My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) touches on the Dodgers ownership mess, Ryan Roberts’ hot start in Arizona, and a bevy of struggling left-handed hitters in the NL West (James Loney, Brandon Belt, Brad Hawpe, Ian Stewart). It also includes references to Greg Laswell, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Makepeace Thackeray, Ayn Rand, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge… [...]
The Padres, thanks to Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the Dodgers, are back on top in the National League West for the first time since… whew, Saturday? Time flies.
Opening Day. An affirmation of spring, life, and all that is good in the world. Moments of perfection will carry us through difficult times. There is no other way. Baseball is my pulse, my clock, my book of days. Seasons all run together. I was in high school discovering Roto, now I’m a month shy [...]
Before we get to the minor leagues, a few ruminations on the weekend’s activities at Petco: Jake Peavy spun a masterpiece on Saturday. Bugs and Cranks thinks he may be doctoring the baseball. With any luck, word will get back to opposing hitters, and they can have one more thing on their minds when they [...]