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Patriot League Rundown: Week 1

With all the fine FCS play against the big boys this opening weekend, we wanted to pay tribute by shining a spotlight on one of the fine FCS conferences: the Patriot League, which had a decidedly mixed bag of results in its opening week on non-conference action. Aug 31, 2013 4:22 PM PT

The Contenders: AL Wild Card, post-All Star edition

As with the National League, the number of American League Wild Card contenders shrunk by several teams, leaving a tight and crowded race for the two playoff spots. Lopsided teams with either pitching or hitting but not both dominate this field. Trade deadline acquisitions could prove to be key. Jul 31, 2013 5:33 AM PT

The Contenders: NL Wild Card

Since we last visited the Wild Card race, there has been a noted shrinking of the contenders for the two spots. With the Braves firmly ensconced as NL East champs, and great races shaping up in the NL Central and NL West, we narrow our focus to those teams that are over .500 or within five games of the NL Wild Card lead. Jul 29, 2013 5:06 AM PT

Nats Drop Hitting Coach, Lose to Pirates

The Washington Nationals, fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, fired their longtime hitting coach, Rick Eckstein, in hopes of awaking their dormant bats and saving their season. Jul 23, 2013 11:27 AM PT

NL East Rundown: All-Star Break Edition

It has been an entertaining first half in the division at the All-Star Break, with the Braves’ offseason moves paying dividends with a six game lead--even as they have not run away with the division. The Nationals suffered through an injury-plagued first half, the Phillies have been injured as well, and the Mets and Marlins have shown flashes of brilliance in disappointing seasons. Let’s review the progress of each team. Jul 15, 2013 7:32 AM PT

At the Half: Buyers and Sellers, AL Edition

Just as in the NL, the AL has a large number of teams in contention and very few sellers. While the trade deadline cometh, these teams may still trade after- though it is much more difficult. It involves a process of passing the players to be traded through waivers. If they are not claimed, they can be traded. If they are claimed, the team passing the player through waivers may negotiate with the claiming team, or just release the player to team that claimed him. Lots of risk all around- which is why you may see a lot of activity right before the deadline. Jul 15, 2013 6:26 AM PT

NL East Rundown: Here Come the Nationals

The Washington Nationals put eight more runs on the board Friday and received some help from the Philadelphia Phillies to pull within five games of first place in the NL East going into Saturday's games. The help came from Cliff Lee, who won despite his worst start in two months, pushing his record to 10-2 as the Phillies beat the first place Braves, 5-4. Jul 6, 2013 11:10 AM PT

NL East Rundown: Break Up the Marlins

The Miami Marlins got a rare series win in Atlanta, coming back in the ninth inning against Craig Kimbrel to beat the Braves, 4-3. AJ Ramos pitched two scoreless innings for the win, Steve Cishek got the save and Craig Kimbrel took the loss. Jul 5, 2013 12:10 PM PT

At the Half: Buyers and Sellers, NL Edition

One of the oddities of this season is a great number of teams are “in contention”--either over .500 or within four games in the standings. In the NL, that’s ten teams--not counting the Phillies, who were at .500 but have fallen five games under. So, who needs what to get over the top? Let’s take a look at the NL today. Jul 2, 2013 6:25 AM PT

NL East Rundown: Mets Lone Losers

A tight game that featured some 9th inning fireworks wound up as a White Sox win over the Mets last night, 5-4. The New York Mets tied the White Sox in the top of the 9th on an error by second baseman Gordon Beckham, negating a beautiful outing by White Sox starter Chris Sale, who struck out 13 in eight innings. The White Sox then won the game in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Alexi Ramirez. Jun 26, 2013 8:18 AM PT

The Contenders: AL Wild Card Edition

Baseball has indeed reached a state of competitive balance when the American League can boast 8 teams within 6 games of the Wild Card. This isn’t the Yankees and a bunch of also-rans anymore; it will be an entertaining dogfight to the finish. Here is a look at the contenders for the AL Wild Card. Jun 24, 2013 8:30 AM PT

The Contenders: NL Wild Card Edition

For as competitive as the NL is this year, the most competitive division is going to be the Wild Card Division. Seven NL teams are realistically vying for two spots, and with so many buyers and so few sellers (Cubs, Milwaukee), let's examine the competitive position of the Wild Card Division. Jun 21, 2013 11:33 AM PT

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