Friday, August 20, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 8/20

By The Common Man and Bill

Austin’s Astros 290 Blog
: Feliz to Cardinals for Carpenter…no, a different Carpenter
"Even in desperation and even without giving up much, I’m struggling to understand why the Cardinals would make this move. But, many Astros fans will doubtless be glad to have Feliz off their hands."

Capitol Avenue Clubhouse (Braves): Lee’s Value to the Braves
CAC breaks down, in detail, Lee’s quantitative value to the Bravos, what they might get back for him if he leaves as a free agent, and what they gave up.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): The Exorcism
Since dropping Jeff Suppan, the Brewers have the exact same record as the Cardinals…who picked up Jeff Suppan.

A View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Why Not Me: An Open Letter to Jim Hendry
One brave fan steps forward to offer his services to the Cubs when Lou Piniella is put out to pasture.

Dodger Thoughts: It Never Ends: Vicente Padilla heads to the DL
“Perhaps the next time Vicente Padilla slumps, we should just assume he's hurt.”

Mets Today: Managerial Experience: Does it matter?
“It is a foregone conclusion that Jerry Manuel is a lame duck and will not be returning to manage the Mets in 2011. That said, the search is on for his replacement …”

Ducksnorts (Padres): Mailbag: What’s Wrong with Adrian…
Geoff answers reader questions about an Adrian Gonzalez power outage and where this Pad-squad ranks among the greatest nines in franchise history.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Werth Gets a Hit With Two Outs & RISP, Pigs Fly
“Did Werth somehow lose his ability to be clutch between 2009 and ’10? Did he forget how to be clutch?”

Weaver's Tantrum (Orioles): On Deck--The Texas Rangers
Dave previews the four-game Orioles-Rangers set (written prior to last night's Brian Matusz-led shutout) and wonders whether the bloom is off the Buck Showalter rose. If so, they're probably facing the wrong team for the next three days (though on the other hand, they seem to be catching that team at a good time).

Sox Machine (White Sox): Ozzie Guillen defends decision to build team for wrong league
A hilarious, sarcasm-laced drubbing of Ozzie Guillen for his Jim Thome comments that warms the cockles of my Twins fan heart (the same one so recently stomped upon by these same Sox).

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Tigers Today: August 19, 2010
Team news and notes. The two near-blowout losses to the Yankees are a downer, but there's some fun "this day in history" stuff at the bottom!

Royals Authority: Checking the Newfound Love of Yuniesky Betancourt
I really thought that if I were ever to see "love" and "Yuniesky Betancourt" in the same sentence again, "Moore" would have to be close by as well. As in: "why oh why oh why does Dayton frakking Moore love Yuniesky Betancourt so much???!" But apparently Betancourt has been doing some good things and changing some minds lately. Well, Clark has a heavy dose of reality to knock that particular bug out of your system.

Nick's Twins Blog: The Crain Game
"Whatever the reason behind it, Crain’s run has been hugely impressive and vital for a bullpen which has experienced its fair share of turmoil recently. If not for the acquisition of Matt prediction that Crain would finish the season as closer might have actually come true."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): On Beanballs
The Tigers and Yankees got all in a tizzy the other night, and it leads Brien to a discussion on baseball's weird code of ethics.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Why This Isn't the Time to Fret
The Rangers had been swept for the first time in more than a month (and since have been shut out by the O's), but Joey would like everybody to calm down. They're still in control of the division, and they "continue to match up well with the best American League teams where the most consistent indicators of post-season success are concerned."

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