Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|In the Wild Card era, teams have collectively logged a .263/.331/.417 slash line and scored 4.64 runs per game in the regular season. In the postseason, it drops to .245/.318/.391 and an average of 4.19 runs per game. So when the stakes are raised, production is lowered.
More»Royals attempt to make another World Series run|
|Maybe the job has evolved considerably in a short time, but managers still matter in Major League Baseball. And as the postseason begins, it's worth exploring the path the 10 men guiding the October-bound took to get to this point.
More»Hinch discusses facing Tanaka, confidence in Keuchel|
|Postseason teams are a collage, a collection, a comprehensive story of many men and many moments. But that doesn't mean you can't identify a single face in the clubhouse crowd whose individual story represents the big picture. On this Fan Crush Monday, these are the guys we believe best epitomize each October entry.
More» Altuve cracks 20 mph hustling around bases|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
|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|