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Can streaking Orioles make an expanded postseason?

Each day, BaseballReference.com not only updates player and team statistics around baseball, it projects playoff teams, even at this early stage of the 2020 season. On Thursday morning, Oriole fans who scanned the site were in for a surprise when they saw their favorite team projected as one of five American League wild-card teams along […]

Cincinnati.com

Paul Daugherty: New rules have made baseball more bearable in 2020

Baseball's last great idea was adding a wild-card game in 2012. The NFL is constantly tweaking its product. Baseball wants to buy you some Cracker Jack. Who still eats Cracker Jack?        

Amazin Avenue

Robert Gsellman will start tonight for the Mets

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The team intends to stretch him out and use him as a starter going forward. Robert Gsellman will take the mound tonight as a starting pitcher for the first time since the 2017 season. Luis Rojas announced prior to tonight’s game that Gsellman will get the start against the Nationals in place of the injured Michael Wacha, and he will be stretched out in an effort to join the team’s rotation going forward. Gsellman originally debuted for the Mets as a starting pitcher and was a valuable contributor to the team’s 2016 Wild Card berth after most of their rotation...

Lookout Landing

7-11: Chart

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ A murder of/by/for Kyles FanGraphs Kyle Style: Kyle Lewis (WPA .339) Strickland Diction: Evan White (WPA -.174) MLB Standings: 5th in FUBAR for Kumar rankings, now 3.0 “GB” but also... only 2.5 GB from a Wild Card spot? MLB

Twinkie Town

Scouting by the numbers: Milwaukee Brewers

An analytic preview of rival Milwaukee - Aug. 10-12 and 18-20 The Twins take on interleague rival Milwaukee for six games over the next week plus, beginning with three in Milwaukee Monday through Wednesday. The Brewers will come to Target Field for a three game mid-week series next week. Entering the first set, the Brewers are 4 games behind Chicago in the NL Central at 6-7 while the Twins were just swept in Kansas City and have lost 4 straight. Opponent Overview Milwaukee reached the postseason again last year, finishing 89-73 and earning a wild card berth. Things were...

Bless You Boys

FanPost Friday: Create the ultimate classic All-Star team

Using no players from your favorite club. Happy Friday, one and all, we’re at the end of another week, baseball is still happening, the Tigers have a hold on one of the postseason Wild Card spots at the moment, and it feels like anything is possible. Since the start of the 2020 season didn’t hit until after the would-have-been All-Star break, we didn’t get a chance to see which Tigers player might have made it in, or witness the general giddy and joyful display that is the ASG. With that in mind, we thought it might be a fun exercise to play with our dream MLB All-Star lineup, but...

The Crawfish Boxes

2020 Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Astros (5-4, 2nd in AL West) continue their road trip with a three game series against the Diamondbacks (3-7, 5th in NL West) D-backs Notes Since making the playoffs in 2017 as the NL Wild Card, the Diamondbacks have not been able to make a repeat appearance. In that time the fans have seen the team trading away some of the more popular and successful players, mainly in the forms of Zack Greinke and Paul Goldschmidt. The team still played well enough in 2019 to finish with an 85-77 record and second place in the NL West, but they weren’t much of a...

Rising Apple

Mets pursue a Wild Card spot in our 1995 season simulation

The virtual New York Mets are back after the player’s strike and ready to go after a Wild Card spot in 1995. We didn’t see much virtual New York Mets baseball in 1994 because of a player’s strike that cut down on the number of regular-season games. The same will happen in 1995 with a […] Mets pursue a Wild Card spot in our 1995 season simulation - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Twinkie Town

Scouting by the numbers: Cleveland

Photo by Joe Sargent/MLB Photos via An analytical preview of the Twins third opponent - July 30-Aug 2 An important early season intra-division clash is on tap as the Twins continue their homestand with a 4-game set with Cleveland. Cleveland comes in having won each of their first two series over Kansas City and Chicago. Opponent Overview: After winning the AL Central in 2018, Cleveland posted a better overall record in 2019 – despite numerous key injuries – but fell just short of a wild card playoff berth. The club has tried to thread the needle of re-tooling for...

Twinkie Town

Scouting by the numbers: St. Louis Cardinals

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ An analytical preview of Games 4 and 5 - Target Field, July 28-29 It will be a contrast of styles as the pitching, speed, and defense Cardinals come to Minnesota to face the Bomba Squad for the Twins’ first homestand of 2020. The Cardinals took two of three from Pittsburgh to open 2020, while the Twins did the same against the White Sox. Opponent Overview: The Cardinals were the winners of the NL Central a season ago, finishing 91-71 (good for a two-game margin over the wild card Brewers). St. Louis went on to defeat Atlanta in...

DRaysBay

Rays 6, Jays 5: Walkoffs are now worth 2.7

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ We hate the new rule; just kidding, we love it Hope you had “Wild Wacky Walkoff” on your BINGO card, because it sure was an interesting one in the series decider (worth a hypothetical “2.7” wins in this 60-game season, of course) in St. Petersburg on Sunday. The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays met in the final game of their 2020 MLB season-opening series, with 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell facing off with 25-year-old Thomas Hatch, making his MLB debut for Toronto. Given that Hatch had never pitched a single inning above Double-A before...

The Mercury News

Oakland A’s are built well for new expanded playoffs after consecutive Wild Card heartbreaks

The A's are uniquely set up to take advantage of the three-game first round.

New York Post

Where sharps are leaning when it comes to Mets’ win total

It’s tough sharing New York City with the most iconic and winningest franchise in sports history. But somebody’s gotta do it. After going 86-76 (.531) and barely missing out on a wild-card berth in 2019, the New York Mets enter 2020 as a trendy team on the rise in the eyes of the betting public....

Brew Crew Ball

MLB Opening Day: Milwaukee Brewers 2020 season preview

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports A 60-game sprint to the playoffs might be favorable for the Brew Crew COVID-19 did a number on baseball, sports in general, and the world at-large. In fact it continues to wreak havoc. Nonetheless, Major League Baseball is ready to go for 2020, and it will be a sprint to the finish line as teams look to play like their in the playoff hunt late in the season at the very start. Could the Milwaukee Brewers be perfectly situated for that type of scenario? Last season, the Brew Crew finished 89-73 and captured one of the NL Wild Card spots for their second...

Tip of the Tower

Toronto Blue Jays: Is contending for a wild-card spot realistic?

The Toronto Blue Jays enter the 2020 season with a young and much-improved team, but is it enough to challenge for a wild-card spot in the American League? Back in March, the Toronto Blue Jays weren’t considered playoff contenders. Now that Opening Day is finally here, the roster hasn’t changed. However, in a 60-game season, […] Toronto Blue Jays: Is contending for a wild-card spot realistic? - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

New York Post

2020 MLB predictions: Division winners, awards, World Series

The Post’s baseball writers give their awards, division and World Series predictions for the 2020 MLB season. Asterisk denotes wild-card pick. Mike Puma NL East: Mets, Braves*, Nationals, Phillies, Marlins NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Cubs, Pirates NL West: Dodgers, D’backs*, Rockies, Padres, Giants AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles AL Central:...

Bluebird Banter

Make your 2020 MLB Predictions

Photo by Mario Tama/ For the proposes of this little exercise I’m deciding that the season is going to happen. I know there is a strong chance it doesn’t. 1. Give us your guess for the winners in each division. 2. Wild Card teams? 3. Who makes it to the World Series and who wins? 4. Who gets the major awards in each league. MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year? 5. Pick a breakout player of the year? 6. And a breakout player on the Blue Jays? 7. Who is the biggest disappointment (can be a team or player)? 8. How many Blue Jay wins? 9. How many Blue Jays will miss games due to...

Call to the Pen

2020 virtual ALDS: Twins vs. Indians

The Twins and Indians meet for the right to advance to the ALCS Having failed to stay with the Minnesota Twins down the stretch of the AL Central race, the Cleveland Indians brushed aside the Chicago White Sox in the wild card game to earn the right to meet the Twins in the division series. […] 2020 virtual ALDS: Twins vs. Indians - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates: Trevor Williams Could be the Team’s Biggest Wild Card in 2020

During a 65 start stretch from May 2017 through May 2019 Trevor Williams was one of the most consistent starting pitchers in the National League, but after going on the injured list last May Williams struggled for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final three months of the season. What version of Williams will the Bucs […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Trevor Williams Could be the Team’s Biggest Wild Card in 2020 - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

Dodgers vs Phillies: Simulating the NL Wild Card game

In this NL Wild Card sim, the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2020 NL simulation wild card game matched the NL East runner-up Philadelphia Phillies against the NL West runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers. Heavily favored to win another divisional title, the Dodgers didn’t disappoint They won 99 games and were beaten […] Dodgers vs Phillies: Simulating the NL Wild Card game - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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

Mets score 9 on 11 hits on emotional day in NYC

On a day of remembrance, the Mets score 9 runs on 11 hits in New York City to move up in the Wild Card standings Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www.ins

Is Max Scherzer key to Nationals wild card, how should Dodgers use Kenley Jansen? | MLB WHIPAROUND

The MLB Whiparound crew discusses whether or not the Nationals are a wild card favorite with a healthy Max Scherzer and what the Dodgers should do with struggling closer Kenley Jansen down the stretch. #FOXSports #MLB #MaxScherzer #KenleyJansen #Dodgers