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  1. Are we lacking all-around outfielders?

    David Schoenfield

    From Tuesday's chat session: Steve (Plantation, FL) I was talking to my brother about outfielders, and I said "I want my left fielder to have a .350 OBP, 30 doubles, 20 homers, play solid D, and be a good baserunner." Then I asked, "How many play...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  2. Masterson unlikely to make big impact

    David Schoenfield

    The St. Louis Cardinals' acquisition of right-handed starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians proves one thing: You can never have too much starting pitching. Remember back in spring training when the Cardinals had seven or eight viable ca...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  3. NL MVP race most wide-open in years

    David Schoenfield

    As we turn the corner into August, I see seven strong National League MVP candidates in what's shaping up as one of the most wide-open MVP discussions in years. The players may eventually sort themselves out -- if I remember correctly, we were in ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  4. Manny Machado will help O's win East

    David Schoenfield

    Welcome back into our lives, Manny Machado. Oh, we hadn't forgotten about you. First, we waited for you to recover from last year's knee injury suffered late in September. Then you got off to a slow start and we wondered when you were going to sta...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  5. Astros' funny trade ideas leaked to public

    David Schoenfield

    Saw this on FanGraphs: Internal notes the Astros kept on on trade discussions last year were leaked to the public via a data warehouse site. You can read more at FanGraphs, but here were a couple of trades ideas Dave Cameron pointed out (and here's m...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  6. Padres on verge of offensive history

    David Schoenfield

    From John Zoni of ESPN Stats & Information, the worst team batting averages in a month since 1920: 1. Padres, June 2014 -- .175 2. Brewers, April 1972 -- .176 3. Athletics, April 1966 -- .176 4. Indians, April 1943 -- .255 The Padres have on...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  7. King Felix more dominant than ever

    David Schoenfield

    It may not be quite accurate to suggest Felix Hernandez is pitching the best baseball of his career, considering he's won a Cy Young Award, pitched a perfect game and has been one of the game's best starters since 2009. But Felix Hernandez is pitc...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  8. Punchless Royals can hang in weak Central

    David Schoenfield

    So here's the deal: Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals were scuffling along at 26-30, Ned Yost was doing funny things with the batting order, nobody was hitting for power, and Yordano Ventura's elbow had an ache. Two weeks later, the Royals are...

    Blog | June 15, 2014
  9. George Springer and Bob Speake

    David Schoenfield

    Astros rookie George Springer homered again on Thursday and now has seven in his past seven games and 10 in May. ESPN Stats & Information sent out this list for most home runs by a rookie in May: Mark McGwire, 1987 -- 15 Wally Berger, 1930 -- 11 ...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  10. Toronto's fearsome threesome on fire

    David Schoenfield

    The Blue Jays lost a tough one on Thursday, a fun back-and-forth game with the Royals that the Jays ultimately blew when Jose Reyes shanked a throw to first base on a routine grounder in the ninth inning. It would have ended the game -- Edwin Encarna...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  11. Daniel Murphy and nonfast base stealers

    David Schoenfield

    New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy isn't what I'd call fast. I mean, he's not a catcher or a plodding first baseman, but he won't ever be mistaken for a burner. He has maybe average-ish speed. He was never much of a base stealer. He topped ou...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  12. The 5 percent rule

    David Schoenfield

    Joe Posnanski over at Hardball Talk with a piece titled "The Timeless Game (and, maybe, the myth of closers)": There are two baseball phenomenons that are fascinating me these days. The first I've written about before: Teams leading going into the n...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  13. Can the Brewers win without walking?

    David Schoenfield

    The Milwaukee Brewers keep finding ways to win. On Tuesday, they beat the Cardinals for the second straight game in extra innings with a lineup that was missing Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura. Elian Herrera was batting se...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  14. Stanton one of best pure power hitters ever

    David Schoenfield

    The much-anticipated Alex Wood versus Jose Fernandez rematch didn't materialize on Tuesday night, as Fernandez turned in another dominating performance with eight scoreless innings while Wood gave up 10 hits and seven runs. What did materialize was a...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  15. Did the Cubs cost Matt Garza 30 wins?

    David Schoenfield

    One thing about baseball players: They're good at playing baseball. They're not always so good about analyzing baseball. Case in point, this quote from Matt Garza, when advising former Cubs teammate Jeff Samardzija: "I told [Samardzija], 'It do...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  16. Opening Day crossword puzzle

    David Schoenfield

    Though we've already had a couple of "for real" games played in Australia, Opening Day (at least stateside) is finally here, with one game Sunday night and then the full slate of games on Monday. To help celebrate the start of a new season, I present...

    Blog | March 30, 2014