Friday, April 22, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 4/22

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): Fun to Watch (Half the Game)
"While it is true the Jays are exciting to watch, especially if you are partial to guys running around like their hair is on fire or you enjoy the feeling of your stomach and/or bile entering your mouth with each potentially squandered out. But that's only one side of the ball. The other side, the pitching, is a laborious chore."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): A Night Worth Forgetting, and the Thing About the Rangers' Roster
"The real mystery swirling about the active roster right now is the presence of Chris Davis, whose purpose on this team I cannot for the life of me figure out."

The Ray Area: I am Dr. Frankenstein
Mark has turned his wife into a baseball fan.  And now he can't turn it off!

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Buchholz, Home Runs, and the Base on Balls
Is Buchholz going to get any better?

Royals Authority: How Often Do Good Relievers Have Bad Outings?
"There is much to like about the Royals’ young bullpen this season.   Ignoring the Crow should be a starter argument for now, I truly can see this group being a ferocious bridge between what we hope will be a powerful young rotation and a back-to-normal Joakim Soria for years to come."

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Identity Crisis
I cannot stress enough how much I disagree with this:  "The Tigers don’t have [an identity]. They’ve won and lost games with pitching. They’ve won and lost games with hitting. They’ve won and lost games with defense. For now, they don’t know who they are, and, if they don’t develop something soon, something like the Giants did last year, it’s going to be terminal."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Baseball Deep In Debt (Part 1)
Larry does some digging and finds, "during the last five years the aggregate debt load carried by baseball’s 30 teams has grown by nearly a billion dollars. By my estimates, five teams (including the Mets, Dodgers and Rangers) are carrying more debt than is permitted under baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and another five teams have borrowed money at levels close to the CBA limit."

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Dodgers 5, Braves 3 (12 innings)
Peter recaps a pretty exciting Thursday afternoon contest. Crazy pitcher usage all over the place!

View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Game 17 and 18 - A Split = A Series Win
What went right and what went wrong in the Cubs' freezing cold doubleheader split on Wednesday. Not pictured (probably because these guys have known this for weeks, but I just noticed it when I was at the game yesterday): Geovany Soto, probably the best hitter on the team, bats 8th! Craziness.

Dodger Thoughts: The irredeemable Frank McCourt
"As I walked through all the different stories about today's news, as if I were a shopper in a McCourt Mall of Horrors, I found myself thinking about the person whose name has been in the news, top of mind, every day this month until today: Bryan Stow."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Dodgers' present murky, future bright - Broxton's mostly the former
"So as humiliating as the move may be for the franchise, this is probably rock bottom. And rock bottom is a good thing; ask anyone who has ever been addicted, been affected by addiction or knows anything whatsoever about it. What goes down must come up… or something like that.
On the other hand, something that is very wrong that is probably not going to get right very soon is Jonathan Broxton."

Mets Today: Mets Game 19: Win Over Astros
Maybe Terry Collins should get thrown out of the first inning of every game.

Nationals Baseball: The Ramos lie?
Riggleman said Wilson Ramos was becoming the number-one starter. That's not what's happened at all -- Pudge Rodriguez has continued to start against right-handed pitchers, despite the fact that he hasn't been able to play at all for many years. Harper tries to figure out why Riggs (I assume they call him Riggs, or Riggles) is telling lies.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Bartlett Blows Moseley's Shot at Immortality, Hawpe Just Blows
Jason Bartlett let the team down by failing to let the Padres be shut out for a fourth Dustin Moseley start in a row, but at least they had the huge black hole Hawpe to fall back on.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): SIERA Through 17 Games
Guess what? The Phillies' rotation has been really, really good so far. A bit more surprising is exactly how good Hamels and Blanton have been.

Redleg Nation: Down on the Farm
A nice, succinct recap of the day's Reds-minor-league-affiliates action.

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