Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|Just when reasonable people might believe that the season of the Kansas City Royals is over, kaput, history, down and done, the Royals rise up and prove that you can never depend on them to lose.
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|The Royals are at the brink of postseason elimination. Counting them out now might seem superficially easy. But it would also be seriously foolish.
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|The Royals play like they expect to come back from even the most difficult situations. And why not? They already have.
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|It turns out that the Royals have not run out of postseason mojo, after all. Postseason play has a way of turning around within minutes, if not seconds. Welcome to Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Royals and the Astros.
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|If you looked at the splendid performances of two Royals on Thursday night, you would have sworn that Kansas City had won the opener of this American League Division Series. Those two -- Chris Young and Kendrys Morales -- were terrific. But they didn't get much support and so their performances were not rewarded as the Royals fell to the Astros, 5-2, in Game 1.
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|The Kansas City Royals will tell you that the difference between 2014 and 2015 hasn't been all that much. Yes, the expectations have risen dramatically. But the game hasn't changed, nor has the Royals' approach to it, writes columnist Mike Bauman.
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|On Sunday, the 2015 Chicago Cubs won their 97th game. At this point, there is much more reason to focus on what they have accomplished, as opposed to what they have not. The Cubs held up their end of the bargain on Sunday, finishing the regular season with a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. But the Pittsburgh Pirates refused to cooperate, defeating Cincinnati, 4-0, to take the No. 1 National League Wild Card spot.
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|Welcome to the new and improved Cubs culture. Manager Joe Maddon was the primary architect of this development.
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|Jake Arrieta finished his remarkable regular season in remarkable fashion on Friday night in Milwaukee, capping a second-half stretch for the ages -- and perhaps an NL Cy Young Award.
More» Arrieta goes six scoreless to earn 22nd win|
|The Pittsburgh Pirates deserve more credit than the standings currently give them.
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|Here are a few upstart teams that surprised the baseball world in their quest to make the World Series.
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|Winning the World Series is typically a 25-man operation. But at this late date in the regular season, who are the players most likely to lead their club to baseball's summit? And for that matter, who are the players whose top-shelf performance could be absolutely essential to their team's postseason success?
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|The Milwaukee Brewers have the right manager, Craig Counsell, and they may have found the right general manager, David Stearns. Next up: the toughest part, assembling the right 25 players.
|David Stearns said all the right things Monday, especially that "Yes, we can!" reference to the World Series. Fans of the Milwaukee Brewers can hope that this leads directly to doing all the right things.
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|Sometimes the best offseason acquisitions are neither the most publicized nor the most expensive. Last offseason's work by the Kansas City Royals will prove that point. Senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Dayton Moore acquired seven players. But there wasn't much fanfare involved. In fact, there was some criticism that the Royals had not done enough to bolster their position as defending American League champions.
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|Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was asked on Sunday if he could have imagined that Kris Medlen would be playing a role this prominent for his club. "This is exactly what we imagined when we signed him," Yost said.
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|The common denominator that ties together the last two Royals seasons has been success. But the narratives for these two years are at opposite ends of the baseball spectrum.
|Johnny Cueto looked a great deal like Johnny Cueto on Friday night. This was not Cueto at the absolute top of his game. But this was Cueto being good enough to win. And that is very, very good.
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|You could safely say that the crisis has passed for the St. Louis Cardinals. You could say that. I could say that. But the Cardinals wouldn't say it because they never thought there was a crisis.
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|The musical score for this St. Louis Cardinals' victory had to be a variation on the Sister Sledge hit that was the theme song of the 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates. In this case, that would be: "We Are Phamily."
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