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Michael covers sports, culture, and politics, and hosts ‘The Ringer MLB Show.’ Before joining The Ringer he wrote for Grantland and Baseball Prospectus.

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The Dodgers Squeaked by the Giants. Has the Path Cleared for Them to Repeat?

Plus, Baumann and Zach preview the now-locked championship series between the Dodgers and Braves, and Red Sox and Astros

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The Astros and Red Sox Have Moved Past the Sign-Stealing Scandal. Has the Rest of MLB?

In 2019, Houston and Boston headlined a scandal that rocked the sport. In 2021, they’ll square off in the ALCS. How much has the baseball world really moved on?

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The Giants Deserved a Better Ending Than This

San Francisco took MLB by storm in 2021 before pushing the Dodgers to the brink of elimination. Its season ends on a blown call. It’s a cruel final chapter for baseball’s most improbable story, but the legacy of these Giants—and this NL West fight—will live on.

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Don’t Forget About the Lesser Crimes of ‘Succession’—Namely the Logo-less Hats

All the power and money in the world can’t buy you taste, and that’s never clearer than when Logan, Kendall, and Co. parade around in blank baseball caps

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The Brewers’ World-Beating Pitching Staff Is the Ultimate Postseason Edge

Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Co. have spent 2021 mowing down batters and winning games. Now, when it matters most, this group could be what puts Milwaukee over the top.

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The Dodgers Dispatched the Cardinals. Are They World Series Favorites?

Plus, Baumann and Kram provide their full playoff and World Series predictions and give their reactions to Theo Epstein immediately turning down the Mets

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A Near Decade of MLB Wild-Card Games, Ranked

Since its creation in 2012, the MLB wild-card game has provided some of baseball’s best—and most controversial—moments. So ahead of this year’s games, we ranked the 16 previous contests from worst to best.

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Who Will Be Left Without a Chair When the Playoff Race Music Stops?

Baumann and Kram break down the five series that have consequences for the 2021 MLB playoff picture: Giants-Padres, Dodgers-Brewers, Yankees-Rays, Red Sox–Nats, and Blue Jays–Orioles

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Can Bryce Harper’s MVP-Level Season Drag the Phillies to the Playoffs?

Philadelphia has been mired in .500-ish seasons for the past few years, but buoyed by a surging Harper, the team is looking to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2011

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The Race for the NL West, Ohtani’s Impact, Plus a Look at This Weekend’s Picks

Plus, the guys talk about the final spot of the NL wild card