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  1. World Series Game 1: Live Chat

    Oct 28, 2009, 7:34 PM EDT

    Despite some heavy rain in the New York area earlier today, Game 1 of the World Series will be played tonight. It’s the Phillies vs Yankees. Lee vs CC. The Fightin’ Phils vs The Bronx Bombers. The defending champs vs the Evil Empire. The team that Mets fans really hate vs the team that Mets fans…

  2. Rockies vs Phillies Game 1: Live Chat/Blog

    Oct 7, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    The defending champs open up the 2009 postseason against the Rockies. Follow along with our Live Chat/Blog for Game 1, especially those of you stuck in the office. Send along those comments, too.   Rockies vs Phillies Game 1: Live Chat   You can follow me on Twitter @ mattcasey9.

  3. Yankees vs Red Sox: Live Chat

    Aug 23, 2009, 7:28 PM EDT

    You’re not gonna believe this, but ESPN is in Boston tonight for the finale of the three-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox. We’re live blogging throughout the game, so follow along and participate with your comments. Yankees vs Red Sox: Live Chat

  4. Pace Car: Angels and Yanks rocking nine-man bands

    Aug 21, 2009, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kudos to the Angels and Yankees, who have put together a couple of the most well-rounded lineups of all-time. Or at least it’s headed that way. As noted on Baseball-Reference Blog, the Angels could have 10 players with 100 hits. The only other team to do so was the 2004 Tigers. Meanwhile, the Yankees have…

  5. The Show: Advice for Strasburg

    Aug 21, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

    The Washington Nationals will formally introduce top pick Stephen Strasburg today at 2 pm et, and the Nats sold over 6,000 $1 tickets to the presser. Meanwhile, this week on The Show, Tiffany Simons and Matt Stroup offer some advice for Strasburg, hoping he learns a few lessons from the mistakes of former #1’s. Cameos from Delmon Young,…

  6. Maybe the HR Derby isn't such a good idea

    Aug 21, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    Are we ready to blame the Home Run Derby for squashing Albert Pujols’ chance at the Triple Crown, or is that just an easy excuse? We remember players from the past flaming out after taking part in the Derby – David Wright hit only 6 HR after the break in 2006, and of course Bobby Abreu hit a…

  7. Neftali Feliz to be handled like Joba?

    Aug 21, 2009, 9:09 AM EDT

    Much has been made about the impact that Nolan Ryan has had on the Texas Rangers pitching staff – how extending pitch counts produces positive results, how pitchers these days are babied too much, etc. However, it sounds like that mantra doesn’t apply to all Texas pitchers. Word is the Rangers will be handling phenom Neftali…

  8. Phillies vs Braves: Live Chat

    Aug 16, 2009, 7:28 PM EDT

    Tonight, we’re following along with Sunday Night Baseball as the Phillies and Braves play the rubber game of their three-game series in Atlanta. Join in and participate with your comments.   <a href=”; >Phillies vs Braves: Live Chat</a>

  9. Dave Winfield has better reflexes than you do

    Aug 16, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    It’s fairly irritating when retired baseball players give the whole “Back in my day, things were different” spiel (I’m look at YOU, Tom Seaver). But when someone plays that card and says something totally asinine and illogical, the only medicine is to turn off the TV. This is Dave Winfield a few minutes ago on Baseball…

  10. Victor Martinez bails out Terry Francona

    Aug 15, 2009, 9:14 AM EDT

    What might get lost in the aftermath of a wild 9th inning rally for the Red Sox is a puzzling decision by Terry Francona. The Boston manager can thank Victor Martinez that he’s not getting hammered in the press today. To recap, the Sox entered the top of the 9th trailing Texas 4-2. David Ortiz led off…

  11. Red Sox vs Yankees: Live Chat

    Aug 9, 2009, 7:31 PM EDT

    Tonight from the Bronx, the Yankees go for the four-game sweep over the Red Sox and basically end the AL East race. Follow along with our live chat and feel free to join in on the comments. <a href=”; >Red Sox vs Yankees: Live Chat</a>

  12. 5 guys you might not realize are having awesome seasons

    Jul 22, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    Unless you play fantasy or are a fan of the team these guys are employed by, you might not be aware that they’re putting up some pretty sick numbers. Javy Vazquez: The 7-7 record is deceiving. Javy’s ERA sits at 2.86, his WHIP is 1.048, and he has struck out 141 batters (3rd in MLB) in 126.0 innings…

  13. Who needs Roy when you have Joe Blanton?

    Jul 22, 2009, 10:46 AM EDT

    The headlines from last night go to Jayson Werthas he morphs into an indestructible force, and the Phillies as a team for a 10-game winning streak that is the longest for a defending champion since 1971. But maybe the guy we should be giving a little more love to is Joe Blanton. After a May 21 outing…

  14. Mets execs now using their bare pecs to motivate minor leaguers

    Jul 22, 2009, 10:01 AM EDT

    As if things hadn’t gotten comically bad enough for the Mets this year, there’s now word that their VP for Player Development, Tony Bernazard, recently ripped off his shirt and challenged the Double-A Mets to a fight. Seriously. Via the Daily News: Bernazard particularly went after middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, using a slang term…

  15. Yankees Old Timer's Day might need a nap

    Jul 19, 2009, 1:39 PM EDT

    Disclaimer: I love baseball. I love history. I love baseball history. I’m a Mets fan who does not dislike the Yankees (settle down Benigno). That being said … it might be time to put this Old Timer’s Day thing on the shelf for a couple years until guys like Jeter and Mariano and O’Neill are…

  16. Sunday Slate: Halladay vs Lester, Yankees Old-Timer's Day, Young Guns in Cincy

    Jul 19, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    Quick peek at the best pitching match-ups on Sunday: Red Sox at Blue Jays: Could it be Roy Halladay’s final start as a Blue Jay? Guessing that if he gets traded, it’ll be closer to the deadline, so probably not. He’s struggled (all relative) lately, going 0-2 with a 4.50 since a DL stint, and…

  17. Pace Car: Pujols, Teixeira, Lincecum, and others chase history, Gehrig, and burgers

    Jul 18, 2009, 9:18 AM EDT

    Plenty has been written and said about the season that Albert Pujols is having, but this nugget might be my favorite: he’s on pace for 60 HR and only 64 K. Incredible. In similar fashion, Roger Maris only struck out 67 times during his 61-homer season in ’61. Others have actually finished with more homers…

  18. Greg Maddux needles Mets, offers wisdom, will be missed

    Jul 18, 2009, 8:53 AM EDT

    Prior to Mets-Braves last night, Greg Maduxhad his number 31 retired at Turner Field. And after a nice ceremony, Maddux concluded his remarks with this gem: “Let’s beat the Mets … like old times.” Who knew that Greg Maddux was funny? Even as a Mets fan, that slayed me. And his matter-of-fact delivery just forces…

  19. Anti-OBPer traded for guy who once missed third base

    Jul 11, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    Couple thoughts on the Jeff Francoeur for Ryan Church trade: One reason why this trade might seem a bit jarring (or as jarring as a swap of mediocre outfielders could be) is that these two clubs almost never do business. Since the divisions were realigned in 1995, they have made one trade: Paul Byrd for…

  20. Homecoming memories: boos, batteries, and bombs

    Jun 21, 2009, 3:37 PM EDT

    Obviously a brutal couple of days for Kerry Wood in his return to Wrigley. Hopefully Eric Wedge gives him today off. Thing is, Kerry Wood isn’t alone in experiencing a rough homecoming. While you enjoy your Father’s Day, here’s a look back at some of the good, bad, vengeful, and memorable games for some other…

  21. Strong Island's Finest: Pitchers

    Jun 20, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

    In honor of the U.S. Open out at Bethpage this weekend, let’s look at the greatest baseball players from Long Island, or Strong Island for all you meatheads, in Major League history. The position players are here. Now the pitchers: Frank Viola, Hempstead. 15 seasons with Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Reds, and Blue Jays ……

  22. Strong Island's Finest: Positional Players

    Jun 20, 2009, 12:03 PM EDT

    In honor of the U.S. Open out at Bethpage this weekend, let’s look at the greatest baseball players from Long Island, or Strong Island for all you meatheads, in Major League history. First, the position players: Carl Yastrzemski, Southampton. 23 seasons with Red Sox … 452 HR, 1844 RBI, .285/.379/.462 … .369 AVG, 4 HR…

  23. The Show: Pace Car Edition

    Jun 13, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    On this week’s The Show, we took a look at a few guys having spectacularly good (or bad) seasons and projected their numbers for the entire year. Despite a slump, is Ian Kinsler on pace to have one of the greatest seasons ever by a second baseman? Can anything stop Chris Davis from obliterating the…

  24. Heck, I'm not even mad, that's amazing

    Jun 13, 2009, 11:16 AM EDT

    In case you missed Friday night’s wildly entertaining, exciting and ultimately infamous Mets-Yankees game, here are a few things you should know: … Robinson Cano hit one over the ridiculously short porch in right center to open the scoring, but to be fair, it was a legit homer. More on this later … … Joba…

  25. Good bet that something's wrong with Pedro

    Jun 1, 2009, 9:40 AM EDT

    The Mets have a pretty glaring hole in that number five starter slot. Pedro Martinez is still available for the taking. Mets GM Omar Minaya loves Pedro. Mets fans love Pedro. The front office has a history (usually) of being very cognizant of what the fans want. So that equation should equal Pedro back in…

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