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  1. Wren's job in jeopardy?

    Doug Mittler

    The odds of October baseball in Atlanta are dwindling by the day. The Braves have just a 1.4 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to ESPN.com's standings, after dropping their fourth straight game Monday night. Could the odds of a fro...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  2. Baltimore Orioles will hold up well in playoffs despite lackluste...

    Paul Swydan

    Paul Swydan explains why the likely playoff-bound Orioles, still being dismissed by many, will hold up well in the postseason despite having what many feel is a lackluster starting rotation.

    Story | Conversation | September 15, 2014
  3. Angels bullpen reason for second-half success

    Mike Petriello

    In ESPN The Magazine, Insider Mike Petriello explains how the Angels turned their bullpen from the worst to arguably the best, and Jim Keller shows how other contenders turned their seasons around.

    Story | Conversation | September 15, 2014
  4. The biggest defensive liabilities on top contenders -- MLB

    Scott Spratt

    Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions takes a look at the biggest defensive liabilities on potential playoff teams. He leads with second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, who has cost the Nationals 11 runs since Aug. 1.

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2014
  5. Players who outperformed or underperformed their preseason ZiPS p...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski lays out the five players who most outperformed their preseason projections (like Victor Martinez), and the five who most underperformed (like Chris Davis).

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2014
  6. Royals ready to return to Holland?

    AJ Mass

    The Kansas City Royals have been quite fortunate to have Wade Davis in their bullpen. The reliever has now gone 30 2/3 innings without allowing a run -- a streak that spans his last 32 outings -- but none as important to the team's playoff hopes as h...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Bullpen help on horizon for A's?

    AJ Mass

    The Oakland Athletics, winners of just two of their last 11 games, are hoping to soon get closer Sean Doolittle back on the mound in the hopes of stopping this late-season skid from removing them from playoff contention. Susan Slusser of the San...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  9. Can Brewers right the ship?

    AJ Mass

    The Milwaukee Brewers are in the midst of a disastrous stretch, and are grasping at straws as to what steps they might be able to take to right the ship before they end up falling completely out of the playoff race. According to Tom Haudricourt...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Rays not rushing Jennings?

    AJ Mass

    Realistically, sitting 9 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the final wildcard spot, the Tampa Bay Rays are just about out of the playoff race for 2014. As a result, there's a definite lack of urgency to rush players who may be nursing injuries ...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  13. Castillo to join Red Sox?

    AJ Mass

    Not a lot of people pay close attention to the Double-A playoffs, but fans of the Boston Red Sox may be keeping an eye on one of the participants there -- namely, Rusney Castillo. The outfielder went 1-for-3 with a single, stolen base and run scored ...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  14. Young's fate in Seattle's rotation

    AJ Mass

    The Seattle Mariners don't have a lot of room for error if they're going to make the playoffs in 2014 as one of the two American League Wildcard teams. That's why manager Lloyd McClendon appears to be leaning towards removing Chris Young from the sta...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  15. 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
  16. Will Paco Rodriguez return in 2014?

    Joe Kaiser

    Paco Rodriguez could be a key part of the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen come playoff time, but only if he's ready to pitch. Will the left-hander make it back from a strained left teres major muscle, or will the Aug. 4 injury keep him out the rest of 20...

    Blog | September 02, 2014