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South Side Sox

Kannapolis Intimidators Season Recap

After juggling talented personnel all season long, this scrappy crew came through at the final hour to earn a postseason berth Kannapolis had a good overall season, at 74-63. After they fell apart down the stretch to end the first half, the I’s had enough mettle to make the playoffs on the last day of the second half. If you noticed from the Winston-Salem recaps, the I’s lost much of their top talent after the All-Star break. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before, the 2018 draft pick reinforcements arrived, pushing Kannapolis into the playoffs for the second straight year under Justin...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets is on the home stretch

We’re in the final weeks of the regular season. Some teams are going to make the playoffs. The Orioles are not one of them. Some terrific rookies this year. Good morning. Fangraphs has the Cubs’ chances of winning the NL Central at 94.4% and a 100% chance of making the playoffs. And boy, the Diamondbacks look terrible for a team that was in first place just two-and-a-half weeks ago. But maybe it’s the Cubs that are making them look terrible. It’s mid-September and David Schoenfield has your guide the final two weeks of the season. Jayson Stark has written a similar article to...

Plain Dealer

Ready for October: Is Jason Kipnis close to being the Cleveland Indians' best option in center field?

Jason Kipnis has 12 games to prove he is Cleveland's best option in center field before the playoffs arrive.

Halos Heaven

Weeks 23 and 24 Pregame Picks Review!

Weeks 23 and 24 Leaders: btown100 and LanaBanana and angelslogic Overall Leader: LanaBanana In Week 23, the Angels beat the Rangers and then they beat the White Sox, giving us false hope. In Week 24, the Angels beat the Rangers once again but were nearly swept by the Mariners, eliminating them from the playoffs. In PGP, there was a three-way tie for first: angelslogic, LanaBanana, and Btown100. They all had 17 points each. Next, there were a slew of players with 15 points. We had AntFan, tanana40, max peter, and Garbage Grove. Fansince1971 and IE Angel were at 14 over the two weeks. The...

Call to the Pen

Philadelphia Phillies ending a winning, unsuccessful season?

If the Phillies miss out on the playoffs, is it still a successful season? Is the Philadelphia Phillies current season a success without making the playoffs? That, as the Danish guy would say, is the question. It is “the question” because it’s extremely unlikely the Phillies will make those playoffs even as a wild card […] Philadelphia Phillies ending a winning, unsuccessful season? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

OC Register

A’s have done what Angels have not: overcome a rotation ravaged by injuries

Oakland's starting rotation has been torn apart by injuries, just like the Angels. The A's, however, have gotten by with a strong bullpen and lineup. They are headed for the playoffs, while the Angels have been eliminated.

Lookout Landing

What to watch for in the final 12 games of the Mariners season

The Mariners don’t have shiny prospect call-ups to cherish, so enjoying the final two weeks of baseball will have to come from elsewhere. Following Daniel Vogelbach’s heroism last night (more on that later today from Tim in addition to Isabelle’s recap last night), the Mariners are 7.0 GB of the Athletics for the WC2 spot and 11.0 GB of the Astros in the AL West with 12 games remaining. The playoffs, barring something like a 2-10 finish from Oakland, are not in the cards. Again. Even for a team likely to win 90 games at this point. It’s frustrating in many ways, but I am always...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Sara’s Snapshots: A tale of two bat flips

They are the best of times, they are the worst of times It’s September baseball and Cubs fans are lucky to be watching meaningful baseball for the fourth year in a row as we approach the playoffs. There are a lot of things to talk about as we head into the final twelve games, but recently one specific thing caught my eye. Well, two different iterations of one specific thing, if I’m being precise. That thing is the controversial bat flip, and it’s been front and center for the Cubs twice this week already. Ah, the bat flip. When it is good it is very, very good, and when it is bad it...

Call to the Pen

MLB Power Rankings: Astros or Red Sox? Red Sox or Astros?

With two weeks left in the season, are the Astros or Red Sox #1 in the MLB Power Rankings? With just two weeks left in the regular season, there isn’t much mystery as far as the American League playoffs are concerned. As expected, the Red Sox, Astros, Indians and Yankees are near locks for the […] MLB Power Rankings: Astros or Red Sox? Red Sox or Astros? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

2018 Quad Cities River Bandits Season In Review

Another good season in the books for the River Bandits The Quad Cities River Bandits put together a solid season in 2018 making the playoffs. Unfortunately they didn’t repeat as champions but still managed to win a ton of games and continue to help move prospects through the system. Here is a review of the season Quad Cities put together. 2018 Record: 81-59, Midwest League Western Division Winner The River Bandits got off to a slow start in April going just 10-12. They would follow that up going 20-12 in May as they really got rolling. Quad Cities went 14-12 in June and finished the first...

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Who starts the Wild Card game?

The Milwaukee Brewers haven’t yet clinched a Wild Card spot, but the odds are heavily in their favor. Who should start the one-game playoff? It’s looking more and more likely that the Milwaukee Brewers will have to win a one-game playoff to make it to the divisional round of the playoffs. While we can’t project […] Milwaukee Brewers: Who starts the Wild Card game? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians History: The last time the season ended prematurely

Baseball seasons have ended early twice in history. Both times the Cleveland Indians were on the verge of the playoffs. We already discussed the early end to the baseball season 100 years ago. Today let’s discuss one that hurts a lot more, (perhaps because none of us lived through the 1918 one), the 1994 season. […] Cleveland Indians History: The last time the season ended prematurely - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

AZ Snake Pit

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ playoff odds: 150 games in

Very, very slim. What, you want more? As we did last season, we’ll track the D-backs’ post-season chances every ten games as the season progresses, until the number either reaches 100% or 0%. Here’s where we stand, 150 games into the season. Fangraphs: 0.8% division, 1.4% wild-card = 2.2% playoffs Baseball Prospectus: 0.9% division, 2.8% wild-card = 3.8% playoffs FiveThirtyEight: 1% division, 2% wild-card = 3% playoffs NumberFire: 1.0% division, 2.9% wild-card = 3.9% playoffs Yeah, it’s like that. The decline has been steep and rapid. On August 22, Fangraphs gave Arizona a...

Call to the Pen

MLB Playoffs: All tied up – most confounding postseason scenarios

As the MLB playoffs draw near, we may have to spend an extra day or two ironing out ties, possibly ending in something exciting but rare in the game – game 163 It’s been 11 seasons since Major League Baseball was required to dust off its rules for settling postseason ties. But with two weeks […] MLB Playoffs: All tied up – most confounding postseason scenarios - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets still has a chance

The Indians clinch the AL Central. A look at the rest of the pennant races. Don Mattingly is reunited with a fan. Umpires behaving badly. Fangraphs has the Cubs with an 87.3% chance of winning the NL Central and a 99.9% chance of making the playoffs. You know who has a 100% chance of making the postseason? Yes, the Red Sox. But also the Cleveland Indians, who became the first team to clinch a division title on Saturday. Here are ten big moments in the Indians’ 2018 season. Christopher Dale looks at some ideas to make the playoffs fairer, including re-seeding the teams after the Wild...

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies: 3 Keys to the LA Dodgers series

The Colorado Rockies are in a tight NL West race with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies lead the division by a half-game over the Dodgers. As of right now, Fangraphs gives the Colorado Rockies a 58.3 percent chance of making the playoffs. However, the Dodgers have a 85.8 percent chance of making the playoffs, […] Colorado Rockies: 3 Keys to the LA Dodgers series - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tampa Bay Times

Winning record gives Rays something to hold onto

ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays, barring a total collapse by the A's or Yankees, are not going to post enough victories to make it into the playoffs.But after hanging on to the beat the A's again Sunday, 5-4, they insured that for the first time since 2013 they will finish with a

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Dugout: Yasiel Puig, Walker Buehler could be keys to getting, and winning, in the playoffs

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and there are only 12 games left in the season. It would have been nice to sweep the Cardinals, but winning three of four is nothing to be disappointed about. If the Dodgers win the rest of their series, they will...

The Crawfish Boxes

Open Forum #3. The A’s Are the Most “Playoff Ready” Team in the AL. Prove Me Wrong.

Your chance to be the expert. Tell us what YOU think. OK, call it click bait. But the purpose of open forum is to stimulate discussion, and in Oakland right now, I’m sure many are the fans making the very arguments listed below. Prove them wrong. In baseball and football, it is well known that the team that often wins the championship isn’t necessarily the best team, but the team that gets hot (and a little lucky) at the right time. I am going to present the lawyer’s brief on behalf of the Oakland A’s as that team going into the playoffs, no doubt, the case they are making in...

Royals Review

Pittsburgh Pirates series preview: Wait, who are the Royals playing?

At the trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates tore a page out of the 2017 Royals book and went after what they thought was the final piece of the puzzle to push them into the playoffs. Neal Huntington and company sent Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, and Shane Baz—all very serious pieces of what could have been the Pirates’ future—for Chris Archer. Archer is under control through the 2021 season and at reasonable prices through the entire run of his contract with two club options at the back end, so the deal wasn’t only for this year, but since they made the move, they have lost five...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY news: Aaron Judge could be ready to hit during Red Sox series

Aaron Judge could be ready to hit during Red Sox series; Aroldis Chapman could return soon; Aaron Boone’s seat getting a bit hotter; Yankees have a new front-runner for fourth starter in playoffs; Justus Sheffield is coming, so what can we expect? MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Aaron Judge has been taking on-field batting practice for five days, and Aaron Boone said on Sunday that Judge will remain with the club through his rehab. Boone added that it’s a “possibility” that All Rise could return to the lineup against Boston at Yankee Stadium this week. New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert:...

Over the Monster

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, David Price

In today’s links we have good news about Mookie Betts, Chris Sale is getting ready for the playoffs, David Price continues to pitch well and the Red Sox get some pinch-hit help. Mookie Betts got hurt on Sunday but it might not be something to worry about. (Evan Drellich; NBC Sports) Chris Sale threw three innings on Sunday, striking out one and allowing zero runs on one hit. The gradual build back to full-start health isn’t over, but it will be complete come playoff time. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) Sale has jokes as well. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) Pinch-hitting is not always a...

Call to the Pen

MLB debut: Houston Astros Myles Straw runs the week’s debuts

Houston Astros outfielder Myles Straw uses his incredible speed to lead off the week’s debuts With a couple weeks left in the season, the MLB debut list is getting shorter and shorter each week, but each piece can have a significant piece to the playoffs. Houston Astros outfielder Myles Straw leads off the group this […] MLB debut: Houston Astros Myles Straw runs the week’s debuts - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tampa Bay Times

Rays hang on to beat A's 5-4, guarantee a winning season

ST. PETERSBURG : The Rays, barring something really extraordinary, are not going to log enough victories to make it into the playoffs this year.But by hanging on Sunday to beat the A's for a second straight day, 5-4 this time, they made it official that for the first time

SFGate

A’s return for final homestand with a chance to clinch at the Coliseum

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The last homestand of the regular season begins Tuesday - and with six games at the Coliseum, the A’s have a shot to clinch a playoff spot in front of their own fans. After a 5-4 loss to the Rays, Oakland’s magic number to make the playoffs remained seven; any combination of A’s wins and Tampa Bay losses will continue to shrink that. The earliest day Oakland could clinch would be Thursday if the Rays are the nearest pursuer at that point. “We’re going to try to win as many as we can, hopefully put on a good show for our fans.,” manager Bob Melvin said....

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees lose heartbreaker, drop series finale 3-2 to Toronto

The Yankees took an early 2-0 lead, then slipped back into their offensive malaise as Betances blows the save. The slumping Yankees dropped their second straight series to a bad team this weekend, losing the rubber game to the Blue Jays in heartbreaking fashion at Yankee Stadium. The Bombers took an early 2-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on or add to it. They lost the game 3-2. The Yankees deployed the pitching system they are expected to use in the playoffs, where they allow the starter to go through the opposing lineup twice, and then turn the ball over to the vaunted bullpen. The flaw in...

DRaysBay

Rays 5, Athletics 4: Plan B is for bullpen

Although really, after the first inning, this was more like Plan C. The Rays entered this game nursing a very outside shot at the playoffs, with 15 games left to play, and with no off-days. The “bulk-guy” due up was left-hander Jalen Beeks. The Athletics are a lineup stacked with righties. So Kevin Cash chose “plan B is for bullpen.” And at the same time, Cash made the very gutsy call to stretch. When there are 15 must-win games, you can’t treat them all as must-win games, putting only your very best players on the field. You have to roll with your guys, and trust. Tommy Pham got...

Tim and Sid: Atkins talks injuries, Jays' deep farm team and Donaldson

Toronto Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins joins Tim and Sid to discuss how by avoiding a few injuries, they could have been in the playoffs. He also talks about the depth at youth the Jays now have, resigning Josh Donaldson, and the legend of Jose Bautista.

MLBN Presents: The Indians Win First AL Pennant in 41 Years

The 1995 Indians made the playoffs and would make their way to their first World Series since 1954. Hosted by Bob Costas, MLB Network Presents is a series of documentaries and access-driven profiles that air during on MLB Network.

30 Clubs in 30 Days: Josh Harrison on Winning with Team USA

For the last stop of 30 Clubs in 30 Days, we visit Pirates camp to talk to Josh Harrison about winning the World Baseball Classic with Team USA, making the playoffs with the Pirates and more.