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05-23

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

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
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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
by
Ben Carsley

05-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 98
by
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
by
Bryan Grosnick

05-22

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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
by
Meg Rowley, Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

05-19

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The Call-Up: Anthony Alford
by
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
by
David Brown

05-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: May 19, 2017
by
Ben Carsley

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Berrios, Baby
by
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
by
Mark Barry

05-19

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

05-19

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Minor League Update: Games of May 18
by
Steve Givarz

05-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 7
by
George Bissell

05-19

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

05-19

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

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check
by
Scooter Hotz

05-18

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

05-18

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Banjo Hitter: Gimme a Quarter's Worth: Vanishing Odds
by
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
by
David Brown

05-18

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Flu-Like Symptoms: A Taxing Problem
by
Rob Mains

05-18

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Minor League Update: Games of May 17
by
Steve Givarz

05-18

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Guarding The Lines: The Circus Came To Town
by
Jarrett Seidler

05-18

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Short Relief: Marlins Park of Darkness, and The Boredom of Ballplayers
by
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

05-17

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The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer
by
Erich Rothmann and George Bissell

05-17

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Notes from the Field: May 17, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

05-17

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Rubbing Mud: Marcell Ozuna is Obliterating the Baseball
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Matthew Trueblood

05-17

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Let It Eat: The Worst Hitter From Each Team Who Could Start for the Royals
by
Ben Carsley

05-17

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Short Relief: How to Keep Score and Analyze Outfielders
by
Patrick Dubuque and Meg Rowley

05-17

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Minor League Update: Games of May 16
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Steve Givarz

05-17

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Deep League Report: Week 7
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Scooter Hotz

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May 19, 2017 8:38 am

Weekly Wrap: May 19, 2017

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Javier Barragan

Comings and goings and hurtings and returnings. Here's what you might have missed this week in the minors.

Thank you to Craig Goldstein, Jeffrey Paternosto, Steve Givarz, Greg Goldstein, Wilson Karaman and Nathan Graham for your eagle eyes in this week’s Weekly Wrap.

To the DL

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Joe Biagini

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Wilson Karaman

Improvement on his fastball and curveball, and excellent location spotting no matter the type of pitch, put Biagini in position to succeed. The Jays have given him an opportunity to start and he's running with it.

Joe Biagini put on a couple of clinics the other night, first in how to let it snowball right quick, and then another in how to regain control of a lost cause. After ceding six runs without the benefit of an out—and, we must mind for context, unleashing the most fantastical of crescendos in the form of a three-run shot by Kurt Suzuki—he quietly proceeded to send 12 straight back to the pine and grind out four tidy innings that the bullpen didn’t have to.

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 8

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Mark Barry

In the NL, Gerrit Cole gets the band back together, and Jon Lester remains steady if less spectacular than the 2016 version. In the junior circuit, Carlos Carrasco and Dallas Keuchel are must-plays.

Every Friday we preview the hurlers scheduled for two starts in the upcoming week. Hopefully that will give enough insight to make educated lineup moves and FAAB decisions over the weekend. As the old wrestling promoters would always say, “Card Subject to Change," because lots can happen between the time this goes up and first pitch. Unfortunately: weather, injuries, and tinkering managers make this less than a science. I’ll do my best, though, and should new information present itself, we can go over it in the comments. We’ll crowdsource this as well, so if you hear anything, feel free to comment and we all can offer our takes, hot or not.

Here’s how this works. The pitchers will be split by league using these categories:

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Since when does Colorado have too many capable pitchers?

The Rockies played their 40th game of the season Tuesday night in Minnesota, and did so under an unusual circumstance: win or lose, they knew they would go to bed in first place. For the Rockies, that’s newsworthy. In the club’s 25-year history, they’ve only been in first place at least this far into a season seven times. Not since 1995 have they spent as much time in first place as they almost surely will this year—as they already have.

Having Nolan Arenado around is nice. He’s the best part of a surprisingly good infield. The Rockies were one of the last teams to aggressively adopt infield shifting as a run-prevention strategy, but this year they’re doing a better job of turning ground balls into outs while shifting dramatically less often. For the most part, though, credit for the strong start goes to the pitching staff, and especially to one of the league’s most interesting, youngest rotations.

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 18

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Steve Givarz

Notes on Jahmai Jones, Sam Travis, Josh Staumont, Cody Reed, Austin Hays, Rhys Hoskins, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Sam Travis, 1B, Boston Red Sox (Triple-A, Pawtucket): 5-6, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, K
An unfortunate ACL injury last May ended his season when Travis looked to be knocking on the door for some big-league time. Back healthy, Travis had a slow April but has turned it on in May. While the power might not play as a plus offering, it should still result in 10-15 home runs with lots of doubles in Fenway.


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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 7

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George Bissell

Ian is here and he is hitting. Be a part of the Happening.

12-team mixed leagues (Must be available in at least 50 percent of ESPN, Yahoo, or CBS leagues)

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It was a good first quarter for the Rockies, Yankees, Nationals, and Diamondbacks.

In this space yesterday, I examined the four struggling teams that have seen their BP Playoff Odds drop the most through one-quarter of the season. Let’s flip things around now and look at the four teams that have seen their odds rise the most since Opening Day.

(All records and odds through Wednesday's games.)

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The origin story of Marlins Man, Padres Fall Apart, and the moral certitude of Bronson Arroyo.

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check

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Scooter Hotz

Aaron Judge is turning out better than expectations, while Robert Gsellman is not.

My weekly column, the Deep League Report, focuses on deep AL-only leagues and deep NL-only leagues. I play in a deep AL-only keeper league myself with my BP colleague Mike Gianella, and I play in a deep NL-only keeper league, too, where eight of the 12 owners also belong to the AL-only league. I use these leagues to help inform my weekly column, seeing which players are available on the waiver wire or in free agency, which players are being dropped or reserved, which players are being picked up and how much FAAB is being spent on each player. Today I’ll take a look at how each of my teams are doing in these leagues.

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Lance McCullers pays tribute to Jose Fernandez in Miami, Freddie Freeman leaves with an injury, the Mets keep stumbling, and benches clear.

While it’s surely been impossible for Lance McCullers to forget longtime friend Jose Fernandez since Fernandez’s tragic passing last fall, the memories were fresh as ever when the Astros’ hurler made his first career start in Miami. As he’s done in every start this season, the 23-year-old wrote ‘16’—Fernandez’s number—in the dirt behind the pitching mound and put on a glove with Fernandez’s name inscribed on the side. This time around, McCullers also donned shoes custom-made for the start, when he’d finally be toeing the rubber on “Jose’s mound.”

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The first quarter of the season has not been kind to the Giants, Mets, Pirates, and Mariners.

To slightly tweak a well-worn saying, you can't win a playoff spot in the first quarter of the season, but you can lose it.

The following four teams have seen their BP Playoff Odds decline the most since Opening Day, through slow starts, crowded disabled lists, and various other calamities. Let's take a closer look at how each team fell so far so fast, as well as how they might climb out of the early hole with three-quarters of the season left to play.

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May 18, 2017 6:00 am

Eyewitness Accounts: May 18, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

The Pirates have a healthy line of succession at third base, and a couple of A-ball arms impress.

Roniel Raudes

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