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Watching the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Baseball Purgatory

There are only a handful of teams in baseball worse than the Angels, but none of those bummer-squads are quite as dreary, doomed, and limbo-bound.
Robert O'Connell
8.29.16
mlb

Watching Kris Bryant And Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Bedrock

The Chicago Cubs have done everything to build a seamless, thoroughly contemporary World Series contender. But they still rely on a pair of old-school mashers.
Robert O'Connell
8.2.16
mlb

The Forgettable Career and Memorable Triumphs of Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse was never a great pitcher, and needed St. Louis Cardinals magic to become a good one. But he did a lot with nothing much for years. That's something.
Robert O'Connell
7.28.16
mlb

Watching Steven Wright, Who Is For Real, And Really Weird

Steven Wright has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. He's also a knuckleballer, which adds a satisfying edge of weirdness to his success.
Robert O'Connell
7.26.16
mlb

Watching Yu Darvish, An Ace At Play

The Texas Rangers are getting Yu Darvish back at exactly the right moment. It's not just that he steadies a shaky rotation. He brings an element of magic to it, too.
Robert O'Connell
7.19.16
mlb

Watching Manny Machado, Thermonuclear Metronome

The Baltimore Orioles have been the first half's biggest surprise. But Manny Machado has been as great as predicted, in all the understated ways that made him a star.
Robert O'Connell
7.12.16
nba

The Oklahoma City Thunder Were Wild, Loud, And Still Echoing

Bad luck, historically tough competition, and some stubborn personality kinks kept the Durant/Westbrook Thunder from being great, but they were always memorable.
Robert O'Connell
7.6.16
mlb

Watching Wil Myers, Who Is Finally Becoming The Player He Was Supposed To Be

Two teams ago, Wil Myers was one of baseball's true can't-miss prospects. The former Rookie of the Year has missed a lot since then, but now he's easing into stardom.
Robert O'Connell
7.5.16
mlb

Watching the Boston Red Sox, While They're Still Weird

Right now, the Red Sox are a dazzling offense yoked to a miserable pitching staff. They'll improve at the trade deadline, but let's savor the oddity until then.
Robert O'Connell
6.28.16
mlb

Watching the Detroit Tigers, Who Are Trying to Drag the Past into the Present

The Tigers owe a lot of money to players whose best seasons are behind them. In the moment, though, they're still in the mix, thanks to Detroit stalwarts Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.
Robert O'Connell
6.22.16
NBA Finals

Watching Kyrie Irving, as Imperfect as Perfect Can Get

The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving can do things no other NBA point guard can do. What gets him into trouble is doing them all at once. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, however, it all worked.
Robert O'Connell
6.14.16
mlb

Watching Eric Hosmer, First Baseman of the Future and the Present

Over the last generation or so, first basemen have been beefy swing-and-miss types. The Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer isn't like that, but he's as good a first baseman as we've got.
Robert O'Connell
6.7.16
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