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12-28

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Best of BP 2015: Shifting Shifts to the Outfield
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Chris Mosch

12-04

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Ducks on the Pond: The Houston Astros and the Outfield Creep
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Chris Mosch

11-20

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Ducks on the Pond: Last Year's Best Starter-To-Reliever Transition
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Chris Mosch

11-13

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Ducks on the Pond: The Baltimore Hack
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Chris Mosch

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: The End: Assessing the Managers in Game 5
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Chris Mosch

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: An Opportunity Wasted
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Chris Mosch

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel, World Series Game One
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Chris Mosch

10-27

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Ducks on the Pond: The Royals and the Outfield Shift
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Chris Mosch

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 6 Preview
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Chris Mosch

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS Previews
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Mike Gianella and Chris Mosch

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 2 Preview and PECOTA Odds
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Chris Mosch

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: If You Can't Take the Heat: NLDS Game 5
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Chris Mosch

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 4 Previews
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Rian Watt and Chris Mosch

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 3 Previews
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Chris Mosch and Sahadev Sharma

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: There Can Be Only One: NLDS Game 1
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Chris Mosch

10-04

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Ducks on the Pond: Slide Into Your DS Like...
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Chris Mosch

10-02

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What You Need to Know: Wild!
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Chris Mosch

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-18

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Ducks on the Pond: Unexpected Shift Candidates
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Chris Mosch

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-11

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Ducks on the Pond: How to Approach MadBum
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Chris Mosch

09-11

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-30

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Ducks on the Pond: That Pitch Doesn't Look Familia
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Chris Mosch

08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-21

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Ducks on the Pond: David Peralta: Tony La Russa's Savior
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Chris Mosch

08-19

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-15

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Ducks on the Pond: The Many and Varied Deliveries of Johnny Cueto
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Chris Mosch

08-12

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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-07

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Ducks on the Pond: Shifting Expectations
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Chris Mosch

08-05

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What You Need to Know: August 5, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-04

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Ducks on the Pond: The Kiermaier Can
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Chris Mosch

07-29

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2015
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Chris Mosch

07-24

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Ducks on the Pond: The Grandy Man Can (Throw)
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Chris Mosch

07-22

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What You Need to Know: July 22, 2015
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Chris Mosch

07-18

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Ducks on the Pond: Dynamite Hack
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Chris Mosch

07-15

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Beating the Shift
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Chris Mosch

07-03

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What You Need to Know: July 3, 2015
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Chris Mosch

06-17

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What You Need to Know: June 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

06-15

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Beating the Shift
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Chris Mosch

06-02

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What You Need to Know: June 2, 2015
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Chris Mosch

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Bryant vs. Harper
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Chris Mosch

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Corey Math
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Chris Mosch

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
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Chris Mosch

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!
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Chris Mosch

05-06

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Beating the Shift
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Chris Mosch

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Undefeated
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Chris Mosch

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Sold!
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Chris Mosch

04-28

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What You Need to Know: Gee!
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Chris Mosch

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!
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Chris Mosch

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The next wave of defensive positioning is here, as the Astros are placing their outfielders in more extreme locations than we've seen in the past.

With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on July 15, 2015.

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Another way a major-league team is using hitters' tendencies to reimagine defensive positioning.

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Probably not the one you're thinking of, if you're thinking of one at all.

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November 13, 2015 6:00 am

Ducks on the Pond: The Baltimore Hack

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The Orioles had just as much of an offensive profile as the Astros and Royals did.

This past season we heard a lot about a handful of teams that constructed their lineups with clear offensive philosophies in mind. The Royals were filled top-to-bottom with hitters who boasted premium contact skills. The Blue Jays loaded their lineup with right-handed boppers. The Cubs and Astros were littered with players with serious swing-and-miss but massive power. Those four teams all shined in the spotlight on their road to the playoffs. However, there was another lineup in baseball this year that flew under the radar with a more subtle uniformity.

The Orioles offense didn’t capture nearly as much attention, largely because their productivity dropped off after losing Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis to free agency last offseason. Cruz had a monster 2014 campaign that simply couldn’t be replaced and Markakis’ consistent league-average production was sorely missed. The revolving door in the corner outfield spots—which included cameos by Nolan Reimold, Travis Snider, Steve Pearce, Alejandro De Aza, Delmon Young, David Lough and Gerardo Parra—simply didn’t cut it. The Orioles went from the fourth-best offense in baseball by TAv in 2014 to 25th by the same metric in 2015.

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The misguidings of Terry Collins won't help Mets fans sleep better this off-season.

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How the Mets let a briefly vulnerable Johnny Cueto slip away in the top of the fourth.

The consensus coming into Game Two was that the pitching matchup favored the Mets. After all, the last time we saw Johnny Cueto, the Blue Jays torched him for eight runs. Through all the shimmies and quick pitches, Cueto had looked very shaky since coming over to Kansas City at the trade deadline. On the other hand, Jacob deGrom fanned 13 Dodgers in his first-ever playoff start and followed that with two more very good outings despite not having his best stuff.


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There were too many memorable to plays to squeeze into one article. But we tried anyway.

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How you can expect Kansas City to make their nearly impenetrable outfield even better.

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John Gibbons' usage of David Price has been questioned, but PECOTA is betting on the lefty to extend the series.

Marco Estrada tossed a gem and the Blue Jays blew Game Five open with a four-run sixth inning to move the ALCS back to Kansas City. Perhaps the most important implication of the margin by which the Blue Jays won was that manager John Gibbons didn’t feel obligated to use David Price in relief. Tonight, the left-hander will do his best to keep Toronto’s season alive.


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The Cubs try to get back in, while the Royals try to regain control.

After taking the first two games in New York, the Mets will try to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the NLCS while the Cubs will try to get back into the series with a win at Wrigley Field. Game Three features what looks like a pitching mismatch on paper, with Jacob deGrom (4.5 WARP) taking the hill for New York against Cubs’ hurler Kyle Hendricks (2.5 WARP). Despite the possible pitching gap, PECOTA favors the Cubs to win their first game of the series, but in order for that to happen Chicago’s heralded lineup is going to have to get back on track against yet another 95+ mph flamethrower.

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Today's undercard pits everyone's favorite Cy Young candidate mop up reliever against everyone's second favorite diminutive starter.

Behind six shutout innings from Edinson Volquez, the Royals quieted the powerful Blue Jays lineup and took the ALCS opener by a 5-0 final. Toronto will try to salvage a split in Kansas City before heading home for the next three games.

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The Mets finished off the Dodgers with a combination of sustained velocity and Daniel Murphy magic.

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