Monday, October 11, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/11

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): The M's and Free Agent Catchers
Mariners catchers hit .201/.263/.303 last year.  Virtually anyone would be an upgrade.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Making Sense of the Rangers' Disasterous Playoff Weekend
"I really don't know what to say, or think, or what to do with myself....  This is not the eventuality we were prepared for. Not this."

The Ray Area: Well that makes things interesting...
"Remember when the Rays were the best team in the American League? Remember when they matched good starting pitching, with a strong bullpen, and a lineup that could hurt you in a bunch of different ways to win 96 times?  Well, apparently they remembered too."

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Which free agent should the Red Sox bring in?
Non binding reader poll.  I'm voting for Jose Guillen.

Sox Machine (White Sox): At least the Twins had a closer
Jim's got some great thoughts about the value of acquiring a closer who doesn't get to close, and a missed opportunity for Minnesota.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Where do we go from here?
Tampa or Texas?  Pick your poison.  Also, a bonus: Will Tampa actually lose money by making the postseason?

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Giants 3, Braves 2
For a few million dollars they could have a legitimate major leaguer starting at second base during the playoffs, instead they have a MiLB lifer and 30-year-old rookie.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): 2010 Cubs report Card: Third Base
It's not pretty.

Redleg Nation: This Day in Reds History: Expansion and the Invisible Tag
Lots of Reds playoff games, some of them better than last night's.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Days two and three bring mixed results for ex-Stros
Taking a look at the Astros alumni whose seasons are still alive (or were entering Saturday).

Dodger Thoughts: Despite reports, Wallach's Dodger future still uncertain
AAA manager Tim Wallach will apparently be in the majors next year, but it's unclear whether it'll be as one of Don Mattingly's coaches or as a manager someplace else.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Hamels Sends Phillies to NLCS
"If the Phillies are trying to avoid having the most irrelevant bullpen in post-season history, they’re not doing a great job of it."

Bay City Ball (Giants): This Team is Going to Kill Me -- Giants Squeak By in Game 3
Gotta say, there are a lot of fans of a lot of teams out there who probably don't have a lot of sympathy for Chris' plight right now.

Fungoes (Cardinals): Rivera's uncanny percentage of career in postseason
This has nothing to do with the Cards, but it's interesting; Mariano Rivera has spent a pretty significant chunk of his baseball life pitching after most of the other players in the league have already gone home.

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