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  1. Ranking the playoff bullpens

    Jim Bowden

    We ranked the playoff rotations and starting pitchers Monday; today we rank -- and discuss -- the bullpens of the 10 playoff teams. 1. Kansas City Royals Closer: Greg Holland Setup man: Wade Davis Situational righties: Kelvin Herrera, Aaron Cr...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  2. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  3. Top stats to know: AL wild-card preview

    ESPN Stats & Information

    It took the Kansas City Royals 29 years to make it back to the postseason after they won the 1985 World Series. So it figures the guy they have to beat to advance to the ALDS is one who could be considered their ultimate kryptonite. The Oakla...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  4. MLB’s Most Exciting Regular-Season Teams of 2014

    Ben Lindbergh

    The last day of baseball's regular season reminded us that in sports, uncertainty equals excitement. Early last week, it looked like we were headed for a final few days in which every playoff spot would already be assigned, which would have...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  5. Start times announced for Games 1 and 2

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- Shadows creep across the Dodger Stadium infield by the end of day games, which means they will be a factor for the first several innings of the National League Division series that gets underway Friday at 3:37 p.m. PT. The start tim...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  6. Postseason notes: No guarantees for Long

    Wallace Matthews

    NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi touched on a wide variety of topics in a 36-minute news conference at Yankee Stadium on Monday. But one of the most eagerly anticipated questions got no definitive answer. Namely, will all of Girardi's coaches return for 20...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  7. Yankees: Who stays, who goes?

    ESPN New York staff

    The Yankees missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Here's your chance to decide which players stay and which should go. Vote now in our Take 'Em Trash 'Em poll....

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  8. Does power pitching reign in October?

    David Schoenfield

    One conventional baseball axiom says power pitching wins in the postseason. Think Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson dominating World Series games in the 1960s, or pitchers such as Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett winning in the 2000s with high-octane fastba...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  9. Is Jackson the M's future in CF?

    Joe Kaiser

    Monday is a disappointing day for the Seattle Mariners, which on Sunday finished one-game short of a potential shot at their first playoff appearance in 13 seasons. As the team picks up the pieces in an otherwise uplifting and unexpected 87-win seaso...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  10. Playoff starting pitcher, rotation rankings

    Jim Bowden

    The most important element of every major league team in the playoffs is its starting rotation; it's the closest equivalent to a quarterback on an NFL team or the top three players on an NBA team. History has shown us that elite starting pitching has...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  11. Cubs merit optimism, but playoffs in 2015 still a longshot

    Jesse Rogers

    Optimism was the key word emerging from the Chicago Cubs locker room as the offseason began, 106 years since their last championship. But optimism alone won't end that title drought. It's going to take a lot of hard work and, yes, some more patien...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  12. Video chat: Postseason baseball!

    Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield talked about what awaits in the postseason and answered all of your playoff-related questions....

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  13. Major League Baseball to add seventh umpire to crews for LCS, Wor...

    A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball will tweak its postseason tradition and add a seventh umpire to rotate between the replay booth and field for the World Series and league championship series.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2014
  14. Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals both reversed early-season...

    Paul Swydan

    Paul Swydan has a mea culpa of sorts with regard to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals, who both reversed early-season trends to reach the playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2014
  15. Matt Kemp got it together in second half

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- After the final game of the 2013 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a pep rally to get their fans excited about the upcoming playoffs. Matt Kemp, who was seemingly healthy when that day's game began and didn't play, hobbled onto the ...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  16. 2014 MLB Playoffs: Dick Vitale makes playoff predictions

    Dick Vitale

    Dick Vitale makes his picks for the 2014 MLB playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2014