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  1. Path to the playoffs: AL West

    David Schoenfield

    The American League West may be baseball's most entertaining division in 2015 -- following an entertaining 2014 when the A's blew a huge midseason lead. The up-and-coming Astros and a healthier Rangers squad should both be improved, turning this divi...

    Blog | December 20, 2014
  2. Ten questions for the stretch run

    David Schoenfield

    Two weeks to go. Two weeks of gut-wrenching, sweat-inducing, pacing-in-front-of-the-TV baseball if you're a Kansas City Royals fan, hoping to see your team make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Two weeks of wondering when Robinson Cano ...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  3. The Felix dilemma: How much rest?

    David Schoenfield

    Remember way back in 2008, when CC Sabathia was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and made his final three starts of the season on three days' rest, helping the Brewers to their first playoff appearance since 1982? That seems like a generation ago. ...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  4. Most important AL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    One player won't make or break a team's playoff push, but here is one key guy for each American League club in the second half. Baltimore Orioles -- Chris Davis Let's divide Davis' last two years into halves: Second half, 2012: .269/.337/.53...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  5. Ranking the teams: 12 through 7

    David Schoenfield

    It's Day 4 of our big team rankings package, where you get upset because I ranked your team too low. We're now in the territory of teams I'm projecting to make the playoffs (well, when you get to No. 10). • Team rankings: Nos. 18-13 » ...

    Blog | February 06, 2014
  6. Ranking the top 10 starting rotations

    David Schoenfield

    What, you didn't think the New York Yankees would rebuild after missing the playoffs last season, did you? Masahiro Tanaka -- signed to a seven-year, $155 million deal, with a player opt-out clause after four years -- joins what could be a formidable...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  7. How are playoff rotations lining up?

    David Schoenfield

    Just more than two weeks ago, the Texas Rangers were in pretty good position, leading the A's by 2.5 games in the American League West and coming off a 20-7 August that had them angling for the best record in the league, even with the Red Sox and Tig...

    Blog | September 17, 2013
  8. Who to root for? Ranking the contenders

    David Schoenfield

    Your team is out of it, but you still love baseball. You intend keep checking box scores and watching the big games these final two weeks. You'll watch the playoffs, but you need a team to root for. So, who to pick from the remaining teams in cont...

    Blog | September 15, 2013
  9. SweetSpot TV: Real or Fake?

    David Schoenfield

    It's time to play another edition of "Real or Fake?" and I'm joined by ESPN Fantasy writer Tristan Cockcroft to break down Paul Goldschmidt's bid for the MVP Award, whether the Texas Rangers can go ahead and print playoff tickets, whether the Washing...

    Blog | May 29, 2013
  10. Write it down: AL final standings

    David Schoenfield

    Picking division winners and playoff teams is easy. What's harder is picking the final record for every team. So I will venture to project this year's final standings ... remember, wins and losses and runs scored and runs allowed must add up across t...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  11. 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
  12. You gotta believe: A's are in the playoffs

    David Schoenfield

    The fans stood and cheered and stomped, decked in green cowboy hats and bright gold sunglasses and old-school Reggie Jackson jerseys and new-school Josh Reddick jerseys. Grant Balfour, full of 1,000 volts of intensity, reared back and threw a 95-m...

    Blog | October 02, 2012
  13. Moreland starts at first base for Rangers

    David Schoenfield

    A day after Mike Napoli's throwing error led to two unearned runs, Mitch Moreland is back at first base for the Texas Rangers, making his first postseason start since Game 5 of the ALCS and only his second since Game 2 of the ALCS. Moreland is con...

    Blog | October 23, 2011
  14. How the Cards built their 25-man roster

    David Schoenfield

    Similar to the Texas Rangers, the St. Louis Cardinals were built with some late-round draft picks (Lance Lynn is the only first-rounder on the team), some trades, some good risks that paid off and maybe a lucky move or two. St. Louis Cardinals: Wo...

    Blog | October 17, 2011
  15. How the Rangers built their 25-man roster

    David Schoenfield

    I always find it interesting to see how the World Series teams constructed their rosters. The Rangers were built in a rather unique way: Not a single player on their likely 25-man roster was drafted by the Rangers in the first four rounds (not counti...

    Blog | October 17, 2011
  16. Cardinals bash bumbling Brewers

    David Schoenfield

    I'm not going to suggest it was the single worst play in postseason history. Babe Ruth, for instance, once got caught stealing for the final out in Game 7 of the World Series, trailing by one run with the Yankees' cleanup hitter at the plate. Dropped...

    Blog | October 16, 2011