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08-20

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Raising Aces: There's A New Sheriff In Taillon
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Doug Thorburn

08-13

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Raising Aces: Astro Joe
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Doug Thorburn

08-06

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Raising Aces: All Aboard the Skaggswagon
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Doug Thorburn

07-30

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Raising Aces: In Awe of Southpaws
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Doug Thorburn

07-29

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Lucas Giolito
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Doug Thorburn

07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-16

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Raising Aces: Passing of the Cy
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Doug Thorburn

07-09

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Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary
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Doug Thorburn

07-02

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Raising Aces: Week 13 Pitching Notes
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Doug Thorburn

06-25

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Raising Aces: Command and Conquer
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Doug Thorburn

06-18

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Raising Aces: The Speed At Which Things Change
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Doug Thorburn

06-14

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Raising Aces: The Top 2016 Draft Arms, Pt 2
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: The Top 2016 Draft Arms, Pt 1
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Doug Thorburn

06-11

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Raising Aces: Two Very Different Greinke Masterpieces
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Doug Thorburn

06-04

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Raising Aces: Instant Gratification
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Doug Thorburn

05-31

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Julio Urias
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Doug Thorburn

05-28

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Raising Aces: Miracle Matz
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Doug Thorburn

05-27

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Raising Aces: Digging Under The Gun
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Doug Thorburn

05-23

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Raising Aces: Today's Velo Losers
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Raising Aces: Shades of Gray
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Doug Thorburn

05-14

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Raising Aces: Why Max Scherzer?
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Doug Thorburn

05-13

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Raising Aces: The Velo Movers, One Year Later
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Doug Thorburn

05-10

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Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week Four
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Doug Thorburn

04-29

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Jose Berrios
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Doug Thorburn

04-26

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Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back
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Doug Thorburn

04-25

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Archer
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Doug Thorburn

04-19

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Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week Two
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Doug Thorburn

04-15

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Raising Aces: The Frightening Reality of the Modern Pitcher
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Doug Thorburn

04-12

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Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week One
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Doug Thorburn

04-08

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Zack Greinke and Tyson Ross
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Raising Aces: Out On A Limb
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Doug Thorburn

03-25

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Jeurys Familia and Jake McGee
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Doug Thorburn

03-23

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Sonny Gray and Jordan Zimmermann
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Doug Thorburn

03-11

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Dallas Keuchel and Felix Hernandez
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Doug Thorburn

03-07

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Raisel Iglesias and Taijuan Walker
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Doug Thorburn

02-26

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Yovani Gallardo
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Doug Thorburn

02-16

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Mat Latos
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02-01

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Doug Fister
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Doug Thorburn

01-20

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Ian Kennedy
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Doug Thorburn

01-14

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Wei-Yin Chen
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01-11

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Kenta Maeda
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01-05

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Scott Kazmir
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Doug Thorburn

12-24

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Mike Leake
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12-16

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Johnny Cueto
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Doug Thorburn

12-09

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jeff Samardzija and Hisashi Iwakuma
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Doug Thorburn

12-08

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Zack Greinke and John Lackey
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12-04

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: David Price
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Doug Thorburn

12-02

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jordan Zimmermann
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Doug Thorburn

11-25

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 4.0, Part 2
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Doug Thorburn

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April 29, 2016 7:57 am

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Jose Berrios

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Doug Thorburn

The Twins' top pitching prospect showed both why he's heralded and why he's a rookie on Wednesday.

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Outstanding arms from week three, including Strasburg, Jose Fernandez and Drew Smyly.

We're now three weeks into the baseball season, such that the relative quality of opponents is beginning to wash out as pitchers continue to tour the league, while emerging trends start to become more reality and less fluke. Let's take a look at a trio of starters who had multiple starts last week, and whose performances left an impression.

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April 25, 2016 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Archer

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Doug Thorburn

Is the 2015 break out starter breaking down?

Chris Archer broke out last season, throwing more than 200 innings for the first time in his career, posting another ERA in the low 3.00's and adding nearly eight percentage points to his strikeout rate. He finished with 252 total Ks, and after his first start of 2016 it looked like he was on his way to another dynamite season. Sure, he walked three batters and gave up three runs (two earned) and only lasted 5.0 innings (despite throwing 107 pitches), but a dozen strikeouts have a way of distracting attention and the final tally wasn't so bad when considering his hard-hitting opponent that day, the Toronto Blue Jays.

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April 19, 2016 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week Two

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Doug Thorburn

Four National League arms had notable performances this week, including the two most talked about young guns.

Week two of the baseball season is the time when poor performance from elite players starts to become concerning, and when multiple standout starts from young players begins to elicit Joy-Joy feelings that they have ascended to a new talent tier. Whereas it's easy to dismiss the whims of the first week as single-game outliers, by now most of the top pitchers have toed the rubber multiple times, and the repetition of head-scratching performance can lead us humans down the natural path of assigning causation, whether or not it exists.

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When you spend too much time admiring the beauty of the trees, you don't realize the forest is on fire.

I fear for the modern pitcher. Little League, travel ball, college, the pros—we are witnessing a revolution in the way that pitchers are grown, used, and eventually discarded, with results that look good in the box score but which claim the limbs of countless hurlers every year.

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April 12, 2016 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week One

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Doug Thorburn

This Gang of Four provided some Entertainment! during the season's opening salvo.

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April 8, 2016 9:00 am

Raising Aces: Postmortem: Zack Greinke and Tyson Ross

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Doug Thorburn

It was not a great first week of the season for these two west coast hurlers. Here's why.

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Some 2016 predictions that may surprise you. And some that probably won't.

As the countdown to Opening Day trickles ever-so-close to the holiday to top all holidays, the Baseballholic in me is compelled to predict what will happen in the 2016 baseball season. Most of the predictions will turn out to be wrong, which is a tribute to the volatility inherent in a sport that we spend way too much time trying to predict (not that it will stop me from trying). We release our BP staff predictions for the season on Monday, and those who want a sneak peak can tune into the latest Baseballholics podcast to see who I have tabbed for this year's awards and division winners.

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Two relievers, on the way up.

When discussing the fantasy value of closers, the conversation often boils down to opportunity. The Yankees might have three of the top five or ten relievers in all of baseball, but in fantasyland saves reign supreme, muting the value of players such as Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Today we look at a pair of closers whose opportunities – and corresponding fantasy values - have changed significantly since this time last year.

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The younger may have the kids more excited, but don't forget about the elder.

In today's edition of Two Trains, we survey a couple of pitchers who have both suffered from subpar strikeout rates throughout their careers, but whose ratios have put them in the SP2 conversation at various times. The fantasy values of Sonny Gray and Jordan Zimmermann are headed in different directions, with Gray coming off a career-best campaign that earned him the third-most votes for AL Cy Young Award, and Zimmermann trying to rebound from a career-worst performance with a fresh start on a new team in a different league.

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March 11, 2016 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Two Trains: Dallas Keuchel and Felix Hernandez

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Doug Thorburn

A battle of aces in the AL West.

Last time, the Two Trains put under the microscope were a pair of pitchers who are relatively new to the league, but this week we turn our attention to a couple of veterans who are finishing out their 20s as top-20 options in fantasy drafts. One of today's pitchers has been in high demand on the fantasy market for over a decade, while the other is a relatively new arrival to the scene, but both players have taken home the ultimate hardware.

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Having some fun with arbitrary endpoints and early ADP with two exciting arms.

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