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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
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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
by
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'
by
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
by
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
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
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Jason Wojciechowski

09-15

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Interleague Report: Week 25
by
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
by
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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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
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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

09-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week 24
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 10
by
Jeff Moore

09-11

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Deep Impact: Week 23
by
Ben Carsley

09-11

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Pitching Backward: The Dangerous Business of Comparing Stroman to Maddux
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Jeff Long

09-11

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Going Yard: The Magical Swing of Giancarlo Stanton
by
Ryan Parker

09-11

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Skewed Left: It's Not a No-Hitter 'til _____
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Zachary Levine

09-11

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-10

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report Food Comps
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-10

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 10
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Matthew Kory

09-10

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The Lineup Card: Nine Comeback of the Year Candidates for 2015
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Baseball Prospectus

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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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September 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Small Moves That Might Matter

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Jeff Quinton

Gaining a little extra value here and there can make a difference.

“Small moves that might matter” is certainly a connotatively positive way of describing relatively insignificant end-of-season, keeper league, roster moves. It is also certainly a more succinct title. We could just as accurately describe these moves as small moves that will probably not matter. What exactly are these moves? They are “who to drop” decisions of little consequence that come with the nature of keeper leagues and expanded September rosters. Here is an example I am facing in my 10-team, AL-only keeper league:

I need to activate or cut an $8 Drew Pomeranz this upcoming Sunday. In order to activate Pomeranz, I would need to release one of the following players: Danny Salazar ($15) or Rubby De La Rosa ($10). None of these pitchers are likely to be keepers at their current prices. I am currently in fourth place, the last position that pays out (I would get my entrance fee back). I am about 50-50 to finish fourth or fifth, which gets the first pick in next year’s minor-league draft. (In hopes of reverse jinxing myself, there is an outside shot that I finish in sixth.) I value a fourth- or fifth-place finish equally.

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Taking a tour through BP's two decades of writing about Paul Konerko.

As the season comes to an end, so too does Paul Konerko's career. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 18 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from disappointing prospect into one of the sport's most respected elders.

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September 18, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 35

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes go out on a high note with a guest appearance from Scoresheet co-founder Jeff Barton.

This week in the podcast:
This week is our last podcast for the 2014 season, and we go out with a bang. We’ve got the co-owner and co-founder of Scoresheet, Jeff Barton, along for an interview. We cover all topics Scoresheet, including Jeff’s personal history, his preferences, his advice on strategy, his thoughts on the mistakes beginners and seasoned veterans make, and what makes Scoresheet so much fun. We wanted to thank Jeff for coming on the podcast and helping us close out our first season on a high note.

We do plan to return when off season action heats up, probably around the end of the calendar year. We’ll try to cover the mock draft as it happens and also start 2015 with the same kind of positional previews and predictions as we did in 2014.


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September 18, 2014 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Big Situation James

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Jeff Long

Is James Shields' seeming ability to elevate his game in certain situations just one of those things, or is it one of *those* things?

It’s common knowledge that James Shields is one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball. Over nine seasons as a pro, he has pitched at least 200 innings eight times, and produced at least 2.0 WARP eight times—without ever topping 3.5. His excellent FIPs from his sophomore season on have never strayed from a .8-run band.

Yet one of the keys to Shields’ success in recent seasons has been his inconsistency—specifically, his ability to pitch significantly better with runners on base, and especially when they reach scoring position. Since joining the Royals, he has been worse than the average pitcher with bases empty, and a true ace with runners on:

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Is there any good reason not to take the Orioles as seriously as the other contenders?

With their victory on Tuesday, the Orioles clinched the American League East for the first time since 1997. By any measure, the O's are a top-five team. Baltimore ranks second in the majors in wins, fourth in run differential, and fifth in third-order and Pythagorean winning percentages. Consistency? April was their only sub-.500 month. Peaking late? Doesn't matter, but they've won 39 of their 57 post-break games. It's enough to make even stolid Buck Showalter smile—well, almost. Yet impressive credentials notwithstanding, few seem to consider the Orioles a legitimate World Series contender.

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September 18, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Angels get to celebrate, the Dodgers get Coors'd, the Giants and Royals close gaps, and Brandon McCarthy is immaculate.

One of the reasons Dodgers manager Don Mattingly chose Carlos Frias to take the place of the injured Hyun-jin Ryu for yesterday’s start at Coors Field is that the left-hander “has been a strike thrower.” True to form, Frias notched strikes with nearly two-thirds of his pitches on Wednesday and did not walk a batter. But the good news ended there.

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September 17, 2014 9:56 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 17

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Matt Sussman

Don't sleep on this Hit List!

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The staff shares its favorite stories from late-Septembers past.

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Eyes on Lucas Giolito, Simon Mercedes, Brian Gonzalez, Reese McGuire, and Bubba Starling.

Lucas Giolito

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September 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Strikeouts

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J.P. Breen

If your fantasy squad needs some late-season Ks, J.P. has you covered.

As we move to the closing weeks of the season, fantasy owners in the championship hunt are forced to chase specific categories. Realistically, only a category or two leave room for fluctuation with so few games remaining, so any late-season waiver pickups tend to relate to those specific needs.

In this article, I want to focus on little-owned starting pitchers who could help rack up the strikeouts down the stretch. Most leagues have moved beyond the trade deadline; thus, any potential additions must come from the waiver wire. All ownership statistics are from ESPN leagues, but one can reasonable assume that Yahoo! and CBS ownership rates would be roughly equivalent.

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