Alright folks. I know we’re kind of down and out. The Red Sox are in a precarious position, and it’s a little scary. Still, I ask that you not panic just yet. If the Red Sox can get through this four game set with the Rays, they’ll be up four games with ten games remaining; including seven against the cellar dwelling Baltimore Orioles. The Rays, on the other hand, play seven of their final ten games against the New York Yankees. Advantage: Red Sox. It’s funny that no one seems to be mentioning this rather obvious fact…
On with the links!
- It was such a tremendous week at the Platoon Advantage, it’s hard to pick just one article…so I will link to three! Jason Wojciechowski discusses the theory of value; Bill and TCM debate pitcher eligibility in MVP voting; and Mark Smith explains his views on sports polygamy.
- Not baseball related, but this is just funny. NotGiantsGM at Sabeanmetrics pokes a little fun at the news about Glen Rice and Sarah Palin. Just one question: How the heck did Rice get to be on the cover of a video game? Even at his best, he was a second-tier All-Star. Still great, but not a superstar.
- Do you think Bud Selig’s game to add a fifth playoff team in each league is stupid? Same here. Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation explains the inherent flaws and redundancies involved in following through with such a plan.
- The incomparable Joe Posnanski explains the meaning of 600 saves as only he can.
- Bill Baer at Crashburn Alley posts an incredibly interesting Q&A with ESPN Sweet Spot commander-in-chief David Schoenfield.
- Double-dipping with Phillies blogs this week… Eric Seidman of Brotherly Glove describes the desensitivity of clinching too early.
- Mark Heilig of The Ray Area wrote a pretty tremendous article about fan expectations and the joy of being a Rays fan. His piece was written in response to a joking remark I made to him during last night’s live game chat. To be honest, I couldn’t agree more. As an addendum to his piece, I’d like to add that I don’t think the Rays are going anywhere any time soon. With a rotation that will feature David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, and Wade Davis; they’re going to be wreaking havoc in the AL East for years to come.
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