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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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October 13, 2015 3:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 4 Previews

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Rian Watt and Chris Mosch

The Dodgers and Cardinals fight for their playoff lives on the road.

After a Game Three in which the Cubs hit six home runs---beating the Cardinals 8-6, and setting a major-league record for home runs in a postseason game in the process---they’ll be right back at it this afternoon as they try to punch their ticket to the NLCS for the first time since 2003.

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October 12, 2015 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 3 Previews

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Chris Mosch and Sahadev Sharma

Come for your Jake Arrieta fix, stay for the emerging drama between the Dodgers and Mets.

With the series knotted at one, the Cubs bring their ace to the mound as the Cardinals counter with an arm who’s struggled against the North Siders’ lineup of late.

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October 10, 2015 8:33 am

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

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Chris Mosch

The battle between two of the National League's best pitchers lived up to expectations.

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The Warthen Slider has helped two Mets playoff starters become dominant. Now, the other two LDS starters have worked on featuring the pitch.

Starting rotation depth has been the foundation upon which the Mets have built their first NL East title in nine years. Between the budding young stars headlining the front of the rotation and the veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathan Niese helping fill out the back of it, Sandy Alderson & Co. built a staff so deep that even Zack Wheeler’s torn UCL barely set them back this past spring.

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October 2, 2015 6:01 am

What You Need to Know: Wild!

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Chris Mosch

The last playoff battle is a good one, and got tighter still on Thursday.

The Thursday Takeaway
The 2015 season has been filled with unpredictability. The Nationals collapsed. The Mets clinched the NL East with a week and a half to go in the season. The Blue Jays became a super team. The Royals defied the projections and have had the AL Central in the bag for a couple of months. The Twins are still playing meaningful games!


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September 25, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015

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Chris Mosch

This is an important day. You should read about what's happening in baseball.

The Thursday Takeaway
It's been a foregone conclusion for a while that the Royals would win the AL Central. Yet this September has caused more than a few Royals fans to break into a sweat. The starting pitching has been terrible and the team learned on Thursday that Greg Holland would likely need Tommy John surgery.

Also concerning has been the struggles of Johnny Cueto, who has been extremely shaky since mid-August. Kansas City's midseason acquisition went through a five-start stretch starting on August 21st in which hitters posted a 1.086 OPS. Cueto was striking out slightly fewer batters than he had earlier this season but that can partly be attributed to the switch to the American League. His walk rate was fine but judging by the eight home runs he gave up during that span, it seemed like the problem was rooted in his command and was a matter of missing his spots more than usual.


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September 18, 2015 6:00 am

Ducks on the Pond: Unexpected Shift Candidates

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Chris Mosch

Shifts are increasing to the point that very nontraditional shift candidates are being shifted against

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September 17, 2015 10:58 am

What You Need to Know: September 17, 2015

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Chris Mosch

The Astros continue falling while Bryce Harper and Francisco Lindor continue rising.

The Wednesday Takeaway
The Pirates have been furiously trying to run down the Cardinals in the National League Central over the past few weeks. But even with the Pirates entering Wednesday just 3½ games behind the division leaders, the most likely outcome remained that they would square off with the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game, with our Playoff Odds pegging St. Louis at 80 percent to win the division. (And that's before St. Louis beat Milwaukee 5-4 on Wednesday.)

Pittsburgh pulling off the improbable comeback would certainly make for great September drama but so would a one-game playoff between the Cubs and Pirates, if their two one-run games to kick off their latest series was any indication. The Pirates took the series opener on Monday by a score of 5-4 and the Cubs evened the series on Tuesday, 2-1, behind a complete-game gem by Jon Lester. Wednesday's game—the third of the four-game set—pitted Jake Arrieta on the mound opposite A.J. Burnett, and while it wasn't the most fundamentally sound game, it featured the type of excitement that we can only hope is matched in a potential one-game playoff between the two squads.



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September 11, 2015 6:00 am

Ducks on the Pond: How to Approach MadBum

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Chris Mosch

Are teams pitching to and defending against Madison Bumgarner any differently than they did in the past?

By now you probably know that Madison Bumgarner belongs in a one-person tier in the hierarchy of pitchers who rake. The Giants starting pitcher has lapped his field of peers with the bat the past two seasons and over that span he's been roughly 18 percent better than the average major-league hitter. Is it a small sample of plate appearances? Yes. But Bumgarner has done his best Dave Kingman impression since dedicating more time to his hitting, slugging nine home runs and posting a .258/.283/.492 slash line in 147 plate appearances since the start of 2014.

We know that his manager, Bruce Bochy, thinks highly enough of Bumgarner as a hitter that he called on his ace to pinch-hit in key spots on consecutive nights against the Cardinals in August. (Granted, Bochy was dealing with a short bench at the time.) But do opposing teams have as much respect for Bumgarner as a hitter as his own skipper does? Let's take a look at some of the ways teams have approached Bumgarner the hitter.


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September 11, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 11, 2015

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Chris Mosch

Disappointing Mariners, disappointing second-half A.J. Burnett, disappointing rain, but this weekend Jose Fernandez and Marcus Stroman are back!

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August 30, 2015 6:00 am

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

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Chris Mosch

Jeurys Familia has added a weapon to his arsenal.

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August 27, 2015 7:53 am

What You Need to Know: August 27, 2015

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Chris Mosch

Verlander looks like Verlander, Gattis keeps homering (but not tripling), and more!

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