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10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Giants Win The World Series, Again
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 7 Preview
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Sam Miller

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

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: 1-2-3 Repeater
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Miles Wray

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Mad Cool
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Sam Miller

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up Big
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned?
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R.J. Anderson

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview
by
Sahadev Sharma

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: A Decade of Planning an Overnight Success
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Miles Wray

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

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: The Other Royals: World Series Game 1
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Sam Miller

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
by
Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
by
Doug Thorburn

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3
by
Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Sad Reliever Rankings
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Miles Wray

10-14

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

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Managing in a 'Must-Not-Lose': NLCS Game 2
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World
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R.J. Anderson

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
by
Mike Gianella

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Yost Plays it Right
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Sahadev Sharma

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles
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Sam Miller

10-08

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

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Vogelsong Stymies, Williams Perplexes: NLDS Game Four
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Mike Gianella

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 Irony Of Ryu's Strong Start
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Zachary Levine

10-07

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

10-06

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

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker
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J.P. Breen

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Quartet of Consequence: The Four Plays That Keyed An ALDS Sweep
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R.J. Anderson

10-05

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

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Zimmermann and Post-Zimmermann: The Two Games Within NLDS Game Two
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Mike Gianella

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 7, Tigers 6
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Jeff Quinton

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: 20 Bad Josh Hamilton Swings: ALDS Game 2
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Sam Miller

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

10-04

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

10-03

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

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Down 0-2 and facing the Giants ace, a costly mistake helped keep the Nats alive.

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October 6, 2014 5:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews

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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

The Giants and Nationals will play what feels like Game Four, while the Dodger will lean on a returning Ryu.

The Nationals were one out away from evening up the NLDS on Saturday night, but instead wound up on the wrong end of a historic, 18-inning affair, losing 2-1 to the Giants on a Brandon Belt home run. Now they try to become just the ninth team in postseason history to win a five0game series after losing the first two games. Here is a look at the PECOTA odds and projected lineups for Game Three of the NLDS.

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October 6, 2014 2:19 am

Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker

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J.P. Breen

The Royals are the latest team to remind us to expect the unexpected in the playoffs.

The Kansas City Royals entered the 2014 postseason as the feel-good team of the year. The franchise hadn’t enjoyed home cooking in October since the glorious 1985 season. Of course, they weren’t considered a dominant club in the regular season this year by any stretch, but thanks to a combined 34-21 record in August and September, the Royals ended that woeful 29-year postseason drought. The baseball world rejoiced. It was a tremendous story.

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The Orioles pulled off an unexpected take-down of the Tigers in three games and the finale had numerous big moments.

Of all the possible outcomes in the Orioles-Tigers series, none seemed less likely than an O's sweep. Baltimore faced unfavorable match-ups at every turn, as would most teams pitted against three consecutive former Cy Young winners. But reality often defies expectations, so why would this series be any different? Three eventful games later, the surprising O's are headed for the ALCS.

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Two players who combined for seven strikeouts tell us an interesting story about the intracicies of this series.

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October 5, 2014 2:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews

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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

We're this close to an Orioles/Royals ALCS, smart guy.

Bullpen problems have the Tigers on the verge of failing to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 2010—otherwise known as the last time Detroit failed to make the postseason.

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The Giants come away with the longest game in postseason history.

This is the kind of game recap that needs two recaps. There were two separate stories that took place during the course of this historic game, the longest postseason game by time and one of the two longest postseason games by innings played. The first story was about the great pitching duel between Jordan Zimmermann and Tim Hudson. The second story was about eight innings of bullpen mastery or offensive futility (depending upon your point of view) that ended with a Brandon Belt blast in the top of the 18th. Both stories were woven together and made possible by a Drew Storen blown save that perhaps should never have happened.

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October 4, 2014 7:51 pm

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 7, Tigers 6

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Jeff Quinton

Once again, the Tigers suspect bullpen loomed large in a loss to the Orioles, but did their manager put them in the best position to succeed?

Game Two of the 2014 ALDS featured a lot of starting pitchers, at least as defined by their regular season roles. Wie-Yin Chen and Justin Verlander only pitched 3 2/3 and 5 innings respectively. As a result, each team went with a starting pitcher as their first pitcher out of the bullpen. All four pitchers (Chen, Verlander, Kevin Gausman, and Anibal Sanchez) pitched excellently their first time through the order. While Sanchez was pulled after facing six hitters, the other three all got to take a shot at their opponent’s lineup a second time and, in Verlander’s case, a thirds time. Those results were bad.

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Is there a wrong way to pitch Josh Hamilton right now?

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October 4, 2014 8:38 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews

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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

With the AL taking the day off, a pair of Game Two NLDS games gets center-stage on Saturday evening.

The Giants narrowly took Game One of this series, besting Stephen Strasburg with a heroic outing from Jake Peavy. The Nationals will try to get back on track behind the charge of Jordan Zimmermann, who's coming off of a 10-K no-hitter on the final day of the regular season, while the Giants send 39-year-old artist Tim Hudson to the mound with a chance to take a 2-0 advantage back to San Francisco.

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The Cardinals outscore the Dodgers in a very unexpected high-scoring affair.

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October 4, 2014 12:37 am

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

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Doug Thorburn

The Giants snatch home-field advantage away from the Nats behind Jake Peavy and Joe Panik.

Friday's face-off in D.C. appeared to be a mismatch looking at the full-season numbers, with NL strikeout leader Stephen Strasburg pitted against the aging Jake Peavy. But Peavy has been very effective since the midseason trade that brought him to the orange and black, slashing his ERA by more than half when compared to his Boston performance and stifling walks as well as any other time in his career. Not to be outdone, Strasburg has pitched his best baseball over the past month, including three consecutive scoreless starts to finish the season.

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