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  1. Bad-luck twins: Felix and Samardzija

    David Schoenfield

    Facing the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A lineup Thursday (all the starters rested after the Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night), Felix Hernandez crushed: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K. He lowered his ERA to 2.07. And he didn't get the w...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  2. Five things we learned Wednesday

    David Schoenfield

    Check out the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules at the world-famous Hunt for October page. 1. This is how Mariners fans feel right now. Mariners rookie James Paxton was filthy, matching zeroes with Angels left-hander C.J. W...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  3. David Price hasn't delivered for Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    In some fashion, when Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski traded for David Price, he was making a bold statement: This is the year. Playoffs in 2011, World Series in 2012, one Joaquin Benoit pitch from maybe going back to the World Series ...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  4. Who may pitch the wild-card games?

    David Schoenfield

    We're getting close enough to the end of the season to start speculating on who could pitch in the wild-card games. Teams won't necessarily have the luxury of lining up their best pitcher -- two years ago, for example, the Orioles went with Joe Saund...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  5. Felix Hernandez no longer Cy Young lock

    David Schoenfield

    We probably spend way too much discussing and arguing about awards, but it's fun and fans like to argue about these things, so straight to the numbers. There are, I'd suggest, five reasonable Cy Young candidates in the American League: Pit...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  6. SweetSpot: Cano's impact on Mariners

    David Schoenfield

    Jim Caple has a column going up on what Robinson Cano has meant to the Mariners. Eric and I discuss Cano's impact and Cano's underrated season that should place him high in the AL MVP voting....

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  7. Five things we learned Tuesday

    David Schoenfield

    What a night. Two clinchers, a no-hit bid into the eighth inning from the Cubs' Jake Arrieta (for the second time this season), a benches-clearing incident between the Yankees and Rays after manager Joe Girardi went a little crazy when Derek Jeter go...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  8. What's a manager really worth?

    David Schoenfield

    People like to talk about baseball managers, about Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. The talk focuses almost entirely on who is a good manager and who is a lousy manager. The average fan has a one-dimensional image of a manager. He's good or...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  9. Tuesday chat wrap

    David Schoenfield

    Here's the link to Tuesday's chat wrap. Lots of Jacob DeGrom. Should Marcus Stroman be suspended? Is Ron Gardenhire safe in Minnesota? And how did Mel Ott come up? Check it out!...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  10. How many career home runs for Miggy?

    David Schoenfield

    Via Lee Sinins of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Miguel Cabrera moved into the top 10 for career home runs through his age-31 season. The top 10: 1. Alex Rodriguez, 518 2. Jimmie Foxx, 464 3. Ken Griffey Jr., 460 4. Albert Pujols, 445 ...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  11. SweetSpot TV: Cardinals' rotation

    David Schoenfield

    With the Cardinals looking like good bets to win the NL Central -- a 3.5-game leading with an easy schedule remaining -- Eric and I discuss what their playoff rotation should look like....

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  12. Five things we learned Monday

    David Schoenfield

    Check the standings, playoffs odds and upcoming schedule on the Hunt for October page. 1. "That's what speed do." A few years ago, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson, talking about his ability as one of the fastest players in the game, coi...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  13. Josh Harrison goes for the NL batting title

    David Schoenfield

    I'm oddly interested in the National League batting title race, mostly because it's such a weird one: Among the top five guys, there are two stars in Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen, a former MVP whose career was in jeopardy after a concussion in J...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  14. Ned Yost, still hurting the Royals

    David Schoenfield

    From Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, a Ned Yost quote after Sunday's game that must make Royals fans want to throw up:He was close, so achingly close, to turning this game over to his vaunted three-pack of relief pitchers. Yet in the sixth i...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  15. Five things we learned Sunday

    David Schoenfield

    Check out all the playoff odds and upcoming schedules on the Hunt for October page. 1. The Tigers will win the AL Central. It hasn't always been easy the past three seasons, but after sweeping the Indians, it appears the Tigers will win their t...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  16. 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