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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

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Matthews: A-Rod, Yanks are in this together

In leading his team's return to the playoffs, Alex Rodriguez has won back the fans, his teammates, his manager -- and even the Yankees' front office.

SVP applauds CC Sabathia for getting help (2:23)
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Who's this year's Madison Bumgarner?

Last year, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner turned in one of the most dominant postseason pitching performances in MLB history. Who is most likely to be this year's MadBum? Our experts rank the contenders.

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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month features more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, including Roy Halladay's no-hitter.

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Power Rankings: Cards, Jays rule the roost

Will Cardinals-Blue Jays be this year's World Series matchup? If our final rankings of the season are any indication, that's what you could see come late October.

Greeny: Theo Epstein is a Hall of Famer (1:14)
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Schoenfield: Ultimate October Blueprint

Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.

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MLB game time reduced by 6 minutes in 2015

Major League Baseball managed to cut six minutes from the average time of a nine-inning game this season, when it adopted some speedup rules.


Low expectations for Yanks in playoffs

Of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed, none have New York making it past the ALDS this postseason. There aren't many that have the Yankees winning Tuesday's wild-card game, either. Playoff picks

Smoltz: Mets mishandled Harvey

John Smoltz questions Matt Harvey's innings usage in his last two starts of the season.


How to bet Astros-Yankees

Our experts would take the Astros if this was a long series, but in a one-game, winner-take-all setting, the bullpens could dominate a low-scoring game. Betting strategy (Insider)


Time for the Cubs to end the curse?

Two of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed think so. Chicago is favored to win Wednesday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh, however, it loses a good amount of supporters in the NLDS. Playoff picks

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Something to watch for if the wild card game is close. The Yankees have put Rico Noel on their roster to be a base stealer late in games. He was 5-for-7 stealing bases this season. He only batted twice in his 15 games in the majors.

Olney's choices for MVP, ROY and more

Most years, the idea of casting an awards ballot sounds like fun, like taking an easy math quiz, writes Buster Olney. You want a relatively logical choice to be apparent, and if you turn in the ballot with what appears to be the right decision, you feel good about it. Not this year (Insider)

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Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight

Cris Carter relates to what CC Sabathia is going through based on his own battle with alcohol.


Olney: Yankees may sit stars tonight

Buster Olney says there are logical reasons why Joe Girardi is contemplating sitting Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and/or Brian McCann tonight against Houston.


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's your Accuweather forecast for tonight's wild card game in New York: Partly cloudy and quite comfortable in the Bronx. The first pitch temperature will be near 65 degrees and fall to 61 by the end of the game. The wind will not be a factor in the game with speeds of around 5 mph from the west-northwest. Some fans may want a light jacket or long sleeves to wear by the end of the game as it begins to turn a bit cooler.

'Get yourself right, big man, and be well'

Scott Van Pelt applauds CC Sabathia's decision to enter alcohol rehabilitation.


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I asked the bearded Dallas Keuchel how recognized he is on the streets of midtown Manhattan. "The autograph seekers definitely know who I am. And that kind of gets tiring after a while. I mean, I prefer to go unnoticed. I don't have the beard to be noticed. It's just I can't let it go right now. But Manhattan is so big, I'm just another Joe."

'The smell of high cheese is in the air'

Recent October baseball has proven that big heat from dominating pitchers rules all. But speed guns aren't the only factor why pitching has been dominant. One of many reasons

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Olney: Signs of trouble with Sabathia

Buster Olney, on CC Sabathia's demeanor after the Yankees clinched a playoff spot. “He didn’t seem happy. I wondered about that when I walked away from the interview. I just thought to myself, ‘I hope he’s doing OK.’”


Behold the new Elvis Jabberdog Brownie

The Rangers are playoff-bound and have some aggressive food items for the postseason. This is a 2-foot brownie rolled in Rice Krispies crust, dipped in funnel cake batter and fried. It costs $26 and is presumably named after SS Elvis Andrus -- not Presley, though the singer might have approved.

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Houston Astros @astrosbaseball

#Astros #WildCard Workouts at Yankee Stadium underway on a beautiful day in the Bronx. #Postseason starts Tuesday night at 7:08 pm CT on ESPN.

Girardi hopes CC's choice helps others

Yanks manager Joe Girardi said starter CC Sabathia told him that he needed help battling alcoholism in Baltimore Sunday. "If CC is a guy who can step up in a situation like that, I hope it gives other people confidence to step up," Girardi said.


OTD: Bonds breaks McGwire's record

On Oct. 5, 2001, Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s single season home run record when he crushed No. 71 of the season well over the right-center field wall.


Big showdown just one day away

Astros-Yankees gets MLB's postseason started Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez helped the Yankees reach their first playoff game since 2012.


Cardinals, Jays top final Power Rankings

The Cardinals finished the regular season atop the Power Rankings in for 18 of the past 19 weeks. The only other team to lead the way in that time: the Blue Jays, who moved up to No. 2. The Pirates, Cubs and Royals round out the top 5. Power Rankings