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  1. Ten post-deadline predictions

    David Schoenfield

    Let's look at some of the fallout from the trade deadline -- things people said -- and then make some predictions for what happens the rest of the way. 1. The acquisition of Jon Lester makes the Oakland A's the favorite in the AL West. Predicti...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  2. Most important AL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    One player won't make or break a team's playoff push, but here is one key guy for each American League club in the second half. Baltimore Orioles -- Chris Davis Let's divide Davis' last two years into halves: Second half, 2012: .269/.337/.53...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  3. Ranking the teams: 18 through 13

    David Schoenfield

    It's the third part of our pre-spring training series. One thing that's tougher than you probably realize: predicting records. Think about it: Every team looks better on paper. Most of them plugged the obvious holes from 2013 (or attempted to), every...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  4. Payroll and wins: The past five years

    David Schoenfield

    Jayson Stark has a piece today looking back at the reign of commissioner Bud Selig. One of the important legacies of Selig's tenure has been revenue sharing -- as Jayson points out, nearly $400 million exchanged hands last season, helping some of the...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  5. Christmas wishes for every team

    David Schoenfield

    What are wishing for under your Christmas tree this year? Here are Christmas wishes across the major leagues: AL East Baltimore Orioles -- A healthy Manny Machado for Opening Day. A repeat season from Chris Davis. The old Nick Markakis. A close...

    Blog | December 24, 2013
  6. Offseason bullpen grades: American League

    David Schoenfield

    In the second part of our look at bullpens, we examine the American League teams. You'll see a lot more movement this winter in the AL as seven teams are currently in need of a new closer -- either from within or via free agency -- and two or three o...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  7. Who to root for? Ranking the contenders

    David Schoenfield

    Your team is out of it, but you still love baseball. You intend keep checking box scores and watching the big games these final two weeks. You'll watch the playoffs, but you need a team to root for. So, who to pick from the remaining teams in cont...

    Blog | September 15, 2013
  8. AL wild-card breakdown: Rays the favorite

    David Schoenfield

    Let's get this out of the way: From what I can tell, Major League Baseball does not have rules in place for a five-way tiebreaker for the second wild card. So that won't happen. It can't happen, because we don't need another image of Bud Selig shrugg...

    Blog | September 09, 2013
  9. Ten predictions for the stretch run

    David Schoenfield

    When Alex Rodriguez got caught off second base on Ichiro Suzuki's line drive back to the pitcher in the 10th inning, I was sure the Tampa Bay Rays would win. When Joba Chamberlain walked Jose Molina leading off the bottom of the 10th, I was sure t...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  10. Players believe Bonds is record holder

    David Schoenfield

    NEW YORK -- Media day at the All-Star Game isn't quite media day at the Super Bowl, but on a hot, steamy day in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field, sweaty media members met with sweaty ballplayers. There was a vibe of happiness from the player...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  11. Fascination Factor: Ranking all 30 teams

    David Schoenfield

    The Washington Nationals were supposed to be the best team in baseball, a team that could win 100 games and maybe blow out the rest of the National League. But, you know, that would have been kind of boring, just doing what everyone expected. The fac...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  12. Thoughts: Wacha stars in debut for Cards

    David Schoenfield

    Haven't done one of these all week, so some quick thoughts on Thursday's games ... I was watching the Detroit Tigers-Pittsburgh Pirates last night but on my laptop I had on the Kansas City Royals-St. Louis Cardinals game to check out Michael Wach...

    Blog | May 31, 2013
  13. Last time each AL team drafted an All-Star

    David Schoenfield

    The 2013 MLB draft is coming up, with the first round set for June 6, and when each team makes its first-round selection, each will be drafting an amateur player it believes will turn into an All-Star. In reality, front offices know the odds of d...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  14. Wrap: Big problems for O's, Indians, Rays

    David Schoenfield

    This whole closer thing is a tough business. Perfection isn't just expected; it's demanded. Slip up once and it's a headline; slip up twice and fans are ready to trade you to Topeka. Slip up three times and your manager usually starts questioning you...

    Blog | May 27, 2013
  15. SweetSpot TV: Best defensive outfields

    David Schoenfield

    A year ago, the Cleveland Indians allowed the most runs in the American League, a pretty remarkable achievement considering the Minnesota Twins had a historically awful rotation. The Indians, however, combined bad pitchers and bad defense -- their -5...

    Blog | April 12, 2013
  16. Thoughts: Hey, Blue Jays aren't awful!

    David Schoenfield

    Quick thoughts on Thursday's action ... One of the fun things about opening week is overreacting to just a few game results. Hey, we all do it. So when the Toronto Blue Jays lost their first two games and then saw the Cleveland Indians score thre...

    Blog | April 04, 2013