Yasiel Puig

2013 MLB Pennant Races: A to Z

An alphabetical look at the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.
From A to Z, here are the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.

Pedro Alvarez

Maybe the third baseman was rushed through the Pirates’ system, or maybe he’s been a little slow to develop, but the Pirates have been rewarded for their patience with the young slugger. The second overall pick in 2008 is tied for the NL lead in homers and is fourth in RBIs. If the Bucs can hang on and win the NL Central, Alvarez will be a key component.

World Series Game 5 Prediction and Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Red Sox look to take the Series tonight in L.A. Can Kershaw and the Dodgers stay alive?
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World Series Game 5 Prediction and Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

It sounded like a howitzer. The sound of cork and cowhide echoed off the lumber from Yasiel Puig’s bat as Dodger Stadium roared and shook like an aftershock. Puig’s bomb capped off a four-run sixth inning that felt insurmountable with Rich Hill carving up the Red Sox potent lineup. But then Mitch Moreland teed off Ryan Madson in the top of the seventh, a three-run laser that pulled the Red Sox within one. The next inning Steve Pearce took a Kenley Jensen pitch and hit a solo shot into the Chavez Ravine night sky that tied that game at four.

World Series Game 4 Prediction and Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

After a classic all-nighter the Dodgers look to even series against Red Sox
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World Series Game 4 Prediction and Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

In the time it took to complete Game 3 of the World Series, you could have watched a cable broadcast of Braveheart, commercials and all, two times — plus an old episode of The West Wing for good measure. Last night’s — well, this morning’s — Game 3 lasted seven hours and 20 minutes and was the longest World Series game, postseason game, and interleague game ever played.

 

World Series Game 2 Prediction and Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox

Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound for the Dodgers, looking to split series at Fenway
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World Series Game 2 Preview and Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox

Neither Clayton Kershaw nor Chris Sale was sharp in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series on Tuesday night. What could have been a cornerstone World Series moment for two of this generation’s best pitchers, including one of the greatest of all-time, was stymied by missed spots and good two-out hitting.

 

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Astros' Yuli Gurriel Defect from Cuba, Arrive at World Series

The long journey from Cuba to World Series for Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Astros' Yuli Gurriel
The long journey from Cuba to World Series for Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Astros' Yuli Gurriel

MLB has welcomed a wave of Cuban baseball imports in recent years. And the outcome of the 2017 World Series could be determined by the impact of two of Cuba’s finest — Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, 26, and Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel, 33. While Puig and Gurriel share roots in the island nation, they took decidedly different paths to big league stardom.

 

5 Things to Watch During MLB Winter Meetings

Expect plenty of activity and a few surprises as the baseball world converges on Music City for annual Winter Meetings
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5 Things to Watch During MLB Winter Meetings

The pitching market has been on the front burner so far during the MLB Hot Stove season. David Price signed a seven-year, $217 million ($31 million AAV) deal to be the ace of the last-place Boston Red Sox, only to see his deal be one-upped by Zack Greinke’s six-year, $206 million ($34 million AAV) contract with the — surprise!

2014 MLB All-Star Team Rosters: Our Picks

What the rosters would look like if Athlon selected the All-Star teams.
On Sunday night, July 6, MLB will announce the All-Star teams for the big game at Minneapolis on July 15. As always, fan voting will determine the starting position players for each league. Players vote for reserves and pitchers with managers filling out the teams. Rosters consist of 34 players — that’s right, 34 — and each club must be represented. In advance of the big announcement, here are my selections for the two rosters.

On Sunday night, July 6, MLB will announce the All-Star teams for the big game at Minneapolis on July 15. As always, fan voting will determine the starting position players for each league. Players vote for reserves and pitchers with managers filling out the teams. Rosters consist of 34 players — that’s right, 34 — and each club must be represented. In advance of the big announcement, here are my selections for the two rosters.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 Preview

Men in blue believe they can win it all this season
With all the turmoil of the past two years and massive roster turnover, the Dodgers came within two games (and perhaps one cracked rib in Hanley Ramirez’s side) of reaching the World Series for the first time since 1988. Clayton Kershaw and the best starting rotation in the National League provide the foundation for another deep October run.

The most expensive reboot in baseball history — professional sports history — was a success. After buying the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion in 2012, the Guggenheim Partners group green-lighted “spare-no-expense” blockbuster trades and mega-million-dollar free-agent acquisitions that produced a $230 million payroll.

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