Ex-Yankees pitcher takes mound for Red Sox in battle of All-Star aces

Aces are wild Friday at Fenway Park. The Yankees will send Gerrit Cole to the mound, with New York trailing Boston by two games in the American League Wild-Card race. The Red Sox will counter with former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Both Cole and Eovaldi represented the American League this...
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Buy or Sell Every MLB Postseason Contender as a World Series Threat

Not all MLB contenders are built for postseason success. From the makeup of the starting rotation to the depth of the bullpen to the reliability of the offensive attack, a team needs to check all the boxes to go on a World Series run. With the 2021 regular season winding...
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AL East wild-card frenzy: Who will get in and who will miss out as Yankees and Red Sox meet?

New York Yankees. Boston Red Sox. Toronto Blue Jays. Two of these teams will probably go to the 2021 MLB playoffs as the American League wild cards. The other will go home. So which will it be? As the Yankees and Red Sox battle this weekend at Fenway Park (Sunday Night Baseball, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN), ESPN baseball experts David Schoenfield and Bradford Doolittle debate.

Detroit Tigers: Isaac Paredes has a fatal flaw

Isaac Paredes entered the 2021 season ranked number 6 on our list of the top 20 Detroit Tigers prospects. We certainly weren’t alone in our regard for the young infielder. Baseball America ranked Paredes as one of Detroit’s top-10 prospects in each of the last four years, and he maintained similar status at both FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline. He didn’t do much in his first taste of the big leagues last year, batting just .220/.278/.290 in 34 games, but young hitters almost always struggle.

Reds' Tyler Naquin expected to miss rest of regular season

Outfielder Tyler Naquin is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, Reds manager David Bell tells Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. This news is most unwelcome for the Reds, as Naquin has been a pleasant surprise for them this year. After being non-tendered by Cleveland in December, he latched on with the Reds on a minor-league deal in February and then had a great spring, vaulting himself onto the Opening Day roster. Since then, he has gotten into 127 games for the Reds, hitting .270/.333/.477, good enough for a wRC+ of 111. Despite subpar defense, he’s still been worth 1.4 wins above replacement on the season, according to FanGraphs. Unfortunately for Naquin, on Sept. 11, he and teammate Jose Barrero collided while attempting to trying to catch a fly ball. Naquin came out of that game with bruised ribs and was eventually placed on the IL a few days later.
CBS Sports

MLB Cy Young races: Max Scherzer on his way to win fourth award; Robbie Ray and Gerrit Cole headline AL race

The 2021 regular season is winding down, to the point that there are just nine days left. That means starting pitchers vying for the prestigious Cy Young awards are going to get just one or two more chances to fill out that resume. We've been doing a weekly check in on how the race for Cy Young is shaping up here this month. Let's get after it again in the penultimate entry.
Boston Herald

Red Sox Notebook: Nathan Eovaldi squares off against Gerrit Cole in potential wild card game preview

As they start possibly their most important series of the season, there’s no one the Red Sox would rather have on the mound than Nathan Eovaldi. The Red Sox have a chance to effectively seal a berth in the American League wild card game this weekend with three games against the Yankees, who are two games behind them in the standings. In what should be an electric Friday night at Fenway, Eovaldi will start against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole in the first game of the series, a matchup of Cy Young contenders in what could be a preview of the A.L. wild card game on Oct. 5.
Viva El Birdos

VEB Open Thread - Friday, 09/24/21

Good morning, everyone! Happy Friday. The Cardinals have won 12 in a row and own a 4 1/2-game lead in the National League Wild Card standings. At the start of play on Friday, the Cardinals probability to make the playoffs, according to FanGraphs, is 98.2 percent. The Phillies are 4...

Is AJ Preller the right man to lead the Padres to the World Series?

The Padres had a good start to 2021. At 36-24, they were only one game off their 2020 playoff-bound mark in a truncated season. But things have gone much worse since. It hasn’t been all downhill since the 60-game start. On August 10 they held a 4½-game lead in the second wild card spot, with an 80.2-percent chance to reach the postseason by FanGraphs. But in the last six weeks the Padres are 10-26, the worst record in the National League.
Boston Globe

Any way you measure it, Nate Eovaldi has had a terrific season for Red Sox

When the Red Sox and Yankees meet at Fenway Park Friday for the start of a three-game series that will play a critical role in determining the postseason fates of both teams, the American League leader in pitching Wins Above Replacement will take the mound. So will Gerrit Cole. Nate...

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: 2022 AAA Lineup to be Strong

The Pittsburgh Pirates should see a large influx of new players joining Triple-A next season giving them a strong roster to kick off the 2022 season. The Pittsburgh Pirates farm system is one of the best in baseball. On FanGraphs’s updated rankings, they put the Pirates at #2, behind just the Baltimore Orioles. In terms of overall value, they have a system worth $361 million. The only team to come within $50 million of the Bucs is the Tampa Bay Rays at $319 million. However, the Orioles, Pirates, and Rays are the only systems that are worth more than $300+ million.

Chicago Cubs join the infamous 1,500 strikeout club in loss

On Wednesday night the Chicago Cubs helped Twins rookie starter Joe Ryan make history by striking out 11 times in just five innings. Ryan became just the second rookie starter since 1901 to go at least five innings while allowing three or fewer hits in his first four major league starts. He struck out the last seven Cubs he faced, falling just three short of Tom Seaver’s consecutive whiff record.

Sea Us Run: Mariners Sweep Athletics

The App is Back! Don’t forget to download the NBC Sports EDGE app to receive real-time player news, mobile alerts and track your favorite players. Plus, now you can check out articles and player cards. Get it here!. Long live the fun differential. The Seattle Mariners swept a crucial four-game...

3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for Friday 9/24/21

Stacks are the backbone of cashing daily fantasy baseball lineups. Correlation drives upside, creating the potential to place high or even win GPPs when your selected stacks explode offensively. This column will do the digging and the dirty work to determine which stacks are worth rostering each day. Scoring upside...

Yanks Staying Alive

They’ve been counted out time and again, but the Yankees are still hanging on in one of the craziest Wild Card races in recent memory. After rallying for a third consecutive victory in Wednesday’s 7-3 thriller with the Rangers, the Bronx Bombers leapfrogged the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card.
Twins Daily

Game Score: Twins 7, Blue Jays 2

Win Probability Chart (Via FanGraphs) The Minnesota Twins leaned on Michael Pineda on the mound tonight in what could be one of his final starts as a member of the organization. Big Mike provided a steady start for the Twins, tossing five innings, allowing just eight hits and two runs and striking out two.
Viva El Birdos

The Surge: Anarchy

As you may have heard, the St. Louis Cardinals have seized control of their own playoff destiny with their longest winning streak since Bud Smith roamed the earth. The development has been stunning. After losing to the Dodgers on September 7th, their fourth consecutive loss, their playoff odds on FanGraphs were at 2.8%. Fourteen games later, before Thursday’s game against the Brewers, those odds were all the way up to 94.5%, higher today after winning that game. Given the way they’ve reanimated the corpse of their 2021 season, perhaps I should have chosen Frankenstein as my horror movie pun du jour for that headline rather than the Purge franchise. Obviously, the last few weeks have been the true surge, but the turnaround goes back to the All-Star break. Even before their 14-of-15 wins since September 7th, they were a respectable 25-22 in the second half. With the surge, they’re up to 39-23 in the second half after Thursday’s wild comeback in Milwaukee. What changed for them in the second half?