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  1. Monday's random thoughts on every team

    David Schoenfield

    A glance through Sunday's results and some quick thoughts ... at least one for every team! A's 11, Orioles 1: I wrote about Manny Machado's embarrassing episode here. How much of this is frustration by Machado? While he has had four two-hit gam...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  2. Ludwick back, who hits cleanup for Reds?

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell wrote about Ryan Ludwick's return to the Reds' lineup on Monday, which could give Dusty Baker the option of returning to his Opening Day lineup, when Brandon Phillips hit second and Ludwick hit cleanup, for a left-right-left-right-left-...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  3. Bruce Bochy messes up NL lineup

    David Schoenfield

    Here's the National League lineup for Tuesday's game: 2B Brandon Phillips RF Carlos Beltran 1B Joey Votto 3B David Wright LF Carlos Gonzalez C Yadier Molina SS Troy Tulowitzki DH Michael Cuddyer CF Bryce Harper You see the problem here,...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  4. NL All-Star squad looks much stronger

    David Schoenfield

    The big questions for this season's All-Star selections as we headed into Saturday's selection show: Would Yasiel Puig make it? Who backs up Miguel Cabrera at third base in the American League from a strong field of candidates? Who represents the Ast...

    Blog | July 06, 2013
  5. Matt Harvey vs. Joey Votto: Votto wins

    David Schoenfield

    The afternoon tilt between the Reds and Mets at Citi Field would have been just another mid-May game between a good team and a bad team, except the Mets are a good team when Matt Harvey pitches. Some thoughts on an interesting game, which the Reds wo...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  6. Brandon Phillips: RBI machine!

    David Schoenfield

    I don't know where this post is going, but wherever it leads, it's not meant to rip on Brandon Phillips, if it does wind up sounding negative. Reds fans jumped on me a few weeks ago when I called Phillips overrated, and that's fine: Fans should defen...

    Blog | May 20, 2013
  7. Weekend wrap: Is Jose Bautista back?

    David Schoenfield

    In April, Jose Bautista had turned into a three true outcomes type of player: home run, walk or strikeout. He hit seven home runs and had a slugging percentage over .500, but was hitting just .200. Was he just finding his stroke as he returned fro...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  8. SweetSpot TV: All-Underrated team

    David Schoenfield

    There is no scientific way to pick an all-underrated team. Well, I suppose there is some formula we could come up with, but that would be about as much fun as watching Brendan Ryan take batting practice. So let's go with an unscientific approach: my ...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  9. U.S. in trouble after loss to Mexico

    David Schoenfield

    Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout aren't on the United States roster, and their absence means a lot of fans don't care about the World Baseball Classic -- certainly not enough to spend a Friday evening in early March wa...

    Blog | March 09, 2013
  10. Team USA missing stars, but still formidable

    David Schoenfield

    OK, there's no Mike Trout or Buster Posey or Justin Verlander or Andrew McCutchen, but Team USA's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic looks pretty strong. How about this lineup: RF Ben Zobrist C Joe Mauer LF Ryan Braun DH Gianca...

    Blog | January 17, 2013
  11. More fun with player comparisons

    David Schoenfield

    We did two earlier. Let's try another one. Player A is a regarded as a star player, a slick-fielding second baseman who has won three Gold Glove Awards, has power and finished 13th in the MVP voting in 2012. Player B is a young player with holes i...

    Blog | December 31, 2012
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Baker's smart move with Latos pays off

    David Schoenfield

    When Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto had to leave with back spasms after recording just one out Saturday, manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price had four reasonable options: 1. Bring in reliever Sam LeCure, who didn't start a game...

    Blog | October 07, 2012
  15. Reds' anger toward La Russa misplaced

    David Schoenfield

    The Cincinnati Reds are angry. Dusty Baker is very angry, accusing Tony La Russa of deliberately bypassing Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips in making his All-Star selections because of the infamous Reds-Cardinals brawl in 2010. "A snub like that ...

    Blog | July 02, 2012
  16. Clearing the bases: Reyes off to slow start

    David Schoenfield

    First base: Time to ditch The Beard? Giants closer Brian Wilson struggled in a 32-pitch ninth inning, allowing three hits and walking in a run. He also twisted his ankle during one pitch on his final batter faced, although stayed in to record his fir...

    Blog | April 13, 2012