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The World Series is over, in a thrilling Game 7 no less. That led to a hearty celebration, to be sure. Usually a starter, but with no games ahead, Madison Bumgarner got a very rare five-inning save to cap off the Giants’ third title in five seasons.

The Giants were the favored team among our experts, though nobody saw the series going the full seven games, much less concluding in such a tactical game. Still, points are points in the final round. So who ended up with the big win? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 MLB Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series Results »

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Former Red Sox Jake Peavy got the hook just one out into the second inning as the Royals scored seven times en route to a 10-0 win and a decisive Game 7. (NY Times)

After Madison Bumgarner twirled a complete game shutout to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 lead in the 2014 World Series, Jake Peavy got the start in Game 6 to try to wrap up the franchise’s third title in five years.

“This is a start you play your whole career wanting,” said Peavy before traveling to Kansas City for Game 6.

Well, it didn’t take long for that dream to turn into a complete nightmare for Peavy.

The Royals jumped all over the former Red Sox starter who was traded to the Giants midseason, knocking Peavy from the game with a seven run second inning despite several broken bats. The Royals would go on to win 10-0 to knot the series at 3-3 and force a seventh and deciding game. Peavy, who was pitching with a swollen thumb on his pitching hand from trying to catch a foul ball, would finish with a line of 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, and 2 K.

Continue reading Former Red Sox Peavy Shelled as Royals Force Game 7 in World Series »

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It has been ten years already since the event that has been dubbed by baseball fans in the US as ‘the sport’s greatest miracle’, and which went down in history books as the most impressive comeback ever staged by a baseball team.

The date: Thursday, October 21, 2004. The place: Yankee Stadium. The stars: the Boston Red Sox, who were battered and bruised after three devastating losses against their biggest rivals, the New York Yankees.

When the two teams met again on that fated date, all the facts were pointing towards one, inevitable outcome. The Red Sox were done for. Continue reading Red Sox vs Yankees 2004: 10 years on from baseball’s greatest miracle »

Oscar Taveras

Cardinals top prospect and outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend was in the car with him and also died in the accident.

The accident occurred in Puerto Plata in the D.R.

Taveras was seen as a rising star in the major leagues. Continue reading Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras Killed in Car Crash »

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San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The World Series is here. Kansas City has won eight straight games to start the postseason (an MLB record) while San Francisco has won nine straight postseason series. San Francisco sends NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City’s three-headed monster at the back of their bullpen forces opponents to take an early lead. A balanced set of bats for both teams make it difficult to plan for either.

For the final series, we’re introducing the scoring category of home runs hit by both teams combined in the final game of the series. Furthermore, all points are doubled! Ties will be broken by guessing the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game. Otherwise, scoring is the same:

  • Picking the winner of each series is worth four points.
  • Picking how many games each series will last is worth two points.
  • Picking the MVP of each series is worth two points.
  • Picking the home run total of both teams combined in the final game of the series is worth two points.
  • Picking the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game is for tiebreaking purposes only. Combined ERA will refer to taking the total number of earned runs given up by both pitchers put together, then dividing it by the total number of innings thrown by both put together, then multiplying by nine to adjust for nine innings.

So with that out of the way, our World Series picks are below. Be sure to see how everyone’s doing, and come back once a champion is decided for the final results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »

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I thought, perhaps naively, that the disgrace and disgust of the 2014 Boston Red Sox season would end with Game 162.

I was wrong.

The reminders of the Red Sox season that (I wish) never was have been everywhere throughout the 2014 MLB postseason. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, two non-playoff teams last year, both swept through the LDS round in a wide open American League. Now two wild card teams, the Royals and the San Francisco Giants, will square off in the World Series starting tonight. Excuse me while I go eat a couch pillow.

Then, of course, there are the ghosts of Red Sox past. Let’s check in with some of the more notable former players who donned the Boston uniform to see how they’ve fared – with other teams, sadly — this postseason:

Continue reading Where Are They Now? How Former Red Sox Have Fared in the 2014 MLB Postseason »

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Sunday the Red Sox began the process of turning the page to 2015 when they reportedly reached an agreement with hitting coach Chili Davis.

Davis had been with the Oakland Athletics for the last three seasons.

Continue reading Red Sox Reportedly Make Deal with Chili Davis for Hitting Coach »

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