By The Common Man
Austin’s Astros Blog: "Lindstrom out, Lyons in, Keppinger day-to-day"
Austin looks at Matt Lindstrom’s ineffectiveness and back trouble, and concludes “The DL is the answer, not moving him to another relief role.”
Capitol Avenue Clubhouse: “Transaction Analysis: D-Lee”
“I think the Cubs did very well to get Lopez and two interesting relief prospects, even if they had to pay some to get them. Still, this deal probably makes the Braves better, and the middle of a pennant race isn’t the time to worry about giving up a lottery ticket and some Carolina League relievers.”
Disciples of Uecker: “Brewers 3, Cardinals 2”
“It’s really unfortunate that the debacle that was the 9th inning of today’s game will go on to overshadow the excellent performance of Lorenzo Cain as well as the very solid pitching performance turned in today by Randy Wolf.”
Fungoes: “Brewers 3, Cardinals 2”
An extensive recap of the same game from the Cards’ perspective.
The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): “Book Review: Coach”
Cubbiedude looks at Michael Lewis’s 2005 memoir, Coach--Lessons on the game of life, and finds a winner.
Dodger Thoughts: “Dodgers Get Zach Lee, Will They Lose Logan White?”
Is the Dodgers draft-runner headed for bigger and better things? “White has long been an attractive candidate for other front offices in baseball, certainly from a scouting viewpoint but also in terms of general manager openings. Getting Lee to the Dodgers -- convincing both parties to get on board -- when almost no one thought he could, adds a new layer of appeal.”
Mets Today: “Wednesday Mets Links”
Ron Darling on Wally Backman.
Nationals Baseball: “Where’s Zimmerman and the Diminishing Strasburg Effect”
Is the Strasburg attendance bump officially over? Harper looks at some disappointing numbers at the Nats tills and wonders what else he should be watching the team for.
Ducksnorts (Padres): “He could have been the second best Whitson in Padres history”
Did 1st round pick Karsten Whitson renege on his agreement with the Padres? It’s got to be hard to turn down $2.1 million.
Crashburn Alley (Phillies): "Graph of the Intermittent Time Period”
“Rumors of the offense’s demise may be greatly exaggerated. Although they have been shut out on ten different occasions (four of them at the hands of New York Met pitchers), the Phillies are slowly climbing back up the offensive leaderboards. Their average 4.75 runs per game is second-best in the National League behind the Cincinnati Reds.”
The B-List Indians Blog: “The B-List Lite: 8/17”
Steve looks at some solid bullpen work and questionable lineup construction.
Pro Ball NW (Mariners): "Draft Signing Roundup”
Who did the M’s sign, and who did they let go at the signing deadine?
Royals Authority: “Greinke the Inconsistent”
“I want the 2009 version of Greinke back. On a consistent basis.”
The Daily Fungo (Tigers): “The 4-out Save”
“The bottom line, to me, is that these situations with Jose Valverde seem to follow the old adage, “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” Pitching multiple innings does not work, and even being a Leyland supporter, it’s a pretty good indication of his stubbornness and aversion to change.”
Nick’s Twins Blog: “If the Playoffs Started Today”
Nick may be getting ahead of himself, as he himself admits, but what would a Twins playoff rotation look like, now that it’s no longer Liriano and Pavano and pray for Volcano (ok, so it doesn’t actually rhyme, but it looks like it should. Can we commission Carl for a pronunciation change?).
Sox Machine (White Sox): “Young collision nothing more than a distraction”
“I don’t really care about whether messages are sent or received. I do care about evening the score, and the Sox did a great job of that until Matt Thornton threw two poorly located fastballs to Thome (more on that in a bit). They could easily play the role of even-keeled professionals if they let their actions do the talking. But when they announce intentions and then play another while losing to a team that is engaging in their own tactics, it certainly looks like the Sox are getting pushed around, physically and metaphorically.”
It’s About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): “Age A Proglem For Yanks Going Forward”
The Yankees’ core is aging (well, technically every team’s core is aging, but the Yankees’ core is old), and Brien’s trying to figure out how to address that in 2011.