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  1. MLB - How to bet wild-card games, plus best World Series bet

    Dave Tuley

    Dave Tuley lays out the updated odds for the MLB playoffs and the best bets for the two wild-card matchups.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2014
  2. Will Shoemaker make it back?

    AJ Mass

    The Los Angeles Angels, having clinched the American League West, now have the luxury of using the remainder of the season to set up their starting rotation exactly how manager Mike Scioscia would like it to be for their first playoff series. Unf...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  3. Lowly Texas Rangers could be right back in playoff contention in ...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski looks at what has gone wrong with the 2014 Rangers, who currently have the majors' worst record, and why the team could contend again in 2015.

    Story | Conversation | September 09, 2014
  4. Possible pennant race X factors

    Jim Bowden

    It's coming down to the wire, and every game counts in the pennant race. With several teams still clinging to postseason hopes, even the slightest developments -- an injury, a surprise performance, an emerging rookie -- can make the difference. These...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  5. Updated team win-loss projections, playoff odds and World Series ...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski updates his MLB win-loss projections, playoff odds and World Series odds, using the ZiPS formula, which shows that the true playoff contenders have emerged, but there are still no clear World Series favorites.

    Story | Conversation | September 03, 2014
  6. Examining the future of non-playoff-bound teams - MLB

    Paul Swydan

    Several MLB teams are already focused on the future, and Paul Swydan looks ahead at what their primary objectives are.

    Story | Conversation | September 01, 2014
  7. Soria deal makes sense for both teams

    Keith Law

    The price for Joakim Soria is steep, as you'd expect for a pitcher of his pedigree and present performance, but he fills the Detroit Tigers' most critical need and is likely to help them in the postseason as well. The Tigers needed late-game relie...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  8. Could Reds deal for bullpen help?

    AJ Mass

    The Cincinnati Reds appear to have avoided a major catastrophe that might have had long-lasting implications on their 2014 playoff hopes. However, the initial reaction to seeing closer Aroldis Chapman limping off the field following a close play at f...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  9. 21 hitters who could be dealt this summer

    Jim Bowden

    With MLB's trade deadline just five weeks away, 23 teams are within six games of making the playoffs. This means just seven teams can be considered sellers at this juncture, with some of those still considering themselves either holding or buyers. ...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  10. First base options in Texas

    Doug Mittler

    Injuries have become a way of life for the Texas Rangers. ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney recently chronicled how the Rangers have dealt with an inordinate amount of ailments and remained a postseason contender. The list grew even longer Sunday ...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  11. How I'd fix the Diamondbacks

    Jim Bowden

    Entering the season, many people saw the Arizona Diamondbacks as a .500 team with an outside shot at the playoffs. After a 4-14 start, those postseason odds seem remote because not only is this team losing, it's getting crushed -- with a run differen...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  12. Pittsburgh Pirates among 2013 playoff teams that will miss postse...

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello looks at three 2013 playoff teams that will not return, and predicts the three teams that will replace them in the postseason.

    Story | Conversation | February 14, 2014
  13. FAs who could cash in this October

    Jim Bowden

    Just a season ago, Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez entered the postseason with a 9-13 record, a 3.86 ERA and a track record that saw him post double-digit wins just twice in six previous seasons, all with the Marlins. At best, he w...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  14. Ranking aces of AL contenders

    Jim Bowden

    On Monday, I ranked all the National League aces of postseason contenders. The list featured a mixture of young power arms and seasoned veterans with postseason experience. What's more important: ability or experience? While veteran savvy is importan...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  15. 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
  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