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  1. A day of pitching, pitching and pitching

    David Schoenfield

    There were 15 games played Wednesday. One-third of those games featured a shutout. Teams hit a collective .220 and averaged 2.8 runs per game. The Cubs played a doubleheader and didn't score a run, the first time that has happened since 1962 (the Cub...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  2. Oh, Bo: Replay system causes confusion

    David Schoenfield

    Needless to say, there are some kinks to be worked out in the replay system and the new rule about home plate collisions. A complicated issue arose in Tuesday night's Astros-Blue Jays game. Here's the play in question: Eighth inning, L.J. Hoes on ...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  3. Who is Charlie Blackmon? CF goes 6-for-6

    David Schoenfield

    After trading Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros in the offseason, the Colorado Rockies had a dilemma: Who would play center field? At one point, it appeared they would move Carlos Gonzalez there, as manager Walt Weiss said at the beginning of sprin...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  4. The year Rabbit Maranville hit cleanup

    David Schoenfield

    Houston Astros manager Bo Porter hit Jose Altuve cleanup the past two games, which certainly makes him one of the more unique cleanup hitters in history. Altuve is listed at 5-foot-6, which may be generous an inch or two, and has just 14 career home ...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  5. Astros still a long way from winning

    David Schoenfield

    The Houston Astros are kind of like some small band you've never heard of that a guy praises while ripping Springsteen. Or some hole-in-the-wall favorite of foodies that serves bacon-wrapped quail and gives you one bite of bacon and two bites of quai...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  6. Fourteen big questions for 2014

    David Schoenfield

    1. The Fast and the Furious III: Who wins the AL MVP Award? It's the third installment of the epic Mike Trout-Miguel Cabrera trilogy, made even more intriguing by the mammoth contracts the two players just signed. While you can come up with a doze...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  7. Monday afternoon reading list

    David Schoenfield

    Some stuff to check out ... With the season-ending injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, and the delayed start to Mike Minor's season, it was a little surprising the Braves cut Freddy Garcia, who you may remember actually started a playof...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  8. AL West rotations hurting

    David Schoenfield

    PHOENIX -- Colby Lewis last pitched in the majors on July 18, 2012, and his comeback from his rare hip-resurfacing surgery took a turn for the worse in Saturday's pounding against the Athletics. Making his third spring training start, Lewis didn't...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  9. SweetSpot TV: Future Power Rankings

    David Schoenfield

    Which franchise will be the one to beat in five years? We published our Future Power Rankings today, and while Eric Karabell weren't on the committee for those rankings, we do have something to say about them, including which team should be No. 1, wo...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  10. Team over/unders: Best bets

    David Schoenfield

    Listed below is each team's over/under win total from Bovada.lv. For each group of five teams, I'll ask you to vote on which one is the best bet to exceed its win total. Wisdom of the crowds, right? (By the way, if the win totals seem low, they're...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  11. Happy Birthday, Monte Irvin

    David Schoenfield

    Another day with two Hall of Famers: Monte Irvin and Ron Santo. Plus a guy who looked like a sure bet for the Hall of Fame in his early 20s, a guy who kicked a water cooler or two and a guy who starred for the last Cubs team to play in a World Series...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  12. Lineup discussion: AL West

    David Schoenfield

    Here is our final division as we examine the lineups of each team. Or potential lineups. We talk a lot about lineups even though they change on almost a daily basis. The Rangers made the flashy offseason additions, but do they have the best lineup...

    Blog | February 18, 2014
  13. Happy Birthday, Ruben Amaro Jr.

    David Schoenfield

    A fun day for birthdays. A quick rundown of some of the interesting names ... Chick Hafey: Born 1903 Hafey was a big league regular for only six seasons -- in spite of which the Veterans Committee elected him to the Hall of Fame in a weak momen...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  14. Underrated Roy Oswalt one of the best

    David Schoenfield

    I want to say that Roy Oswalt always seemed underrated but I'm not sure that's exactly true. He finished in the top five of the Cy Young race five times, so it's hard to argue he was completely ignored. He was certainly respected and admired within t...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  15. Random thoughts for Monday

    David Schoenfield

    As the headline says, random thoughts for Monday ... If you read the blog last week you saw my preseason rankings of all 30 teams. The team I admit that I'm most likely to miss on is the Giants, whom I ranked 20th. If they get positive producti...

    Blog | February 10, 2014
  16. Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

    David Schoenfield

    The Super Bowl is behind us (best Super Bowl ever!) so it's time to officially start thinking of spring training. In fact, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will report at the end of this week to get an early jump since they have to make the trip to Austr...

    Blog | February 03, 2014