Friday, October 29, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/29

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Type A Free Agent Relievers Listed, Unlikely to be Red Sox in 2011 
The official, ridiculously antiquated Elias rankings are out, and Charlie looks at how it affects the Red Sox' options for help in 2011.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Buehrle talks future; so does Plan No. 6
Jim evaluates the state of Buehrle's four-year extension as the pitcher talks about whether there's going to be another. Also, another reader provides his or her offseason plan.

Royals Authority: Why Eric Hosmer Isn't Going Anywhere
Clark thinks Hosmer's likely to stay at first base, even with Butler and Ka'aihue hanging around. Here's why.

Nick's Twins Blog: Bill Smith's Greatest Weakness
Am I the only one who insists on calling him "Billy"? Nick looks at some of the GM's questionable contract extensions.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): The Worst Loss Of The Season
"There's a pie of responsibility to be divided four ways -- and arguably five, if you want to subdivide the pitching component into starters and relievers -- in any given baseball game: offense, defense, pitching and game management. Viewed from the four-way perspective, three of these components catastrophically failed the Rangers tonight."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Non-Yankees World Series Ratings Are Down, So What?
Jason argues that the drop in World Series TV ratings aren't anything to be concerned about, and that's even before you take into account all the CableVision users who can't watch it.
Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Addressing the need, Relief Pitching
How are the Braves likely to address this easy to fix weakness?

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Offseason Outlook, Starting Pitcher
The Cubbies are going to need an arm or two, no matter how much Carlos Silva is Joe's "boy."

Dodger Thoughts: Dodgers had momentum, heart and purpose in 1978...and it wasn't enough
A valuable lesson: "Sometimes, the stars seem aligned; sometimes, you have every reason to believe. And sometimes you lose, even when you leave everything you have, absolutely everything, on the field."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Cain Conquers The Rangers
"If this game had a subtitle, it would be: 'Matt Cain is flipping awesome.'”

Mets Today: Since It Doesn't Matter Who the Manager Is...
"Now that Sandy Alderson is in charge, and we know he does not believe a manager has any impact on a team’s success or failure — provided, of course, said manager follows orders and executes the plan issued from the front office — then how do we go about choosing the next Mets manager?"

Nationals Baseball: That's Odd
Harper thinks we should cool it on the Bryce Harper worship since he's still only, like, 13 years old.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Dennis Blair to Emil Brown
Entry #2 in a great series Geoff is doing, looking at the forgotten Friars who got just a single hit with the franchise.

Redleg Nation: Oh, Dusty
That loveable scamp wants to use his electric lefty phenom, Ardolis Chapman, out of the bullpen forever.  Of course he does.  Oh, Dusty!  You so crazy!

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