Josh Hamilton of the ALDS' Angels

Five things to watch in the Angels-Royals ALDS

After surviving that crazy exciting AL Wild Card game, the Royals earned themselves the privilege of taking on the team with the best record in baseball and the best player in the universe in the ALDS. For Kansas City, they are pretty much playing with house money after advancing to the postseason for the first time […]

Coco Crisp of the Oakland Athletics

The anatomy of a collapse: story of the 2014 Oakland Athletics

You’re Billy Beane. You’re sitting there on July 31st having just acquired Jon Lester, likely feeling about as good about your ballclub’s title chances as you have at any point during your tenure with the Oakland Athletics. After all, with Lester and Jeff Samardzija in the mix, in addition to Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir in perhaps the most stacked rotation in the […]

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End of season post-mortem: Oakland Athletics

So this is how it happens in nightmares. In the span of less than two months, the Oakland Athletics went from 28 games above .500 and four games up in the AL West to a team that needed a win on the final day of the regular season just to clinch the AL’s second Wild […]

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Five things to watch in the NL Wild Card game

The National League Wild Card game is about as pure as you can get: two teams with identical records, close to evenly matched on paper, fighting it out for the right to visit the nation’s capital. It may not match the back-and-forth excitement of last night’s crazy contest, but it should be a good game […]

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The Pirates aim to put Sid Bream’s slide in the past

The 1992 NLCS ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, Doug Drabek loaded the bases with none out. Stan Belinda got Ron Gant to hit into a sac fly to make it 2-1, and after a walk kept the bases loaded, Brian Hunter […]

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The 2014 all-disappointment team

While looking forward to the 2014 MLB postseason, the beginning of the playoffs also presents an opportunity to look back at the regular season that was. This one really seemed to whiz by quickly, as bigger storylines dominated the headlines and national narrative, rolling over the smaller developments that we often take time to examine and […]

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Five things to watch in the AL Wild Card game

We’re mere hours away from the beginning of the 2014 MLB Postseason. James Shields will deliver the first pitch to Coco Crisp at roughly 8 PM eastern, and the Royals and A’s will do battle for the pleasure of facing the Angels in the AL Division Series. That being said, here are five things that […]

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Re-living the disastrous Steve Bartman incident

2003 was supposed to be The Year for the Chicago Cubs. They had a 3-2 lead over the Marlins in the NLCS, and led them 3-0 going into the bottom of the eighth inning. Mark Prior was on the hill and dealing. Then…disaster. Prior allowed a one-out double to Juan Pierre. Luis Castillo hit a foul […]

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Your TOC 2014 MLB Postseason predictions

The Postseason will be upon us in a matter of hours as the A’s battle the Royals in the AL Wild Card matchup. From the first pitch thrown by James Shields forward, we’re going to be in baseball overload as the NL Wild Card matchup, the Division Series, Championship Series, and World Series all roll […]

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The tyranny of the one-game Wild Card playoff

It is now year three of the two-Wild Card format in year three. Three years of being forced to watch the most unnatural thing in all of baseball: the one-game playoff series. There is nothing about baseball that lends itself to a one-game, winner-take-all format. With a regular season nearly twice as longer as any […]

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The best and worst MLB players of September 2014

Oh, you thought that just because we’re in playoff mode, we’re not going to reflect on the month of September? Please. These are the best and worst players of September, the final month of the 2014 regular season.

Roy Halladay

Will another pitcher match Roy Halladay’s Postseason no-hitter?

The 2010 NLDS between the Reds and Phillies got off to a routine start. In his first career Postseason start, Roy Halladay set down the first three Reds he faced. The Phillies plated a run in hte bottom of the first after a Chase Utley sac fly. Halladay set down three more Reds hitters without […]

Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano of the Mariners

End of season post-mortem: Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners tried their damnedest to make the AL West a three playoff team division this season. Oakland’s collapse helped keep them in the race, and on September 8th, Seattle was a season-best 15 games over .500 and had a half-game lead on the Tigers for the second AL playoff spot. But the Postseason […]

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TOC’s 2014 award spectacular

Well, the 2014 regular season is behind us. It was a pretty wild and crazy season, and I’m sure the next month of playoffs won’t let us down either. But what else is there to do at the end of the season aside from hand out some hardware? The TOC staff was ask to provide […]

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