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randyholt

  • joined Nov 20, 2012
  • last login Jul 30, 2014
  • posts 64
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Chicago native. Another Arizona transplant. Graduate of Arizona State University. Chicago Blackhawks fan, self-loathing Chicago Cubs fan who finds solace in the Oakland A's. High school English teacher. Husband. Lover of Jimmy Johns sandwiches, sabermetrics, breakfast burritos, Kevin Bacon, hardcore rap music, and fish tacos.

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  • MLB Chicago Cubs
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
  • NCAAF Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Golf Rickie Fowler
  • NASCAR Denny Hamlin
  • EPL Chelsea FC
User Blog

Jake Arrieta's cutter the key to success

2

With drastically increased cutter usage, Jake Arrieta has realized his big potential with the Chicago Cubs.

Could Oakland's Tommy Milone entice the Cubs?

86

Could the Oakland A's and Chicago Cubs come back together now that Tommy Milone has requested a trade?

The easy case for a Jed Lowrie extension

75

After trading Addison Russell, the A's lack an immediate solution at shortstop for the next few years, making it an easy call to extend Jed Lowrie.

Who's on the outs with the Chicago Blackhawks?

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With the Blackhawks over the salary cap by a couple million, who are the prime candidates to be dealt this month?

Sean Doolittle's deal now looks brilliant

6

Having established himself as Oakland's closer and an elite reliever, Sean Doolittle's April contract looks like another steal by Billy Beane.

Meet the new Mike Moustakas: Same as the old one

4

Mike Moustakas has returned from a successful stint in Triple-A to wind up right back in the same place for the Kansas City Royals.

Drew Pomeranz: More than just a flash in the pan

54

The marriage of Drew Pomeranz and the Oakland Athletics has been a successful one since the lefty moved to the starting rotation last month. That success is very much for real.

Let's Talk About Defense: Yoenis Cespedes Edition

1

His brilliant throw on Tuesday night gives us a chance to put the terrific defense of Yoenis Cespedes under the microscope.

Jeff Samardzija may be an ace after all

3

With his jump to the elite pitchers in baseball, what has allowed Jeff Samardzija to quiet his critics?

Josh Donaldson: A Rare Appreciation

20

Attempting to make up for the lack of love that Josh Donaldson receives in the mainstream sports world.

Starlin Castro showcasing return to form for Cubs

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How has Starlin Castro managed to regain his form and then some for the Chicago Cubs? That's a tough question to answer.

A's Run Differential: More pitching or offense?

22

Is the massive run differential for the Oakland Athletics more the result of a top-notch offensive attack or dynamite pitching?

Brandon Moss and platoon splits

38

Should Brandon Moss continue to sit the majority of the time against lefties or should he see an increased opportunity as an everyday guy?

Mike Trout: Are the strikeouts cause for concern?

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Should we really be worried about Mike Trout's higher than usual strikeout numbers, or are we just fishing for a flaw?

This Edition of Kris Versteeg Really Works

7

Kris Versteeg might just be finding a bit of a groove here heading into the Western Conference Finals. Better late than never.

Examining the Emergence of Jesse Chavez

1

Jesse Chavez has been a blessing for the Oakland Athletics. How has he become so successful after a mediocre start to his career?

Niklas Hjalmarsson: An Appreciation

10

Examining how Niklas Hjalmarsson went from a questionable contract on the roster, to a key piece of an NHL superpower.

Ben Smith: Gritty fourth liner, or something more?

10

Should the Blackhawks have bigger plans for Ben Smith's future in Chicago than they currently appear to? Probably not.

Anthony Rizzo's New Found Skill

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Anthony Rizzo is developing into the star the Chicago Cubs hoped he would become, thanks to his ability to hit lefties.

Corey Crawford Haters, Please Veer Left

69

With his play in the last couple of postseasons, it's time for critics of Blackhawks' goaltender Corey Crawford to crawl back under the rocks which birthed them.

Michal Handzus: Server of Purposes

47

Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks may not believe it, but Michal Handzus serves an obvious purpose.

Let's Talk About Defense: Darwin Barney Edition

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Darwin Barney presents an intriguing case, as we examine whether or not his supreme defense outweighs his poor offense.

The Curious Case of Jason Heyward

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How real were Jason Heyward's 2013 struggles and what might that mean for him heading into 2014?

Jonathan Toews: The Greatness Of A Captain

19

Jonathan Toews has firmly established himself as a Hall of Fame player at just 25 years old. How do his credentials stack up in his seventh year in the NHL?

Craig Kimbrel: How Large A Risk Is New Deal?

1

There is considerable danger in signing a reliever long term. Did the Atlanta Braves make the right move with Craig Kimbrel?

Is Coco Crisp Changing His Game?

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Is Coco Crisp starting the transformation from base stealer to power hitter?

Let's Talk About Defense: Andrelton Simmons

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A look into the terrific defensive play of Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Edwin Jackson: Rebound or Bust in 2014?

1

Will Edwin Jackson rebound from a difficult 2013 campaign or will it be more of the same for the Chicago Cubs starter?

The Good & The Bad In Signing Matt Garza

2

There's a lot of good that comes with potentially signing Matt Garza, but also plenty of red flags.

The Evolution of Ben Smith

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Ben Smith has shaken off his previous label of a Chicago folk hero in order to become an important part of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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