Links from around the baseball blogosphere...
2011 staff predictions | The Hardball Times
The consensus says the Red Sox will win the World Series.
Mike Sweeney's Three (+1) Greatest Hits | Fangraphs
Mike Sweeney's three greatest games by WPA (plus one other memorable hit).
Well Played, Mauer | Baseball Analytics Blog
No player has a higher on base percentage on balls hitting the lower quarter of the plate, and only Bobby Abreu has a lower swing rate on low pitches since 2008.
Why Jay Bruce may have reached his peak | ESPN SweetSpot Blog
Hitters ranging from Albert Pujols to Miguel Cabrera to Joe Mauer to David Wright to Nick Markakis were essentially fully developed hitters by 23.
My Fifth Starter Mini-Rant | River Avenue Blues
Chances are I’m making too much of nothing, but I would have started the season with Colon in the rotation to get as much out of him as humanly possible before his arm explodes. He’s throwing the ball better than Garcia is right now, and I would have milked it for all it’s worth.
More links after the jump...
Career Profile: Mike Hampton | Minor League Ball
A look back at how Mike Hampton's career developed.
When did Mat Latos get hurt? | The Hardball Times
An examination of Mat Latos and his injury.
The Problem With Gerrit Cole | Pirates Prospects
With the draft two months away, Gerrit Cole's work-load could be a huge concern.
Did Chad Billingsley Sell Himself Short? | Fangraphs
If Wandy Rodriguez’s deal set the market for what the final year of arbitration and first two years of free agency are worth, Billingsley essentially locked in a price that would be fair (based on career numbers) if he was the worst pitcher in baseball this year.
Fighting Regression | Baseball Musings
It turns out one half of the previous year’s win total plus 40 is an okay estimate. The regression equation pulls all teams toward 81 wins, which needs to be the result of course.