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07-25

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The Call-Up: Chris Taylor
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

07-25

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The View from the Loge Level: Ode to Joe
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Daron Sutton

07-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 25
by
Matt Sussman

07-25

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Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
by
Zachary Levine

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
by
R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-25

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5

Feature Focus: Visual Depth Charts
by
Rob McQuown

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
by
Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
by
Chris Rodriguez

07-25

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Daily League Strategy: (Alex) Wood is Good
by
Paul Sporer

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 24
by
Jeff Moore

07-25

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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-25

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6

Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
by
Doug Thorburn

07-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 23
by
Jeff Moore

07-24

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4

The Lineup Card: Seven Unsigned Top Draft Picks
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Baseball Prospectus

07-24

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7

Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth
by
R.J. Anderson

07-24

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 24, 2014
by
Tucker Blair

07-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis
by
Jeff Quinton

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
by
Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-24

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4

Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

07-24

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8

Going Yard: J.D. Martinez Gets A Degree In Hitting
by
Ryan Parker

07-23

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4

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 23
by
Matthew Kory

07-23

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9

Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-23

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14

The Stash List: 14th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
by
J.P. Breen

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
by
Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-23

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2014 Draft
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Nick J. Faleris

07-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 22
by
Jeff Moore

07-23

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 23, 2014
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Chris Mellen

07-23

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

07-23

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20

Transaction Analysis: Headley Chased
by
Sam Miller, Mike Gianella and Jeff Moore

07-22

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15

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven Matz
by
Jason Parks

07-22

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Daily League Strategy: Two Servings of Flande
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Paul Sporer

07-22

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3

My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later
by
Bret Sayre

07-22

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Deep Impact: Week 16
by
Ben Carsley

07-22

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22
by
Rocco DeMaro

07-22

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Moonshot: Accounting for Count
by
Robert Arthur

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gives 'Em A Little Thumpin' Thumpin'
by
Daniel Rathman

07-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 21
by
Jeff Moore

07-21

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Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 21
by
Matt Sussman

07-21

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The Week in Quotes: July 14-20, 2014
by
Chris Mosch, Nick Wheatley-Schaller and Nick Bacarella

07-21

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8

The Buyer's Guide: Jason Kipnis
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J.P. Breen

07-21

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Interleague Report: Week 17
by
Jeff Quinton

07-21

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 21, 2014
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

07-21

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The Weekend Shift
by
Chris Mosch

07-21

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Closer to Me: Week 17
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers
by
Mike Gianella

07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of July 18-20
by
Jeff Moore

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Sunday Morning Defending
by
Daniel Rathman

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July 24, 2014 10:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

From the Astros draft saga to the Scoresheet mistakes, the Outcomes devote this week's podcast to what's gone wrong.

This week on the podcast, we tackled topics concerning failure. We did our part to run in circles around the Astros draft saga and also answered some reader questions. We also spent some time considering and discussing our collective failures as Scoresheet owners in 2014. One of the things we’d like to do is setup a framework for analyzing teams that underperform, in order to identify potential improvements, patterns of mistakes, or other ways that we could have done better on draft day.

The first step is to gather information and data, including the draft day valuations, the real life MLB performance of players to date, and the Scoresheet performance of players to date. The Baseball Prospectus Team Tracker is a helpful tool to get this information, and the remainder can be found on the Scoresheet league pages. Be careful when analyzing team-level results, especially if you’ve made personnel changes (i.e. traded away short term value), because they may not be indicative of mistakes you made on draft day, but the aftermath of going Full Rebuild (tm?).

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July 24, 2014 10:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 23

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Cubs first baseman Dan Vogelbach and Nats righty A.J. Cole.

Hitter of the Night: Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR.
Vogelbach put on a power display in Palm Beach on Wednesday, hitting a pair of opposite-field home runs to the left-center gap at Roger Dean Stadium, which is no small feat. The big first baseman wants to get his arms extended and is at his best when he’s trying to go up the middle. He had a tendency to reach on balls on the outer half when he gets pull happy, but when he stays up the middle, he can drive the ball to all fields, which is what happened last night. He missed a third home run by less than a foot, pulling one just foul down the right field line.

Pitcher of the Night: A.J. Cole, RHP, Nationals (Syracuse, AAA): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K.
After bouncing back and forth from Washington to Oakland and back, Cole has finally settled in with the Nationals and is now just a phone call from the majors. His premium fastball continues to carry him, and he commands it well enough to get away with average secondary offerings, even at the highest levels of the minor leagues.



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These players didn't put pen to paper, leaving many of their potential employers to wonder what might have been.

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth

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R.J. Anderson

It's not so easy to bamboozle teams looking for summer relief.

Among the lessons taught in Moneyball, the one that crops up every July is what Michael Lewis designated "Selling the Closer."

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Tucker puts eyes on Nigel Nootbar, Jake Johansen, Hunter Harvey, Lucas Giolito, Josh Hart, and Drew Ward.

Nigel Nootbaar

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis

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Jeff Quinton

Outperforming your competition year after year requires not only improvement but also staying a step ahead.

While I have been providing mid-season strategy articles of late, I came across the Red Queen effect the other day and began thinking about its impact on fantasy baseball. As a result, this article holds relevance throughout the entire season (maybe more so in the offseason), but does not hold specific relevance to this point in the season.

I am most likely a better fantasy baseball player today than I was two years ago. You are most likely a better fantasy baseball player than you were two years ago. Anyone who has been playing fantasy baseball for some amount of time is probably better now than they were before. If we are all improving, then getting better is helpful in that we do not fall behind, but it does not necessarily get us ahead. And that, kiddos, is the kicker. In other words, improving yourself and gaining an advantage are two very different things. In order to consistently succeed, we need to both improve and gain an advantage, but competition makes this inherently difficult. We will take a look at why it is difficult to sustain success and if anything can be done to overcome those difficulties.

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 17

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worthy pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

Bartolo Colon, Aaron Sanchez, and Yoenis Cespedes, among others, had eventful nights.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When Bartolo Colon made his major league debut for the Indians in 1997, Taijuan Walker was a few months away from turning five years old and had probably not yet been enrolled in kindergarten. Fast-forward 17 years and Colon is now pitching for his seventh organization and Walker is looking to tap into his massive potential in his first full season with the Mariners. Walker is expected to make his mark on the league in the not-so-distant future, but Wednesday’s rubber match between the Mets and Mariners was Colon’s time to shine.

The Mets spotted Colon an early 1–0 lead and he quickly went to work against Seattle, pounding the strike zone with his low-90s fastball and getting the Mariners to chase an occasional slider. Not a single Seattle batter was able to reach base during the first two times through the order, with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Jesus Sucre, and Logan Morrison all falling victim via strikeout.


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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry

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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

Detroit and Texas make a pitcher swap to help the Tigers shore up their relief corps.



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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: J.D. Martinez Gets A Degree In Hitting

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Ryan Parker

How did J.D. Martinez go from Astros waiver bait to Tigers slugger?

Here are some reasons why people will say J.D. Martinez’s season is a fluke:

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July 23, 2014 12:51 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 23

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Matthew Kory

It's never too late to say you're sorry (that you posted the Hit List late).

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Running down a half-dozen hitters and pitchers you might want to consider acquiring before your league's trading period ends.

The trade deadline happens soon. This means that if you’d like to change the personnel on your team without utilizing the waiver wire exclusively, you’ll need to make a deal before the deadline passes, in many leagues. Weird how that works, we know.

While the deadline is a crazy time in leagues of every composition, they’re especially hectic in dynasty formats. Good teams are often willing to go all-in, as winning a dynasty championship is a difficult feat to accomplish. Mediocre teams generally break one way or the other. And even teams who are out of it have every incentive to be quite active, as there’s always 2015 and beyond.

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