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Mets announce NLDS rotation vs Dodgers; de Grom could go on short rest — Jacob deGrom will start against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series -- and he could start Game 4 on short rest as well, New York Mets Manager Terry Collins said Sunday. DeGrom (14-8, 2.60 ERA) starts Friday in Game 1, followed by Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24) on Saturday...
Oct 04, 2015

Mets announce NLDS rotation vs #Dodgers; de Grom could go on short rest

Cubs and Pirates sudden-death playoff? Historical blip, not an outrage — From the department of searching for a solution to a problem that does not exist, we give you this: The system is unfair to the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, so down with the system! The Cubs and Pirates have won more games than any team in any division except their own.

Nationals' Max Scherzer no-hits Mets, strikes out 17 — Max Scherzer concluded his season in style on Saturday, even if his team did not. The 31-year-old right-hander pitched his second no-hitter of the season and struck out 17 as Washington beat the New York Mets, 2-0. The 17 strikeouts are a career high for Scherzer and a club record for the Nationals....
Oct 03, 2015

RT @latimes: Nationals' Max Scherzer finishes season in style. Pitches no-hitter to beat New York Mets

One Cub might be better than two Dodgers for the NL Cy Young Award — Of all the statistics offered to illuminate the debate over the National League Cy Young Award, this might be my favorite: In the last 15 years, according to Fangraphs, there have been 585 times when pitchers have thrown at least 200 innings. The lowest on-base percentages allowed: 1. Zack Greinke,...
Oct 03, 2015

Our guy covering the Dodgers says @JArrieta34 should take the Cy Young over hometown heroes Greinke and Kershaw…

Mets struggling as NLDS matchup with Dodgers approaches — The New York Mets have lost four consecutive games. They have scored one run in their last 26 innings. They could be about to lose the home-field advantage in the NL division series to the Dodgers. In the wake of a 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday,...

Dodgers vs. Mets: Hurricane Joaquin could affect home-field edge — Although the Dodgers play their final game of the regular season Sunday, they might not know then where they will play their first playoff game. The New York Mets' game against the Washington Nationals was rained out Friday, the first in a three-game series that will largely determine whether the...

Angels' itinerary still up in the air as playoff chase continues — The Angels' next game in Anaheim could be Monday. It could be a week from Sunday. It could be April 5, 2016. That made the home clubhouse an especially crowded place Wednesday, with bags strewn all over the floor. The Angels, who'll finish the regular season at Texas, could be back in four days,...

Angels' playoff hopes take hit in 8-7 loss to Oakland Athletics — If the Angels only have four days left in their season, this is the day that will haunt them. Four errors. Seven unearned runs. One critical loss. As the Angels dressed and hurried to catch a plane Wednesday evening, they did so with a sobering realization. They had their postseason destiny in...

Angels add Jo-Jo Reyes, four years after last MLB outing — With five games left in the regular season, the Angels on Wednesday added a pitcher who last pitched in the major leagues four years ago. He is left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, 30, who started this season in the Mexican League. He has not pitched anywhere in 27 days.

Dodgers vs. Mets: The subway war is on — There are so many tired clichés New Yorkers like to use about their self-proclaimed cultural superiority over Los Angeles. You might have heard this one, from the 1977 movie "Annie Hall," by Woody Allen: "I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right...
Sep 30, 2015

Last time #Dodgers got to World Series, we didn't have Twitter, or LA subways. Now we have both, and it is ON:"

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Oct 05, 2015

Opening odds to win World Series (Bovada): TOR 3/1, KC 5/1, STL 5/1, #Dodgers 6/1, #Mets 7/1, CHC 10/1, PIT 11/1, TEX 12/1, HOU & NYY 14/1.

Oct 05, 2015

Finalists for Hank Aaron Award: Mike Trout from #Angels, Adrian Gonzalez from #Dodgers, Matt Kemp from #Padres. Each team has a finalist.

Oct 05, 2015

Most popular player jerseys this year, per MLB: 1. Kris Bryant; 2. Madison Bumgarner; 3. Buster Posey; 4. Clayton Kershaw; 5. Mike Trout.

Oct 05, 2015

#Angels give Billy Eppler 4-year contract. That guarantees him 1 more year than Mike Scioscia.

Oct 05, 2015

#Angels announcement of press conference says Eppler will joined by owner Arte Moreno, president John Carpino, manager Mike Scioscia.

Oct 05, 2015

#Angels announce Billy Eppler is new GM. Press conference 1 pm tomorrow.

Oct 04, 2015

Mike Scioscia plans to manage #Angels next season. He is not opting out.

Oct 04, 2015

RT @MikeDiGiovanna: Full story on #Angels' hiring of Billy Eppler, a #Yankees assistant GM, as their new GM to replace Jerry Dipoto.

Oct 04, 2015

Source: #Angels expected to announce Billy Eppler as new GM tomorrow.

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