Storylines abound as disrespected Red Sox battle title-hungry Dodgers in World Series

The Brewers' run at making the World Series for the first time since 1982 was refreshing, but the 114th World Series that starts Tuesday has a rare storyline. The last time the Red Sox and Dodgers played in the World Series was 1916, and the Dodgers weren't even the Dodgers: They were the Brooklyn Robins, named for their manager, Wilbert Robinson. (The Robins became the ... read more

Previewing the ALCS, NLCS and wondering about World Series matchup

After watching Division Series in an age of reinventing pitching order, one thing is clear: The four teams remaining in the postseason have plenty of starters. Is it any surprise that Boston, Houston, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee are playing for league championships? So maybe there will be more talk about starters going seven innings instead of how a manager will use seven pitchers ... read more

Looking at candidates to replace Showalter at Orioles' helm

The number of manager vacancies is piling up, including the Orioles, who decided not to bring back in Buck Showalter in 2019 after the team went 47-115.So who is the replacement for Showalter? There's the older generation of successful managers that includes Brad Ausmus, who last managed in Detroit; Joe Girardi, who won with the Marlins and Yankees; and John Farrell, who had success in ... read more

Former Orioles, ex-Nationals are heading to postseason in droves

A year ago, there would have been no inkling that lefty Wade Miley could be a consequential pitcher in the 2018 postseason, not when you consider his league-leading 93 walks and 5.61 ERA last season for the Orioles. But as the postseason begins, Miley, 31, is one of a list of former Orioles and Nationals players with a chance to make the World Series, most ... read more

Is Braves' path to postseason a blueprint Orioles could follow?

The Braves winning the National League East is bad news for the Nationals, good news with hope for the Orioles. The Braves arrived a year or two early and won the NL East, a division race where the Nationals were the heavy favorite to win and make it to the World Series. The Orioles are losing in triple digits, but they can take heart that ... read more

NL Cy Young favorites will pitch amid debate over credentials

The Nationals' series with the Mets, which begins Thursday in D.C., doesn't have any meaning for the division race, but the two National League Cy Young candidates are pitching and there's an interesting question in that debate: Does New York's Jacob deGrom need at least 10 wins to take the award from the favorite, Washington's Max Scherzer? Scherzer, eyeing his third consecutive Cy Young, pitches ... read more

Breaking down the pennant races for the stretch drive

September has arrived, but the drama hasn't - at least not with either of the local nines. The Orioles could wind up with the worst record in the majors and the No. 1 pick in next June's draft. The Nationals would need an unprecedented turn of events to make the postseason. The Nationals need an explosive September and a double collapse by Atlanta and Philadelphia ... read more

Former Orioles Brach and Gausman settling in with Braves

As a new member of the Atlanta Braves, one of pitcher Brad Brach's first meetings was with the analytics staff. They showed him a string of statistics. "They showed me a lot stuff, things like my swing-and-miss rate, how I was falling behind left-handed batters,'' Brach said Tuesday before their series with the Nationals began in D.C. "It's helpful information, but you still have to ... read more