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10-20

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Teams Should Make The World Series; A Defense of Bud Selig
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Sam Miller

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
by
Sam Miller

10-17

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Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante
by
Doug Thorburn

10-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, October 17th
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Jeff Moore

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Joe Panik
by
Ben Carsley

10-17

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21

An Agent's Take: The Losses You Never Get Over
by
Joshua Kusnick

10-17

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9

Pitching Backward: First-Pitching to the Situation
by
Jeff Long

10-17

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22

Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
by
Mike Gianella

10-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jon Jay
by
Jeff Quinton

10-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, October 15th
by
Jeff Moore

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4
by
Sahadev Sharma

10-16

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9

Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-bender
by
Zachary Levine

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
by
Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4
by
R.J. Anderson

10-15

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13

Pebble Hunting: The Rich Get Smarter
by
Sam Miller

10-15

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The Lineup Card: Eight of the Best Defensive Plays of 2014
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
by
Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
by
Doug Thorburn

10-15

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18

Moonshot: The Victims of a Bad Strike Zone
by
Robert Arthur

10-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Lorenzo Cain
by
J.P. Breen

10-15

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Minor League Update: Games of October 14th, 2014
by
Jeff Moore

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3
by
Sam Miller

10-14

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3

Playoff Prospectus: The Sad Reliever Rankings
by
Miles Wray

10-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Prospect Predictions
by
Craig Goldstein

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
by
Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition
by
Doug Thorburn

10-14

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2

Transaction Analysis: Arizona Raises Hale
by
R.J. Anderson

10-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 13th
by
Jeff Moore

10-14

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8

Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths
by
Russell A. Carleton

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2
by
Sam Miller

10-13

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The Week in Quotes: October 6-12th, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

10-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American League
by
Mike Gianella

10-13

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11

Fox's Fresh Format
by
Harry Pavlidis

10-13

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Minor League Update: Games of October 10-11, 2014
by
Jeff Moore

10-13

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5

Playoff Prospectus: Managing in a 'Must-Not-Lose': NLCS Game 2
by
Mike Gianella

10-13

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6

Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World
by
R.J. Anderson

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
by
Mike Gianella

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
by
Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Yost Plays it Right
by
Sahadev Sharma

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals
by
R.J. Anderson

10-10

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Going Yard: Cage Work
by
Ryan Parker

10-10

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Minor League Update: Arizona Fall League Games of October 9th, 2014
by
Jeff Moore

10-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Shelby Miller
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Wilson Karaman

10-10

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The View from the Loge Level: The Last Days of the Big Unit
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Daron Sutton

10-10

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Pitching Backward: The Not-So-Sudden Breakout of October's Best Lefty Reliever
by
Jeff Long

10-10

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Transaction Analysis: Baltimore Hearts Hardy
by
Jeff Quinton

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles
by
Sam Miller

10-09

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Prospectus Feature: Check Out This Obnoxious Cardinals Fan
by
Brian Gunn

10-09

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The Lineup Card: Nine of the Worst Postseason Managerial Decisions
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-09

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Transaction Analysis: Rocky Mountain Bye
by
R.J. Anderson

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October 14, 2014 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews

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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

Down two games to none, the Orioles are given the slightest of edges on the road with their offense hoping to take advantage of the Royals Game Three starter.

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October 14, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition

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Doug Thorburn

The best pitches delivered by relief pitchers in 2014 are broken down.

Two weeks ago, we covered the best stuff among starting pitchers for the 2014 season, and this time we tackle the relievers. The same rules apply, with a mix of objective and subjective info determining the finalists, and categories split into fastballs, breaking balls, and off-speed. But before we dive into the best reliever stuff of 2014, let's review the polling results from the starter edition.

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October 14, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Arizona Raises Hale

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks hired an oft-mentioned managerial candidate.

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October 14, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 13th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in the desert, including Kyle Zimmer and Josh Bell.

Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Surprise): 5 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K. It feels like Walker has been around forever, and on the verge of the majors for almost as long. When that happens, much like a Heisman-winning quarterback returning to school, we begin to nitpick. Walker is still a stud, perhaps the best pitching prospect in the game (though he no longer qualifies by most service time definitions). For those who like to see prospects fulfill their destiny, we must only root for Walker to finally be healthy and step in behind Felix Hernandez. And even the “finally” is unfair. He just turned 22.

Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Royals (Peoria): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 11 K. My goal this fall was to discuss as many different prospects as possible and not repeat the same guys too many times, but when a former first rounder strikes out 11 in five innings, I don’t care if it’s in the California Penal League. Zimmer appears to be getting back to his old self after missing the majority of the year due to a strained shoulder. Expecting him to jump into the Royals big-league rotation next year with just 18 2/3 innings of Double-A ball under his belt and virtually no innings built up this season is a stretch, but if he’s healthy, there’s no reason he can’t get to Kauffman at some point in the summer.

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October 14, 2014 1:41 am

Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths

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Russell A. Carleton

A prequel to the much-anticipated "The Other Other Other Other Playoff Myths," because really, the myths go forever...

We live in a world where the Kansas City Royals are on the doorstep of the World Series. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. (Jon Heyman of CBS and Steve Wulf of ESPN did!) There were plenty of people at the beginning of the year who were willing to make the “outlandish” prediction that the Royals might sneak in and grab a Wild Card (they did!) but the World Series? Baseball is full of surprises.

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The Royals jump way ahead of the Orioles in the ALCS. It'll take much more than regression to cost them the pennant now.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

ORIOLES BRUSH OFF DYSON’S TRASH TALK

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October 13, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American League

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Mike Gianella

In the first of a two-part series, Mike reviews how his junior-circuit bid value recommendations fared.

If you have read my work for any appreciable amount of time (either here at Baseball Prospectus or previously at my blog), you know that I am a significant believer in accountability. Many of us post our predictions in the spring. In turn, many of you rely on these predictions to construct your fantasy teams. Unfortunately, few fantasy writers revisit their work after the season and offer an honest assessment of how well or poorly they did. There are many reasons for this, and I could write an entire piece simply discussing why we as an “industry” are not very good at self-auditing. The short answer is that while it is human nature to pat ourselves on the back for our successes, we don’t really like to call attention to our failures.

I was guilty of this last year as well. After posting bids at BP for the first time in 2013, I wrote absolutely nothing about how I did (which kind of stinks, because I actually had a pretty good year). It is easy to criticize others for not auditing their work, but at a minimum I have to hold myself up to my own standard.

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October 13, 2014 6:00 am

Fox's Fresh Format

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Harry Pavlidis

An experimental broadcast with a sabermetric slant got off to a slow start, but some 'in-game' adjustments gives us hope.

The news of a saber-oriented broadcast option for Game One of the NLCS gave me some mixed feelings. While it is always promising when a major broadcaster embraces "advanced" metrics, it's a little disheartening for it to be a separate offering, rather than something integrated with the primary broadcast.

Host Kevin Burkhardt was joined by a solid panel, including some of our friends. Padres manager Bud Black had the least broadcast experience of the group but offered the perspective of how advanced metrics are actually applied or understood by the men in the uniforms. Well known saber-scribe Rob Neyer was there, a man well-versed in communicating the subject matter at hand, along with two former big leaguers with a strong curiosity and appreciation of sabermetrics, Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski. Kapler, the former position player, has managing experience in pro ball. Nitkowski was a well traveled pitcher whose career included time in Japan.

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October 13, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of October 10-11, 2014

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in the desert and in Venezuela, including Andrew Aplin, Tyrell Jenkins, and Giovanny Urshela.

Friday, October 10th

Andrew Aplin, OF, Astros (Salt River, AFL): 4-4, R, HR. Aplin doesn’t impress you at first glance, but he does enough things well that he should end up being a major leaguer. He doesn’t hit for much power, but he has just enough pop to keep pitchers honest and walks more than he strikes out. As an up-the-middle player with on-base skills and decent speed, he does enough on a baseball field to help a team.

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October 13, 2014 1:11 am

Playoff Prospectus: Managing in a 'Must-Not-Lose': NLCS Game 2

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Mike Gianella

The Cardinals nearly let the series get away from them, but four home runs make a lot of sins look small.

Postseason baseball brings with it an endless stream of clichés and meaningless bromides, and one of those tired bromides is that this game is a “must win.” Once you reach this point in the season, every game is a must-win game. Lose three game in the League Division Series and you’re out; lose four in the League Championship Series or the World Series and the same precept applies. “Must win” is a term that gets dragged out endlessly, but “must not lose” is probably the more apt term.

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October 13, 2014 12:36 am

Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World

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R.J. Anderson

The outcome never seemed in doubt, as Madison Bumgarner continued to be some kind of dominant.

Here's what you need to know about Game One between the Giants and Cardinals: Marco Gonzales began warming with nobody out in the fourth inning.

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