Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|It's abundantly clear that the American League Wild Card race is perfectly content to be complicated. We enter the final weekend of August with four teams within 2 1/2 games of the second spot.
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|If we look at chemistry less as a precursor to postgame pies in the face and more as a systemic culture of cooperation, we're getting closer to the truth of how, sometimes, one and one equals three.
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|Anthony Castrovince explains the Dodgers' five key issues as they hit the home stretch.
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|Fans of many American League teams, especially, have reason to be clicking the Wild Card tab on the standings page and checking out that crazy, clogged playoff picture. But the division races are still in their own class of captivation with 45 days remaining in the regular season.
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|If any club is susceptible to a standings-aided case of victimitis, it is a Buccos club again in line to have to sing for its supper despite having what is, entering Wednesday, the third-best record in the Major Leagues.
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|This all could be so easy. This 2015 season has been defined, in large measure, by baseball's youth, and Mike Trout is the face of the youth movement. But Josh Donaldson is not making this easy.
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|It could very well be that the Nats' only hope of an October entry is to overtake the Mets -- a team they'll face six more times (Sept. 7-9 and Oct. 2-4). If that's going to happen, these five things must happen:
|Remember a time -- brief, but existent, all the same -- when it wasn't totally crazy to suggest that the best pitcher on the Seattle Mariners was somebody other than Felix Hernandez? That time was 2013, specifically. Hisashi Iwakuma -- the man who in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the O's became just the second Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the Majors -- was a revelation that year, just his second season stateside.
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|The Yankees have been in the top spot in the American League East every day since July 3, reaching the high-water mark that was a seven-game lead on July 27.
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|The National League's rookie class in 2014 had zero pitchers who qualified for the ERA title and only one position player -- Billy Hamilton -- who qualified for the batting title. It wasn't, therefore, an especially enthralling Rookie of the Year race. Jacob deGrom won the award on the merit of 140 1/3 largely terrific innings for the Mets. Things have changed dramatically in 2015. The Senior Circuit is loaded with freshman talent, and a real race is on as we hit the season's home stretch.
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|There were a couple of beauties on the probables page for Friday. A couple of rare beauties, at that.
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|Possibly the most outward sign yet of the Yankees' new direction arrives tonight against the rival Red Sox. His name is Luis Severino. He's 21 years old with a slim body and a big arm. He was signed as an unknown teenager in his native Dominican Republic three years ago and has been mowing down hitters at Triple-A the past couple months.
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|The Royals owned the American League in last year's playoffs. But entering 2015, their division felt very much up for grabs. The Tigers had won four straight AL Central crowns, while the seemingly improved White Sox and the Indians both looked capable of making a run at the top spot. If any club was generally counted out of the running before Opening Day, it was the Twins.
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|Think we're done here? Pfft. Here are seven clubs who could make an August move.
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|In the quiet period leading up to this last week of July, we heard a lot of chatter about Major League Baseball possibly moving the non-waiver Trade Deadline to mid-August to account for the increased parity brought about by having two Wild Card teams per league and the logjam it causes on the trade market.
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|Before this week, the Kansas City Royals could return to the World Series. Now they should return to the World Series. Before, they might win the title. Now, they'd better win the title.
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|Here are our Top 25-and-Unders, our ranking of the top 25 players age 25 and younger. All players who were 25 and under as of July 1, 2015 -- their age-25 season or younger -- were eligible for votes, and the list was selected by a panel of MLB.com and MLB Network analysts, including two former Major League general managers (Dan O'Dowd and Jim Duquette).
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|Could Craig Kimbrel, arguably the greatest active closer, be traded twice in four months? Well, it's complicated.
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|The 2015 Cooperstown class got its Hall call and stage time on Sunday. But on the field, on a daily basis in Major League Baseball, we're witnessing an incredible crop of 25-and-under talent that is bound to be beating down the Hall's door 20 years from now.
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|His full name is Colbert Michael Hamels, and, honestly, the Colbert Report, of late, had not been especially flattering.
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|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|