Monday, April 25, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 4/25

In today's roundup, Ryan Braun gets paid, Scott Rolen gets hurt, Pablo Sandoval gets better and better, and Josh Lueke gets the littlest bit of what he deserves.  Jackass.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Braves 9, Giants 6
Peter recaps the Braves big win over the NL Champs and Larry Jones' birthday.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers):  The Ryan Braun Contract Is Not the Ryan Howard Contract
OK, so Jack kind of spoils the mystery with that title, but click through to see his excellent reasoning and overall feelings regarding the Braun extension.

View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Rotation Woes Continue
The VFtB crew recaps yesterday's game between the Cubs and Dodgers, and is horrified about the Cubs pitching.  Speaking as someone who sat through a 12-2 drubbing on Friday in 45 degree weather, I would have liked them to have noticed their pitching woes before now.

Dodgers Thoughts: Dodgers end Jerry Sands' first week on a winning note
Jon Weisman is regular folk.  Observe: "What I like to think is that Sands' travelin' man stance is a harbinger of his being in this for the long haul. I'd also like to think the same about his team."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Not Yet 25, Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval is a very good player.  And while his career has already had a lot of ups and downs, Rory Paap reminds us that he's still pretty darn young too. 

Mets Today: What If Pelfrey Pitches Well Tonight?
He did.  You'd think this is a good thing.  But is there drama in Queens?  I mean more than usual.

Nationals Baseball: Bah!
Harper Scrooge weighs in on the new proposed playoff system for 2012.  Try and guess if he's pro or con.

Ducksnorts (Padres): No Offense, But This Is Offensive
The Padres are struggling, hitting .214/.300/.318 as a team.  Boo hoo, cries this Twins fan, whos club is at .240/.294/.332 with the DH.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): A Game for the Armchair Scouts
Of the many reasons I love reading Bill Baer, this is definitely one of them, "If there’s one group Saberists don’t like, it’s the people who back up their outlandish claims with “I watch the games”. Being able to pinpoint minute details in baseball players is a skill that takes years to master — that’s why professional scouts are so universally revered."  Also, there's a game for all you aspiring scouts out there who could totally solve Raul Ibanez's problems by getting him to hold his bat higher.

Redleg Nation: Scott Rolen to DL; Reds May Be In Trouble
Wanna piss of a Reds fan?  Remind them that Miguel Cairo is their backup 3B.

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays)An Easter Sunday Resurrection
He held off for 20 games, but John Farrell finally caved to his instincts and put Corey Patterson in the leadoff spot. This is a bad idea.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners)Peguero, Lueke optioned to AAA Tacoma
Justin Smoak activated from the bereavement list, and Dan Cortes recalled to replace Lueke, who I just can't not root against.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers)Sunday Morning Open Thread: Five Questions
Feliz's replacement, Julio Borbon, trade targets, a basketball question, and the starting rotation.

The Ray AreaPoint-Counterpoint
Mark and Brandon argue over whether Andrew Friedman gives up too quickly on his players.

A long profile of last season's Red Sox minor league co-offensive player of the year.

I wouldn't normally link to a post with no real written content, but I haven't talked about the BBS podcast at all before, and you should definitely check it out. 

Doug recaps his -- you guessed it -- road trip to Baltimore, highlighted by a meeting with Orioles legend and now barbecue-sandwich guy Boog Powell.  

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees)Keeping It Simple: A.J. Burnett
Jason has a long look at Burnett that's really anything but simple, but this is straightforward enough: "Forget all the theories about mental instability, all A.J. needs to do is mix up his pitches and throw his curve for strikes. That doesn’t sound too different from other pitchers now does it?"

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