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  1. Rangers' roster turnover a good thing

    David Schoenfield

    It has been a terrific four-year run for the Texas Rangers: 90 wins and a trip to the World Series in 2010, 96 wins and one strike away from a World Series title in 2011, 93 wins and a wild-card spot in 2012 and 91 wins in 2013. The Rangers and Rays ...

    Blog | January 17, 2014
  2. Rays pull out another must-win victory

    David Schoenfield

    The Tampa Bay Rays staved off elimination on the final day of the regular season, in the tiebreaker win over the Rangers, in the wild-card victory over the Indians, and now they've remained alive in the most dramatic of fashions, blowing a ninth-inni...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  3. Leyland's slow hook burns Tigers in Game 3

    David Schoenfield

    Earlier on Monday, Eric Karabell and myself taped a SweetSpot TV segment on managers, and one thing we harped on was the slow hooks some managers have had in the postseason, particularly Dusty Baker with Johnny Cueto in the NL wild-card game and Fred...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  4. It was time for Dusty Baker to go

    David Schoenfield

    As Joe Sheehan pointed out on his podcast earlier this week, Dusty Baker has managed 20 years in the major leagues and won just three postseason series. Including Wednesday's wild-card loss to the Pirates, he's 3-7 in postseason series with an overal...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  5. Reds-Pirates: What to watch for

    David Schoenfield

    Whether or not you like the one-and-done format of the wild-card game, it does present a great opportunity to second guess everything the managers do, from roster management to pitching changes, bunts and, of course, when to use your closer. Tim K...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  6. Tigers limp into playoffs after Alvarez no-no

    David Schoenfield

    We interrupt your wild-card races to give you Henderson Alvarez and one of the strangest celebrations you'll ever see. The Miami Marlins right-hander struck out Matt Tuiasosopo to end the top of the ninth -- completing nine no-hit innings against ...

    Blog | September 29, 2013
  7. Wild card making September more exciting

    David Schoenfield

    Look, the wild-card game is goofy. Or dumb, depending on your personal taste. Having teams play 162 regular-season games and then a one-game playoff to move on in the postseason is akin to having an NFL playoff game that lasts about six minutes. B...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  8. Playoff watch: Mediocrity reigns in AL

    David Schoenfield

    Let's be honest: The American League wild-card "race" is more like two marathon runners stumbling to the finish line. As my colleague Jim Caple points out, over the past month the Rangers are 11-16, the Rays are 13-16, the Orioles are 14-15, the Yank...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  9. Rays and Yankees are happy, Orioles sad

    David Schoenfield

    Well, you can't say this American League wild-card race is lacking in drama. Hey, the eventual payoff is small -- one game to keep your season going! -- but it sure is giving us a fun September. A crazy Wednesday was followed by a crazy Thursday a...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  10. Wild night tightens up AL wild-card race

    David Schoenfield

    @dschoenfield has any team suffered more crushing defeats than my O's this year? It's been excruciating.- Josh Powell (@JoshuaCPowell) September 12, 2013 Here are some of the position players to suit up for the Yankees in 2013: Vernon Wells, Chr...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  11. AL wild-card breakdown: Rays the favorite

    David Schoenfield

    Let's get this out of the way: From what I can tell, Major League Baseball does not have rules in place for a five-way tiebreaker for the second wild card. So that won't happen. It can't happen, because we don't need another image of Bud Selig shrugg...

    Blog | September 09, 2013
  12. Time for Cleveland's offense to step up

    David Schoenfield

    Some of the facts and figures from the Indians-Braves series, from the perspective of the Cleveland Indians, a team fighting to stay in the American League wild-card race: • Allowed eight runs. Lost all three games. • 0-for...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  13. Reds now team to beat in NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    The wild-card game is, of course, a bit mad. Or maybe completely mad. Telling teams they have to play 162 games to get into the playoffs and then one game to stay alive is akin to telling two NFL teams they've made the playoffs after 16 regular-seaso...

    Blog | August 18, 2013
  14. Royals keep winning, prove skeptics wrong

    David Schoenfield

    Here's how bad the Kansas City Royals have been during the wild-card era: They would need to win 430 consecutive games just get back to .500 since 1995. Yes, it's easy to dismiss the Royals considering that laughing-stock track record of nearly 20...

    Blog | August 04, 2013
  15. AL East shaping up as race for the ages

    David Schoenfield

    The most exciting day in recent baseball history took place on the final day of the 2011 season, when Dan Johnson hit his miracle home run as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees in 12 innings, and Evan Longoria ...

    Blog | June 23, 2013
  16. Are the Tigers an all-time great team?

    David Schoenfield

    Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer looks to go 10-0 tonight and become just the second starter of the wild-card era to win his first 10 decisions. Roger Clemens started 11-0 for the '97 Toronto Blue Jays (Clay Buchholz and Patrick Corbin are also 9-...

    Blog | June 17, 2013