Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty" Follow on Twitter Yu Darvish is known to put pressure on himself and, since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, there is a sense around that team that he wants to prove himself to his new teammates. The perception in the room is that he wants to demonstrate that he was a worthy addition as a finishing piece to a championship-caliber team. Human nature. As if all of that isn’t enough: Darvish has many tens of millions of dollars on the line as a potential free agent this fall, and the 2017 season hasn’t gone according to plan for him.
Well, yes, the AL West race officially ended Sunday, but truth is it was over and conceded months ago. The wild card race, there seems to be something of a split opinion. To America: the Rangers are done. To the Rangers: Not so fast, America. There are 13 games left. The Rangers began Monday five games back of Minnesota for the season wild card, trailing two others and tied with Kansas City. According to Fangraphs, which projects playoff odds, the Rangers had 0.6 percent chance of advancing to the wild card game and a 0.1 percent chance of advancing past that. The Rangers response: "So you're saying there's a chance?" "We're still in it and we're still battling to win," Banister said. "We've
The New York Yankees and St Louis Cardinals kept pace in the MLB play-off race with wins on Tuesday. The Yankees took down the Minnesota Twins 5-2, while the Cardinals came back to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 in extra innings. The Yankees remained