Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup: September 14

Weaver's Tantrum (Orioles): On Deck--The Toronto Blue Jays
"No other team has embarrassed the Orioles the way the Toronto Blue Jays have. They have beaten the Orioles like a drum. The O's are 0-12 against the Jays and the games really haven't been close." Well, now they're 1-12! And all it took was for the entire mid-Atlantic region to be distracted by the Ravens game. And eleven innings.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Jed Lowrie's Big Bat
While the entire rest of the team, give or take, has been lost for the year to injury, a forgotten man who was about a year ahead of the curve on that front, Lowrie, is finally healthy and reminding people that he's pretty good.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Making Room for a New Konerko Contract
The 2010 Sox's best player is a free agent after the season, and Jim's not buying Kenny Williams' preemptive excuses for not re-signing him. Jim makes some good points, but I think Konerko's having the kind of wildly out of character season that gets 34 year olds paid, way beyond their going-forward worth. If it were me, I have to believe I'd hope my team would say "thanks for the memories, Paulie," and let some other team be That Team.

The B-List Indians Blog: B-List Lite: 9/10-9/12
Recaps of Cleveland's weekend series loss to the Twins.

Royals Authority: Believing in Hochevar?
Apparently, Ned Yost thinks that Luke Hochevar is more or less the same as Zach Greinke. I think that's really, really funny.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): People Already Complaining About the Playoff Weather
Scioscia thinks the season should be shortened by a week or so. Brien gives that frivolous idea about five times the respect it deserves, but it's well worth a read.

 Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Everett AquaSox: NWL Champions
A recap of the big night for the short-season Class A affiliate. When I lived in Seattle, I always really wanted to go to an AquaSox game, but never quite made it. I'd get their e-mails, and it always sounded like a good little (affordable) time. Today, they're pretty much the pride of the whole Mariner organization.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Monday Morning Rangers Notes: Wait, They Swept the Yankees?
The Rangers do something they haven't done in seven years, and Cliff Lee and Vlad Guerrero are both still pretty good.

Austin’s 290 Astros Blog: Astros Salvage Series Split
Austin recaps the Astros frustrating series against the Dodgers, and finds a couple heroes in Michael Bourn and Brett Wallace.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): How to Win the NL East
Memo to Bobby Cox: “A strategy manual on how to maximize the resources at hand over the season’s final eighteen games in an attempt to win the NL East.” Can Jason Heyward really play all 9 positions at once? Hey, if Griffey could do it.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Gallardo Winning By Himself
Yovani Gallardo has basically been winning games by himself all season long with his arm and his bat, and Jack Moore has proof.

Dodger Thoughts: Fall TV Follies
Even I have a hard time concentrating on baseball when the new fall season starts up (and I’m not talking about football). I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to ignore if you follow the Dodgers.

Mets Today: Planning Without Santana
Joe reminds us that the Mets don’t exactly have a good track record of getting their guys back on time, and has a solution, “The Mets can and should build their 2011 club with the thought that Santana’s spot needs to be filled. It should be a nice surprise and a bonus if Johan Santana is healthy and able by April 2011 — not an expectation. That’s not pessimism, it is good planning.”

Redleg Nation (Reds): Willie Bloomquist, Cincinnati Reds
Congrats to Chad and the rest of his Redleg Nation crew on joining The SweetSpot Network. And gems like this is why it’s so exciting to have a Reds blog on board with the SSN. Why would anyone want Willie Bloomquist? “Reds fans know that there’s a method to this madness, and it indicates something that’s perhaps more worrisome. First, the Reds have been going without any backup outfielders since Jay Bruce was injured on August 30….Dusty Baker’s hands have been tied – he’s been unable to pinch hit or double-switch for any of his outfielders, let alone give someone a rest.”

Bay City Ball (Giants): Pondering Madison’s Workload
“I don’t know what’s the right thing for the Giants to do with Bumgarner. I’m sure they are monitoring him — whatever that means — but the Giants desperately need him to make the playoffs. I just hope that push for the playoffs doesn’t come at a huge price.”

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