The time has come. After years of meticulously trimming payroll and skimping on signing anyone not named David Wright to a big-time contract, the Mets are ready to spend to make the team better. Judging by the 2013 results, it's about time.
It's not all bad for the Mets. They have a franchise third baseman (Wright), a young catcher they're committed to (Travis d'Arnaud) and plenty of team-controlled... » more
No offense, Pittsburgh fans. Offense, in this case, refers to the ability to score runs.
That's what it comes down to in the Pirates' NLDS matchup against the NL Central-rival Cardinals, who tied for tops in baseball with 97 wins during the regular season.
Much of their success derives from the fact that St. Louis, which hosts Game 1 on Thursday (TBS, 5 p.m.), was the NL's top-scoring... » more
October baseball doesn't have nearly the same luster in New York City without the Yankees in the mix. What fans must ask after a season like the one that just ended is this: Will this be the norm going forward?
Legitimate concerns about the age and health of this team proved to be true in 2013 as most of the key hitters spent significant time on the disabled list. With the retirements of safety... » more
The toughest position to predict week in and week out is usually WR. While QBs and RBs are likely to touch the ball every week, receivers can be the go-to guy one week and then completely faze out of the offense the next.
One reason for this is that no position is as dependent on the QB as the WR. When the QB struggles, his WRs struggle too. Thus, talented players like Cecil Shorts (Jaguars),... » more
The Indians are hot in Cleveland. Winners of 10 games in a row, the Tribe managed to avoid a complicated three-team tie for the two wild-card spots. Instead, the Rays and Rangers duked it out on Monday in a play-in game, with Tampa Bay earning the final AL wild card berth.
Now, the Rays find themselves in another one-game playoff tonight against the Indians, with a spot in the ALDS against... » more
The Islanders are playing out their last two seasons -- or possibly their final season -- at Nassau Coliseum before moving into Brooklyn to take up residence at the Barclays Center, but that doesn't mean they've given up on at least a few more playoff games in Uniondale.
After last season's six-game first round loss against the Penguins, coach Jack Capuano's team has a few young pieces that... » more
There’s a new division in town and all the local hockey teams are playing a part in it. The Metropolitan Division takes the majority of its teams from the Atlantic Division, while adding some new teams to the mix.
One of the new division rivals, the Capitals, starts its season Tuesday against the Blackhawks, while the others hit the ice throughout the week. Here’s a breakdown of the division,... » more
The Rangers enter the 2013-14 campaign with a new coach and virtually the same group of players from last season's sixth-place conference finish. Alain Vigneault replaces the volatile John Tortorella and will have to implement a new style of play, while always answering for the ever-high expectations that come with coaching in New York. Here are three keys to the Rangers' season, which begins Thursday... » more
The Central Division clearly was the cream of the National League crop throughout the regular season, so it's no surprise that the NL wild-card game is between division rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Whichever team wins Tuesday night's postseason game, the first hosted by the Pirates since George Bush -- the elder one -- sat in the Oval Office, will advance to face the Central's top birds,... » more
Toronto was selected as the host of the National Basketball Association's 2016 All-Star Game, marking the first time the showcase event will be held outside of the United States, the league said on Monday.
Top players representing the NBA's Eastern and Western Conferences will tip off at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Raptors, on February 14, capping a weekend that includes the... » more