Nicki Jhabvala takes a look back at Dick Monfort's ill-fated preseason prediction that the Rockies would win 96 games in 2014, which would have tied them with the Nationals for the best record in the National League. Of course, the Rockies owner turned out to be spectacularly wrong as injuries and poor performance relegated the Rockies to a fourth losing season in a row. But hey, at least he got the 96 part right.
The Rockies' website has a nice reminder that even a dismal season has its fair share of fun highlights, including Charlie Blackmon's 6-for-6 on Opening Day, Nolan Arenado's 28-game hitting streak and Michael Cuddyer hitting for the cycle.
In the wake of his shutout of the Pirates in last night's NL Wild Card playoff, Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg profiles Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, who has led his team into the postseason.
Kevin Ruprecht examines some of the more unheralded, but important players for each of the five National League playoff teams, including recently-eliminated Pittsburgh.
At Fangraphs, Tony Blengino takes a look at the fight for the AL Cy Young Award between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber.