Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 4/26

In today's roundup, the Padres can't hit, the Nats can't get a day off, CJ Wilson can't escape the Luck-dragon forever, and Roy Halladay can't stop pitching.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: I still like Lance a lot
Some Houston sports radio guy went off on Lance Berkman the other day; Austin rightly puts him in his place.

View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Girlieview (4/25/2011)
Lizzie's really on her game in this one, with a bunch of funny one-liners and observations about the current state of Cubs baseball.

Dodger Thoughts: Trayvon Robinson making his own case
The hot start from the great-first-named farmhand, and other notables from around the Dodgers' minor leagues.

Bay City Ball (Giants): Pop-up Follow-up
A graph and commentary from Otis on Barry Zito's career pattern of inducing popups.

Nationals Baseball: The long road in May
Wow. "If the Nats don't catch a weather related break during this stretch [Saturday through mid June], they will play 49 games in 51 days."

Ducksnorts (Padres): Less Is Less
"I’ve run out of words to describe the ineptitude of the Padres offense. Well, words that I care to use in decent company."

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Should Roy Halladay Have Thrown 130 Pitches?
Bill worries that Halladay's being overworked. He's got a solid point given the score of the game at the time, but on the other hand, this is Roy freaking Halladay we're talking about.

Redleg Nation: On Juan Francisco
"Does anyone outside the Reds organization think Juan Francisco has a chance to be a major league regular? I never have, so maybe I’m not looking at this fairly…but what I see is a player that refuses to take walks, that strikes out a ton, and is miserable defensively. Oh, but that power! Whatever."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): CJ Wilson and the Texas 12 Step
"My name is Josh, and I’m a C.J. skeptic."  Rangers fans should find out why.

The Ray Area: The Wild, Wild East
"A quick check of the tote board this morning finds the Rays in sole possession of 2nd place in the big bad AL East.  To get there, all they had to do was get back to .500.  That seems to beg the question, is the AL East really as tough as we all think it is or predicted it would be?"

Fire Brand of the American League: The Difference a Week Can Make
After going 6-1 this past week, Red Sox fans are feeling a lot better about the world.

Royals Authority: Catch Your Breath Monday
Clark Fosler is setting himself up for disappointment, I'm afraid: " Certainly, the Royals are not going to win ten of every fifteen games as they did to start the season, but they should not perceive themselves as a team that is going to lose six of eight, either."

Nick's Twins Blog: Three-Bagger, Morneau, Nathan, and Span
Nick just keeps depressing me: "Span's ability to take walks has steadily declined since he debuted in the majors four years ago."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Girardi Needs to Trust His Starters
"Over the long term, the bullpen is going to have to put in a lot of unnecessary work if Girardi doesn’t trust guys like Garcia to pitch into the 7th even when they’ve got their best stuff."

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