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Dugout Digest – fresh fish

I want to spend a moment talking about a team that isn’t getting nearly enough attention in the NL playoff chase – the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have won three in a row, and have moved to just 2.5 games back of the Giants and Braves for the NL’s second Wild Card spot. Given the […]

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A’s and Tigers added pitching, but may have underestimated hitting

A funny thing happened on the way to the inevitable ALCS showdown between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers – both teams stopped playing well. Entering play on August 19, neither team holds first place in its respective division. The Tigers are two games behind the Royals in the AL Central, while the A’s are a half-game back from the […]

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Kirk Gibson’s rumored return shows Arizona is fine with mediocrity

The fate of Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has been uncertain this year, with his team struggling out of the gate and getting enveloped by a cloud of controversy in the face of their “unintentional” methods of retribution against teams who dare plunk their players. Naturally, it looks like Gibson will be back for the Diamondbacks […]

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Dugout Digest – the new kings

The Oakland Athletics have been baseball’s best team since…oh, about day one of this season. But the A’s have been pulled off of their throne – the Angels now have sole possession of first place in the AL West, and no other team in baseball has a better record than their 73-50 mark. The A’s […]

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The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 17th

Two walk offs this week for each of the Nationals, Indians, and Rangers. Hey, when it rains, it pours, I guess. August 12th, Rays vs Rangers Walk off walk to score a pitcher. That’s gotta suck. August 13th, Diamondbacks vs Indians 4 So…Asdrubal who? Zach Walters is already endearing himself to Indains fans. August 14th, […]

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Dugout Digest – clashing contenders

This weekend, several contenders squared off across baseball. And at the end of action on Sunday, we learned…well, nothing. Baltimore lost two out of three in Cleveland. Seattle won two out of three in Detroit, with the Tigers scoring just seven runs over the three game series. The Blue Jays lost two out of three […]

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Dugout Digest – the pitchers duel that wasn’t

We all expected the first ever matchup between Felix Hernandez and David Price to be an epic clash of two of the game’s best pitchers. It didn’t exactly go according to plans. Price kept his end of the bargain, allowing just one run in eight innings, but he walked three and struck out seven, numbers […]

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Dugout Digest – Angels on the doorstep

We are dangerously close to the worst nightmare for the Oakland Athletics – the Los Angeles Angels surpassing them in the AL West standings. The Angels are just a game behind the A’s, and while Oakland has the benefit of playing a sad looking Braves team this weekend, the Angels will be battling a Rangers […]

Ruben Amaro isn’t punting on the 2014 Phillies

“Right now, we’re trying to win as many games as possible,” Amaro said. “At the same time, at some point, we’re going to have to start looking to the future. And once we’re ‘eliminated’ … listen, is it a long shot to get back into this Wild Card race? It is. Numerically it’s not impossible, but right now obviously I’d be foolish to say it’s something that’s probable.

“And at some point, we may be looking more at what we have to do for 2015 as far as what’s going on, on the field. But until then, we’ll make the decision when it’s the appropriate time, when it’s time to start to looking to 2015 and beyond. We’re not quite there yet.”

-Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, discussing his last place, 53-68 Phillies. (via MLB.com)

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Dugout Digest – making some sense of things

We’re getting close to the point where we can begin to feel very confident about playoff teams. The A’s have been a lock for awhile, and even though their lead over the Angels is only two games, they’re still 7.5 games clear of the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot. I’m also feeling confident about those Angels, 5.5 games […]

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6 MLB teams that need to make a deal before August 31

Just over two weeks remain until MLB’s Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, and a few contenders still have some glaring needs that can be addressed before a September playoff drive and October postseason run. For some of those clubs, this is a second chance to make a deal that didn’t get done before the July […]

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Is Troy Tulowitzki still Colorado’s franchise player?

When you read the headline of this post, you’re probably thinking “oh great, another silly hot take. OF COURSE Tulo is a franchise player!” And while I agree that Troy Tulowitzki is a fantastic player when he’s on the field, I don’t think he’s a guy that you can build your franchise around, like the […]

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Dugout Digest – what the hell, Padres?

One of the most baffling things we’ve seen in the second half of the 2014 season is the San Diego Padres, who looked like a truly wretched team over the season’s first three months, playing competent baseball and actually making some rumbles in the National League playoff picture. Obviously, the Padres won’t be putting themselves […]

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Assessing the top six candidates for NL MVP

The competition for the National League Most Valuable Player award appeared likely to be a close race for the rest of the season. But then Andrew McCutchen was drilled by a pitch, suffered a broken rib and was put on the disabled list. Putting the perceived favorite on the sidelines has blown the NL MVP […]

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