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MLB Previews: Cardinals, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays, Nationals

The Rangers look like the best in the AL West by a slender margin. The Cardinals are close enough that they could win the NL Central. The Rays and Jays are taking different approaches, while the Nationals are bad. Very bad. Continue reading

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Strasburg’s All Star Snub in Retrospect

HOWARD MEGDAL: At the time of the All Star Game, I argued that Stephen Strasburg should have been included in the festivities. With the news that Strasburg is likely to have Tommy John Surgery, ending his season and throwing his future into question, I am surer than ever that he should have been a part of the 2010 NL team.

ZOË RICE: I would not have thought Stephen Strasburg and I had anything in common. But writing about him now, as I sit weakly on my couch, I realize we possibly do. This piece I’m writing was supposed to be the Perpetual Post op-ed essay to end all op-ed essays. I was going to rock your brain. Without doubt this was going to be an All-Star article, and even before it was written everyone was talking about it. They were writing articles about my unwritten article.

But then I went to the gym, and I worked out hard. Harder than I thought I would. And now I’m drained. I can barely type. My amazing, super-hyped TPP Strasburg piece is over before it barely had a chance to get going. See Stephen? I feel you. Continue reading

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MLB All Star Teams

HOWARD MEGDAL: I don’t have much issue with anything else said here. But my personal opinion is that the game is far worse off without Stephen Strasburg.

ZOË RICE: Howard, you and I are not on the same page here. In fact, our pages are in different chapters–mine at the beginning of the story, and yours at the end. Strasburg is a “pitcher of intense interest,” I agree–how could I not? But the All-Star game isn’t really a game for players merely of interest. It’s about players with proven, enduring success.

CHRIS PUMMER: There are a handful of poor selections here, but that’s the case every year. Continue reading

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Stephen Strasburg’s Season Line?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Like everyone else with eyes, I have been completely blown away by what I’ve seen from Stephen Strasburg. I wanted to look at his stats through four starts, however, and try to determine roughly what his season line will look like. This is merely an educated guess, of course, and there are very few parallels to cite when making such a prediction.

Through four games, Strasburg has pitched 25.1 innings, has a 1.78 ERA, has walked five and struck out 41. That was fun just to type, and I’m not even a Nats fan. Let’s compare him to even the most sensational phenoms through four starts. He comes out atop even such distinguished company. Continue reading

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State of the Lastings

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s hard right now for us in the pro-Lastings Milledge camp. His batting line, entering Thursday night’s games, is .244/.313/.305. His UZR in left field, despite a ton of work out there, is terrible. In short, he’s not just far less than the player many expected he’d be by now- he’s not nearly the player he was just three years ago, playing at age 22 with the Mets.

But I, for one, am not giving up on him just yet.

CHRIS NEEDHAM:Oh, Lastings. I used to think you were a misunderstood black kid in a world of crusty ol’ white men. Then I saw you play. They may be crusty, but you’re pretty crappy. Continue reading

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Elijah Dukes

HOWARD MEGDAL: The case for a team signing Elijah Dukes is a simple one. He is disliked, but hasn’t committed any crimes or done anything that would disqualify him from a major league roster. The Nationals cut him for baseball reasons, but the Nationals are hardly the arbiter of what makes good baseball sense.

CHRIS PUMMER: There’s perhaps a shrinking chance that the soon-to-be 26-year-old turns things around and puts together a career something like what Carlos Lee or Milton Bradley have done. That seems unlikely to me considering both of those players had far more major league plate appearances at a similar age.

The odds are much better that Dukes is just the next Terrmel Sledge. And if that’s the case — and I’m sure Washington GM Mike Rizzo has decided it is — then there’s not much reason to put up with whatever his perceived negative qualities are. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post NL East Preview

Projected 2010 Finish:
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
Florida Marlins
New York Mets
Washington Nationals
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Baseball Winter Meeting Reactions: Day 4

Perpetual Post authors analyze and discuss the rumors and transactions from the MLB Winter Meetings. Continue reading

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Baseball Winter Meetings Reactions: Day 2

Perpetual Post authors analyze and discuss the rumors and transactions from the MLB Winter Meetings. Continue reading

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Baseball Winter Meetings Reaction: Monday

Perpetual Post authors analyze and discuss the rumors and transactions from the MLB Winter Meetings. Continue reading

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