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12-18

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Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe
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Zachary Levine

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Pitchers the Reds Shed
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R.J. Anderson, Zachary Levine and Jordan Gorosh

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: The Serious Sox
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Zachary Levine

11-20

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Skewed Left: Saving on Stanton?
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Zachary Levine

11-13

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Skewed Left: Fixing Awards Season
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Zachary Levine

11-10

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Skewed Left: Rarefied Rookie Relief
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Zachary Levine

10-31

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Skewed Left: Those Lucky Red Sox
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Zachary Levine

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2
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Zachary Levine

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Preview
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Zachary Levine

10-16

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Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-bender
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Zachary Levine

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Irony Of Ryu's Strong Start
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Zachary Levine

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
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Zachary Levine

09-29

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Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These
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Zachary Levine

09-17

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Skewed Left: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
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Zachary Levine

09-11

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Skewed Left: It's Not a No-Hitter 'til _____
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Zachary Levine

09-05

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Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH Gambit
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Zachary Levine

08-28

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Skewed Left: A Three-Hour Tour
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Zachary Levine

08-21

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Skewed Left: Saber Seminar One Year From Now
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Zachary Levine

08-14

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16

Skewed Left: Where Have All The Suspensions Gone?
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Zachary Levine

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
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Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

07-31

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Skewed Left: The Nomar Garciaparra Trade Turns Ten
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Zachary Levine

07-25

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Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
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Zachary Levine

07-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

07-15

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Skewed Left: What Is An All-Star Pitcher?
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Zachary Levine

07-09

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Skewed Left: What the CBA Says About the All-Star Game
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Zachary Levine

07-03

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Skewed Left: The Ingrained, Misguided, 162-Game Schedule
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Zachary Levine

06-26

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Skewed Left: Which Position Players Make the Best Pitchers?
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Zachary Levine

06-19

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Skewed Left: The Missing Mound Charge
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Zachary Levine

06-12

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Skewed Left: The Wisdom of Pinch-Hitting with Pitchers
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Zachary Levine

06-05

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Skewed Left: The Economics of the Singleton Extension
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Zachary Levine

05-29

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Skewed Left: What We've Learned About Replay
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Zachary Levine

05-22

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Skewed Left: Dallas Keuchel Defies his Destiny
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Zachary Levine

05-13

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Skewed Left: How Much Losing Jose Fernandez Hurts
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Zachary Levine

05-08

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Skewed Left: The Five Teams That Don't Have to Play by (All of) the Rules
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Zachary Levine

05-01

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Skewed Left: Staying Alive in the Independent Leagues, 2014 Edition
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Zachary Levine

04-24

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Skewed Left: The Squandered Promise of the Diamondbacks Rotation
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Zachary Levine

04-18

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Skewed Left: How Service Time Dictates Top Prospect Promotions
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Zachary Levine

04-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 429: The Dodgers, DirecTV, and Baseball's Broadcast Bubble/Your Finest Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

04-10

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Skewed Left: The Surprising Sameness of Justin Upton
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Zachary Levine

04-03

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Skewed Left: The Revolving Door Rankings
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Zachary Levine

03-27

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Skewed Left: PECOTA vs. Vegas
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Zachary Levine

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview
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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

03-20

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Skewed Left: Where Are All the Australian Position Players?
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Zachary Levine

03-13

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Skewed Left: The Good and the Bad News About Instant Replay's Spring Trial
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Zachary Levine

03-07

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BP Unfiltered: Your Attempts To Explain Baseball
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Zachary Levine

03-06

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Skewed Left: The Art of Explaining Baseball
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Zachary Levine

02-27

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Skewed Left: What it Means to Move Off Catcher
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Zachary Levine

02-26

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BP Unfiltered: Sabermetrics Goes MOOC
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Zachary Levine

02-13

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Point/Counterpoint
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

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October 3, 2014 7:34 pm

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals

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Zachary Levine

Two of the more storied franchises in the National League face off, with the two best starters in the league kicking things off on Friday evening.

With the postseason’s marquee series being the last to play ball, they didn’t even need those extra days at the end. The Dodgers didn’t need to put away the Giants with a week to go, and the Cardinals didn’t need to call Adam Wainwright back from the bullpen Sunday night to keep him fresh.

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These

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In hindsight, some games loom larger than others for the six teams that were still fighting for position on the last day of the year.

With three races coming down to Game 162 on Sunday, we didn’t get that much drama, but we got some memorable performances. We’ll remember David Price pitching the Tigers to the AL Central crown and, maybe even more, Sonny Gray shutting out the Rangers to give the Athletics the final playoff spot.

But divisions are not won, playoff spots not earned, in Game 162 alone. They can be won or, in three excruciating cases, lost anywhere in the 183-day season.

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September 17, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

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Zachary Levine

Ten players who turned their seasons around after being traded

Brandon McCarthy’s pitch this offseason was probably going to be one of faith. He was going to have to convince teams that he was what his fielding independent pitching said about him, not what the results did. In 78 innings with the Yankees, the whole tone of the presentation changed.

Since his trade from Arizona, McCarthy’s ERA has been cut nearly in half, from 5.01 with the Diamondbacks to 2.54 in New York. His walk and strikeout rates have improved slightly, but they were already fine; it’s been the BABIP and a change in his repertoire from more two-seamers to more cutters and four-seamers that have made the difference.

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September 11, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: It's Not a No-Hitter 'til _____

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A guide to when to tune in to a no-hitter in progress.

There were some years in there, before he got busy and I got Twitter, that my brother and I would have this arrangement. He would text me or I would text him “turn on the Phillies game” or “turn on the ESPN game.” The rest would go untexted, not because either of us was necessarily all that superstitious, but just because the rest was assumed. Somebody had a no-hitter going.

When to send the message, though? Too early, and you’re wasting somebody’s time. Not that baseball is a waste of time, but if we weren’t watching the game, we were probably doing something better. Too late, and you’re depriving him of some of the more exciting innings.

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September 5, 2014 1:20 pm

Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH Gambit

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Zachary Levine

The acquisition of Adam Dunn continues one of Billy Beane's most repeated tactics. Does it work?

Kevin Mitchell was 36 years old and coming off 84 games played in three years when he signed with the Oakland A’s in the middle of spring training 1998. A former National League MVP and home run and RBI champion from across the Bay Bridge, Mitchell was clearly on the way down from his 1989-90 mini-peak and mini-resurgence with the 1993 and 1994 Reds, but first-year general manager Billy Beane made the call for Mitchell as part-time DH.

It was Beane’s first platoon as general manager. He would switch off the right-handed-hitting Mitchell with the young(er) lefty hitter Matt Stairs.

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August 28, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: A Three-Hour Tour

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Zachary Levine

Is there an ideal length for a baseball game?

At the heart of the biggest conversation going on in baseball right now, there is one conversation we’re not having.

We hear all about the games being too long. It’s item 1 or 2 on every listicle in the wake of Rob Manfred’s ascent to commissioner-in-waitingness. It's the subject of countless hot takes (3 balls! 7 innings! No mound visits!). It’s the subject of countless lukewarm takes that don’t deserve exclamation points (just enforce the rules on pitchers). And it often gets spliced with the discussion on pace of game, which would be a worthy one were not all the evidence presented in the form of game length.

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August 21, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Saber Seminar One Year From Now

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Zachary Levine

What are the major topics of conversation among the analytically minded going to be come 2015?

My favorite question of the entire 2014 Saber Seminar came in extra innings.

The two-day 9-to-5 event had blown past 5 p.m. on getaway day, but everyone seemed to be having fun. So Effectively Wild co-host and Grantland writer Ben Lindbergh and FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron continued on with their valedictory Q&A. One of the final questions came from an attendee named Phil DiPirro, who asked a natural going-away question. What did the two writers think would be the big topics when everybody reconvenes in Boston for the 2015 edition of the seminar on “Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball?”

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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Where Have All The Suspensions Gone?

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Zachary Levine

Has MLB given up on stopping intentional beanballs?

One of my least favorite hot takes in all of sports comes when people say that the National Hockey League should ban fighting. Not because I find the sport’s method of supposed self-regulation to be at all attractive but simply because fighting in hockey is banned. Know how I know it’s banned? Because not only is it a penalty to fight, it’s a major penalty. The NHL banned shooting the puck over the glass from your own zone a few years back, and you only get two minutes for that; thus certainly fighting is banned if it's five.

So technically you are not allowed to throw at hitters in Major League Baseball. If you hit someone, he goes to first, which, if it’s leading off the inning, costs about a third of a run. And if you miss, the 1–0 count isn’t good either. And these days you’ll probably try again. Sometimes you’ll even get ejected like Randall Delgado did when he punctuated Andrew McCutchen last week.

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The Marlins and Astros, competitors neither, get in on the trade deadline action.



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How does the shocking trade of Nomar Garciaparra look 10 years in the rear-view?

Ten years later, the trade that allegedly won the Red Sox the 2004 World Series has been drowned in so much narrative that it’s almost impossible to separate it from the breaking of the 86-year drought that happened three months later.

When 4 p.m. Eastern rolls around today and the fates of Jon Lester and the like are decided, it will mark exactly 10 years to the hour since Nomar Garciaparra was unceremoniously dumped on the Cubs. He was a year removed from a second straight 7-WARP season and a sixth 6-WARP season in seven years. He was already the best shortstop in Red Sox history and he didn't have to play a single game in his 30s to get there.

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It's in the agent's interest to get the most money for his players. That's true... mostly.

When the Astros last took us back to economics class, it was for what was generally regarded as a good thing on their end. They showed how a team can use not only their leverage, but the misaligned incentives of individual players and their collective to get what appeared to be a good deal for Jon Singleton. (Whether or not Singleton’s .179/.263/.340 start with a 37 percent strikeout rate changes your opinion of the deal now, the economics do not change.)

Now somehow, a month later, we’re back. It’s probably not a coincidence that it’s the Astros again. This is what they do. From the first pick of baseball’s new amateur economy, this is what they’ve done. They play with the rules, they use their leverage, and now they’re going to be one No. 1 overall draft pick short of a trio at Camp Kissimmee next year.

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Ben and Zachary talk to Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich about the Astros' contentious negotiations with no. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken.

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