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April 10, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: It Only Seems Like the Suburbs

by Geoff Young

The Padres and Dodgers met for their opening series last week, bringing to mind their intertwined histories.

April 3, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Is Will Venable Underrated or Overrated? Probably.

by Geoff Young

Will Venable is entering his prime years, but his career numbers leave people guessing as to whether he is extremely overrated or underrated.

March 27, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: No Country for Old Pitchers

by Geoff Young

Why do teams sign older pitchers when they have younger hurlers in the minors?

March 20, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: They Slugged Like Ed Brinkman

by Geoff Young

The Texas Rangers might be considered an offensive juggernaut now, but that hasn't always been the case.

March 13, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Better Than Doug Mientkiewicz

by Geoff Young

James Loney hasn't exactly set Hollywood ablaze with his hitting prowess; can he still cash in on his mediocrity?

March 5, 2012

Premium Article Prospectus Preview: NL West 2012 Season Preview

by Jay Jaffe and Geoff Young

A roundtable discussion of the state of the NL West and how each team will fare in the coming year.

February 28, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Post-Moneyball Randomness

by Geoff Young

Making three bold predictions for the Oakland Athletics for the 2012 season, and the introduction of the probability of nothing stupid happening.

February 21, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Runs? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Runs!

by Geoff Young

Given their overturned offense, will the 2012 Giants be able to improve their won-loss record from 2011?

February 14, 2012

Western Front: Dirk Hayhurst's Search for Sustainable Happiness

by Geoff Young

Garfoose wrangler, author, and newly-minted Italian leaguer Dirk Hayhurst discusses baseball, his new book, and his decision to move across the pond.

February 6, 2012

Western Front: Scrappy Rain, Scrappy Rain

by Geoff Young

While it may be easy to root for certain ballplayers, we have to be open to honest assessments of their abilities.

January 31, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Fixing a Bug in the Mariners

by Geoff Young

Though Seattle is riddled with major glitches, it addressed a "blue screen of doom" type of malfunction by acquiring a bat this offseason.

January 23, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Perpetually Rebuilding the Padres

by Geoff Young

Padres fans have constant reminders of past failures and rebuilds as their team attempts to field a winner.

January 17, 2012

Western Front: A Haphazard History of Halos at the Hot Corner

by Geoff Young

It's a stroll through Angels history to find those memorable and unmemorable men who manned third base.

October 25, 2011

Divide and Conquer, NL West: What are the Padres Getting in Josh Byrnes?

by Geoff Young

With word that Jed Hoyer will be joining Theo Epstein in Chicago, the Padres have a familiar face sliding into the GM chair.

September 27, 2011

Premium Article Divide and Conquer, NL West: Is There a Draft in Here, or is that Just 2006?

by Geoff Young

The 2006 draft has served as a major talent influx for the top forces in the NL West.

September 20, 2011

Premium Article Divide and Conquer, NL West: Thirty-Two Short Films About Aaron Cook

by Geoff Young

Aaron Cook's inability to strike out batters hasn't kept him from a long big-league career, nor kept one writer from having fun with Wikipedia.

September 13, 2011

Premium Article Divide and Conquer, NL West: This Is Not Surreal, Nor Is It Otherwise

by Geoff Young

Saturday's Padres-Diamondbacks matchup personified both clubs' 2011 seasons.

September 6, 2011

Premium Article Divide and Conquer, NL West: Beating the Weak and Powerless

by Geoff Young

While the Giants flounder further from contention, the Diamondbacks continue to rise, largely thanks to their record against losing teams.

August 30, 2011

Premium Article Divide and Conquer, NL West: Absence Makes the Kemp Grow Stronger

by Geoff Young

Sure, the Dodgers aren't having a great year, but when you reframe their situation in the context of history, things start to look cheerier.

August 23, 2011

Premium Article Divide and Conquer, NL West: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Back from the All-Star Break

by Geoff Young

Though it looks like a two-horse race in the NL West, even those players on losing clubs have something to play for.

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