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  1. Things we've learned after one series

    David Schoenfield

    Overreact after one series? Of course we're going to overreact! We're baseball fans. It's no fun if we just spout things like "small sample size" and "check back in two months." So, what have we learned after one series? Here are a few trends and thi...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  2. Tim Hudson stellar in Giants debut

    David Schoenfield

    Welcome back, Tim Hudson, even if you do look a little strange in that Giants uniform. In a day and evening of masterful starting pitching performances, Hudson's may have been the most important. Making his first regular-season start since that gr...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  3. Ten observations on Opening Day games

    David Schoenfield

    The first rule of Opening Day: Don't overreact to Opening Day. So these are merely observations from flipping around watching a bunch of different games. 1. At one point during the Cardinals-Reds opener, Adam Wainwright looked a little perturbed, ...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  4. Opening Day primer: What not to miss

    David Schoenfield

    There's nothing quite like Opening Day. As Pete Rose once said, "It's like Christmas except warmer." It's a reminder that for perhaps inexplicable reasons we still love this crazy game, that we're ready to devote way too many hours over the next seve...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  5. Fourteen big questions for 2014

    David Schoenfield

    1. The Fast and the Furious III: Who wins the AL MVP Award? It's the third installment of the epic Mike Trout-Miguel Cabrera trilogy, made even more intriguing by the mammoth contracts the two players just signed. While you can come up with a doze...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  6. How many wins is a manager worth?

    David Schoenfield

    One of the great unanswered questions of sabermetrics is how much value a manager brings to a team. Maybe it's ultimately something that can't be properly evaluated, since aside from on-field strategic moves, much of what a manager does is difficult ...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  7. SweetSpot TV: Ranking the first basemen

    David Schoenfield

    First base regained some luster last season as Chris Davis and Paul Goldschmidt had monster years that put them in the MVP discussions in their leagues and Freddie Freeman had a breakout year for the Braves. The position gets even stronger this year ...

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  8. Monday afternoon reading list

    David Schoenfield

    Some stuff to check out ... With the season-ending injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, and the delayed start to Mike Minor's season, it was a little surprising the Braves cut Freddy Garcia, who you may remember actually started a playof...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  9. Monday morning random thoughts

    David Schoenfield

    Let's catch up on a few things ... I enjoyed the two games from Australia, even getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the opener. Clayton Kershaw didn't really have his best stuff in that game, with his fastball velocity way down, averaging 88.3 mph. R...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  10. Ranking the best 'core fives' in the majors

    David Schoenfield

    Are star players important? You're an idiot, Schoenfield. Of course they're important. Go back to your day job. OK, maybe there's a better way to rephrase that question. Which team has the best five core players? And is that a good indicator fo...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  11. SweetSpot TV: Future Power Rankings

    David Schoenfield

    Which franchise will be the one to beat in five years? We published our Future Power Rankings today, and while Eric Karabell weren't on the committee for those rankings, we do have something to say about them, including which team should be No. 1, wo...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  12. Over/under: Matt Carpenter's average

    David Schoenfield

    Matt Carpenter has signed a $52 million extension with the Cardinals. If Carpenter comes close to his 2013 numbers -- he led the National League in hits (199), runs (126) and doubles (55) -- it's going to be a bargain contract for the Cardinals. C...

    Blog | March 08, 2014
  13. Team over/unders: Best bets

    David Schoenfield

    Listed below is each team's over/under win total from Bovada.lv. For each group of five teams, I'll ask you to vote on which one is the best bet to exceed its win total. Wisdom of the crowds, right? (By the way, if the win totals seem low, they're...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  14. Cardinals making right decision with Wacha

    David Schoenfield

    I love this quote from Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist about Michael Wacha: "I don't see any reason why there is the buzz about the workload. He had 170 innings last year. You can think he could be a 200-inning guy this year. At the end of ...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  15. SweetSpot TV: Position battles

    David Schoenfield

    Eric and myself discuss a few of the more interesting position battles going on this spring....

    Blog | February 19, 2014
  16. Lineup discussion: NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    How much has scoring declined in recent years? There were 9,730 runs scored in the National League in 2013. In 2003 (with one additional team), there were 11,945 runs -- a difference of 98 runs per team on average. St. Louis Cardinals Key quest...

    Blog | February 17, 2014