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  1. Looking at the best rookies of 2014

    David Schoenfield

    With the news that Jacob deGrom has been shut down by the New York Mets and after watching Yordano Ventura deliver another impressive performance Tuesday night for the Kansas City Royals, it seems like a good time to review the 2014 rookie class. Her...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  2. Five things we learned Monday

    David Schoenfield

    Six days of regular-season baseball left. Barring a tie-breaker. Catch the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedule at the Hunt for October page. 1. Andrew McCutchen is a baseball deity, conqueror of enemy moundsmen and lifeblood of Pi...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  3. Bad-luck twins: Felix and Samardzija

    David Schoenfield

    Facing the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A lineup Thursday (all the starters rested after the Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night), Felix Hernandez crushed: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K. He lowered his ERA to 2.07. And he didn't get the w...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  4. Five things we learned Wednesday

    David Schoenfield

    Check out the latest standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules at the world-famous Hunt for October page. 1. This is how Mariners fans feel right now. Mariners rookie James Paxton was filthy, matching zeroes with Angels left-hander C.J. W...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  5. Felix Hernandez no longer Cy Young lock

    David Schoenfield

    We probably spend way too much discussing and arguing about awards, but it's fun and fans like to argue about these things, so straight to the numbers. There are, I'd suggest, five reasonable Cy Young candidates in the American League: Pit...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  6. It's that time of year: Time to tank

    David Schoenfield

    Such a dirty word: Tanking. But there's no nice way to put it. For teams at the bottom of the standings, it's important to lose enough games to finish with one of the 10 worst records in the majors. As Joe Sheehan wrote in his newsletter today (su...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  7. Five things we learned Monday

    David Schoenfield

    1. The A's can't get Sean Doolittle back soon enough. For the second day in a row, the A's blew a ninth-inning lead, as Tyler Flowers of the White Sox homered off Eric O'Flaherty with two outs to tie the game and then homered again in the 12th off...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  8. A's not losing because of Cespedes

    David Schoenfield

    When the Oakland Athletics traded Yoenis Cespedes to acquire Jon Lester, general manager Billy Beane had two beliefs: (1) Lester would upgrade the rotation and give the A's a No. 1 starter for the postseason. (2) They had enough offense to repl...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  9. Five things we learned Wednesday

    David Schoenfield

    1. A big night in the AL Central. The Royals scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Twins 6-1 ... which came a couple hours after David Price allowed -- not a typo -- nine consecutive hits in the third inning as the Yankees scored...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  10. Five things we learned Tuesday

    David Schoenfield

    1. Madison Bumgarner says, "Don't you forget about the Giants." Strange question from my chat session on Tuesday: "Time to blow up the Giants? Keep Posey, Bumgarner and start over?" I mean ... the Giants are holding one of the wild cards and at fi...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  11. Unsung pitcher: Jose Quintana

    David Schoenfield

    In the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, there were suggestions out there that the White Sox should trade Jose Quintana, or that teams should be going after Quintana. Those aren't quite the same thing, but you can see why the ...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  12. Unsung position player: Anthony Rizzo

    David Schoenfield

    This could just be the circles I hang out in or the articles I read, but doesn't it seem like we've heard more about Javier Baez and Kris Bryant this year than Anthony Rizzo? I mean, I get that we love prospects, we love the hype, we love to build...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  13. Collision rule remains controversial, murky

    David Schoenfield

    We had two plays at home plate on Wednesday, nearly identical in nature, with completely different outcomes and thus apparently different interpretations of Rule 7.13 (2), or as it's better known, the "Home Plate Collision Rule," aka "The Buster Pose...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  14. Watch out for these spoilers

    David Schoenfield

    Let's take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to discuss some of the teams on the fringes of the playoff races or those that have already made their October reservations at their favorite golf courses. These teams are usually known a...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  15. Javier Baez isn't yet Ramirez or Sheffield

    David Schoenfield

    After hitting the winning home run in his major league debut, Javier Baez followed up with two home runs in his third game. Not a bad start for the 21-year-old regarded as one of the top prospects in the game. Here's the report from ESPNChicago. He's...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  16. The top 10 starters in baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Last week, after Corey Kluber dominated the Mariners with an 85-pitch shutout, I rashly tweeted that Kluber is one of the best 10 starting pitchers in the game. That seemed to stir things up a bit on Twitter, and Giants fans were especially angered w...

    Blog | August 05, 2014