Oakland manager Bob Melvin should be the happiest man in baseball. He doesn't have the worries of Davey Johnson, who has been giving Bryce Harper days off only to see his young star be named to the All-Star team and the Home Run Derby team.
Since we know cheating happens and Biogenesis looks like our latest proof, it's worth having a discussion of the lack of intelligence these guys showed in placing their trust in Biogenesis head fraud Anthony Bosch.
Any attempts to paint Sergio Romo's final pitch -- and, by extension, the Giants' run to the title -- as luck or trickery is to miss the point. The Giants were better, and they were better because they were smarter.
Don't get fooled by the heavy-metal music and the eccentric personalities; the closer job -- getting the last three outs of a game in which your team has a one- to three-run lead -- is just not that big of a deal.
If you're a baseball executive, you're guessing what will keep pitchers healthy. They're all guessing. The Rockies are guessing. (To their credit, they admit it.) Dan Duquette is guessing. The Nationals are guessing.
In ESPN The Magazine, Tim Keown writes that Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw faced off in four filthy duels last season, treating fans to baseball's latest, greatest pitching rivalry. And this showdown is just getting started.