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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. The NL Central in the Clutch

    Jonah Keri

    Two on, one out, his team needing a big hit in a big game against a hard-charging division rival. The perfect spot for Allen Craig. Announcers use lines like those all the time. They talk about someone being the perfect player for a high-leverage ...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  13. Forget PEDs, Baseball Is Fun As Hell Right Now

    Jonah Keri

    You won't find many gloomier weeks of headlines for any sport than what baseball's getting right now. Ryan Braun has been compared to a cockroach. Alex Rodriguez is "the Whitey Bulger of baseball." We're drowning in PED rumors, PED news, and especial...

    Blog | July 25, 2013
  14. It's Time for Some NL Midseason Awards

    Jonah Keri

    On Tuesday we handed out the American League midseason awards. Time for a look at the NL. MVP: Buster Posey You can name any one of seven or eight candidates and have a great argument, but Posey gets the slightest of nods. For starters, no Nati...

    Blog | July 17, 2013
  15. Ranking the Best Ballpark Experiences

    Jonah Keri

    It started with Charlie Pierce's excellent piece on PNC Park in Pittsburgh, a post that only deepened my sense of shame and sadness for having not yet seen a game there. This started a wide-ranging Twitter discussion. Which ballparks are the best? Wo...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  16. Meet MLB's All-Bargain Team

    Jonah Keri

    Most of the big-ticket free agents reeled in last winter have been, at least so far, colossal busts. The Dodgers' $147 million has bought them five starts' worth of Zack Greinke. The Angels' $125 million investment has yielded a .222/.283/.399 line f...

    Blog | May 28, 2013