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  1. Path to the playoffs: NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    For many, baseball is more exciting than ever. The sport has appeared to reach a level of parity never seen before. Just look at some of the early returns this offseason. Basically, every team is "going for it." OK, maybe not the Philadelphia Phillie...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  2. Five NL players who need to bounce back

    David Schoenfield

    On Monday, we looked at five American League players who need to bounce back. Here are five key guys in the National League, presented with 2014 numbers and projected numbers from the Steamer system (available on FanGraphs) and the Stats LLC numbers ...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  3. Random thoughts and notes: NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    St. Louis Cardinals: With the trade of Shelby Miller, will they go after another starting pitcher? Right now, they're relying on Adam Wainwright, who will be coming off minor elbow surgery; Michael Wacha, coming off an injury; Lance Lynn; veteran Joh...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  4. Look for Rockies to trade Carlos Gonzalez

    David Schoenfield

    Most of the $15.3 million qualifying offers extended to free agents made sense and weren't surprising -- Max Scherzer, James Shields, Nelson Cruz, Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin, David Robertson, Ervin Santana, Melk...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  5. Unsung defensive player: Zack Cozart

    David Schoenfield

    It's not easy getting recognition for your defense when you play in the same league as Andrelton Simmons and Troy Tulowitzki, but such is the fate of Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. But when we look at the leaderboards in 2014 for defensive...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Ranking the teams: 12 through 7

    David Schoenfield

    It's Day 4 of our big team rankings package, where you get upset because I ranked your team too low. We're now in the territory of teams I'm projecting to make the playoffs (well, when you get to No. 10). • Team rankings: Nos. 18-13 » ...

    Blog | February 06, 2014
  10. Payroll and wins: The top 15

    David Schoenfield

    The second part of our look at wins and payrolls over the past five seasons. Here's Part 1. 15. Chicago White Sox: 394 wins, $543.5 million (10th) The White Sox will be picking third in the draft in June, only the second time they will be draft...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  11. How are playoff rotations lining up?

    David Schoenfield

    Just more than two weeks ago, the Texas Rangers were in pretty good position, leading the A's by 2.5 games in the American League West and coming off a 20-7 August that had them angling for the best record in the league, even with the Red Sox and Tig...

    Blog | September 17, 2013
  12. 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
  13. Pirates need to make big pitch for Stanton

    David Schoenfield

    The Pittsburgh Pirates need Giancarlo Stanton. They have the starting pitching, even though right now they have an entire rotation on the disabled list. They have the bullpen, a key reason the Pirates lead the majors with 12 shutouts. They play ex...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  14. 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
  15. Which contender is most collapse-proof?

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell and I briefly raised this question a couple weeks ago on a SweetSpot TV: Which team is most collapse-proof? Or, to rephrase it, which is least likely to go all 2012 Red Sox on us? At the time, we mentioned the Reds, but I'm not so sure ...

    Blog | April 20, 2013
  16. Once again, Dusty and the Reds fall short

    David Schoenfield

    There was one more epic confrontation left for the San Francisco Giants before they could close out one of the great comebacks in playoff history. Sergio Romo, the guy with the long beard, an 87 mph fastball, a nasty slider and the control of Denn...

    Blog | October 11, 2012