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10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned?
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R.J. Anderson

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: A Decade of Planning an Overnight Success
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Miles Wray

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2
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Zachary Levine

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Preview
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Zachary Levine

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: The Other Royals: World Series Game 1
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Sam Miller

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
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Doug Thorburn

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3
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Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Sad Reliever Rankings
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Miles Wray

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Managing in a 'Must-Not-Lose': NLCS Game 2
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World
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R.J. Anderson

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Yost Plays it Right
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Sahadev Sharma

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles
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Sam Miller

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Vogelsong Stymies, Williams Perplexes: NLDS Game Four
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Mike Gianella

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Irony Of Ryu's Strong Start
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Zachary Levine

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Bunt Heard 'Round the World
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Doug Thorburn

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker
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J.P. Breen

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Quartet of Consequence: The Four Plays That Keyed An ALDS Sweep
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R.J. Anderson

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Puig and Holliday: A Breakdown of Six Strikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Zimmermann and Post-Zimmermann: The Two Games Within NLDS Game Two
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Mike Gianella

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 7, Tigers 6
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Jeff Quinton

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: 20 Bad Josh Hamilton Swings: ALDS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Cardinals 10 Dodgers 9
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Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Giants 3, Nationals 2
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
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Zachary Levine

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Giants
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Mike Gianella and Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Royals 3, Angels 2
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Sam Miller

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Detroit Shock City
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R.J. Anderson

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Orioles vs. Tigers
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R.J. Anderson

10-02

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

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Recap
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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

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Down 2-1, the storyline heading into Saturday night is clearly the Giants' decision to not go with their ace on short rest.

The Royals head into Saturday night just two wins away from a World Series title and won’t have to face the Giants ace.

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No matter how questionable the decision, everything Ned Yost does this postseason seems to work in the end.

Ned Yost made the big pregame decision, parking Norichika Aoki on the bench in favor of Jarrod Dyson. It was the first time the Royals had changed their starting lineup in more than a month, with Lorenzo Cain sliding to right field and Alex Gordon moving into the second spot in the order. So that's where we'll start before touching on the rest of the night's action.

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And we're back, ready for Round Two.

With the series tied at 1-1, the setting shifts to San Francisco.

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When the glow is gone, how will Royals fans measure the years of losing against the weeks on top?

The Royals have come to the World Series out of nowhere. As recently as July 22nd, they were a sub-.500 team. Also, the Royals have been planning on making exactly this type of postseason conquest for the better part of a decade.

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The Royals staff threw some major heat and every key moment went their way as they snagged Game Two and evened the World Series at a game apiece.

Sometime before a parade broke out on the path from the visiting bullpen and well before a fight, or more accurately a halfhearted inter-dugout posturing contest, broke out around home plate, the Futures Game broke out at Kauffman Stadium.

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With a rested Giants pen and a Royals' starter who exited his last start with shoulder issues, Game Two of the World Series could come down to which group of relievers steps up.

The difference between a tied series and an imposing lead for the Giants will likely be in the grips of the relievers, although for a very different reason on both sides. It’s a 13-year vet who’s happened upon the last two World Series taking on a rookie whose start couldn’t possibly come with more question marks. And then the real show will begin.

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Madison Bumgarner keeps building his legend, while the Royals' game got thoroughly botched.

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The Royals have the speed, the Giants have the skipper, and both teams have momentum in an unlikely World Series matchup.

On July 28th, the Giants were four games behind the Dodgers, the Royals were five behind the Tigers, and PECOTA put their combined odds of winning the World Series at 4 percent. Neither was a preseason favorite to win the division, neither won the division, neither won 90 games, neither has an MVP candidate or a Cy Young candidate. Neither team's manager will win manager of the year, and neither will be the favorite to win a division going into next year's season. They are a combined 16-2 against the postseason gantlet, and PECOTA puts their combined odds of winning the World Series at 100 percent.

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The Giants play on, while Mike Matheny manages one that we'll never forget.

Baseball is boring. Baseball is slow. We need to speed up the pace of the game. The kids aren’t going to watch the games if this keeps up.

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October 16, 2014 12:52 am

Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4

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Sahadev Sharma

The Royals have benefited from a touch of luck during their magical run to the World Series, but that doesn't change the fact that they're loaded with talent.

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October 16, 2014 12:52 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview

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Mike Gianella

The Cardinals have their backs up against the wall facing the Giants ace, while their (possibly) ailing stud tries to extend their season one more game.

After the Cardinals took an early lead in Game Four of the NLCS, the Giants rallied and held on for a 6-4 win to take a commanding 3-1 advantage in the series. Here are the PECOTA odds and the matchups for Game Five of the NLCS.

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Both teams' bats were awake and neither got much out of their starting pitchers, but the Giants bullpen did what the Cardinals' couldn't and put St. Louis on the brink of elimination.

The big winners of Game Four's match-up between the Cardinals and Giants? The hitters. The two sides combined to score more than 10 runs in the series for the first time on Wednesday night. (In the previous two games, the final score had been 5-4; as if that one extra run were taunting them.) Together, the Cardinals and Giants hitters notched 22 hits (six of which went for extra bases) and 10 walks. It was a good night.

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