Friday, July 1, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 7/1

On today's roundup, teams start looking toward the trade deadline and other upcoming roster moves.

You Can't Predict Baseball: Recaps of all the days action, every day, that you can't beat from The SweetSpot Network's newest addition.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Preseason picks update-NL MVP
Autin looks back on his picks, which (while reasonable at the time) look kind of funny right now.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Pre-trade deadline assessment
Peter looks into who the Bravos might have to deal to pick up some offense this year.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Brewers Roster Moves Should Be Clear
Jack Moore thinks Mark Kotsay's days in Milwaukee should be numbered, like, in the single digits.

View From the Bleachers (Cubs): What Will It Take To Win?
The Cubs have a long way to go to get competitive, but guest writer Katie Cernek offers a roadmap.

Snakes on Jefferson (Diamondbacks): Three Takeaways from the Cleveland/AZ Series
The most important is the Wily Mo Pena is fun.  Isn't he though?  Talk about a guy who never gets cheated.

Dodger Thoughts: Dodger Cogs and Dogs
Jon Weisman's latest attempt to rank the Dodgers in order of importance has Aaron Miles as a surprise mover. 

Bay City Ball (Giants): Ryan Vogelsong, Run Differential, and the Giants' Season
Rory looks at whether the Giants have been lucky or good in 2011.

Marlins Daily: Marlins and the Month of June-A Handy Dandy Diagram
A very depressing ven diagram.

Mets Today: Putting Things in Perspective
Joe just can't trust the Mets anymore.

Nationals Baseball: Shutout #11
On Ian Desmond's horrible performance thusfar.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Do the Padres Trade Away Their Stars?
"The notion that the Padres “trade away all [their] best players as soon as they get good” is demonstrably false. That it persists despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary defies reasonable explanation… maybe folks just like to feel sorry for themselves."

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Homegrown Talents-Utley and Howard
Overrated.  Underrated.  These guys are still pretty excellent.

Redleg Nation: Bronson Arroyo-Lets Hope It's Just the Mono
"I want to be pessimistic about Arroyo. He’s 34, so I feel like I should be pessimistic about him, but I’m just not."

Blake Street Bulletin: Fighting Mediocrity
Logan wanted better defense, especially at 2B, and the A's went out and got Mark Ellis.  Got any other ideas, Logan?

It's Pronounced "Lajaway" (Indians): In Many Ways, I Feel Right at Home
Stephanie picked the wrong game to miss.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): A Quick Note on Carlos Peguero
"People seem to like Peguero.  He looks like he’s helping the team score runs because he absolutely slams the ball.  He’s also been insanely lucky."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): The Return of Chris Davis?
"I'm not completely confident that a move is imminent here, and I'm still very skeptical of Davis's chances of prolonged major league success on the whole...but I also can't blame the Rangers for holding out hope that the light bulb has finally clicked on, and that his monster run at Round Rock proves it."

The Ray Area: Swinging Graphs Better Than Bats
Mark looks at the 10 biggest hits for the Rays this year.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Lackey Steps Up, But the Offense Can't Capitalize
For one day at least, John Lackey looks like he was back.

Royals Authority: Talking Future Because The Present Is No Fun
Things to look forward to amidst another rough season in KC.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Is It Time For Mechanical Adjustments?Should the Tigers start tinkering with Scherzer or Porcella.

Nick's Twins Blog: Pull Out All the Stops
"The Twins' amazing run over the first three weeks of June collectively rejuvenated the fan base, making believers out of doubters as the club moved 10 games closer to first place in less than a month's time....In reality, the Twins aren't totally out of it. They're nine games behind in a mediocre division and the season isn't quite halfway over."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Negotiating With The Big Sleep
With each great start, CC Sabathia ups his asking price this offseason when he opts out of his contract.

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