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Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: Projecting a Twins Infield for the Playoffs

With just eight games remaining for the Minnesota Twins, it’s time to look forward to what the Twins’ infield would look like in the playoffs. The Minnesota Twins are marching towards the playoffs, with their spot as a Top 5 seed guaranteed. With that locked in, it’s time to start making some guesses about the […] Minnesota Twins: Projecting a Twins Infield for the Playoffs - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Ramírez homers, Indians close in on playoffs top ChiSox 7-4

Carlos Santana's two-run homer snapped a tie and José Ramírez homered again as the Cleveland Indians moved closer to clinching a playoff berth — and delayed Chicago's likely AL Central title — with a 7-4 win over the White Sox on Monday night.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rookie Alejandro Kirk has HR, 4 hits, Jays beat Yankees 11-5

Rookie Alejandro Kirk became the first catcher 21 or younger since Johnny Bench with at least four hits that included two for extra bases, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 11-5 Monday night to drop New York 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

DRaysBay

Rays 2, Mets 1: deRays beat deGrom

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports I am definitely the first one to ever make that joke... The Rays came into tonight’s game having already clinched a playoff berth. At this point, they are playing for three things: The division The No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and Home Field Advantage But they would have no small task in front of them, as they would have to go through back to back National League Cy Young Award Winner Jacob deGrom. After the top of the first, it did indeed look like it would be a long night for the Rays offense, as the first three Rays hitters struck out via triple digit...

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MLB playoffs: Your guide to the final week of magic numbers, berths and MVP drives

Here's what to watch as baseball begins the road to the playoffs, and, ultimately MLB's finals in late October        

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: What do they need to do to make the playoffs now?

The Blue Jays have seven games left in their regular season schedule, and are tied for 7th in the AL. What do they need to do to make the playoffs? Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Phillies brought the Blue Jays a tremendous sense of relief after the worst week they’ve had all year. Starting last […] Blue Jays: What do they need to do to make the playoffs now? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

New York Post

Listen to Episode 29 of ‘Amazin’ But True’: Mets Need a Miracle to Make Playoffs

The Mets will need nothing short of a miracle if they want to sneak into the playoffs. It will take seven straight wins to finish the season. 31-29 likely gets them in, but even that is not a lock. There is a chance that a 6-1 finish to make it 30-30 does the trick, but...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY news: Merry Clinchmas

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ The Yankees are officially playoff bound; Tigers considering Marcus Thames for managerial position?; fan enters Fenway in worrisome scene; longtime MLB scout passes away MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: For the fourth straight year and the 22nd time in 26 years, the Yankees are headed to the playoffs. They may have lost yesterday, but the Mariners’ loss to the Padres means the Yankees are officially in. It’s been a bit of a wild ride for this team, from the offseason hype after the Gerrit Cole signing, to the losing run that saw them nearly drop out of the playoffs, to...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves Podcast 30: MVFreeman and the coming playoffs

Another week done and another week with the Atlanta Braves still on top. As this is being written, the Atlanta Braves are about to move into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for the 2nd seed in the National League playoff race, the result of the Cubs losing 2 of 3 games to the Twins […] Atlanta Braves Podcast 30: MVFreeman and the coming playoffs - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

www.thegoodphight.com

Back for more, are you? Phillies vs. Nationals series preview

The Phillies need to continue to make things miserable for Erick Fedde | Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via If they want to make the playoffs, the Phillies need to continue their dominance over the Nationals One week left to go, and despite the best efforts of the bullpen, the Phillies are still in position to earn a spot in the playoffs. However, that position is extremely tenuous, making almost every game this week a “must win.” The good news is: The next four games on the schedule are against a team the Phillies have yet to lose to in 2020. Washington...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Yankees won’t be putting an asterisk on the 2020 title

The Yankees are in the playoffs. Now a gauntlet starts where it usually does: against the Twins.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins' playoff rotation is working itself out as regular season heads into final week

Kenta Maeda, Jose Berrios pitch like Twins' top two for playoffs as Rocco Baldelli considers options.

Newsday

Yankees' Kyle Higashioka might become Gerrit Cole's personal catcher in short term

Cole has performed better with Higashioka behand the plate than with starter Gary Sanchez, but with few days off in playoffs, a second catcher is essential in any case.

Pinstripe Alley

The best choice for the Yankees’ number three postseason starter

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. The Yankees have reached the point of the season where they get ready for the playoffs. They’re going to rest their regulars (something that won’t look all that different than the regular season) and line up the starting pitchers to get them in order for the postseason rotation. That will definitely be noticeable, and highly scrutinized, which brings us to this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: Who should the Yankees tap as their number three pitcher in...

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Your daily playoff update (9/21): Where do the Phillies stand?

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ As it stands now, the Phillies, should they survive the regular season, can finish anywhere in three different spots When the sun rises on Monday morning, the Phillies will hold a playoff spot. Granted, it is a slippery hold at best, but they would be in nonetheless. They’re in the seventh spot in the National League (27-26), holding a 1⁄2 game lead over Cincinnati (27-27), who in turn holds the tiebreaker edge over Milwaukee and San Francisco (both at 26-26). It’s a razor thin lead, but since it is a lead, we’ll take it and run. Were the playoffs to...

Call to the Pen

Can Miami Marlins find another Conine after Conine trade?

After trading their best second baseman for a new Conine, will the Miami Marlins need some old Conine magic to make playoffs? Everything has gone better than expected for the Miami Marlins in 2020- except for second base. Well, that and whatever the July plan was keeping COVID-19 in check in the clubhouse. However, none […] Can Miami Marlins find another Conine after Conine trade? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

St. Louis Cardinals Series Preview: The Royals have a shot to play spoiler

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports The Cardinals are in quite a postseason battle, and a good series from the Royals could put them on the outside looking in. With a week to go in the season, the Royals will get to play a direct role in determining the National League playoffs with an opportunity to push the Cardinals out of a playoff spot. The Cardinals have played 20 of their games as part of double headers after the COVID-19 outbreak they had earlier this year, and now they’ve caught up and are done with those, which has to be a relief for them. The issue with double headers is...

Tomahawk Take

The final Power Rankings: Where do the Atlanta Braves finish?

We are in the final week of the 2020 regular season and the playoffs are already about to start. This season flew by for the Atlanta Braves and all of major league baseball. Despite some skeptics at the beginning, it seems we are going to make it all the way through and have a champion […] The final Power Rankings: Where do the Atlanta Braves finish? - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

Bluebird Banter

GameThread Game #54: Yankees at Blue Jays

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Jays are welcoming hosting the Yankees for a four game series. I’m extremely thankful these four are happening in Buffalo and not Yankee Stadium. Will the Sith be less Sith-like away from home? We shall see! Matt Shoemaker will start tonight, and Julian Merryweather has been placed on the 10-day IL, retro’d back to Sept 18, so he will be eligible to be reinstated in time for the playoffs. Here are tonight’s lineups. Biggio gets another start at 3rd, Villar will play 2nd, Kirk will catch this one, and Davis gets a start in left...

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Crawfish Boil: September 21st, 2020

Photo by Tim Warner/ Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News It was the George Springer show yesterday as he popped two home runs in what could be his final home game as an Astro (Astros.com) Does it make sense to use Framber Valdez out of the pen during the first round of the playoffs? (The Athletic, $$$) Can Jose Altuve still hit 3,000 career hits after 2020? (FanGraphs) Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery,...

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: Three takeaways from series win vs Chicago White Sox

The Reds took care of business versus the White Sox. The Cincinnati Reds took 2-of-3 from the American League-leading Chicago White over the weekend. Cincinnati was in the playoffs entering play on Friday and they’ll begin a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight with the postseason still in play. What did we learn from […] Cincinnati Reds: Three takeaways from series win vs Chicago White Sox - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Twinkie Town

Playoffs Clinched. What might the Twins roster look like?

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports Which 28 players will make it? The Twins secured a playoff birth Saturday night in Chicago. This final week of baseball will determine how the playoff roster shakes out. Let’s take a look at what it could be as of right now. Starting pitchers (6): Jose Berrios, R Kenta Maeda, R Michael Pineda, R Rich Hill, L Randy Dobnak, R Jake Odorizzi, R Relief pitchers (8) Taylor Rogers, L Tyler Duffey, R Trevor May, R Sergio Romo, R Tyler Clippard, R Matt Wisler, R Cody Stashak, R Jorge Alcala, R Catcher (3) Mitch Garver, R/R Alex Avila,...

Pinstripe Alley

New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays: Michael King vs. Matt Shoemaker

Photo by Sarah Stier/ The Yankees are back in Buffalo When last we saw these Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees were clubbing them back into third in the AL East in one of the most lopsided series you’ll see. The boys from Buffalo are looking for some revenge tonight in game one of a three-game set from upstate New York. With the playoffs starting in a week, the Yankees have juggled their pitching rotation to set Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka up for the first two games of the postseason. Michael King will be the first of several pitchers we’re likely to see in tonight's pseudo-bullpen...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Should Vladimir Guerrero Jr. play defence anymore this year?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has struggled with the transition to first base this season, and now that Blue Jays are close to the playoffs, he should put his glove away for the rest of the year. It’s been a difficult sophomore season for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and not much has gone according to plan. The 21-year-old […] Blue Jays: Should Vladimir Guerrero Jr. play defence anymore this year? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast: Corbin Burnes and the Cy Young, playoff chances, and cannibals

Photo by Dylan Buell/ There’s a week left in the Brewers’ regular season, and the gang is feeling good about their chances The Brewers control their own path to the playoffs, and it starts tonight in Cincinnati. Ahead of the important season-ending series against the Reds and Cardinals (and feeling, uh, good after watching big wins by the Packers and Brewers), we cover a wide range of topics heading into the final week, including Corbin Burnes’ chances to win the NL Cy Young award after another excellent start, the possibility of these being the final games of Ryan Braun in a...

Biggest NL playoff threats and can Brewers claim second NL wild card? | MLB WHIPAROUND

The MLB WHIPAROUND crew discusses who poses the biggest threat in the NL playoffs and whether or not the Brewers can sneak into the final wild card spot in the NL. #FOXSports #MLB #Brewers

Astros injury issues and who is the Cardinals MVP? | MLB WHIPAROUND

Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas breakdown all the recent Houston Astros injuries, will the St. Louis Cardinals make the playoffs and who will be their team MVP. #FOXSports #MLB #Astros #Cardinals

Should Yu Darvish pitch in the postseason and can the Mets keep their magic going | MLB WHIPAROUND

Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas discuss Yu Darvish's postseason pitching prospects and can the New York Mets keep the magic going and make the playoffs. #FOXSports #MLB #YuDarvish #Mets #Playoffs