In a follow-up from last week, Adam Peterson looks at the National League playoff teams and asks which rebuild model might fit best for the Rockies (hint: not the Dodgers). If I had my way, I'd go with a combination of the Pirates' model, which can be summarized as patient development while implementing analytical principles and creating a comfortable environment vertically and horizontally, and the Cubs model, which can be summarized as draft a whole lot of hitters and trade for pitching. Anyhow: give it a read and decide for yourself.
There was apparently a football game yesterday between the Cleveland club and the one from Denver. Prior to the meeting, the social media accounts. If the Denver team wins, and they did, then Dinger would have to be the Cleveland baseball team's Twitter avatar. The result was more Dinger in the world, so did anyone really win?
Andrew Dill grades the Rockies' infield from top to bottom. In general, I think he graded Ben Paulsen too high and Nolan Arenado a tad low.
Last week's wacky seventh inning
I don't think we talked enough about the seventh inning in last week's ALDS game five between the Blue Jays and the Rangers. Also, there's not much else Rockies links. So here's some stuff about that:
This is a fine recap of the events of the inning.
Hosts Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus's Effectively Wild podcast conducted one of their patented drafts. This one was a draft of things that happened in the wild seventh inning of last week's ALDS game five. The unencumbered giddiness is most excellent.
Here's Grant Brisbee's deep reading of the game as a whole, with a look to the ALCS.
In this fun piece, Ben Lindbergh imagines a future without baseball because the seventh inning of the ALDS broke it. In this future, Lindbergh compiles the voices of the people who were there.
In this one, Roger Angell notes that he's been watching baseball since 1930, and that he has "never seen a catcher's throw-back nick the batters bat or person." It was a wild one, indeed.
And, finally, naturally:
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