Big League Stew
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew39 mins ago
The stage is set. After a grueling 162 games, four teams will have one chance to prove they deserve to continue playing baseball deep into October.
The Houston Astros and New York Yankees will kick things off in the AL wild-card game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game features Cy Young hopeful Dallas Keuchel and Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka. The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet in the NL wild-card game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on TBS. Young Pirates ace Gerrit Cole will take on Jake Arrieta, the hottest pitcher on the planet.
One-game playoffs are generally unpredictable, as a pitch that barely touches the corner, or a ball that skims the chalk can decide which club goes home. We here at The Stew are undaunted, though. Joined by Yahoo Sports MLB columnists Jeff Passan and Tim Brown, our writers picked which teams will win each wild-card contest, and even provided a "wild" prediction for one of the games.Tue, Oct 68:08 PM EDTHouston at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew44 mins ago
Diehard fans waiting to see the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs for the first time since 1993 couldn't help but be a little disappointed when the postseason schedule came out.
Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers in Toronto will begin at either 3:37 or 4:07 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday's Game 2 is set for a 12:45 p.m. ET start time. That's not exactly ideal or convenient for the average person that works a weekday 9-5, so R.A. Dickey had an idea to work around that potential problem.
I vote for no work day for toronto fans on thursdy or friday so they can watch the games #nationalholiday
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Angels made it to the final day of the regular season, but After losing to the Texas Rangers, were officially eliminated from the MLB postseason. That means they've effectively come to the end of the road in their 2015 season. As we'll do with each eliminated team this season, let's give them a send-off that would make Boyz II Men proud.
We'll look at the highs and lows of their season, what bright spots their future might hold and what questions need answering as they prepare for 2016.Sun, Oct 4LA Angels2 - 9TexasGame Recap
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
After losing at home to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, the Minnesota Twins have been mathematically eliminated from the MLB postseason, meaning that they've effectively come to the end of the road in their 2015 season. As we'll do with each eliminated team this season, let's give them a send-off that would make Boyz II Men proud.
We'll look at the highs and lows of their season, what bright spots their future might hold and what questions need answering as they prepare for 2016.Sun, Oct 4Kansas City6 - 1MinnesotaGame Recap
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
They're both surprises when you think about it. Nobody expected the young and re-tooled Houston Astros to make the postseason this year. In a couple years? Sure. But 2015 is ahead of the schedule.
Likewise, the New York Yankees weren't a popular postseason pick, not with their aging lineup and injury concerns headed into the season. But here they both are, playing for the season in the AL wild-card game on Tuesday night.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes. One of the few bright spots for the Miami Marlins this season was second baseman Dee Gordon. The 27-year-old hit .333/.359/.418, winning his first batting title.
That's the type of accomplishment that deserves some praise. Players from around the league agree with that sentiment, but many of their messages are going to the wrong person. Note: We took a screenshot of the tweet in order to block out the numbers.
Gordon must have changed his cell phone number recently, possibly after he was traded. Because of that, our buddy Joe here has been receiving plenty of texts aimed at the All-Star second baseman.
While we can't be certain, we would like to imagine Joe also received the following texts meant for Gordon. Feel free to play along and guess who may have sent them.
Text No. 1 seems like it's coming from someone worried about their job? Hmmm ...Sun, Oct 4Miami2 - 7PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The MLB postseason field is set, with 10 teams now vying to advance to the World Series. That's 25 potential matchups that could be coming our way in the end of October.
Geography could give us a cool finale — like the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Kansas City Royals. A clash of stars could make a righteous World Series — like Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke vs. Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista.
Excited? We are. So much so that our panel of Big League Stew bloggers ranked every possible World Series matchup. We put the results together, gave you a quip about each potential series (some more serious than others) and now you're left to debate which series you'd like to see most. Here's our list:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has decided to enter an alcohol rehabilitation center, the club announced Monday, and will not be available during the postseason.
The Yankees host the Houston Astros on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game. Sabathia wasn't scheduled to pitch, but if the club were to advance to the ALDS, he likely would have been called upon.
Sabathia issued a heartfelt statement, outlining the reasons behind his decision:
STATEMENT FROM CC SABATHIA:
“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
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GM Mike Rizzo talks about firing Matt Williams, state of the Nats
The Washington Nationals were an utter disappointment this season, missing the playoffs when they were expected to win the World Series, so it's no surprise at all that Matt Williams won't be their manager anymore.
The Nats made this one quick, making Williams the first MLB manager to lose his job on this Monday after the regular-season concluded. (The Padres canned interim manager Pat Murphy on Sunday). The Williams news was first reported by James Wagner of the Washington Post and later confirmed by the Nats, who not only fired Williams but his entire staff too:Sun, Oct 4Washington0 - 1NY MetsGame Recap
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Major League Baseball regular season has come to an end. For teams that didn’t make the playoffs, fans are usually left wondering one thing: Will your manager survive?
Not all firings take place the Monday immediately after the season ends, but that’s the first opportunity for teams that were “evaluating” situations to make a move. With that in mind, we’ll take you through the managers on a cusp of losing their jobs.
UPDATE: Some firings will take place Monday, and that Nationals were the first to act. After two seasons, Matt Williams, and his entire coaching staff, have been fired early Monday morning.