NL Central


Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter
The Oakland Athletics have reunited with an old friend, first baseman Chris Carter.  The Oakland Athletics announced Friday that they have signed Carter to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville. Carter was drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was eventually traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson in 2007. Carter made his debut in August of 2010 with the Athletics but didn’t exceed his rookie limits in 2012. He played in 67 games for the A’s […]

Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter


Jose Quintana was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs
Over the offseason the Chicago White Sox loaded up on prospects when they traded their star ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. Since then, baseball has been waiting for the team to trade their next best starter after Sale, Jose Quintana. It was never a question of “if” but a question of “when, where and for how much.” Thursday morning, those questions were, somewhat shockingly, all answered. The Chicago White Sox made a big trade with their crosstown rivals the Chicago Cubs. The trade seems like a fair one, but […]

Crosstown rivals CAN make a trade! Cubs, White Sox make ...


Catching up on my articles
Well, being that I’ve been away from my blog but still writing I thought I would provide some links to some of my latest articles that I think might be interesting for you to read (plus, with The Inquisitr – as explained previously, I could use the extra readers)! Most of the articles are on the A’s or the AL West but lately I’ve ventured into other territory like the American League East and the National League Central. I’ve also written a couple of political and world news articles (even one NASCAR piece … shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone! LOL!) but […]

Catching up on my latest articles!



Schwarber
The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber started off his sophomore season the way no player wants to start any season. In the third game of the season at the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field, Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL – both imperative ligaments in the knee – in an outfield collision with centerfielder Dexter Fowler. The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season and thus far, the Cubs’ entire playoff run to the World Series. You can watch the injury as it happened back in April below: Yes, it most certainly wasn’t pretty and it was a huge […]

Should Kyle Schwarber really be the Cubs’ DH in the ...


curse
This day is an HUGE one in the history of Major League Baseball. It is the day that the Chicago Cubs were officially cursed.  A man named William Sianis brought his goat, Murphy, to Wrigley Field to watch game four of the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Murphy’s stench was bothering the fans surrounding William “Billy Goat” Sianis. They were eventually forced to leave in the fourth inning, even though Sianis had bought two box seats – one for him and one for Murphy. Needless to say, Sianis was not pleased. There are different accounts […]

OTD in Baseball History: Cubs’ Curse!


Sean Rodriguez 1
Recently I wrote that the Oakland A’s were fairly set for next season, that they wouldn’t have much room left on the roster to go after more than one, perhaps two, free agents. Yet they do have a piece or two missing and it couldn’t hurt to bring in another veteran to support two-time all-star catcher Stephen Vogt in teaching the new young A’s team how to navigate playing everyday in the major leagues. The A’s could use another power bat. Even with rookies ready to help out in the outfield, designated hitter position and at first base, the A’s […]

A’s should take a look at Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez for ...



Yasiel Puig, Ryan Braun
Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]

Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move ...


It’s pretty obvious simply looking at the list of eight pitchers who have started for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 that quite a few things weren’t quite right. While some teams have used more than eight starting pitchers this season, it’s still a number most clubs would rather not have to see. Moreover, every single pitcher that has started for the Brewers in 2016 has been a right-hander. While it’s not too common to hear of lefty-heavy starting rotations which usually indicates that three to possibly four of the starters being left-handed, it’s a bit more rare to find a […]

Issues with the Brewers starting pitching and where they may ...


old friends bracket, round two, quarterfinals
Today’s Knuckleball’s All-Old Friends’ Teams Bracket Here at Today’s Knuckle (well, actually here being summarized on BBST!) we were each asked to build a team. There were criteria for this team and they are as follows: Each team is made up of a lineup (no DH), 5 starting pitchers and three relief pitchers To be eligible for the team a player must have played at least one game with the organization at any level. Players did not have to have played in a MLB game to be eligible. Players were not eligible for their current teams, but were eligible for an […]

Vote here for TKB’s All-Old Friends Teams Bracket!



improbable hit
Thursday’s game between AL Central rivals the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals was drama filled up through the 11 innings it took for them to play it. The Cardinals struck in the first on a  single to right by Yadier Molina who plated Matt Holliday. It was the third straight single allowed in the first by Jon Lester who’d already allowed one each to Holliday and Brandon Moss. The Cardinals added on in the sixth on a monster solo-shot by Moss making the score 2-0 but the Cubs came back to score three of their own in the […]

This may be the most improbable hit you will ever ...


Khris Davis, trade, Nottingham
Back in mid-February, the Oakland A’s traded their top pitching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor leaguer Bubba Derby to the Milwaukee Brewers for left fielder Khris Davis. At the time there were many who questioned the trade for the A’s. They didn’t have much catching depth at the time and it was believed that Nottingham was going to be the team’s catcher of the future. Davis on the other hand was believed to be a decent left fielder without a very powerful arm and was supposedly a bit of a streaky hitter with some power. It seemed like the A’s […]

Khris Davis deal was a good one for Athletics


Arismendy Alcantara
Brooks or Alcantara? In a surprise move, the Oakland Athletics sent 31-year-old veteran utility man Chris Coghlan back to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 24-year-old prospective utility man Arismendy Alcantara. Alcantara entered the professional baseball as an infielder but has been successful at all three outfield positions along with multiple infield positions. The A’s acquired Coghlan from the Cubs on February 25 in exchange for right-hander Aaron Brooks. As a member of the Cubs, Coghlan hit .250 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 148 games. Considered a “Ben Zobrist type” utility player (as is Alcantara), Coghlan spent time […]

Aaron Brooks or Arismendy Alcantara: Who’s a better fit for ...