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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
by
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
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Small Moves That Might Matter
by
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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6

Pitching Backward: Big Situation James
by
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
by
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
by
J.P. Breen

09-17

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

09-17

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

09-16

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Daily League Strategy: Easy Peavy
by
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'
by
Miles Wray

09-16

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Deep Impact: Week 25
by
Ben Carsley

09-16

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

09-16

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

09-15

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 15
by
Matt Sussman

09-15

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The Week in Quotes: September 8-14
by
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
by
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
by
Jeff Moore

09-15

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

09-15

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 15, 2014
by
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
by
Matthew Kory

09-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of August
by
Sam Miller

09-12

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13

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
by
Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Process of Analyzing Process: A Keeper League Example
by
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
by
Rocco DeMaro

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 11
by
Jeff Moore

09-12

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Raising Aces: Angelic Arms
by
Doug Thorburn

09-12

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What You Need to Know: September 12, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-11

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 34
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

09-11

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Pebble Hunting: Pitchers Live For the Applause-plause
by
Sam Miller

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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.

PITCHING

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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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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

Moonshot: Detecting the Best Medicine

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Robert Arthur

Can we figure out which teams are best at preventing injuries?

At the team level, injuries are as mysterious as they can be crippling. The Texas Rangers are suffering a whirlwind of pitcher injuries that threatens to break records and has certainly been one of the primary causes of their disappointing season. Meanwhile, teams full of aged veterans like the Yankees and Phillies have somehow managed to evade their fair share, albeit without benefiting very much.

Differences like these suggest asking whether some teams are better at limiting injuries than others. Ben Lindbergh (with the help of Russell Carleton) tried to tackle this issue a few days ago in the context of the Pirates' remarkable run of injury prevention. They found little detectable signal of any team having an ability to reduce injuries.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge

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Doug Thorburn

On Carlos Carrasco's excellent six weeks in Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians retain the slimmest hopes of postseason baseball, but the team could be surprisingly dangerous in October if they happen to get red hot for the final week of regular-season play. The emergence of Corey Kluber has given the Tribe a legitimate ace who can face off against any pitcher in the American League, but the meteoric rise of another pitcher has caught the rest of the league off guard while giving Cleveland a potentially devastating one-two punch at the front of their rotation.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 19, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The A's lose yet again, the rest of yesterday's action, and what to keep an eye on this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway

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September 18, 2014 9:51 am

They Hold No Quarter: Outfielders

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BP Fantasy Staff

These players aren't widely owned, but they might be useful fliers for keeper-league owners looking ahead to 2015.

If there’s anything we love more than baseball around here on the fantasy staff, it’s collaborating with each other. So, at the behest of myself, we’re going to be doing one final group series of the year to close out the last seven weeks of the season. For this series, we will each select one player who is below 25 percent owned in either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues who could be someone to consider grabbing before the end of the season with an eye towards a keeper spot. Now, given the depth we’re dealing with here, these recommendations are not for owners who can keep five or seven players from season-to-season—it’s more for those of you who play in leagues where keepers take up more than half of your roster (and possibly more, in the case of some recommendations contained within). —Bret

Oswaldo Arcia, Minnesota Twins
“Arcia’s slash line doesn’t look pretty, but it belies two important factors: (1) He owns a .249/.324/.520 slash line against righties with a .271 ISO, and (2) only three hitters have connected with as many home runs as Arcia, 13, in the second half of the season. Furthermore, to illustrate his legit power, his average batted-ball distance ranks 50th in baseball. He has limitations to his overall profile, but if you’re a fantasy owner who can utilize the platoon advantage, he’s a great source for power. Also, I’m not convinced he’s useless against lefties. He just hasn’t shown it to this point and needs to develop that part of his game. I was huge on Arcia coming into the 2014 season. That will continue heading into the 2015 campaign.” —J.P. Breen


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September 18, 2014 9:43 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 25

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

For the last time this season, looking at players who might be on the waiver wire and are worth rostering, depending on the format of your league.

As you’ve seen many of us say this week at Baseball Prospectus, this will be the last Free Agent Watch of the season. We hope you’ve found it useful at best and legible at worst. We’re also going to be playing around with the format of this piece for next season, so if there’s anything that you think we should be providing in this space that we are currently not, drop us a note in the comments. It’s been real, der readers. This column will see you next in April.

12-TEAM MIXED

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