Friday, October 8, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/8

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): 2011 Projections: Kevin Youkilis 
Charlie's got his own fancy projection system, and he turns its steely gaze on his favorite team's best hitter.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Results! South Side Satisfaction Surveys: Position Players
Readers graded the Sox's position players, and here are the results. Jim's Mark Kotsay comment is awesome.

The Ray Area: A Nice Playoff Win
The swiftly tilting psychology of Rays fans, as seen through movie clips.

Royals Authority: Roy Halladay's No-Hitter, Moment by Moment
Somehow, for a day, Nick found something more interesting than the Royals to write about.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Girardi: "It Could Actually Speed Up the Game."
I like Joe Girardi a lot more than I did a few minutes ago. Joe Girardi gets it.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): The Rangers Win Game 2
They certainly do. As an impartial observer, though, I have to say -- while he's right to praise Michael Young for his big three-run homer, you'd think there'd be the tiniest mention, in fairness, of the fact that it plainly never should've had the chance to happen.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): NLDS Game 1 Recap
"Sickening, infuriating."

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): 2010 Cubs Report Card, Shortstops
Twenty-year old comes in, hits .300/.347/.408.  Gets a B.  What happened to grade inflation?

Fungoes (Cardinals): Halladay's No Hitter from a fielding-independent point of view
"Obviously, a no-hitter is a reminder that fielding-independent stats don’t necessarily tell the whole story."

Dodger Thoughts: Hall's Kitchen
"I can still clearly remember Halladay, in his second major-league start in 1998, coming within an out of a no-hitter (that would have been a perfect game if not for a Toronto error). "

Bay City Ball (Giants): Zito Doesn't Make NLDS Roster
"I guess $126M doesn’t buy you what it used to."

Mets Today: Mets Forget Part of Announcement
"I would like to believe that the Mets knew who Minaya’s replacement would be before Minaya was let go.... But the piles of rumors and lists of “candidates” and interviews mentioned throughout the media and blogosphere is making me think that the Mets do NOT know who their new GM will be.  Is that possible?"
Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Doc's No-No By the Numbers
Tired of talking about Roy Halladay?  Me neither. 
Redleg Nation: Fun Stuff
Distractions for Reds fans who might still be shellshocked.

And on The Platoon Advantage: Roy Halladay's Hall of Fame chances.

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