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article October 21, 2016

Best W.S. Winner: The Final Four

The field is down to the final four. We're so close to determining the best World Series-winning team of all time, with some surprising squads still in the mix. Which teams will make the final two? Go ahead and vote! More»
GettyImages-614904862 article October 21, 2016

Get Ready For A Very Wrigley Weekend

The National League Championship Series heads back to Wrigley Field this weekend with the Cubs leading 3-2. But Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodgers in Game 6, and it feels like an event in which the whole world will be watching. More»
GettyImages-97272046 article October 20, 2016

Tie Fighters: A Look at Game 5 History

Tied at 2-2, the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are going to play an incredibly important Game 5 of their National League Championship Series on Thursday night. Let's take a look back at the 10 most recent Game 5s in a tied series. More»
GettyImages-542129004 article October 19, 2016

Love Him Or Hate Him, Lackey Is Key

You love him when he's pitching for your team, but it's impossible to root for him when he's pitching against you. That's what happens when you've pitched in as many postseason games as John Lackey has. And now the Cubs will turn to him in Game 4 of the NLCS. More»
GettyImages-614909068 article October 18, 2016

Believeland of Opportunity

Three years ago, nobody believed that Cleveland's sports teams were anywhere close to winning championships. But here we are, in 2016, and the Cleveland Indians have a chance to win the city's second title this year alone. It's been a long time coming. More»
USATSI_9614884 article October 17, 2016

Reasons for the Cubs to Be Concerned

Chicago Cubs fans have been surprisingly confident that 2016 will be the year they finally win a World Series. But after losing home-field advantage following a Game 2 loss in the NLCS to the Dodgers, that confidence might turn into a familiar feeling: fear. More»
CubsDodgers article October 15, 2016

NLCS Preview: Dodgers Vs. Cubs

The Cubs are four wins away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. But the Dodgers stand in their way. And even though L.A. is technically the underdog, don't underestimate what Clayton Kershaw and Co. can do. More»
USATSI_9604840 article October 14, 2016

Bullpen Strategies Are A Changin'

With the ways Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts have used their relievers in the playoffs this year, there might be a bullpen management revolution in the works. More»
GettyImages-496673308 article October 13, 2016

Best W.S. Winner: The Elite Eight

The field has been narrowed down to eight, and yet there's still a World Series winner from every decade going back to the 1960s! Who will make it to the Final Four? That's up to you. It's time to vote again on which World Series winner was the best of them all. More»
AP_794746016977 article October 13, 2016

Best Championship Series Since 2010

Everyone always remembers their teams playing in the World Series. But they also remember how they got there. The League Championship Series are also best-of-seven, and they can be just as dramatic as the Fall Classic. More»
USATSI_9496418 article October 13, 2016

ALCS Preview: Indians vs. Blue Jays

Will the year of Cleveland continue with the Indians punching their tickets to the World Series? Or will the Toronto Blue Jays rain on Cleveland's parade, and go from the American League Wild Card Game all the way to the Fall Classic? More»
GettyImages-614087344 article October 12, 2016

Poison 'Pen Exposes Giants

All the Giants needed were just those last three outs. But the bullpen just couldn't get it done in Game 4 of the NLDS, no matter who San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy gave the ball to. The Cubs scored four runs in the ninth to eliminate the Giants. More»
GettyImages-613844426 article October 11, 2016

A Goodbye Nobody Wanted For Ortiz

It wasn't a farewell David Ortiz, or Boston Red Sox fans, or anyone had prepared for, despite having a whole season to prepare. It was the right move, but taking out Big Papi for a pinch runner late in Game 3 didn't feel right. More»
USATSI_9599012 article October 10, 2016

It's Safe to Root For the Cowboys

It might be time to give Dallas Cowboys fans a little slack. After all, they have been through a lot of suffering over the last 20 years. And now that Dallas is one of the best young teams in football, it's time to take the bandwagon label off its fan base. More»
GettyImages-185766965 article October 7, 2016

Postseason Stats Always Evolve

Major League Baseball changed forever in 1995, when the Division Series format was introduced. From that point on, postseason statistics have gone through an enormous change, and they're still changing. More»
GettyImages-356527 article October 7, 2016

Best W.S. Winner: Sweet 16!

We've made it to the round of 16 in the ultimate bracket of the best World Series-winning teams. And only three New York Yankees championship teams remain. Which teams will advance to the next round? It's time to vote! More»
GettyImages-598581450 article October 6, 2016

NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Giants

Is it finally the year for the Chicago Cubs? Well, we're about find out as they kick off their postseason with a National League Division Series matchup against San Francisco. And the Giants are the scariest opponent to face right now. More»
GettyImages-612911724 article October 6, 2016

Cubs Beware: The Giants Are Back

Chicago Cubs fans should probably be scared. It's an even year, and Madison Bumgarner has pitched the San Francisco Giants into the National League Division Series. They had a great first half, and a terrible second, but now they're clicking on all cylinders again. More»
GettyImages-583787142 article October 6, 2016

NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Dodgers

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals are desperate to advance past the NLDS. Clayton Kershaw is desperate to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series. But only one of these teams will advance to the NLCS. More»
GettyImages-531652620 article October 5, 2016

ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Blue Jays

We have a rematch! Almost one year after last year's thrilling American League Division Series between the Blue Jays and Rangers, we get to see them square off again. Will the Rangers avenge their 2015 defeat? More»

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