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 unfairly … » 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 right… » 10/15/13 1:18pm 10/15/13 1:18pm

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 Giants' Pennant Run Ended Right As Rain

How many LCS clinchers, not involving your team, do you actually remember? Carlos Beltran standing stock-still, Aaron Boone going deep, Sid Bream's slide, Chris Chambliss's homer...and that's probably about it. It's probably fair to add last night's Giants win, a 9-0 drubbing that was decided by the third… » 10/23/12 10:20am 10/23/12 10:20am

The San Francisco Giants Are Going To The World Series

The Giants trounced the Cardinals by a score of 9-0, completing an impressive comeback from a 3-1 series deficit and managing to kill the previously immortal St. Louis Cardinals. Even a team as resilient as this Cardinals team can only be carried so far by the likes of Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, and Allen Craig. » 10/22/12 11:57pm 10/22/12 11:57pm

Fox Needs To Update Their St. Louis Stock Footage, As Last Night's NLCS …

As Fox ended its broadcast of a much-delayed ending to last night's NLCS Game 3, a curious thing seemed to scroll across the gaudy videoboard atop the Lumière Place casino: "GO PUJOLS." While it's possible the person in charge of such messages never learned of the slugger's exit from the Cardinals and subsequent… » 10/18/12 9:00am 10/18/12 9:00am