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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
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
by
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
by
Paul Sporer

09-16

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

09-16

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13

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

09-16

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8

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
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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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6

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
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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
by
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
by
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
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-10

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 10
by
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 17, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

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Zachary Levine

Ten players who turned their seasons around after being traded

Brandon McCarthy’s pitch this offseason was probably going to be one of faith. He was going to have to convince teams that he was what his fielding independent pitching said about him, not what the results did. In 78 innings with the Yankees, the whole tone of the presentation changed.

Since his trade from Arizona, McCarthy’s ERA has been cut nearly in half, from 5.01 with the Diamondbacks to 2.54 in New York. His walk and strikeout rates have improved slightly, but they were already fine; it’s been the BABIP and a change in his repertoire from more two-seamers to more cutters and four-seamers that have made the difference.

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September 17, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 17, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The Beltway teams clinch, more action from yesterday, and tonight's premium pitching matchups.

The Tuesday Takeaway

With the Nationals sporting an 11 1/2–game lead over the Braves in the NL East and the Orioles running away with the AL East, 12 1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays entering Tuesday, it was inevitable that the two Beltway clubs would be playing when the calendar flips to October. For the nation’s capital, Tuesday night was as exhilarating as it gets, as the two clubs officially punched their playoff ticket on the same night with wins over their division foes.

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Peavy is joined by a boom-or-bust Toronto starter, the quietly excellent Neil Walker, Victor Martinez against a lousy pitcher, and others.

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 16, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top

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R.J. Anderson

Tampa Bay calls up a couple young'ns acquired at the trade deadline, Scioscia gets his LOOGY back, Nick Ahmed gets another chance, and more.

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What you can learn from Jason Kendall, beyond "Jason Kendall is testy."

In case you couldn’t tell from his 15 famously hard-nosed years of big-league catching, Jason Kendall’s default way of moving through the world is: confrontationally. For instance, despite spending his entire adult life in baseball, Kendall doesn’t believe in pitch framing. As in: he doesn’t believe that pitch framing exists. At all. But Kendall can't just leave it at that. He writes, in his 2014 book Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played: “There’s no such thing as framing; anybody who says there is can go screw himself.” So, ahem, I suppose I must now go screw myself—and probably you must do so as well, dear reader.

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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 25

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

This is my final edition of Deep Impact for the year. It’s been real, deep leaguers. I admire your courage, question your sanity, and appreciate your camaraderie. See you on the other side in 2015.

Rusney Castillo, OF, Red Sox
Our long (err, three-week) wait is over: The Red Sox will promote Castillo to the major leagues on Tuesday, after a whirlwind minor-league tour that saw the 27-year-old win GCL and International League titles in the same two weeks. Castillo’s minor-league stint didn’t tell us much about him, of course, but he remains an intriguing addition for deep leaguers who need speed over the final two weeks. I’d expect Castillo to start the majority of the Red Sox’s game from here on out, and while he may not acclimate to MLB pitching right away, there’s also little reason for Boston to restrict his attempts on the basepaths. If you’re desperate for steals and need a high-upside play, Castillo is a nice choice.


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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Jacob deGrom punctuates his ROY bid and ties a record in the process; the Rizzo/Cashner trade pays off in a big way, for both sides; the Royals and Tigers hold the line.

What’s a good way for a pitcher to try to wrap up his league’s Rookie of the Year award? How about starting a game with eight consecutive strikeouts to tie a record previously held by Jim Deshaies? That’s the route Jacob deGrom chose.

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Don't believe everything you read, especially when it comes to playoff cliches.

It’s going to be a barnburner of a race in the AL Central. The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers are running neck and neck to be champions of Middle America. Obviously, the Tigers have the advantage because they’ve “been there before.” The Tigers have been to the ALCS the past three years, and have been through their share of pennant races. The team is filled with seasoned veterans who now know how to manage a pennant race because of their vast experience. In a stunning feat of doublethink, the Kansas City Royals also have an advantage. The Royals' last trip to the playoffs was when “1984” meant “last year.” Come to think of it, the Royals' playoff drought is older than most of the Royals’ regulars. But because they have a team of young guys, they are hungry. Starving really. They’re just a fun bunch of young guys who don’t know they should be scared. They play loose. Their lack of experience is actually their greatest asset.

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September 15, 2014 10:04 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 15

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Matt Sussman

The penultimate penultimate Hit List of the season.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH IN WAKE OF STANTON INJURY

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A historical look at weird one-run-game streaks.

[Hello. Once upon a time, I tried to avoid writing about the A's because they are "my team" and I have a blog about them, and I'd been a reader here long enough to have seen some ugly, ugly wars over writers being accused of favoring particular teams when they chose topics. So "just don't write about Oakland at all" was my policy. But now you don't see me every week, so [expletive] that policy.]

In their last nine games, the A's have done this:

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September 15, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 25

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Jeff Quinton

A look at 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.

Last Week

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