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  1. 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
  2. Remaining schedules key in NL

    David Schoenfield

    An early theme of the 2014 season was parity: Through the first two months, just about every team could still sell themselves on a potential playoff chase. But the last month changed all that, especially in the National League, which has sorted itsel...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  3. Fifty random thoughts for Monday morning

    David Schoenfield

    Random thoughts for a Monday morning ... 1. As Buster Olney wrote the other day, the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel trade just ramped up the cost for David Price. If the Cardinals want him, they better start with Oscar Taveras. If the Dodgers want ...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  4. Who should make the All-Star teams

    David Schoenfield

    Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and myself presented our 34-man All-Star rosters today. Here are our National League selections and here are our American League selections. Of course, our choices aren't affected by fan ballotin...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  5. Trade deadline preview: NL East

    David Schoenfield

    We're going division by division to look at what each team needs to do at the trade deadline and what may actually happen. As always, you can keep up with the latest trade talk at Rumor Central. Atlanta Braves Status: Adding role players, ...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  6. Rapid Fire! Harper, Arrieta ... Uggla?

    David Schoenfield

    OK, my apologies: We ran out of time today before taping the Rapid Fire video, so I'll make it a written post instead. From @JoshLumley: Bruce Harper could make better lineups than Matt Williams. Answer: True. Hey, Harper shouldn't have essenti...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  7. Wednesday morning random thoughts

    David Schoenfield

    It was a fun night of baseball and I haven't done this in awhile, so some quick thoughts on the night's action ... The Nationals and Brewers played a 16-inning game, tying the Cubs-Pirates game from April 2 for longest of the season. Washington...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  8. Second-best run differential belongs to ...

    David Schoenfield

    Yes, the Seattle Mariners. After Monday's 12-3 shellacking of the Red Sox, the Mariners have scored 313 runs and allowed 267, good for a run differential of plus-46, well behind Oakland's plus-135 but better than the Nationals and Giants (plus-43) an...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  9. Watch out, NL: Here come the Nationals

    David Schoenfield

    Two weeks ago, the Washington Nationals were 25-27. Now they've won nine of 11, are 34-29 and riding some amazing starting pitching. The pitching staff as a whole has allowed more than two runs just twice in those 11 games -- four runs both times -- ...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  10. Welcome to the club, Yoenis Cespedes

    David Schoenfield

    Here's the funny thing about great throws: How many do you remember? Specific throws, I mean? Of course, there's the Bo Jackson throw to nail Harold Reynolds and the Ichiro Suzuki throw early in his first season in Seattle that helped establish his r...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  11. Monday's random thoughts on every team

    David Schoenfield

    A glance through Sunday's results and some quick thoughts ... at least one for every team! A's 11, Orioles 1: I wrote about Manny Machado's embarrassing episode here. How much of this is frustration by Machado? While he has had four two-hit gam...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  12. When general managers went bad

    David Schoenfield

    There are a million stories about the Major League Baseball amateur draft, or the First-Year Player Draft as it's officially called (thank you, J.D. Drew and Scott Boras). Here are some of the biggest ones during the draft's 50-year history, courtesy...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  13. Braves-Nationals-Marlins rivalry heats up

    David Schoenfield

    I'm not sure if Atlanta Braves fans have a chip on their shoulder, but I will say that it appears they don't like the attention the Washington Nationals get. It comes up in my chat sessions every week; of course, it could be the same guy, so maybe I'...

    Blog | May 31, 2014
  14. Thursday afternoon reading list

    David Schoenfield

    George Springer is red hot -- his nine home runs this month are the most by a rookie in May since Mark McGwire hit 15 in 1987 -- and Justin Havens breaks down his rapid improvement at the plate in just a few short weeks in the majors. I was a little ...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  15. Surprising Marlins should go for Samardzija

    David Schoenfield

    The Miami Marlins' season appeared to end -- at least their slim hopes for a spot in the postseason did -- on May 9. That was the game in which Jose Fernandez suffered a season-ending elbow injury in a 10-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. They were 20-...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  16. Looking at National League All-Star debates

    David Schoenfield

    I checked in on American League early All-Star debates Wednesday night. Here's a look at the National League. Again, my general guidelines: A player's past history matters, and I'm not a big fan of players who've had just two great months in the majo...

    Blog | May 28, 2014