2014 NL Central Preview: 2nd Place – Pittsburgh Pirates

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The 2013 Pirates finally broke through and made the playoffs.  After flirting with contention through July in 2011 and 2012, that next step was critical in the development of the franchise, and Clint Hurdle‘s job security.  There is no reason Continue reading

Potential Darwin Barney Trade Partners

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As we sit today, the Cubs have a pretty well stocked system of position prospects.  With Starlin Castro being under contract for the next six years, there is one infielder whose value is tied to what he can bring back Continue reading

Young Pitching Can Accelerate Cubs Timeline

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All we have heard about since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have taken over is a business plan and a baseball plan matching up and this magical time of “the plan” all coming together.  The baseball side of that has Continue reading



This World Series is fixing to be a good one as I had hoped when I previewed the championship round (kinda poorly, but I figured others could do better and I just wanted to see good games).  It seems, however, Continue reading

World Series Preview Thoughts


The Boston Red Sox just won the American League pennant, defeating the Detroit Tigers, and will host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.  I don’t even remember the last time the two best teams in baseball faced each other in Continue reading

Baseball is Boring


Yesterday was a classic pitchers’ duel that almost resulted in the first league championship series no-hitter in MLB history.  Tonight turned from absolute dominance by Max Scherzer into an epic comeback for the ages as Boston tied Detroit going back Continue reading

Baseball takes too damned long


Looking at today’s games, the contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals took about 2:40, while the nightcap between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox took nearly four hours to complete (3:56).  It seems Continue reading

Can’t Sneak In

Avoiding Holliday, now that's a challenge.

I was just looking at this after the Dodgers lost to the Rockies to finish tonight’s slate of games.  It seems that in 2013, every team that makes the playoffs from either league will need at least 90 wins to Continue reading

Playoff Chaos


As you know, the Cubs weren’t able to do any trolling today, losing to the rival St. Louis Cardinals.  Starlin Castro had a pretty good game, though.  That was nice. The unfortunate thing about being the Cubs this late in Continue reading

With Bowden’s Arrival, Someone Has to Go


Unless you have been under a rock the past 24 hours, you should know that Marlon Byrd is now a former Chicago Cub. In the deal that sent the struggling center fielder to the Boston Red Sox, the Cubs got Continue reading