you all you need to know. Team executives left Or...

    Blog | December 12, 2013
  11. St. Louis Advances on the Arm of Wainwright

    Jonah Keri

    I was going to tell you a story in many parts. We were going to rave about David Freese, the playoff hero of all playoff heroes in 2011, doing it again in 2013. We were going to discuss Gerrit Cole's emergence as an excellent starting pitcher, and...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  12. 19 Takeaways From an Epic MLB Playoff Quadrupleheader

    Jonah Keri

    We're only seven days into this year's MLB playoffs, and it's hard to figure out how things can get any better. Monday's events were so scintillating, so maddening, so ludicrous, that a dozen attempts at narratives have been tossed in the trash. Inst...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  13. Five Takeaways From the Reds-Pirates Wild-Card Game

    Jonah Keri

    The Pirates are off to St. Louis, while the Reds are headed home after Pittsburgh won the wild-card elimination game 6-2 Tuesday night, before a delirious home crowd at PNC Park. It was a monumental win for a franchise that had gone 21 years since it...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  14. Francisco Liriano: The Ultimate Lefty Killer

    Jonah Keri

    It's easy to see the impact Francisco Liriano has had on the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. His 2.57 ERA ranks fourth-best among all pitchers with 130-plus innings pitched. He sits seventh in the National League in strikeout rate. If you're one of tho...

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  15. The Hunt for the NL Central

    Jonah Keri

    Three games into the biggest stretch of their season, the Cardinals have taken two out of three against the Reds, seizing first place in the NL Central. Still, the race is far from over. The Cards have 29 games left to hold on to their lead. Mean...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  16. The Kings of the Call-up

    Jonah Keri

    It took longer than it should have. The Red Sox screwed around for too long with the likes of meme generator Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder. Sure, there were reasons. They didn't want to rush their top prospect. They wanted to ensure he could play his...

    Blog | August 21, 2013