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Friday, May 23, 2014
ICYMI: SweetSpot hits of the week

By Jason Rosenberg

Around MLB this week ... Edwin Encarnacion continues to destroy baseballs, putting up video game numbers nightly. Max Scherzer and Masahiro Tanaka both prove they are, in fact, human. Tony La Russa is back in the game and the 'Zona front office has to be nervous. Welcome back, Stephen Drew. But have no fear, no ears were harmed in the creation of this latest ICYMI Sweetspot hits, Week 8 edition.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Inside the 'Zona
Attention D-backs: An analytics department would be a wise investment: Ryan P. Morrison explains why it would be wise to install an analytics department despite the high burden of persuasion it would have in a Tony La Russa/Kevin Towers front office. Follow on Twitter: @InsidetheZona.

Baltimore Orioles: Camden Depot
A whole new wood: Jon Shepherd takes a quick look at how the Emerald Ash Borer insect and climate change are pushing bat companies for substitute lumber. He also takes a look at a few dozen types of trees that might be suitable replacements. Follow on Twitter: @CamdenDepot.

Boston Red Sox: Fire Brand of the American League
Sox upgrade left side of the infield with Stephen Drew: Despite the nearly endless supply of long-term deals Scott Boras claims he could taken, the Red Sox signed Stephen Drew to a one-year deal. Follow on Twitter: @AlexSkillin.

Prospect showdown: Christian Vazquez or Blake Swihart? The Red Sox farm system is stacked with prospects. Catcher is one of their positions of strength. Follow on Twitter: @McFarland_Shawn.

Chicago White Sox: The Catbird Seat
What's the ideal White Sox lineup? Collin Whitchurch runs the numbers to see what the optimized White Sox batting order would be, and how far away from it Robin Ventura is. Follow on Twitter: @TheCatbird_Seat.

Cleveland Indians: It's Pronounced Lajaway
Carlos Santana and the "Bad Luck" theory: Ryan McCrystal takes a look at Santana's BABIP and why bad luck may not fully explain the disturbingly low number. Follow on Twitter: @TribeFanMcC.

Colorado Rockies: Rockies Zingers
Splitting the difference: The Rockies home and away: Eric Garcia McKinley joins the discussion with other Rockies bloggers who are trying to figure out if the Rockies are really so amazing at home (or so poor on the road) compared to other teams in the NL West. Follow on Twitter: @RockiesZingers.

Minnesota Twins: Twins Daily
Twins draft preview: Aaron Nola: As part of Twins Daily's ongoing draft coverage, Parker Hageman profiles the LSU right-hander and his crazy fastball. Follow on Twitter: @TwinsDaily.

New York Yankees: It's About The Money
About last night: Masahiro Tanaka: The Chicago Cubs were the ones to end Masahiro Tanaka's long regular season winning streak. Stacey Gotsulias explores how it happened. Follow on Twitter: @StaceGots.

Yangervis Solarte and the chamber of secrets: Yangervis Solarte has seemingly come out of nowhere to become one of the best stories for the Yankees in 2014. Domenic Lanza dives headfirst into Solarte's numbers and concludes that this may not be a fluke. Follow on Twitter: @DomenicLanza.

St. Louis Cardinals: Fungoes
Graph: Cardinals pitchers by K-BB% and GB%: Pip visually presents the Cardinals pitching staff using some metrics that matter. Follow on Twitter: @fungoes.

San Francisco Giants, West Coast Bias
Going forward without Casilla and Cain: The Giants depth will continue to be tested with Santiago Casilla and Matt Cain expected to join Brandon Belt on the injury shelf. Connor Grossman discusses possible alternatives in the minor leagues for San Francisco, and whether or not Bruce Bochy was in the wrong for sending Casilla up for an at-bat. Follow on Twitter: @GiantsBaseball.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Process Report
Losing the advantage: Jason Collette reviews how David Price gives away the statistical high-ground in two-strike counts. Follow on Twitter: @jasoncollette.

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.