The Roller Coaster Ride That Was the Astros’ World Series Game 2 Win Over Dodgers

Published October 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES — In retrospect, we should have seen it coming. When the great Vin Scully walked onto the field at majestic Dodger Stadium to address the crowd, we should have known. When he made us laugh and tear up, reminiscing about Jackie and the Duke, we should have raised our expectations.

The Story of Clayton Kershaw’s Dominance Told Through His 11 World Series Strikeouts

Published October 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES — No matter how much we learn about statistical analysis, no matter how educated we get on sample sizes, no matter how much we try to embrace logic, sports will always be governed by one eight-letter word: ringzzzz.

That’s how we end up doing something as spectacularly stupid as doubting Clayton Kershaw.

Ranking the 10 Best World Series of All Time Before the Dodgers and Astros Face Off

Published October 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES — We’re gathered here for the 113th edition of the World Series, waiting for 101 degrees at first pitch. It’s going to be the hottest start ever to a Fall Classic.

The question then becomes: Will it also become one of the best? The Dodgers and Astros combined to win 205 games this season.

Chris Taylor Is Proof the Dodgers Have an Answer for Whatever Stands In Their Way

Published October 18, 2017

CHICAGO– Walking around Wrigley Field 90 minutes before the start of Game 3 of the NLCS, you’ll find lots of familiar faces. Dignitaries, shiny TV folks in immaculate suits and dresses, various superfans. But no one flashed a bigger grin than Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi.

With good reason.

Corey Seager NLCS Injury Roster Scratch Among the Most Notable in Playoff History

Published October 15, 2017

Saturday afternoon brought devastating news for Dodgers fans. One of the team’s most beloved players, an incredible talent and pivotal part of the team’s success, got left off the NLCS roster. A wave of panic and consternation and teeth-gnashing ensued, because as loaded as the Dodgers are, it’s incredibly hard to recover from a loss of this magnitude.

Dallas Keuchel Aimed Low and Came Out on Top Against the Yankees in ALCS Game 1

Published October 14, 2017

In a postseason that’s seen teams use everyone short of the mascot in relief, the Astros drew first blood in the ALCS on the strength of their starting pitcher. And while velocity rules the craft of pitching more now than ever before, it was a soft-tossing left-hander who turned in one of the best performances of these playoffs.

When It Comes to Firing MLB Managers, Nobody Really Knows What They Are Doing

Published October 13, 2017

The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that they had fired manager John Farrell, after five years, three division titles, and a World Series championship. A day later, we still have no idea why they fired him.

Ace Red Sox beat writer Tim Britton did offer a lot of context to try to explain the firing.

It’s Time for MLB Playoff Teams to Consider Full-On Bullpening and Here’s Why

Published October 9, 2017

The big story of the 2017 MLB playoffs so far is the mysterious awfulness of starting pitchers.

The Yankees opened their postseason by having fireballing right-hander Luis Severino get pounded for three runs in one-third of an inning, threatening to effectively end their season just minutes into their postseason.

Four Decisions That Could Decide the ALDS Between Cleveland and the Yankees

Published October 7, 2017

The Yankees escaped an early scoring barrage by the Twins Tuesday night, advancing to the ALDS to face a Cleveland squad that might be even better than the one that came within an eyelash of winning it all last year. What comes next will be a test of skill, but also one of strategy.