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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have two shots at the one victory they need to win their first postseason series since capturing the World Series in 1979. Considering Carlos Beltran's October theatrics, it would be safe to assume that the Cardinals slugger won't be given a chance to sway the proceedings.
Yet, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists his decision isn't quite so clear-cut.
"It's...Read more »
What’s happened to the Cardinals? That incredible collection of clutch that was unstoppable during the regular season is now on the brink of elimination in the playoffs.
Let this be a lesson in assigning too much predictive power to the fickle trait of hitting with runners in scoring position.
The Cardinals led all of MLB with a .330 RISP average during the regular season – and we mean...Read more »
As the Tigers face the Athletics in Game 3 of a tied American League Division Series, the most explosive performer on either team has so far been a dud.
It’s not necessarily Miguel Cabrera’s fault that he’s 2-for-8 – both singles – through the first two games. An abdominal strain has robbed him of his gargantuan power. But it’s particularly disconcerting for a Tigers team that probably needs...Read more »
The White Sox are planning a “hard push” for soon-to-be Yankees free agent Curtis Granderson this winter, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, citing a source.
Granderson, a native of the near-south suburbs of Chicago who attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, could view the White Sox as a homecoming. The article notes that Granderson recently donated a new baseball facility...Read more »
The Braves were wire-to-wire winners of the National League East. The Dodgers stumbled out of the gate but used an exciting rookie to rise to the top of the NL West. They meet in their end of the NLDS on Thursday at 8 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the series:
Atlanta won the season series against the Dodgers, 5-2. They scored 27 runs and allowed 17. But...Read more »
The Cardinals and Pirates begin their portion of the National League Division Series on Thursday at 5 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know going into the game:
The Pirates and Cardinals play in the NL Central, which means we have a decent sample size of play – 19 games. Pittsburgh took the season series, just barely, 10-9. The Cardinals, however, actually outscored the...Read more »
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 »
Of all the free agent decisions the Yankees made prior to the 2013 season, two are quite notable as the playoffs arrive: letting Nick Swisher and Russell Martin walk.
Swisher went on to sign a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians and Martin inked a two-year, $15 million contract with the Pirates. Both players' teams made the playoffs as a Wild Card, with Martin slamming two home runs...Read more »
When the Pirates and Reds meet at PNC Field Tuesday night for the National League Wild Card Game, it will be the 20th meeting between the two clubs this season.
Here's how each team has fared in the previous 19 head-to-head matchups: Pirates Reds Wins 11 8 Runs 73 71 Average .242 .231 On-base percentage .321 .320 Slugging percentage .408 .357 Home runs 27 18 Stolen bases 10 9 Caught...Read more »
Mark Teixeira will be the only member of the Yankees to participate in the 2013 playoffs. It just won't be on the field.
Teixeira is slated to join ex-Yankee and current Mariner Raul Ibanez, Blue Jays infielder Mark DeRosa and Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones as postseason guest studio analysts on MLB Network. White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will also provide commentary.
Harrelson...Read more »