Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|The postseason expansion that arrived in 2012 has brought added drama, added intrigue and, yes, added confusion to the final weeks of the season. With so many teams in the postseason race -- sometimes on dual fronts (division and Wild Card) -- the math can get a little messy.
|Let's get this American League postseason situation settled, shall we? Technically, we've still got the AL West on the line and four teams eligible for two Wild Card spots with four days to play.
More» Beltre crushes a two-run moonshot to left|
|Although his future for next season is uncertain, veteran Torii Hunter is enjoying his opportunity with the Twins this season, as he has helped Minnesota contend with his clubhouse presence and performance on the diamond.
More» Torii's bases-clearing double adds to lead|
|They were due to break through. This much is true. But mere patience alone is not enough to end a division drought the likes of which the Toronto Blue Jays had endured.
More»Blue Jays celebrate AL East division title|
|The real story of the Dodgers' 2015 season is not yet written. But at least now it has a proper prologue.
More» Dodgers clinch as Kershaw finishes shutout|
|Wrap your head around this: Zack Greinke has a 1.65 ERA that, if it holds, would be the sixth-lowest in Major League Baseball in a full season in the live ball era (since 1920). His 0.85 WHIP would be the fourth-lowest in that span. And Greinke might not win the National League Cy Young Award or the Esurance MLB Award for Best Starting Pitcher.
More» Arrieta one-hits Pirates over seven innings|
|The story of the 2015 Mets could fill many volumes -- and will, I'm sure, if they go all the way.
More» Mets win NL East for first time since 2006|
|Eight of the 10 active leaders in career games played without a postseason appearance are on teams either certain or very likely headed to October, as are a few pitchers whose waits have been particularly prolonged relative to their peers. For these players, the champagne would taste especially sweet.
More»Big names set to end postseason drought|
|If you had any doubts about the Royals' staying power, any belief that their October run of 2014 was a product of luck and timing -- and plenty of people did -- they spent all summer proving you wrong. And now, following Thursday's 10-4 win over the Mariners, they've got their first American League Central title, their first division title of any sort in 30 years, to show for it.
More»Royals capture first division title in 30 years|
|Yogi Berra was so great, we forget how great he was.
More»Eight great moments from No. 8 Yogi Berra's career|
|A three-game set that begins Tuesday night at Target Field features baseball's two unlikeliest remaining contenders, the Twins and Indians.
More» Lindor drills a solo shot to pad the lead|
|With just two weeks to play, we're now at the point in baseball's calendar where wins can feel like coronations, losses can feel like daggers to the heart and history is often on the line with a trip to the mound or to the plate. Let's examine the titles and the trivia at stake in the home stretch.
More» Cole's gem carries Bucs|
|With the National League Central having three of the top four records in the Majors, all sorts of discussion about baseball's postseason format and even its division format have been generated recently.
More»Castrovince talks Cubs and Pirates with Russo|
|The Royals won a game Tuesday night. There was a time rather recently when that didn't qualify as major news, but the American League Central's central figures have been laboring of late. Let's be clear: The Royals still have a lot going for them. But concerns? Yeah. Kansas City has a few.
More»MLB Tonight on Cueto's pitching since joining Royals|
|Less than three weeks to go. In the National League, it's all about seeding, while the American League still offers two earnest division battles and at least a five-team bout for two Wild Card spots.
More» Altuve puts Astros up early with solo homer|
|If the Cubs get to the NL Wild Card Game, as it appears they will, they have no choice but to start Jake Arrieta, and not Jon Lester, writes Anthony Castrovince.
More» Arrieta hurls a no-hitter against the Dodgers|
|Is the NL MVP Award race as matter-of-fact as it once was? Glad you asked. Let's check in on the situation and see if anybody's gaining on Bryce Harper, shall we?
More» Harper launches a pair of homers|
|There was a time when September served as the primary point in the Major League schedule to get a look at an organization's best young players. But these days, prominent prospects are thrust into major roles on even the best of ballclubs at just about any time in the schedule. That might have been more evident than ever this year, when 11 of MLBPipeline.com's top 15 prospects were summoned before the All-Star break.
More» Statcast on Correa's 396-foot home run|
|The Indians and Blue Jays are playing a three-game series in Toronto this week, because that's just odd and happenstance enough to make total sense in the odd and often happenstance industry of professional sports. This is a strange series because Mark Shapiro is leaving one organization for another.
More» Shapiro on motivation to take job in Toronto|
|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.
More»Russo breaks down the Twins' unlikely playoff run|
|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»|