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  1. 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
  2. 15 pitchers who could be traded

    Jim Bowden

    With MLB's trade deadline just five weeks away, there are currently 22 teams within six games of a playoff slot. This means just eight teams can be considered "sellers" at this juncture, and some of those teams consider themselves in either "hold" or...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Tyler Skaggs among pitchers with improved velocity and ERA projec...

    Jared Cross

    Jared Cross explains why the increased velocity from certain pitchers -- including Los Angeles' Tyler Skaggs -- leads to an improvement in their projections.

    Story | Conversation | April 09, 2014
  5. St. Louis Cardinals have hidden NLCS edge in game of shifting - M...

    Scott Spratt

    Neither the Cardinals or Dodgers like to aggressively shift their defense. But, as Scott Spratt explains, this works in St. Louis' favor.

    Story | Conversation | October 11, 2013
  6. Scouting report on NLCS between St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angel...

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello breaks down the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cardinals, and says the four starts the Dodgers are scheduled to get from Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw gives them a big edge.

    Story | Conversation | October 10, 2013
  7. Eight make-or-break players in the LDS

    Jim Bowden

    This October, most of the ink will be used on the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera and Dustin Pedroia, but it's nondescript, under-the-radar players who write history in the postseason. Winning championships isn't about stars; it's about play...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  8. Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel lead postseason closer rankings - M...

    Jared Cross

    Closers are overrated in the regular season but crucial in the playoffs. Jared Cross ranks the closers on each playoff team based on expected October dominance.

    Story | Conversation | October 01, 2013
  9. Scouting reports for NLDS between Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles ...

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello of FanGraphs gives a complete scouting report on the Dodgers-Braves NLDS.

    Story | Conversation | October 01, 2013
  10. 2013 postseason fantasy baseball rankings

    Eric Karabell

    Welcome to October and the 2013 version of the ESPN Fantasy annual baseball postseason rankings! The Tampa Bay Rays settled the final official playoff spot Monday night, so here we go with position by position rankings and a top 100 to get you ready ...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  11. Why each National League playoff team won't win the World Series ...

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello gives the biggest reason why each NL playoff team won't win the World Series.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2013
  12. These teams won't miss playoffs in 2014

    Jim Bowden

    With the introduction of a second wild-card team in 2012, teams are in the postseason hunt later and longer than ever. Three teams in particular were expected to contend for a playoff berth but fell short for various reasons. What sets them apart is ...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  13. Free agents who most helped their value

    Keith Law

    With the regular season about to end and 20 of the majors' 30 teams preparing for the offseason rather than the playoffs, free agency is starting to grab a little more mindshare around the industry now, especially as front offices look out over a wea...

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  14. Ranking bullpens for October contenders

    Jim Bowden

    A simple fact of the baseball postseason is you don't get in without a strong bullpen, and you certainly don't survive without one. These teams believe in their pens, and they tend to especially have supreme confidence in their closer. Almost inva...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Bits: Kemp, Ramirez, Marte return

    Eric Karabell

    Several National League playoff teams welcomed back key offensive players to the lineup Tuesday, and fantasy owners certainly needed to pay attention. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) went 4-for-4 in his first start since July, wi...

    Blog | September 18, 2013