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  1. Tigers getting in A's heads with big win?

    David Schoenfield

    As my friend Thomas the Tigers fan tweeted after Rajai Davis' dramatic walk-off grand slam off Sean Doolittle gave the Tigers a 5-4 win over the A's: "Best thing about it? No chance for Joe Nathan to blow the save." So here's a question: Does this...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  2. In season of parity, one great team exists

    David Schoenfield

    Pete Rozelle would have loved this baseball season. The former longtime NFL commissioner loved parity in his league. He once publicly admitted dissatisfaction with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning three Super Bowls in five years, leading Steelers c...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  3. Paul Goldschmidt owns Tim Lincecum

    David Schoenfield

    I don't know which stat is more amazing: After homering off Tim Lincecum last night, Paul Goldschmidt is now 13-for-24 with seven home runs off Lincecum; or, Goldschmidt's opposite-field home run was just the eighth by a right-handed batter at AT&T P...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  4. Volatile world of closers in chart form

    David Schoenfield

    Christina Kahrl just posted an essay discussing the lack of superstar closers in today's game. Once you get past Craig Kimbrel and Joe Nathan, it thins out in a hurry. Greg Holland and Kenley Jansen were dominant last year, but that was Holland's fir...

    Blog | March 08, 2014
  5. AL Central: Three questions for each team

    David Schoenfield

    Before the winter meetings begin, let's look at the key issues facing each team in the AL Central. Detroit Tigers What do they need? They've already been active, trading away Prince Fielder and Doug Fister and signing Joe Nathan, but everyone s...

    Blog | December 07, 2013
  6. A wild and crazy day of transactions

    David Schoenfield

    Take a deep breath. If Tuesday's slew of transactions is any sign of what will happen at next week's winter meetings, then be prepared for a great week of rumors, deals and signings. As for Tuesday, so much happened that I'm starting to believe the R...

    Blog | December 03, 2013
  7. Price has terrible history against Rangers

    David Schoenfield

    There were some moments there when it appeared the Tampa Bay Rays would complete a mini collapse of sorts, especially when manager Joe Maddon lost his cool as the Rays were starting to melt down in the seventh inning and he had an Earl Weaver moment,...

    Blog | September 29, 2013
  8. As Rangers fold, time for Washington to go

    David Schoenfield

    Remember back in February when Josh Hamilton said, "There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it's not a true baseball town." Maybe that stung a little at the time, but things really sting now. If pain, suffering and agony are requirements needed...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  9. Koji Uehara and greatest relief seasons

    David Schoenfield

    Fun with numbers ... Lowest batting averaged allowed (50 innings minimum): 1. Koji Uehara, 2013 Red Sox: .126 2. Craig Kimbrel, 2012 Braves: .126 3. Eric Gagne, 2003 Dodgers: .133 4. Carlos Marmol, 2008 Cubs: .135 5. Billy Wagner, 1999 Astr...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  10. A's looking like best team in the AL West

    David Schoenfield

    Jesse Chavez is essentially the 25th man on the Oakland A's roster. He started the year in Triple-A, got called up, got sent down, got called back up and is working as the low-leverage guy out of the bullpen. Before Thursday, he hadn't pitche...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  11. Thoughts: One strike closer to robot umps

    David Schoenfield

    Quick thoughts on Monday's games ... Did you see the final pitch of the Rangers' 5-4 victory over the Rays? Ump Marty Foster rung up Ben Zobrist on a 3-2 curveball low and off the outside corner, a call so bad that even Rangers closer Joe Nathan ...

    Blog | April 09, 2013
  12. Closer chaos! Ranking the closers

    David Schoenfield

    The Tigers need one. The Brewers thought they had one. The Cubs already have a new one. Some teams probably wish they had a different one. Closers are already melting down in rapid fashion. On Monday afternoon, with closer Jason Motte sidelined wi...

    Blog | April 09, 2013
  13. Joe Saunders pitches Orioles past Rangers

    David Schoenfield

    The Atlanta Braves playing a wild-card game where they committed three throwing errors, got burned on a controversial umpire's call, and saw their fans delay the game after littering the field with debris? Sure, I can envision all that happening. ...

    Blog | October 06, 2012
  14. Chapman shouldn't be Cy Young candidate

    David Schoenfield

    Not that I have a vote, but if I did, Aroldis Chapman wouldn't be on my Cy Young ballot. Look, his numbers look like a fast-pitch softball pitcher's, only the last time I checked he's not pitching from 43 feet. In 65 innings, he's struck out 115 o...

    Blog | September 04, 2012
  15. Clearing the bases: Nathan best closer?

    David Schoenfield

    First base: Nathan's hot run. Joe Nathan allowed two hits in picking up his 14th save in the Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Padres, but the save was memorable for another reason. Nathan now has a higher career save percentage than Mariano Rivera -- 89...

    Blog | June 19, 2012
  16. Evolution of the closer: How we got here

    David Schoenfield

    How did we get here? No, I don't mean "What's on the other side of the universe?" kind of here. How did we get here? June 8: The Mariners lead the Dodgers 1-0 in the eighth inning. They're working on a combined no-hitter, but the Dodgers ha...

    Blog | June 15, 2012