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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

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.


A World Series prediction sure to go wrong

Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting World Series winners. But this year has to be different. Doesn't it? Sorry, Toronto

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes calls it a "privilege" to participate in the postseason with the Mets before Tuesday's workout (through interpreter).


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

How about this Jake Arrieta nugget: Since the start of August 269 pitchers have given up 4+ ER in an inning. And Arrieta has given up 4 ER in 2 months!

Report: Ichiro to re-sign with Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki will re-sign with the Marlins for 2016, MLB's website reports. Ichiro is coming off a miserable season, as he hit .229 and scored just 45 runs. However, he has a shot to reach 3,000 hits, sitting 65 away.

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

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


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Not surprisingly, Rico Noel -- the Yankees' aggressive pinch-runner -- is on the roster for tonight's game.

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)


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

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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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.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

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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