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09-23

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27

Baseball Prospectus News: Subscription Price Change
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BP Staff

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Few of My Favorite Dynasty League Targets
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Wilson Karaman

09-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Russell Dorsey

09-22

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Rubbing Mud: Half-Truths and Collision Courses
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Matthew Trueblood

09-22

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Short Relief: Our Large Retired Sons
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Zack Moser and Matt Sussman

09-22

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BP Toronto
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Rachael McDaniel

09-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
by
Mark Barry

09-22

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What You Need to Know: Best of the Best
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Demetrius Bell

09-22

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BP En Espanol: Confesiones de un falso manager: el inicio
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Russell A. Carleton

09-21

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The Prospectus Hit List: September 21, 2017
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Ben Carsley

09-21

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BP En Espanol: Los lanzadores calificados para el titulo de ERA estan en extincion
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Rob Mains

09-21

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Short Relief: Home Runs and Runs Home
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Rachael McDaniel, Patrick Dubuque and Mary Craig

09-21

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Vanishing ERA Qualifier
by
Rob Mains

09-21

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BP South Side
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Ryan Schultz

09-21

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

09-21

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: May
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-21

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2

What You Need to Know: Judge Rules Against Twins
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Ben Diamond

09-20

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

09-20

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

09-20

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BP En Espanol: La politica de Big Sexy
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Patrick Dubuque

09-20

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What You Need to Know: Dingers For Everyone
by
Nicolas Stellini

09-20

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2

Banjo Hitter: Randy, Rickey, and Teams on the Rise
by
Aaron Gleeman

09-20

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6

Cold Takes: The Politics of Big Sexy
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Patrick Dubuque

09-20

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Short Relief: Noise
by
Matt Ellis, Nathan Bishop and Emma Baccellieri

09-20

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Deep League Report: Week 25
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Scooter Hotz

09-19

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BP Bronx
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Martin Nolan

09-19

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What You Need to Know: A Tale of Two Teams in One City
by
Stacey Gotsulias

09-19

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Rubbing Mud: The Sinker Doesn't Play Well With Others
by
Matthew Trueblood

09-19

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: April
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-19

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BP En Espanol: Tuneles y secuencias: aplicaciones en el campo
by
Kate Morrison and Jeff Long

09-19

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4

Short Relief: A Long September
by
Kate Preusser and Trevor Strunk

09-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 25
by
Mike Gianella

09-18

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Closer Report: Week 25
by
Matt Collins

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose (Sometimes You Win Again)
by
Ashley Varela

09-18

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Prospectus Feature: Tunnels and Sequencing: Applications on the Field
by
Kate Morrison and Jeff Long

09-18

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2

Short Relief: The Cracks in Our Stars
by
Holly Wendt, Meg Rowley and James Fegan

09-18

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8

Flu-Like Symptoms: Walk-Off Winners
by
Rob Mains

09-18

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Minor League Update: Games of September 15th-17th
by
Mark Anderson

09-18

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3

Monday Morning Ten Pack: 2018 Breakout Candidates
by
BP Prospect Staff

09-15

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Players Prefer Presentation: An Informed State of Joy
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Meg Rowley

09-15

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BP En Espanol: Una Oportunidad
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Jarrett Seidler

09-15

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What You Need to Know: All Of This Winning, I've Been Losing My Mind
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Demetrius Bell

09-15

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Rubbing Mud: The Arrival of Kyle Gibson
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Matthew Trueblood

09-15

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Circle Change: Bringing Mookie Betts Back to Earth
by
Zach Crizer

09-15

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Guarding The Lines: One Shot
by
Jarrett Seidler

09-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
by
Mark Barry

09-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week 24
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George Bissell and Mark Barry

09-15

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Short Relief: Introducing Dodgers X
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Matt Sussman, Kate Morrison and Mary Craig

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Out-of-Nowhere Power-Hitting Rookie
by
Matt Collins

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 14
by
Steve Givarz

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September 20, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 25

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Scooter Hotz

If you need to accumulate innings, you will find some prime candidates here.

Picking the NL-only pitchers to feature in the Deep League Report this week was easy. I just went with the three guys I bought in my deep NL-only home league Sunday night in a possibly futile attempt to rack up enough innings to meet my league’s minimum. Whom did I grab? Keep reading.

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September 19, 2017 9:22 am

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Martin Nolan

Midseason trades can be tricky devils.

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

The Monday Takeaway

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Alternative ideas about the disappearance of the sinker.

Earlier this month, Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs wrote about a global trend in pitching throughout MLB. Pitchers are throwing fewer fastballs (as a percentage of total pitches) than ever before, at least for the decade during which we have reliable data. What Sullivan found is that, while it’s true when considering fastballs as an undifferentiated set, it really doesn’t capture the whole truth. He looked at Pitch Info, which (correctly) tags four-seam and two-seam fastballs (the latter often being called, and being called from here onward in this piece, sinkers) as separate pitches, and found that the loss of fastballs is almost all sinkers.

The league is increasingly selecting for pitchers who use four-seam heat to work up in the zone, frustrating batters’ efforts to attack the ball on an uphill plane and get it in the air—or at least, that’s the theory Sullivan puts forward for the shift. I mostly agree. There’s no doubt in my mind that the move toward four-seamers and away from sinkers is at least partially in response to batters making changes geared toward handling those sinkers, and punishing them. (Recall that, as recently as 2013-2014, Ray Searage’s Pirates were at the cutting edge of run prevention because they so consistently pounded hitters with sinkers that ran in on their hands or nipped the bottom of the strike zone; there has been ample incentive for batters to adjust in turn.)

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September 19, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: April

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Russell A. Carleton

Follow along as SaberManager™ leads the 2005 Chicago Cubs through the first month of their season.

Previously in this series:
Confessions of a Fake Manager: The Set Up


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¿Que nos puede ensenar el auge (y resurgimiento) de Dallas Keuchel sobre usar tuneles de lanzamiento?

(More information on BP En Espanol.)

Traducción por Carlos Pérez

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Kate Preusser and Trevor Strunk on the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls

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September 19, 2017 6:00 am

Expert FAAB Review: Week 25

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Mike Gianella

You might save your FAAB money for necessary moves in the final transaction period.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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September 18, 2017 1:19 pm

Closer Report: Week 25

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Matt Collins

Even with the regular season winding down, some bullpens remain up for grabs.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. The season is coming to a close and, I won’t lie to you, the news is getting pretty thin these days are teams are just finishing out their years. That being said, those of you who are either in the playoffs or the thick of the race in your roto races still have some little advantages you can kind in bullpens. Before we get to that, just a reminder that you can keep up with any movement with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.

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Cleveland's streak meets its demise, the Astros clinch the AL West, Willson Contreras goes nuts, and Matt Boyd flirts with a no-hitter.

The Weekend Takeaway

The Indians finally, predictably proved themselves fallible this weekend. After 22 straight wins, including Jose Ramirez’s five extra-base hits in an 11-1 stunner, a hair-raising walk-off against the Royals, and each of Cody Allen’s six slam-dunk saves, the little cracks in their armor started to show. On Friday, they lost the battle.

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What can Dallas Keuchel's rise (and re-rise) teach us about using pitch tunnels?

This article is a summary of the research done by Kate Morrison and Jeff Long for their Saber Seminar presentation. You can find the slides from their presentation online here.

When Baseball Prospectus released our pitch tunnels data back in January, we were honest about the realities around the data. At the time, we had some idea of how the data could be used to analyze pitchers, but we certainly didn’t have it all figured out. Of course, while it’s valuable to have new tools through which we can analyze and grow our understanding of the game, we hoped that our pitch tunnels data would prove to be more.

Recently, we added some batted ball outcomes to the data on the stats pages of BP, allowing you to not only see how a pitcher’s pitches look in flight, but to also see what that means in terms of batted ball outcomes. This is, we believe, a big step in being able to better determine the impact that something like pitch tunnels might have on the field. We were thrilled to see what might come out of groups using the data at the SABR analytics conference this spring, and some of the work was truly remarkable.

One of the participants, Scott Spencer from Columbia University, took things a step further and put together a terrific analysis of the impact of pitch tunnels on whiff rates. Spencer has helped us bridge the gap between analysis and on-field application, as his work suggests that pitch tunnels impact whiff rates greatly. His conclusion, seen below, would seem to agree with some of the initial work that Jonathan Judge assisted with when we rolled out pitch tunnels[i].

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Holly M. Wendt takes on an alien not, for once, named Hunter; Meg Rowley examines furniture; James Fegan appreciates audio technology.

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