Monday, April 11, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 4/11

Today in the roundup, Fernando Valenzuela was awesome, Phil Hughes is in trouble, Clay Buchholz is going to be rich, and Manny Ramirez has, is, and will forever be (he exists out of time) being screwed.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Numerous Problems Exposed for Offense in a Win and Two Losses
Things are not ok in Houston, which was pretty much what everyone (Austin included) expected.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Scouting the Grapefruit League, Part 1
Peter breaks down the guys he got to see in Spring Training, including the incredibly impressive Arodys Vizcaino.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): The Minor League Week in Review
Get ready for a lot of these.  Joe checks out the baby Cubs, or Cubs-in-the-oven (whichever you'd prefer) and how they are doing this first weekend of the 2011 minor league season.

Dodger Thoughts: Thirty Years Later, Fernando Valenzuela's Legacy Is His Tenacity
Jon Weisman relives perhaps the greatest game of Fernando's great career.

Mets Today: Manny Retirement Underscores Hypocrisy
Wow, I'm on record as being totally against Manny-hate, but Matt Himelfarb cranks it up to a whole 'nother level I'm not sure I can get behind.

Nationals Baseball: The Thousand Cuts Philosophy and More on Streaks
Are the Nats actually a decent team, or do they just have a bunch of decent players.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Farm Report, Sampson Has Good Hair Day
Geoff checks in down on the farm.

Crashburn Alley: Phillies' Offensive Success Not Sustainable
Bill Baerbreaks the bad news to Phillies fans everywhere.

Redleg Nation: Down on the Farm
Continuing a theme, Bill Lack checks in on the Reds minor league opening weekend.

Baseballin' on a Budget (Athletics): 2011 Top 20 Prospect List: 10 Other Names to Watch
Ten guys who just missed the top-20 cut. There are some incredibly fun names here, like Crumbliss, Farquhar and Tyreace. Even better, there's a guy I watched play at U.Va.

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): Start with Sliding, Move to the Dougie
Photo-aided analysis of Yunel Escobar's weird head-first slides.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Game 9 of 162: Bedard vs. Tomlin
Yikes: "Some horrible baseball has been played by our Mariners during this six game losing streak, so bad that there is little reason to discuss what the Mariners need to do to win.  It doesn’t matter that the Indians aren’t expected to contend.  It doesn’t matter that Josh Tomlin doesn’t have great stuff.  It doesn’t matter that Erik Bedard is on the hill for the Mariners.  Believe big?  Sorry, no.  A new day, a new way?  Looks like the same old, same old to me"

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Sunday Morning Open Thread: Five Questions
Matt Harrison, improving the MLB's best team, Alexi Ogando, fan behavior, and almost-but-not-quite Rangers.

Fire Brand of the AL (Red Sox): Clay Buchholz Signs 4 Year Contract
Chip likes Buchholz's new contract, for both the player and the team.

Royals Authority: The Go-Go Royals
Appropriately equivocal observations on the fast start to the Royals' 2011.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Sunday Snacks: April in the D Edition
A collection of interesting mostly-Tigers-related notes.

Nick's Twins Blog: Dark Depths
Nick revisits his ideas on the myth of injury-proneness and J.J. Hardy in the wake of Tsuyoshi Nishioka's devastating leg injury.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): What To Do With Hughes?
"It’s not often you see a 24 year old suddenly lose 3-5 MPH on his fastball for no particular reason, and it’s usually a sure sign of arm problems. We’ve heard a lot about the Yankees not being worried about it, but unless they’ve conclusively ruled out some sort of arm injury, they probably should be."

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