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Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:17 am
 

2011 CBSSports.com MLB playoff predictions

2011 MLB postseason predictions
Predictions
Brunell

Doyel

Knobler

Miller

Snyder

Rosecrans
DET/NYY ALDS
in 4

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5
TB/TEX ALDS
in 4

in 4

in 5

in 4

in 5

in 4
ARI/MIL NLDS
in 5

in 5

in 5

in 4

in 4

in 4
STL/PHI NLDS
in 3

in 3

in 5

in 4

in 3

in 4
ALCS
in 7

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
ALCS MVP Justin Verlander James Shields Russell Martin Miguel Cabrera Doug Fister Jose Valverde
NLCS
in 6

in 7

in 7

in 6

in 7

in 5
NLCS MVP Prince Fielder Ryan Braun Justin Upton Hunter Pence Chase Utley Roy Halladay
WORLD SERIES
in 5

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
WORLD SERIES MVP Zack Greinke Corey Hart Derek Jeter Roy Halladay Cliff Lee Miguel Cabrera

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 11:28 am
 

What was best play of Games 162?

Longoria

By Evan Brunell

The morning after baseball's latest contender for the most exciting final day of the regular season, we're left trying to figure out just which of the improbable, impossible events that led to a night to remember was best.

Rays coming back from 7-0? Evan Longoria whacking a three-run home run to pull the Rays within one? How about Dan Johnson, he of a .167 batting average in 260 plate appearances over the last four years jacking a game-tying home run in the ninth? What about Evan Longoria's game winner, shades of Mark McGwire's 62nd home run?

But there were plenty of other memorable plays. How about Robert Andino shocking the Sox with a game-winning single in the ninth? Or earlier in the game, when Dustin Pedroia whacked a homer to give the Sox a lead? The Phillies sending a dagger in the hearts of Braves with a Hunter Pence RBI single in the top 14th? But Craig Kimbrel, he of 40 saves on the year, had to blow the game for Pence to walk off. Similarly, Jonathan Papelbon imploded for the Red Sox, handing Baltimore the victory. The Cardinals razed their way to a 8-0 win, but how huge was St. Louis' five-run first on the strength of five run-scoring hits?

There are no shortage of amazing plays or occurrences from Wednesday night. We ask you: Which one was the best?



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Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:38 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:27 pm
 

2011 baseball postseason schedule

World Series (Best of 7)
Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 10/19: ST. LOUIS 3, Texas 2 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 1-0 Cardinals
Game 2 10/20: Texas 2, ST. LOUIS 1 -- Recap | Snyder | Miller  Series 1-1
Game 3 10/22: St. Louis 16, TEXAS 7 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 2-1 Cardinals
Game 4 10/23: TEXAS 4, St. Louis 0 -- Recap | Snyder | Miller  Series 2-2
Game 5 10/24: TEXAS 4, St. Louis 2 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 3-2 Rangers
Game 6 10/27: ST. LOUIS 10, Texas 9 -- Recap | Snyder | Knobler  Series 3-3
Game 7* 10/28: ST. LOUIS 6, Texas 2 -- Recap | Snyder | Miller  Series 4-3 Cardinals
American League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 NEW YORK 9, Detroit 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 2 Detroit 5, NEW YORK 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 3 DETROIT 5, New York 4
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 4 New York 10, DETROIT 1
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 5 Detroit 3, NEW YORK 2
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
 
National League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 PHILADELPHIA 11, St. Louis 6
Recap | Analysis | Snyder
Game 2 St. Louis 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
Recap | Analysis | Brunell
Game 3 Philadelphia 3, ST. LOUIS 2
RecapAnalysis | Knobler
Game 4 ST. LOUIS 5, Philadelphia 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 5 St. Louis 1, PHILADELPHIA 0
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
American League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 Tampa Bay 9, TEXAS 0
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 2 TEXAS 8, Tampa Bay 6
Recap | Analysis | Miller
Game 3 Texas 4, TAMPA BAY 3
Recap | Analysis | Knobler
Game 4 Texas 4, TAMPA BAY 3
Recap | Analysis | Brunell
 Series Rangers win series 3-1
 
National League Division Series (Best of 5)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 MILWAUKEE 4, Arizona 1
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 2 MILWAUKEE 9, Arizona 4
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 3 ARIZONA 8, Milwaukee 1
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 4 ARIZONA 10, Milwaukee 6
Recap | Analysis | Rosecrans
Game 5 MILWAUKEE 3, Arizona 2
Recap | Analysis | Miller
American League Championship Series (Best of 7)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 TEXAS 3, Detroit 2
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 2 TEXAS 7, Detroit 3
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 3 DETROIT 5, Texas 2
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 4 Texas 7, DETROIT 3
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 5 DETROIT 7, Texas 5
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Game 6 TEXAS 15, Detroit 5
Recap | Brunell | Knobler
Series Rangers win, 4-2
Brunell | Knobler
 
National League Championship Series (Best of 7)
Cardinals, Brewers
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 MILWAUKEE 9, St. Louis 6
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 2 St. Louis 12, MILWAUKEE 3
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 3 ST. LOUIS 4, Milwaukee 3
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 4 Milwaukee 4, ST. LOUIS 2
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 5 ST. LOUIS 7, Milwaukee 1
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Game 6 St. Louis 12, MILWAUKEE 6
Recap | Rosecrans | Miller
Series Cardinals win 4-2
 
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Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Playoff race: Cards are wild in NL

Craig Kimbrel

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Craig Kimbrel may end up being the National League Rookie of the Year, but the lasting image of the Braves' closer in 2011 may be his blown save in the final game of the season that capped an epic collapse by the Atlanta in the NL wild-card race, as Atlanta lost 4-3 to the Phillies in 13 innings on Wednesday. The loss, coupled with the Cardinals' 8-0 victory in Houston, has given the Cardinals the National League wild card.

The Braves went 9-18 in September, losing their last five games and nine of their last 12, but none as painful as Wednesday's collapse.

Atlanta led 3-1 in the third and held onto the lead until the ninth, when Kimbrel blew his eighth save of the year. Kimbrel allowed a hit and three walks, giving up the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley. Kris Medlen got the Braves into extra innings, but Scott Linebrink gave up two hits and walked a batter, with Brian Schneider scoring on Hunter Pence's infield single in the 13th.

Meanwhile, St. Louis had little drama on Wednesday, scoring five runs in the first inning off of Astros starter Brett Myers and cruising to victory. The win was the Cardinals' fourth in their last five games and 16th in the month of September. They also won 23 of their final 32 games. The Cardinals trailed the Braves by 8.5 games after losing on Sept. 2, but were able to make up the difference over the last month.

Chris Carpenter threw a two-hit shutout for the Cardinals, who will face the Phillies in the National League Divisional Series, starting Saturday.

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:57 pm
 

On Deck: Wild cards hinge on final day



By Evan Brunell


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AL wild card: It's the final game of the season, and we've got two races currently tied. The first of them is the American League wild card, where the Red Sox and Rays are knotted at one apiece. Boston will send ace Jon Lester to the mound in the hopes of downing the Orioles. Lester has never lost against Baltimore, running up a 14-0 record. On the year, he has a solid 3.49 ERA but that mark is 6.97 over his last four starts, so there's concern there. He'll be opposed by Alfredo Simon. Meanwhile, down south, the Rays offer up their own ace in David Price to take down the Yankees. New York is already in the playoffs, so they could choose to rest some players and give the Rays a weaker opponent to play against. To that end, even the Yankees don't know who will be starting Wednesday night. Red Sox vs. Orioles, 7:00 p.m. ET | Yankees vs. Rays, 7:00 p.m. ET

NL wild card: Over in the NL, the Braves are new to this. The Red Sox have had an extra day to get used to the idea of falling into a tie, but Atlanta woke up Wednesday knowing the final game of the season was crucial to the playoff hunt. After all, if they lose and the Cardinals win, they're out. Fortunately, they have a pretty good pitcher heading to the hill in Tim Hudson, who will oppose Joe Blanton in what figures to be a bullpen game for Philly. On paper it's a mismatch, but the way the Braves has been playing lately is the complete opposite of St. Louis. Meanwhile, the scorching Redbirds offer up Chris Carpenter against the hapless Astros, who will send Brett Myers to the mound. Phillies vs. Braves, 7:00 p.m. ET | Cardinals vs. Astros, 8:00 p.m. ET

StrasburgNo walks: Stephen Strasburg has a very good chance to accomplish an incredible feat in his fifth and final start of the year. So far, he's walked absolutely zero batters in his 18 innings, striking out 14. That's a K/BB ratio of infinity. Thanks to the magic that is Baseball Reference's Play Index, I ran a query of all starting pitchers who had at least five consecutive starts with no walks in the millennium. There's been plenty of streaks of no walks allowed, most namely the amazing Greg Maddux who racked up two separate nine-game streaks of no walks allowed. If Strasburg gets through the game, he'll be tied with 15 others for five consecutive starts. Interestingly, Kevin Slowey accomplished the feat earlier this season, but before that you have to go back to Cliff Lee in 009, then Curt Schilling in 2006. Strasburg himself went six straight starts without a walk last season. He's opposing Chris Volstad in Jack McKeon's final game as Marlins manager. Nationals vs. Marlins, 4:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

Rollins

By Evan Brunell

Jimmy Rollins wants a five-year deal and if he has to the leave the Phillies, so be it. But any more than that, and Rollins hesitates.

"Five would be great. Five would be the number,'' Rollins told Sports Illustrated. "I don't think I want six or seven. You start thinking about 39 (years old). Do I want to play at 39?''

Rollins, 32, bounced back from two straight lousy seasons in which he hit .248/.304/.406, missing half the 2010 season with leg problems. He's rebounded this year, and while he's no longer a MVP-caliber player he is still a strong shortstop, contributing a .268/.338/.396 line which is above-average in today's offensively-starved culture. He's also held up favorably on defense after hamstring problems sapped much of his 2010, but there is question to believe just how much longer Rollins has left. And it will be surprising if there's a team out there that believes Rollins can handle a five-year deal.

A source tells SI.com that the Phillies would prefer to keep any deal to three years, which is completely understandable. The club does understand that it may have to pay a little over actual value for Rollins given his star stature, but they are one of the few teams that can afford to do so. In a poll, Jon Heyman found a baseball executive believing Rollins could get $58 million for four years on the free-agent market, while another projects a Phillies contract of three years with a minimum of $12 million a year. Currently finishing up a five-year, $40 million deal, it's clear Rollins will crack the eight-figure annual salary for the first time.

Philadelphia needs to be concerned about the market for Rollins. It's going to be a thin free-agent market, which can only help Rollins. Plus, finding good help at such an important position is an extremely difficult thing to do. Just ask the Red Sox, who have cycled through a dizzying amount of shortstops ever since trading Nomar Garciaparra.

One other team that could use a settled shortstop position is the Giants, which CC Sabathia mentioned as a potential landing destination for Rollins. People are giving this proclamation a lot more weight than usual because Rollins and Sabathia are close, and the shortstop accurately predicted Sabathia would sign with the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, even when the prevailing wisdom was that Sabathia would not. However, it seems as if Sabathia only mentioned the possibility, not the certainty, so there shouldn't be too much read into this just yet.

But it's still possible, as Rollins won't be afraid to leave town.

"Right now there is no better place to play baseball, especially in the National League,'' Rollins said "With that being said, I've been here since I am 17. I never thought of going anywhere else. But am I afraid to leave? Not at all. Nothing's permanent. I don't get caught up to the point where it's either this or nothing.''
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Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

On Deck: Wild card chases dominate action



By Evan Brunell


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AL wild card: It's all tied up in the Ameican League, as the Red Sox and Rays are both battling for the right to play in October. Everyone knows how the Sox have collapsed and the Rays have ascended, so we won't recap that here. Jeremy Hellickson, who seems certain to lock up the AL Rookie of the Year award, will take on the Yankees and Bartolo Colon. The Red Sox will counter with Erik Bedard -- who hasn't been the pitcher the team hoped it was getting at the trade deadline -- going up against Zach Britton. Given the pitching matchups, one would expect this tie to extend another day with both teams winning, but games are played on the field. Red Sox vs. Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET | Yankees vs. Rays 7:10 p.m. ET

NL wild card: If the Braves can win tonight with the Cardinals losing, Atlanta will have somehow staved off collapse to win the wild card. Hopes rest on Derek Lowe, no stranger to postseason heroics, in matching up against Roy Oswalt. The good news is that the Phillies have stumbled lately, which works in Atlanta's favor. The bad news? Oswalt is a better pitcher than Lowe, whose 4.92 ERA is third-worst, behind 2004 and his rookie season of 1997 when he was a reliever. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are in must-win mode with Jake Westbrook heading up against Henry Sosa of the Astros in what is a lopsided matchup... on paper. Remember, Houston defeated St. Louis Monday night. It's going to be an entertaining night. Braves vs. Phillies, 7:10 p.m. ET | Cardinals vs. Astros, 8:05 p.m. ET

VelezDubious history: As SB Nation's Rob Neyer points out, the Dodgers' Eugenio Velez is hitless in 36 at-bats in the majors this season. Given he also finished 2010 with nine straight hitless, he's tied for the longest hitless streak. However, it doesn't count because it was split between two seasons. However, Velez has set a record for the most hitless at-bats in a season, not counting pitchers. Velez already outdistanced Hal Finney, who was 0 for 35 in 1935. With two games left, Velez should get a couple more at-bats to further extend his ignominious record -- or to end it with a hit.  Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 5:42 pm
 

On Deck: Big drama for season's final days

OD

By C. Trent Rosecrans


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James ShieldsRays of hope: "Big Game" James Shields has another chance to live up to his nickname, as the Rays start the day a game behind the Red Sox in the wild card standings. The Rays were nine games behind the Red Sox on Sept. 2, and if they are able to overtake the Red Sox, it would be the largest September deficit made up in the history of the game. Before Sunday, the last time the Rays were within a game of the wild card before Sunday was June 29. Shields faced the Yankees in his last start, allowing four runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings last Wednesday. He faced the Red Sox twice in a row before facing the Yankees (going 1-1) and faced the Rangers in back-to-back starts before that. He averaged eight innings and 2.5 runs per start in both of his second starts. Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET

Cliff LeeUnwelcome sight: You're holding on to a one-game lead and hoping to stave off a collapse, who is the last person you want to see on the mound? If Cliff Lee isn't your first answer, he may be in the top five -- especially if you're hitting .229/.292/.350 as a team against left-handers, like the Braves are in 2011. And in the Braves' corner? A rookie making his seventh career start and coming off his first big-league win. Randall Delgado, a 21-year-old right-hander, has been impressive in his six starts, but has only pitched as many as six innings once. He pitched five shutout innings last week in a win over the Marlins. Phillies at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

Lance BerkmanClosing fast: No player has thrived against his former team quite like St. Louis right fielder Lance Berkman, who returns for his seventh game in Houston this season. In his first six games back at Minute Maid Park? He's hit .480/.519/1.160 with five homers and 12 RBI. In eight total games agianst the Astros, he's hitting .429/.484/1.036. The Cardinals hope he stays that hot, as they enter the game just a game behind the Braves for the National League wild card. Houston holds baseball's worst record and are 12-14 in their last 26 games. St. Louis lefty Jaime Garcia is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts this month, with St. Louis winning all four games he's started. St. Louis will face Houston's best starter, Wandy Rodriguez. In his only start against the Cardinals this season, Rodriguez allowed just one earned run on five hits in seven innings for a win on July 28 in St. Louis. Cardinals at Astros, 8:05 p.m. ET

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