Around the SaberSphere 10/15: Beltran's HOF case, Contract Crowdsourcing, how the NLCS teams were built

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Monday's daily does of sabermetric links includes Carlos Beltran's Hall of Fame case, Fangraphs' Contract Crowdsourcing, how the Cardinals and Giants were built and more...

Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated takes an in-depth look into Carlos Beltran's Hall of Fame case: Postseason performance enhances Beltran’s emerging Hall of Fame case | Hit and Run

Beltran, 35, continues to pad his postseason credentials at a time when his career is on the rebound. More than two years removed from knee problems that required surgery, and coming off a strong — if uneven — season in which his first-half play generated MVP discussion, he’s at a point where his Hall of Fame case is coming into focus. In the past 13 months, he has surpassed the 300 homer, 300 stolen base and 2,000 hit milestones, putting him a select group with five other ballplayers: Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Andre Dawson and Steve Finley.

Carson Cistulli and the FanGraphs team have brought back their Contract Crowdsourcing series, today looks at the top free agent catchers: Daily Notes, In Which Contract Crowdsourcing Begins | FanGraphs Baseball

Our contract crowdourcing project for this offseason begins with five catchers. Use the forms below to predict the years and average annual dollar values for the following players.

R. J. Anderson of Baseball Prospectus delves into how the participants (Giants and Cardinals) in this year's NLCS were built: Baseball Prospectus | Playoff Prospectus: How the NLCS Squads Were Built

Astros fans should take solace in the Cardinals’ success. Yes, it sounds weird. But no other remaining team rivals the Cardinals for self-sufficiency. St. Louis drafted five of its eight positional starters, and developed another by acquiring him before he reached the upper minors. The Cardinals have gone outside the organization for its stars, but the role players are almost entirely from within.

In a slightly outdated article, Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing follows along with Ichiro's quest for a ring: Forward Goes Ichiro - Lookout Landing

Before last week, Ichiro's most recent playoff game took place on October 22, 2001, in New York. He went 1-for-5, the Mariners lost 12-3, and the season was over. Ichiro was 27 years old, and approaching 28. For the next ten years, Ichiro tried his damnedest, and for the next ten years, the Mariners fell at least a little short of the playoffs, and mostly a lot short. It hurt when Ichiro got traded, but at least, we figured, he was getting traded to a team going to the playoffs. At least he'd get his shot at October.

Matt Swartz continues to release his arbitration projections for MLB Trade Rumors, today with the Colorado Rockies: Arbitration Eligibles: Colorado Rockies: MLB Rumors -

The Rockies are next in our 2013 Arbitration Eligibles series. Matt Swartz's salary projections are below. First time: Jhoulys Chacin ($1.6MM), Jonathan Herrera ($800K), Tyler Colvin ($1.9MM), Josh Outman ($600K) Second time: Dexter Fowler ($4MM) Third time: None

Jonah Keri of Grantland gives us his thoughts on the beginning of the LCS: Breaking Down the League Championship Series - Grantland

First, find out how Quintin Berry could possibly be such an expert on Yankee Stadium fan-related park effects, given he'd never played a playoff game or even a regular-season game at the new yard in the Bronx, or the old one. Then see if we can find evidence that smaller opposing home crowds or even quieter stadiums lead to higher winning percentages for road teams. Without actual statistical proof, obsessing over a team's attendance shortfalls still boils down to concern trolling. And that's leaving aside the unsavory notion of judging private citizens based on how they choose to spend, or not spend, money.

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