Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|From the crazy to the comical to the unforeseen to the illustrative, here is a list of statistics that have caught our eye this year.
More» Blackmon goes 5-for-5 with homer in Rox win|
|The Orioles and Nationals were the first two teams to clinch their divisions. What will it take for them to meet for the World Series championship?
More»Nationals, Orioles celebrate feat dating back to 1969|
|We can agree that the trade for James Shields and Wade Davis worked out very well for the Royals. We can agree that the onus placed upon 2014 by a long-suffering Kansas City organization was, in many ways, justifiable.
More» Yost on Vargas, Royals' bullpen in 8-4 loss|
|Indians ace Corey Kluber, who has shown a knack for thriving in close games in unassuming fashion this season, has Cleveland's pitching staff headed in right direction.
More» Kluber hurls 8 1/3 superb frames to earn win|
|While the numbers on his baseball card are putting Jose Abreu in special company, so, too, is the number on his back. Abreu, who sports No. 79 on his White Sox jersey, doesn't mind standing out with the type of number usually reserved for non-roster players in Spring Training or September callups. In that spirit, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at some of baseball's strangest jersey numbers.
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|Yasiel Puig is the Dodgers' biggest X-factor and their most fascinating figure as they try to live up to the World Series expectations that accompany their Major League-leading payroll.
More» Puig lines a run-scoring single to center|
|Paul Konerko led the White Sox to their last World Series title, and in Jose Abreu he sees the talent that could very well lead them to their next. The captain, though, is convinced the club is in good hands for reasons far beyond Abreu's offensive output.
More» Abreu belts a three-run shot to open scoring|
|Baseball's history has been littered with enough occasional examples of comeback clubs that we celebrate their stories and hold onto the hope they provide. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at the 10 greatest September surges in MLB history.
More» Carpenter strikes out 11 in two-hit shutout|
|There are still 3 1/2 weeks remaining in the season, with so much still to be decided. But the annual great debate over Most Valuable Player Awards is underway.
More»Trout should be in 2014 AL MVP conversation|
|The Cardinals awoke Tuesday exactly where so many of us expected them to be this season: Alone in first place in the National League Central. It could be just for the day, or maybe it'll be for the rest of the month, but one gets the sense that the Cardinals, with all apologies to Dennis Green, are who we thought they were.
More» Cards stand alone in first after comeback win|
|August has traditionally been a difficult time to get substantial trades done. But with so many clubs in contention and with several non-contenders in a financially flexible position, that notion was taken to a new extreme this year.
More» Hahn, Ventura and Konerko on Dunn trade|
|While clubs such as the Orioles and Nats appear to be locks for division titles, there are underdogs in each division who still have a reasonable shot to make run.
More» Davis clubs go-ahead three-run homer|
|Being particularly good in one category of the game can sometimes override being weak in another. With that in mind, here's a look at each key category and which of the remaining contenders is most adept.
More» Felix fans seven over 5 2/3 innings|
|The Astros are not yet a complete Major League team, and their record makes that clear. But when they took two of three from the Yankees last week, it was a reminder that, for stretch-run contenders, they're not the total pushover they were a year ago.
More» Astros have a team meeting between innings|
|With the help of Cleveland's $6.3 million restoration project, a ballpark that once served as a symbol of Hough's faded past is now the centerpiece of its hopeful future.
More»Cleveland's League Park undergoes renovations|
|Although the Pirates dropped their season-worst seventh straight Tuesday, they did get reigning NL MVP Award winner Andrew McCutchen back from the DL, and the Bucs are still very much in position to make a run at an NL Wild Card spot.
More» McCutchen receives ovation in return from DL|
|The Indians made their 95th error of the season Sunday, 23 more than the league average. While the errors themselves are quantifiable, what's more difficult to determine is how much of an impact they've had on the Tribe's still-present playoff hunt.
|The A's and Tigers, it seemed, were destined to win their divisions and destined to ride their elite rotations to the best records in the league and another October showdown after the clubs made major trades before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More» Lester strikes out nine over six solid frames|
|They call these the dog days of the baseball season. But for those with an outside shot at a Wild Card berth, now is the time to make a run or fall out of contention for good.
More» McCarthy fans eight over 6 1/3 innings|
|Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen and Clayton Kershaw are ahead of the pack in the NL MVP Award race heading down the stretch.
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|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|