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12-19

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West
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Doug Thorburn

12-09

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Prospect Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

12-05

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL West
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Doug Thorburn

11-26

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

11-21

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier
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Doug Thorburn

11-11

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

11-10

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Raising Aces: Partners in Crime: The Long Home Runs of 2014
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Doug Thorburn

10-31

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Raising Aces: Bum Deal
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Doug Thorburn

10-24

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Raising Aces: Ghosts of World Series Past
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Doug Thorburn

10-17

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Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
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Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition
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Doug Thorburn

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Bunt Heard 'Round the World
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Doug Thorburn

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Giants 3, Nationals 2
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Raising Aces: Daniel Norris, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Giants
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Mike Gianella and Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

09-30

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
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Doug Thorburn

09-19

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Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge
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Doug Thorburn

09-12

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Raising Aces: Angelic Arms
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Doug Thorburn

09-05

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Raising Aces: Cub Replacement Level
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Doug Thorburn

08-29

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Raising Aces: Mis-Priced
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Doug Thorburn

08-22

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Raising Aces: Police and Thieves
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Doug Thorburn

08-15

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Raising Aces: Have Pitch Counts Gone Too Far?
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Doug Thorburn

08-08

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Raising Aces: The Road to Recovery
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Doug Thorburn

08-01

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Raising Aces: The Rabbit Hole
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Doug Thorburn

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-18

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Raising Aces: Outta Nowhere
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Doug Thorburn

07-11

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Raising Aces: Breakout Breakdown: Corey Kluber and Garrett Richards
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-20

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Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three
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Doug Thorburn

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
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Doug Thorburn

05-30

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part One
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Doug Thorburn

05-23

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Raising Aces: Going Vertical
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Doug Thorburn

05-16

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Raising Aces: The Injury Puzzle
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Doug Thorburn

05-09

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Raising Aces: Making Setup Man Magic
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Doug Thorburn

05-02

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Raising Aces: Too Early to Worry?
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Doug Thorburn

04-25

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Raising Aces: Too Soon to Swoon?
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Doug Thorburn

04-18

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 20: Sonny Gray v. Erasmo Ramirez
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

04-18

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Raising Aces: Masahiro Tanaka, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

04-11

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Raising Aces: Starting Pitcher Four-Pack
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Doug Thorburn

04-04

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Raising Aces: The Aces of Opening Day
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Doug Thorburn

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

03-28

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Raising Aces: Out on a Limb: 2014 Pitcher Predictions
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Doug Thorburn

03-21

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Eddie Butler, Tyler Glasnow, and Alex Meyer
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Doug Thorburn

03-14

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jonathan Gray
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Doug Thorburn

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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst pitcher mechanics in the NL West are broken down.

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December 9, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the AL East are broken down.

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December 5, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL West

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst pitcher mechanics in the AL West are broken down.

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November 26, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the NL Central are broken down.

Baseball Prospectus's mechanical mavens Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker turn to the NL Central as they continue their examination of select Top 10 prospects featured in the BP Top 10s (see their breakdown of NL East prospects here). Doug tackles a well-known high-floor back-ender, breakout power arm that may or may not be destined for the pen, and a young righty with a chance to reach elite status if he can continue to build upon second-half improvements. Parker highlights two talented lumber-wielders—one skewed to hit, one skewed to power—both possessing impact potential. Hope you enjoy! –Nick J. Faleris

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November 21, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier

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Doug Thorburn

Significant money will be handed out to a trio of arms this offseason, so how their mechanics grade out is certainly of great interest.

There is a thick crop of free agent pitchers this offseason, including a trio of arms at the top of the class who will likely command nine-figure deals with commitments of at least five years apiece. Pitching mechanics take on greater importance in these cases, given the long-term timeframe and the heavy cost expenditure; the physical elements of the delivery play a role in a pitcher's ability to consistently execute his pitches, the reliability of his performance, his injury risk, and his long-term adaptability as stuff naturally wanes and these pitchers get further from their physical peak.

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the NL East are broken down

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November 10, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Partners in Crime: The Long Home Runs of 2014

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Doug Thorburn

The longest long balls of the season are broken down.

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October 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Raising Aces: Bum Deal

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Doug Thorburn

Madison Bumgarner dominated in an unfamiliar role on Wednesday night to help the Giants claim their third World Series in five years. How did he do it?

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The dominant arms of Octobers long ago are broken down mechanically.

The thrills of the 2014 postseason have harkened memories of my childhood, when every playoff game carried extra significance due to my lack of postseason experience. Back then, it seemed that each World Series was personified by a single starting pitcher who led his club to victory, and the awards reflect that particular narrative – a starting pitcher was named the MVP in six of the seven World Series from 1985 to 1991, yet starters have accounted for just five of the 21 series' MVP awards since.

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October 17, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante

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Doug Thorburn

The young lefty has ascended through the Royals system in just a few months and now finds himself being used in high-leverage situations during a World Series run. But is his future as a starter or in the pen?

Just four months ago, Brandon Finnegan showed up in these pages as part of a three-part review of the 2014 draft. Now, he has a shot at a World Series ring.

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October 15, 2014 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3

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Doug Thorburn

The Giants built an early lead, only to see their offense go silent until a critical error by the Cardinals in extra innings.

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October 14, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition

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Doug Thorburn

The best pitches delivered by relief pitchers in 2014 are broken down.

Two weeks ago, we covered the best stuff among starting pitchers for the 2014 season, and this time we tackle the relievers. The same rules apply, with a mix of objective and subjective info determining the finalists, and categories split into fastballs, breaking balls, and off-speed. But before we dive into the best reliever stuff of 2014, let's review the polling results from the starter edition.

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