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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
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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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How the Royals starter survived a perilous sixth to steer his team to a 1-0 series lead.

The Royals’ third-best starting pitcher threw fully a third of his pitches in Game One in the sixth inning, facing the meat of one of the best offenses of the last five years for the third time. Edinson Volquez walked the first two batters on nine pitches apiece, bringing the tying run to the plate in the person of Edwin Encarnacion—who hit 39 home runs during the regular season. The case for leaving him in to start the inning was tenuous; the case for letting him face Encarnacion was nonexistent. The Royals’ 5-0 win on Friday night defied logical analysis, because no logical decision-making process leads to Volquez pitching his way through that sixth inning. There’s no stone I can turn over in order to find Ned Yost’s secret rationale for leaving Volquez in. He didn’t have one. He simply got caught unprepared when Volquez got into trouble, and decided (once Volquez began working his way out of it) to let him keep going.

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The Mets finished off the Dodgers with a combination of sustained velocity and Daniel Murphy magic.

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Thirteen months ago, the Royals and Blue Jays had baseball's longest postseason droughts. Now, they play for a trip to the World Series.

After competing over the final month to see who would have home-field advantage in this series—Kansas City won that battle—the Blue Jays and Royals now square off to see who'll head to the World Series.

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Nothing in the seventh inning of Toronto-Texas is as it seems, until Jose Bautista shows up.

A good rule of thumb in storytelling is to start as close to the end as possible. When it comes to Game Five of the ALDS between the Rangers and Blue Jays, that means skipping the first six innings.

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It's the hair versus the brain for a date with the Cubs.

Game 5. deGrom. Greinke. This pretty much sells itself. But if that doesn't do it for you, perhaps Yoenis Cespedes may fire back in his Magic/Bird batflip toss competition with Jose Bautista.

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And sometimes when you're on, you're really f***ing on, and your friends they sing along and they love you.

If there were any doubts as to which Johnny Cueto would show up Wednesday night in Kansas City, he started to put them to bed with his eighth pitch. He had one out in hand, but the way Jose Altuve unraveled under the spotlight of a playoff series, that had come easily. George Springer was due up next, and Cueto fell behind him 3-1. Surely, there were plenty of nervous Royals fans watching, wondering whether the problematic Cueto, who had scuffled since Kansas City acquired him in July was back—and whether that was what the end of a season looked like.

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Clayton Kershaw gets past the seventh, which all right-thinking individuals should have known he would.

Bottom of the 5th

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Although we've come to the end of the road, still I can't let go.

The Blue Jays and Rangers play each other for the fifth straight time. Wow.

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Two late season "additions" will battle to send their teams onward.

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The Cubs clinch a playoff series at home for the first time in franchise history.

The plan all along was for this Cubs team to be built on offense. After clinching a trip to the club’s first NLCS in a dozen years, team president Theo Epstein discussed how he and his staff once envisioned these bats all coming together and leading this group to great places.

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The Cubs power their way through a pivotal game against the Cardinals.

Game Three of the NLDS between the Cardinals and the Cubs shifted to Wrigley Field on Monday night, with the advantage tilting to the Cubs not only because they split the first two games of the series in St. Louis but because their ace was taking the hill. While Michael Wacha certainly isn’t any kind of slouch, it would be difficult to argue that the Cubs didn’t have a significant edge with the white hot Jake Arrieta on the mound.

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The playoffs, and a new villain, return to Queens and the Mets greet both with an offensive outburst.

The last home playoff game the New York Mets played ended with a curveball, and 56,000 morose fans streaming out of Shea Stadium. Nine years later they didn't even have to wait for their team's blowout 13-7 win for a bit of catharsis. It came as soon as public address announcer Alex Anthony began to introduce the Los Angeles Dodgers. Loud boos rained down from all corners of Citi Field. The training staff, up first, got the first wave of the gathering storm. The boos continued to rain down through all the Dodgers bench players, most of whom seemed amused. Zack Greinke even gave a little wave. Then came Chase Utley, and, well...

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