Wild Card race update — September 9th

The last time we checked in on the American League Wild Card race the Los Angeles Angels were leading the way with the Seattle Mariners holding the second spot, five-and-a-half games back. How things have changed. The Angels have been on a tear the last couple weeks and now lead the AL West by eight games. The Kansas City Royals continue to hang on to the AL Central lead, but the Detroit Tigers are just a single game behind entering Tuesday night’s action. GB represents how many games the team is…

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Wild Card race update — August 18

When we checked in last week, the Los Angeles Angels had a firm hold on the top American League Wild Card spot while the red-hot Kansas City Royals had surged themselves into the second spot. Since then the Royals have knocked the Detroit Tigers out of the top spot in the AL Central division while the Angels have added a game to their lead. The Seattle Mariners have propelled themselves back up into the second Wild Card slot after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers who now sit…

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Wild Card race update — August 11

The addition of the second Wild Card slot in both leagues has certainly increased the intrigue surrounding the playoff race as we enter the stretch drive in August. Plenty of teams still look like they have a shot at earning a chance to play a one-game playoff for a berth in the American League Division Series. Let’s take a look at how the race is shaping up in the American League. GB represents how many games the team is behind in the Wild Card race and does not represent where they sit…

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Northwest League Notes: Scouting a pair of Jays prospects

On Monday night I took in some short season Class-A action between the Vancouver Canadians (TOR) and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (SFG), a game the Canadians took handily by a score of 10-2. The Northwest League season begins in June and is often the first stop for players drafted out of high school or college once they’re signed. For example, Marcus Stroman who was selected No. 22 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2012 amateur draft made seven appearances for the Canadians in July of that year before being…

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2014 Impact Rookies: American League

Impact is a beautiful word. Two quick syllables, a breadth of possible meanings and just a dash of onomatopoeia. When Giancarlo Stanton sends a baseball to its retirement it almost sounds like the word itself, compressed into a fraction of a second. Mike Trout impacts the game in pretty much every way a player can, and does so dynamically. Jose Molina impacts the game by framing pitches better than nearly any other catcher, and he’s rarely called dynamic. They couldn’t be much more different, but both are impactful in their own, unique way.…

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