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Both the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians have seemingly been playing elimination games for the past month, so when they meet Wednesday night for a winner-take-all Wild Card showdown it may seem like "another day, another game."
But despite similar team statistics, the Rays have faced a much tougher road to the playoffs. The Rays played not only in the tough AL East but faced...Read more »
The American League Wild Cards are coming into focus as the season draws to a close.
Here’s an outlook of each of the contending teams, ordered by their odds of making the playoffs (as determined by Baseball Prospectus):
TAMPA BAY RAYS (88-69) Standing: Lead the first Wild Card by 1 game Games left: 5 Postseason probability: 95.3 percent Schedule: 2 @ Yankees, 3 @ Blue Jays The Rays...Read more »
The Yankees may want a do-over.
Perhaps a couple of them.
At the end of the 2012 season the team faced decisions on five significant free agents: Nick Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez.
The Yankees let four walk and retained Suzuki for two years, $13 million.
Let’s be clear: Most of the logic made sense at the time. The Yankees wanted to...Read more »
There's still a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two American League Wild-Card playoff spots.
Aside from the jolt of power contributed by Alfonso Soriano and the boost at third base thanks to the return of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have a decent schedule ahead.
All of their games against teams over .500 are versus those they're chasing for the Wild Card (Rays, Orioles)...Read more »
The Yankees have reached a deal with first baseman Mark Reynolds, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.
The Cleveland Indians had designated the right-handed hitting Reynolds for assignment on Aug. 8 and released him on Aug. 12.
Reynolds hit .215 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and 123 strikeouts in 98 games with the Indians this season. The 30-year-old slugger is a career .233 hitter with...Read more »
It’s more than just a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two Wild-Card playoff spots. They actually have one of the easier schedules of the teams in the hunt.
Heading into Friday’s game against the Padres, the Yankees are 3.5 games out of the second Wild-Card spot. Texas and Baltimore are tied at a half-game behind the Indians and the Rays are four games up in the Wild-Card...Read more »
One casualty of the decision to try Lyle Overbay in the outfield was Brennan Boesch, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the second time this season. Boesch was batting .275 with three homers and eight RBIs. David Adams, who has impressed the Yankees during his brief major-league stint, started at third base over Youkilis against righthander Justin Masterson....Read more »
Each week leading up to the All-Star Game at Citi Field we’ll compile our list of who SHOULD start the game based on current performance (click the player's name to see their full stats). Feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think:
1B – Chris Davis, Orioles
Davis is no one-week wonder. After a torrid start to the season, he’s kept up the hot hitting,...Read more »