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04-15

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview
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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

12-18

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More Moneyball
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Andrew Koo

12-09

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The Week In Quotes: December 2-8
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

12-02

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The Week In Quotes: November 23 - December 1
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

11-18

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The Week In Quotes: November 11-17
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

11-11

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The Week In Quotes: November 4-11
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

11-04

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The Week In Quotes: October 28-November 3
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

10-28

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The Week In Quotes: October 21-27
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

10-21

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The Week In Quotes: October 14-20
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

10-08

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The Week In Quotes: September 30-October 6
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-30

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The Week In Quotes: September 23-29
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-30

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What You Need to Know: A Wild Final Weekend
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-23

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The Week In Quotes: September 16-22
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-16

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The Week In Quotes: September 9-15
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez's Closing Argument
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Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

09-09

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The Week In Quotes: September 3-8
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-27

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What You Need to Know: The Other Way in Which Zack Greinke is Good
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-26

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BP Unfiltered: The Significance of Position Players Pitching in Extras
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Andrew Koo

08-26

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The Week In Quotes: August 19-25
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-19

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The Week In Quotes: August 12-18
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-12

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The Week In Quotes: August 5-11
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-05

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The Week In Quotes: July 29-August 4
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Reliever Value at the Deadline
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Andrew Koo

07-29

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The Week In Quotes: July 22-28
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-25

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BP Unfiltered: ERA, Falling Slowly
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Andrew Koo

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Price Wrong for the Red Sox
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-22

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The Week In Quotes: July 15-21
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-15

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BP Unfiltered: Betting on the Home Run Derby
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Andrew Koo

07-15

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The Week In Quotes: July 8-14
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-08

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The Week In Quotes: July 1-7
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-01

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The Week In Quotes: June 24-30
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-24

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The Week In Quotes: June 17-23
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-17

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The Week In Quotes: June 10-16
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-10

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The Week In Quotes: June 3-9
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-09

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BP Unfiltered: A List of Home Run Streak Artists
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Andrew Koo

06-03

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The Week In Quotes: May 27-June 2
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

05-28

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The Week In Quotes: May 20-26
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

05-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Travis Wood and the Winds of Wrigley
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Andrew Koo

05-20

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The Week In Quotes: May 13-19
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Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Satchel Price

05-13

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The Week In Quotes: May 6-12
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

05-06

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The Week In Quotes: April 29-May 5
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

04-29

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The Week In Quotes: April 22-28
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

04-22

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The Week In Quotes: April 15-21
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

04-15

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The Week In Quotes: April 8-14
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

04-08

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The Week In Quotes: April 1-7
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

04-01

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The Week In Quotes: March 25-31
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

03-25

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The Week In Quotes: March 18-24
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

03-18

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The Week In Quotes: March 11-17
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

03-11

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The Week In Quotes: March 4-10
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

MLB PAYS TRIBUTE TO DR. LEWIS YOCUM
“He saved a lot of guys' careers, he fixed a lot of guys and did a lot for the game of baseball. Obviously, he saved my career, and I wouldn't be here without him.”


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DODGERS SEARCHING FOR THE PROMISED LAND
“I think he has done fine. I think he's kept it steady. Players still have to play. You have to look at our performance as a team on the field. Have we hit well with runners in scoring position? Have we scored enough runs? Have we played enough good defense? Have we made proper pitches all the time? It's an easy way out to look at one person.”
—Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, on whether the blame for the team’s recent struggles should be put on the players or manager Don Mattingly. (Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times)



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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Travis Wood and the Winds of Wrigley

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Why it pays to look at the weather forecast before starting a flyball pitcher at Wrigley Field.

One of the first axioms I learned when I wandered into the world of sports betting was to heed Wrigley Field’s winds. Wrigley’s proximity to Lake Michigan gave it a reputation for dramatically affecting fly balls, which would inflate or deflate the game over/under on runs. If the wind was blowing out, fly balls were expected to sail out as home runs, and the total would be unusually high. A low total typically meant that winds were blowing toward home plate, suppressing fly balls.

Vegas already knew this, which unfortunately added an additional dimension to handicapping Cubs home games. Amazingly though, this advice was extremely exploitable in fantasy baseball. An “@ChC” note next to my pitcher meant a trip to Baseball Weather Analyzer or Daily Baseball Data (two sweet resources) to examine Wrigley Field’s conditions that day. Flyball pitchers sat on blow-out days and started on blow-in days.

Chris Constancio of The Hardball Times investigated the effect of winds on HR/FB rates six years ago, and he observed statistically significant results in Chicago parks. I replicated his method on data from 2007 to the present and found that the Wrigley wind effect is stronger than ever. Over 508 games, here’s how pitchers performed in HR/FB rate, ERA, and slugging percentage allowed, split by Retrosheet’s wind field:

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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

SNAKES ON TOP OF THE WEST
"I was spotty at first. As good as I've felt the last few times, coming out again I just wasn't there, I wasn't sharp, but I had a focus point that I wanted to get back to. About the second inning on, I was able to get back to that and at least repeat my delivery and was able to kind of turn the game over in my favor instead of the first where everything was a little up and a little too hittable."
—Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy, after throwing a complete game shutout at Marlins Park on Saturday. Arizona’s 25-19 record leads the NL West. (Steve Gilbert, MLB.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

MOTHER’S DAY
“When they were growing up, it was baseball 24/7. And it's still baseball 24/7. The other day, we had Kyle on TV, Justin on the computer, and were listening to Corey on the radio. That's what we do all night, every night. [...] When the boys were born, you took 'em outside and got a ball and bat and ran around the yard. That's all we've ever done. Let's put it this way: They have broken a lot of my figurines in the front room with either a baseball or basketball.”
—Baseball mother Jody Seager, who has raised her three sons to be successful athletes. Kyle Seager is with the Mariners, Corey Seager is in the Dodgers’ system as a first-rounder, and Justin is playing at UNC-Charlotte. (Greg Johns, MLB.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

CLAY BUCHHOLZ AND THE SECRET SUBSTANCE SAGA
“It bothers me immensely when someone is going to make an accusation, and in this case cheating, because they’ve seen something on TV. [Buchholz has] got rosin on his arm. I think rosin was designed to get a grip. But the fact is, he’s got it on his arm. I’ve seen some people who have brought photographs to me. They’re false. The fact is the guy’s 6-0. He’s pitched his tail off. If people are going to point to him cheating? Unfounded.”
—Red Sox manager John Farrell, responding to cheating allegations that surfaced after Clay Buchholz’s most recent start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.  Some members of the Toronto media accused Buchholz, now 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA, of applying an illegal substance to his pitches. (Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

ANIBAL THE ANIMAL
“From the times I've faced him, he was a different guy tonight.”
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, on Detroit starter (and former teammate) Anibal Sanchez, who set a Tigers record with 17 strikeouts against Atlanta on Friday night. (Jason Beck, MLB.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

RED SOX, MLB HELP BOSTON HEAL
"I think it's important that we recognize that we're all behind the people in Boston and everyone that was involved. You think about that being a song that's a tradition there, it's special to Fenway Park and the people of Boston. We're behind them. Put the baseball teams aside, we want to be there for them.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose team blasted Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”—the Red Sox’ proverbial anthem—this week as a gesture of solidarity with Boston, and a tribute to those affected by Monday’s bombings. (John Schlegel, MLB.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

MARTY FOSTER COLLECTS SAVE #300 FOR JOE NATHAN
"I saw the pitch and of course don't have the chance to do it again, but had I had a chance to do it again, I wouldn't call that pitch a strike."
—Umpire Marty Foster, admitting he blew the call on Monday when he rung up Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist to end the game, sealing a 5-4 victory for Texas and giving Joe Nathan his 300th career save. (Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

YU DARVISH PITCHES INTO ALMOST-HISTORY
"When you're throwing the ball as well as he's throwing, I thought he would get it. It just wasn't meant to be. He had all his pitches working—curve and slider, splitter, he had a good sinker working, moved his fastball around. He threw the kitchen sink at them and he threw them all over the plate. He dominated them."
—Rangers manager Ron Washington, on starter Yu Darvish’s stellar, near-perfect game against the Astros on Tuesday, where he retired 26 straight hitters before yielding a single to Marwin Gonzalez. (T.R. Sullivan, MLB.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

IT’S OPENING DAY!!!
"It's going to be pretty special. Opening Day is already just so cool, but to be introduced as the captain, that's pretty special. It's something I didn't really think about until a couple of days [ago] and then started thinking about it, it's going to be pretty special and obviously a memorable Opening Day for me."
—Mets third baseman David Wright talking about why this Opening Day will be special. (Matt Ehalt, ESPNNewYork.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

DON’T EXPECT TO SEE JETER ON OPENING DAY
"This continues to tell you that it's just not ready yet for the full duties. Obviously, it's looking more likely than not that he will start the season on the DL, and a more realistic goal is April 6."
—Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, conceding that shortstop Derek Jeter will probably not be ready for Opening Day. Jeter is recovering from an ankle injury sustained during last year’s playoffs. (Bryan Hoch, MLB.com)



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