HBT’s Division Series Preview Extravaganza

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In case you missed it yesterday, we ran our previews for all four division series. To wit:

ALDS: Tigers vs. Yankees
ALDS: Rays vs. Rangers
NLDS: Cardinals vs. Phillies
NLDS: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

Also, if you’re not into the whole “reading” thing, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Sheehan and I were on NBC SportsTalk last night and gave our breakdowns of each series, which you can see in the video clips below.  Before you watch ’em though, don’t give Sheehan any crap for his Cardinals thing: I’m pretty sure he thinks the Phillies will win that series. We were just trying to say, if the other team was going to win, how they might do it.

Normally I wouldn’t have to say that, but I’d hate to give Phillies fans a case of the vapors over someone appearing to disrespect their guys.

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Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.