ICYMI: SweetSpot hits of the week

As baseball games wind down, roster games start up for teams that need to make decisions during the offseason. Meanwhile, some guys will spend October playing video games instead of playoff games. Join in on the conversation on Twitter or on each ESPN SweetSpot Network's blog page.

In Case You Missed It...

Arizona Diamondbacks: Inside the 'Zona

Projections, Evaluations, Weird Things and Life as We Know It: Jeff Wiser explores the relationship between projections, numbers and the noise that appears each and every baseball season, ultimately wondering just what to make of the Diamondbacks' chances in 2016 and 2017.

Twitter: @OutfieldGrass24

Cincinnati Reds: Redleg Nation

A Too-Early Look at the 2016 Draft: With the Reds facing the possibility of receiving a top draft pick, Kevin Michell takes a look at potential candidates.

Twitter: @KevinMMichell

Cincinnati Reds: Redleg Nation

The Badenhop "Bad April" Myth: The Reds will have to decide whether to pick up a $2.5 million option for Burke Badenhop in 2016. Steve Mancuso makes the case that the Reds should pass.

Twitter: @spmancuso

Colorado Rockies: Rockies Zingers

'Call of Duty': Rockies and Video Games: Christian Friedrich, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Brandon Barnes are big fans of "Call of Duty." Richard Bergstrom catches them during a game (and video game) break to find out how they balance being an athlete with too much Mountain Dew, what their playstyles are like and what they think of "MLB: The Show."

Twitter: @rockieszingers

Colorado Rockies: Rockies Zingers

Kyle Kendrick is not a Good Player: Kyle Kendrick was signed by the Rockies as a stopgap. Unfortunately, Nick Tremaroli thinks he's just being a gap, stopping the Rockies from trying out more talented, cheaper pitchers from filling that role.

Twitter: @NickTrem_17

Milwaukee Brewers: Disciples of Uecker

David Stearns & Analysis: The Brewers hired their new GM, and they sure made good on their promise to hire a young candidate conversant in analytics. The club hired David Stearns away from the Houston Astros, which suggests a strong pedigree for analytics (and a radical rebuilding plan?). Of course, many fans will feel like pushing the scouting/analysis dichotomy, so it is worth investigating the types of tools Stearns will apply in "analysis." It turns out that contemporary "analysis" is much more "scouting"-based than many may expect.

Twitter: @disciplesuecker

Texas Rangers: One Strike Away

A Quick Glance at Derek Holland: "Derek Holland is a pitcher the Rangers are desperately relying on over its final regular season games," writes Eric Reining. "An effective Derek Holland could be the difference in the West."

Twitter: @one_strike_away

Toronto Blue Jays: Blue Jays Plus

Hooked on a Feeling: Exploring Brett Cecil's Hot Streak: Gideon Turk takes a look at the change in mechanics and approach, with a special focus on the curveball, that have led to Brett Cecil's nearly three-month run without allowing an earned run.

Twitter: @gideonturk