The Market For Matt Holliday: "You'll never guess who Scott Boras is comparing free agent Matt Holliday to? Another Boras client who signed a $180 million deal last winter - Mark Teixeira. "These guys are blue-collar superstars. They don't hit 50 home runs, but they're complete players. They can give you something without swinging a bat."" I see Holliday going to the Mets. New York is coming off of a horrendous year offensively because of injuries and their current left fielder Gary Sheffield is not going to last another year. [LA Times, via The Big Lead]
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Boy Those Triple Crown Hopes Stopped Quickly: Albert PujolsSo, since the All-Star Break, Albert Pujols has lost his chances of winning a triple crown. Hanley Ramirez leads the NL in batting average with a .348 clip (.332 for Albert), Mark Reynolds has tied him for the most homers in the NL with 36, and though Pujols leads the league with 100 RBIs, Prince Fielder sits just a couple away at 98.  However, he's still our MVP, and he's now driven in 100 runs for the ninth straight season. We'd take him over anybody, but that Hanley Ramirez kid is a close second. [St. Louis Today] (0)(12053)

The Market For Matt Holliday:

“You’ll never guess who Scott Boras is comparing free agent Matt Holliday to? Another Boras client who signed a $180 million deal last winter – Mark Teixeira. “These guys are blue-collar superstars. They don’t hit 50 home runs, but they’re complete players. They can give you something without swinging a bat.”” I see Holliday [...]

Rounding the Diamond: Rockies Tie It Up, Holliday Costs the Cardinals and the Angels Light Up Lester

Colorado Rockies 5 – Philadelphia Phillies 4: The Rockies’ bats got after Cole Hamels early and often to provide an early spark that helped them defeat the World Champion Phillies. Todd Helton had an RBI ground out in the first inning and was driven in by Yorvit Torrealba in the fourth inning when he [...]

MLB Regular Season Wrap-Up: NL Cy Young Race

Before I wrote this column, I wanted to come up with a different way to present the race for the NL Cy Young award. 99% of ballots will have Chris Carpenter, Tim Lincecum, and Adam Wainwright in some order while one columnist will make a statement by adding Dan Haren in with his vote, [...]

You Can Just Hand Him The Cy Young Now

As much as it pains me to say it, St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has got to be a lock to win the National League Cy Young Award this season. I have been making every excuse possible to give the award to Tim Lincecum, but now, the writing is on the wall.

Carpenter [...]

Oakland the Only Loser When It Comes to Matt Holliday

Matt HollidayCarlos GonzalezMatt Holliday has been the most valuable player in the National League since he landed in St. Louis, we know this. However, up until the last couple of days, the pieces the Colorado Rockies stole from the Oakland Athletics had yet to show if the trade that was made in the off-season was merely a wash for both sides.

While this should not be the case because Huston Street, who came over in that trade, has been one of the best – if not the best – closers in baseball this season (30 for 31 in save opportunities with a 3-1 record and a 3.12 ERA). It is because now everyone is starting to notice just how good Carlos Gonzalez is.

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Reading the Internet

Reading the Internet” will give 3-5 links to stories, videos or pictures that are popular in the sports world for that day. The title of the article was inspired by Florida Marlins manager Freddy Gonzalez when he said “I read the newspaper…..and those others, uh, reading the internet…” in an interview on the Baseball Show on ESPN Radio.

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Here are today’s headlines:

Worst Trade Of the Season: Well, now if the Rangers win the World Series, it will be tainted. Why in the world would you trade for Ivan Rodriguez? Oh, I see, it was the .251 batting average. Or maybe it was the eight homers in 93 games. [Baseball Time In Arlington]

Uh, Forget What We Said Earlier: We fully bought into the whole Bryce Harper is the Chosen One story, but as it turns out, that SI cover piece was clearly a curse. [Baseball America, Earlier: But The Game Is On]

Back to the National League It Is: John Smoltz is strongly leaning towards signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. Apparently the Cardinals saw him as a Red Sox, so he won’t be starting. [ESPN]

Shaq Vs. Was Scripted: At least we know that Shaq is worse at sports than two alleged racists. [LA Times]

Where is CP3, SKEETS?: Who is the fastest player in basketball? Of the players listed, it has to be Devin Harris. [Ball Don't Lie]

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Boy Those Triple Crown Hopes Stopped Quickly:

So, since the All-Star Break, Albert Pujols has lost his chances of winning a triple crown. Hanley Ramirez leads the NL in batting average with a .348 clip (.332 for Albert), Mark Reynolds has tied him for the most homers in the NL with 36, and though Pujols leads the league with 100 RBIs, [...]

Forget a Salary Cap in Baseball, Just Switch Up the Divisions

As The Big Lead has pointed out many times this season, the big market teams are destroying the standings right now. Of the top seven teams salary wise, only the New York Mets are not realistically in their division or wild card race. Here is how the rest of those teams stack up:

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Prince Fielder Might Have Killed Someone Last Night

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder was restrained by security guards and his teammates as he tried to enter into the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse after last night’s game between the two clubs.

Here is how the whole fiasco went down:

The trouble started when Manny Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the [...]

The Best Baseball Players No One In the World is Talking About: Two NL West 3rd Basemen

Buried in the western part of the United States are two fantastic third baseman that nobody seems to be talking about. One plays for a team that is very much in contention for the NL Wild Card while the other hasn’t played a meaningful game standings wise in a couple of months.

Pablo Sandoval [...]