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05-24

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What You Need to Know: Shutouts and Almost Shutouts
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Emma Baccellieri

05-24

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The Call-Up: Sam Travis
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Scott Delp and Ben Carsley

05-24

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Banjo Hitter: Mike Trout's First 50 WARP
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Aaron Gleeman

05-24

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Minor League Update: Games of May 23rd
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Steve Givarz

05-24

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Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement
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Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

05-24

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Dynasty Dynamics: Checking on Some Prospect Sleepers
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Ben Carsley

05-24

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Deep League Report: Week 8
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Scooter Hotz

05-24

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta's Broken Breaking Balls
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Matthew Trueblood

05-23

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Closer Report: Week 8
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Matt Collins

05-23

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Notes from the Field: May 23, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

05-23

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Minor League Update: Games of May 22nd
by
Steve Givarz

05-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 8
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Short Relief: The Laws of Trout, The Heart of Biagini, and the Power of Dirt
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Kate Preusser, Emma Baccellieri and Trevor Strunk

05-23

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Baseball Therapy: How Long Can You Keep a Secret?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-23

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What You Need to Know: First to Thirty
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-23

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BP Milwaukee
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Jack Moore

05-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak
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Eric Roseberry

05-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: May 22, 2017
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Ben Carsley

05-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 98
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-22

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Minor League Update: Games of May 19-21
by
Mark Anderson

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: Have Gloves, Will Travel
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Bryan Grosnick

05-22

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2

Flu-Like Symptoms: Detroit's Earthworm Preservation Society
by
Rob Mains

05-22

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What You Need to Know: The Name is Bonds, Mike Bonds
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Ashley Varela

05-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 22, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Muscle Memory of Bunting
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Matthew Trueblood

05-22

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Short Relief: Witnessing Assault, Keeping a Journal, and Mixing Baseball and Board Games
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Meg Rowley, Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

05-19

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The Call-Up: Anthony Alford
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

05-19

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TDGX Transactions: Week 7
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J.J. Jansons

05-19

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Prospectus Feature: It Finally Clicks for Aaron Hicks
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David Brown

05-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: May 19, 2017
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Ben Carsley

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Berrios, Baby
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Demetrius Bell

05-19

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Weekly Wrap: May 19, 2017
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Javier Barragan

05-19

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Player Profile: Joe Biagini
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Wilson Karaman

05-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 8
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Mark Barry

05-19

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Rubbing Mud: The Rockies' Many Starters, and What to Do With Them
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Matthew Trueblood

05-19

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Minor League Update: Games of May 18
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Steve Givarz

05-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 7
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George Bissell

05-19

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Banjo Hitter: Gimme a Quarter's Worth: Rising Odds
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Aaron Gleeman

05-19

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Short Relief: A Team Destroyed, A Fandom and a Robot Created
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Matt Sussman, James Fegan and Mary Craig

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check
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Scooter Hotz

05-18

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What You Need to Know: Jose's Mound
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Ben Diamond

05-18

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Banjo Hitter: Gimme a Quarter's Worth: Vanishing Odds
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Aaron Gleeman

05-18

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 18, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

05-18

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Answer Man: Aaron Judge
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David Brown

05-18

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Flu-Like Symptoms: A Taxing Problem
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Rob Mains

05-18

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Minor League Update: Games of May 17
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Steve Givarz

05-18

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Guarding The Lines: The Circus Came To Town
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Jarrett Seidler

05-18

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Short Relief: Marlins Park of Darkness, and The Boredom of Ballplayers
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Zack Moser and David Temple

05-18

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The Stash List: Week 7
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Finally we can party at Napoli's
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Emma Baccellieri

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Kate wants to protect Joe Biagini from the world, Emma unlocks the secrets of an ancient ritual, and Trevor unearths new truths about Mike Trout.

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One team's brilliant discovery eventually becomes the entire league's status quo.

Baseball is a game of secrets and half-truths. All 30 teams employ a man whose entire job (well, most of it) is to stand there and dance around in code to relay instructions to the batter and runners. The pitcher and catcher have their own gestural language. After the game, players usually speak in a strange code in which they appear to be speaking English and answering questions, but they somehow don’t manage to say anything coherent at all. Then there’s the front office, where the secrets run so deep that depending on the day of the week, you might not be able to get the people there to admit that they are running a baseball team.

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Houston gets back on track, Baltimore falls apart against Minnesota, and the catwalk gets involved in Tampa Bay.

The Monday Takeaway

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May 23, 2017 6:00 am

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Jack Moore

Can anything slow down the Brewers' offense?

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May 22, 2017 10:19 am

The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak

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Eric Roseberry

Smoak is having his best season—but how much fire is behind his new success?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column will focus on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

It’s possible you’re in a position where you’re looking for a first baseman to plug into your fantasy lineup. Freddie Freeman owners are in that camp. There’s also a small list of players at the position who should either shortly return from injuries or are dealing with nagging aches and pains (Eric Thames, Greg Bird and Yonder Alonso). If you find yourself in the market for a first baseman, is Justin Smoak a player you should look to invest in?

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May 22, 2017 10:17 am

The Prospectus Hit List: May 22, 2017

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Ben Carsley

It turns out the Astros aren't invicible.

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May 22, 2017 8:49 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 98

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Three True Outcomes podcast is back to chat about the state of the podcast, the state of the game, and how both impact (or don't impact) Scoresheet.

The Three True Outcomes podcast is back to chat about the state of the podcast, the state of the game, and how both impact (or don’t impact) Scoresheet. From MLB roster construction to the run scoring environment, we spend some time talking about how the trends in MLB might impact Scoresheet strategy and suggest a few updates and alterations to improve Scoresheet in response to these trends.

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May 22, 2017 8:04 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 19-21

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Mark Anderson

Notes on Victor Robles, Michael Kopech, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Francisco Mejia, Kyle Funkhouser, and more.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Victor Robles, OF, Washington Nationals (High-A, Potomac): 8-16, 2 R, 2 3B, HR, 5 RBI, K
My boy! Two years ago I nearly gave Craig Goldstein a heart attack when he looked at my scouting report on Robles; tossing around a 7 hit, 4 power, 7 run, 6 glove, 7 arm profile like it was nothing. I wouldn’t back off that report one bit today. In fact, the only thing I would question was whether or not I will ultimately appear light on the power. Robles is a star in the making and I’m optimistic I’ll get a chance to see him in Double-A before the year is done.


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It's musical utility men, as Michael Martinez, Danny Santana, Christian Colon, and others find new homes.

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May 22, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Detroit's Earthworm Preservation Society

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Rob Mains

Tigers pitchers keep it in the air.

Balls hit in the air are one of the big stories of the 2017 season. A record number of them are going over the fence, but the larger narrative has been about how players are seeking to hit more balls in the air—elevate is the term of choice—with improved results. Ryan Zimmerman—nearly stick-a-fork-in-him done last year, MVP contender this year—is the poster child, but greater launch angles have been a theme throughout the game.

Rob Arthur of FiveThirtyEight has pointed out that this hasn’t necessarily benefited hitters, but it is, if nothing else, a thing. How big a thing? Well, through games of Saturday (all 2017 statistics in this article are through Saturday), 45.7 percent of batted balls have been hit on the ground this year, compared to 46.1 percent in 2016, which in turn was lower than 2015’s 47.0 percent. So far this year, batters are hitting ground balls at the lowest rate since 2011.

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Mike Trout remains the best in baseball, Chris Sale puts his stamp on the history books again, Mike Clevinger tries his hand at a no-hitter, and Rio Ruiz clubs his first home run.

The Weekend Takeaway

The only way we know how to pay homage to the best player in baseball is by evoking the legends of the past. Mike Trout’s career has been Ruthian—the 49.7 WARP and .354 TAv, his Rookie of the Year decoration and, somehow, only two MVP distinctions—and now he’s incurring a level of fear from opposing managers and players that was most recently evident with Barry Bonds.

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May 22, 2017 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 22, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

A second-generation impaler continues to impale, a first-round pick continues to confound in the Cal League, and more.

Eric Lauer, LHP, San Diego Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore)
The last of San Diego’s three first-rounders last June, Lauer wore the tag of polished, “safe” collegiate southpaw heading into the draft, and he’s acquitted himself accordingly in the first calendar year of his professional career. He’s got good size, and while his is not a quick-twitch athleticism, he is classically “pitcher athletic”: he’s extremely fluid and consistent in his delivery, with strong balance and quality timing. The arm swing is not traditional, with a stab and mild wrist wrap at the back of a deep, closed-off turn. But while he’s long to is higher three-quarter slot as a result, he’s also quite loose, and the result is a clean, flowing delivery that he repeats very well.


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