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0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 504: Lester, Lackey, and the Red Sox as Sellers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 503: Listener Emails of Future Past by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 502: Andrelton, Astros, and Independent Leagues by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 501: News from the Hall of Fame Front by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 500: The Somewhat Special 500th Episode by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 499: Yesterday, All Your Emails Were So Far Away by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 498: The Astros' Draft Postmortem by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 497: The Trade Deadline Desperation Index by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 496: The Q&A Episode by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 495: What We Would Put in Our Player Manuals by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains by Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 493: Listener Emails for Your Off-Day by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 492: Revisiting April Aberrations by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 491: Improving All-Star Week by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
56 Overthinking It: Forever Changes by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 490: Announcements and Aces by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 489: Statcast's Impact on Player Evaluation by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 488: Only the Finest Listener Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 487: Ballplayers Say the Darndest Things by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 486: Jason Parks on the Top 50 Prospects in Baseball by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 485: Trading Within the Division by Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 484: Kiley McDaniel Explains the International Signing Period by Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton
2 Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 483: Made Possible By Listeners Like You by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
10 Overthinking It: The Nationals' Non-Problem by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 482: The Astros' Leaked Trade Talks by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 481: The Next Unwritten Rules by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
37 Overthinking It: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade for, David Price by Ben Lindbergh and Baseball Prospectus
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 480: The David Price Trading Game by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 479: A Move Each Contender Should Make by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: Ross Detwiler and the All-Fastball All-Stars by Ben Lindbergh
5 Overthinking It: Does Bill James' Game Score Still Work? by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 478: All the Questions of a Thousand Dreams by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: BP at Fox Sports: How Do These Players Still Have Roster Spots? by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Unfiltered: Bartolo on the Bases by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 477: When Does a GM Deserve to Be Fired? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
18 Overthinking It: Josh Byrnes Breaks Streak; Padres Face Uncertain Future by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 476: How Far Should MLB Go to Protect Players? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 475: What Baseball Could Borrow from Soccer's Structure by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
12 Overthinking It: The Players PECOTA Has Missed by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 474: The Rest-of-Season Projections Test by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 473: Never Stop Asking Questions by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: Glen Perkins Dislikes Losing Strikes by Ben Lindbergh
4 Overthinking It: Why That Stanton Homer Broke Your Brain by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Unfiltered: When Tony Gwynn Had a Below-Average Hit Tool by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 472: The Greatness of Gwynn by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 471: The All-MLB.TV Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
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July 1, 2014 7:45 am
Time heals all wounds, but in Washington's case, it will also inflict them.
’s comeback from his latest long-term injury would be cause for unbridled celebration, and in some contexts, it has been (see the Bryce Harper standing ovation Harper received from the fans at Nationals Park before his first plate appearance on Monday). However, the 21-year-old outfielder’s return also been cause for consternation. Harper’s presence, coupled with ’s throwing problems from third, have given the Nats more qualified position players than they have open positions, which has made everyone around the team wonder: Where will they put their surplus player(s)? Ryan Zimmerman
Most teams suffer from the opposite issue—too
few productive players—so the Nationals’ quandary is an example of the proverbial “good problem to have.” Still, it seems as though there’s no easy answer, and so the discussion has staying power. Twice last month, two weeks apart, I appeared on MLB Network’s MLB Now; both times, Washington’s positional logjam was a featured topic, and both times, the panel was split over what manager should do. The discourse in print hasn’t been much more decisive. Matt Williams
Ben and Sam discuss the significance of the Astros' leaked internal trade notes.
Ben and Sam talk about three things that could inspire new unwritten rules (as if there weren't enough unwritten rules already).
This week's bunts (including the first attempt by a right-hander), plus a look at aggressive counter-adjustments by opposing defenses. Let the no. 1 starter sweepstakes begin.
Judging by research Baseball Prospectus
published in January, we know what internet commenters are willing to trade for : not much, because that’s what many of them think it would take to get a deal done. Of course, it’s much easier to mock the uninformed, biased evaluations that lead to proposals like “Price for David Price and Ivan Nova ” than it is to put together a package that might make professional trade partners perk up. As BP commenter mblthd quite reasonably Zoilo Almonte observed at the time: Read the full article...
Ben and Sam banter about the Astros, then discuss what a realistic return would be in a package for David Price.
Ben and Sam banter about seeing no-hitters and team philosophies, then discuss potential solutions for each contender's biggest need. Ross Detwiler threw 42 straight four-seamers or sinkers on Tuesday. Where does that put him on the consecutive fastball pantheon?
On Tuesday night, the Nationals and Brewers played baseball for well over five hours, calling it quits only after
hit a two-run homer in the 16th inning to put Milwaukee away. Zimmerman, who had two other hits and Ryan Zimmerman this diving catch, claimed the headlines, but the game had another hero, albeit one slightly less sung: deposed starter , who Ross Detwiler held the Brewers scoreless from the 10th through the 14th. Read the full article...
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June 25, 2014 9:36 am
Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter had the second-highest Game Score ever. Is that as significant as it sounds?
In the wake of 26-year-old
’s Clayton Kershaw dazzling no-hitter last Wednesday, a 26-year-old statistic got its own moment in the sun. When Bill James introduced Game Score in the 1988 Baseball Abstract, he called it “a kind of garbage stat that I present not because it helps us understand anything in particular but because it is fun to play around with.” Unlike Micro Machines and Dolly Surprise, Game Score remains one of our favorite toys in 2014, so it’s safe to say that James undersold it. Despite (or maybe because of) its lack of sophistication, it’s still one of the most intuitive methods we have to convey how effective a given outing is. Thus, it wasn’t long after Kershaw sealed the deal with his 15th strikeout that the internet noticed that his Game Score of 102 was the second-highest ever for an outing of no more than nine innings, behind only ’s Kerry Wood 20-strikeout start in 1998, which got a Game Score of 105. (Remove the innings restriction, and ’s 18-inning effort in 1955 Vern Law takes the cake.) The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Ben and Sam banter about the Diamondbacks, then answer listener emails about David Price's peripherals, favorite batter-pitcher matchups, evaluating defense, and more. A look at the most lightly used major leaguers: the roster-spot survivors.
I just received an email from
Effectively Wild listener Nick, who asked: Read the full article... Does Bartolo Colon's pitching performance suffer immediately after he's been on base?
This afternoon in Oakland, the A’s face off against the Mets in a storyline-rich matchup of
(whom the A’s signed over the offseason) and Scott Kazmir (whom the A’s allowed to leave because they’d signed Kazmir instead). Colon hasn’t been bad—he leads the American League in walk rate—but Kazmir leads the AL in Bartolo Colon , so thus far, advantage A’s. Perhaps with that in mind, manager ERA was in a good enough mood to Bob Melvin get a little lighthearted when discussing his team's approach against Colon: Read the full article...