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Power Rankings: Who will win final battles for NL wild cards?

The Cubs, Brewers and Mets are all making a push to snag postseason spots in the Senior Circuit. Illustration

What to watch for over the last two weeks of the regular season

From health updates and the hunts for a wild card to award races and the home run chase, there's a lot still to be decided as baseball heads toward the playoffs.

2019 MLB playoff tracker: Who has clinched a postseason spot, and who could be next?

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NL Wild Card Race

Playing for October, Cubs preach 'next guy jumps in' mantra with Rizzo, Baez out

Not every contender wants their bench to help carry them to the postseason. But two stars down, the Cubs have little choice.

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Can Nationals snap back from stretch fade in time to earn NL wild card?

Not so long ago, the Nationals looked like they had a postseason slot sewn up, but their September stumble is putting everything at risk.

Monday night homers

Shaw knocks one into the stands for a solo HR


Mercer opens scoring with 2-run shot


around the diamond


Olney: Facing questions about his glove, Mets' Alonso 'made himself a first baseman'

Challenged to improve his defense or become a DH sooner rather than later, the Mets rookie put in the work to become an asset on the field.

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The Best or The Worst

How many bad teams would it take to beat the Astros, Dodgers or Yankees?

We picked the best players from the worst rosters in baseball and pitted them against the game's big three. The results reflect the absurdity of our era.

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The state of MLB's terrible teams as the very worst meet

As the Tigers and Orioles begin their battle for baseball's worst record, we debate which bottom-dwellers have hope and which have none.

Postseason Watch

Why September return of Nick Markakis could be Braves' October difference-maker

After missing nearly two months, the veteran outfielder wasted no time showing how his presence boosts Atlanta's chances of a long postseason stay.

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Why unlikely ace Domingo German might be in the Yankees' bullpen this October

Only Justin Verlander has more wins than the surprising 27-year-old righty. But the biggest victories of the season are yet to come -- and German's role in the playoffs could be another twist.

One thing to watch for each team still in the wild-card race

Both leagues boast tight races to get into MLB's win-or-go-home games, but to get there each team still in the hunt has a key challenge.

Home Runs For Everybody

Looking back at a head-spinning array of home runs

After watching balls fly out of the park in all directions, we break down which of this season's record 6,125 homers meant the most -- and which meant the least.

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Going, going, gone! Inside MLB's new home run record

It's official: 2019 is the Year of the Home Run. We take a look at the record-setting season and the numbers behind the long ball surge.

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