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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 […]

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The most egregious 2014 All-Star snubs

Well, the 2014 All-Stars have been announced, and as expected, no baseball fan is happy. There are several notable players that were absent from the rosters for one reason or another, and while the bulk of these guys will end up making it (either through injuries or the Final Vote campaign), they shouldn’t have even […]

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Dugout Digest – contenders and pretenders

The last couple of weeks have actually done a good job at separating the contenders from the pretenders in the National League. The American League picture is still a little muddy thanks to the Rays getting hot and both of the Wild Card spots going to teams in the AL West, but in the NL, […]


Here are your 2014 All-Stars that will make too many people angry

On Sunday night, MLB announced the 2014 All-Stars (well, the first wave of them at least) for this year’s game at Target Field in Minneapolis. There were (obviously) plenty of snubs that we’ll get to tomorrow, but for now, here are your 2014 All-Star starters, reserves, and Final Vote candidates. American League C: Matt Wieters […]

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Dugout Digest – the blistering Braves

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article wondering whether the Atlanta Braves were really a good team. Since that post went up, the Braves have gone on an 11-1 tear, beating the tar out of the Astros, Phillies, Mets, and most recently, the Diamondbacks. In those 12 games, the Braves have outscored their […]

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Chicago Cubs claim another victory in Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel trade

We are on the cusp of seeing all of the work that the superteam of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have done with the Chicago Cubs pay off, but they had one more trick up their sleeve for the final major trade piece before this rebuild could really turn a corner. As the Cubs dangled Jeff Samardzija in trade rumors, it was just […]