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  1. Ten questions for the stretch run

    David Schoenfield

    Two weeks to go. Two weeks of gut-wrenching, sweat-inducing, pacing-in-front-of-the-TV baseball if you're a Kansas City Royals fan, hoping to see your team make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Two weeks of wondering when Robinson Cano ...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  2. McCutchen right up there with Trout

    David Schoenfield

    Maybe I'm wrong here, but is it possible reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is a little underrated? Here's what I'm getting at it: Who is the best player in baseball? Most everyone says Mike Trout. Some will say Clayton Kershaw, if you ...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  3. Big win for Mariners, King Felix

    David Schoenfield

    Mariners fans had reason to be worried before Wednesday's game against the A's. Felix Hernandez, the best pitcher in the majors this year not named Clayton Kershaw, had scuffled through three mediocre starts, including a four-homer outing in his prev...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  4. Five things we learned Tuesday

    David Schoenfield

    1. The Tigers had the biggest win of the night. J.D. Martinez's magical season continued with a three-run shot to dead center off Cody Allen in the ninth to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead that Joe Nathan then protected. With Allen struggling to throw ...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  5. Jason Heyward, stealth MVP candidate

    David Schoenfield

    Here are the National League leaders in Wins Above Replacement, via Baseball-Reference.com: Clayton Kershaw: 7.3 Jason Heyward: 6.3 Giancarlo Stanton: 6.1 Jonathan Lucroy: 5.7 Troy Tulowitzki: 5.5 And here the NL leaders in WAR via FanGraph...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  6. SweetSpot TV: Felix, Kershaw for MVP

    David Schoenfield

    Eric and I discuss Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw as MVP candidates. Justin Verlander won in 2011 but that's a rarity for a pitcher. Could both guys win MVP honors this year? (For an excellent breakdown of the history of pitchers as MVP cand...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  7. 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
  8. NL MVP race most wide-open in years

    David Schoenfield

    As we turn the corner into August, I see seven strong National League MVP candidates in what's shaping up as one of the most wide-open MVP discussions in years. The players may eventually sort themselves out -- if I remember correctly, we were in ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  9. Ten biggest stories of the first half

    David Schoenfield

    OK, we're actually well past 81 games, but we tend to divide the season at the All-Star break, even if that's not the true halfway point. Here's my list of the 10 biggest stories of the first half: 1. The rash of Tommy John surgeries. On the he...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  10. Clayton Kershaw: Appreciate the brilliance

    David Schoenfield

    Do we appreciate Clayton Kershaw enough? Perhaps we do and this column is just an overreaction to an issue that doesn't really exist. But let's back up one moment. Let me ask you this: Who have we heard more about this year, Gregory Polanco or And...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  11. Fantasy podcast: Kershaw, Arrieta, Orioles

    David Schoenfield

    Once again, I joined the great Tristan Cockcroft on the ESPN Fantasy Baseball podcast. Thursday's show featured some interesting questions: Will Clayton Kershaw be the No. 1 pitcher on the player rater by season's end? Are we believing in Jake Arriet...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  12. Kershaw's no-hitter most dominant ever

    David Schoenfield

    At one point in the middle innings of Wednesday's game, as Clayton Kershaw was chewing up Rockies batters like a puppy with a piece of rawhide, a writer tweeted out a Dodgers scouting report of Kershaw from his days at Highland Park High School in Da...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  13. Chris Sale may be the best starter in MLB

    David Schoenfield

    Who is the best starting pitcher in baseball right now? I think you can make a strong case for Chris Sale, who maybe isn't the first guy who pops into your head, in part because he did miss a few starts with a tender elbow -- technically a strained f...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  14. Kershaw gives up HR on a curve!

    David Schoenfield

    From the annals of amazing but true baseball stories: Brandon Hicks homered on Sunday off Clayton Kershaw for the Giants, a two-run shot in the seventh as the Giants beat the Dodgers 7-4 in 10 innings to take three of four at Dodger Stadium. The a...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  15. SweetSpot TV: King Felix vs. Yu Darvish

    David Schoenfield

    We have a good one tonight: Felix Hernandez versus Yu Darvish in Texas. With that matchup in mind, Eric and myself discuss the pitching matchups we'd most like to see. Hernandez and Darvish have met just twice, both in 2012, and King Felix dominat...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  16. 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