Thursday, April 14, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 4/14

Today in the Roundup, How much is Carl Crawford worth, does the weather affect Carlos Beltran, is there a single player cooler than Sam Fuld, and why, in the name of all that is good and holy, would you ever "pitch to contact?"

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Chris Ray, High Leverage Reliever
Or not.  Sarcasm!

The Ray Area: #TheLegendofSamFuld
Though the Twitter meme is awesome, Marc has a few other reasons to be excited by Fuld's big night on Monday.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Is Crawford a $20 Million a Year Player?
How much value does Carl Crawford really provide?

Royals Authority: Missing the Opportunity
After a tough loss, Craig thinks there's something wrong with Robinson Tejada.

It's About the Money,  Stupid (Yankees): Why Would You Ever "Pitch to Contact?"
"I will never, ever, understand people who buy this “pitch to contact” stuff. It just makes no sense at all from a mechanical standpoint. You’re basically taking the approach of hoping that, rather than miss a pitch entirely, a hitter will make contact with the ball but avoid squaring it up and hitting it hard." Something tells me our friend Nick Nelson will take the opposite viewpoint tomorrow.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Sanchez making case to keep his job
He was supposed to just be a temporary fill-in for Clint Barmes (who, by the way, stinks about as bad as the deer meat he was carrying up the stairs that one time would if it were still around today), but suddenly Angel Sanchez is leading the Astros in most offensive categories. What to do?

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Marlins 5, Braves 0
Thoughts from the wrong end of a Josh Johnson pitching clinic: "Tim Hudson did not have anything close to his best stuff/location today, meaning he had two choices: try to be inefficiently effective by keeping the ball out of the zone or roll the dice with his defense by allowing the ball to be put in play with authority. He picked the latter, but the defense didn’t bail him out."

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): The Most Unlikely Part of Sunday's Victory: Betancourt's Walk
Casey McGehee's game-winning HR on Sunday was game-winning rather than game-tying because one of the hardest hitters in baseball to walk not only drew a walk, but did so after starting out with an 0-2 count. Baseball!

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Chet's Corner: An Eye Opening Experience...
Chet has taken on the daunting task of closely following one team from each division. So far, so good, though, and here he's got updates on each.

Dodger Thoughts: Giants take the load road to 5-4 victory
Billingsley was good -- better than Lincecum, says Jon -- but the Giants just hit good (low) pitches.

Mets Today: Whether the Weather Affects Beltran's Knee
The manager seems sure, but Joe, understandably, wonders.

Nationals Baseball: Gravy!
After the win on Tuesday night: "Now anything else the Nats get in this series is gravy. I know I shouldn't say that but it's the great Halladay and that jerk Cliff Lee. The Nats shouldn't win either of these games. Play with abandon!"

Ducksnorts (Padres): Wednesday Links
I wouldn't normally link to a purely-links post, but Geoff links to TCM's "tainted titles" post, so I feel I should. Geoff really does have a knack for finding all the most interesting reads, it seems.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): $150 Free Fantasy Baseball Challenge
Bill has quite the unique contest for you -- a one-night fantasy baseball showdown.

Redleg Nation: Titanic Struggle Recap: That wasn't very fun
The Reds lose 3-2 after going up 2-0 and giving up single runs in the 7th, 8th and 9th. The Reds are 8-4, and reliever Nick Masset is 0-3.

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