Tag: The Athletic

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

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.

Dissecting the Blue Jays of Future Past with GM Ross Atkins

When I talked to Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins during spring training, he spoke about the challenges of prolonging a streak that had seen the Jays make the American League Championship Series two years in a row, while also building for the future.

Pulling off that balancing act looked like a big challenge in March.

Buyers or Sellers? Blue Jays Could Be Either Come Trade Deadline

We’re seven weeks away from baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, and everything is growing clearer by the day. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are really good, and we should expect them to acquire win-now talent as they prepare for their post-season pushes. The San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies are really bad, so we should expect them to trade veterans for young talent that could help them down the road, when they’re ready to contend.

How the Blue Jays Will Try to Win With Depth This Season

It’s been a wild and crazy off-season for the Blue Jays.

Management tacked a self-destructive take-it-or-leave-it clause onto its offer for Edwin Encarnacion then watched as Encarnacion signed for millions less with a big American League rival in Cleveland. Jose Bautista sat in limbo for months before the Jays snatched him back up on a favourable one-year deal.