Keri the 10: Don’t Sleep on Astros, It’s Miller Time for Price and More MLB Notes

Published October 1, 2017

We made it! After six months of triumphs and defeats, thrills and bloopers, we’ve reached the final weekend of the 2017 regular season. Friends have become enemies, enemies have become friends, cats and dogs have at least agreed to live near each other.

So let’s take one final spin through the league before the start of the playoffs.

Blue Jays Report Card: Full Grades for Every Key Player

Published September 29, 2017

After two straight trips to the ALCS at the end of more than two decades of playoff-less baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays returned to MLB purgatory, finishing last in the AL East in one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.

Still, there were some bright spots mixed in with those tough times, some decent performances tucked away in a season many will want to forget.

The 30: NL West Reigns With Dodgers, D-backs and Rockies in Top 10 in Final Rankings

Published September 26, 2017

There’s one week left in the regular season, and most of the playoff scenarios are set. Still, many stories remain to be told.

How will this year’s postseason combatants fare in October? What does the future hold for this year’s also-rans? What kind of changes will we see between now and Opening Day 2018?

Blue Jays Mail Bag: Is Any Player Untouchable?

Published September 22, 2017

Welcome back to Sportsnet’s Blue Jays Mailbag!

We asked you for questions via Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #JaysMailbag, and you came through in the clutch. For the final time this season, here are a few of your burning Blue Jays questions, plus our answers.

How screwed are the Jays, given the seeming inflexibility of the roster combined with the need to get younger quickly?

D-Backs Could Win the World Series This Year If They Can Just Win the Wild Card Game

Published September 22, 2017

If you had to describe the state of the Arizona Diamondbacks following their 69-win debacle of 2016, extremely-not-nice would’ve been a good place to start.

The D-Backs finished third-worst in the majors in park-adjusted ERA and fourth-worst in park-adjusted, fielding-independent pitching. Less than 24 hours after they played their final game of the season, they fired general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale.

Keri the 10: AL MVP May Be in Cleveland, Dodgers Silver Lining and More MLB Notes

Published September 15, 2017

Tightly contested awards races, the tale of a lights-out rookie getting zero attention, and a walk through history with inside-the-park grand slams. #KeriThe10 has all this, odes to Stephen Strasburg, Luke Weaver, the DH rule, and much more.

1. The wild and woolly AL MVP race
With their 22nd straight win Thursday night, the Cleveland Lindors set a new record for the longest uninterrupted winning streak in major league history.

21 Means Nothing: How Cleveland’s Streak, Dodgers’ Slump Translate into MLB Playoffs

Published September 15, 2017

Any time your team sets the new, all-time American League record for most consecutive wins, it’s cause for celebration. This year’s Cleveland Lindors* team has steamrolled 21 straight opponents, racking up one more win than the 1899 Cleveland Spiders all year long. During this streak, Cleveland has shut out its opponents an amazing seven times.

MLB’s Battle for the Basement Shaping Up to Be Thrilling Showcase of Incompetence

Published September 12, 2017

Cleveland’s winning streak for the ages and the horrendous L.A. Dodgers slump have made the races for home-field advantage in the playoffs more interesting. But there’s an even more compelling race emerging at the other end of the spectrum: The race to the bottom.

With two and a half weeks left in the season, the Philadelphia Phillies hold the worst record in the majors, at 54-89.

The 30: Indians Soar to the Top as Historic Winning Streak Continues

Published September 11, 2017

Scott Hatteberg and Miguel Tejada. Billy Beane and Art Howe. A bestseller and a Brad Pitt movie. Twenty in a row. These are the figures that Cleveland’s trying to take down as it makes a run at history.

Cleveland’s 18 straight wins highlight what could be an eventful September in the American League.