This past week on BtBS our team of crack writers took a look at Jeff Samardzija's success, whether all stadiums should have a retractable roof, and then of course the BtBS podcast with Blake Murphy and Bryan Grosnick.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
BtBS Podcast #61: Extras - With Blake Murphy and Bryan Grosnick - Beyond the Box Score
So the Grosnick is back for this episode of the pod and what's really interesting is that I think Blake may become a big time movie star one day. I'm gonna go ahead and call it, since I call a lot of things before they happen and am usually right -- within context. They also talk about baseball.
If You Build a Roof, There Shall be No Delays - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
There's a good point made in this piece by Ben but I still don't like it. If it rains then so be it -- I guess I'm just one of those people that believe the teams and players should just suck it up and play through the weather instead of being afraid of it.
Shark's in the Water: Samardzija Emerges - By Ken Woolumns - Beyond the Box Score
Ken found out something really interesting about Jeff Samardzija and it goes to show how much confidence the guy had in his ability to play baseball. Good stuff here and a very nice breakdown of his success in the Chicago Cubs rotation this season.
Talking to a Sabermagician: Colin Wyers - By Lance Rinker - Beyond the Box Score
Colin Wyers is well known, and well respected, within the Sabermetric community for his previous and current contributions to the field of Sabermetrics. He took the time to drop some #want and knowledge on us.
Around the Sabersphere
With Miguel Cabrera, don't key on RBI total - By Bill Baer - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
Bill does a great job of breaking down Cabrera's performance, especially as it pertains to RBI. I have to say, this is one of the more in depth and well presented pieces on the SweetSpot Blog that I've read in a while so good job raising my expectations.
Shut ‘em out, hit a home run: "Pappas games" - By James Gentile - The Hardball Times
James takes a trip back in history as he explores the pitchers who were able to dominate on the mound and at the plate, and dedicates it to Milt Pappas. I like it.
BP Unfiltered: Stats vs. The Will To Win on the Family Feud | By Sam Miller | Baseball Prospectus
This is great. I love it when someone is able to find one of those hidden gems that have long been forgotten. Sam breaks down whether it's the stats or the will to win that matters the most here.
Around SB Nation
Dodgers promote Yasiel Puig to majors - By Chris Cotillo - MLB Daily Dish
Things have not gone very well for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season and they are hoping that promoting Puig to the majors, after he's been dominating Double-A, will give them the spark they need to right the ship. All eyes will be on him when he makes his Major League debut Monday.
Inventing a new category of bad trade for Chris Davis - By Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
Chris Davis has been getting so much attention lately for simply doing what was expected of him when he was first brought up and had an amazing rookie season in 2008. The Rangers got impatient with him and he just didn't get enough regular playing time, nor the vote of confidence many young players need, to become the player he is now with the Baltimore Orioles. Oh, and he also just hit 20 home runs faster than any Oriole in franchise history.
Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft: AL East Results - By John Sickels - Minor League Ball
Looking through some of the mock drafts this one has me smiling a bit because if the real draft turns out anything like the mock draft for any of these teams I think you'll see a lot of smiles from the front office and fan bases -- especially if this is what happens for the Baltimore Orioles.
Outside the Sabersphere