Tuesday, August 24, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 8/24

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Daisuke's First 100 Innings
A rare positive (and very thorough) look at "Boston's favorite failure," Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Sox Machine (White Sox): 22 hours, 31 innings, two losses
Jim on that crazy, deflating, Joe West-ing Royals series: "The series also brought out every emotion, and I think my lasting one is 'amused.' The situation didn’t cause the Sox to lose two of three, and besides, I like a good story. It’s not often that a series against Kansas City gains notoriety, but it’s going to be nearly impossible to top this clusterlove of circumstances."

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Video: George Kell Interviews Tigers Players After They Clinch 1968 Pennant
Kell would have turned 88 yesterday; Mike celebrates with some pretty awesome video.  Also see Part 2 and Part 3.

Royals Authority: Chasing WAR
Here's a take I've never seen before: trying to figure out where the Royals might find enough WAR to make up the difference between the 2010 squad and the division's best.

Nick's Twins Blog: A Test in Texas
The Twins have been beating up on a lot of non-playoff teams, so this is the big test. What percentage of the grade was "narrowly avoid being no-hit with one out in the ninth inning"?

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Jeter's Contract...Again...But This One's "Fair"
Mark really attacks the inevitable Jeter contract from all possible angles (and generates quite a lot of discussion in the comments). I'll say this (in agreement, I think, with Mark): I know he's Jeter and there's pride and all that, there's probably a limit to the amount that even the Yankees can pay to 41 and 42 year olds to probably not play much baseball (and certainly not well).

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Play It One More Time, Julio
Julio Borbon came into 2010 as the Rangers' centerfielder of the future, and maybe he still is, but he's also the forgotten fourth outfielder of the present. Joey ruminates on Borbon and living with diminished expectations.

Austin’s Astros Blog: Starting Pitchers to Offense—Can I get a little help here?
“It’s gone overlooked because of their records and because it’s the Astros, but their starting pitching has been great this month. Their current five starters have a 3.38 ERA in August, but just a 4-4 record to show for it.”

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): David Riske released
“Basically, the Riske deal has hamstrung Brewers management in Free Agency for two straight offseasons. Perhaps, with his deal and various other toxic deals off the books, the Doug Davises and Braden Loopers can turn into Joel Pinieros, and the Brewers could actually have a respectable starting rotation in 2011.”

Fungoes (Cardinals): Garcia throws best game of career
Pip breaks down Jamie Garcia’s shutout on Sunday, and unleashes the rookie’s new nickname: El Gato. TCM was unaware, but likes it. You?

Dodger Thoughts: Dodgers Cogs and Dogs
Jon ranks the Dodgers by impact on the club. Congratulations Travis Schlictling, your name appears in print.

Mets Today: The Argument for Ken Oberkfell
“I don’t believe it makes sense to promote someone simply for showing up and hanging around for a long time. That may sound harsh, and of course Oberkfell does more than just “show up”, but the point is, he hasn’t shown the ability to lead a group of men to consistent winning.”

Nationals Baseball: The Easy Tough Decision
“Fans, media members, and most importantly the fate of their jobs, all say shut Strasburg down. Only cold robot logic and possibly Jim Bunning say keep pitching him. That's not much of a choice at all.”

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Astros Country
The Astros have a plethora of former Phillies on the roster: Pedro Feliz, Michael Bourn, Jason Michaels, Brett Myers, J.A. Happ, and Nelson Figueroa. Is this just a coincidence or does Ed Wade (a former Phillies employee himself) fetishize those red pinstripes?

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