Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 4/5

Brandon Beachy shows promise, Jaimie Garcia dominates the Padres, Matt Harrison's quick start, Scott Baker and homers, & Cliff Lee is actually kind of funny.
Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Braves 2, Brewers 1
Peter recaps a strong start by Brandon Beachy and the Craig Kimbrel express rolls on.

Fungoes (Cardinals): The Cardinals are old (which is good and bad)
"The Cardinals have won before with oldsters. Will this group age as well and stay healthy and perform highly enough to help them do it again?"

View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Girlieview
A nice feature from last season makes its regular season return on VFtB.

Bay City Ball (Giants): Fixing the Defense
Chris has got some ideas to turn around what has been a really ragged start for the Giants' D.

Mets Today: Brian Cashman Admits Idiocy
"It’s rare that the Yankees do or say something that makes them appear inept. It’s even rarer when the Yanks do or say something that makes the Mets look smart." In fairness, I don't think this is what Cashman was saying.  Joe's got a liberal interpretation.

Nationals Baseball: Perhaps the World Will Change for Ian
Ian Desmond is really struggling to start 2011, and the Nationals don't want him to change.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Pity About the Padres Offense (Non-Ironic Remix)
Geoff recaps the Padres' struggles against Jaimie Garcia.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Video, Q&A with Lee, Howard, Ibanez, Lidge
Some nice comedy around the 2:40 mark.

Redleg Nation: Tip of the Cap to the Reds Organization
Bill Lack says the fan experience at Great American Ballpark is fantastic.

Baseballin' on a Budget (Athletics): 2011 Top 20 Prospect List: #1-10
Pretty straightforward, right? But they start right off with number one rather than counting down, which is refreshingly different.

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): Stepping Up to the Downs Spot
Co-sign on this: "Still early but encouraging, if Marc Rzepczynski succeeding as a reliever encourages you. Me? It bums me out, as the better he pitches in the pen, the less likely he is to return to the rotation."

The B-List Indians Blog: The B-List: 4/1-4/3
Long, funny list of thoughts and observations from Cleveland's opening-series loss to the White Sox.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Game 4 of 162
Preview of the Mariners-Rangers series (and especially the first game, which the M's dropped 4-6).

Weaver's Tantrum (Orioles): On Deck--The Detroit Tigers
"It won't always be like this. The starters won't be able to carry their current 0.45 ERA through the whole season. Nick Markakis won't be able to reel in every hard-hit ball. Brian Roberts won't maintain a 1.000 OPS. It's great for now though." 

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): A (Long) Word On Matt Harrison
In which Joey wants to believe in a new and improved version of the Rangers' #3 starter...but just can't, yet.

"Does that mean the Trop is taking some vengeance on the outspoken members of the club until they offer an apology?  Probably not.  But, to paraphrase the immortal words of Crash Davis, 'A player on a streak should respect the streak.  If he thinks he’s  [struggling] because he wears women’s underwear, or because [he said mean things about the ballpark, or because the ballpark hates him], then he is.'”

Fire Brand of the AL (Red Sox): Building the Lineup
Good stuff by Troy on the Red Sox' lineups, and minimizing the negative impact of their lefty-heaviness.

Royals Authority: Live in the Moment
"We can analyze and project and, frankly, know that the odds of the Kansas City Royals maintaining this kind of winning pace are remote.   We could do that, or we could just enjoy the wins.   I choose the latter."

Nick's Twins Blog: Baker's Base Runners
Insightful stuff from Nick on learning to live with Scott Baker's inevitable gopherballs, as long as he keeps runners off the bases in front of 'em. 

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Yankees and Age
The always interesting Mark Smith has a lot of words well worth reading on the historical perception of the Yankees as an aging team, the direction it's been going, and what it means for them going forward.

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