Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|As a catcher in the Dodgers' organization in the late 1970s and into the '80s, Mike Scioscia played on clubs that managed to win big amid untold internal strife. So the Angels' manager is of the view that clubhouse chemistry can be overrated in relation to what's found on the field.
More»Scioscia talks about importance of adding pitching|
|Four seasons removed from the postseason, with a top-heavy payroll, the Angels have sacrificed two thrilling talents in Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos for needs. Rolling the dice, you never know how these things will play out.
More»Dipoto on Angels acquiring Skaggs, Santiago|
|David Price's trade worth might never get any higher, and Joe Maddon and the Rays know it. In his prime at 28 and under club control for two more seasons, Price stands tall among the elite. The bidders are jockeying for position, poised to take their best shots.
More»Rosenthal and Heyman talk moves for David Price|
|Interestingly enough, several star hurlers such as Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw have demonstrated the ability to not only to shoulder a major workload, but to post better numbers late in the season as their total number of pitches increases.
More» Verlander strikes out 10 over eight strong|
|There are signs emanating from both the Dodgers and Angels that the free-spending ways of the past few years will not be matched this time around. The focus appears to have shifted to filling holes rather than dominating the headlines and airwaves with superstar free-agent additions.
More»MLB.com weighs in on the Dodgers' outfield situation|
|While the use of WAR has helped to bring a player's value into greater focus, team success and intangibles such leadership are other factors voters consider when choosing a Most Valuable Player.
More»A look at the AL and NL MVP candidates|
|Carlos Beltran was one game away from reaching a World Series seven times, but on Friday night, he secured his first trip to the Fall Classic while helping the Cardinals clinch the National League Championship Series over the Dodgers.
More» Beltran does it with bat and glove|
|There are more celebrated Dodgers, more valuable Dodgers, richer Dodgers. But where they live, in their clubhouse and dugout, there are no Dodgers more respected than Juan Uribe.
More» Uribe singles home first run of the game|
|Zack Greinke is what Joe Kelly envisions being when he is fully evolved as a Major League pitcher: the whole package, capable of winning games with his bat and glove as well as his strong right arm.
More» Greinke starts inning-ending double play|
|Mike Matheny managed brilliantly in the Cardinals' 4-2 win in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
More» Mike Matheny on tough upcoming opponents|
|This NLCS is led by the Cardinals after three games with a .134 team batting average against a Dodgers pitching staff carrying a 0.92 ERA. The Dodgers are hitting a robust, by comparison, .213. The Cards' team ERA is a relatively inflated 1.50.
More» Wilson strikes out Carpenter to end eighth|
|This is where joyous social history of an enduring style and fashion was made in 1977, inside Dodger Stadium. The high-five was born, courtesy of colorful Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke and his compadre, Dusty Baker.
More» Four 30-homer hitters|
|While Hanley Ramirez's ribs are the primary storyline with the National League West champs, it's fundamentally about the beautiful mind of Yadier Molina for the NL Central kings.
More» Hanley hopes to play in Game 3 of the NLCS|
|The A's were home, but so was Justin Verlander. Talk about your hostile takeovers. He moved right in and made O.co Coliseum, not the most inviting of venues, his second residence in Thursday's dominant Game 5 victory.
More» Verlander on fans giving him an earful|
|Bases loaded with A's, the Tigers leading by a run and nobody out in the eighth inning. In a season of extraordinary achievement, Max Scherzer, in the unfamiliar role of relief pitcher, was being challenged as perhaps never before.
More» Scherzer gets into, out of jam in relief|
|The most powerful offense in the Major Leagues this season is found in ... Oakland? A convincing case can be made for the American League West champions and their jackhammers. Anibal Sanchez would have a hard time voicing dissent.
More» Moss, Smith power A's to Game 3 win|
|What Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Sonny Gray of the A's delivered on Saturday night in Game 2 of the ALDS at the O.co Coliseum was vintage October hardball, more than a century old. This is what Cy Young and Christy Mathewson were doing in 1903 and 1905, when the World Series was an infant.
More» Parker, Sanchez to pitch pivotal Game 3|
|Gone are the days of the dizzying Motown amusement park rides orchestrated by Fernando Rodney and Jose Valverde. Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit turns out the lights emphatically, without any dance moves, in the Valverde fashion, or imaginary arrows piercing the sky, Rodney style.
More» Benoit fans Reddick to close out Game 1|
|All this winning in Oakland is no accident. The talent is ripe. Now the A's are challenged to take the next step by subduing the latest version of the bash brothers, from Motown.
More»Division champions to begin series in Oakland|
|Baseball as a meritocracy never is more evident than in the yin and yang of postseason play. For more than a century, Ordinary Joes have stepped through the shadows -- literally in some cases -- to carve legends of their own alongside the game's giants.
More»Gibson remembers iconic 1988 World Series homer|