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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 6

We’re halfway through May, and baseball is full of stories. The Yankees and Indians are up. The Red Sox and Rockies are down. New injuries are creeping up while others are healing. It’s very difficult for any team to get any sort of a niche for themselves, so let’s look at what would happen if […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 4

April is almost over already, and there are plenty of teams that are shaking up the standings from what many expected. Boston, Kansas City and Pittsburgh have all turned things around quite nicely from last season. The Dodgers, Blue Jays and Angels, on the other hand, have completely failed to live up to the hype. […]

Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox: Soon to Be Done Deal

The Boston Red Sox will soon reportedly acquire Joel Hanrahan in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to several reports. The Pirates closer has been brilliant the last two seasons, putting up 40 saves and a 1.83 ERA in 2011 and compiling a 5-2 record with 36 saves and a 2.72 ERA in 2012. The bullpen […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 18

In the middle of August, it’s still very difficult to be on top. Both Wildcard races are very tight, both led by just half a game. Although most of the division are led rather comfortably, the seeding is still very much up for grabs. Just getting into the back end of the playoffs uses up […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 17

Only about a month and a half remain in the season, and teams are still making plenty of pushes. Both leagues have new leaders, the Wildcard races have undergone changes and two divisions are led by just a game (none by more than 5.5). There’s still plenty of opportunity to take advantage of other teams […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 16

Now that August is here and the teams have passed 100 games, it’s time to get down to business. Contenders will be working with their new talent (Giants/Dodgers, Rangers) while others will use what they can for making a push. All the division leaders save San Fran have a decent lead, but still have to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 15

The trade deadline is almost here, and the Yankees made the biggest move so far by acquiring Ichiro Suzuki. They’re also rumored to be hunting for a third baseman in A-Rod’s absence, and the Brewers have declared that they will trade Zack Greinke. Clearly, we’re in for a fun next few days, but for now, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 14

Now that the second half of the season is well underway, teams are scrambling to shore up a position and manage their lineups and rotations as quickly as possible. With the non-waiver trade deadline less than two weeks away, we’re sure to see plenty of interesting deals. We’ve already seen some among bottom dwelling teams, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 13

We’re now past Independence Day, and the All-Star votes are in as well. David Ortiz is the only Boston member on the AL squad, which may be hampering Boston’s spirits on their three-game losing streak. Still, other teams are having a good time, most notably new division leader Pittsburgh. The White Sox are also doing […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 12

Things keep changing more and more. The Rays are dropping, the Red Sox are rising and even the Pirates are making a run. The Yankees are widening their lead, while the Dodgers are dropping fast. The Giants are on an absolute tear, while the Reds… not so much. More is different now than ever before […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 16

As the season goes on, it’s tough for any team to gain a competitive edge. The NL Central even has a three-way tie going, with each team only percentage points apart. Sure, teams are starting to wedge a little bit of room between themselves and their competitors, but those leads haven’t been stable this season […]

Red Sox Salvage Last Game of Pittsburgh Series

It wasn’t always easy, but Boston finally got one over on Pittsburgh 4-2 in Andrew Miller’s second start with the Red Sox. In a game filled with bumps and bruises, errors and a finally iffy Pittsburgh ‘pen, Boston finally knocked off a team not used to being good at all. Maybe that’s why Boston was […]

Red Sox Lose 4th Straight; Wakefield Falls In Return To Pittsburgh

The last time Tim Wakefield started in Pittsburgh was 1993, when yours truly was just 6 years old. Back then, I was watching Ren and Stimpy and the WWF, just five years removed from diapers, and probably couldn’t name one Red Sox player other than Roger Clemens. OK, you get it, Wakefield’s old. Almost two […]

Ortiz Loses Battle Against “Mother Nature,” Pirates Top Red Sox 3-1

Friday night represented Game 1 of Boston’s 9-game road trip in NL parks, which as you know by now, presents manager Terry Francona with a bit of a problem. How is he going to play David Ortiz without the benefit of the designated hitter? There has been talk about moving Adrian Gonzalez to the outfield […]

David Ortiz Should Sit, Not Move Adrian Gonzalez to Outfield, on NL Road Trip

Terry Francona has a problem: without a DH for the upcoming nine-game NL road trip, should he play David Ortiz (.313 BA, 17 homers, .977 OPS) at first and move Adrian Gonzalez (.359, 15, 1.019) to right field, or keep Gonzalez at first and use Ortiz primarily as a pinch hitter? Moving Gonzalez preserves the […]