Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/6

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): NLDS Preview, Starting Rotation
Bill gives the Phillies a leg up over the Reds because of their dominant starting pitching...

Redleg Nation: NLDS Preview, The Starting Eight
Meanwhile, Chad thinks the lineup advantage goes to Cincinnati.  Why can't we all just get along?

Bay City Ball (Giants):  NLDS Preview, Talking Braves with Capitol Avenue Club
See, this is what it's all about.  Intra-network collaboration and communication.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): NLDS Preview, Talking Giants with Chris Quick
 Then again, we'll see if these boys are so friendly on Thursday night.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Post-season Awards
Austin hands out the hardware.  Carlos Lee's Least Valuable Player Award is his stinking turd of a season bronzed.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Cubs Report Card, First base
Buddy is optimistic: "Hang in there Cubs fans. Next year has to be a better year at 1B. It definitely can’t get any worse."  Casey Kotchman begs to differ.

Dodger Thoughts:  2010 Dodgers Online Baseball Cards
OK, this is a pretty cool idea from Jon Weisman and the ESPNLosAngeles crew.  Very classy.  By the way, did you know Jamey Carroll had a .379 OBP this year?  You do now.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): An Important Post-Season Note
As Jack points out, the end of the season means the Brew Crew is free and clear of some bad investments.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Cheap Alternatives: Juan Uribe
Charlie likes the Giants' utility guy to replace free-agent-to-be Adrian Beltre.

Sox Machine (White Sox): South Side Satisfaction Survey: Position Players
Rate your 2010 Chicago White Sox, "based on the nebulous concept of satisfaction."

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Fungo Flashback: Game 163
"Game 163 one was year ago tomorrow. Here's our recap ... Not to bum you out or anything."

Royals Authority: Thanks for a Great Season
Fan/reader/listener appreciation day.

Nick's Twins Blog: Scouting the Enemy: Q&A with IIATMS
Ramping up for the ALDS matchup, the It's About the Money, Stupid crew answers Nick's Yankees questions...

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Chatting with the Enemy, Part II
...and Nick, of course, answers their Twins questions.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Rainiers 2010 Prospect Recap
A very, very comprehensive look at the prospects to have stopped or stayed in Tacoma this year.

The Ray Area: The Rays Will Beat the Rangers
I sure think so. Apparently, Tampa local media isn't nearly so sure. Mark puts them in their place.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): The Rangers and Playoff Streaking
"So, knowing that a player has been in -- or is in the midst of -- a hot/cold streak is of little predictive value. You don't use Cruz's recently scorching-hot performance to argue that he's going to be an especially big asset in the ALDS; rather, you expect him to perform how he's performed over the last 2-3 seasons, which is impressive enough in itself."

And on The Platoon Advantage, in honor of Felix Hernandez's brilliant 2010, The Common Man looks at the 40 greatest individual seasons on terrible teams. Bill takes his annual jab at experts' playoff predictions in Playoff Results by Coin Flip.

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