Friday, March 18, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 3/18

Baseballin' On a Budget (A's): Best Five Managers in Team History
It's the Connie Mack/Tony LaRussa death match that TLR has always wanted!

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): So It Gose
Drew's dreaming on prospects.  Is Michael Gose the next Jacoby Ellsbury (which he totally means in a good way)?

Pro Ball NW (Mariners):  So Now It All Means Nothing?
A spirited defense of advanced statistical analysis by Tommy Lee Jones.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Why the CJ Wilson Extension Hasn't Happened
Are the Rangers destined to lose their ace?  How high do you go with a pitcher with such a rare career path?

The Ray Area: Another Franchise First?
Do the Rays finally have a bonafide ace in the rotation?

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Much Ado About Dice-K
How do you solve a problem like Dice-K?

Royals Authority: Three Catchers, No Waiting
Thanks to Jason Kendall's untimely return, the Royals may have to carry three catchers, which will make them incredibly thin elsewhere.

Nick's Twins Blog: Position Analysis, Second Base
What can the Twins expect to get out of newcomer Tsuyoshi Nishioka?

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Taking Stock of the Rotation
With just two weeks left before the season starts, how does the Yankees rotation stack up?

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Derek Lowe named Atlanta's Opening Day Starter
I don't get it.  This must be one of those performance art pieces.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Where did these guys come from?
Joe's breaks down how the current Cubs came together.

Dodger Thoughts: State of the Opening Day Roster
Jon has a really thorough analysis of which Dodgers are on the 2011 squad, and who's on the bubble.

Bay City Ball (Giants): Things That Make Sense
No matter how much you pay him like a starter, Aaron Rowand seems destined to hit like a 4th outfielder at best so the Giants are giving him time around the outfield to prepare him for that.

Mets Today: The Second Base Debacle
Welcome to life with the Mets: "We've had one big blah of a competition."

Nationals Baseball: Breakouts?
Is anyone on the Nats poised to take a big step forward in 2011?

Ducksnorts (Padres): Gardenhire's Cat
Geoff coins a new term, and I'm going to blatantly steal it.  Awesome!

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Spring Training Injuries Happen
"We have these scares multiple times every year and most of them turn out to be rather meaningless. The real problem here is that the Phillies have an image problem."

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