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  1. Most important NL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    OK, we're already a couple of days into the second half of the season, which actually begins well past the actual halfway point of the season, but here are the key players to watch for each National League team. Atlanta Braves: Mike Minor Well,...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  2. Trade deadline preview: NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    We're going division by division to look at what each team needs to do at the trade deadline and what may actually happen. As always, you can keep up with the latest trade talk at Rumor Central. Chicago Cubs Status: Moving parts to build th...

    Blog | July 05, 2014
  3. 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
  4. A look at non-roster invitees: NL

    David Schoenfield

    Here's a look at some of the interesting non-roster invites to National League camps. OK, mildly interesting. Even if these players don't crack the big league roster out of spring training, many will wind up as Triple-A insurance during the season. ...

    Blog | January 31, 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. NL Central: Three questions for each team

    David Schoenfield

    We continue our three questions series with the NL Central ... St. Louis Cardinals What do they need? Unless the Cardinals surprise everyone with a blockbuster trade, they're essentially done for the offseason. Jhonny Peralta was signed to play...

    Blog | December 08, 2013
  7. Offseason bullpen grades: National League

    David Schoenfield

    The average bullpen pitches nearly a third of the game these days and with scoring on the decline that also means more tight games -- and thus more games where the relievers can win it, lose it or save it. Jerry Crasnick has a piece on the market for...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Last time each NL team drafted an All-Star

    David Schoenfield

    Yesterday, we looked at the last time each American League club drafted a player who became an All-Star -- whether for the franchise or another. The Cleveland Indians had the longest drought: CC Sabathia was the last All-Star they drafted and he was ...

    Blog | May 29, 2013
  11. Did Dusty learn anything this weekend?

    David Schoenfield

    On Friday afternoon, Aroldis Chapman had a rare bad outing trying to finish up the Cincinnati Reds' 6-2 lead over the Chicago Cubs. So bad, in fact, that manager Dusty Baker actually removed his Proven Closer (tm) for J.J. Hoover with the game on the...

    Blog | May 06, 2013
  12. Write it down: NL final standings

    David Schoenfield

    OK, here are my final AL standings. Here are the NL standings. Yes, we can all laugh at this at the end of the season. FYI: All runs scored and allowed totals add up, as do wins and losses. For wins and losses, I merely took each team's projected run...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  13. Poll results: National League predictions

    David Schoenfield

    In my previous post, I ran down the American League poll results from the offseason report cards. Here are the National League results. As in the AL, fans are optimistic cross the board. For those who argue baseball lacks parity, tell that to base...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  14. Report cards: The final grades and rankings

    David Schoenfield

    OK, now that I've finished all 30 offseason report cards, we can essentially use my final grades to give us Power Rankings (you can get all the report cards at the bottom of this page). Washington Nationals: A Atlanta Braves: A- Cincinnati Reds:...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  15. Over/unders for all 30 teams

    David Schoenfield

    Bovada.lv has released its 2013 over/under win totals. The following information is presented for entertainment purposes only: Arizona Diamondbacks: 81.5 Atlanta Braves: 88.5 Baltimore Orioles: 78.5 Boston Red Sox: 82.5 Chicago Cubs: 72.5 Chi...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  16. One-hit wonders: NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    Another list of one-hit wonders: Guys who had one big season. Here's the American League East, AL Central, AL West and National League East. Chicago Cubs I didn't search for long before finding this season: Rick Wilkins in 1993. A third-year catc...

    Blog | January 19, 2013