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  1. NFL Week 13 Winners and Losers: PHILIP RIVERS! Aaron Rodgers Is a...

    Robert Mays

    The Chargers Yesterday was full of games that further shuffled the AFC wild-card race, but San Diego's trip to Baltimore was the only one featuring two teams currently mired in it. A Chargers loss would have been San Diego's th...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  2. The Kansas City Royals Already Won the World Series of the Intern...

    Corban Goble

    Forget a montage. This Kansas City Royals playoff run is a movie: * Catcher Salvador Perez's walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 12th inning in a wild-card game in which the Royals had a 4.4 percent win probability going...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  3. The Other Guys: How Benches and Bullpens Are Shaping the MLB Play...

    Jonah Keri

    There was never much reason to believe that Kansas City's Terrance Gore would make it to the big leagues. Sure, the 5-foot-7, 165-pounder could run as fast as a politician from a sex scandal, stealing 168 bases with a 91 percent success rate in...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  4. Where Amazing Happens: Why the MLB Playoffs Have Been Insanely Ex...

    Ben Lindbergh

    There are somewhere between 15 and 27 games remaining in the MLB postseason, depending on whether baseball's surviving teams give us sweeps or Game 7s. We don't know if October will end on a high note; maybe all those games will b...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  5. NLDS Preview: Breaking Down Giants vs. Nationals and Cardinals vs...

    Jonah Keri

    The Dodgers are hoping to avenge last year's NLCS loss to St. Louis, while the Cardinals are aiming to make another World Series run. The Giants, fresh off a decisive wild-card win, are trying to extend their even-year title streak to three...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  6. K.C. Masterpiece

    Rany Jazayerli

    It's weird to root for something that goes against what you believe in, but that's where I found myself as I flew out of O'Hare yesterday morning to watch the Royals play the A's in the American League wild-card game, Kansas Cit...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  7. NL Wild-Card Preview: Giants vs. Pirates

    Jonah Keri

    The Pirates are back in the playoffs for the second straight year following a two-decade drought, while the Giants are going for their third World Series in the last five seasons. Both teams have the horses to make a deep playoff run, but only one wi...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  8. AL Wild-Card Preview: A’s vs. Royals

    Ben Lindbergh

    After six months of slow-developing regular-season play, we've reached the point of the year when baseball morphs into a small-sample sport and demands that we do in-depth analyses of individual games, which would have made us look like ove...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  9. Everything You Need to Know (Which Admittedly Isn't Much!) A...

    Michael Baumann

    So many great stories from baseball history take place on the last weekend of the regular season, from Merkle's Boner to the phenomenal final night of the 2011 season. Over at SI.com, Jay Jaffe tracks the possibilities for maximum chaos at...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  10. Johnny-Come-Lately’s Guide to the MLB Stretch Run

    Michael Baumann

    Baseball isn't like the NBA, where you don't really need to pay attention until the second round of the playoffs. So if you've been on a spiritual quest to Cambodia or playing ninepins with the ghosts of Henry Hudson and his men in up...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  11. MLB September Math: When Small Numbers Become Big, and Fan Optimi...

    Michael Baumann

    The Miami Marlins are only 4.5 games back of the National League's second wild-card spot. That's incredible - 4.5 games is nothing. It's slightly more than a good weekend. It's a hiccup, and they have 18 games in which t...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  12. Iron Men: Quantifying the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Remarkable In...

    Ben Lindbergh

    At the age when most players, and particularly most catchers, have begun to decline, 31-year-old Pirates backstop Russell Martin is peaking. As usual, Martin has excelled on defense this season, posting strong pitch-framing stats, a stellar pop time,...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  13. A Clockwork Oakland: What the Heck Happened to the Once Great A&r...

    Jonah Keri

    At the end of play on July 30, the Oakland A's led the AL West by 2.5 games. They owned the best record in baseball, at 66-41. They also boasted the top run differential, outscoring opponents by an amazing 162 runs, which is what happens wh...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  14. The 2014 Miami Marlins: The Dog That Didn't Bark

    Michael Baumann

    The 2014 season didn't have to be a moral victory for the Miami Marlins. To a certain extent, it still doesn't: The Marlins have quietly gone 19-12 since the All-Star break and sit 2.5 games out of the second NL wild-card spot. Ma...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  15. MLB Midseason Report

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the MLB All-Star break, a necessary pause during the grueling baseball campaign, and also the most boring time of the season for many fans. Since I've already said my piece on the yawnfest, let's turn our attention to something w...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  16. The 30: Stuck in the Middle With You

    Jonah Keri

    When Major League Baseball introduced the second wild-card spot in 2012, it triggered the Age of Uncertainty: The extra playoff spots mean more opportunity, but they also mean less clarity in the standings throughout the year. Such is the case as...

    Blog | June 30, 2014