Friday, April 4, 2014
ICYMI: SweetSpot hits, Week 1
By Jason Rosenberg
Hey, it's Week 1 of the 2014 MLB season! Welcome once again to your look back at the best of the week that was from the SweetSpot network's contributing blogs.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Inside the 'Zona
Gerardo Parra breaking the mold in right field: Ryan P. Morrison explains why, at a position in which most starting players are above-average offensively, Parra -- and his 2013 WAR total of 4.5 -- is breaking the mold.
Atlanta Braves: Chop County
Braves win opening series; minor league season starts: See which prospects to watch at each level of the Braves' minor league system.
Boston Red Sox: Fire Brand of the AL
Jon Lester, staff ace: Despite getting the loss on Opening Day, Lester looked very much like the ace who led the Red Sox to October glory for the third time in 10 seasons, and that's great news for the Red Sox.
Chicago Cubs: View From the Bleachers
10 bold predictions for the 2014 Cubs season: Joe Aiello checks in with 10 things he thinks could take place on the North Side.
Chicago White Sox: The Catbird Seat
Sox barely lost money in 2013 (according to Forbes): Chris Lamberti parses what is and is not reliable about the Forbes franchise valuations, which show that even the terrible and expensive 2013 White Sox almost turned a profit.
Colorado Rockies: Rockies Zingers
Season preview: The Rockies and the National League West, part 1; part 2: In this two-part season preview, Eric Garcia McKinley examines the relative strengths and weaknesses of the teams competing for the NL West crown.
Minnesota Twins: Twins Daily
Upward trends for the Twins: The Twins' season is off to a slow start after a rough spring, but Nick Nelson uncovers some positive trends worth focusing on.
New York Yankees: It's About the Money
IIATMS interview with Jonah Keri: What do the Montreal Expos and Tampa Bay Rays have in common? Will we ever see baseball games that matter in Montreal again? Find out the answer to these questions and more in Domenic Lanza's interview with Grantland's Jonah Keri.
Explaining Sabathia: Michael Eder breaks down CC Sabathia's not-so-great opening night.
Tampa Bay Rays: The Process Report
Buehrle brings Rays offense to halt: Tommy Rancel analyzes how Jays lefty Mark Buehrle dominated the Rays with command and sequencing.
Texas Rangers: One Strike Away
From losers to walk-off winners: Brandon Land takes a look at the inherent knee-jerk reactions that come with Opening Day and the beginning of the baseball season.
St. Louis Cardinals: Fungoes
Swinging for the fences on Opening Day? Matt Philip checks to see whether batters whiff more frequently in their teams' first games than the rest of the season.
San Francisco Giants: West Coast Bias
Wait your turn, Buster: Andrew Tweedy examines how the start of Buster Posey's career has a striking resemblance to the start of Derek Jeter's, as the current face of baseball prepares to step down from that role.
Jason Rosenberg is the founder of It's About the Money, a proud charter member of the SweetSpot Network. IIATMS can be found on Twitter here and here as well as on Facebook.