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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
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Daniel Rathman

09-22

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

09-22

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

09-22

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

09-19

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Daily League Strategy: Coors, Coors, Coors
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Paul Sporer

09-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 19
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Matthew Kory

09-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage
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Craig Goldstein

09-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26
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Wilson Karaman

09-19

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

09-19

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Pebble Hunting: Cueto's Quirks
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Sam Miller

09-19

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Notes About Baseball: The Second-Hardest Part of Baseball
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Rocco DeMaro

09-19

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Moonshot: Detecting the Best Medicine
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Robert Arthur

09-19

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Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge
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Doug Thorburn

09-19

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What You Need to Know: September 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-18

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They Hold No Quarter: Outfielders
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BP Fantasy Staff

09-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Small Moves That Might Matter
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Jeff Quinton

09-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Many Moments of Paul Konerko
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BP Staff

09-18

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 35
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

09-18

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Pitching Backward: Big Situation James
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Jeff Long

09-18

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Painting the Black: The Plightin' Showalters
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R.J. Anderson

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 17
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Matt Sussman

09-17

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The Lineup Card: Eight Memorable Final-Week Storylines
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Baseball Prospectus

09-17

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 17, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Strikeouts
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J.P. Breen

09-17

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Skewed Left: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
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Zachary Levine

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-16

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Daily League Strategy: Easy Peavy
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Paul Sporer

09-16

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Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top
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R.J. Anderson

09-16

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Prospectus Review: 'That Foul Tip Had Better Have Hit Your Testicles'
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Miles Wray

09-16

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Deep Impact: Week 25
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Ben Carsley

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-16

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Baseball Therapy: Starving Young Royals, Battle-Tested Tigers, and an Unsquarable Circle
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Russell A. Carleton

09-15

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 15
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Matt Sussman

09-15

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The Week in Quotes: September 8-14
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-15

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In A Pickle: How To Lose Lots of One-Run Games
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Jason Wojciechowski

09-15

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Interleague Report: Week 25
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Jeff Quinton

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part Two: National League
by
Mike Gianella

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 12-14
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Jeff Moore

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-15

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 15, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-12

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Daily League Strategy: Picking on Young Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

09-12

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 12
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Matthew Kory

09-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of August
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Sam Miller

09-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Process of Analyzing Process: A Keeper League Example
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Jeff Quinton

09-12

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Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle
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R.J. Anderson

09-12

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Notes About Baseball: Talking About Money
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Rocco DeMaro

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 26

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Jeff Quinton

Examining how the upcoming AL-vs.-NL and NL-vs.-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Tigers and Royals play one of the games of the year, while the rest of the wild card races have exciting weekends.

From good pitching to timely hitting, questionable bunting to controversial umpiring—and on the heels of the early excitement, a dose of late-inning drama—Saturday’s American League Central battle between the Tigers and Royals had it all.

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball

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Mike Gianella

Will daily leagues one day supplant rotisserie and head-to-head formats?

If you play fantasy sports, you are familiar with DFS, even if you don’t play DFS. Short for Daily Fantasy Sports, in the past two years DFS has gone from a novelty to a mainstay, carving out a significant share of the fantasy sports marketplace. As a result, most websites that cater to fantasy baseball have started devoting a portion of content to DFS and/or partnering with a DFS service. Baseball Prospectus is no exception; in 2014, BP and Draft Street entered a working partnership, which then became a partnership with Draft Kings when Draft Kings purchased Draft Street earlier this year.

DFS arguably represents the biggest paradigm shift in fantasy sports since the Internet changed fantasy gaming from a game you played with friends in your neighborhood or your college to a game you could play with anyone anywhere in the world who had a working modem. Even if you haven’t played DFS, the appeal of the game is obvious. There are a number of great things about DFS, but the three biggest positives to in my mind are:

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Circling Back to The Holy Trinity

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J.P. Breen

A look at the pitchers who excelled in the three statistical areas fantasy owners cherish most.

The Holy Trinity is nothing new ‘round these parts. Bret Sayre discussed the concept and gave it its moniker last season, and I brought it up once again in my first piece at Baseball Prospectus. For those who are unfamiliar with The Holy Trinity, though, it’s pretty simple. As fantasy owners, we like pitchers who can either strike guys out, limit walks, or generate copious amounts of ground balls. But we love pitchers who can do all three. Thus, The Holy Trinity occurs when a pitcher posts better-than-average strikeout, walk, and ground-ball rates.

In short, they’re generally the guys to covet in fantasy leagues. They tend to be the anchors for your starting rotation, as they can provide above-average production in all categories. We’re not talking about someone like Francisco Liriano, who will rack up the strikeouts but drag down the WHIP category. These are guys like King Felix who provide value in strikeouts, wins, ERA, and WHIP.

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The prospect team tackles the year's disappointments, including Aaron Sanchez, Mark Appel, and Luke Jackson.

Alberto Tirado, RHP, Blue Jays (Short-season Vancouver)
Tirado entered 2014 the no. 3 prospect in Toronto's system and no. 76 on our Top 101, fueled by strong reports on his stuff. It was noted, though that his command needed work and the delivery was inconsistent. Fast forward to the end of this season and those highlighted areas are exactly what came to the surface. We need to remember Tirado is only 19 and developmental paths are often jagged when isolating short-term sections. I’m labeling Tirado's 2014 a “disappointment” more because his present weaknesses were too much for the strengths to overcome than due to a long-term decline in forecast. Still, some of the initial shine has diminished and warts were exposed. We now have concrete areas of focus when evaluating Tirado next season. –Chris Mellen

Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (MLB)
I knew what I was getting into when I saw Aaron Sanchez on the Double-A New Hampshire roster to start the 2014 season. I had seen him plenty in the Midwest League in 2012, and I had heard about all the wonderful strides he made throughout 2013 in High-A. Maybe that was part of the problem; my expectations for Sanchez may have been too high. I expected to bear witness to a budding front-of-the-rotation horse who would spend the majority of the season dominating the competition. Instead, I spent the summer watching seven games from one of the most enigmatic starters I have seen at Double-A in the last few years. Sanchez battled his delivery from game to game, inning to inning, and even pitch to pitch. As he struggled with consistency in advance of release, his results were all over the map. Sanchez would demolish one hitter with premium velocity and a ridiculous curveball and then look like a Rookie Leaguer against the next batter. At any given moment in his starts, Sanchez’s raw potential was clearly on display, but that potential showed with maddening infrequency. I like the mid-90s heat and the hammer breaking ball, but the firmness of his changeup and lack of feel for his craft left me wanting more. It is obvious Sanchez can get big-league hitters out, and he will be able to accomplish that over the long haul, but after scouting nearly 50 innings from him this summer, I remain far from convinced that the former first-round pick can be an impact starting pitcher, a conclusion I could not envision when the season began. –Mark Anderson



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September 19, 2014 1:41 pm

Daily League Strategy: Coors, Coors, Coors

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Paul Sporer

Three of Paul's four recommended hitters will play at the mile-high yard tonight.

With DraftKings’ acquisition of DraftStreet, I will now be using that site’s dollar values to select my players of the day.

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September 19, 2014 9:48 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 19

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Matthew Kory

It's Friday, Friday, gotta Scott Downs on Friday.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage

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Craig Goldstein

A fantasy-oriented look at the decline in pop across the league.

A few weeks ago, I took stock of the dramatic changes we’re seeing across the league in terms of ERA/FIP/xFIP. We knew that good pitching was trending upward, but my thought was that we weren’t accurate in our view of just how much good pitching there was.

Today, I want to look at the inverse, and take stock of how hitting is on the decline. While there are myriad ways of attacking this issue, I’m going to focus on hitting for power because in standard leagues, hitting for power carries the most weight, affecting three categories (HR, R, RBI). While this is going to be old hat for some, it’s my hope that looking at the dramatic changes in power production over the course of two seasons will help us properly evaluate those hitters who do provide power.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26

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Wilson Karaman

For the last time this year, Wilson helps you set your fantasy rotation with a look at next week's two-start pitchers.

Welcome to your final Weekly Pitching Planner of the 2014 season.

It’s been real writing this column for you this year, and I hope it’s been as informative for you to read as it has been for me to write. The final week of the season is notoriously difficult to predict for pitching matchups, as both teams that are out of the hunt as well as those with nothing left to clinch in the regular season will often shut guys down before their final starts and otherwise shuffle up their rotations on the fly. So the best I can offer you at this juncture is a snapshot of who’s currently lined up for two starts with the caveat that you should make sure to double check how things look about an hour or so before your rosters lock for the week and go with your gut.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

The View from the Loge Level: The Alex Jackson Interviews

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Daron Sutton

The Mariners' top pick talks about transitioning from catcher to outfield--and from prep baseball to the pros.

Those who sit in this Loge Level openly admit to having an unprofessional bias favoring pitchers and catchers. That mindset really finds itself challenged when the realization hits that a talented prospect can work on either end of the battery but instead heads in a different direction. Twins no. 1 pick Nick Gordon was the top high school bat grabbed in the 2014 draft, but don’t overlook that he once touched 94 on the mound. Then there’s Alex Jackson, who was up next at sixth overall to the Mariners, and left the prep ranks as the nation's top catcher. A pitcher and a catcher are now a shortstop and an outfielder? How can this be? I guess we’ll get over it—after all, the brats and dogs are really unforgettable at the stand at the top of aisle 105, and this always seems to distract us.

Having a chance to speak with Jackson in June 2013 at the Perfect Game National Showcase, and then again this past Sunday night as part of the SiriusXM show MLB Roundtrip with Baseball Prospectus presented by Perfect Game, provided a unique perspective into this prospect’s development. First of all, the move that I sarcastically scolded above was a move that did not come as a huge surprise. He ran a 6.83 60 at the showcase and threw 98 mph from the outfield as well, proving as a catcher that he was truly athletic enough to move. But heading into his senior year at San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo HS, he was all in on wearing the gear.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Cueto's Quirks

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Sam Miller

Johnny Cueto is a good pitcher. Johnny Cueto is a quirky pitcher. Is there a causal relationship?

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Everybody knows the hardest thing to do in baseball. Everybody. But nobody can agree on what comes next.

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