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1 Best of BP 2015: Shifting Shifts to the Outfield by Chris Mosch
3 Ducks on the Pond: The Houston Astros and the Outfield Creep by Chris Mosch
1 Ducks on the Pond: Last Year's Best Starter-To-Reliever Transition by Chris Mosch
0 Ducks on the Pond: The Baltimore Hack by Chris Mosch
16 Playoff Prospectus: The End: Assessing the Managers in Game 5 by Chris Mosch
3 Playoff Prospectus: An Opportunity Wasted by Chris Mosch
4 Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel, World Series Game One by Chris Mosch
0 Ducks on the Pond: The Royals and the Outfield Shift by Chris Mosch
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December 28, 2015 6:00 am
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.
November 20, 2015 6:00 am
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
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
and Nelson Cruz 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 Nick Markakis , Nolan Reimold , Travis Snider , Steve Pearce , Alejandro De Aza , Delmon Young and David Lough —simply didn’t cut it. The Orioles went from the fourth-best offense in baseball by Gerardo Parra in 2014 to 25th by the same metric in 2015. TAv
The misguidings of Terry Collins won't help Mets fans sleep better this off-season. 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
, 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. Johnny Cueto
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There were too many memorable to plays to squeeze into one article. But we tried anyway.
How you can expect Kansas City to make their nearly impenetrable outfield even better. John Gibbons' usage of David Price has been questioned, but PECOTA is betting on the lefty to extend the series.
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. Marco Estrada Perhaps the most important implication of the margin by which the Blue Jays won was that manager didn’t feel obligated to use John Gibbons in relief. Tonight, the left-hander will do his best to keep Toronto’s season alive. David Price
Read the full article... 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
) taking the hill for New York against Cubs’ hurler WARP (2.5 WARP). Despite the possible pitching gap, Kyle Hendricks 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. PECOTA Read the full article... 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
, 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. Edinson Volquez Read the full article...
The Mets finished off the Dodgers with a combination of sustained velocity and Daniel Murphy magic.