Madison Bumgarner's Fastball Is Getting Deadlier

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner didn't seem to have his best stuff during Game 5 of the NLCS, and was particularly let down by his cutter. It was flat, non-biting versions of that pitch that yielded an RBI double to Jon Jay and a solo home run to Tony Cruz Jr. (Matt Adams also took him deep on a curveball that hung a… » 10/17/14 1:36pm 10/17/14 1:36pm

Madison Bumgarner Takes Six Beers To The Face

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner "chugged" four beers at once when his team won the wild card play-in game. When he "chugged" five beers after winning the NLDS, everyone wondered if he'd be able to work his way up to six beers in the event of an NLCS win. So, did he go for the full sixer last night? You're goddamn right… » 10/17/14 10:03am 10/17/14 10:03am

Bruce Bochy Was The Anti-Matheny, And It Made All The Difference

If you're looking for an argument that having a smart manager in the dugout is integral to a baseball team's success, last night's Cardinals-Giants game is it. Not only did it feature Mike Matheny badly managing his club right into a walk-off homer, it had the manager on the other side of the field, Bruce Bochy,… » 10/17/14 9:31am 10/17/14 9:31am

Kolten Wong Wins Game Two With Walk-Off Homer

After blowing the lead in the top of the ninth, St. Louis evened the NLCS when Kolten Wong led off the bottom of the frame with a line drive homer to right. Here's how it sounded in Spanish on Fox Deportes. (Hint: it was much better than Joe Buck's call.) » 10/12/14 11:55pm 10/12/14 11:55pm

The Biggest Moments Of The NLCS And ALCS, Recreated With Legos

This is the work of our friends at SI Kids, and it's definitely the best baseball-themed short film featuring Lego men that you will see this week. Is Torii Hunter falling over the outfield wall still funny in Lego form? You bet it is. » 10/22/13 2:30pm 10/22/13 2:30pm

Dodgers Lose Game 6, Will Not Be Going To The World Series

The dream season came to an end for the Los Angeles Dodgers last night in Game 6 of the NLCS behind ace Clayton Kershaw. It was a terrible outing for Kershaw, who gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits and lasted only four innings. » 10/19/13 11:24am 10/19/13 11:24am

Hanley won't start: Hanley Ramirez, bothered by a fractured rib since Game 1, will not start at shortstop for the Dodgers in tonight's Game 6 of the NLCS. Nick Punto will take his place and bat eighth. Don Mattingly hopes Ramirez can pinch hit but says Ramirez "doesn't feel like he can swing the bat right now." » 10/18/13 5:52pm 10/18/13 5:52pm

St. Louis Cardinals' March To World Series Crown Delayed Somewhat

In what is surely a mere bump on the way to the third World Series title for St. Louis in the past seven years, the Cardinals did not beat the team they were playing Wednesday. » 10/16/13 9:18pm 10/16/13 9:18pm

Will Ferrell Introduces The Dodgers Before Game 5 Of The NLCS

For what could be their final home game of the season, the Dodgers pulled out all the stops and had Will Ferrell handle today's player introductions. As one might expect, it was very Will Ferrell-y. » 10/16/13 5:12pm 10/16/13 5:12pm

Charts: How Do You Build A Championship Baseball Team?

This season, the A's, Rays, and Pirates used front office wiles to build playoff-bound squads despite having minimal financial resources. Even with these feel-good stories eliminated, though, the four remaining teams still demonstrate that there are many good ways to build a competitive organization. » 10/16/13 1:34pm 10/16/13 1:34pm

The Basepaths Are Where Nick Punto's Scrappiness Goes To Die

Last night, Nick Punto killed the last shot the Dodgers had at rallying back for a Game 4 win when he got caught leaning and was picked off at second base the seventh inning. It was precisely the kind of blunder that a veteran player like Punto is supposed to be immune to, and so the weight of his mistake gets… » 10/16/13 11:14am 10/16/13 11:14am

Why Don't The St. Louis Cardinals Respect The Game?

After last night's loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS, a few Cardinals players expressed dismay at some of the exuberance that was displayed by a few Dodgers players. "Mickey Mouse stuff," one called it. We at Deadspin share the Cardinals' concern for the soul of baseball. We want to see the game played the… » 10/15/13 1:18pm 10/15/13 1:18pm

Yasiel Puig Flips Bat After Home Run—Oh Shit, It's Staying In The Park

Yasiel Puig thought he connected on a two-run home run, awesomely flipped his bat and broke into his home-run trot only to realize the ball might not actually leave the park. So then he dialed the awesome up a notch. » 10/14/13 9:52pm 10/14/13 9:52pm

Carlos Beltran Beats The Dodgers, Takes One Game Lead In NLCS

This is your signature play of the NLCS, if there can be a signature play one game in. It's got everything though, athleticism, grit and the human element. All combined for a fascinating play that resulted in just one crummy out. » 10/12/13 10:54am 10/12/13 10:54am

The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Just A Group Of Hard-Nosed Overachievers

Without characters and storylines, baseball is just a bunch of idiots running around wielding sticks, so of course baseball writers were going to contrive a narrative for a seven-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals that doesn't really feature a natural one. You could have written it… » 10/11/13 4:35pm 10/11/13 4:35pm

Glum Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Still Grateful For Not-Awful Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates got bounced Wednesday from their first postseason trip in approximately forever, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of who gives a flying crap to you knew they'd find a way to piss this one away. Not like the Cardinals have won two World Series in the past seven years or anything.… » 10/09/13 11:13pm 10/09/13 11:13pm

The Pirates Are Five Wins Away From The World Series

This single from Pedro Alvarez in the bottom of the eighth gave the Pirates a 4-3 lead in Game 3 of the NLDS and proved to be the game-winning run. Pittsburgh is now one win away from the NLCS. Four wins there would get them to the World Series for the first time since 1979. » 10/06/13 8:36pm 10/06/13 8:36pm