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Can the Cardinals survive without Yadier Molina?

The Cardinals are about to find out just how well The Cardinal Way works without their leader. It was announced yesterday that All-Star catcher Yadier Molina would be out 8-to-12 weeks with a torn thumb ligament, leaving St. Louis to figure out how to replace his offensive production, stellar defense and leadership. In past years, […]

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Dugout Digest – the dregs of Texas

Earlier this week, I touched upon the “Battle of Texas”between the Astros and Rangers. Houston swept the series, and by virtue of that, moved ahead of the Rangers by a mere percentage point in the AL West standings. The Rangers, determined to show that they really are worse than the Astros, then went out and […]

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The Rockies insist they’re not trading Michael Cuddyer or anyone else

Michael Cuddyer might not be activated from the disabled list by MLB’s July 31 deadline. If he’s fully recovered from his shoulder injury, several playoff contenders could show interest in his right-handed bat. However, that’s apparently irrelevant because the Rockies don’t want to trade him. Owner Dick Monfort made that clear in an interview with […]

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Players most likely to be traded by July 31st

We’re officially three weeks away from the non-waiver trade deadline and after last week’s Cubs-A’s deal setting one heck of a precedent for the trade market, here’s the players most likely to be dealt by July 31st: David Price, LHP – Tampa Bay Rays Kind of an easy one, but perhaps no other player on […]

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Dugout Digest – the rising red tide

Just one short week ago, the Milwaukee Brewers were cruising along with the largest division lead in baseball. The Cardinals, Reds, and Pirates were 6.5, 7, and 7 games behind the Brewers in the standings, and it looked like Milwaukee would be able to feast on a weak schedule and go into the All-Star Break […]

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The best defensive plays for the week ending July 8th

We’ve got some real winners on defense this week. Let’s kick this off right, shall we? July 2nd, Rockies vs Nationals – a picture perfect double play. What a gorgeous double play, and I’m actually not sure what the best part is – D.J. LeMahieu’s flip, or Troy Tulowitzki’s catch and throw. Call it a […]

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2014 trade deadline primer: the best players on the market by position

We’re getting into the nitty gritty of trade deadline season, and some teams have already made improvements to their rosters (hello, Athletics and Yankees). But which players that haven’t been moved yet are the best possible upgrades for teams that need to get better? Good question. These are the best players potentially available on the […]

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Dugout Digest – the battle of Texas

I don’t think anyone would have predicted that the Rangers-Astros series heading into the All-Star Break would be too pivotal, but it is – in a way that none of us really expected. It’s a battle for last place in the AL West, and the mantle of “the worst team in baseball” – seriously. Houston […]

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2014 trade deadline primer: Contenders’ biggest needs and best assets

The July 31 MLB trade deadline is three weeks away, but trading season already got off to an explosive start with the A’s getting Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. The Yankees soon followed by acquiring Brandon McCarthy from the D-Backs. It’s possible that Oakland wiped out the trade market for starting pitching […]

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Examining the state of the Chicago Cubs

The holiday weekend brought about a bit of role reversal for the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics. The Cubs, formerly known as a team that would go out and acquire notable talent in order for a playoff run, unloaded some notable talent in order to stockpile some youth on the A’s, the team known for acquiring the […]

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Dugout Digest – the AL West is planting its flag

Can we go ahead and give some praise to the American League West? Three of the four best records in the American League belong to AL West teams, and the three best run differentials in baseball are possessed by the A’s, Angels, and Mariners. In a world where the AL East is experiencing some near-unseen […]


D-Backs begin dismantling, but Kevin Towers is off to a poor start

It was only a matter of time before the Arizona Diamondbacks officially began looking toward next year. The D-Backs have arguably been the biggest disappointment in MLB this season (Red Sox and Rangers fans might disagree with that), compiling the worst record and run differential in the National League. With the All-Star break and trade […]

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The most exciting walk offs for the week ending July 6th

This week, we’ve got some extra inning walk offs, a walk off grand slam, and yes, some walk offs that were self-inflicted by the losing team. June 30th, Athletics vs Tigers A walk off grand slam? That’s awesome. Good on you, Rajai Davis. He could have just put one in the gap or the corner […]

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Is Brandon McCarthy another bounceback candidate for the Yankees?

It’s safe to say Brandon McCarthy’s time in Arizona did not go as planned. Signed to a two-year, $15.5 million deal prior to last season, McCarthy was traded to the New York Yankees over the weekend for the equivalent of a bag of balls: a replacement-level pitcher in Vidal Nuno, with the Diamondbacks even giving […]