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Transaction Analysis: Up and Adam
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Sahadev Sharma

11-17

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Daisy Cutter: How To Win
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Sahadev Sharma

11-05

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Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived
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Sahadev Sharma

10-31

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Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria
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Sahadev Sharma

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Second-Inning Struggles
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Sahadev Sharma

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Six Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Daisy Cutter: Oscar Taveras' Wondrous Career
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up Big
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Sahadev Sharma

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-23

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Daisy Cutter: Cain's Overlooked Arrival
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Sahadev Sharma

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-14

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

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Yost Plays it Right
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Sahadev Sharma

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Puig and Holliday: A Breakdown of Six Strikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

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: Cardinals 10 Dodgers 9
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Sahadev Sharma

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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Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

11-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How Alfonso Soriano Got His Groove Back
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Sahadev Sharma

07-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?
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Sahadev Sharma

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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Up and Adam

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Sahadev Sharma

The White Sox continue to follow through on their vow to be aggressive this offseason, signing Adam LaRoche to bat in the middle of the order.



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November 17, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: How To Win

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Sahadev Sharma

It's so simple. Print, laminate, schedule parade.

Winning at baseball is simple. It really is. I’ve been observing the game for a while and can prove that if you just follow a simple list of instructions, you can’t make a mistake. So here’s my free advice to all front offices in baseball, the perfect script to success. You’re welcome.

Steer clear of big-money free agents
People often talk about the bust rate of prospects, but go take a look at the monster free agents signed every offseason. It’s rare that a team doesn’t regret allocating such a large percentage of its funds to one megadeal within just a few years, if not sooner. The success stories are few and far between—Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez, and Carlos Beltran are among them, but even those came with some bumps, as Ramirez had well publicized makeup concerns and Beltran dealt with multiple injuries. Save your money. It rarely makes sense to handcuff yourself to one player and limit your flexibility to make future moves.


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November 5, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived

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Sahadev Sharma

The Cubs have work to do, to be sure, but Joe Maddon's arrival is the clearest sign yet that the next era is here.

Any hopes for a surprise run from the 2014 Cubs didn’t last long. By May, most were already counting down to the inevitable moment that Jeff Samardzija would be moved. However, after the annual trade deadline dump, an event that in previous years had led to a sinking feeling, the atmosphere around the team surprisingly got more optimistic.

Chicago brought up multiple highly regarded prospects over the final few months of the season (Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Kyle Hendricks), and, regardless of how they performed, people who had been hearing so much about these players over the previous few summers finally got to see them in the flesh. Add in that Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Jake Arrieta, and a few arms in the bullpen all proved to be major contributors at the big-league level and it’s understandable that doubters were suddenly starting to buy into the turnaround that’s actually been going rather swimmingly (if a little slower than some might have wanted) since Theo Epstein and company came aboard.

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October 31, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria

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Sahadev Sharma

With Joe Maddon unexpectedly available, the Cubs let Rick Renteria go after just one year. How'd he do?

Rick Renteria won’t leave much of a legacy in Chicago. That’s not a knock on the man; he was afforded six months in charge of a sub-.500 roster, so he never really had a chance to leave his mark.

Just a few weeks after President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein assured the media that Renteria would be back for the 2015 season, Joe Maddon surprised the baseball world by exercising a little-known opt-out clause triggered when Andrew Friedman bolted for Los Angeles.

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A strong outing from Yordano Ventura and a rough second inning for the Giants means we all get a Game Seven on Wednesday.

This was never a close game. Yordano Ventura had some control issues that gave the Giants some prime scoring opportunities, but they never converted. The five walks don’t look great, but Ventura allowed just three hits and did the most important thing he could do, which is keep the opponent from crossing home. Add in the fact that he tossed 64 pitches 95 mph or above and had a beautiful tribute to Oscar Taveras, and it really was a nice outing for a young pitcher with a bright future. Other than that, the Royals' seven-run second was the story of the game.

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With a return to Kauffman, both offenses get a boost with the DH, and, like much of this series, expect the bullpens to be big factors.

The Royals sit on the brink of elimination as the Giants stare down their third championship in five years.

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On Sunday, Oscar Taveras and Edilia Arvelo died in a car crash. The Cardinals outfielder was 22.

When I was in seventh grade, a classmate unexpectedly passed away. To say he was a close friend would be rewriting history, but I went to a small junior high school with about 60 or so kids in my graduating class, so I obviously knew him pretty well and I reacted to his passing in an odd way. When my mom came in my room and told me what had happened, I didn’t cry, I didn’t feel sad; I just felt empty. To distract myself from this confusing, tragic event, I went into my desk drawer and started filtering through my baseball cards, smiling as I got to Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards.

That’s what baseball is supposed to be, an escape from reality. We forget about all the things happening around us and slip into a wonderland of home runs and strikeouts. But the fact is, we all too often forget that these baseball players we watch for entertainment are real people with real lives. That truth once again smacked us in the face on Sunday evening.

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Yusmeiro Petit has been an unheralded and surprising key during the Giants' postseason run and he came up big once again on Saturday night.

The Royals have seen Lorenzo Cain emerge as a star under the national spotlight in the postseason, but the Giants have their own secret weapon who has thrived under the bright lights of October. As surprising as it may be, long reliever Yusmeiro Petit has come up huge each time Bruce Bochy has called upon him this postseason and Saturday night was no different.

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Down 2-1, the storyline heading into Saturday night is clearly the Giants' decision to not go with their ace on short rest.

The Royals head into Saturday night just two wins away from a World Series title and won’t have to face the Giants ace.

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Lorenzo Cain has been getting plenty of love in October, but where was the praise all summer?

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October 16, 2014 12:52 am

Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4

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Sahadev Sharma

The Royals have benefited from a touch of luck during their magical run to the World Series, but that doesn't change the fact that they're loaded with talent.

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October 15, 2014 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews

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Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

The Royals go for the sweep while the Giants attempt to take a commanding 3-1 lead in two series that have certainly not lacked in drama.

It may be an evenly matched series with games going down to final few at-bats, but that doesn't change the fact that the Royals have a commanding 3-0 lead are looking to finish off the sweep at home on Wednesday afternoon.

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