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Here's how the 10 playoff teams were built

October 8, 2021

The Giants, Dodgers and Rays all won 100 games or more in 2021, with San Francisco and Tampa Bay finishing with the best record in the National and American Leagues, respectively. Each organization has built a winner in different ways. The Giants were the best team in baseball this year

Bullpen clutch after Scherzer pulled in 5th

@SarahWexler32
October 8, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- Plan A for the Dodgers in the National League Wild Card Game was, of course, to have their prized Trade Deadline acquisition, starter Max Scherzer, pitch deep into the night. When that didn’t happen, Plan B ended up working out pretty well for Los Angeles, which got

Taylor-made! Dodgers walk off into NLDS

@juanctoribio
October 8, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts couldn’t predict when it was going to happen. He didn’t know in what situation, inning or game it would occur. But he knew, at some point over the next month, Chris Taylor, mired in a prolonged slump at the plate, was going to come up

Soto wears Trea Turner Nats jersey in LA

Max finds his buddies in stands after walk-off mobbing
@mattkellyMLB
October 8, 2021

Between Max Scherzer on the mound and Trea Turner at shortstop, the Dodgers’ starting lineup for the thrilling National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night featured a heavy twinge of Nationals navy and red. But that was just the start.

Cardinals support Reyes after tough ending

@zachsilver
October 7, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- The scene was far too familiar for Alex Reyes. Pitch out of his hand, bat connected upon ball, all he could do was watch it sail well beyond the reach of his teammates in the outfield. Reyes turned, took a few steps towards St. Louis' dugout and

Cards' season ends after tight Wild Card fight

Efforts of Waino, Edman go for naught after St. Louis goes 0-for-11 with RISP
@zachsilver
October 7, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- The Cardinals believed they were not that team from June, when they went 10-17 while navigating through injuries, underwhelming performances and games in which one misstep derailed their day. And as much as they rode the waves of their 17-game win streak in September, they acknowledged that

Cards-Dodgers position-by-position analysis

@paul_casellaMLB
October 6, 2021

It doesn't get much better than this: Two of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball each turning to a veteran ace in a winner-take-all showdown at one of the most celebrated venues in the sport.

NL Wild Card Game FAQ (8 ET on TBS)

@zachsilver and @juanctoribio
October 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers and Cardinals both made history at different points of the season, meaning the National League Wild Card Game promises to deliver in a big way. After winning the World Series in 2020, the Dodgers look to become the first team to repeat since the 1998-2000

Cards' elite 'D' could be key in WC Game

@zachsilver
October 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- Asked repeatedly over the course of the 2021 season about the state of his club, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt pointed to the defense. Through the dark points in June, when one in-game misfortune seemed to derail the day, it was the quality of defense that kept him

Dodgers' NL Wild Card roster announced

@juanctoribio
October 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have set their 26-man roster for Wednesday’s National League Wild Card Game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. We already know Max Scherzer will be the team’s starter. But let’s take a look at how the rest of the 26-man roster shapes out. The winner

Cards' Wild Card roster: Yepez called up 

@zachsilver
October 6, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have landed on the 26 players they will carry when they face the Dodgers in the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday. Starter Adam Wainwright will, of course, get the ball. Here's who will join him with the Cards' season on the line:

Scherzer takes winning mentality into NL WC

@juanctoribio
October 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- Even before becoming teammates, Dodgers second baseman Trea Turner knew how good Max Scherzer was. He understood everything the right-hander had accomplished throughout his career. But when Turner took the field on Oct. 2, 2015, against the Mets, just his seventh career start and his second on

Roberts: 'glimmer of hope' Muncy back in '21

Kershaw won't need Tommy John surgery, but will miss postseason
October 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- As expected, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Tuesday that All-Star first baseman Max Muncy will not be on the team’s roster for Wednesday’s National League Wild Card Game against the Cardinals.

Kershaw to avoid surgery, but out for playoffs

@SarahWexler32
October 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- Unlike Max Muncy, the Dodgers have ruled out left-hander Clayton Kershaw from appearing for them at any point during the 2021 postseason. But the news wasn’t all bad for the veteran ace, as scans revealed no ligament damage in his ailing left arm -- meaning he won’t

Analyzing LA's playoff strengths, concerns

@juanctoribio
October 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are in the postseason for the ninth consecutive year, but this time, their path to the World Series looks a little different. Despite tying a franchise record with 106 wins this season, the Dodgers finished second in the National League West, one game behind the

Recipe for playoffs? Ride September wave!

@zachsilver
October 6, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals morphed from an almost anticipated series win to a team that no one wants to face -- at the exact right time. Shades of the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals have found this year’s club, whose run that September catapulted them into a Wild Card

Who will Cardinals pick for Wild Card roster?

@zachsilver
October 6, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals did not play with several key members of their roster at different points over the course of the regular season. But now, they have health -- and decisions to make. The nature of the one-game Wild Card makes it so the Cards can tackle such

Waino a no-brainer to start WC: 'Means a lot'

@zachsilver
October 6, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- The day after the Cardinals clinched their spot in Wednesday’s Wild Card Game at Dodger Stadium, manager Mike Shildt found his ace, Adam Wainwright, in the bowels of Busch Stadium for perhaps the least shocking conversation to be had within the city limits of St. Louis on

How will Dodgers fill Muncy, Kershaw voids?

First baseman could return if LA advances; left-hander out for all of postseason
@juanctoribio
October 5, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers won 106 games during the 2021 regular season, but they had to navigate through plenty of adversity along the way. In May, Los Angeles lost right-hander Dustin May, who was starting to show why he was a former top prospect, for the season after he

1 defining stat for each playoff team

October 5, 2021

As we gear up for the postseason, it’s a good time to evaluate what each team headed to the playoffs did in the regular season, to help figure out what to expect of them moving forward. One way to learn more about each club is to assess the facts that

These stars have shined in October

@Spokes_Murphy
October 4, 2021

Everything is intensified in the postseason -- the emotions, the stakes, the pressure, the national attention. Not all players can handle this atmosphere, but some are destined for glory when the importance of every game is magnified. There is at least one such player on every team that has qualified

1 reason every team can win it all

October 4, 2021

If you’ve made it to the playoffs, you can win the World Series. For the fanbases of the 10 teams who have made it to October, it’s time to dream. We asked the beat reporters for each of the playoff teams to provide one reason why the team they cover

The 10 postseason lineups, ranked

@castrovince
October 4, 2021

We enter the postseason knowing full well that it’s a fool’s errand to put too much stock into anything that has come before. Because for as much as we can study and scrutinize six months’ worth of stats, there’s always some random utility player coming off the bench to hit

The key injuries for every playoff team

October 4, 2021

The 2021 postseason is about to begin, but not every club is as healthy as the next. Some of the playoff teams are getting key players back at just the right time. Others will be missing stars for at least the early rounds of the postseason -- or even have

These are the 7 most memorable WC Games

@matthewhleach
October 4, 2021

Two evenly matched rivals on one side, two seemingly mismatched foes on the other. Four of the sport’s most historic franchises and two of its most venerable ballparks. This year’s Wild Card Games bring plenty to the table before the first pitch is thrown. The thing is, the Wild Card