Why defense matters. 170 comments

The best thing about playoff baseball is more playoff baseball. Today is a full slate, with all four division series games. That’s because both AL East teams woke up, both won, both extended the series, both are still alive. The Red Sox won big in a slugfest. The Yankees won […]

It takes one guy to step up. 24 comments

Sometimes all it takes is one at-bat to exhale. In the bottom of the eighth inning, down 3-1 in the game and facing the daunting possibility of being down two games to none, the Washington Nationals were playing tight, scared, with the legacy of losing weighing down heavily upon them […]

Yankees lose. 91 comments

Cleveland fell behind 8-3 against the best bullpen in baseball. Final score: Cleveland Indians 9, New York Yankees 8 in 13 innings. Cleveland up two games to none. Thank you, baseball god. Thank you. ***** TODAY’S GAMES: Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33) vs. Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96) Game time: 4:38 on […]

It’s underway. 76 comments

Playoffs are all about heroes. Yesterday there were two in particular. Jose Altuve for Houston and Trevor Bauer for Cleveland. All Altuve did was become the tenth player in major league history to hit three home runs in a post-season game. MVP voting was due on the last day of […]

Predictions. 68 comments

So now that the playoffs are set, I will boldly predict the outcome. I can guarantee with 100 percent certainty that I will be totally wrong. This is not who I want to win, this is who I think will win. American League: Yankees vs Indians: Yankees. Astros vs Red […]

What a difference a year makes. 178 comments

Last season the Arizona Diamondbacks went 69-93. The Minnesota Twins went 59-103. The Colorado Rockies went 75-87. All three teams had worse records in 2016 than the Rangers had in 2017. All three made the post-season as wild cards. Those three franchises did a lot right over the off-season last […]

Twins vs Yankees. 164 comments

The post-season gets underway today with the American League wild card game, at 8:00 on ESPN. The Twins take on the Yankees, their playoff kryptonite. In a scenario reminiscent of the Rangers earlier playoff struggles, Minnesota cannot get past New York, having lost five straight Division Series, four to the […]

A fitting final loss. 48 comments

  This frustrating season was put to bed the same way it awoke. With a whimper. The season that started with a sweep at the hands of the American League-best Cleveland Indians ended with the Rangers losing fourteen of its final twenty-one games. Every time it looked like the Rangers […]

The end. 228 comments

  It’s the final day of the 2017 regular season. Today, every game starts at the same time. It’s an idea the league concocted a couple years ago to heighten the drama of the pennant races. The theory was, nobody could back into anything. Used to be, if your team […]

Rangers clinch. 209 comments

  Better late than never as the saying goes. When Rangers closer Alex Claudio enduced Marcus Semien to ground into a force play at second to end the game, the dream was fulfilled. Fourth place! Sure it took all of 160 games into the season to do it. But who […]