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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
by
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
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Mauricio Rubio

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview
by
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
by
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
by
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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October 18, 2016 9:21 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews

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Bryan Grosnick

Corey Kluber vs. Aaron Sanchez in Toronto and Jake Arrieta vs. Rich Hill in Los Angeles.

Despite having to dip into the bullpen after just 21 pitches and two outs, the Indians rode their relievers to a gutty--perhaps “gory” is a better word--4-2 victory on Monday night. Trevor Bauer left the game in the first inning after his drone-related lacerated pinky turned the game into something out of a Saw movie, but the combined efforts of Dan Otero, Jeff Manship, Zach McAllister, Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen, and Andrew Miller held the vaunted Jays offense to just two runs. Seriously, at what point do we consider giving the ALCS MVP award to the entire Indians bullpen?

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Cleveland refuses to lose, putting Toronto on the brink.

There’s not really a test case that can be done for “postseason magic” and for good reason: postseason magic doesn’t exist. Or, at least, it probably doesn’t exist. It 99.99 percent does not exist. There’s some strange world that it does exist in, according to Infinite Universe Theory, but that world is almost certainly not ours. And even if it were ours, even if that were at all possible, how would we prove it one way or the other? What, in the absence of empirical evidence, could we use to posit the existence or, better, non-existence of postseason magic?

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October 17, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 3 Preview

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Jeff Quinton

Trevor Bauer vs. Marcus Stroman, in Toronto.

After the Indians took the first two games of the series in Cleveland, the Blue Jays turn to Opening Day starter Marcus Stroman to avoid falling behind 3-0. The Indians, meanwhile, will start Trevor Bauer as they look to continue their loss-free postseason.

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Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen shut down the Cubs, tying the NLCS at 1-1 heading to Los Angeles.

The last time two starting pitchers with ERAs this low faced off in a postseason game, New Coke was still but a twinkle in Don Draper’s eye, and Bobby Kennedy had been dead less than four months. That matchup, as it turned out—St. Louis’ Bob Gibson (1.12) versus Detroit’s Denny McLain (1.96) in the 1968 World Series—wasn’t quite as good as the one we saw last night. Clayton Kershaw (1.69) and Kyle Hendricks (2.13) both acquitted themselves admirably under Wrigley Field’s bright October lights, allowing just a run between them, and together kept this joyful run of remarkable postseason games alive.

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Dave Roberts and Joe Maddon went move for move in Game 1, and then Miguel Montero made Wrigley Field explode.

The Cubs and Dodgers kicked off the NLCS last night, and be honest, you thought the Cubs would win. You might be a Dodgers fan, and you might be riding high from Clayton Kershaw in relief, or think Corey Seager has prettier eyes than Kris Bryant. But you read the previews and remembered the Dodgers slashed just .213/.290/.332 in the regular season vs. left-handed pitching, and further remembered Jon Lester on the mound, and got a little sick to your stomach.

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Cleveland used a familiar blueprint to take a 2-0 series lead over Toronto.

In 1993, Mark Wahlberg released The Marky Mark Workout: Form ... Focus ... Fitness on VHS. The tape, which has a runtime of 70 minutes and can be purchased for $12 on Amazon, features a bare-chested, semi-popular rapper executing French curls, tricep pushdowns, and stiff-legged deadlifts in track pants and a backward ballcap. Around the 10-minute mark, a "Triple-Threat Superset" is preceded by some tasteful black-and-white footage, during which Marky Mark gazes into the camera and murmurs: “Finally got to the fun part, as you can see I’m hanging by the pool with some fly honeys.”

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October 15, 2016 9:35 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews

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Mike Gianella

J.A. Happ vs. Josh Tomlin in Cleveland and Kenta Maeda vs. Jon Lester in Chicago.

After being dominated by Corey Kluber and the Indians' devastating duo of relievers in Game 1, Toronto looks to even the best-of-seven ALCS behind J.A. Happ. Cleveland counters with Josh Tomlin and looks to take a 2-0 lead in an ALCS for the first time in franchise history.

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October 15, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cubs

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Aaron Gleeman

Are the Dodgers gassed after their NLDS battle or can they topple the Cubs juggernaut?

Dave Roberts and the Dodgers pulled out all the stops in Game 5 of the NLDS, riding Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw to knock out the Nationals. Their reward? A seven-game date with the 103-win Cubs, whose furious Game 4 comeback against the Giants brought them one step closer to the World Series everyone in Chicago has been thinking ahead to for months.

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Francisco Lindor provided all the run support Corey Kluber and the Indians' shutdown bullpen needed in Game 1.

After scoring 22 and 15 runs, respectively, in their three-game Division Series sweeps, the Indians and Blue Jays plated only two runs in the opening game of their Championship Series, both by Cleveland. The first ALCS game in Cleveland since 2007 was the shortest postseason game in the American League so far this year, lasting just 2:44, which means that the entire game could’ve fit comfortably within any six innings of Thursday night’s Dodgers-Nationals 4:32 slog.

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October 14, 2016 9:36 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Indians

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Matthew Trueblood

Breaking down the strengths, weaknesses, injuries, and managers for the seven-game American League slugfest.

The Red Sox were the best team in the American League during the regular season and the Rangers had the best record. If the idea was to have a series that best encapsulated the 2016 season on the junior circuit, though, this is about the best we could have hoped for. Both the Blue Jays and the Indians bear the marks of a long season, and both have holes that would be notable and somewhat glaring even if they’d had perfect health. The two best teams left in the postseason, by a wide margin, are playing for the National League pennant. This has been an odd, sloppy slugfest of a season in the AL, and these are the perfect clubs to finish it off.

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Modern bullpen usage be damned, Dave Roberts was determined to use his best pitchers in Game 5 and the Dodgers are moving on.

Dave Roberts wasn’t going home without using his best pitchers. And because he used them, he isn’t going home.

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October 13, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 5 Preview

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Aaron Gleeman

Rich Hill vs. Max Scherzer, in Washington.

One game, for all the marbles and a seven-game date with the Cubs. Washington turns to $210 million ace and former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Los Angeles turns to ... Rich Hill.

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