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Patriot League Rundown: Week 1

Patriot League Rundown: Week 1

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

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
The Contenders: NL Wild Card

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
PANIC: Nats Drop Eckstein, Lose Game to Pirates

PANIC: Nats Drop Eckstein, Lose Game 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. For one night at least, it
NL East Rundown: All Star Break Edition

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
At the Half: Buyers and Sellers, AL Edition

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
NL East Rundown: Here Come the Nationals

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
NL East Rundown: Break up the Marlins

NL East Rundown: Break up the Marlins

Miami 4, Atlanta 3 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
At the Half: Buyers and Sellers, NL Edition

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

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