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  1. Forensic evidence of the death of offense

    Buster Olney

    My favored theory about the decline in offense is drawn, to some degree, from what we've seen in recent years in the postseason, when scouting and specialized in-game decisions are routinely taken to the next level. Night after night in last year'...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  2. Glaring holes among playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    It's easy to imagine the Angels succeeding in October -- for seven innings, at least. Mike Trout is already widely regarded as the best player on the planet, and he is in the midst of what is arguably the best month of his career, sporting a 1.228 OP...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  3. Gausman key to Orioles' playoff hopes

    Buster Olney

    Fourteen of the 15 American League teams are no further removed from the second wild-card spot than 5.5 games, as of this morning. In other words, 14 of the 15 AL teams should be working with a full dose of hope, including the Houston Astros, who los...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  4. Red Sox taking needless risk with Lester

    Buster Olney

    There are 119 days remaining in the Major League Baseball season, and depending on whether the Boston Red Sox make the playoffs, perhaps 119 days until Jon Lester throws his last pitch of the year. But the Red Sox may have much less time than tha...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  5. Moves for Blue Jays to stay in the hunt

    Buster Olney

    The Blue Jays won 11 straight games last June on their way to finishing in last place, so the excitement over the team's strong May is restrained. When you haven't made the playoffs in 21 seasons, you understand how Lucy always pulls the football awa...

    Blog | May 31, 2014
  6. Derek Jeter, Yankees must face facts

    Buster Olney

    Simply put, what Derek Jeter will try to do in 2014 -- be a regular shortstop for a playoff team in the summer in which he will turn 40 years old -- is unprecedented. No one has ever done it before. The closest was Luis Aparicio, the H...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  7. 'Rule of 10' hurting Hall of Fame voting

    Buster Olney

    The worst thing about the Hall of Fame voting has become the career dissection that accompanies it annually. Jack Morris threw almost 4,000 innings in his career, including his 13 starts in the postseason, and along the way he finished in the top...

    Blog | November 28, 2013
  8. Orioles facing a run of tough choices

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have won the World Series three times in the past 10 seasons. The Yankees have made the playoffs all but two seasons since 1995, capitalizing on a record payroll. The Tampa Bay Rays are generally viewed within the industry as having the b...

    Blog | November 17, 2013
  9. How the Indians remain a contender

    Buster Olney

    When the Indians clinched a playoff spot on the final Sunday of the regular season, Terry Francona walked through the two sheets of plastic that separated a hallway of sanity from Cleveland's champagne celebration. A few minutes later, Francona st...

    Blog | November 09, 2013
  10. Data, scouting fuel Red Sox win

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- Think of the postseason as a final exam, and the pitchers in the American League Championship Series as summa cum laude-caliber students: former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, presumptive Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Cy Young candidate...

    Blog | October 16, 2013
  11. Why Baker is out as Reds manager

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- There was a moment in the midst of the Reds' playoff loss to the Pirates the other night when Dusty Baker walked over to Johnny Cueto and looked directly into his eyes. He tried to connect, cajole and encourage. It was classic Dusty, whose ...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  12. Francona's decision pays off

    Buster Olney

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The first pitch of Sunday's game here was still more than an hour away and Terry Francona was chewing gum at a record-setting rate, faster than any creature in history -- faster than any cud-chewing Holstein or Jersey cow, ever. ...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  13. Big concerns for playoff-bound clubs

    Buster Olney

    Even for teams that know they are going to play October games, questions hover. Such as ... Boston Red Sox: What's the status of Jacoby Ellsbury? He met with reporters Wednesday, Alex Speier among them, and Ellsbury said he can't wait...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  14. Injuries that could change October

    Buster Olney

    We've reached the stage of the season when a lot of injuries are probably not going to be healed by the time the playoffs start, a time when the team athletic trainers and the doctors are running out of time to fully treat their patients. In a lot of...

    Blog | September 06, 2013
  15. Colletti has Dodgers on track

    Buster Olney

    WASHINGTON -- The postseason often comes down to bullpen and bench, as some managers will argue, so in that context, think about what Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has done in recent weeks: 1. Added Carlos Marmol, a plus arm with a wipeout s...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  16. Scanning the bullpen market

    Buster Olney

    Some general managers would prefer that the non-waiver trade deadline be moved back until the end of August, especially now, when the addition of two more wild-card teams to the playoff format provides lingering hope for more teams. To those GMs, the...

    Blog | May 24, 2013