Governor's Cup champion Pawtucket Red Sox

So close and so far: One night at the Governor’s Cup Final

Late on Thursday night, something caught my eye as it came across Twitter: the Durham Bulls had beaten the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Governor’s Cup Final (aka the International League final or the Triple-A semifinal). I remembered seeing an e-mail from earlier in the day that the Bulls would […]

Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox

End of season post-mortem: Chicago White Sox

For a team fighting to avoid finishing last in their division and on their way to their third losing season in the last four years, things are actually looking up for the White Sox. Armed with an MVP-level slugger and one of the best pitchers alive, the White Sox are very quietly shaping up as a […]

Mike Trout of the Angels

Dugout Digest – the Angels are in, nine to go

One down, nine to go – the Los Angeles Angels became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season on Monday night. At 94-56, the Angels’ magic number to clinch the AL West is down to three games, meaning that they can clinch as early as Wednesday. The Angels are also getting pretty […]

The Day The Series Stopped

The Day The Series Stopped 30 for 30 coming in October

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series will once again delve into the baseball world, and focus on the Loma Prieta earthquake that occurred during the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. The Day The Series Stopped will air on Tuesday, October 14th at 10 PM Eastern. Directed by Ryan Fleck (born in […]

Jorge Soler and Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs

End of season post-mortem: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs certainly weren’t expected to contend in a loaded NL Central with the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. The Brewers emerging as a contender through most of the season (before their September collapse) didn’t make matters easier. But at least the Cubs weren’t going to be dead-last, thanks to the D-Backs and Rockies. But thanks […]

Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros

End of season post-mortem: Houston Astros

Yes, the Astros are finishing under .500 again. For those keeping score at home, this was the sixth straight season where the Astros didn’t sniff 81 wins. However, the team also didn’t lose 100 games for the first time since 2010, and could even avoid 90 this year. They’re still a bad team, but they’re nowhere […]

Kelly Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles

Dugout Digest – the clinching Orioles, Nationals, and Angels

It won’t happen today, but it will happen this week – the Orioles, Nationals, and Angels will clinch their division in the coming days. Furthermore, all three teams can clinch their divisions by beating teams chasing them. The Orioles face off with the Blue Jays in Baltimore. The Nationals battle the Braves in Atlanta. The […]

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels

Dugout Digest – the Los Angeles Angels are dominant

You know all that hogwash people throw around about baseball not having a dominant team? Well, the Los Angeles Angels are pretty clearly the best team in baseball, and they have no contenders to that throne. The funny thing is, the Angels actually got off to a bad start this year. After losing two out […]

Eric O'Flaherty of the Oakland Athletics

Dugout Digest – the collapse is real

It’s official – the Oakland Athletics have free fallen their way into a mess. Oakland is tied with both the Mariners and Royals in the loss column, and the three teams are battling for two playoff spots. And don’t forget about the Tigers, who also have 66 losses and are fighting the Royals tooth and […]

Buster Posey, National League MVP candidate

Buster Posey making his case for NL MVP

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Buster Posey is carrying the San Francisco Giants towards October baseball. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, again: Posey is making a case for himself as National League MVP. If you find yourself reading NL MVP prediction articles, you’re likely reading about these four guys: Clayton Kershaw, […]

Kevin Towers, former GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks

End of season post-mortem: Arizona Diamondbacks

Following two consecutive 81-81 seasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks looked like a fringe contender in the NL West if everything went right for them this year. However, little worked out as hoped — whether it was pitching injuries, poor performance from past-their-prime veterans or just a general lack of talent on the roster general manager Kevin Towers […]

Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins

End of season post-mortem: Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins are probably going to end 2014 with their best record since 2010, but given that they’re coming off three-straight 96-loss seasons, that’s not exactly a consolation. This once proud franchise has fallen onto rough times, and their 2014 season could be their most disappointing year considering the additions the club made in the offseason. Preseason […]

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Dugout Digest – it’s all wide open

Who will make the playoffs in the American League? Well, the Orioles and Angels seem like locks, but after that…who knows? Oakland’s once firm hold on a playoff spot has dwindled, and they’re only 1.5 games up on the Mariners for either Wild Card, let alone the top spot. The Tigers and Royals are separated […]