Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/19

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Cliff Lee's House of Pain
Cliff Lee is better than you at damn near everything, and Joey's got the data to prove it.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Free Agent Spotlight, John Buck
What if the Sox don't just resign Victor Martinez?  Is John Buck really the best fallback option? Yeesh.

Royals Authority: Greinke Trade Primer
Based on the trades of Santana, Bedard, Sabathia, and Lee, Clark looks at what the Royals might expect if they decide to move Zack Greinke.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Two for Tuesday
Moonlight Graham isn't the only one who had an incredibly short MLB career.  At least Doc Daugherty got an at bat.

Nick's Twins Blog: Cut the Capps
Nick and I agree: "The Twins would be insane to bring back Matt Capps."

Sox Machine (White Sox): The Ten Worst White Sox Games of 2010
I am glad to see the Twins are on there three times.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees):  In AJ We (have to) Trust
"AJ hasn’t given any of us reason to believe but I’m feeling it. AJ’s stats do not foretell a successful start tomorrow. Yet still, I have a feeling he’s going to surprise."  Seriously, good luck with that.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Offseason Outlook: Catcher
Now that the grades are over, the blog is taking a look at what to expect in the offseason from every position on the team. Not much in doubt when you've got a top-five player at his position just entering his arbitration years, but there's plenty to talk about anyway.

Redleg Nation: Zack Greinke?
The Royals are rumored to be trading their ace, and the Reds -- who, as Redleg Nation recently noted -- already have a bunch of capable starters. But Greinke's a lot more than capable. Chad's intrigued.

Dodger Thoughts: Yankee Fans Surrender
"I don't ever want to hear a Yankee fan again criticize Dodger Stadium fans about leaving early."

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): The Area Writers' MVP Ballot
Jack on the worst team MVP voting results since, well, 2008, when the Tampa Bay chapter picked the team's ninth-best player (14th if you count pitchers). But seriously, McGehee is a terrible pick.

Mets Today: Why the Love for John Ricco?
Joe wonders why the assistant GM of a terribly disappointing team gets so much credit while the GM-GM got skewered. I've never heard of the guy, but of course I'm not a Mets fan.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Is Ben Francisco Invisible?
Francisco's a perfect platoon partner and defensive placement for Raul Ibanez, but Ibanez hasn't been defined as a platoon player or a guy who needs a defensive replacement, so Ben just kind of wastes away.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Let Me Stay Here a While
"Worse, in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Padres raised expectations and hopes for the future that may not be realistic in the short run. They also failed to answer questions about several young players expected to help deliver that future. When you are fighting for the right to play October baseball, you can’t afford to run Everth Cabrera out there and hope he suddenly remembers what he’s supposed to be doing on a baseball diamond."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Giants Beat Phils in NLCS Opener
"In a publicized ‘Battle of the Aces’ between Lincecum-Halladay, neither pitcher was exceptionally sharp — or exceptionally poor, either."

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