Tag: Baseball

Nine Players Who Can Decide the Wild Card Race Between the Giants, Mets and Cards

One of the great things about baseball is the sense of meritocracy it delivers. Make the playoffs after the grind of a 162-game season, and you’ve proven your mettle.

In a way, the flip side of that idea also applies. While you might not get a true sense of a team’s skill level over the span of five or 10 games, the randomness that comes with such a small sample size can also deliver also kinds of wild and unpredictable results.

JJ Redick

Jonah Keri rises and fires with JJ Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers about their favorite baseball stadiums; playing baseball and basketball as a kid; being recruited by Duke; Coach K; transitioning to the NBA; playing the villain; being in t…

How the Mariners Botched the King Felix Era, But Are Trying to Fix It

They’ve lost the first two games of their biggest series of the year — one of their biggest series in the past fifteen years. Now, in a game they can’t afford to lose if they hope to keep their slim playoff hopes alive (2.9 percent chance, according to SportsLine odds), they’re sending their ace to the mound … and everyone’s secretly terrified about it.

The 30: Contenders and Spoilers in This Week’s MLB Power Rankings

The longshots have faded, and the early-season flukes have fizzled out. The six-month dogfight is nearly done, and only the strongest teams have survived.

This week’s four featured teams are all either contenders to watch or potentially dangerous spoilers. The Athletics end the season with a four-game series that could decide one American League West contender’s fate.

Live from San Francisco: Jon Miller and Bobby Evans

Jonah Keri stands on the shoulders of giants with San Francisco Giants play-by-play announcer Jon Miller and Giants GM Bobby Evans about Willie McCovey and Willie Mays; playing to your ballpark; Hunter Pence and team chemistry; matching player…