Is there anything to the notion that teams need an ace to compete in October, or is it just another in a long line of flawed theories about post-season success?
Chris Carpenter might be about to make one of the latest season debuts by a player who’ll appear on a playoff roster, but he has nothing on Steve Torrealba.
Ben and Sam discuss whether teams will get creative with their Wild Card rosters, then talk about Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown chances and why we should care if he wins.
If the Nationals had handled their ace’s innings limit a little more like the Braves massaged Kris Medlen’s, they might not be facing a Strasless October.
What would the standings look like if the only wins that counted were the ones in one-run games?
Ben and Sam discuss the possibility that the Nationals might enter the playoffs without either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, then talk about how the White Sox have defied injuries yet again and proved the pre-season predictions wrong.
Ben and Sam discuss the impact of CC Sabathia’s elbow soreness on the Yankees’ short- and long-term outlooks, and the difference between winning a division and winning a wild card under the new playoff format.
Ben and Sam discuss players who turn down trades to contenders, Yu Darvish, and their standards for playoff starters.
The routes the White Sox and Tigers have taken to contention in the AL Central are completely different.
With one deadline under the new CBA behind us, can we say anything about what we’ll see from future July 31sts?
Ben and Sam discuss Ichiro’s trade to the Yankees and the Tigers-Marlins swap.
Why anyone who thinks the Yankees’ reliance on the home run is a problem should stop worrying and learn to love the three-run bomb.
If you want to know what the effects of the expanded playoffs are, why not ask the NBA?
Although the specifics haven’t been laid out for public consumption, it is widely assumed that four teams would be added to the post-season mix, raising the number of participants from eight to 12.
Major League Baseball’s recent decision to base home-field advantage in the World Series on the outcome of the All-Star Game runs contrary to the way Commissioner Bud Selig normally operates. Spurred by last year’s All-Star debacle in Milwaukee, the entire process – from concept to approval – took only six months, and failed to employ even one sub-committee of analysts to explore the issue. More typical of Selig’s decision-making process is his announcement of the newly-formed special task force for “The Commissioner’s Initiative: Major League Baseball in the 21st Century.”
The Angels beat the Yankees, the Twins beat the A’s. Are teams that depend on
the single and the stolen base better in the post-season than teams that play
for the three run-home run?