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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 »
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 »
4,170: Mike Mussina's salary as the new head coach of the varsity basketball team at his alma mater, Montoursville Area High. Mussina wrapped his H.S. hoops career with 1,382 points and then went on to earn $140 million in the majors.
1,297: Number of home runs Japan’s NPB teams are on pace to hit this season, well above last year's total of 881. The shocking frequency has commissioner Ryozo...Read more »
John Buck has seen all this Matt Harvey mania before, only then the phenom went by a different name: Zack Greinke.
It took Greinke, the No. 14 prospect in MLB before the 2004 season, a little longer to establish himself as one of the game’s best. He suffered from two conditions that Harvey doesn’t have to worry about:
1) A social anxiety disorder that nearly caused him to leave the game
2)...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 »