Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 9/22

By The Common Man and Bill

The B-List Indians Blog: B-List Lite
"The purpose of September."  What is it?  I think it's to keep August away from October after that big blowout at the reunion last year.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Six, Six, Six
"can you begin to imagine the fury that would ensue if the Rangers clinched the division on Saturday ... and nobody actually saw it due to Major League Baseball's arcane blackout restrictions?"  No, no I can't.

The Ray Area: Sometimes the matchups don't work out the way you...wait?  What?
"I don’t know what to say.  I guess I will give Maddon some credit for admitting his mistake and not trying to justify the decision in hindsight.  But not too much credit.  I am really at a loss here."

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Fixing Dice-K
"The most frustrating thing to watch as a fan is when a pitcher simply refuses to throw strikes. There are some pitchers that just don’t have control. Then there are some that just don’t have command. Dice-K has all the pure “stuff” in the world, but no ability to hit his spots with any sort of consistency."

Royals Authority: The Other Big Three
A sequal to yesterday's post, here are the three biggest hitting prospects in the Royals' system.

The Daily Fungo: Sweeping Away Bad Karma in Chicago
"I don’t care what the standings say, a sweep of the White Sox is delicious in any flavor. When that sweep comes at a time of the year when Chicago is clinging for dear life to their playoff hopes, does it get any better?  No. It does not."

Sox Machine (White Sox): Magazines and batting issues
So what if the Twins are on the cover of sports illustrated. Jim's found a magazine the Sox are on the cover of.

It's About the Money Stupid (Yankees): Presenting both sides of the BatGlove Debate
You know what, just go back and read everything the IIATMS team has written in the last two days about the dangers of shattered bats.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): In the News: The Final Edition (for Now)
Daver is stepping down for a while after this one, Tyler Colvin is recovering, and Geovany Soto is going (or, went) under the knife. Also, Cubs next manager power rankings, which is very cool.

Redleg Nation: This Day in Reds History: Dramatic Wins
Plenty of great content on RN yesterday, but I'm a big fan of these types of "this day in history" posts. Plus, a Tony Tarasco mention!

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Let's Hear It for the Boys. Of Summer. Arnie and Baggy.
Austin's had enough of ripping on Brad Mills, so now he gives some credit to the folks he thinks are responsible for the Astros' turnaround: pitching coach Brad Arnsberg and hitting coach Jeff Bagwell.

Dodger Thoughts: Pivotal moment could turn trial against Frank McCourt
This trial is right out of Law & Order or something. Now there's apparently an altered prenup...which could lead to the sale of the team.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): An Updated Look at the Rotation
Jack looks at CHONE projections and recent performance to take stock of the starting five.

Bay Area Ball (Giants): Buster's Missing Walks
Chris' timing was a bit unfortunate--Posey drew three walks on Sunday, while this piece was being written--but his walk rate is still a lot lower than his minor league numbers would lead one to expect. Which at this point is sort of like picking on Babe Ruth for his stolen base percentage, but it's worth keeping an eye on.

Fungoes (Cardinals): A changing of the Cards' WAR guard?
"Don’t look now, but when the season ends, someone other than Albert Pujols may lead the Cardinals in wins above replacement for the first time since 2004." (My first thought, of course: they spelled "2000" wrong. But, sure enough, Albert finished behind both Rolen and Edmonds in '04.)

Nationals Baseball: Milestones or Millstones
The news isn't good for the Nats, either at the gates or in the standings.

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