ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 4: The Texas Rangers celebrate winning the AL West title after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park on October 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 9-2. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Rangers win AL West, knock Angels out with 9-2 victory

Going into the final day of the regular season, no team needed to win Game 162 more than the Los Angeles Angels. But they also needed a little bit of help from their closest rival in the AL wild card race to force a tiebreaker on Monday. With a win and an Astros loss, the […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 2: Mark Buehrle #56 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the second inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 2, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Blue Jays trying to get Mark Buehrle to 200 innings didn’t work so well

What seemed like a nice gesture and a form of tribute to Mark Buehrle’s long career turned into something of an embarrassment, and perhaps a questionable decision by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. Buehrle was given the start in Toronto’s regular season finale versus the Rays, with the idea that the left-hander would pitch two […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Ervin Santana #54 and Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins congratulate teammate Brian Dozier #2 on a play to get out Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians at first base during the fourth inning of the game on September 22, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Indians 3-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Minnesota Twins

No one thought the Twins would finish above .500 this year, with most picking them to finish dead last in an extremely deep AL Central. Instead, they contended far longer than the dark horse favorite White Sox and Indians and buried the 2014 Central champion Tigers. While they got knocked from contention in the second […]

against the at Nationals Park on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Our preseason predictions were pretty terrible

Predicting stuff is hard, especially when you’re talking about sports. One injury can dramatically change everything. One trade can turn a team from an also-ran into a powerhouse. One player expected to contribute can struggle, and one player not expected to play a significant role can thrive. Nevertheless, every year we roll out predictions. They […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Jarrett Parker #47 of the San Francisco Giants hits a grand slam home run against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Coliseum on September 26, 2015 in Oakland, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics 14-10. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending October 1st

This is the end. While I may end up doing a “longest home runs of the year” post next week, this will be the last weekly edition for the 2015 season. And as expected, no one was able to catch Giancarlo Stanton at the top of the charts. That doesn’t mean our last week was […]

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles throws out Rusney Castillo #38 (not pictured) of the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 14, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

J.J. Hardy played through a torn labrum in his shoulder all season

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been playing injured all year. Hardy admitted to the Baltimore Sun he’s played the entire season with a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Hardy’s isn’t opting for surgery – instead he’s going to rest and hope that heals it quickly. Hardy’s gone thought this before, as he’s already had the surgery to repair […]

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 14:  Relief pitcher Bud Norris #20 of the San Diego Padres delivers to home plate during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 14, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Padres defeated the Rockies 9-5. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bud Norris

Bud Norris criticizes Latino players, apologizes immediately

San Diego Padres right-hander Bud Norris gave a very stupid response when asked about bench-clearing brawls and culture. A study done by USA Today found 87% of main antagonists from bench-clearing incidents since 2011 are from different ethnic backgrounds. When given this fact, Norris told Jorge L. Ortiz he wasn’t surprised. “I think it’s a culture shock,” Norris said. “This […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers strikes out to end the top of the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 9, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Rangers 6-0.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The best and worst MLB players of September 2015

The final month of the 2015 season has concluded, and while we still have three (or four!) October regular season games left, this is the end of the road. Which players shined the most in September? Good question… AL Best Hitter of the Month: Shin-Soo Choo. Remember when Shin-Soo Choo was completely unproductive, hurt all […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 17, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Cleveland Indians

The Indians went into this season expecting to win, but fell into a hole after a couple poor months that even the annual Terry Francona bounce couldn’t get them out of. For the third straight season, the Tribe fell short of the real playoffs despite having one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and a few […]

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 30: Pitcher David Price #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays and teammates celebrate after defeating the Baltimore Orioles and clinching the AL East Division during game one of a double header at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Blue Jays clinch first AL East title since 1993

The Toronto Blue Jays were already assured of their first postseason since 1993, having clinched a wild-card playoff spot on Saturday. But the team won the AL East title on Wednesday with a 15-2 win over the Orioles, ensuring a postseason series and likely home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. (The Jays would win a […]

during the MLB game at Chase Field on September 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

End of season post-mortem: 2015 San Francisco Giants

Winning back-to-back world championships is hard. The San Francisco Giants have learned that three times over now, with their latest quest to defend their title coming to an end last night. But unlike the previous two odd years, this one left Giants fans with good feelings and hope that the even year thing may continue […]

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 26: Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 of the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies on August 26, 2015 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. The Rockies won the game 6-3. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fredi Gonzalez

Jockeying for draft position down the stretch

You often hear about NFL or NBA teams possibly not trying to win as hard as they could in order to raise their draft place (the Browns #FailForCardale campaign has been very divisive), but rarely does the topic come up in baseball. This has generally been because the fan bases that create this narrative don’t […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Jackie Bradley Jr. #25,Brock Holt #26 and Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate the win over the New York Yankees on September 29, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 10-4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Boston Red Sox

The AL East appeared to be completely up for grabs and with significant free agent signings in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox seemed in excellent position to contend for a playoff spot. Between subpar production from those additions, along with a failure to build a reliable starting rotation and bullpen cost general […]

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22: Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the New York Yankees on September 22, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Three unlikely players key to the Toronto Blue Jays’ success

The Toronto Blue Jays sit atop the American League with a 91-65 record largely thanks to the contributions of star players like Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and David Price. While those players have made the biggest contributions, there are three unlikely players in particular whose breakout seasons have helped catapult the club to the top […]