The Cy Young races hold a lot of intrigue, where Cubs ace Jake Arrieta could trump the Dodgers' duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Notable names back from suspension
With four weeks in the books, a number of prominent players and a GM will rejoin their teams this week following suspensions.
Unranked Texas has fared well in rivalry
Since 1989, Texas is 5-2 in the Red River Rivalry while unranked and going up against a ranked Oklahoma team.
Did Rangers rise in Power Rankings?
Was Texas' convincing AL West-clinching win over Los Angeles on Sunday enough to move the team up in our final rankings? Find out here
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
Cowboys don't have final MRI results but expect Lance Dunbar to have surgery possibly this week to repair a torn ACL, ending his season.
Oklahoma received a commitment from four-star cornerback Jordan Parker, who had previously committed to UCLA.
FPI confident in Trojans, Tide and Rebels
It's not surprising that Baylor and TCU are top-five teams in the Football Power Index, but our forward-looking metric still thinks very highly of USC, Alabama and Ole Miss.
Behold the new Elvis Jabberdog Brownie
The Rangers are playoff bound and have some aggressive food items for the postseason. This is a two-foot long brownie rolled in Rice Krispies crust, dipped in funnel cake batter and fried and costs $26, it is presumably named after SS Elvis Andrus and not Presley, although the singer might have approved.
Cowboys' schedule doesn't let up
Fresh off an overtime defeat in New Orleans, Dallas will play 3-0 New England in Week 5. After a Week 6 bye, the Cowboys have a pair of NFC East matchups sandwiching a battle with the Seahawks.
Vote: Capital One Impact Performance
Who will win this week's Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week? That’s up to you! Cast your vote for Florida’s Will Grier, TCU’s KaVontae Turpin, Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Arizona State’s Mike Bercovici. Vote
Cole Hamels knows playoff dominance
Hamels won MVP honors in the NLCS and World Series back in 2008 when he was with the Phillies. Now with the Rangers, Hamels is one of a few pitchers capable of putting together a Madison Bumgarner-like run this postseason. Photo gallery
How the ghost of former head coach Mack Brown still haunts Charlie Strong and Texas Longhorns football.
The Baylor Bears' offense scored the points on Saturday. But this frequently underestimated defense set it all up.
Tough odds for Cardinals
Despite leading the league with 100 wins, St. Louis is in the middle of the pack in terms of teams favored to win the World Series by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cards are sandwiched by the Mets and Rangers.
Josh Doctson is top prospect on the rise
Todd McShay picked TCU WR Josh Doctson as his top rising prospect. See what McShay says about the Frogs after he was asked to name the nation's top team. Mel & Todd (Insider)
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Deron Williams has yet to practice during training camp due to a strained calf but significantly increased his activity Monday. "He's on a very good path," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.
An all-time comeback for Texas
The Rangers overcame an eight-game deficit in the AL West in early August to win the division. Only four teams in the last 40 years have come back from a bigger hole in that same time frame (Elias).
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle called the job first-year Rangers manager Jeff Bannister has done guiding Texas' worst-to-first turnaround in the AL West "absolutely tremendous." Added Carlisle: "I can’t help but feel great for the Rangers, but Jeff Bannister’s story is a very compelling one. He came in as a guy who was given an opportunity and Jon Daniels had a hunch about him. They had the tough start early, but Jeff’s a guy that’s an energetic believer. He kept those guys going. It’s been remarkable, and they have a real chance."
Path to a division title
Here's a look at some of the key moves that helped the Rangers climb back to the top of the AL West.
The more a team's playoff odds fluctuate, the more on edge its followers are. Conversely, the earlier a team locks up a playoff spot or falls far out of the race by pegging its odds close to one extreme or the other, the more its games blend together and its fans look forward to the playoffs (or football). So let's use those playoff odds to determine which team had MLB's most exciting regular season in 2015.
Dallas' season is only a month old, but they are at a crossroads following their second straight defeat in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Saints.
Running back Lance Dunbar finally had found the right role in the Cowboys' offense as a passing game weapon, so hie knee injury is another big blow.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL West
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each AL West team:
- Houston Astros: Carlos Correa
- Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout
- Oakland Athletics: Josh Reddick
- Seattle Mariners: Nelson Cruz
- Texas Rangers: Prince Fielder