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09-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric Hosmer
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Ben Carsley

09-30

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8

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
by
Doug Thorburn

09-30

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7

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

09-30

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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
by
Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-30

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6

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

09-29

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

09-29

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

09-29

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Pebble Hunting: The Padres' Sad Team Leaders
by
Sam Miller

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
by
Mike Gianella

09-29

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

09-29

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

09-29

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7

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

09-29

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3

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Breakout Candidates for 2015
by
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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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 26
by
Matthew Kory

09-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Rankings Review
by
Craig Goldstein

09-26

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6

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
by
Daniel Rathman

09-26

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Transaction Analysis: It Takes Stew to Make a Thing Go Right?
by
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
by
Jeff Quinton

09-25

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They Hold No Quarter: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

09-25

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Pitching Backward: Buxton or Beane?
by
Jeff Long

09-25

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Painting the Black: How David Price Gets The Best of Jose Abreu
by
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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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
by
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
by
Sam Miller

09-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
by
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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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
by
Jeff Moore

09-23

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

09-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

09-23

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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

09-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Season's Most Disappointing Prospects
by
BP Prospect Staff

09-19

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Daily League Strategy: Coors, Coors, Coors
by
Paul Sporer

09-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 19
by
Matthew Kory

09-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage
by
Craig Goldstein

09-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26
by
Wilson Karaman

09-19

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The View from the Loge Level: The Alex Jackson Interviews
by
Daron Sutton

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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 ALDS. (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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It's a clips show! Relive our favorite jokes from the season, many of which involve boating.

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A look at two long careers, through the words of BP authors.

To recognize the careers of two retiring veterans, we're publishing all the BP Annual comments for Bobby Abreu and Josh Willingham. They chart nearly two decades of Abreu's life, as he went from expansion draft pick to near Hall of Famer, as well as the decade that saw Josh Willingham bloom late but end up with a better career True Average than Paul Molitor.

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Padres' Sad Team Leaders

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Sam Miller

What the back of the Padres' team leader card will tell us about the Padres, baseball, and team leader cards.

I remember the 1987 Cardinals team-leader card, where on the back it said the most home runs hit by any Cardinal the previous season was 13, by Andy Van Slyke. That was absurd, and it was so absurd that I had to explore further, and upon further exploration I learned my first lesson in team building: The Cardinals, with that artificial turf, were built for speed. They stole 262 bases. They didn't need to hit home runs, except inasmuch as they finished with the fewest runs scored in the National League and a .600 OPS. That was a fun team-leader card. It was an educational team-leader card.

Next year's Padres team-leader card is not going to be as fun. It'll be dispiriting, it'll be disorienting, and if it teaches you anything it'll be how to spell "Gyorko." But there is fun to be had with it, and this is the Fun Fact portion of this post:

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps

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Mike Gianella

Mike looks back at how he did in a couple of NL-only expert leagues.

You are a worthless scumbag if you talk about your fantasy team. While these words have (probably) never been uttered, the sentiment certainly exists. Talking at length about your fantasy team is a combination of egotistical and boring, and nobody cares but you and the 11 other nerds who are in your league.

The naysayers do have a point. The story of how you overcame that six-point deficit in the last three weeks is captivating if it is your league, and especially riveting if it happened to you. If it is someone else’s league, the tale loses its luster quickly. I love fantasy baseball, and even I don’t want to hear more than a 60-second recap of what happened in your league.

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The final day of the season has more drama than we were expecting; the Monday after the season, however, will have far less than we were hoping. That, plus a number of players who hit significant milestones.

Last year, the Marlins finished the regular season with a no-hitter by Henderson Alvarez. This year, with Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals doing the honors, the shoe was on the other foot.

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These

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Zachary Levine

In hindsight, some games loom larger than others for the six teams that were still fighting for position on the last day of the year.

With three races coming down to Game 162 on Sunday, we didn’t get that much drama, but we got some memorable performances. We’ll remember David Price pitching the Tigers to the AL Central crown and, maybe even more, Sonny Gray shutting out the Rangers to give the Athletics the final playoff spot.

But divisions are not won, playoff spots not earned, in Game 162 alone. They can be won or, in three excruciating cases, lost anywhere in the 183-day season.

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