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The 5 tiers of this year's free-agent class

September 19, 2019

As the regular season winds down to its final 10 days, teams are doing their prep work for another busy offseason of free agency. Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon are seen as the top two players available this winter, but there will be a lot of other available talent for

Ranking 12 of the best Trade Deadline deals

September 19, 2019

We would never declare a Trade Deadline winner until the very last out of the World Series. So these rankings are, well, preliminary. However, let’s just say that if the Cubs want to start clearing some trophy space, they’d get no argument from us. There are Trade Deadline acquisitions, and

Hays robs Vlad Jr. in catch of year candidate

O's outfielder makes grab in nearly same spot as Trout's rookie-season gem
September 19, 2019

BALTIMORE -- More than seven years ago, on June 27, 2012, Angels rookie center fielder Mike Trout leaped and reached over the right-center-field wall at Camden Yards to rob Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy of a home run. The 20-year-old Trout jumped through a sun-splashed afternoon and, glove outstretched, into one

Highest-scoring inning? It's not what you think

For just second time in history, third inning has seen most runs
12:15 AM EDT

"The first inning is the highest-scoring inning" is one of those warmed-over old chestnuts of baseball wisdom that sounds like it can't actually be consistently true, just like "good pitching beats good hitting" and "small ball works better in the playoffs." Unlike those apocryphal half-truths, however, this one is true,

Most dominant team performances vs. 1 club

September 19, 2019

Sometimes, there are seasons when one team absolutely has another team’s number. In 2019, the Indians routed the Tigers with an 18-1 record and plus-78 run differential in their season series. Depending on your parameters, it may be one of the most dominant seasons by a team against another in

What's ahead for Yankees following clinch?

1:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge howled as his teammates popped corks and doused him during the Yankees’ American League East clinch celebration on Thursday night, the goggles strapped to the back of the slugger’s head only partially blocking the icy and blinding spray. The Yankees have achieved their first goal,

Here are all 30 teams' Prospects of the Year

September 19, 2019

Here's a team-by-team look at each organization's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year, as chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff, based on Minor League performance. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

Here's who is playing who if season ended today

1:48 PM EDT

We have a mere 10 days left in the MLB season, which means we are fully enmeshed in If the Season Ended Today madness, those timely projections of the standings. Without question, if the season ended today, we would all be very confused, and one suspects there would be considerable

Injury updates: Cain, Wong, LA, Segura

September 19, 2019

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Explaining postseason tiebreaker scenarios

September 3, 2019

When Major League Baseball instituted the dual-Wild Card system before the 2012 season, it was pretty widely assumed that there would be years in which a cluster of clubs with identical records would require, essentially, their own tournament to decide who advances to the one-and-done Wild Card round. To date,

Here is the 2019 postseason schedule

September 15, 2019

Major League Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2019 Postseason, which is set to open with the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 1, followed by the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire on ESPN on Wednesday, Oct.

Here's how Astros became model for success

11:12 AM EDT

Much is being made this week, with good reason, about the Astros having three 100-win seasons in a row. But where the Astros are -- if they end up with the best record, they’ll be favorites entering the postseason to win their second World Series in three years -- is

Yanks' Germán placed on administrative leave

September 19, 2019

NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán has been placed on administrative leave under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Thursday. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is looking into the matter, and MLB said it will have no further comment until

Martinez set to return after hospitalization

12:20 PM EDT

Dave Martinez will return to the dugout for the Nationals on Friday when the team takes on the Marlins in Miami. Martinez had to leave the dugout during the Nationals’ win Sunday against the Braves due to chest pains. After being hospitalized, he was not immediately cleared to travel and

Marlins to extend Mattingly (sources)

September 19, 2019

MIAMI -- Don Mattingly’s managerial future will remain in Miami. Multiple sources on Thursday night confirmed to that the Marlins are extending Mattingly’s contract, which expires after this season. The official announcement is expected on Friday at Marlins Park. The Marlins have not confirmed the deal. However, the team

Yanks' 100th win clinches 1st East title since '12

September 19, 2019

NEW YORK -- When the Yankees gathered seven months ago, Aaron Boone padded to the center of their clubhouse carpet and outlined his expectations for the season ahead. Their first objective would be to secure the American League East title, the manager instructed, and then to focus on bringing home

Indians go 18-1 vs. Tigers, now tied for WC

Tribe caps historic season series with 17 straight wins vs. Detroit
September 19, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The Indians reached a level of dominance that no other team in the divisional era has experienced before. With a 7-0 victory over the Tigers on Thursday night, Cleveland walked away with an 18-1 season record against Detroit, the most wins any team has racked up against one

Carp homers in 10th as Cards fend off Cubs

1:33 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- In the Cardinals’ biggest game of the year so far, Matt Carpenter was the one who seized the moment. On the first pitch he saw from Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel in the top of the 10th inning, he launched a no-doubt home run to dead center field, giving

Rizzo's return not enough as Cubs lose WC hold

Chicago falls out of playoff picture for first time since April 30
1:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- The announcement was a part of the usual pregame routine, so the Wrigley Field crowd did not stir much when the reading of the Cubs' starting lineup began. It was not until the words sunk in that the fans began to react in an uproar of approval at

Twins rally with 4 HRs after Gibson's short start

Cruz logs 5 RBIs as Minnesota trims Central magic number to 6
1:55 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- It wasn’t the smoothest ride, but the Twins beat the Royals on Thursday night, as they were expected to. Miguel Sanó and Mitch Garver homered while Nelson Cruz went deep twice to help Minnesota fight back from two deficits in an 8-5 victory at Target Field. The win

Acuña nearing 40-40; Braves' magic number at 1

September 19, 2019

ATLANTA -- That sigh of relief you might have heard near SunTrust Park on Thursday afternoon was in response to Ronald Acuña Jr. hitting his 40th home run and helping the Braves move just one step away from clinching the National League East. Acuña halted his recent frustrations with a

Cards await MRI results on Wong's hamstring

37 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong underwent an MRI exam Friday morning on his left hamstring, which he strained before exiting Thursday night’s 5-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt didn’t know the results of the scan before Friday afternoon’s game. Once the results

Báez back as pinch-runner; hitting next?

September 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon had to fight the temptation to send star shortstop Javier Báez into Wednesday’s game against the Reds as a surprise pinch-runner, a move that would have had the Wrigley Field faithful roaring. “He was feeling pretty antsy,” Maddon said on Thursday afternoon. Báez, cleared

Good news and bad news for 5 playoff teams

September 19, 2019

Amid the scramble for the remaining postseason berths, the Astros, Braves, Dodgers, Twins and Yankees have the luxury of looking ahead. That is, lining up the rotation, resting the regulars and healing those pesky bumps and bruises. (Not all of them have officially clinched, but FanGraphs currently has each of