Wednesday, September 1, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup September 1

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Tuesday Tidbit--Feddie Freeman
The pros and cons of getting a big-league cup of coffee for the Braves' still-developing 20 year old slugging first base prospect (redundant of me, of course: if he plays first base and don't slug, he ain't a prospect).

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): In the News: What to do, what to do...with Big Z?
"[M]uch depends on whether Jim Hendry feels that Zambrano’s relationship with the team really did hit the end of the road with this year’s meltdown. If it did, then Jimbo will presumably be pulling out the stops to move Z once the season is over."

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Redemption is sweet for Happ
"He might not be a front of the rotation guy, but with Brett Myers and Wandy Rodriguez, he doesn’t have to be.  He’s a more than suitable third or fourth starter, and I think people will have to start admitting it soon."

Dodger Thoughts: Kuroda no-hit miss still a feel-good experience
This was actually posted on Monday, but too late for us midwestern folk. Appreciating Kuroda's gem (it always bugs me when people call a "near-no-hitter" a "near-gem"--your average one-hitter is still very much a gem, right?).

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Cain in Center
A look at an unbelievable grab by a pretty promising player.

Mets Today: Game 132: Loss to Braves
"Time to wave the white flag … where is General Sherman when you need him?"

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Ryan Howard's Malaise
Wow. I knew Howard had been bad since his return from the DL, but a .246 OPS? Yikes.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Pressure: You're Soaking in It
"Really? Is this how it’s going to be? I guess a pennant race isn’t complete without at least one irritating stretch.
Welcome to it."

Nationals Baseball: Why the Bernadina Love?
Strasburg, Harper, Zimmerman, Zimmermann, Desmond...Bernadina? Have to agree with Harper, one of these things is definitely not like the others.

The B-List (Indians): The B-List Lite
"Travis Hafner's Value" and "Mitch Talbot is made out of pudding."

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Look Ahead to the Offseason
Conor looks at some decisions the Mariners will have to make after the World Series, starting with some free agents to be.

Weaver's Tantrum (Orioles): On Deck-Boston Red Sox
"Call Ups! As a fan, I have changed my mind on this. A week ago I wanted to see waves of young players getting a look. After watching the sweep of the Angels I would rather see the Orioles stay with what is working, take a shot at being a spoiler and putting up a decent September record."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Tuesday Rangers Notes
Joey reconstructs the timeline of Josh Hamilton's knee injury, and it looks like "the problem is chronic and not easily remediable."  That's not good news, people.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Sox, Halos Should Revisit Napoli Deal in the Offseason
"Mike Napoli makes a ton of sense in the Red Sox lineup. He’s a pure power hitter who has shown the ability to get on base at a league average or better clip in the past."

Royals Authority: Are we judging Kyle Davies too harshly?
"The main argument I hear against Kyle Davies is that he has a high ERA, which is true. He currently has a 5.29 ERA which is certainly nothing to write home about. If that were all the information you had at hand, it would be pretty simple to just dismiss Kyle Davies, luckily that isn’t all we have."

The Daily Fungoes (Tigers): Tuesday Tananas
Mike's got notes on the Tigers' August activities.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Reading Room
Notes on Gordon Beckham's injured hand and the arrival of a certain dreadlocked designated hitter whose name escapes me right now.

It's About the Money Stupid (Yankees): Bloggers vs. Media
"All [Washington Post columnist Mike] Wise has managed to do here is prove that people still look at employment with major papers as a sign of credibility, whether it’s warranted or not."

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