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12-16

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Baseball Therapy: Should Teams Worry About Lineup Balance?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-02

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Baseball Therapy: Mining the Meaning in Matchups
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11-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Timeshare DH
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11-18

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Baseball Therapy: Against the Grind
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11-11

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Baseball Therapy: It's Not a Phase
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11-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why Joe Maddon Matters
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10-29

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BP Unfiltered: Why NOT to Start Madison Bumgarner
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10-29

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Baseball Therapy: The Problem With Lists
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10-22

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BP Unfiltered: There Will Be A Game Two
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10-21

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Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Butterflies
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10-16

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BP Unfiltered: If I Had $200 Million
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10-14

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Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths
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10-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Cardinals' Flickering Magic Lantern
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Russell A. Carleton

10-07

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Baseball Therapy: Sure As Day Follows Night...
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10-07

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Baseball Therapy: The Cardinals Do Not Own Clayton Kershaw
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Russell A. Carleton

09-30

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Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty
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09-29

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Baseball Therapy: There Is No Derek Jeter Conspiracy
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Russell A. Carleton

09-23

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Baseball Therapy: Will StatCast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-16

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Baseball Therapy: Starving Young Royals, Battle-Tested Tigers, and an Unsquarable Circle
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Russell A. Carleton

09-09

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Baseball Therapy: Poisoned by Losing?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-04

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Baseball Therapy: I Guess You Just Throw The Next Pitch
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08-27

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BP Unfiltered: Playing Favorites
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Russell A. Carleton

08-26

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Baseball Therapy: How Billy Beane Built the Royals
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Russell A. Carleton

08-19

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Baseball Therapy: Becoming An Adult f/x
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08-12

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Baseball Therapy: I Believe In Clutch Hitting
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08-05

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Baseball Therapy: Big Extension, Big Mistake?
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07-30

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BP Unfiltered: The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Rarities
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Russell A. Carleton

07-29

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Baseball Therapy: Trading Ryan Howard For Nothing and Winning
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07-15

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are We Playing Hunger Games with Minor Leaguers?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-08

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Baseball Therapy: What is a Fast Runner Worth?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 485: Trading Within the Division
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Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton

07-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 484: Kiley McDaniel Explains the International Signing Period
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Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton

07-01

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Baseball Therapy: Do Some Pitches Do More Damage Than Others?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-24

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Baseball Therapy: Is it Really Harder to Scout in New England?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-19

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Baseball Therapy: Should You Trust the Projections?
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06-17

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Baseball Therapy: What High School Has to Do with Tommy John
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06-13

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Baseball Therapy: What You Can Do With Your Old Baseball Cards
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06-10

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Baseball Therapy: Can Draft Lightning Be Bottled?
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06-03

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Baseball Therapy: Introducing My Daughter to Baseball
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05-30

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Baseball Therapy: The Hard Part About Preventing Tommy John Surgeries
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Russell A. Carleton

05-27

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Baseball Therapy: The Annual Amateur Draft Guessing Game
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Russell A. Carleton

05-20

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Baseball Therapy: Beware the Genius Tag for Coaches
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Russell A. Carleton

05-13

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Baseball Therapy: Analytical Master or Leader of Men?
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05-07

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus at Fox Sports: The Statistical Impact of Instant Replay
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Russell A. Carleton

05-06

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Baseball Therapy: Is Oakland's Run Differential for Real?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-29

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Baseball Therapy: Do Innings Limits Work?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-22

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Baseball Therapy: The Houdini Hangover Effect
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Russell A. Carleton

04-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 430: Dirk Hayhurst on Cheating, Beaning, and Clubhouse Race Relations
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Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton

04-15

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Baseball Therapy: Why Sabermetrics Needs Translational Research
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Russell A. Carleton

04-07

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Baseball Therapy: Beware of the Intentional Walk?
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December 16, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Should Teams Worry About Lineup Balance?

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What's the penalty for a bunch of lefties hitting in a row?

This offseason, there’s been much made of the supposed lack of right-handed power hitters. Some teams are feeling their lineups leaning a little too heavily to the port side and are thinking that they need to either re-condition one of them to hit from the right side or trade for someone (Hello Justin Upton!). The tactical aspect of it is fairly obvious. Teams don’t like stacking left-handed hitters in their lineup, because it makes them vulnerable later in the game to a LOOGY coming in and being able to have a platoon advantage against a couple hitters in a row without having to worry about facing a righty somewhere in the middle there.

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December 2, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Mining the Meaning in Matchups

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Step one in a journey.

There was one relief pitcher whom former Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez really loved facing. In the 23 times he faced him, he recorded 11 hits (three doubles and two home runs) and four walks, for a slash line of .579/.652/1.053. What wretched quad-A filler guy did Martinez light up like this? Some guy named Mariano Rivera.

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November 25, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Timeshare DH

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Should designated hitters be only loosely designated?

Let’s have a debate about the DH. No, not that debate. The debate that a few American League teams are having as they gather around to eat turkey and cranberries. Should we sign (or trade for) a guy to be our full-time designated hitter?

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Another way that we might find a serious and significant measure of a good manager's effects.

If you talk to a professional baseball player about his lived experience, you’re guaranteed to hear a certain phrase within the first five minutes. Maybe even more guaranteed than hearing phrases like “throw a fastball”, “swing the bat”, or “comport with the platypus.” You’ll hear about “the grind.” By the time a baseball season reaches August, it's hot, he's tired, he's been living out of a suitcase for four months. Every night he has to play a game that requires intense concentration and lasts for three hours. Yeah, I know, it's hard to feel pity for a guy making $10 million per year, but these guys are human and those are rough working conditions, no matter how you slice it.

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: It's Not a Phase

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Will we ever have 10-9 games again?

Now that the warm glow of watching Madison Bumgarner pitch the final five innings of Game Seven has faded (and the warm glow has faded from Madison Bumgarner’s arm), we can look back over the year that was 2014 and talk about a rather uncomfortable truth. Scoring was down again in baseball. This year, the average team scored 4.07 runs, down a tenth of a run from 2013, and hitting the lowest level since 1981 (a weird strike-shortened year). I suppose that whether a 3-2 game is more beautiful than a 10-9 game is a matter of personal taste, but it does lead to a rather challenging question. Will the 10-9 games ever come back?

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November 4, 2014 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Why Joe Maddon Matters

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Players respond to adversity differently under different managers. We brought numbers.

When Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays two weeks ago, there were immediately rumors that he would be joining up with all of the other 29 teams. (Yesterday, we found out that one of those rumors was true. He’s taking his talents and his back pocket card which drips with analytics to the North Side.) The rumors were understandable. After all, Joe Maddon is a certified genius. He’s gotta be better than that bum in our dugout. (Yes, Joe Maddon is a really smart guy, but so are the other 29 managers. All of them. Yes… even him.)

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Cleaning up the internet, one dumb tweet at a time.

Some guy who clearly has no idea what he's talking about wrote this on Twitter

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Get ready for the season of Breakout lists. Be wary of the season of Breakout lists.

I want to get into a topic that might be the question in baseball. The one that people really want to know. Who is going to break out next year?

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On the impossibility of the Royals getting up from a drubbing like that.

OMFSM! The Giants not only won the pennant, but they completely dominated the Royals last night. Hard to believe, but in a game where both teams had such amazing momentum coming in (8-0 vs. pennant winning walk-off!) one of them actually lost the game. And call me a conspiracy theorist, but I personally think it might have had something to do with Madison Bumgarner, rather than some sort of government conspiracy.

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Embrace the nervousness!

Tonight, the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants (who knew!) will square off in Game One of the 2014 World Series. I’m guessing that at least one of the 50 gentlemen on the two rosters will be a little nervous before the game starts. Maybe more than one. And surely, someone at a bar or on your couch or on a national telecast will opine on whether butterflies are currently flying in the stomach of just about every player that flashes across the screen. The World Series is amateur psychology’s finest hour.

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Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.

Congratulations to Andrew Friedman, new President for Baseball Operationsfor the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles (and shhhh don't tell anyone, but he's really the new GM). Can I just assume that readers of this website are familiar with his handiwork in Tampa Bay? If not, there's a book by some Expos fan who used to work here that gives a rough overview of the topic.

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October 14, 2014 1:41 am

Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths

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A prequel to the much-anticipated "The Other Other Other Other Playoff Myths," because really, the myths go forever...

We live in a world where the Kansas City Royals are on the doorstep of the World Series. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. (Jon Heyman of CBS and Steve Wulf of ESPN did!) There were plenty of people at the beginning of the year who were willing to make the “outlandish” prediction that the Royals might sneak in and grab a Wild Card (they did!) but the World Series? Baseball is full of surprises.

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