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  1. Tuesday afternoon reading list

    David Schoenfield

    Some stuff to check out as you take a break from watching the World Cup ... Remember the great throw by Yoenis Cespedes a couple weeks ago? The next day, I wrote about some of history's great throws. Eric Lang of The Hardball Times examined the...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Thoughts: Tigers play ugliest game of year

    David Schoenfield

    Quick thoughts on Tuesday's games ... It can happen to the best of teams, that one game where everything goes wrong. Mariners fans still get depressed over a 2001 loss to Cleveland in which Seattle blew a 12-0 lead, a loss that would cost the Mar...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  4. We're in a golden age for leadoff hitters

    David Schoenfield

    "I don't think I ever got proper credit about being smart about the game." -- Rickey Henderson When was the golden age for leadoff hitters? Well, 1965 was pretty good. Joe Morgan was a rookie that year and hit his way into the leadoff spot, where...

    Blog | May 07, 2013
  5. Thoughts: Pirates make Phillies look awful

    David Schoenfield

    Some thoughts on Thursday's slate of games ... ESPN Insider Dan Szymborski wrote the other day that it's time to break up the Phillies and it's hard to argue with that assessment after their recent results. The Pirates won 6-4 to take three out ...

    Blog | April 26, 2013
  6. Debate: Who is game's best leadoff hitter?

    David Schoenfield

    With Mike Trout currently batting second for the Angels, Eric Karabell wondered: Who is the game's best leadoff hitter right now? Time for a quick debate! Eric: Austin Jackson I'll go with Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson. He's not of...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  7. Sleeper MVP candidates: American League

    David Schoenfield

    Earlier, we listed our top five stealth MVP candidates for the National League. As a reminder, MVP winners usually meet these criteria: 1. Be on a playoff team (see Miguel Cabrera over Mike Trout, Ryan Braun over Matt Kemp, etc.) 2. Be an RBI guy...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  8. Alex Gordon defensive player of month

    David Schoenfield

    Tuesday, we'll announce our selection for Defensive Player of the Year, but to whet your appetite we give you a quick look at the Defensive Player of the Month selection for September. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon beat out Mariners shortstop Br...

    Blog | October 01, 2012
  9. Verlander still greatest show on earth

    David Schoenfield

    For his next act, I half expect Justin Verlander to string a tightrope over the Detroit River and walk across it while carrying Prince Fielder on his back or maybe careen down Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. Or maybe just eat fire. That's certai...

    Blog | April 17, 2012
  10. Fantasy Qs: Rangers, Red Sox, KC, Padres

    David Schoenfield

    Some excellent work from colleagues Tristan Cockcroft and AJ Mass. These pieces are under the fantasy template but apply to "real" baseball as well. Texas Rangers: A closer look at what to expect from Neftali Feliz as he moves from the closer rol...

    Blog | March 09, 2012
  11. Links: Kimbrel, Manny, AL East rotations

    David Schoenfield

    Some more good stuff from around the SweetSpot network ... Ben Duronio examines Craig Kimbrel's breaking ball. Some label the pitch a slider or slurve, but Kimbrel refers to it as a curveball. Here's all that matters: It's a devastating pitch. ...

    Blog | February 08, 2012
  12. AL Central showdown: Position rankings

    David Schoenfield

    We're back with more divisional position rankings for 2012. You can scream, you can holler, you can protest and call me names. But just because I rated your player lower than you think he deserves doesn't mean I hate your team. (Here are the NL Ea...

    Blog | January 26, 2012
  13. AL MVP race a five-way battle

    David Schoenfield

    Justin Verlander is hoping to become the first pitcher to win the MVP Award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992, and the first starting pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986. Jacoby Ellsbury is hoping to win the MVP Award despite the late-season collapse of...

    Blog | November 20, 2011
  14. You won't believe who has No. 2 AL outfield

    David Schoenfield

    From the strange but true category: Based on FanGraphs' WAR (wins above replacement), the Kansas City Royals have the second-best outfield in the American League. Using the top three rated outfielders for each club, here are the top five clubs in ...

    Blog | June 22, 2011
  15. Podcast: Mets, Jimenez, Kazmir's decline

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell and Keith Law joined forces on Thursday's Baseball Today pod. Be sure to check it out ... Are the Mets better than we think? Keith says not with that pitching. Jeremy Hellickson's first start was solid, but Tampa lost again. So d...

    Blog | April 07, 2011
  16. Fun and quirky: Early meaningless stats!

    David Schoenfield

    One of the fun aspects of the first week of the season is the quirky results we see. No, the Royals are not better than the Red Sox, but you gotta love the Royals playing exciting baseball and going 4-1. So, here's a random scroll through some of ...

    Blog | April 06, 2011