The Wild Card Game Is Incredibly Cruel, Usually To The Pirates

Before the 2012 season, Major League Baseball changed the playoff format that had been in place for almost 20 seasons. Instead of four teams from each league advancing to the postseason, five now do with the two best non-division winners facing off in a one-game playoff to advance to the League Division Series. »10/08/15 2:20amYesterday 2:20am

Booing Yankees Fans Got The Misery They Deserve

As a firm subscriber to the “do whatever the fuck you want” theory of fandom, I’m never going to get on paying fans for making their displeasure audible. Which isn’t to say the sound of Yankee Stadium loudly booing the Yankees late in their wild-card loss to Houston didn’t make television viewers very happy. »10/07/15 9:22amWednesday 9:22am

Astros Three-Hit The Yankees To Advance To ALDS

With the Astros unable to clinch a spot in the AL’s Wild Card game until the final day of the season, they didn’t have the luxury of setting up their rotation for the playoffs. Staff ace Dallas Keuchel, who is a leading candidate to win the AL Cy Young, had to pitch on Friday, but still Astros manager AJ Hinch threw… »10/06/15 11:48pmTuesday 11:48pm

The Cubs Might Have Screwed Themselves By Screwing Kris Bryant

This Wednesday, the Cubs play the Pirates in the NL wildcard game. The game is in Pittsburgh, but it’s worth noting that the Cubs finished one win away from hosting it themselves. The slimness of that margin should send Cubs fans back to April, when their front office decided to detain Kris Bryant for a few games in… »10/06/15 1:52pmTuesday 1:52pm

This Is What Happens When You Have A Batting Champ's Old Phone Number

Joe Adel is a fine enough baseball player on his own, good enough to pitch for South Florida, but he’s no Dee Gordon. On the final day of the season Gordon went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .333, and give him the NL batting title. That’s when the congratulations started rolling in. To Gordon’s old number. Which is… »10/05/15 2:35pmMonday 2:35pm

The Red Sox Saluted Don Orsillo After His Final Game

Boston’s last game was also the last Red Sox game for Don Orsillo after 15 years of calling play-by-play. Orsillo’s exit from NESN wasn’t handled well, but the team did its part, with a video tribute at last week’s home finale and, after the final out of yesterday’s game in Cleveland, a cozy goodbye from the players… »10/05/15 10:55amMonday 10:55am