Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/13

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): This is a mistake
Not a fan of the Fredi-Gonzalez-for-manager rumors.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): 2010 Cubs Report Card: Bullpen
The really unfortunate thing for the Cubs is that due to poor grades, almost the entire 2010 bullpen is going to have to be held back and forced to repeat the Cubs.

Redleg Nation: Taking a look at 2011
Plugging the holes in left, at short, behind the plate and at third.

Dodger Thoughts: Scott Elbert returns to the mound
And other Dodgers-and-AFL-related notes.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Final Adjusted NL Central Standings
"Saying that Milwaukee played like an 84 win team seems moderately ridiculous, but I’m not sure it’s too far off, as much of the early season problems were due to one inning fits of horribleness from Trevor Hoffman and then the team effectively played .500 ball the rest of the way."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): The Rangers Have Won the ALDS
"I love baseball, and I love the Rangers."  A more detailed retrospective on the Rangers' daring win in Game 5 is sure to follow. [Note: And here it is.]

The Ray Area: The Best Pitch in Baseball
"Strike one is not only the best pitch in baseball, it is Cliff Lee’s silver bullet."  After last night, we might reconsider and say the correct answer is Cliff Lee's curveball.  Nasty.  [Bonus: Mark thinks the Rays' era of being competitive isn't over yet.  I tend to agree.]

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Cheap Alternatives, Dontrelle Willis
Really, if the Red Sox are so desperate for bullpen help that they'll turn to Dontrelle Willis, they haven't yet turned over every rock at their disposal.  Jesse Orosco, for instance, if probably still interested in pitching.  John Candelaria?

Royals Authority: Kansas City Royals in the Arizona Fall League
The AFL opened today, and Nick's got a look at KC's representatives, including Eric Hosmer and Danny Duffy.

Nick's Twins Blog: A Hearty Thank You and a Special Offer
Nick's got a book for Twins fans on the upcoming offseason.  For a limited time, it's at a special price.

Sox Machine (White Sox):  It's That Time of Year Again
What time?  The time that other teams, fan bases, and reporters all salivate over the upcoming free agents, and wildly speculate over where they'll end up.  We here at The Platoon Advantage promise to also get swept up in rampant rumor mongering and baseless speculation.  Cliff Lee to the Marlins.  There, I said it.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Bring on the Rangers!
Jason wants to know how you feel about facing Texas in the ALCS.  How about after you heard Brian Cashman letting you down easy about AJ Burnett being your #4 starter?

And on The Platoon Advantage, TCM wishes a happy birthday to perhaps the worst player and manager in baseball history, and also has been turned into a conspiracy theorist.

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