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11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 7
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Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 7
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Ashley Varela

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: After 108 Years, Cubs Win the Marathon and the Sprint
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Aaron Gleeman

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 7 Preview
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Bryan Grosnick

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Wore It Best?
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Trevor Strunk

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 6
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Jarrett Seidler

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 6 Preview
by
Aaron Gleeman

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 5
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Demetrius Bell

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 5
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Matthew Trueblood

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Spider-Man Heyward
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Meg Rowley

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 4
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Ashley Varela

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Errors, Common and Uncommon
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Rian Watt

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Wrigley Goes Silent as Indians See the Finish Line
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Aaron Gleeman

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview
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Scooter Hotz

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 3
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Rian Watt

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
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Jarrett Seidler

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 3
by
Mauricio Rubio

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Cleveland Clunker
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Meg Rowley

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 2
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Demetrius Bell

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Kluber Clinic
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Trevor Strunk

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 1
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Ashley Varela

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 Preview
by
Mike Gianella

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 1
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Matthew Trueblood

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 1 Preview
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Bryan Grosnick

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cubs vs. Indians
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Aaron Gleeman

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: How to Reach the World Series in Five Years
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Jarrett Seidler

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLCS Game 6 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: Lessons Learned and Bullpens Burned
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Trevor Strunk

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLCS Game 5 Preview
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Scooter Hotz

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: Slump? What Slump?
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Mauricio Rubio

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: Miller Genuine Craft
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Craig Goldstein

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Arrieta's Slider, Cubs' Bats Go Missing
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Matthew Trueblood

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Take a Loss, Save a Bullpen
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Kate Morrison

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Bryan Grosnick

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Postseason (Or At Least Indians) Magic
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Trevor Strunk

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 3 Preview
by
Jeff Quinton

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: The Bold and The Beautiful
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Rian Watt

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Ghosts and Pinch-Hit Grand Slams
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Meg Rowley

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona and The Funky Bunch
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Ashley Varela

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cubs
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Aaron Gleeman

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Turning Down the Volume
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Rob Mains

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Indians
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Matthew Trueblood

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Clayton Kershaw, Proven Closer
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Jarrett Seidler

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 5 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: RIP: Even-Year Magic
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Henry Druschel

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Short-Rest Seesaw
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Mauricio Rubio

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"We light up the old dudheen and sigh with joy as the conflict opens."

If you’ve read this site for any length of time, you know that cherry-picked statistics often do more harm than good when it comes to player evaluation. When used to appreciate the Cubs’ long and tortuous path to their next World Series title, however, they tell a different story altogether.

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Breaking down Game 4, which saw the Indians out-play the Cubs and Terry Francona out-manage Joe Maddon.

Game 4 was anything but a managerial chess match at Wrigley Field, as the Indians jumped out to an early lead and broke things open for good in the seventh inning on the way to a 7-2 win that puts the Cubs on the brink of elimination. However, there were no shortage of interesting pregame and midgame decisions on which to chew, including some that could have an impact in Game 5 and, if the Cubs win Sunday, beyond.

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October 29, 2016 11:53 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview

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Scooter Hotz

Corey Kluber vs. John Lackey, in Chicago.

Despite all the pregame talk of 30-40 mph wind blowing out at Wrigley for Game 3, runs were in short supply Friday night on the north side of Chicago. The only run of the game came on a pinch-hit RBI single by Coco Crisp. Starter Josh Tomlin and the formidable Cleveland bullpen combined to shut out Chicago for the second time in three games, leaving the Cubs and their fans wondering whether their offense will be making an appearance in the Fall Classic.

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October 29, 2016 2:20 am

Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 3

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Rian Watt

Einstein didn't watch many baseball games.

Sometimes, a universe turns on a single moment, and sometimes that moment doesn’t matter. Two such moments of interest from last night’s game, which the Indians ended up winning 1-0.

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Coco Crisp, back in Cleveland, was the unexpected hero in Game 3.

The Indians acquired Coco Crisp on August 31 in a trade so low profile that the phrase “under the radar” might be charitable. Going back to Oakland was Colt Hynes, a 31-year-old minor-league reliever whom Cleveland had purchased for cash considerations just a few weeks earlier. Oakland used Hynes to bolster the playoff roster of Triple-A Nashville, while Crisp was brought in to Cleveland as a candidate to take the roster spot of reserve outfielder Abraham Almonte, ineligible to participate in the playoffs due to a spring PED suspension.

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C.R.E.A.M.

C.R.E.A.M. (Coco Rules Everything Around Me)

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October 28, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview

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Aaron Gleeman

Josh Tomlin vs. Kyle Hendricks, in Chicago.

For the first time since October 10, 1945--when Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg and Hal Newhouser blew out the Cubs in the deciding seventh game--Wrigley Field will be home to a World Series game. Three of them, in fact, as a weekend full of baseball in Chicago kicks off tonight. Tickets are still available, assuming you're willing to sell your first born, ink a deal with the devil, and stand for nine innings next to some other crazed and significantly less financially stable Cubs fans. It'll be an amazing environment.

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Game 2 won't be displayed in any museums, and in particular Lonnie Chisenhall would probably like to forget it ever happened.

Let’s all admit something: Game 2 was a clunker. This game was the first car you have in high school. You’re pleased to have a car, because any car in high school is great, but every time you pick up your friends you worry it won’t start and you’ll need a tow. It’s better than the rusty bike you had, which also was better than walking, but if a rich kid in your class drove by, you’d feel self-conscious.

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October 27, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 2

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Demetrius Bell

The Legend of Kyle Schwarber.

Two days after going 1-for-3 with a walk against the likes of Tanner Anderson and Montana DuRapau at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona, Kyle Schwarber was the center of attention at Progressive Field in Cleveland. This time, Schwarber went 2-for-4 with two RBIs against the decidedly better opposition of Trevor Bauer and Bryan Shaw.

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Indians ace Corey Kluber was masterful in his first career World Series start, giving the Cubs no chance to beat him.

There are certain games in the postseason, particularly in the World Series, whose results seem scripted from the first pitch. I’m not trying to suggest that the postseason is rigged or anything fishy, of course; it’s more that some games have a feeling of inevitability about them. Baseball is a sport that, if nothing else, is wont to punish feelings of inevitability with wild upsets, but even here, there are those games that, in the third inning, make you sit back and say “Yeah, I think I see where this one is going.”

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Breaking down all the best moments from Game 1, with the help of visual aids.

Sandy Koufax was the first to do it, as you may well imagine.

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October 26, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 Preview

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Mike Gianella

Jake Arrieta vs. Trevor Bauer, in Cleveland.

Cleveland took Game 1, shutting out Chicago behind Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen. Now the Cubs try to even it up tonight at Progressive Field in Game 2.

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