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MLB Game Picks - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So it begins. The post season begins today with the wild card game. The big question is whether you can call it a playoff game or an extra day of the season to see who has a right to get to the playoffs. That is one of the points of weirdness created by the one game, do-or-die format. And since there is only one game today and one tomorrow, it begins the post season in sort of a...
Via The Flagrant Fan
27 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Wild Card Game Preview: Royals vs. Oakland Athletics, September 30

Where were you the last time the Kansas City Royals played a playoff game? The answers will vary from person to person. The answer for many is that they didn't yet exist. The answer to that question changes after this one as the Royals will face the Oakland Athletics for one game and one game only. The winner of this game advances to the American League Division Series and the...
Via Pine Tar Press
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

A capsule look at the A's-Royals playoff game

A look at the American League wild-card playoff between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics: --- Schedule: Tuesday, at Kansas City, 8:07 p.m. EDT (TBS). --- Season Series: Royals won 5-2. --- Projected Lineups: Athletics: CF Coco Crisp (.246, 9 HRs, 47 RBIs, 19 SBs), DH Adam Dunn (.219, 22, 64, 159 Ks with Oakland and Chicago White Sox), 3B Josh Donaldson (.255, 29, 98,...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Possible offseason pitching targets for Red Sox

Kelly was brought in at the deadline and will help the backend of the rotationSource: http://www.zimbio.comBrian Hines (@BringLesterBack)Contributing Writer\Lets go back to July 31st, otherwise known as the trade deadline that broke Red Sox fans hearts. 10:20 AM, the Sox make their first out of many moves. This one, a blockbuster. They send hometown favorites Jon Lester and Jonny...
Via RedSoxLife
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Shields, A's Lester in AL wild-card focus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago. The results of both will be in the starting spotlight Tuesday night. For the Royals, it's "Big Game James" -- James Shields, the centerpiece of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Return of the James Shields Changeup

The Royals made a trade for James Shields and evaluators had things to say about it. The Royals, for their part, were confident in their belief that Shields could help push the team to its intended destination, and on Tuesday, before a partisan audience, Shields will start the Royals’ biggest game in decades. It’s fitting […]
Via Fangraphs
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals miss out on division crown, but win season finale, 6-4, over White Sox

At 2:52 p.m. on Sunday, three minutes after the Detroit Tigers captured the American League Central, manager Ned Yost began to prepare for the first Royals playoff game in nearly 29 years. “We’re excited to start the process,” Yost said. “When a lot of teams are going home, the elite few get to stay back and play in this tournament. For the first time in a long time, we’ve...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

A's Lester, Royals' Shields in AL wild-card focus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago. The results of both will be in the starting spotlight Tuesday night. For the Royals, it's ''Big Game James'' - James Shields, the centerpiece of a deal with the Tampa...
Via AP on Fox
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shields, Lester to start Wild Card game

When the Oakland Athletics travel to take on the Kansas City Royals in Tuesday’s Wild Card game they will be facing James Shields. Royals manager Ned Yost has confirmed that Shields will start the game. At Kaufman Stadium this season Shields had a 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 102 2/3 innings. The Athletics will counter with in-season acquisition Jon Lester...
Via Tireball.com
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Looking at MLB Unrestricted Free Agents for 2015-Starting Pitchers

Baseball may not have had the same popularity it did years ago. But I am going into Boston tomorrow just to try to get tickets to see the “much hated” Derek Jeter play his last game. And to those fans cheering for the first time or first in a long time for teams going to the playoffs next week if you haven’t had the experience? Get ready as it is very exciting. For all of the...
Via The Sideline
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Wild-Card Matchup Breakdown: A's vs. Royals

The Kansas City Royals host the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night in the ALDS Wild-Card game (8:07 p.m. ET, TBS). The winner advances to face the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS, starting Thursday. Who has the edge? Let's break it down: 1. Starting lineup The Royals and A's were the bottom two teams in September run scoring among the 10 that qualified for the postseason, so...
Via Fox Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

I Was Wrong

I said Ned Yost would never be the manager of a playoff team.I said Dayton Moore would never build a playoff team.I said the James Shields trade was understandable, but it was silly because he didn't make the team good enough to make the playoffs.I said this particular Royals team was done about 14 different times.I said Danny Duffy was probably better suited as a reliever.I...
Via Pine Tar Press
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American League Wild Card Preview: Royals vs Athletics

Here we are. Four teams battling in two games for a chance to move on in the MLB playoffs. The Oakland Athletics will travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals on Tuesday before the Pittsburgh Pirates host the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card playoff the following day. Here is our preview of the AL Wild Card matchup. We will go in-depth with the Giants and Pirates matchup...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

News and MLB Playoff Predictions You Could Not Possibly Care About

Toss Coin, HopeThe worst champ- ionship team in my fantasy league's history has been put to bed... and it's mine, god dammit, and flags fly forever. It's my first championship in my own damned league; I've finished distant second twice, and sixth last year, in a league of 12, so that's now officially a win on the money. Combined with my second place in hoop, and...
Via Five Tool Tool
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The A’s finally clinched a playoff spot

It took all 162 games, and the end result was disappointing given their strong first half of the season, but the Oakland Athletics clinched the final American League playoff spot following a 4-0 win over the Rangers in Texas. Sonny Gray was marvelous in the clincher for Oakland, tossing a complete game shutout while walking none and striking out five. The A’s will head to Kansas...
Via Bloguin Best
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The A’s finally clinched a playoff spot

It took all 162 games, and the end result was disappointing given their strong first half of the season, but the Oakland Athletics clinched the final American League playoff spot following a 4-0 win over the Rangers in Texas. Sonny Gray was marvelous in the clincher for Oakland, tossing a complete game shutout while walking none and striking out five. The A’s will head to Kansas...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals End Regular Season on Winning Note

I guess the Royals decided that they didn’t need to show up after they clinched a spot in the playoffs. They’re wrong, and wasted a perfectly good opportunity to force a game 163, but if you think about it, maybe a game 163 wouldn’t be the greatest thing for the Royals. Ned Yost would’ve used James Shields for game 163, and Jason Vargas for the wildcard game. I shudder when...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago  |  Discuss

If Royals need extra game, Ned Yost will use James Shields on short rest

CHICAGO -- Manager Ned Yost said Sunday morning that if there is a game 163 on Monday, James Shields would be his starter, not Jason Vargas. Vargas would have been on his normal rotation, while Shields would be asked to go on three days rest instead of four. The decision is somewhat curious, considering Monday would not be an elimination game and therefore the Royals would be going...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Finally Back in the Playoffs

After a 29 year hiatus, the Kansas City Royals are finally heading back to the playoffs. A team that has been found at the bottom of the American League standings for a better part of at least the last 15 years, the Royals have been slowly turning things around by building up their farm system and acquiring strong veterans over the past three seasons. They took a big step in 2013...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
2 days ago  |  Discuss

All the hard work finally pays off for Kansas City's playoff-bound Royals

CHICAGO -- In every corner of the Royals' clubhouse Friday night, the moment meant something a little different. But collectively, there's no denying that the Royals clinching their first playoff appearance since 1985 will be remembered for a long, long time. Away from the popping champagne bottles and spray, owner David Glass quietly smiled with his family and said confidently...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Close in on Playoff Spot with 6-3 Win over White Sox

In the second inning of Thursday night’s game in Chicago, Royals fans were criticizing the lack of clutch-ness of their ace. In the fourth inning, some took to Twitter to discus the probability that the team collapses entirely in the last four days of the season. By the time the game was over, the entire fanbase was elated that their team was on the doorstep of the once inconceivable...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields To The Sox?

Mike Davis Contributing Writer The Red Sox should make James Shields a decent offer. It would cost them about 100 million for a four year contract.  This would cost the Red Sox less money than Jon Lester.  He would be a veteran starter that could help teach the young prospects.  This would be great because it would guarantee them an opening day starter.  He could play a vital...
Via RedSoxLife
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Thursday, Sep 25

Would you believe the hardest part (for me) about playing on DraftKings is simply entering my lineup? For the third time this month, I failed to press the “Confirm Changes” button (or whatever it says) after editing my lineup. I guess you need to not only submit it but then confirm that you want to submit it. Not sure if this happens to anyone else, but it keeps tripping me up...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2 to Go!

  Two seems to be a pretty important number right now for the Kansas City Royals.  It is currently the number of games they trail the Detroit Tigers for the A.L. Central title.  And it is the “Magic” number to clinch a playoff birth for KC for the first time in 29 years.  While the wildcard is not the best case scenario, I doubt you would be able to find one person in Royals...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields has been dealing for Royals despite very little run support

Though the Kansas City Royals fell shy of a series sweep to open their final road trip, they're closing in on their first postseason appearance since 1985. The Royals can secure a playoff berth as early as Thursday night as they open a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox. Despite overcoming an early three-run deficit, Kansas City's three-game win streak ended with...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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