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10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap
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Jeff Long

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
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Mike Gianella

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success
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Zachary Levine

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Backs Against the Wall: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and History
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Mike Gianella

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
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Mike Gianella

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap (The Call Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap (The Managerial Moves Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
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Craig Goldstein

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: What the Media Asked the Managers (and What it Means)
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Zachary Levine

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Red Sox
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R.J. Anderson

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Recap: Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Six Recap: Red Sox 5, Tigers 2
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Zachary Levine

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Six Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Recap: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3
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Sam Miller

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Preview: Dodgers at Cardinals
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Ben Carsley

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Preview: Red Sox at Tigers
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Paul Sporer

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Recap: Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4
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Ben Lindbergh

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four Recap: Tigers 7, Red Sox 3
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Sam Miller

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Recap: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four Preview: Red Sox at Tigers
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Craig Goldstein

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Recap: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
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Sam Miller

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Three Recap: Dodgers 3, Cardinals 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three Preview: Red Sox at Tigers
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Ben Carsley

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Bret Sayre

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Three Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Mike Gianella

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5
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Zachary Levine

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Two Recap: Cardinals 1, Dodgers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Zachary Levine

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Paul Sporer

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game One Recap: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Red Sox
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Daniel Rathman

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Five Recap: Tigers 3, Athletics 0
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Paul Sporer

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Five Preview: Tigers at Athletics
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Paul Sporer

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October 1, 2014 2:19 pm

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals

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Sam Miller

The best team in the AL takes on the Wild Card champ Royals in a matchup of aggressive managers, lopsided team rosters, and teams who have employed Raul Ibanez this year.

Here’s something I learned about the Angels’ fanbase while covering the team five years ago: They hated Rob Neyer. Not for the usual reasons that everybody hates everybody else these days, but because, in the late 1970 and the 1980s, the Angels and Royals were legit rivals. In 1978 and 1979, each team won the AL West once—and finished second once. 1982, the Angels won and the Royals finished second; in 1984 and 1985, the Royals took the crown, and the Angels were in both years the runner-up. In 1986, the Angels took it, and the Royals were third. They hated each other, so much so that Angels fans still hold it against Neyer that he was a Royals fan at the time and, to their view of the world, must hate them. Of course, since then Kansas City and Anaheim have moved farther from each other on the map; the former is now in the Midwest, if you can believe it, so there is no division rivalry, but this week will surely revive some of the old feuds.

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October 1, 2014 1:07 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap

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Jeff Long

What was that, and can we have some more?

I tried to think of some clever way to start this recap; something about Ned Yost, Billy Beane, or Moneyball. Nope. None of that would do justice to a game that was, at its heart, baseball in its purest form.

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October 1, 2014 12:07 am

Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview

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Mike Gianella

The Giants and the Pirates play at 8:07 Eastern today; the winner gets the Nationals.

Thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers’ second-half collapse, the playoff picture was pretty clear in the National League in the last few weeks, the only question being whether the Pirates could steal the division from the Cardinals with a late push. The Cardinals held on, so for the second year in a row the Pirates will host the NL Wild Card game at PNC Park, this time against the San Francisco Giants.

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September 30, 2014 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview

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R.J. Anderson

The A's stumbled into the postseason, but they may have the edge on the hill and in the dugout against the Royals.

With their poor second half, the Athletics fumbled away the AL West and gifted home-field advantage to the Royals for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card game. As a result, Kauffman Stadium will host its first postseason contest since 1985 against, fittingly enough, the franchise that used to call Kansas City home. In our comprehensive Wild Card preview, we'll try to determine which team will advance to face the Angels for entrance to the ALCS. (Note: Neither team's Wild Card roster is set, so we'll update the article when the names are officially announced.)

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St. Louis' slump, and some final musings on Mike Matheny.

The story of the Cardinals’ loss, both in Game Six and in the World Series as a whole, is simple: they didn’t hit, recording only a collective .224/.273/.299 line. And when you come right down to it, that’s not a very interesting story.

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October 31, 2013 3:54 am

Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success

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Zachary Levine

How much of the Red Sox' surprising championship run was of their own making?

The Boston Red Sox were nobody’s offseason champion, which is understandable for a team that was coming off a 69-93, last-place season. Sure, they did stuff. They did a lot of stuff compared to most bad teams, because most bad teams didn’t have the expectations, the window, and the recency of success that the Red Sox had.

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The Cardinals try to force a Game Seven while the Red Sox attempt to seal the deal.

One would think that it’s very difficult for a team to go on the road and win the final two games of the World Series with their backs up against the wall, as the Cardinals are facing right now. However, history tells us otherwise. If you make an assumption that most World Series teams are somewhat evenly matched, you’d expect a specific team to win two games in a row around 25 percent of the time. Throw in the heightened atmosphere and lack of home field advantage, and you might expect that number to go down, but it turns out it’s exactly 25 percent. In World Series history, there have been 24 teams facing a 3-2 deficit as they went on the road for Game Six. That road team has prevailed six times. Can the Cardinals make it seven? They’ll turn to their rookie sensation to get them there.

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What history says about the likelihood of a Cardinals comeback.

After Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals head back to Boston tonight to try to win two consecutive road games to clinch the 2013 World Series. Given how evenly matched the teams’ talent levels are, their one-game deficit and home field disadvantage qualify the Cardinals as underdogs.

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October 29, 2013 12:56 pm

Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)

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Sam Miller

How the Cardinals have tried everything.

Between fourth grade and eighth, we’re all at least once where the Cardinals are. There are 10 of us on the field or the court, and as we’re dividing up into two teams we’re all too aware that one of the 10 is so much better than the rest that the game is settled as soon as he is chosen with the first pick. He’s six feet; we’re four. He’s shaving; we still secretly have a teddy bear. He’s on a traveling team; we’re on our church choir. He will never, ever lose.

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How the Red Sox sent the series back to Boston with a one-win lead.

This series has been compelling from the start, but it took until Game Five for it to look like a contest between two of the best teams in baseball. Game Five was the first without an error. It was mercifully free of egregiously bad baserunning, and it didn’t end with a debatable call. With the memory of Dana DeMuth's floating strike zone still fresh, it felt well-officiated behind home plate, aside from this third-inning strike three to Matt Carpenter.

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About Mike Matheny's costly mistakes.

Throughout the World Series, we'll be providing two recaps of each game, one with a focus on the winner and the other devoting a longer look to the loser. This is the Cardinals entry for Game Four. The Red Sox edition is here.

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October 28, 2013 6:04 am

Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Red Sox Edition)

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Sam Miller

With a weakened ace, the Red Sox split the baby, and win.

Throughout the World Series, we'll be providing two recaps of each game, one with a focus on the winner and the other devoting a longer look to the loser. This is the Red Sox entry for Game Four. The Cardinals edition is here.

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