Monday, November 1, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 11/1

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Some Friday Thoughts
Would Jamie Moyer actually be a good addition for the M's in 2011. Well, it can't possibly go worse than Junior in 2010, can it? (Don't answer that)

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Saturday Morning Notes
Cliff Lee didn't walk through the door in Game 4. Facing elimination, Texas needs him to come up huge in Game 5.

The Ray Area: Better than Cy Young
"If I were a pitcher, I think I would take more pride in knowing that the men required to dig into the batter’s box would, as a group, rather face any other pitcher in the American League than I would in knowing the BBWA thinks I was better than other pitchers.  So, no matter what happens in November, in my book, David Price was the AL’s best pitcher in 2010."  Respectfully, Mark, your book is as outdated as a 1986 World Book Encyclopedia.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): The Red Sox Philosophy Will Have Greater Impact on Player Aquisition Than the Purchase of Liverpool
"Unless Red Sox related revenues fall to extreme levels, which is highly doubtful with NESN and their strong core of players, debt service for the acquisition of LFC will probably not have a negative impact on attaining the next hot free agent."  Sexy stuff.

Royals Authority: Forward Thinking
Clark takes a stab at what the Royals lineup and rotation will look like over the next five seasons.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): The Non-Sequitors
A handful of Tigers related notes, including the surprise player that Bengal backers want to pursue this ofseason.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Rumored Ozzie for Stanton Deal Too Hard to Believe
"The Marlins don’t like spending money, so it would be shocking if they traded their MLB-ready, Hulk-strong 20-year-old [outfielder] for anybody making more than him. It would be exponentially unbelievable if the return in the trade made more than Stanton, and he didn’t even take the field."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Perspectives on Baseball
"This post isn’t going to be about small ball or waiting around for the three-run homer. It’s about describing the various reasons we watch/play baseball and, most importantly, the meaning of baseball to everyone involved in the process."

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Derrek Lee is a Type A Free Agent
Mathematically weighing the offering-Lee-arbitration-without-getting-stuck-with-Lee gamble. Very cool idea.

Redleg Nation: 2010 Pitching in Perspective
Where the Reds staff ranked among all the Reds staffs in history. Cool idea, but wouldn't league-adjusted stats offer quite a bit more perspective than, say, ERA and HR/9?

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: What the Astros can learn from the Rangers, Part I
Number 1 doesn't have anything at all to do with Nolan Ryan, so we're off to a good start.

Dodger Thoughts: Red-hot in Puerto Rico, Dee Gordon aims to improve on-base and defense skills
A nice interview with the 22 year old shortstop prospect.

Mets Today: Quick Primer on Wally Backman
Not so much a primer as a reminder that there's a whole TV series featuring the potential future Mets manager in action.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Chase Utley and Accountability
"By process of elimination, Utley was made the scapegoat. His lackluster post-season wasn’t enough to send him to the gallows, though, so that’s where all of these extraneous details come into play. Utley becomes the tragic hero so the Phillies’ 2010 eulogy has an interesting hook, and so that writers have intriguing stories to help sell newspapers, increase listener- and viewership, and attract page views."

Ducksnorts (Padres): Friday Links (29 Oct 2010)
Geoff finds a lot of really interesting stuff (not just Padres stuff, and not even just baseball stuff). Read and better yourself.

Bay City Ball (Giants): Late-Season Fatigue and Jonathan Sanchez
"The question then becomes: Is it fatigue? Or did Sanchez just have an off night. I’ll leave that up to the training/coach staff to figure out, but I think Sanchez becomes an easy target for this type of stuff because of his body-type."

Fungoes (Cardinals): United Cardinal Bloggers roundtable: What will Pujols' contract look like?
Kudos to Pip for a very rational, even-handed, realistic look at Pujols' expected future performance and value.

Nationals Baseball: Bring back the crazy
Well, this is something new. "This mildly competent, moderate spending team DC has now, well, it just doesn't have the flair of the early Nats. They go out, generally play well enough to lose, and go home. Surely covering a good team that wins, which is the goal the team is moving toward, will be nice, but I kinda wish the transition could have been directly from losing spectacularly to playoff contender."

Today on The Platoon Advantage: Bill responds to The Common Man's conclusions about when batter-vs.-pitcher statistics become meaningful.

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