Join the BP staff for a roundtable chat from the first pitch to the last out of Game One.
Justin Verlander and the Tigers figure to be too much for Barry Zito and the Giants to handle in Game One.
The Tigers’ ALCS sweep of the Yankees offered a reminder of why the sweep is one of the most satisfying series outcomes.
Ben and Sam discuss whether the NLCS performances of several players affected how they think about them or changed the narratives that followed them into the series.
Does walking, striking out, and homering more often help or hurt a hitter in the postseason?
Ben and Sam discuss how the postponement of Game Four hurt the Yankees, talk about how terrible at baseball Hunter Pence appears to be and whether he’s always looked like that, and conclude by revisiting the widespread anti-Cardinals sentiment among baseball fans and examining their own emotional allegiances.
Tim Lincecum returns to the rotation opposing Adam Wainwright in a matchup that’s too close for PECOTA to call.
The Yankees put up a good fight but became Justin Verlander’s latest victim, forcing them to face elimination tonight.
Are narratives bad for baseball analysis?
The Yankees’ manager is known for his use of a stat-packed binder, but in practice, he makes many of his moves on faith.
PECOTA expects the Yankees to live to fight at least one more day.
Ben and Sam discuss whether Matt Holliday’s takeout slide at second was against the rules and why the Cardinals are so widely disliked, then talk about how Ryan Vogelsong has rewarded the Giants for their faith during a string of bad starts.
Ben and Sam catch up on the Yankees-Tigers ALCS and Ben’s beat-writing adventures, then talk about why players and stats disagree about the difficulty of pitching on short rest, and Jim Leyland’s comments about closers.
Until recently, Game Two starters Chris Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong weren’t expected to pitch in the playoffs. Which one does PECOTA prefer?
The Yankees pull off another exciting comeback behind Raul Ibanez, only to lose both Game One and Derek Jeter a few innings later.
The NLCS kicks off with a matchup of two starters who have been vulnerable to opposite-handed hitters.