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10-01

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5

The Lineup Card: Awards We Wish We Could Give Out
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Baseball Prospectus

10-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Josh Donaldson
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Paul Sporer

10-01

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Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch
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R.J. Anderson

10-01

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11

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap
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Jeff Long

10-01

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1

Pebble Hunting: The '80' Pitches In This Year's Postseason
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Sam Miller

10-01

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2

Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
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Mike Gianella

09-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric Hosmer
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Ben Carsley

09-30

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16

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
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Doug Thorburn

09-30

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12

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

09-30

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5

Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

09-30

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The Week in Quotes: September 22-29
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-30

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8

Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-29

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The Prospectus Hit List: The Greatest Hits List
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Matt Sussman and Matthew Kory

09-29

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2

The BP Wayback Machine: So long Abreu; Farewell, Willingham
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Baseball Prospectus

09-29

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8

Pebble Hunting: The Padres' Sad Team Leaders
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Sam Miller

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
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Mike Gianella

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These
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Zachary Levine

09-29

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7

Baseball Therapy: There Is No Derek Jeter Conspiracy
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Russell A. Carleton

09-29

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3

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Breakout Candidates for 2015
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BP Prospect Staff

09-26

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Daily League Strategy: Our (T.J.) House
by
Paul Sporer

09-26

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6

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 26
by
Matthew Kory

09-26

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Rankings Review
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Craig Goldstein

09-26

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Going Yard: How Jose Altuve Got His Groove
by
Ryan Parker

09-26

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What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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Transaction Analysis: It Takes Stew to Make a Thing Go Right?
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R.J. Anderson

09-26

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Notes About Baseball: Very Important Baseball Question: Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?
by
Rocco DeMaro

09-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Using FIP to Find Value
by
Wilson Karaman

09-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Theory-Driven Versus Context-Driven Strategy
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Jeff Quinton

09-25

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1

They Hold No Quarter: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

09-25

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Pitching Backward: Buxton or Beane?
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Jeff Long

09-25

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Painting the Black: How David Price Gets The Best of Jose Abreu
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R.J. Anderson

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-24

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6

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 24
by
Matt Sussman

09-24

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16

The Lineup Card: Best Baseball Player Idiosyncrasies, 2014 Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

09-24

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10

Dynasty Dynamics: Jumping Ship
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-24

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8

Pebble Hunting: Spoiler: Spoiling Spoiled
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Sam Miller

09-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
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Rany Jazayerli

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-23

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11

Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-23

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Transaction Analysis: Wren's End
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R.J. Anderson

09-23

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12

Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

09-23

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21

Baseball Therapy: Will StatCast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues?
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 22
by
Matthew Kory

09-22

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The Week in Quotes: September 16-22, 2014
by
Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-22

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Interleague Report: Week 26
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Jeff Quinton

09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball
by
Mike Gianella

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Circling Back to The Holy Trinity
by
J.P. Breen

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The staff recognizes players and teams for things the current awards don't cover.

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October 1, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Josh Donaldson

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Paul Sporer

A look at the A's third baseman's 2014 campaign and what the future holds for him.

Ben Carsley got our Playoff Spotlight series kicked off on Tuesday with a breakdown of Eric Hosmer. At the time this is being written, Oakland is still in the playoffs. Of course, so is Kansas City, as the game hasn’t started, so players from both clubs are technically still fair game. I actually expect Oakland to win so they’d still be in the playoffs when this is posted, but you’ll forgive me if they aren’t, I hope. Let’s stay on the hitting side and take a look at Josh Donaldson from the A’s.

Player Background
A first-round pick back in 2007 (48th overall by CHC), Donaldson was a tertiary part of the Rich Harden deal in July of 2008. He started out behind the dish, but also saw time at the four corners (1B, 3B, LF, and RF) in the Oakland farm system. He spent two years in Kevin Goldstein’s second 10 for the Athletics prospects with power as the carrying tool, though it didn’t grade at a plus level.


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October 1, 2014 5:21 am

Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch

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R.J. Anderson

The Astros hire a new manager, the Twins fire an old one.

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October 1, 2014 1:07 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap

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Jeff Long

What was that, and can we have some more?

I tried to think of some clever way to start this recap; something about Ned Yost, Billy Beane, or Moneyball. Nope. None of that would do justice to a game that was, at its heart, baseball in its purest form.

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October 1, 2014 12:24 am

Pebble Hunting: The '80' Pitches In This Year's Postseason

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Sam Miller

What to watch for in this postseason? Things three standard deviations away from the mean, obviously.

There’s a toy over at Brooks Baseball—well, he probably wouldn’t call it a toy, but I use it as a toy—that I just love. For each pitch thrown by each pitcher, it assigns a “scouting scale” number for certain characteristics and results: velocity, movement, release point, whiff rate, groundball rate, etc. As you know, on the 20-80 scouting scale, 50 is average and each standard deviation represents 10 points up or down the scale. For instance, Aroldis Chapman’s average fastball velocity is a bit more than three standard deviations from the average left-hander's, so, per Brooks, his fastball velocity is assigned an 84 (lol) on the scouting scale. Dallas Keuchel’s groundball rate on his sinker is nearly three standard deviations higher than the typical lefty sinkerl in that specific aspect, it gets a 79. It’s a toy, of course, because that’s not to say Keuchel’s sinker is an 80 pitch, or that a scout would put an 80 on it, or that you should put an 80 on it; it’s just that, statistically, in this one aspect of it, compared to other pitchers, in the period of time surveyed, his was that far from normal.

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October 1, 2014 12:07 am

Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview

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Mike Gianella

The Giants and the Pirates play at 8:07 Eastern on Thursday; the winner gets the Nationals.

Thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers’ second-half collapse, the playoff picture was pretty clear in the National League in the last few weeks, the only question being whether the Pirates could steal the division from the Cardinals with a late push. The Cardinals held on, so for the second year in a row the Pirates will host the NL Wild Card game at PNC Park, this time against the San Francisco Giants. (Note: Neither team's Wild Card roster is set, so we'll update the article when the names are officially announced.)

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September 30, 2014 10:35 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric Hosmer

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Ben Carsley

Evaluating one of Kansas City's successful failures.

Happy playoff season, fantasy fans.

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September 30, 2014 10:22 am

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot

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Doug Thorburn

The best "stuff" of 2014.

With the end of the regular season comes the start of awards season, kicking off debates over the ballplayers who had the most remarkable performances in 2014. MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year—these are the mainstream awards that will be wrestled over the next month—but here at Raising Aces we like to acknowledge another set of awards: the best stuff of the past season.

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September 30, 2014 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview

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R.J. Anderson

The A's stumbled into the postseason, but they may have the edge on the hill and in the dugout against the Royals.

With their poor second half, the Athletics fumbled away the AL West and gifted home-field advantage to the Royals for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card game. As a result, Kauffman Stadium will host its first postseason contest since 1985 against, fittingly enough, the franchise that used to call Kansas City home. In our comprehensive Wild Card preview, we'll try to determine which team will advance to face the Angels for entrance to the ALCS. (Note: Neither team's Wild Card roster is set, so we'll update the article when the names are officially announced.)

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Why the Kyle Lohses of the game are something we should aspire to, and will aspire to.

When I was initially hired at Baseball Prospectus—two months ago—I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to write my first piece as a full-time employee. Then came the realization that my start date was two months away and, well, you’re probably aware that when given too long to ponder a piece, sometimes writers tend to overthink things.

Then my father-in-law pointed out that Joe Hamrahi wrote a piece in which I was described as a “super-recruit.” Super-recruit? Me? Yes, some writers tend to have a tough outer shell, displaying an image of self-assured confidence, but on the inside we’re all neurotic disasters, terrified that we’ll run out of ideas or that the next piece we write will expose us as the uninformed frauds we are. Or even worse, everyone has already been well aware that I’m awful and this job is all an elaborate sham to embarrass me in some dramatic Carrie-like situation.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

JORDAN ZIMMERMANN PITCHES FIRST NO-HITTER IN NATIONALS HISTORY

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September 30, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty

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Russell A. Carleton

Does the wild card winner have a worse chance of advancing out of the LDS than if they didn't have to win a wild card game first?

It’s time for some Wild Cards! Tonight, the A’s will face off against the Royals. Someone will win the game, and their prize will be an all-expenses-paid trip to Anaheim for a best-of-five series against the Angels. The Royals will send James Shields to the mound and the A’s will counter with Jon Lester. No matter who wins, that team will not be able to call upon their ace until Game 3 of that Angels series. Good luck, fellas.

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