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2014 Major League Baseball Postseason Primer

October is (basically) here. The crucible of baseball games pretty much every day for six months has eroded away 67% of the field. Gone (officially) from our everyday baseball musings is the wretched refuse – the teams that make people scream “WHAT ACTUALLY ARE YOU GUYS DOING?!?!” Let’s just cut to the chase – the teams that do things like this:

OK, OK, this was from 2012. True failure is timeless.
OK, OK, this was from 2012. Failure of this magnitude is timeless. It didn’t end there, either…


Oh, the Angels made three errors on the same play back in April, you say?


The Dodgers threw the ball all around the field during pennant chase in September?


Alright, so playoff teams do dumb stuff, too. Actually, they do an awful lot of dumb things when all is said and done. On the balance, however, they do bad things a bit less than do, well, bad teams. Think about it: the teams with the three best records in all of Major League Baseball still spent the equivalent of over two months losing games this year (64 losses for the Angels, 66 for the Orioles and Nationals). The six-month regular season is a matter of surviving the humanity of one’s self and one’s teammates as much as it is surviving the onslaught of one’s opponents.

Six months is also a long time for you, sports fan. We know you have lot pictures of cats to peruse on the internet are busy, we know you have a life, and we know that following even one team everyday for six months can be a challenge. Fear not – we have your back. The dudes will bring you up to speed on the ten teams that managed to survive the summer a little better than the rest – the teams that will wake up on September 30th and still have a mathematically verifiable chance to win the 2014 World Series. We have the Cliff Notes non-trademarked quick summaries, we have the graphs, and we have the punchy tale-of-the-tape numeric profiles that will make you the envy of every water cooler discussion. Then? It is up to you. You won’t find any brackets or World Series picks here – YOU get to fearlessly decide who will be winning it all. Trolls, we give you:


The American League
The National League


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Spring Fling / Give Him a Ring / Leave Him Crying: AL West Edition

 Repost. Original Post Date: May 17, 2014.

“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of 6-4-3 double plays to end the inning.”

– Locksley Hall, probably


After a long Master’s Recital-induced slumber, Sweet Nothings and Hardball makes its triumphant and forceful return (you were much happier not knowing). I would like to welcome to the fold Brian Friedrich as a co-contributor – Brian is probably an even bigger nerd than myself and a fantastic writer. Between the two of us, you will have a fair amount of free content (because “internet”). This very intro is a hodgepodge of both of our intros… we bet you can’t tell where one stops and the other starts (Pro Tip: it’s kinda intertwined and gross to think about).

We’re wrapping up May here at Sweet Nothings and Hardball with a special Spring series (contrary to what mercury readings might tell you, there is still a solid month of spring left).  Indeed, as young men’s fancies turn to thoughts of love this time of year, (what with your ‘Prom’, nature’s flowering blooms, and inexplicably generous contract extensions) so shall we too embrace this season of love. We are committed to bringing you only hardest-hitting analysis and the most insightful-est of journalism, and we do so today by playing everyone’s favorite of old tavern games:  From a sample of three, pick one person to ‘Date’, one to ‘Marry’, and one to ‘Kick to the Curb’.

The Subjects? All 30 MLB rosters.  The Objective? Give you, our favorite (ahem… only) reader, a cursory introduction to some of the players and concepts we value. You know it. You love it. It’s…

Sweet Nothings and Hardball’s ‘Spring Fling / Give Him A Ring / Leave Him Crying’ Game!


Spring Fling: Ready to give a season to this player, but for any number of reasons, it just can’t work out long-term.

Give Him a Ring: Ready to commit to this player for at least 3 seasons.

Leave him Crying: Ready to be cold and heartless because sometimes we don’t want to be masochists anymore.


All players considered must already have accrued MLB service time (there will be prospects later… don’t you worry). Again, remember that this intended to be cursory and fun; we are both keenly aware that there are players out there other than the “household names,” but the very nature of our little game will by default limit our field to the best and brightest (or previously best and brightest) stars.


Presented in order of standings on May 17, 2014.

Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Houston Astros


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