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

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

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