Fangraphs has a good article detailing the home vs road offensive numbers for Matt Holliday. While on the Rockies, many have often criticized Holliday's numbers, stating that they were the effects of playing at Coors field for 81 games. While playing at the park some have some effects, you have to take the numbers he put up this year and figure that the guy does have some raw talent. He struggled while in Oakland, something of which I would attribute to learning a new league of pitchers and playing at that horrible park in Oakland.
Also found this article about J.P. Riccardi to be interesting also. Not sure how many of you feel about Riccardi, but I feel he makes a good point. As the title of the article states, "The division is not going to change." He talks about how difficult it is being in the American League East, with the type of spending that the Yankees and Red Sox do. He noted that during the Jays championship of 92 and 93, they had the highest payroll in all of baseball. This was something I was unaware of before reading this article.
When you look at it this way it makes sense, but you also have to see how the Rays were able to have a remarkable season last year, performing better than the Yankees with a significantly lower payroll. The Jays need to work on their farm system (which has some potential), keep their young arms healthy, and make some smarter signings. I would hate to see Halladay go, but they have little chance of resigning him and if they can receive a few young guys for him they might as well do it sooner rather than later.
Side note: Magic number for the Yankees is 5. A sweep of the Sox would guarantee a division win on Sunday.
Also am sad that the season is almost over... Oh how I will miss baseball.