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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Team consistency: Lead MLB in wins at home (48) and on road (49). (1) 2. Houston Astros. Struck first in potential ALCS preview series at Fenway.  (3) 3. New York Yankees. Tanaka inching ahead to bid to start wild-card game. (2) 4. Oakland Athletics. Opened Hall of Fame for 50th an…

Bisons and Baseball

Baseball is making me crabby lately. With so little action at times, games are getting exceedingly dull and I hope the analytics hounds are happy with the overload of strikeout-walk-home run, strikeout-walk-home run. Shifts need to be legislated down a few notches and "The Opener" is just plain awful. Before you send me the Rays' record with relievers starting games, I …

Bisons and Baseball

Buffalo Bisons third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, the first member of the Herd so honored by the magazine that has been the chief publication chronicling the minor leagues since its founding in 1981. Guerrero Jr. played his final 30 games of the 2018 season in Buffalo after a promotion from Double-A Ne…

Bisons and Baseball

The season that began with so much promise ended with a dubious distinction for the Buffalo Bisons. The Herd closed out 2018 on an 11-game losing streak — the longest such skid in the modern era of Bisons baseball. At 61-77 overall, they finished dead last in the International League North, extending the streak of no playoff baseball in Buffalo to 13 seasons. Here's …

Bisons and Baseball

Lehigh Valley was far and away the best team in the International League this season. Now can the IronPigs translate that success into a championship? Lehigh Valley opens the IL playoffs on Wednesday in Moosic, Pa., facing wild-card winner Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the best-of-five series. Meanwhile Durham and Toledo kick off their first-round series in Toledo. …

Bisons and Baseball

Playoff time Well, not for Buffalo, but for other teams in the Blue Jays system. Double-A New Hampshire finished second in the Eastern League Eastern Division and meets Trenton in the divisional series. The Class-A Lansing Lugnuts will meet Bowling Green in the best-of-three first round series in the Midwest League. The Bluefield Blue Jays already went to the playof…

The Buffalo Bisons' plunge to the bottom of the International League standings was so fast and complete, nobody could see it coming. After winning 13 of 19 games, one their most successful stretches of the season, the Bisons lost their last 11 games, a franchise record in the modern era. Already assured of last place in the six-team North Division of the IL. Buffalo fini…

Bisons and Baseball

It took all season to get there, but the Buffalo Bisons finally have fallen into last place in the North Division of the International League. Saturday night’s 6-1 loss to Syracuse before 5,804 at NBT Bank Stadium left the Herd (61-75) one percentage point behind the Chiefs (62-76) in the standings with two games to play. The Bisons have lost nine in a row and 10 of their…

Bisons and Baseball

The slide into the offseason continued for the Buffalo Bisons as the Herd dropped their eighth straight game Friday night. The Bisons lost to the Syracuse Chiefs, 7-4, at NBT Stadium. The Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Anthony Alford. That lead lasted until the bottom of the fir…

Bisons and Baseball

There's no way the players' union is going to let baseball make too many maneuvers with Sept. 1 callups, which are clearly one of the most bizarre longtime traditions in professional sports and getting attacked more and more each year. Seriously now, you play with one set of rules for the whole season — that being a 25-man roster — and then things change for the most im…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Are 45-19 vs. AL East while Yankees are just 34-26. (1) 2. New York Yankees. With Judge still ailing, McCutchen deal is last-minute attempt to fill a hole. (3) 3. Houston Astros. Hinch gets four-year extension.  (2) 4. Chicago Cubs. NL-best 44-24 mark at Wrigley has them on Easy St…

Bisons and Baseball

Mega prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not expected to get a call-up to Toronto when the Bisons' season ends Monday, but the Blue Jays have already started to plan what's next for baseball's top prospect. While it's uncertain if Guerrero will return to Double-A New Hampshire to play in the Eastern League playoffs, the Blue Jays have announced he will compete in the Ariz…

Bisons and Baseball

Zander Wiel, who hit only seven home runs in 101 games of Double-A ball this season, hit two out Wednesday night in leading the Rochester Red Wings over the skidding Buffalo Bisons, 4-1, at Frontier Field in Rochester. The homers were Wiel’s first in Triple-A ball. The 25-year-old Wiel, a 6-foot-3, 232-pound first baseman who was drafted out of Vanderbilt by the Minneso…

The Buffalo Bisons went into last weekend with a chance for a small consolation – a winning record for the month of August. Now, the Herd’s losing streak has reached five games and the August record is even at 14-14 after the Rochester Red Wings swept a doubleheader from the Herd, 5-4 and 6-4, Tuesday night at Frontier Field in Rochester. The Wings pushed across a run in …