Can St Louis overcome the sheer ability of Clayton Kershaw to advance to the NLCS? (http://dutchlakefarm.files.wordpress.com/)

With the Divisional Round about to begin, we should see some great games. Wildcard winners Kansas City and San Francisco face dangerous aces without their best pitchers in Game 1s. Detroit and Baltimore are all set for a slugfest. St Louis will use Adam Wainwright to counter potential NL MVP Clayton Kershaw.

In preparation for the four series, we’ve brought you our choices for how the round will turn out. Picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games each will last is worth one point.

Check below for the picks, and come back once the round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »

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San Francisco earned the win in a dominating performance in PIttsburgh. [http://www.andrethegiant.com/]

The Wildcard games are now complete. Kansas City came from behind twice to beat Oakland in a 12-inning thriller, while San Francisco just dominated in their 8-0 thrashing of Pittsburgh. Though having used up their best pitchers before facing Jered Weaver and Stephen Strasburg respectively can’t feel too good for them.

But before that, the Wildcard Pick ‘Em results are below. See who gained a slight edge heading into the next round, and check back shortly for the Divisional Round Picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »

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Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/)

The playoffs are here. Oakland and Kansas City are starting things off in the AL Wildcard game, followed by San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Oakland really fell off the mark during the regular season, having to clinch a spot on the final day, while Kansas City is in the playoffs for the first time since 1985. San Francisco, like Oakland, fell off in the middle of the season, while Pittsburgh stuck to its guns in the home stretch. Whatever happens, these should be good games.

To start our annual Pick ‘Em, correctly guessing the winner of each Wildcard game is worth two points. Complete picks are below, and the Divisional Round picks will be up later in the week, so check for them soon, and see our picks for the Wildcard winners below. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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David Ortiz may be averting his eyes, but I'll be tuned in to celebrate the end of this apocalyptic 2014 Red Sox season. (Portland Press Herald)

So maybe this occasion doesn’t call for a parade down the Charles, but it certainly is a cause for celebration.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been searching for reasons to keep watching the Red Sox, if only to feel like a better fan and to justify to myself (and my girlfriend) why I needed to watch sports on a daily basis. It started with Rusney Castillo’s debut and has carried through to David Ortiz setting records, the Return of the Koji, and, now that seemingly every Red Sox regular is out, how Mookie Betts and the rest of the rookies are faring heading into next season.

But today is really the moment I’ve been waiting for: The apocalyptic 2014 season is nearly over for the Boston Red Sox! The beginning of the end is about to get underway at 1:35 PM against the New York Yankees in Derek Jeter’s final game, and I don’t plan on missing it.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? This is the End! »

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With only two games left and nothing to play for, I'll still be watching if only to see Derek Jeter's last hurrah and Mookie Betts's bright future. (Getty Images)

And then there were two.

This afternoon, the Boston Red Sox play their second to last game of the atrocity that is the 2014 season, though you’d be excused for confusing them with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino are all out for the season, leaving a collection of rookies to fill the Red Sox lineup. So why bother watching?

Because those rookies are going to be key to the team’s success in 2015, particularly one Mookie Betts, who has ascended to the top of the Red Sox prospects list in rather spectacular fashion. Oh, and you might have heard of some guy named Derek Jeter…

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? Mooooookieeeee and the Rooooookieeeeees (and Some Guy Named Jeter) »

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Bobby Valentine may not be able to count, but the 2014 Red Sox are one win away from not being as bad as his 2012 team. (ESPN)

Thank the baseball gods that there are now less than four games left in this abomination of a Red Sox season.

All are against teams officially eliminated from the MLB postseason – the rubber game against the Tampa Bay Rays, then three against Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees – meaning the Red Sox can’t even play the role of spoiler.

So why even watch if this season remains literally meaningless, with no playoff implications remaining? For one reason, and one reason only: The magic number 1, as in one win the 2014 Red Sox need to end up with a better record than the 2012 team led by a certain Bobby Valentine.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Magic Number 1 »

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It was, as Agent Smith likes to say, inevitable.

Mike Napoli, the lone bastion of the bearded 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox, ended his hairy-faced holdout and finally shaved. Take a look, courtesy of NESN and the official Red Sox Twitter feed:

Continue reading Mike Napoli (Finally) Shaves, Signalling the End of a Red Sox Era »

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