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NLDS Previews: Why the Mets, Cubs Will Advance

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has the team in the NLDS after a brilliant complete game shutout of the Pirates in the wild card game. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has the team in the NLDS after a brilliant complete game shutout of the Pirates in the wild card game. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The NL Division series start Friday with two distinct matchups: a pitching-heavy affair between the Mets and Dodgers in one, while the other features the...

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  • Didi Gregorius (R) and Greg Bird are two important Yankee players, yet they're not stars—something the Yankees are lacking. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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  • The red-hot Toronto Blue Jays currently are in the driver's seat for the homefield advantage through the playoffs. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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    Baseball’s postseason is a crapshoot. Any longtime fan of the Fall Classic knows that with all the crazy bounces the ball takes, anything can happen... Read more

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have the second-best record in baseball, but would be eliminated in the wild card round with a single loss thanks to baseball's new system. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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    Three years ago, Major League Baseball decided to add another pair of wild card teams to their once-exclusive postseason party when they created the wild... Read more

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  • Zack Greinke's ERA has not been above 2.00 after any start this season. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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    Dodgers ace—and two-time reigning Cy Young Award winner—Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout in an 8–0 win over the San Francisco Giants on... Read more

  • General Manager Sandy Alderson has the Mets back in the playoffs. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

    Four Years Later Alderson, Mets Were Right About Reyes

    Four years ago the Mets were a franchise in transition. Sandy Alderson was in his first year as general manager and was busy trying to... Read more

  • The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in five years in 2014, despite not having homefield advantage in the NLDS, NLCS, or World Series. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Baseball’s Unique Home-Field Advantage…Or Not

    As of Sunday, only two division titles were wrapped up—by the Mets and Royals—and in both instances the teams rested their regular players despite not having... Read more

  • Yogi Berra managed both the Yankees and Mets after his Hall of Fame career. (AP Photo)

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  • Matt Harvey has a 12–7 record with a 2.80 ERA in 27 starts for the New York Mets. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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    Understand this: Mets ace Matt Harvey is best used as a starter. However, if the sudden innings and/or pitch limit being imposed on him by... Read more

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    The George W. Bush Library and Museum exhibit, located in Dallas, takes visitors on a chronological tour of the presidents and their historical connection to... Read more

  • Johnny Cueto (R), who finished runner-up in the 2014 NL Cy Young voting when he was with Cincinnati, is just 2–6 with a 5.43 ERA since being traded to Kansas City. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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    Back on September 3rd, the AL-leading Kansas City Royals were sitting pretty with an 82–51 record, had a 13-game lead in the AL Central, and... Read more

  • Yoenis Cespedes has 16 home runs in just 39 games with the Mets. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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  • Carlos Beltran has emerged as the Yankees best hitter in light of A-Rod's struggles and Teixeira's injury. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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    When the Yankees outbid the Royals, of all teams, nearly two years ago for the services of Carlos Beltrán, it looked like yet another great... Read more

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