Monday, September 27, 2010

SweetSpot Weekend Roundup September 27

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Attention Paid
Reactions to prospect Brandon Beachy's second major league start.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): GirlieView (09/24/2010)
Lizzie with her fun notes and observations from the week that was.

Redleg Nation: Titanic Struggle Recap: Reds clinch NL Central tie; magic number is ONE
The struggling contender beats up on the struggling-er contender -- the Padres -- and the Central, which has been over for several weeks now, is finally almost officially over.

Dodger Thoughts: Uncomfortably numb: Bullpen wastes Billingsley's 13 Ks
"Chad Billingsley tied a career high with 13 strikeouts today while allowing five baserunners and one run in seven innings. His only problem: It's 2010, the Year Without a Reliable Bullpen."

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): What a long, injured trip it's been
Mark Rodgers has had a whole career of troubles, and is only 24. Leading up to his Friday night debut, Jack takes a look at how he got here. (Postscript: he threw just three innings and 56 pitches, but didn't give up a hit while walking two and striking out four.)

Mets Today: Mets Game 155: Win Over Phillies
You know, MLB probably just couldn't wait for this past weekend when they came out with the schedule. Yankees and Red Sox? Mets and Phillies? Late September? Um...well...yeah.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Ice in My Shorts
Excited notes from the Pads' Saturday victory over the Reds that put them, however temporarily, back in first place.

Bay City Ball (Giants): So, I Really Don't Like Coors Field
"Oh, what’s that? That’s Troy Tulowitzk hitting a game-winning single into LF — just outside the reach of our portly SS — that’s then hilariously fielded by defensive specialist Pat Burrell."

Fungoes (Cardinals): United Cardinal Bloggers: Cards' top prospects, aggregated
The results of a survey of Cards bloggers ranking the Cards' top prospects. Even if you don't particularly care about Cardinal prospects, it's worth noting (at least by other team bloggers) that there's a thing called United Cardinal Bloggers.

Nationals Baseball: A weak, non-commital opinion on Stan's leaving
Reactions and theories on the sudden departure of "Stan 'the Plan' Kasten."

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Things Were Different Then
Red Sox fans try to come to grips with a pennant race-less September and a virtually baseball-less October.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Contract talks lead to contradiction for Guillen
Jim has some questions about all this talk about Ozzie's contract extension.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Video: Tigers 1984 Season Recap (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
The title says it all; great video from the greatest Tiger season anyone around today is likely to remember.

Royals Authority: Avoiding 100
"It’s come to this.  A celebration of avoiding 100 losses.

Nick's Twins Blog: Francisco Liriano and BABIP
Two of my favorite topics! Nick has a bit of a (well-deserved) I-told-you-so for people who didn't believe Liriano was much better than he looked when he had a .361 BABIP in July.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): The Human Element
"I often hear people say/write (something to the effect of), “See. [Player X] did fine despite [sabermetric statistic that stated otherwise].The game isn’t played on a computer screen.” Like most of the arguments in the debate over newer statistics, it comes from a misunderstanding of what is actually happening and what the purpose of sabermetrics is. So, let’s talk about it."

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Death to Maple Bats (As They Are, Anyway)
"Baseball knows how to change things to make their game safer, and now it’s time for it to happen again.  We just hope it happens soon, and before anyone else gets hurt."

The Ray Area: The reports of [the Rays'] death have been greatly exaggerated

"Why can’t anyone break this team’s spirit?  Because Joe Maddon has created an environment that focuses on the next play."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Paying Tribute to the Champions
The Rangers' division title, which had been a foregone conclusion for months, was finally made official over the weekend, and Joey has some words of appreciation.

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