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Five things to watch in the 2014 NLCS

The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are set to meet in the NLCS yet again, the fourth straight trip to this round for the Cards and the third in five years for the Giants. People must be getting real, real tired of these teams. Nevertheless, this promises to be a knock-down, drag-out series between two very similar teams. Both are coming off of huge first round upsets...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to watch in the ALCS

With the Orioles and Royals each ending their respective divisional series in three-game sweeps, both teams have had plenty of time to rest and prepare for their ALCS matchup. That’s also given analysts and commentators plenty of time to consider what might happen in this series. The Orioles and Royals take two very different approaches to winning baseball games, with Baltimore...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

MLBAM releases classic Orioles, Royals ALCS footage

Tonight, the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals will do battle in the ALCS (assuming the rain holds out). It’ll be Baltimore’s first ALCS trip since 1997, and Kansas City’s first since 1985. In advance of this evening’s game, MLB Advanced Media has released a pair of videos spotlighting some classic moments from each team’s history in the ALCS. Needless to say, the...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles sign J.J. Hardy to 3-year extension, shrink free agent shortstop market

Just before beginning the American League Championship Series, the Baltimore Orioles have gotten a head start on their offseason. According to several reports, the team signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $40 million contract extension. The deal also includes an option for 2018 that will vest based on plate appearances. During his past four seasons in Baltimore, Hardy has...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rockies can’t even fire their GMs right

Yesterday, the Rockies finally moved on from their bizarre tandem GM arrangement that has led them to four straight years of 88 or more losses. This is a great sign of progress for a very backwards organization, right? NOPE. It turns out that clearing out Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett wasn’t there intention at all. In fact, they actually tried to give O’Dowd an extension....
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Heads are going to roll in Dodgertown

A lot of heads have rolled in the last few months for the GMs in the NL with the Padres, Diamondbacks and Rockies all making changes in their front office. It looks like a toupee-adorned head is about to be added to that bunch. https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/519980955600433152 Yeesh, you build a roster with the highest payroll ever seen in professional sports and don’t...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

How do the Giants keep winning?

The San Francisco Giants, they of even-numbered year World Series titles in the aughts, are doing it again. They’re in the postseason, this time as a wild-card team, two years after they won it all for the second time. They seemingly have found something when it comes to the postseason that turns them into world beaters, Bryce Harper’s homers be damned. (While everyone marveled...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers won 94 games and finished six games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. Considering the team was 10 games behind the Giants in early June, that’s a commendable result. The Dodgers were the more talented club and eventually asserted themselves as such. But with a MLB-leading $240 million opening day payroll, winning a division title and beating...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Co-GMs O’Dowd and Geivett are out in Colorado, but is change actually coming?

According to reports, the GM tandem of Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett are finished with the Colorado Rockies. In so doing, they bring to an end one of the longest-tenured but most dysfunctional front offices in baseball. Or at least they have nominally because Colorado has already named a new GM in Jeff Bridich, who had been serving as the senior director of player development. ...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper quiets doubters with strong NLDS performance

The Washington Nationals fell to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, giving us all the NLCS matchup that we collectively dreaded. There were a multitude of factors that led to the ousting of the Nats from the postseason. The bats fell silent, Matt Williams was a disaster, etc. One of those reasons was not Bryce Harper. There were multiple...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Washington Nationals

It wasn’t supposed to be like this for the Washington Nationals. Just like 2012, they buzzsawed their way through the NL East. And just like 2012, they suffered an embarrassing series loss in the NLDS. Yeah, some of the names changed (including the manager), but having the same result two years later has to sting. Preseason Prediction: Once again, the Nats should battle with...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Behind Orioles and Royals, small market demand is driving up ALCS ticket prices

Over the last five years, there have been some big matchups in major league baseball’s post-season. Whether it’s the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, or Rangers, the last 5 years has been all about big market teams making the Fall Classic. Over that same period, the smallest market-team to he reached the World Series was the Red Sox and Cardinals, based on their 2013 estimated population...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Affleck refused to wear a Yankees hat in ‘Gone Girl’

It’s pretty well known that Ben Affleck is a devoted Boston Red Sox fan. Those who saw the actor in Gone Girl over the weekend may have been amused by his character wearing a St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt (the story takes place in a fiction Missouri town) or concealing his identity with a New York Mets cap. As it turns out, some discussion between Affleck and director David Fincher...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

This ALCS commercial seems like a dream

If you would have told anyone in March that this Friday, the Royals and Orioles would being play in the ALCS, they probably would have laughed in your face. But here we are, just days away from one of the most improbable LCS matchups in recent history. Naturally, MLB has created a commercial to promote the series, and it seems like something you’d only see in your wildest dreams...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Yadier Molina is only getting fined for bumping Jerry Meals on Friday

During an incident at home plate in the midst of Friday’s Game 1 matchup between the Cardinals and Dodgers, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina bumped home plate umpire Jerry Meals. Many expected a suspension for Molina, but he will only receive a fine, according to CBS’s Jon Heyman. The exact amount of the fine isn’t known, but it was said to be an amount that isn’t insignificant...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Throwing error by Madison Bumgarner hands Nationals momentum

It took until the seventh inning of Game 3, but the Washington Nationals offense finally got a break. With two on and none out, Wilson Ramos laid down a sac bunt. Madison Bumgarner fielded it, and tried to get lead runner Ian Desmond at third base. It didn’t go well. Desmond and Bryce Harper scored on Bumgarner’s throwing error, while Ramos advanced to second. Asdrubal Cabrera...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Don Mattingly will start Clayton Kershaw in Game 4 on short rest

Game 3 hasn’t even started yet, and Don Mattingly is going all-in. The Dodgers will start Clayton Kershaw on three days rest in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday before going with Zack Greinke on regular rest in a potential Game 5. "Game four, Kershaw. Game five, Greinke." – Don Mattingly — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 6, 2014 Ballsy? Yes, very, especially after Kershaw...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Daniel Bryan is at AT&T Park getting Giants fans hyped

Former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan is at today’s NLDS game between the Giants and Nationals at AT&T Park, and yes, he’s leading the crowd in a YES! YES! YES! chant. .@WWEDanielBryan has a question for #SFGiants fans. #Yes #OctoberTogether https://t.co/zPoMkibN7o — #OctoberTogether (@SFGiants) October 6, 2014 In case you’re curious: yes, Bryan did get a picture with Hunter...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Los Angeles Angels

The good news is that the Angels finally were able to ride the greatness of Mike Trout to a postseason berth and that Trout will surely take him the first of what should have been three AL MVPs. The bad news is that their league-best 98 wins only silenced their critics for a short time as the lasting memory of this Angels team will be them flaming out against the Royals in the ALDS...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers became the first team eliminated from the divisional series round, getting swept in three games by the Orioles. That early exit is a surprise, but how Detroit lost the series shouldn’t be. The Tigers’ defensive and bullpen flaws were apparent throughout the season, as was their tendency to get shut down by presumably mediocre pitching. Those deficiencies were completely...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Buck Showalter, evil genius, predicted how Game 3 would end

Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s decision to have Zach Britton walk Nick Castellanos, the winning run, in the ninth inning yesterday to bring up Andrew Romine (replaced by pinch hitter Hernan Perez) was a ballsy one, but one that paid off in spades for Baltimore. When Showalter came to the mound to talk to Britton before the intentional walk, he accurately predicted the exact turn...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals finish off sweep to stun Angels in ALDS

The Angels were a popular pick by many, myself included, to win the AL pennant this October. Well, their Postseason didn’t go quite as planned – the Royals smashed the Angels 8-3 on Sunday night, eliminating them from the playoffs without a single win. The game actually got off to a good start for the Angels, as Mike Trout picked up his first (and thusfar, only) career Postseason...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain steals hits from Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick

This isn’t the Angels’ night, folks. Down 7-2 in the top of the fifth inning with two men on and one out, Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick hit sinking liners to center field. Fortunately for the Royals, that’s where Lorenzo Cain roams. Lorenzo Cain robs Albert Pujols and Howie Kendricks on back to back hits to center https://t.co/VsoqOmnKhR — CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles beat Tigers 2-1 to complete sweep, advance to ALCS

And then there were seven. The Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of Detroit and advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1997. All it took was one big hit for the Orioles to advance, and that hit was a two-run homer by Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning off of David Price that barely cleared the right field wall. Following Cruz’s...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cheerios is rooting for an Orioles sweep today

The Baltimore Orioles look to sweep the Detroit Tigers today and advance to the ALCS. Bud Norris is on the hill for Baltimore, facing off with Detroit’s David Price. In today’s edition of the Baltimore Sun, Cheerios took out a full-page ad, cheering on the O’s. "Let's Go O's." @Cheerios' full-page ad in today's @baltimoresun: pic.twitter.com/h2Axq70w6U — Pete Sweigard (...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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