playoff games

For Astros and Nationals, a World Series Flush With Aces

For Astros and Nationals, a World Series Flush With Aces

Sure, there are offensive stars in Houston and Washington. But the theme of this Fall Classic is clear: Two groups of dominant, durable starters will be going toe-to-toe on the mound.
The ‘Aura of Altuve’ Powers the Astros

The ‘Aura of Altuve’ Powers the Astros

Jose Altuve’s Game 6 homer not only sent Houston to the World Series, it gave his teammates a chance to gush about a player who persevered through the franchise’s nadir.
Eric Cooper, Umpire in Yankees-Twins Series, Dies at 52

Eric Cooper, Umpire in Yankees-Twins Series, Dies at 52

A Major League veteran, he was posted at second base when New York swept Minnesota two weeks ago. He died after having a blood clot following knee surgery.
For the Yankees, Good Is Not Good Enough in the Age of the Astros

For the Yankees, Good Is Not Good Enough in the Age of the Astros

The 2010s will end without a pennant for the Yankees, the first time that has happened since the 1910s.
For the Yankees, Good Is Not Good Enough in the Age of the Astros

For the Yankees, Good Is Not Good Enough in the Age of the Astros

The 2010s will end without a pennant for the Yankees, the first time that has happened since the 1910s.
James Paxton Delivers Ace-Like Night in Yankees’ Moment of Need

James Paxton Delivers Ace-Like Night in Yankees’ Moment of Need

With his team’s season hanging in the balance, Paxton threw six steely innings and validated the Yankees’ new pitching model — at least for one night.
‘He’s Given Everything’: C.C. Sabathia’s Career Ends in Pain

‘He’s Given Everything’: C.C. Sabathia’s Career Ends in Pain

Sabathia, one of the Yankees’ most respected veterans, walked off the mound for the final time in less-than-ideal circumstances: with an injured arm during a dreary postseason loss.
Why Are the Astros 3-1 Up? It’s All About the Ks

Why Are the Astros 3-1 Up? It’s All About the Ks

The Astros’ pitchers had the most strikeouts in the majors this season, and their hitters had the fewest.
Astros Play the Long Game, and So Far It’s Working

Astros Play the Long Game, and So Far It’s Working

The Yankees’ fearsome lineup is learning what the statistics show clearly: Houston’s three aces get better as the innings pile up.
For Yankees, Rainout Complicates the A.L.C.S. Pitching Plan

For Yankees, Rainout Complicates the A.L.C.S. Pitching Plan

With Wednesday’s Game 4 postponed a day, the Yankees and Astros could end up playing on four straight days — a stretch that could test the Yankees’ reliance on their bullpen.
For Yankees, Rainout Complicates the A.L.C.S. Pitching Plan

For Yankees, Rainout Complicates the A.L.C.S. Pitching Plan

With Wednesday’s Game 4 postponed a day, the Yankees and Astros could end up playing on four straight days — a stretch that could test the Yankees’ reliance on their bullpen.
Finally, the Nationals Are in the World Series

Finally, the Nationals Are in the World Series

With a sweep of the Cardinals, the Nationals advanced to their first World Series, and the first for a Washington team since 1933.
Finally, the Nationals Are in the World Series

Finally, the Nationals Are in the World Series

With a sweep of the Cardinals, the Nationals advanced to their first World Series, and the first for a Washington team since 1933.
How the Astros Stifled the Yankees in Game 3

How the Astros Stifled the Yankees in Game 3

Gerrit Cole outlasted Yankees ace Luis Severino and held the Yankees’ bats in check as Houston took a two-games-to-one lead in the American League Championship Series.
Astros Ace Gets the Upper Hand Against a Yankees Platoon of Arms

Astros Ace Gets the Upper Hand Against a Yankees Platoon of Arms

Gerrit Cole endured to win Game 3 of the American League Championship Series for the Astros, who have relied on an overwhelming starting rotation while the Yankees lean heavily on their bullpen.
How the Astros Stifled the Yankees in Game 3

How the Astros Stifled the Yankees in Game 3

Gerrit Cole outlasted Yankees ace Luis Severino and held the Yankees’ bats in check as Houston took a two-games-to-one lead in the American League Championship Series.
Nationals Bowl Over the Cardinals Again in the N.L.C.S.

Nationals Bowl Over the Cardinals Again in the N.L.C.S.

Washington won Game 3 to pull within one victory of its first National League pennant and a trip to the World Series.
For Yankees, Extended Game 2 Showed Limits of Their Bullpen

For Yankees, Extended Game 2 Showed Limits of Their Bullpen

Unlike the Astros and their workhorse starters, the Yankees are leaning heavily on relievers — a strategy that was tested as their second A.L.C.S. game went to extra innings.
For Yankees, Extended Game 2 Showed Limits of Their Bullpen

For Yankees, Extended Game 2 Showed Limits of Their Bullpen

Unlike the Astros and their workhorse starters, the Yankees are leaning heavily on relievers — a strategy that was tested as their second A.L.C.S. game went to extra innings.
Read the Polls. Debate Them. Definitely Don’t Count on Them.

Read the Polls. Debate Them. Definitely Don’t Count on Them.

The first College Football Playoff ranking is still three weeks away. Players and coaches say the other polls are intriguing, but mostly potentially season-crippling distractions.