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11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: No Defense
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Jeffrey Paternostro

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: The End: Assessing the Managers in Game 5
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Chris Mosch

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: One Inning, Two Decisions, One Champion
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Sam Miller

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: On All Hallows' Eve, Series Turns on 12-Year Axis
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Rian Watt

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Live by the Clutch, Die by the Clutch
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Kate Morrison

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Ned Wins: Assessing The Managers In Game 4
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Matthew Trueblood

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview
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R.J. Anderson

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Curtis Granderson Gets To Name That Garbage
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Andrew Felper

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: David Wright Beats the Heat
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R.J. Anderson

10-31

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

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: An Opportunity Wasted
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Chris Mosch

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves In Game 2
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Matthew Trueblood

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Everything Bad Is Good For You
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Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel, World Series Game One
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Chris Mosch

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 Preview
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R.J. Anderson

10-28

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

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: On Chris Young and Losing a Father
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Sam Miller

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Mets vs Royals
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: Running To Stay Home: ALCS Game 6
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R.J. Anderson

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 6 Preview
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Chris Mosch

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: The Lions In Winter: NLCS Game 4
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: Holy Cow It Almost Happened Again: ALCS Game 5
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Sam Miller

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: The Cubs Have A Running Problem: NLCS Game 3
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Sahadev Sharma

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Previews for Wednesday
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Matthew Trueblood and Rian Watt

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: The Royal Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!: ALCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: There He Goes Again
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Kate Morrison

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS Previews
by
Mike Gianella and Chris Mosch

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Preview
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Matthew Trueblood

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Mets Win, Take 2-1 Series Lead: NLCS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Matt Harvey: From the Operating Table to the Opera: NLCS Game 1
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Bad-Ball Hitters Make Good Ballplayers: ALCS Game 2
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R.J. Anderson

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game 2 Preview and PECOTA Odds
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Rian Watt

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 2 Preview and PECOTA Odds
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Chris Mosch

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Cubs vs. Mets
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Sahadev Sharma

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: The Volquez Inning: ALCS Game 1
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Matthew Trueblood

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: If You Can't Take the Heat: NLDS Game 5
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Chris Mosch

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Royals vs. Blue Jays
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: We Are All Dead: ALDS Game 5
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game 5 Preview and PECOTA Odds
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: A Better John/Cueto: ALDS Game 5
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Matthew Trueblood

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Clayton From 5 to 7: NLDS Game 4
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 5 Previews and PECOTA Odds
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Jeff Quinton and Matthew Trueblood

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Win Or Go Home: Hamels Vs. Stroman
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Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Party Time in Wrigleyville: NLDS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Homers, Homers, Homers, Homers: NLDS Game 3
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Back in the New York Groove: NLDS Game 3
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 4 Previews
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Rian Watt and Chris Mosch

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Forty Minutes In Houston: ALDS Game 4
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Sam Miller

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With their backs against the wall, will the Cubs find a way to stop the Mets--the Mets!--from stealing wild on them?

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The Blue Jays will try to overcome history; the Cubs will try to overcome HISTORY.

You can bet Ned Yost will be more aggressive about getting his bullpen in there to relieve Edinson Volquez in the much less forgiving environment of the Rogers Centre. I mean, you’ll probably lose if you do, but there are people who will take any bet for the right odds.

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The Blue Jays' afternoon started with a cliff and ended with a Pennington.

Game Four of the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals was over before an out was recorded.

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The predictably strong Blue Jays offense was strong; but, just as importantly, the predictably exceptional Blue Jays center fielder fielded center field.

Every season, it seems as though some fielder just appears from thin air, as if created to fill a void we didn’t even know existed. A pair of Kevins—one, Kevin Kiermaier, well publicized; the other, until roughly this week, still fairly anonymous—filled this gap in 2015. The Kevins ran down flyballs and popups and crashed into walls, as in the first result to a Google of “Kevin Pillar catches”:

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The Cubs try to get back in, while the Royals try to regain control.

After taking the first two games in New York, the Mets will try to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the NLCS while the Cubs will try to get back into the series with a win at Wrigley Field. Game Three features what looks like a pitching mismatch on paper, with Jacob deGrom (4.5 WARP) taking the hill for New York against Cubs’ hurler Kyle Hendricks (2.5 WARP). Despite the possible pitching gap, PECOTA favors the Cubs to win their first game of the series, but in order for that to happen Chicago’s heralded lineup is going to have to get back on track against yet another 95+ mph flamethrower.

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The starters who clinched their teams' Game Fives are back.

Johnny Cueto hasn’t pitched an important game on the road since NL Wild Card 2013, in which the Pirates knocked him around and the fans (probably? Maybe?) got deep inside his head. He’ll try to manage the moment better this time, in Toronto. The Blue Jays have to be relieved to have escaped the bat-flip buzzkill that is Kauffman Stadium, and come home to the fly-ball-friendly Rogers Centre.

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Cubs might feel foresaken, but they can even the series up with a win in Game Three.

Seven months ago, Noah Syndergaard was the kid in spring training whose lunch plate two veteran teammates felt comfortable tipping into the garbage. Nobody touches his lunch now.

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Forget all you've heard about Matt Harvey of late, the Mets ace delivered a performance that won't soon be forgotten on Saturday night.

Forget all that you know and all you have heard.

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The Royals take a 2-0 lead, which one might consider describing as a commanding lead but for it being one loss away from one calling it a fragile lead.

After Game One of the American League Championship Series, Matthew Trueblood wrote:

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Weary aces square off with Jake Arrieta and the Cubs aiming to deny Noah Syndergaard and the Mets a 2-0 series lead.

After an series opener in which New York’s Dark Knight pitched his way back into Gotham’s good graces with 7 ⅔ strong innings against Chicago, the Cubs will counter with an ace of their own in Jake Arrieta. Toeing the rubber for the home team in the Big Apple? None other than Marvel’s answer to DC’s Batman: the young god Thor, bearing a hammer of a fastball and the locks of an angel.

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Today's undercard pits everyone's favorite Cy Young candidate mop up reliever against everyone's second favorite diminutive starter.

Behind six shutout innings from Edinson Volquez, the Royals quieted the powerful Blue Jays lineup and took the ALCS opener by a 5-0 final. Toronto will try to salvage a split in Kansas City before heading home for the next three games.

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It's gonna be close! Or lopsided! Who can ever tell?

Do I have to say it? Are you really going to make me say it? Fine, I’ll say it: These are not the same Mets that went 0-7 against the Cubs this season. Of course, the Cubs aren’t the same team either. The young Cubs have developed into a powerhouse offense—they added Kyle Schwarber’s thunder, while Dexter Fowler and Starlin Castro were totally different players in the second half and Kris Bryant found another level—and Jake Arrieta has became one of the best pitchers in baseball.

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