Albert Pujols Goes to Play For Angels Team That Hardly Ever Plays the Cubs

  The news this morning really couldn’t be much better. Albert Pujols will most likely finish his career in the American League West, where his damage to the Cubs will be minimal.  He will, however, still be able to torment the Houston Astros. Now all we need is for Fielder to sign with the Mariners. […]

Dumb things I’ve heard today on MLB Network

These are not exact quotes, but here are just a few of the dumbass things I’ve heard today while MLB Network has been on. If Josh Johnson is healthy over 162 games, he makes every other starting pitcher better. Yeah, a guy pitching one day makes the guy pitching two days later better. That makes […]

How much is Pujols worth?

There’s a very big image attached below. I think it mostly explains itself. I apologize for the poor formatting, but I didn’t care too much to make it that neat. The image contains numerous ways to estimate 7, 8 and 9 year contracts for Albert Pujols. I stuck with a -.5 WAR aging curve. I […]

New CBA notes

We needed a new thread and I’ve been busy this weekend so you get a link to MLB Trade Rumors about the new CBA. minimum salary will increased from $414,000 to $480,000 next year and $500,000 after that. Super Two cutoff is now the 22% with the most service time between 2 and 3 years […]

Last night’s game IS a classic

I was scrolling the page here and noticed a tweet last night by Berselius: A poorly defended, poorly pitched, poorly managed game might be exciting, but it’s no classic. This is a terrible display of baseball. – MO I couldn’t disagree more. Games don’t become classics because of how well they were played. There’s generally […]

Rangers @ Cardinals, Game 1 Open Thread

Berselius has fallen short of his duties around Obstructed View and failed to provide our wonderful readers with a World Series Preview. Because of his laziness, we are giving away extremely cheap subscriptions to Obstructed View. Just send $1 to the OV Offices nearest you. CJ Wilson vs Chris Carpenter tonight

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs Philadelphia Phillies (102-60)

St. Louis squeaked its way into the playoffs thanks to a late-season collapse by the Braves. Again, I find it crazy that there are 2 NL Central teams in the playoffs. Team Overviews Team stats, with NL rank in parentheses Cardinals Phillies wOBA .332 (1st) .316 (6th) UBR 4.0 (5th) -5.7 (14th) UZR -29.8 (15th) […]

Series Preview: Detroit Tigers (95-67) vs New York Yankees (97-65)

This series already began in disappointment, as the marquee matchup between extremely likely Cy Young winner Justing Verlander and C.C. Sabathia was suspended due to rain in the second inning. The game will resume tonight with different starters and the score 1-1. I said last night that it was good for the Yankees given how […]

Terry Francona to leave Boston?

Terry Francona may be out as manager of the Red Sox as early as today so reports a lot of people with sources. I for one would be very happy if the Cubs targeted him as their manager. He’s one of the best in the game. He might be the best. Terry Francona may depart […]

Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays (91-71) at Texas Rangers (96-66)

I’m going to write my usual previews for each of the playoff series. I’ll say flat out that I don’t follow the AL at all, so any of you Rays fans who aren’t still in a daze should feel free to chime in with comments/inevitable corrections to anything I say here. Before we get to […]

That’s Baseball

As Ron Santo always liked to say: That’s baseball. Congratulations to the Rays and Cardinals. If the postseason is only 4.38% as exciting as last night was, it’s going to be a great one.

Caution: Falling Wild Card Teams

As of last night’s games, the American League Wild Card standings are all tied up and the National League Wild Card standings are separated by a single game with two days remaining in the regular season. This is exciting for baseball fans no matter the circumstances, but these particular close races were not always so. […]