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“Weak schedule or not, the Indians are an underdog, a low-revenue club with a popular manager, Terry Francona — a compelling postseason narrative waiting to happen. But when you compare opponents, the accomplishments of another low-revenue club, the Rays, are that much more impressive — a near-miracle, actually.
I know I’m shouting in the wind — the unbalanced schedule isn’t going away, at least not before Selig’s scheduled retirement on Jan. 15, 2015. And maybe it shouldn’t go away, given the historic appeal of traditional rivalries. I get it. And I’m fairly certain that baseball would suffer a different form of damage if, say, the Yankees played the Astros as often as they played the Red Sox.
Still, why should one team have it easier than another?” [Rosenthall/Fox Sports]
“The AL Cy Young race has gotten pretty interesting. A month ago, Max Scherzer looked like a near lock, with his glistening 19-1 record and strong peripherals that supported the idea that he’d pitched like an ace this year. However, he’s gone 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in his last five starts, perhaps opening the door for voters to take a closer look at all the candidates. And when they’re investigating, they just may find that the difference in quality of competition is a pretty significant factor this year.
For example, let’s look at the competition effect for Scherzer and Chris Sale. On first glance, you might think that there wouldn’t be a huge difference here, since both pitch in the AL Central and face a lot of common opponents. However, breaking down their starts by opposition reveals some striking differences.” [Cameron/Fangraphs]
“The poor results came on consecutive weeks, but they weren’t that similar. The Akron game was an absolute dumpster fire. The offense did not convert third downs (3/10). The defense did not stop third downs (9/18). Turnovers, especially the INT returned for a touchdown were devastating. That was a letdown gone rotten.
UConn was different. Yes, the Huskies lost to Towson. That’s the same Towson that was a handful for LSU last year and looks like one of the best FCS teams this year. UConn hung with a pretty good Maryland team, getting foiled by an interception returned for a touchdown. They aren’t awesome, but they are better than their 0-3 record suggests. The betting public loved Michigan as -18 favorite. Nerd stats were far more pessimistic. FEI projected a 22-14 Michigan win.” [Duffy/The Big Lead]
“The Graduate: Cody Allen, RHP: Allen’s fastball-curveball combination has helped him dominated big league hitters and he looks like a future closer. He could become even more nasty once he improves his fastball command and finds a way to keep the ball in the park. He’s fourth in rookie appearances, and fourth in strikeouts (minimum 30 innings).
The Riser: Jose Ramirez, 2B: The diminutive second baseman held his own when he was promoted to Double-A in 2013 at the age of 20. He stole 38 bases and showed an offensive skill set that could make him a solid No. 2 hitter at the big league level, although he has to continue to get stronger. Surprisingly, Ramirez was given a September callup during the Indians’ playoff run.” [Hulet/Fangraphs]
Hate the Yankees, but man this was a cool idea. [LA Times]