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10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-02

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What You Need to Know: Wild!
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Chris Mosch

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

09-30

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What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-28

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What You Need to Know: September 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-22

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What You Need to Know: David Played and it Pleased the Lord
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Ian Frazer

09-21

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What You Need to Know: September 21, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-11

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-10

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-08

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What You Need to Know: September 8, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-03

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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-02

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-01

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What You Need to Know: September 1, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-31

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What You Need to Know: August 31, 2015
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Ian Frazer

08-28

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-24

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What You Need to Know: August 24, 2015
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Ian Frazer

08-21

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

08-19

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-17

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What You Need to Know: August 17, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 14, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 13, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-11

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What You Need to Know: August 11, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-10

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What You Need to Know: August 10, 2015
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Ian Frazer

08-07

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What You Need to Know: August 7, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-06

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What You Need to Know: August 6, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

08-05

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What You Need to Know: August 5, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-04

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What You Need to Know: August 4, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-03

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What You Need to Know: July 3, 2015
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Ian Frazer

07-31

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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-30

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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

07-29

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2015
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Chris Mosch

07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-27

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What You Need to Know: July 27, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: July 24th, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: July 22, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: July 20, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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October 5, 2015 9:42 am

What You Need to Know: Fin

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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

The season comes to an end, Kershaw reaches a milestone, and Max Scherzer throws about the greatest start in history.

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October 2, 2015 6:01 am

What You Need to Know: Wild!

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Chris Mosch

The last playoff battle is a good one, and got tighter still on Thursday.

The Thursday Takeaway
The 2015 season has been filled with unpredictability. The Nationals collapsed. The Mets clinched the NL East with a week and a half to go in the season. The Blue Jays became a super team. The Royals defied the projections and have had the AL Central in the bag for a couple of months. The Twins are still playing meaningful games!


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About Michael Wacha's arm slot, Marcus Stroman's comeback, and Rich Hill's start today.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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September 30, 2015 9:58 am

What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase

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Daniel Rathman

The Astros fall out of a playoff spot for the first time in forever, Kershaw is special, and today might be your last to see Barry Zito.

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September 29, 2015 11:27 am

What You Need to Know: September 29, 2015

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Ian Frazer

The AL West and NL Central come closer to resolution.

The Monday Takeaways
All things considered, the Cardinals have had a truly extraordinary season. They've won a ton, but they've won a ton while fighting through a number of significant injuries. Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Yadier Molina, Randal Grichuk … it's utterly insane that this team is going to win 100 games.

The Cardinals have been able to overcome these injuries and keep winning because the guys they call on to provide replacement-level production haven't performed like replacements. Stephen Piscotty is one of those: The Stanford alumnus has hit .310 in 62 games with a .502 slugging percentage. His 55 strikeouts to 20 walks and .379 BABIP hint at some overachievement, but that doesn't make his hits count any less.


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September 28, 2015 11:49 am

What You Need to Know: September 28, 2015

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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

A dugout fight and updates on the playoff chases

The Weekend Takeaway
So, this little tidbit has been circulating this weekend.


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September 25, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015

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Chris Mosch

This is an important day. You should read about what's happening in baseball.

The Thursday Takeaway
It's been a foregone conclusion for a while that the Royals would win the AL Central. Yet this September has caused more than a few Royals fans to break into a sweat. The starting pitching has been terrible and the team learned on Thursday that Greg Holland would likely need Tommy John surgery.

Also concerning has been the struggles of Johnny Cueto, who has been extremely shaky since mid-August. Kansas City's midseason acquisition went through a five-start stretch starting on August 21st in which hitters posted a 1.086 OPS. Cueto was striking out slightly fewer batters than he had earlier this season but that can partly be attributed to the switch to the American League. His walk rate was fine but judging by the eight home runs he gave up during that span, it seemed like the problem was rooted in his command and was a matter of missing his spots more than usual.


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September 24, 2015 12:08 pm

What You Need to Know: September 24, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

The Astros lose by a millimeter, Marcus Stroman continues his triumphant return, and more.

The Wednesday Takeaway
They call baseball a game of inches. But sometimes, during a September playoff race, in the replay-review era, an even smaller unit of measurement comes into play in a critical game.

The Astros entered play Wednesday two games behind the Rangers in the West and just 2½ up on the Angels for the junior circuit's second Wild Card berth. Their shaky footing became even shakier when the Halos carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth of their series finale at Minute Maid Park.


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September 23, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 23, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Division races, bunts against the shift, and dongs galore; what more could you want from baseball?

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September 22, 2015 10:37 am

What You Need to Know: David Played and it Pleased the Lord

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Ian Frazer

Price shuts down the Yankees, Miller still can't win, Matt Moore looks to follow up on his last great start, and so on.

The Monday Takeaways

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September 21, 2015 11:59 am

What You Need to Know: September 21, 2015

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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

The Cubs and Cardinals played beanball this weekend; the rest of the league played baseball. Read about it all here!

The Weekend Takeaways
The Cubs and the Cardinals are rivals, apparently. It can be a tough to remember something like that, especially given how far apart the teams were success-wise the last decade, but now that they're both good (and sustainably so), tensions between the teams have mounted again.

Let's get the shenanigans out of the way first. On Friday, Dan Haren bonked Matt Holliday in the head with a pitch. The maliciousness of this event seems questionable at best, because it was Holliday's first at-bat of the game—he was pinch-hitting for Tyler Lyons—and because Haren bent down after delivering the pitch, presumably in regret.


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September 18, 2015 12:44 pm

What You Need to Know: September 18, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

The playoffs are coming! The playoffs are coming!

The Thursday Takeaway
The penultimate Cubs-Pirates series of the season was a chance for the current NL Central runners-up to spar over the right to host the senior circuit's Wild Card game. Pittsburgh, the home team, entered with a four-game lead over Chicago, and with a rainout makeup tacked onto the front end of what had been a three-game set, that meant the visitors could draw even with a sweep. Joe Maddon's team wasn't able to do that, dropping the opener rescheduled from August 3rd, but it did get the next-best thing.

Chicago's third victory came in the series' second matinee, a game that did not lack for scoring and storylines. The Cubs loaded the bases in the opening frame on two singles and an error by Jung-ho Kang. Then, Anthony Rizzo hit a run-scoring double-play ball, a positive outcome for the Pirates, given the circumstances, except that …


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