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  1. Second-half previews: National League

    Rob Neyer

    Click here for the American League second-half previews. Washington Nationals Second-half key: What, other than monitoring Stephen Strasburg's innings limit? Despite injuries that limited Mike Morse, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos (out for the yea...

    Blog | July 11, 2012
  2. Links: Storylines to watch, Angels bullpen

    Rob Neyer

    Recommended reading for Tuesday ... One of my favorite pieces of the season: Colleague Jim Caple reveals all the early spring training storylines. The Astros will be wearing their old Colt .45s throwback jerseys this year. However, as Paul Luka...

    Blog | February 21, 2012
  3. NL second-half team previews

    Rob Neyer

    And now a look at the National League. Click here for the American League second-half team previews. Philadelphia Phillies (57-34, +89 run differential) What needs to be fixed or accomplished in the second half? Although the Phillies finished ...

    Blog | July 14, 2011
  4. Grading the NL teams through May

    Rob Neyer

    Philadelphia Phillies (34-20) It sounds odd and awfully nitpicky to say, but the Phillies could have been better. The big problem has been the offense, which has mustered a mediocre 91 OPS+ thus far. In fact, only three regulars have an OPS+ over 10...

    Blog | May 31, 2011
  5. NL pleasant surprises: Team-by-team

    Rob Neyer

    The SweetSpot blog network weighs in with April's best surprises ... BeachyAtlanta Braves Simply put, the Braves' most pleasant surprise has been Brandon Beachy. At this time last year, Beachy was a virtually unknown prospect at Double-A Mississ...

    Blog | April 29, 2011
  6. Clemens indictment coming soon

    Rob Neyer

    Here's what Craig Calcaterra wrote -- but didn't publish -- before we got the news that Roger Clemens will be indicted today: After a nineteen month investigation, an announcement is expected soon -- possibly as early as today -- that a federal gra...

    Blog | August 19, 2010
  7. Why Lance Berkman? Because they can.

    Rob Neyer

    After explaining why the Lance Berkman deal can't be announced until tomorrow, Joel Sherman explains that Berkman hardly fits a crying need for the Yankees ... However, his price both in dollars and/or prospects has fallen so low that the Yankees mo...

    Blog | July 30, 2010
  8. Phillies big winners, and not just in '10

    Rob Neyer

    The deal is finally done, and before I had time to jot down my first thoughts I happened across Calcaterra's. His big finish: This deal is a coup for the Phillies. They got a starter who would slot in as a number one on a great many teams and they ...

    Blog | July 29, 2010
  9. How much is Roy Oswalt worth?

    Rob Neyer

    From Jon Heyman's rundown of pitchers who might be available: 3. Roy Oswalt, Astros, SP. This, says one GM, is a "problematic" trade. It appears no team, not even the Yankees or Red Sox, wants to spend the $25 million left on Oswalt's deal through...

    Blog | July 16, 2010
  10. Oswalt racing clock for franchise record

    Rob Neyer

    Bernardo Fallas on a game that might remain in the memories of Astros fans for a long, long time: If this was Roy Oswalt's farewell performance as the Astros' ace at Minute Maid Park, he made sure to make it one to remember. If it was an auditio...

    Blog | July 08, 2010
  11. Astros' rebuilding off to tepid start

    Rob Neyer

    The Astros just called up two young players from Triple-A! It's a youth movement! Let the rebuilding begin! As Aaron Gleeman points out, not so fast: [Jason] Castro was the 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft, but was considered an "overdraft" i...

    Blog | June 21, 2010
  12. Umps make rare decision in Kansas City

    Rob Neyer

    This might not have made SportsCenter last night, but there was a really, really interesting play in last night's Astros-Royals game: The Royals had trouble against Myers early, even after benefiting from a rare overturned call. The play came wit...

    Blog | June 18, 2010
  13. Astros' Bourn all kinds of wrong

    Rob Neyer

    Worst record in the National League? Houston. And now they're going to lose their only player with more than two steals: Houston Astros outfielder Michael Bourn has been suspended two games for making contact with umpire Alfonso Marquez during a...

    Blog | May 11, 2010
  14. My moment with Ernie Harwell

    Rob Neyer

    Everyone who's spent much time around the game has an Ernie Harwell story. Here's mine ... In 1999, three old ballparks -- Milwaukee's County Stadium, Houston's Astrodome, and Detroit's Tiger Stadium -- were on their way out (though County Stadium...

    Blog | May 04, 2010
  15. Astros' catchers battle for No. 1 job

    Rob Neyer

    Zachary Levine on the Astros' position battle that shouldn't be: And the final rose goes to ... In a spring training without a whole lot of drama - even the first round of cuts featured hardly a newsworthy name - the battle to be the Astros' sta...

    Blog | March 19, 2010
  16. Berkman's playing for 2011 contract

    Rob Neyer

    Bernando Fallas on what's next for the Astros' best player: Astros first baseman Lance Berkman knows this is a make-or-break season. If he doesn't play well, that means the Astros likely will struggle. And it could mean he's playing elsewhere n...

    Blog | February 24, 2010