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  1. Cardinals injuries could lead to Price deal

    David Schoenfield

    The St. Louis Cardinals suffered a double dosage of bad news on Sunday as the team placed starters Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the disabled list, Wacha with a stress reaction in his pitching shoulder and Garcia with soreness in his shoulder. ...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  2. Rays are done; time to trade David Price

    David Schoenfield

    In "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," Michael Lewis wrote, "The sheer quantity of brain power that hurled itself voluntarily and quixotically into the search for new baseball knowledge was either exhilarating or depressing, depending on ...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  3. Pineda suspended, but ramifications?

    David Schoenfield

    As expected, Major League Baseball suspended Michael Pineda for 10 games for using pine tar in violation of rule 8.02 that prohibits using a "foreign substance" on the ball. Pineda will not appeal the suspension and will begin serving it immediately,...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  4. Pineda's pine tar opens up can of worms

    David Schoenfield

    In the annals of illustrious moments in pitching history, I'm not exactly sure where Michael Pineda's pine tar on the neck ranks among such past incidents as Whitey Ford's turpentine ball, Gaylord Perry's Vaseline, Rick Honeycutt's thumbtack in the g...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  5. Time to crack down on substance abuse

    David Schoenfield

    It appears that Thursday night wasn't the first time Michael Pineda had apparently used some sort of foreign substance on his hand. As you can see in the photo above from his first start of the year in Toronto, there appears to be something that look...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  6. SweetSpot TV: Red Sox-Yankees preview

    David Schoenfield

    The Red Sox and Yankees kick off a four-game series at Yankee Stadium tonight with an interesting matchup between Clay Buchholz, who struggled his first start, and Michael Pineda, who looked very good in his first major league start since 2011. Eric ...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  7. Things we've learned after one series

    David Schoenfield

    Overreact after one series? Of course we're going to overreact! We're baseball fans. It's no fun if we just spout things like "small sample size" and "check back in two months." So, what have we learned after one series? Here are a few trends and thi...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  8. A night in three awesome heat maps

    David Schoenfield

    1. Tony Cingrani Michael Wacha was the more-hyped sophomore in Wednesday's matchup, but Cingrani had a stellar rookie season in his own right, going 7-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 104.2 innings with 120 strikeouts. While Wacha is a more conventional pitch...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  9. Tim Hudson stellar in Giants debut

    David Schoenfield

    Welcome back, Tim Hudson, even if you do look a little strange in that Giants uniform. In a day and evening of masterful starting pitching performances, Hudson's may have been the most important. Making his first regular-season start since that gr...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  10. Monday morning random thoughts

    David Schoenfield

    Let's catch up on a few things ... I enjoyed the two games from Australia, even getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the opener. Clayton Kershaw didn't really have his best stuff in that game, with his fastball velocity way down, averaging 88.3 mph. R...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  11. Cardinals making right decision with Wacha

    David Schoenfield

    I love this quote from Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist about Michael Wacha: "I don't see any reason why there is the buzz about the workload. He had 170 innings last year. You can think he could be a 200-inning guy this year. At the end of ...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Quick thoughts: The best team wins it all

    David Schoenfield

    World Series history is filled with dramatic Game 6 contests -- 2011 (Cardinals-Rangers), 2002 (Angels rally), 1993 (Joe Carter), 1992 (Jays clinch in extra innings), 1991 (Kirby Puckett), 1986 (Bill Buckner), 1975 (Carlton Fisk)... just to name a fe...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  15. Quick thoughts: Hail the Cardinals rookies

    David Schoenfield

    Thoughts on a Game 2 of the World Series that was a thousand times more interesting than Game 1, that ended with the Cardinals beating the Red Sox 4-2. Hero: Cardinals rookie sensation Michael Wacha was nearly sensational once again, taking a shut...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  16. Ten reasons to love this World Series

    David Schoenfield

    This probably isn't the World Series you wanted, assuming you don't root for the Red Sox or Cardinals. After all, both franchises have been to the World Series multiple times in the past decade and both have won twice. So maybe you wanted some new bl...

    Blog | October 23, 2013