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  1. Lance Lynn gives Cards solid No. 2 starter

    David Schoenfield

    Back in spring training, Lance Lynn was sort of the forgotten guy in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation. There was Adam Wainwright, the ace and Cy Young contender; there was Michael Wacha, coming off that dynamic postseason run and entering his first ...

    Blog | September 21, 2014
  2. Five things we learned Wednesday

    David Schoenfield

    Check out the Hunt for October page for standings, playoff odds and upcoming schedules for all the playoff contenders. 1. Dayton Moore had a dream: It was trading for James Shields and having Shields pitch a big game in September against the Tiger...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  3. Five things we learned Tuesday

    David Schoenfield

    Don't forget to check out the Hunt for October for standings, playoffs odds and upcoming schedules for all the playoff contenders. 1. Don't go burying the Oakland A's just yet. Ahh, America: We love to jump on a bandwagon and then crush it as s...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  4. Key players to watch for September

    David Schoenfield

    Monday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians set up to be one of those much-anticipated September pitching duels between aces on playoff contenders: David Price versus Corey Kluber, the team everyone expected to win the American Lea...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  5. The best rookie seasons of all time

    David Schoenfield

    The reason for doing this piece should be pretty obvious: Masahiro Tanaka is 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA, leading the American League in wins and ERA. He's not just the clear best rookie so far but a Cy Young and MVP contender. Tanaka makes his 16th star...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  6. Brandon Belt: Batting title contender?

    David Schoenfield

    Jim Bowden has an ESPN Insider piece up today on 10 players scouts are raving about so far in spring training. Look, I'm sure you could go back and check similar pieces from previous years and find a host of players who looked great in March and retu...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  7. Pirates bet on depth, D to replace Burnett

    David Schoenfield

    The Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with A.J. Burnett, which seems like an odd destination if he wants to play for a postseason contender. I recently ranked the Phillies 29th in my pre-spring training power rankings. While this move may sl...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  8. Giants, Phillies: Desperate contenders

    David Schoenfield

    News items: • The San Francisco Giants agreed with Michael Morse on a one-year deal for $5 million plus incentives. • The Philadelphia Phillies agreed with Roberto Hernandez on a one-year deal to join their rotation. Both moves c...

    Blog | December 12, 2013
  9. The MVP case for Mike Trout

    David Schoenfield

    We're making the MVP cases today for the five top AL contenders. Here's the case for Mike Trout, and here are the previous arguments for Chris Davis, Josh Donaldson and Robinson Cano. 1. Trout is the best all-around player in baseball. Period. ...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  10. The MVP case for Miguel Cabrera

    David Schoenfield

    We're making the MVP cases today for the five top AL contenders. Here's the case for Miguel Cabrera, and here are the previous arguments for Mike Trout, Chris Davis, Josh Donaldson and Robinson Cano. 1. Please. 2. Cabrera is having a historic o...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  11. The MVP case for Chris Davis

    David Schoenfield

    Note: We're making the case for each of the five top AL MVP contenders today. Here are Robinson Cano and Josh Donaldson and now Chris Davis. 1. For all the talk about Miguel Cabrera's potential Triple Crown, Davis leads him in home runs (51 to 44)...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  12. The MVP case for Josh Donaldson

    David Schoenfield

    Note: We're making the case for each of the five top AL MVP contenders today. Here's Robinson Cano and now Josh Donaldson. 1. Baseball Reference WAR leaders: Mike Trout 9.1, Donaldson 8.1, Robinson Cano 7.4, Miguel Cabrera 7.3, Chris Davis 6.1. Fa...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  13. Who to root for? Ranking the contenders

    David Schoenfield

    Your team is out of it, but you still love baseball. You intend keep checking box scores and watching the big games these final two weeks. You'll watch the playoffs, but you need a team to root for. So, who to pick from the remaining teams in cont...

    Blog | September 15, 2013
  14. SweetSpot TV: Best 1-2 pitching combos

    David Schoenfield

    OK, the trade deadline has come and gone. As we head into August, which playoff contender has the best 1-2 pitching combo right now? Eric and I discuss -- although after watching Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night, I ask: Would you want to face the D...

    Blog | August 01, 2013
  15. Padres, Indians, Pirates should go after Lee

    David Schoenfield

    The trade deadline has traditionally involved two factions: contenders desperate to plug a hole -- and possibly under pressure from ownership and fans to win now -- and the cellar dwellers looking to add future talent by dumping assets that don't fig...

    Blog | July 05, 2013
  16. SweetSpot TV: Machado an MVP candidate?

    David Schoenfield

    Tristan Cockcroft joins me to break down the AL MVP race. Yes, Miguel Cabrera is the favorite as we near the halfway point, but is Manny Machado -- with all those doubles and all those doubles he takes -- a possible MVP contender?...

    Blog | June 27, 2013