Tampa Bay Rays: Fielding seen vs. Astros in ALCS has been there all season

Manuel Margot‘s falling-over-the-fence catch may be the video highlight that sums up Game 2 of the ALCS between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. But Margot’s phenomenal play wasn’t the lone defensive highlight of the game. In fact, you can make a good argument the Rays’ pitching just looks even better because of the […]

Stark: Weird and Wild, Rays-Astros ALCS Game 2

Another mesmerizing postseason baseball game busted out in San Diego on Monday. The scoreboard will tell us the Rays beat the Astros, 4-2, to take a two-games-to-none lead in this American League Championship Series. But there were so many illogical and incomprehensible developments along the way, how could I not recap the Wildest and Weirdest […]

Can the Mariners actually reach the postseason this season?

A warning: This is neither an attempt at humor nor cruelty. Every bit of it is real, even if the possibility of it happening is relatively slim. The Mariners could make the playoffs. Like, this season. It’s true. After an 8-4 win over the Rangers on Monday at T-Mobile Park — the team’s sixth consecutive […]

Behind the balls and strikes: A look at the tendencies of the World Series umpires

Game 6 of the ALCS was an example of how the home plate umpire can affect the outcome of a game. Marvin Hudson appeared to widen his strike zone at times, drawing the ire of a number of players, notably Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. Gardner had struck out to end an early Yankees rally, with […]

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