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  1. The 10 worst decisions of 2013

    David Schoenfield

    Earlier, I presented the 10 best decisions of 2013. Here are my 10 worst decisions -- moves that were clearly questionable when made. And, no, all 10 do not involve the Phillies. 10. Angels give $125 million to Josh Hamilton. It's easy to forget t...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  2. Giants, Tigers need pitching upgrades

    David Schoenfield

    If the old saying is true that in baseball you shouldn't rush to judgment until June, then we can now rush to judgment since we're well into the month. Actually, I don't know if that's an old saying or not, but you hear it said, and it's probably mos...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  3. Giants have problems in starting rotation

    David Schoenfield

    The San Francisco Giants are built around their starting rotation. That would seem more a statement of fact than an assertion of opinion. After all, conventional wisdom tells us the rotation carried the Giants to a World Series title in...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  4. Is Giants starting rotation overrated?

    David Schoenfield

    One reason some people don't like statistics -- at least those fancy ones -- is they sometimes produce results incongruous with popular belief. For example, this: San Francisco Giants pitching staff 2012: 8.1 WAR (Baseball-Reference) Kansas Ci...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  5. Thoughts: Don't forget about Matt Moore

    David Schoenfield

    It's easy to forget that a year ago there were the big three super prospects: Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Matt Moore, and not necessarily in that order. Baseball America named Moore its No. 2 prospect and wrote, "He makes it look so easy, and he's s...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  6. What does it mean to win 94 games?

    David Schoenfield

    One of the fun aspects of what I do is the ongoing dialogue we can engage in. When I posted my top-10 power rankings on Sunday, and then a follow-up on why I didn't include the Giants, I heard it loud and clear from Giants fans on Twitter and in the ...

    Blog | December 18, 2012
  7. What we learned from the 2012 postseason

    David Schoenfield

    The offseason is already in full swing, but I wanted to put a bow of sorts on the 2012 season. Let's take one final look at the 2012 postseason and see what we learned ... if anything. 1. Starting rotation depth is vital. The Giants' rotation dept...

    Blog | November 01, 2012
  8. Tigers in trouble after Sandoval's big game

    David Schoenfield

    They call him Kung Fu Panda. Now they can call him a World Series legend. Pablo Sandoval, a batter who rarely sees a pitch he doesn't like, found three pitches he loved in the World Series opener and entered his name alongside three of the biggest...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  9. Links: NLCS Game 6, Yankees' post-mortem

    David Schoenfield

    The Cardinals were certainly the favorite to beat Barry Zito and the Giants at home in Game 5, but now have to travel to San Francisco. Molly Knight writes that this added playoff pressure won't faze the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Wayne Drehs asks what we...

    Blog | October 21, 2012
  10. Reds blow opportunity to sweep series

    David Schoenfield

    That was one of the more entertaining games of the postseason, a classic pitching duel of sorts, with some interesting strategic decisions and some missed opportunities. The Cincinnati Reds will be kicking themselves for not taking advantage of one o...

    Blog | October 09, 2012
  11. A's gear up for biggest series in six years

    David Schoenfield

    This is the team they should have made the "Moneyball" movie about. The 2002 Oakland's A's were actually a star-studded team with Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez and Jermaine Dye. But the 2012 A's? Who are these guy...

    Blog | August 06, 2012
  12. Lincecum not unlucky, just pitching poorly

    David Schoenfield

    ESPN.com will be holding its second annual Franchise Player Draft on Thursday afternoon. It's a fun project where we gather 30 ESPN writers and TV personalities and conduct a fictional draft of every player in baseball, asking the question: Whom woul...

    Blog | May 31, 2012
  13. Clearing the bases: Zito to the rescue

    David Schoenfield

    News and notes from Monday's action that won't mention the Red Sox and Yankees showed great grit and determination by finally winning a game ... First base: Barry good. After an 0-3 start following three one-run losses to the Diamondbacks, the Gia...

    Blog | April 10, 2012
  14. NL West: Three fixes for each team

    David Schoenfield

    Welcome to the National League West, baseball's most unpredictable division. I wouldn't be surprised if all five teams finished 81-81 in 2012. Here are three fixes or action items for each club. Arizona Diamondbacks 1. Rotation (Joe Saunders...

    Blog | December 02, 2011
  15. Halladay still favorite in NL Cy Young race

    David Schoenfield

    The other night I wrote about the heated battled for the AL Cy Young Award among Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver and CC Sabathia (with Josh Beckett peeking through the window). The AL hasn't had a close vote since 2002 (Barry Zito over Pedro Martinez)...

    Blog | July 28, 2011
  16. Are teams smarter than they used to be?

    David Schoenfield

    So, Thomas Neumann of Page 2 sent me this picture of a Sports Illustrated cover, listing all the millionaire players from 1985. I think Thomas was working on a career retrospective of John Denny or something, I'm not sure. (OK, he actually interviewe...

    Blog | June 17, 2011