Thursday, April 7, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 4/7

Today in the roundup, the injury history of Justin Duchscherer reads like Elijah Dukes' rap sheet, Rafael Soriano disappears like Houdini, Yovani Gallardo is a two-way threat, Cole Hamels' start should not freak you out, and the single best statement about team construction that I've read lately is from Jon Weisman.

Baseballin' on a Budget (A's):
Midland Rockhounds Roster Preview
Chris gave you the triple-A squad yesterday, and now here's an equally in-depth look at the A's double-A team.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Adam Moore injured in Mariners' 4th consecutive loss
Not a great day to be an M's fan, as they lost on Felix day and lost their catcher to a potentially serious knee injury.

Weaver's Tantrum (Orioles): Ouch, My Hip...Back...Bicep...Elbow...
The long, sad injury history of now-theoretically-Orioles pitcher Justin Duchscherer.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Okay, This Is Getting Ridiculous
"So as the Rangers continue to hum along and expand upon their undefeated record, the baseball is becoming progressively more compelling to watch, and the narratives are beginning to acquire more definition."

The Ray Area: I Refuse to Write About the C-word
Contraction, that is. Pretty short post since, you know, he refuses to write about it, but worthwhile nonetheless.

Fire Brand of the AL (Red Sox): The Sky Is Falling!
Chip Buck with some excellent, sensible, non-panicky words for panicky Sox fans.

Royals Authority: We All Can Be the Judge
Craig Brown takes issue with the old-timey newspaper musings of Kansas City Star cartoonist and sometime Royals blogger Lee Judge.

Nick's Twins Blog: The Burden of Proof
"This, however, is a new year. [Tuesday] night's victory was hardly enchanting, but it was a victory. And these 2011 Twins now have the opportunity to succeed where their predecessors failed: putting together a convincing, complete victory in Yankee Stadium."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Dealing with Rafael Soriano
Mark, the Braves fan, has some wise words for the Yankees fans regarding coming to terms with their new $35 million setup guy.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Gallardo's Best Game?
Not to spoil the surprise, but: "Although it may get lost in the slog that is a 162 game season, make no mistakes: Gallardo’s performance last night was one for the ages and, at least by one measure, his best game as a Brewer."  Click to find out why.  It'll surprise you.

Fungoes (Cardinals): Sabermetric Post-Game Notes: Cardinals 3, Pirates 2
A different kind of game recap.  This is pretty cool if you're statistically inclined.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Patience Darling, Patience
"Before the first pitch is thrown we tend to overanalyze the minutiae of baseball’s anatomy looking for clues.  We can coax ourselves into thinking, that a team of has-beens and never wills, is the perfect recipe for success.  We throw all reasonable thought out the window."

Dodger Thoughts: Dodgers' third loss in four games points out frailties
Excuse me for shouting but THIS NEXT STATEMENT IS AWESOME!  PAY ATTENTION! "We heard a lot of talk about execution and aggressiveness in Spring Training, which is all well and good — being anti-execution is like being anti-breathing. But I tend to think that any team that is relying on execution to save its season is a team that doesn't have enough talent to succeed."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Quick Visual, Belt's Approach
"so far, it feels like every AB that Belt takes is a patient approach that rarely leads him out of the strike zone. As of today, Belt has only seen 92 total pitches in the majors. He’s only accrued 21 plate appearances. The SSS [small sample size] rule still, well, rules. But, I can’t remember the last 2 for 17 that looked this good."
Mets Today: Little Things That Win and Lose Games
Joe breaks down a couple of little plays that may have had a big difference in the outcome of the Mets/Phillies tilt.
Nationals Baseball: Just Kidding
Jim Riggleman's being a bit bi-polar (or bi-winning, since Charlie Sheen hasn't trademarked that yet) with Ian Desmond.
Ducksnorts (Padres): Lemontastic
Geoff chronicles his trip to the ballpark and gets blubbery over Trevor Hoffman.  I don't get it. It's not like the end of Field of Dreams...hen they're playing catch...the father and the, it's getting dusty in here...I think I need to go call my dad...
Crashburn Alley (Phillies): By Law, I Am Required to Post This
When do pitcher sample sizes become reliable, and how freaked out should the Phillies be by Cole Hamels?
Redleg Nation: You keep comin' back, comin' back to me
Things I never thought I'd read: "Paul Janish is flat-out awesome."

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