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Picks are in: Experts predict the postseason

September 28, 2020

Who will win the 2020 World Series? How will the postseason play out?'s experts weigh in here with their predictions for every playoff series from the Wild Card Series through the Fall Classic. RICHARD JUSTICE ALWC winners: TB, NYY, MIN, CHW NLWC winners: STL, LAD, ATL, CHC ALDS: TB-NYY

Top 50 players in the postseason, ranked

September 28, 2020

Obviously, the intensity of the next week of baseball -- so many hopes and dreams are going to be gone like that -- will focus on the teams and their results, but let’s not forget that, in many ways, this is still an individual sport, batter vs. pitcher, one on

White Sox-A's G1 lineups, FAQ (ESPN, 3 ET)

@MartinJGallegos and @scottmerkin
1:35 PM EDT

OAKLAND -- With so much uncertainty as American League teams shuffled between postseason seeds over the past week, the A’s and White Sox had no choice but to scout multiple teams in preparation. Both clubs can now streamline their focus after their Wild Card Series matchup against each other was

Jays vs. Rays G1 lineups, FAQ (TBS, 5 ET)

@KeeganMatheson and @juanctoribio
an hour ago

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays and Blue Jays will meet in the postseason for the first time during the Wild Card Series. That’s fitting considering this playoff format will be unlike anything we’ve seen in the history of the sport. Though the franchises haven’t met in the postseason, they’re very

Yanks vs. Tribe Game 1 FAQ (ESPN, 7 ET)

@MandyBell02 and @BryanHoch
12:02 AM EDT

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and the Yankees will meet in the first round in the playoffs for the second time in the past four seasons. This time, the expanded playoff format will have the two teams meet in a three-game American League Wild Card Series after the two clubs went

Injured Donaldson not on Wild Card roster

Buxton starting in CF, batting 2nd; prospect Kirilloff included
1:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Though third baseman Josh Donaldson was the crown jewel of the Twins' busy offseason, the 2015 American League MVP Award winner will not be on the field for the first round of the '20 playoffs, as he couldn't fully push his right calf in his on-field workouts on

3 rookies set to make MLB debuts in playoffs

12:39 PM EDT

The 2020 postseason is unlike any other. Here's one more way it could make history. Three prospects who have never played in the Majors before -- Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff, Astros outfielder Chas McCormick and Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan -- have all been added to their team's playoff roster for

An October like you've never seen it before

September 28, 2020

There's nothing like playoff baseball. And we've never done playoff baseball like this before. Sixteen teams. One World Series champion. The 2020 playoffs are anybody's game, and the brightest stars in MLB are about to take baseball's biggest stage. • Bracket Challenge: Compete for $100,000!

Yanks go with Ford, 13 pitchers for Wild Card

12:32 PM EDT

The Yankees’ decision-makers huddled at their hotel in a meeting that manager Aaron Boone described as “pretty long and spirited,” volleying opinions about how the team’s roster should look for the American League Wild Card Series against the Indians. Now we know how they voted.

The most likely unlikely postseason stars

Expect the unexpected in October
September 28, 2020

It happens every fall. While the game’s best players -- the MVPs, Cy Youngs and future Hall of Famers -- push their teams to the postseason, it’s the other guys who show up and steal all the limelight in October. Steve Pearce did it en route to the World Series

Zimmer on, Plutko off Wild Card roster

11:24 AM EDT

CLEVELAND – The Indians’ Wild Card Series roster is set. On Tuesday morning, the Tribe announced that it will boast almost the same 28-man roster with which it ended the season, with outfielder Bradley Zimmer taking the spot of long-reliever Adam Plutko the only change. With starters Triston McKenzie and

Cubs go with Hendricks in Wild Card opener

12:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager David Ross trusted Kyle Hendricks to set the tone for this season as the Opening Day starter. Now, the manager is handing the ball to the veteran right-hander to open the postseason.

A's go with six SP on roster for Wild Card

1:19 PM EDT

OAKLAND -- The A’s are hoping to get through the American League Wild Card Series against the White Sox without needing a Game 3. But in case a decisive third game arrives, they’ll keep plenty of pitching options on the table.

What to expect from McClanahan in bigs

1:10 PM EDT

The Rays made a surprising addition to their postseason roster on Tuesday, calling up 23-year-old left-handed pitcher Shane McClanahan ahead of the team’s Wild Card Game 1 matchup against Toronto. Ranked No. 99 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list and No. 6 on the Rays’ Top 30, McClanahan, who

Twins add prospect Kirilloff to roster

22 minutes ago

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Kirilloff is known to be a stoic person -- to say the least. Even when Twins manager Rocco Baldelli phoned Kirilloff, the organization's No. 2 prospect, on Monday night to inform him of what could be a historic callup to the Major Leagues, the 22-year-old outfielder didn't

16 teams, 16 players set for Oct. breakout

September 27, 2020

We’ve reached the postseason, and with it, the brightest of stages in baseball. Who will shine the most? Oftentimes, you learn a lot about a player you didn’t previously know much about because of his tremendous performance when it counts the most.

Yankees signed Cole for nights like tonight

10:18 AM EDT

There were a lot of reasons last winter why the Yankees gave Gerrit Cole more money -- $324 million – and more years – nine -- than any starting pitcher had ever been given in the history of baseball, even knowing that Cole would turn 30 in September of this

Wild Card times set for Tuesday, Wednesday

September 27, 2020

A year that has looked like no other will have a similarly unique finish. Major League Baseball's schedule for the 2020 postseason is highlighted by the first neutral-site Fall Classic in modern history. Not only will the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all be played at neutral-site

What to expect from Alex Kirilloff in bigs

12:18 PM EDT

Prior to this year, only two players in the modern era have made their Major League debuts in the postseason. One was Mark Kiger, who made two pinch-running appearances for the A’s in the 2006 American League Championship Series. The other was Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, who pinch-hit in Game

Play MLB's Rally games for chance to win big

12:20 PM EDT

The postseason is finally here -- and you get to play, too. With MLB's Rally games, fans can play for the chance to win big prizes every day during the playoffs. There are two great ways to play this postseason: MLB's daily Quick Pick contest, and the Rally app. Both

Astros award Gurriel a 1-year extension

1:28 PM EDT

The Astros will keep their starting infield together for at least another year after signing first baseman Yuli Gurriel to a one-year deal for 2021 with an option for ’22. The deal, announced Tuesday by the club, is worth $6.5 million (plus performance bonuses) for next year with the option

Prospect McCormick added to WC roster

1:29 PM EDT

One name stood out when the Astros released their American League Wild Card Series roster prior to Game 1 against the Twins on Tuesday: outfielder Chas McCormick. That’s because McCormick, the team’s No. 24 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has yet to appear in a Major League game, which means he

Rays add McClanahan for Wild Card Series

43 minutes ago

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced their roster for the American League Wild Card Series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday morning, with Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Díaz both active for the best-of-three series. One roster surprise was that the Rays have Shane McClanahan on the active roster. McClanahan, a

Who has the edge? Reds-Braves pos.-by-pos.

September 28, 2020

The Braves had the second-highest scoring offense in the Major Leagues, one teensy run behind the Dodgers. Meanwhile, the Reds rotation had the third-best ERA (3.50) in the NL. To cut to the chase, there’s the matchup to watch in this NL Wild Card Series. The Reds have a potential

Double-A to playoffs: Rookies to be tested

September 28, 2020

The Royals had already accomplished the seemingly impossible barley an hour earlier, coming back from a late four-run deficit against the Athletics to force the 2014 American League Wild Card Game into extra innings. Now, Kansas City’s fate rested on the inexperienced left arm of Brandon Finnegan, a 21-year-old rookie