What do Padres' middle infielders, all-star voting, and the Replacements have in common? All of those topics made it into today's SaberSphere!
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
San Diego's Surprisingly Great Double Play Tandem by Ryan Potter │ Beyond the Box Score
Without reading the article title guess which team has a middle infield tandem that combine for a 125 wRC+? Yes, the San Diego Padres! Ryan sheds some light on just how good Jedd Gyorko and Everth Cabrera have been, and can be.
Is Munenori Kawakaki Ruining Baseball? by Blake Murphy │ Beyond the Box Score
One of the authors at Blue Bird Banter has started a #WriteInKawaski twitter campaign, drawing the disapproval of some baseball people. Blake sets out to find out if the masses think Kawasaki making the all-star game would be a travesty.
Around the Sabersphere
An Inning With Gerrit Cole's Command by Jeff Sullivan │ FanGraphs
As he is one to do, Jeff decided to take a different look back at Gerrit Cole's stellar debut. He look at his command during the top of the fifth against the Giants, and the resulting article is definitely worth your time.
How Beanballs and Brawls Could Be Avoided by Sam Miller │ Baseball Prospectus
Working backwards, Sam takes use through the acts of the Dodgers-D'Backs brawl and asks what could have been done differently to prevent the altercation?
Manny Machado's WAR vs. Miguel Cabrera's WAR by Dave Schoenfield │ ESPN
Dave looks at the reasons that Baseball Reference ranks Manny Machado as more valuable than Miguel Cabrera so far this season.
Around SB Nation
Chris Davis is Stronger Than You by Marc Normandin │ SB Nation Baseball
Davis is probably an elite hitter now (and a franchise player according to me), a point that Marc uses video to prove.
Are the Mariners Rushing Mike Zunino? by Rob Neyer │ Baseball Nation
Many baseball people were up in arms with Mike Zunino's promotion the Major Leagues. Rob weighs in on whether or not their anger is indeed warranted.
Voting for the All-Star Game is stupid and you shouldn't do it by Phil Coke's Brain │ Bless You Boys
PCB uncovers the scam that is the fan vote for the Mid-Summer Classic.
Outside the Sabersphere
- The Replacements are playing their first show in 22 years, headlining this year's Riot Fest in Chicago, IL.