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06-29

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 3
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Doug Thorburn

06-19

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 2
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Doug Thorburn

06-11

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 1
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Doug Thorburn

06-05

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Raising Aces: Archie or Jughead?
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard
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Doug Thorburn

05-14

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Carlos Rodon
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Sale vs. the Minnesota Twins
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Raisel Iglesias
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Doug Thorburn

04-17

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Raising Aces: Walker on the Wild Side
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Doug Thorburn

04-10

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Raising Aces: Mechanical Notes from Opening Week
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Downers
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Doug Thorburn

03-27

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Uppers
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Doug Thorburn

03-20

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Raising Aces: Auditing the Mechanics Report Card
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Doug Thorburn

03-13

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Raising Aces: Over the Radar 3.0
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Doug Thorburn

03-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 3.0
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Doug Thorburn

02-27

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14

Raising Aces: The Eyes of March
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Doug Thorburn

02-06

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Raising Aces: Trailblazers of Funk
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Doug Thorburn

02-03

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35

Raising Aces: Grading the Funk
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Doug Thorburn

01-23

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

01-16

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

01-09

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

12-31

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

12-19

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

12-05

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

11-21

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier
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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

10-14

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition
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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

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

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March 20, 2015 9:37 am

Raising Aces: Auditing the Mechanics Report Card

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Doug Thorburn

Our resident pitching mechanics' expert takes a look at whether he has any tendencies when handing out grades.

An underlying tenet of sabermetrics—hell, of all science—is to continually ask questions, to follow-up on previous research, and to continue to update the analytic paradigm. Accountability is paramount, and though showing proof of one's work can present a humbling burden that forces the confrontation of potential holes in the system, here at Raising Aces we make it a point to have a transparent process that ups the communicative value of pitching evaluation.

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March 13, 2015 9:18 am

Raising Aces: Over the Radar 3.0

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Doug Thorburn

A look at the arms who have had a velocity jump over the last couple years.

We looked at the players who have been skiing down the slopes of velocity last week, and this time we turn 180 degrees to the pitchers who are fighting the gravity of age with increased velocity.

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March 6, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Under the Gun 3.0

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Doug Thorburn

A look at the pitchers who have seen a downtick in velocity over the last few years.

It's that time of year again, where we look back at the pitcher velocity trends of yesteryear to see if we can glean anything about the upcoming season. I'm a bad-news-first kinda guy, so we'll kick off the series by looking at those pitchers who are on the downslope of velocity over the last few years before heading over to the sunnier side of the hill. I also admit to having a side agenda in the form of a theory regarding velocity decline and pitchers who engage extra spine-tilt, an element that has been considered in each of the previous renditions of Under the Gun and which will make another appearance before we are done here today.

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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: The Eyes of March

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Doug Thorburn

Which pitchers to watch and what to look for this spring.

Much digital ink has been spilled over the beauty behind the four words that ignite the spring for a Baseballholic: pitchers and catchers report. But it's a tease, because after pitchers and catchers report to spring training we are left with two weeks worth of recycled stories about players who are or aren't in the best shape of their lives. The spring doesn't begin in earnest until ballgames are being played in March, with the first slate on tap to begin next week.

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February 6, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Trailblazers of Funk

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Doug Thorburn

After breaking down some of the funkier deliveries in baseball history, we now take a look back at those who were the original bringers of funk.

In the previous edition of Raising Aces, we attempted to establish a grading system for pitcher funk, and this week we look at how some of that funk has translated across time and cultures. A key ingredient to funk is novelty, but what might seem novel to the modern observer might actually have been commonplace 60 years ago, and the techniques that are common in specific areas across the globe might be considered uncommon here in the States. So let's dive into some of the specific forms of funk that have appeared multiple times in the major leagues, and see if we can attach a grade that teases out some of the contextual factors.

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February 3, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Grading the Funk

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Doug Thorburn

Some of the odder deliveries in the history of baseball are broken down.

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January 23, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL East

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Doug Thorburn

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

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January 16, 2015 9:42 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL East

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Doug Thorburn

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

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January 9, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL Central

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Doug Thorburn

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

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December 31, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL Central

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Doug Thorburn

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

Our journey through baseball's mechanical extremes continues with a tour of the American League Central, a division that is teeming with power deliveries that created bottlenecks at the top and fueled stiff competition in every category. Before we get started, here's a quick refresher on the rules: pitchers must have thrown 40 or more innings in 2014 and finished the season playing for a club in the AL Central.

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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 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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