Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine
Behind the fearsome bat of Albert Pujols, the St. Louis Cardinals tied the NLCS at 1 game apiece. Earlier in the day, the Nelson Cruz continued his attempt to pry the “Mr. October” nickname away from Reggie Jackson with the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history. The Rangers now head to Detroit with a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.
[More] (142 words)
The Toronto Blue Jays weren't at their most memorable in 2002. I wouldn't even bring them up if it weren't for a few series they won in July. They lost the first game to the Red Sox in SkyDome on July 11th (10-3, with Pete Walker taking the loss), and then won the next three. On the 17th and 18th, Baltimore was in town, and the Jays took both games, and then beat the Orioles again in Baltimore on the 22nd and 24th. (What happened on the 23rd? Rainout?)

Here's why I bring that up.
[More] (296 words)
For the first time since 2001, there will be three Game 5’s in the LDS round of the MLB playoffs.
[More] (444 words)
It's commonplace to say that the MVP will (or should) come from a contender. Are you wondering just how often it does?

Wonder no more.
[More] (4,547 words)
Maybe not the most exciting day in major league history, and both the Rays and Cardinals could be history by the time the LCS begins. But pretty cool anyway. 

And why did it happen? A tale of four teams...
[More] (4,580 words)
The 2011 Toronto Blue Jays concluded their season with a 3-2 defeat of the Chicago White Sox this afternoon and finished the year at .500 on the nose. The White Sox held a 2-1 lead entering the ninth, but Chris Sale was unable to find the strike zone, allowing Mark Teahen and Adam Loewen to both draw walks with the bases loaded. Shawn Camp earned the win, as Brandon Morrow struggled with his control. Frank Francisco notched his 17th save, while Jose Bautista was held hitless, but drew his 132nd walk of the year.
[More] (172 words)
The battle for the post-season is just about settled. The Rays, by taking 3 of 4 from Boston, have prolonged matters. But they've got 10 games left, and 7 of them are with the Yankees. The Red Sox also have 10 games left, and 7 of them are with the Orioles.

Big, big advantage to the Red Sox.
[More] (2,241 words)
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
[More] (1,469 words)
No one takes Catcher ERA seriously. This is wise.

I'm going to talk about it anyway.
[More] (3,672 words)
Kansas City's in town. I don't want to jinx it, but what are the odds the Jays don't sweep? Oops, I just jinxed it.
[More] (458 words)
The largest variable determining how many runs a team will score is how many times they get their leadoff man on.
 - Bill James, 1988 Baseball Abstract

While there's only one leadoff hitter in the starting lineup, in the course of the game lots of players get a chance. Here's how the Jays' hitters have done (through Saturday's games) when leading off the inning:
[More] (720 words)
Brandon Morrow gets the start today in the rubber match.  This will be his first start back in Safeco since he was traded, hopefully the mound is to his liking.  Morrow looks to pitch better than Brad Mills last night.  The Jays comeback in that game helped obscure Mills inability to hold a six run lead.
[More] (838 words)
Yeah, its been awhile so here is a thread for all things going on in the majors. From Brett Lawrie's first game in Canada, to Uggla reaching 30 for his hitting streak.
[More] (133 words)
No news? I guess that's good news.
[More] (416 words)
There's a lot of symmetry going around.
[More] (535 words)