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That'a a great question, there is a such a shortage of quality starting pitching vs position players.

Aug 18, 2017 9:29 AM on 20th Edition
 
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I swipe right on this article.

Aug 15, 2017 8:33 AM on Twins GM Thad Levine
 
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From high A to the majors in 1 year? I would think an ETA of 2019 is a better estimate, I can't see the Jays pushing him up that far at age 19.

 
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You mean the <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45578">Anibal Sanchez</a></span> with an <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ERA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ERA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ERA</span></a> just shy of 6? You must be talking about a really deep league :-)

Jul 12, 2017 10:17 AM on Week 15
 
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Hopefully if Colon makes it back he starts an inter-league game. Because let's be honest - at this point we'd rather see him hit than pitch.

Jul 10, 2017 6:07 AM on Big Sexy's Last Call
 
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Wouldn't it make sense to move <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=107491">Bo Bichette</a></span> to high A at this point? What else can he prove where he is?

Jul 04, 2017 10:42 AM on Games of July 3
 
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Where did The Freeze end up on the ranking?

 
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The Baltimore series may never end, with neither pitching staff able to get 27 outs.

Jun 20, 2017 7:44 AM on Minnesota's Mess
 
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I'm pretty familiar with <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=436">Barry Bonds</a></span> of the Giants, did he have a skinny younger brother I'm not aware of?

 
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I wonder what happened to <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=60009">Brett Lawrie</a></span>? Has anyone heard an update since he said he was going to take some time off to heal up back in March?

Jun 15, 2017 7:33 AM on 11th Edition
 
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Really interesting, thanks, I loved this.

 
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Although the initial lead may be much larger and increase the chances of stolen bases, are we sure the lead when the pitch crosses the plate is actually more than average? The data suggests it is not larger and logically it can't be because otherwise the catcher would just throw behind the runner. Unless you are stealing the size of the initial lead doesn't matter. When coaching baserunning I taught my kids to take a short lead initially off 3B but have their momentum heading home in case of a passed ball (which of course occurs a lot with young kids). We stole more runs that average this way.

 
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I've heard Greg Zaun say on the air that Suzuki showed power in batting practice and could easily have hit 20 - 25 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a>'s per year he was such a good hitter, but that instead he would just slap the ball the other way and focus on base hits even when there were runners in scoring position.

Jun 12, 2017 5:34 AM on You Complete Me
 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Chris+Carter">Chris Carter</a></span> with the .202 batting average and .292 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OBP</span></a>? I like my chances of Bird getting nearly full day at bats at 1B also because the Yankees need to see if he is going to be the solution for them in the future or not.

Jun 08, 2017 12:52 PM on The 10th Edition
 
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Thanks, got it. I see Bird coming back soon and slotting into a lineup with a lot of opportunities for <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=RBI" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('RBI'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">RBI</span></a>'s even batting down in the order. Torres and Barreto are better long term but unlikely to contribute much this year as you point out.

Jun 08, 2017 7:43 AM on The 10th Edition
 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70388">Greg Bird</a></span> was moved to AAA so I'd expect to see him back in the next 10 days. I don't understand the logic of listing Torres and Barreto who are both unlikely to be up this month while Bird just gets honorable mention?

Jun 08, 2017 5:09 AM on The 10th Edition
 
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I understand <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=100193">Devon Travis</a></span> got off to a horrible April, but he's having a fantastic May and has been healthy all year so I'm surprised he dropped from 2 stars to not on the list. I'd take him over anyone you have with 1 star.

May 31, 2017 8:26 AM on Second Base
 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56185">Josh Donaldson</a></span> is wearing one since his return as well.

May 30, 2017 10:08 AM on The Grudge
 
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The thing I'm most surprised by is baseball has put in rules to improve player safety when it comes to catchers and middle infielder slides, but is basically turning a blind eye to pitchers who are throwing harder than ever throwing at batters. Let's hope it doesn't take a serious injury from them to make a change like it did with the Utley slide rule.

May 30, 2017 7:57 AM on The Grudge
 
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Based on the incredible lack of range of Odor, I'd argue Texas has an opening at 2B.

 
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What are the current odds he stays at 3B? I have him on one of my Scoresheet teams. Thanks.

 
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I think the other reason pitch framing is becoming less of a difference is the umpires are getting better. They can review their work after games in detail and see what they got right and what they didn't and adjust.

 
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I'll be happy if Hill again pitches twice this month.

May 19, 2017 6:10 AM on Week 8
 
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I know the purists don't want to hear it, but just let the computer call ball and strikes. When was the last time you were leaving the ballpark and overheard someone say 'great game tonight, did you see that pitch framing!' and the reply is 'Oh yeah, and that pitch that was in the other batters box that was called a strike, that was awesome!'

May 03, 2017 6:54 AM on Catching Up
 
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I considered trading <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=60219">Brian Dozier</a></span> last year after the horrible start. I only kept him because I didn't get any offers. Turned out to be very lucky as he helped me win the league.

Apr 27, 2017 4:59 AM on I’m Very Nervous
 
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A 4 game suspension for deliberately throwing at someone's head is a signal from MLB they don't consider this a serious problem. I wonder how long the suspension would be if Machado was hit in the head and out for a month with a concussion?

 
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The location wasn't bad, low and inside part of the plate but at 88 mph coming in it left in a hurry.

Apr 21, 2017 1:00 PM on Games of April 20th
 
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mmmm, burritos...

Apr 20, 2017 1:39 PM on Pico de Gallo?
 
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"I think right now teams are putting a lot of emphasis on sluggers" - the free agent class this past season disagrees

 
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Cool story, thanks. I'd humbly suggest <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Chris+Young">Chris Young</a></span> might be a better comparable than <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48766">Michael Saunders</a></span> who bats left and therefore the more important side of any platoon.

 
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Nice article - good stuff.

 
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Before I looked at the numbers the first team I thought of was the 2013 Red Sox. I still don't know how they won.

Apr 06, 2017 12:07 PM on Blind to the Present
 
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Thanks, hopefully the stash list starts next week as that's one of my favorite features.

 
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Given <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=68997">Roberto Osuna</a></span> struggled in the WBC I wonder if there is more to the injury than we are hearing.

Apr 04, 2017 6:38 AM on Week 1
 
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Television breaks are longer but it depends if the problem being addressed in pace of play or length of game. I don't mind the breaks between innings as it's the time to go the bathroom or get a snack. The issue, in the minds of some including myself, is the lack of action between the breaks. Too many strikeouts, walks, mound visits, etc. and not enough balls in play.

 
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You should be arrested for <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=38551">Francisco Liriano</a></span> at $2, he's looked good this spring and even a mediocre bounce back season will deliver positive value.

 
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Are you worried that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=57379">Brandon Guyer</a></span> may not get enough playing time with Cleveland having a lot of OF's right now?

Mar 24, 2017 6:35 AM on Episode 97
 
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Everything else I've read indicates that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66570">Bryan Mitchell</a></span> is also an option for the #5 spot in New York and he's having a pretty good spring. True?

Mar 17, 2017 5:02 AM on American League East
 
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This was helpful, thanks.

 
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I really like the idea of pulling data in from other recent sources, it's nice to have a kind of one stop shop for this information on a player. When i'm researching someone I often end up going through many pages where a guy was simply mentioned before I get to what I am looking for.

Mar 01, 2017 4:12 AM on Drew Smyly
 
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You get that I was kidding, right, based on last years playo....nevermind.

Feb 22, 2017 10:55 AM on Episode 95
 
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Hi Guys, I have a question. I have <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=50155">Zach Britton</a></span> and I need help on how to use him in my lineup. I want to make sure I don't use his innings too early, how do I set up the scoresheet lineup so he doesn't come into a tie game even if it's extra innings of a really important game? Thanks Buck

Feb 22, 2017 7:01 AM on Episode 95
 
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He might be the nicest guy in the world, but many Jays fans are wondering how we ended up with Smoak and Morales when the talk was the team needed to get younger, more athletic and strike out less.

Feb 21, 2017 10:56 AM on Smoak on the Roster
 
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I'm surprised by <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=59497">Hyun-Soo Kim</a></span> as he seemed to have good numbers after a rough adjustment period?

Feb 17, 2017 4:59 AM on Outfielders, Part II
 
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Exactly. It's a good article but for this fan and many others that I know the length of time IS the key problem in the game today. I'd suggest this is clearly the case for fans under the age of 30.

 
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I'd rather see a limit on the number of innings played in the regular season, let's say 12 innings and after that the game ends in a tie. The advantage is more for player safety than time as games rarely go longer than this. For traditionalists I'm not saying I like this option, just that I like it better than the alternative. Starting an inning with runners on base in one step away from a home run derby to determine the winner in my mind.

 
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I'll take the under on 80 ;-)

 
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The above chart results in an average of 80.2 wins in the AL and 78.7 wins in the NL which is much lower than I would expect from simply rounding. Overall 79.5 wins.

 
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You alluded to it in one point but the bookmakers don’t care one bit about who is going to win, they simple work to attract or discourage betting on teams so that no matter wins the house comes out ahead. If the odds change it won’t be a direct result of <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PECOTA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PECOTA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PECOTA</span></a>, but it could be a result of someone (or many someones) with a lot of money betting based on PECOTA.

 
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I'm very impressed with the Cleveland off-season, spending money wisely it appears to fill the remaining holes. If the rotation is healthy they will be tough to beat.

Feb 06, 2017 8:42 AM on Bargain Bin Bullpens
 
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Ok, I've got to say it. Let's get the computer to call balls and strikes already. When was the last time you left the ballpark and heard someone say 'Did you see that great pitch framing out there? Awesome'.

 
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I would think trading away <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58915">Logan Forsythe</a></span> would upset the local fan base and result in lower attendan..... never mind.

Jan 27, 2017 11:51 AM on Inward and Outward
 
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Very true, not sure what the issue is but he hasn't had the same arm since he tried to throw out an Oriole at 1B in the spring of 2015.

 
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Looks like I picked a bad week to play the <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70301">C.J. Cron</a></span> drinking game.

 
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You've written some great articles, but this might be your Cronning achievement.

Jan 18, 2017 4:53 AM on First Base Prospects
 
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Perhaps the fact that no one has signed <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jose+Bautista">Jose Bautista</a></span> indicates teams are starting to see the value of corner outfield defense as you suggest. Good article, thanks.

Jan 13, 2017 12:37 PM on Cornered
 
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I guessed wrong, I was sure <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=57712">Matt Wieters</a></span> was going to win again.

 
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I can't help but wonder if major leagues front offices aren't now overvaluing the importance of defence at the catching position. The pendulum may have swung too far.

 
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I sure hope <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Tim+Raines">Tim Raines</a></span> doesn't fall short by 1 vote this year. There has been analysis of how the recent decades are under represented in the HOF. While you want to ensure the standards remain high I'd like to see those who deserve to be there get the honour they deserve.

 
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Ohhh, I don't think I've seen an article on what games the staff are playing for fun and what they love about each one. Of course this could be a dangerous article because I don't need to get addicted to more baseball!

Jan 04, 2017 12:35 PM on The Bullpen of My Dreams
 
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Thanks, I play Scoresheet so "<a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/column/the_adjuster/">The Adjuster</a>" is a key part of planning every year.

Jan 04, 2017 9:08 AM on On-Base Percentage
 
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What's wrong with Smoak? Negative career and 2016 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=VORP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('VORP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">VORP</span></a> and <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=WARP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('WARP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">WARP</span></a>. 2016 -0.2 VORP and -2.8 WARP. Yes he can dig balls out of the dirt at first but he has no range and he's an extremely slow base runner (like Morales). Strikes out A LOT (112 times in just 299 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a>'s in '16).

Dec 29, 2016 5:44 AM on Party at Encarnacion's
 
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And don't even get me started on signing <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58692">Justin Smoak</a></span>

Dec 23, 2016 10:18 AM on Party at Encarnacion's
 
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Most of the problems for E3 in the past were related to throwing the ball, not catching it. He's fine at 1B. It's hard to look at this any other way than Toronto jumped too quickly and overpaid for Morales based on this deal and the other bats still unsigned. Morales is much worse defensively.

Dec 23, 2016 10:05 AM on Party at Encarnacion's
 
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I understand that home field in the World Series based on record isn't perfect, but it's so much better than the all-star game. It may encourage a team to fight for an extra win at the end of the season and more times than not will reward the better team so I don't see any downside at all.

 
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I suppose you could look at it that Stroman was 'burned by being left in the game too long', or you could conclude that he's simply not able to get hitters out the 3rd time through the lineup.

 
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One other thing to consider is that the Cubs will have <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45548">Jon Lester</a></span> available for game 7 so the need for Chapman to go multiple innings tonight is reduced.

 
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Also I don't think the teams wants both players back, the club needs to get younger and more athletic on defense and on the base paths.

Oct 24, 2016 8:57 AM on Which View From The 6?
 
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TV income is tied to TV rating in this case because the owner of the baseball team is the owner of the networks. While the income is in CAD$ the ticket prices in Toronto are among the highest in baseball.

Oct 24, 2016 8:56 AM on Which View From The 6?
 
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Agreed on Francona, but also because of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=17635">Buck Showalter</a></span> (sorry to pick at the still open wound Baltimore).

Oct 20, 2016 7:30 AM on Miller Genuine Craft
 
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Congratulations to Cleveland, they have been very impressive so far this season. Toronto was 3rd in attendance this year with huge TV ratings, Cleveland was 28th. It's a fair question what the Toronto salary budget will be going forward but it will be much higher in Toronto than Mark Shapiro had in Cleveland.

Oct 20, 2016 7:07 AM on Miller Genuine Craft
 
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I think the Jays chances are much higher if they are allowed to use 2 RF's as you have listed!

 
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Seeing more and more pitchers facing fewer and fewer batters seems like a trend that is only increasing.

 
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Picking just one player on a team is kind of a 'warped' way of looking at things.

 
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The Blue Jays were so impressed by the combination of Kluber, Miller and Allen they sent them each a drone to congratulate them. Hopefully they weren't damaged in transit.

Oct 15, 2016 6:25 AM on Turning Down the Volume
 
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The Toronto media is reporting that Liriano will almost certainly be on the roster, and if fact if they needed Stroman in relief in game 1 then Liriano could be the starter in game 3.

 
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I wonder what <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=17635">Buck Showalter</a></span> thought as he watched the Dodgers user of pitchers.

 
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If you click on <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=TAv" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('TAv'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">TAv</span></a> you can see the definition, as previously pointed out park adjustment would be the big difference.

 
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Parks can be unique without altering the field. Look at the backdrops in Baltimore and San Francisco as beautiful examples.

 
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Good analysis on offense and pitching, can you help me understand the Rangers defense? Looking at the small sample size of the playoffs it appeared to the naked eye that defense was a liability (errors and range, Desmond in center?) and this would adversely effect the pitching. Are there defensive metrics that back up this theory or disprove it? Thanks.

 
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I just found your twitter feed; a Rangers fan. I understand it's been a rough week. Sorry if my comments rubbed you the wrong way, I just don't think it was luck. The better team won. Down vote my comments all you want.

 
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Really? Wow, I expected better from a BP writer.

 
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I heard all series long what a huge addition <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=57191">Jonathan Lucroy</a></span> was for the Rangers at the trade deadline but he had a really rough series. If the Jays don't score the tying run on a passed ball there is a game 4. In May it was Bush that hit Bautista before Odor hit Bautista. Last night it was Bush on the mound as Odor threw the ball away. The best revenge is winning.

Oct 10, 2016 6:28 AM on Texas Forever
 
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And in game 3 luck didn't allow a passed ball to score the tying run and didn't commit an error for the winning run. Texas is a good team but they need to tighten up that defense for 2017.

 
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Luck didn't make a base running mistake on a ground ball to 3rd in game 2. You're either running on contact or you aren't. Luck didn't commit the defensive errors in game 1. So far, Toronto has simply been better.

 
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Either that or he's so sure he made the right decision and that everyone else is wrong that nothing with change and he won't give it a second thought.

 
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That's a really good point. I'd seen Osuna do it during the year a few times with mixed results. But you're right, the timing was perfect given the previous swings and the home run power that was at the plate.

 
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Perhaps, but there is little doubt the best Toronto starters have been Estrada, Happ and Sanchez and all 3 will be pitching on regular or extra rest. They can then add either Stroman or Liriano in game 4 if they need to. I'm not saying Toronto will win, I just don't see that using 2 starters is any kind of problem for them especially given it was a must win game.

 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=17635">Buck Showalter</a></span> at press conference last night: "...nobody has been pitching better for us than Ubaldo too"... Well, actually, there is someone who has been better. Much better.

 
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Nice attempt, but I'm not buying it. Leaving the best reliever in baseball in years on the bench and bringing in Jimenez is a bad decision even if it worked. You can judge decisions before and after the results are in and in both cases this is inexplicable. I checked the twitter feed and it appears <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=93456">Brian Kenny</a></span> is still alive. I was sure his head would have exploded.

 
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Bringing in a starter in the 11th inning with the best reliever in baseball sitting watching the game. As a Blue Jays fan let me be one of many to say 'Thank you Buck'. At least Britton will be well rested for spring training :-)

 
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The last 7 games haven't been THAT bad, I was surprised to see win/loss record in the article as an indication of bad pitching. It's also an indication of no run support. W L <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ERA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ERA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ERA</span></a> <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=GS" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('GS'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">GS</span></a> <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=IP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('IP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">IP</span></a> <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=H" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('H'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">H</span></a> <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ER" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ER'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ER</span></a> <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=BB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('BB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">BB</span></a> SO <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=WHIP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('WHIP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">WHIP</span></a> 0-5 3.98 7 43 42 19 15 31 1.33 Having said that, I would have started Liriano ;-)

 
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I agree Liriano is likely to start but I think Stroman will be the first out of the bullpen for Toronto. This leaves Estrada, Happ and Sanchez for the next series and maximizes their chances of success and helps solve the Jays problem of middle relief. As for Baltimore pitchers in elimination games are usually on very short leashes and I expect Tillman will start but you may see that string of relievers fairly quickly if he gets into trouble.

Oct 03, 2016 6:43 AM on Baltimore's Plan B
 
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Not a great night for MLB umpires. Not only whatever happened in St. Louis but in a critical game having <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Angel+Hernandez">Angel Hernandez</a></span> attempt to call balls and strikes last night in Toronto was crazy. Google him if you're not familiar with his work. He lived up to his reputation last night.

 
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I'd argue for maximum drama you want a Baltimore loss and wins by Detroit and Seattle meaning there are 3 teams within 1 game for the final wild card and the Yankees stay alive for one more day. But as you might guess I'm a Blue Jays fan so it's probably just me.

Sep 29, 2016 4:41 AM on Cycles and Walk-Offs
 
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Let's hope Cleveland doesn't use the AAA team again today. A day off is fine, but the rest of teams in the wild card race deserve better.

Sep 28, 2016 6:30 AM on The Dozens
 
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Getting much younger has worked for the Twins in the past, hopefully they've found another Billy Heywood.

Sep 28, 2016 5:46 AM on The Derek Falvey Era
 
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Would Michael Saunders WPA be just bad luck and a small sample size or is there more to it? I assume when you look at all major league players someone had to be down on this list?

Sep 27, 2016 6:08 AM on Self-Sabotage Stars
 
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The worst part of the Pirates picking up Phil Coke is they had to drop Tom Pepsi.

Sep 23, 2016 8:19 AM on Friday, September 23
 
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That swarm of bees really took the sting out of the Blue Jays bats. Sorry, I had to.

Sep 19, 2016 10:15 AM on Bruised, Not Beaten
 
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How about you give the #1 seed 5 home games vs only 2 for the wild card winner? Reward the season with a better chance to win in the playoffs.

Sep 12, 2016 9:11 AM on Two Visions of October
 
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2016 and baseball rules allow a bad call like that to stand. Embarrassing is the only thing I can think of.

Sep 09, 2016 7:19 AM on Replay Don't Lie
 
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"<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67083">Robbie Ray</a></span> has been great this year". ??? I understand the strikeouts are high, but his <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ERA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ERA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ERA</span></a> is 4.46 and his <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=WHIP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('WHIP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">WHIP</span></a> is 1.44 I guess we have different definitions of great.

Sep 09, 2016 5:15 AM on Week 23
 
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I'm not sure he has the size and stamina for a book, I think the powers in charge will likely move it to a short story.

 
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In a good way, or in a bad way?

 
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Add the DH to the NL. For every Bartolo Colon <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a> there are 99 terrible at bats by pitchers. Less filling. Tastes great.

 
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I'm not understanding the love of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=65992">George Springer</a></span> for Scoresheet. Avg defensive range and <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OPS" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OPS'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OPS</span></a> this and the past 3 years around .810 and not trending up, what am I missing?

Aug 05, 2016 5:27 AM on Episode 90
 
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This seems like a pretty average article, but I think that's because BP articles are generally so good they "screwed my perception".

Aug 03, 2016 10:52 AM on What's Average?
 
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You guys make good points about the prospects, being an "AL" guy I wasn't familiar with the names.

 
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I can see that, but as a Blue Jays fan I look at Liriano's <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ERA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ERA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ERA</span></a> this year and see him moving to the AL with the DH and I can't help thinking I'd rather have Hutchison who was having a good year at AAA. We'll see.

 
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As a fan of the game and of the history of the game I just hope he is out of baseball before passing <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=28343">Babe Ruth</a></span> on the <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> list.

 
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Forget these 9, I have just one that I want. Join the 21st Century and have a computer call balls and strikes. It will speed up the game after an adjustment period by eliminating the arguments.

 
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Thanks, this is helpful for putting the recommendations in context.

Jul 08, 2016 7:28 AM on First Half in Review
 
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Having seen <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jose+Reyes">Jose Reyes</a></span> try to throw to 1B from SS, it ought to be entertaining to see him try from 3B. Smoak at 1B saved him at least 10 errors last year before he was traded.

Jun 28, 2016 5:06 AM on Reunions and Fliers
 
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If you guys could get <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=29680">Pat Tabler</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=25563">Buck Martinez</a></span> to read this article it would make watching Jays games on TV a little less painful. Those guys are stuck in the 1970's.

 
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Dickey has been very good since May 1, Stroman has been very bad since May 1. I'd flip those two recommendations.

Jun 10, 2016 4:44 AM on Week 11
 
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Yes, the other key was to hit it to the outfielder that was busy picking dandelions.

 
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I once had 5 homers in 7 at bats. Man I miss t-ball

 
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There were many fans in Toronto who couldn't believe at the time that Valencia was released while keeping Colabello. The Jays essentially had 3 1B/DH players (EE, Smoak, Colabello) and no backup third baseman. Colabello had a high <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=BABIP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('BABIP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">BABIP</span></a> and Valencia looked fantastic at the plate. Now <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=57645">Darwin Barney</a></span> is hitting .344 for the Jays, maybe there is something in the water here.

Jun 02, 2016 5:35 AM on The One Who Got Away
 
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Maybe I’m just getting numb to the large contracts, but 2.5 million plus incentives for Lincecum doesn’t seem too rich to me. It’s only a 1 year deal and the Angels are clearly pretty desperate for pitching.

May 25, 2016 5:17 AM on Return of The Freak
 
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And in the article was another very important stat: he's 24 years old. For continuous leagues I'm buying.

May 24, 2016 10:25 AM on Nick Castellanos
 
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This makes so much sense it's hard to believe there isn't at least 1 organization that has tried it yet.

 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70388">Greg Bird</a></span>? :-)

 
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Great news about the Padres, the University of San Diego Toreros finished second, but first with the super delegate vote!

Apr 29, 2016 9:56 AM on Friday, April 29
 
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I agree that I'd like to see more balls in play. To do that one solution is to drop the height of the pitching mound. Adjusting where the fielders are standing does nothing to reduce strike outs. I know it's a big change for pitchers so start with 1/2" and see what happens.

 
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Do we think Jepsen went to the manager and said: Hey, I just blew one and this is crazy here's the bullpen number, so call me, maybe

Apr 26, 2016 7:25 AM on Week Four
 
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Not on it's own, no, but to take it one step further if the statistical analysis shows that bunts are less effective than they used to be and this data made it's way into the manager's offices this off season then it would lead to the decision to bunt less. I know many baseball commentators who complain that these 'kids' don't learn the fundamentals. I think I'll take <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=59432">Mike Trout</a></span> over a guy who can bunt, but they may have a point in there somewhere.

Apr 22, 2016 11:50 AM on Which Bunts Are Missing?
 
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Is there a possibility that one factor is that guys aren't as good at bunting as they used to be? I rarely see anyone bunt even with an exaggerated shift on and then entire left side of the field open.

Apr 22, 2016 10:49 AM on Which Bunts Are Missing?
 
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Yes, then you pick <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70388">Greg Bird</a></span> first :-)

 
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How does Scoresheet handle the platoon splits for <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58768">Pat Venditte</a></span>?

 
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Did you see <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70327">Marcus Semien</a></span> play shortstop last year? We still need the error.

Apr 11, 2016 12:21 PM on Kill the Error
 
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Beautifully written and captures the spirit of one of many reasons I love this game.

Apr 11, 2016 9:04 AM on The Week In Pain
 
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I see <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=69964">Nick Tropeano</a></span> just got called up. He might go back down when Skaggs is ready, but I like Tropeano better that Shoemaker personally. And given the age and injury status of the rotation I see Tropeano making 20+ starts this year.

Apr 08, 2016 5:03 AM on Week One
 
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It's true that the Jays offense should put up a lot of crooked numbers this year, but the starting pitching is average at best so I would still expect a lot of close games and save opportunities for <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=68997">Roberto Osuna</a></span>. To me he's a top 10 pick right now for sure.

Apr 05, 2016 4:07 AM on Week One
 
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Yes, although many think that Reed will be up and starting by July 1 and there certainly is no guarantee <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Tyler+White">Tyler White</a></span> sticks.

 
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I suppose this is the glass half full look at things. When I look at the rotation after Price and the 1B / 3B situation (what's the record for errors in a season?) I'm more of a glass half empty guy.

 
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I suspect the White Sox might have handled it differently if LaRoche hit .270 with 40 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a>'s last year.

 
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With the signing of Will they now have a Venerable outfield :-)

 
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Sorry, but no, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70388">Greg Bird</a></span> was listed as the #10 pick after keepers during the Feb 26th episode and in the commentary they even mention the injury has occurred. See the link here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28532 Bird was ranked ahead of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=31265">Jordan Zimmerman</a></span> which seemed high to me at the time. Zimmerman went in the 14th round in both my drafts, Bird is still available in round 20's.

 
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I'm in 2 leagues and one thing I've noticed is your initial draft list values minor leagues and young players MUCH higher than the leagues I'm in. <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70388">Greg Bird</a></span>, for example, is still available in both my leagues into the round 20's and I don't want him at this point. Keeping in mind I'd need to use a protected spot in 2017 as well without having him take a single swing in a year. I'm not saying you're wrong, just noting the difference. Cheers.

 
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This could be just a ruse on my part, but the metrics I'm the most skeptical of is defensive catching. Having said that the point of the article stands. The state of catching in this division and in fact across the leagues is really at a low point.

Mar 11, 2016 5:02 AM on Catching Down
 
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Really helpful analysis, thank you. Much more valuable than another long list of names without insight.

 
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I'd also add any starting pitcher with an Oriole on the front of his uniform...

Mar 04, 2016 4:26 AM on Starting Pitchers
 
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Shortstop power is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.

Mar 02, 2016 7:44 AM on Cleveland Indians
 
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In Toronto talk of the upside of the starting pitching centers around <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67107">Aaron Sanchez</a></span> and whether he can / will be the 5th starter in place of Hutchinson. I have my doubts Sanchez can hold up for a full season, but the upside is certainly there.

 
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I hope Gallo can make it to the majors this year because his biological clock is ticking...

 
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With <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70613">Joey Gallo</a></span> blocked at 3B at least for this year I'm missing why he isn't being considered for LF given he played some in the OF last year?

Feb 29, 2016 4:07 AM on Ian the Texan
 
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The AL keeper list is VERY different than what I had. This makes it extremely valuable to me, thank you. I have to rethink a few things and decide if I want to move a few guys up or down. Lots to think about in the next few days.

 
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Very informative, thank you. I follow the Blue Jays very closely and I learned a lot of information I didn't know- this is a perfect example of why I pay for BP with no hesitation.

Feb 27, 2016 11:50 AM on Toronto Blue Jays
 
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I don't always watch baseball, but when I do I watch <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67049">Manny Machado</a></span>. Keep slugging my friends.

Feb 24, 2016 4:50 AM on Baltimore Orioles
 
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A possible suggestion for next year would be a keeper list of minor leaguers. I threw DJ Peterson back into the pool this year for example and that was as tough a decision as my top 13 keepers.

 
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Not too much here to disagree with, I would have thought <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Carlos+Gomez">Carlos Gomez</a></span> would be a bit higher especially with his range. I'm sure there is a lot of interest as he's one of the top players left after the keepers are in? Thoughts?

Feb 19, 2016 4:54 AM on Episode 76: Outfielders
 
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Good information. I'm surprised more NL teams don't carry a guy who can be the #3 catcher. They would never start but be available as pinch hitting / game conditions dictate and would catch at most a few innings a week.

 
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Interesting to see <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Brad+Miller">Brad Miller</a></span> that high. I was originally planning on dropping him, but over the past few weeks I came to the conclusion that I would keep him, although I still don't have him this high.

Feb 12, 2016 10:41 AM on Episode 75: Shortstops
 
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using almost exclusively ex-players as color commentators effectively eliminates a huge percentage of the baseball community from becoming an announcer—not only non-players in general, but women, (so far) gay men .... ______________________ I'm hoping this just didn't come across properly. You realize there are gay men who play baseball in the major leagues. I'll wait for you to clarify before saying any more.

 
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I know you guys throw in one mistake per list to see if we're paying attention: I believe <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=102106">Franklin Barreto</a></span> is with Oakland now.

 
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No problem, Seattle fixed this problem by adding <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48037">Adam Lind</a></span> :-)

Feb 10, 2016 8:46 AM on Worst Runner Up
 
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Another example was <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Alex+Rodriguez">Alex Rodriguez</a></span> worked out at 1B this past year and couldn't get good enough the Yankees would even consider using him there. Remember this was one of the top SS in the game who then moved to 3B but couldn't make the switch to 1B.

 
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Interesting on the length of games as I would strongly be in favour of shorter games. However I'm ok if the game is longer if the reason is more offensive action (hits, stolen base attempts). It's not that the games are too long to me, it's that there's too much dead time. The clock between innings helped last year, for me at least.

 
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I might of said it a bit differently, but the concern of a suspension was the first thing I thought of when reading this as well.

Feb 08, 2016 6:29 AM on Shortstop
 
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Most advanced stats show that 'protection in the lineup' does not have much or any impact on performance.

Feb 07, 2016 7:41 AM on Top 50 Third Basemen
 
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I've said it before and I'll keep saying it until it happens. Let the computer call balls and strikes. I don't go to the ballpark to watch the umpires.

 
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I was really surprised to hear AA say he was moving his family to L.A., it's hard to imagine him staying challenged and happy there long term. He does have an out clause for other jobs.

 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70613">Joey Gallo</a></span> was listed as the #8 overall prospect but isn't mentioned on this list? Is this because he's not likely to stick at 3B? Enquiring minds want to know :-)

Feb 03, 2016 5:17 AM on Third Base
 
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The implication of the fact that the umpire's strike zones can be reviewed accurately is an increased awareness of when the catcher 'stole' a strike. The argument is that with the umpire aware of this data his strike zone will be more consistent over time and I agree this logic makes sense.

 
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You do seem a little defensive.

 
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Yes, and of course the problem is a number of them who do make it to the show will be at another position.

 
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Agreed, although the other obvious concern is health of that shoulder. He's not expected to be playing baseball until April and then potentially to the majors in May. Given the bad shoulder I expect he won't be looking to attempt to steal much at all.

Jan 28, 2016 4:09 AM on Devon Travis
 
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I don't see double digit steals for <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=100193">Devon Travis</a></span>, he had only 3 in the majors last year and with the recurring shoulder injury and big bats in the lineup I think the team will be reluctant to send him.

Jan 27, 2016 5:09 AM on Second Base
 
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Agreed, who's in what list aside, ranking Ortiz 19 and Bird 27 in a dynasty list is one of the...ahhh, stranger things I've seen here over the years. I'm not going to agree with all ranking and I shouldn't, I want alternative views to challenge my preconceived ideas. But this one is just plain....ahhh, strange.

Jan 21, 2016 9:54 AM on Top 50 First Basemen
 
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Are you kidding me! You have <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=1499">David Ortiz</a></span>....right where he should be ;-)

Jan 20, 2016 5:06 AM on First Base
 
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It might be just me but I'm having a hard time following this. So Davis will get payments starting in 2023 and lasting 15 years, which years does that money count in calculating the luxury tax? I assume it has to be the 7 years of his contract, so if that's the case what's the reason to deferred the payments? What did I miss?

Jan 18, 2016 9:06 AM on Deferred Preferred
 
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I have a suggestion for MLB to help fix this problem. Let the computer call balls and strikes. Pitching framing as a skill to offset incorrect calls makes no sense to me. I know the 'purists' won't agree with me, but if it's a strike it's a strike.

 
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Not from an owner or players perspective but from that of a fan, the current system is working well. Small market teams can compete and big market teams can spend more to help themselves. As a fan I don't see a problem. At all.

 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Chris+Davis">Chris Davis</a></span> would be incredible offensively in the Rogers Center and with <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48766">Michael Saunders</a></span> available late in the game as a defensive replacement it would be easier to live with Davis in the outfield. I love Pompey but he had a rough 2015 and I think could benefit from playing everyday in Buffalo for a year. All of this assumes Saunders is healthy and able to play most days after missing almost all of last year, I'm just not sure that OF depth was really that much of a position of strength.

 
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I'm pretty sure those are the wild card picks since there are 2 in each league.

Dec 18, 2015 10:24 AM on The Best Position To Buy
 
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I was wondering the same thing, is it the usual shoe and glove companies we would expect or something more?

 
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An interesting question is that if Pinto is essentially a DH now why is he on an NL roster?

Dec 12, 2015 11:10 AM on Games of December 9-10
 
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I was with you right up until "lead by last year's free agent hauls of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=31724">Hanley Ramirez</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48901">Pablo Sandoval</a></span>..." 2015 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=WARP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('WARP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">WARP</span></a> of -1.2 and -1.4 respectively. I'm not saying the Red Sox shouldn't be co-favourites for the AL east at this point, but I don't see those 2 leading the charge.

 
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Thanks for the reply and -7.8 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=FRAA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('FRAA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">FRAA</span></a> does line up with what my eyes saw this year so that's a fair point. If the Jays stick with the current outfield in '16 perhaps Saunders will come in as a late inning defensive replacement.

 
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The Jays have no catching depth at all and the bullpen is still a big hole with the loss of Hendricks, Lowe, Hawkins and Sanchez if he moves to the rotation. So I'm surprised to see a second post in less than week about left field where the Jays have <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56615">Ben Revere</a></span> and the (hopefully healthy) return of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48766">Michael Saunders</a></span> not to mention Pompey who hopefully grows at AAA.

 
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I'm interested in the comment on <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56615">Ben Revere</a></span>. Although my eyes tell me his routes to balls are absolutely terrible his speed allows him to make up for that, at least for a few more years. He gets on base to set the table for the big bats. With Revere and hopefully a fairly healthy <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48766">Michael Saunders</a></span> and of course Pillar and Bautista I'm pretty happy with the outfield. What am I missing?

 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=John+Gibbons">John Gibbons</a></span> is on record as saying <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67107">Aaron Sanchez</a></span> will go to spring training likely as a starter meaning the bullpen in Toronto needs a forth just to play bridge right now.

 
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All true but an additional point on <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Marco+Estrada">Marco Estrada</a></span>. He hurt his ankle in spring training last year so wasn't stretched out to start. When he was picked up he was considered a long man / spot starter who might have got the #5 slot instead of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70778">Daniel Norris</a></span>, obviously we'll never know.

Nov 16, 2015 7:35 AM on Polo!
 
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Good analysis overall but one sentence really bothers me: " Rasmus left money on the table by accepting this deal". I'm not so sure. He's making good money this year, he's a free agent at the end of this season and if he stays health and has a good season he could sign a bigger deal next year. The statement implies he could sign for more than 15.8/year at least for 1 year and I'm not sure that's true.

Nov 13, 2015 10:40 AM on Colby Qualifies
 
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It certainly makes sense to see <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=55695">Brett Cecil</a></span> on the list, his curve ball has so much break on it you can see a batter swing and the ball miss the strike zone by two feet quite often. Very tough to catch.

 
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What to do is have the computer call balls and strikes. Someone will say it takes the human element out of the game. I have no idea what that means. Who watches a game to see a bad call? I don't get it. At all.

 
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That's exactly what I thought watching the play. Goins moved towards 1B to be in position to throw home.

 
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I read through how <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PECOTA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PECOTA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PECOTA</span></a> works but I couldn't determine if home field is factored in. It should be and I was surprised by 58/42 Toronto. I figured much closer to 50/50 for tonight but you do have to give the Jays the edge with Price on the mound.

 
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Agree with both you guys, I can't believe this got mentioned again here but with the Mets sweeping I guess there isn't much else to take about.

 
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The Jays management has had a great year, but with advanced knowledge that Loup may not be available based on him missing games in the previous series it was probably a mistake to not have another pitcher on the 25 man roster. Especially with <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=1476">LaTroy Hawkins</a></span> running on fumes. <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66556">Drew Hutchison</a></span> would have been valuable yesterday to save the rest of the bullpen.

 
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All true, I'd like to give the writers the benefit of the doubt here but this is a pretty major oversight in analysis.

 
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Totally agree. It's baseball on tv. We can see what's happening. Let's the game breathe a bit. Less is more.

Oct 20, 2015 8:28 AM on There He Goes Again
 
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If <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=18203">Harold Reynolds</a></span> would just shut up for 10 seconds so I can enjoy the ballgame. During the regular season in Canada we have <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=25563">Buck Martinez</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=29680">Pat Tabler</a></span> and while they are pretty bland and repetitive I sure miss them now.

Oct 20, 2015 5:34 AM on There He Goes Again
 
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I wonder if there are two teams better built for their home ballparks than the Royals and Jays.

Oct 19, 2015 6:00 AM on ALCS Game 3 Preview
 
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I wouldn't go that far, but Smoak is much better at digging balls out of the dirt on throws which is why he's been going in as a DEF replacment late in games.

 
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Looks like I nailed that one right away. Colabello is starting game 1 at 1B vs a RHP. Next prediction is Dickey will start game 4 whether they are up or down in the series.

 
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A very good analysis. <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=55695">Brett Cecil</a></span> may be back for the World Series according to the GM yesterday if they make it that far. My gut tells me that Colabello might get a start against a righty in the series, especially if Smoak struggles early. In game 5 the other day Colabello was left in the game to face Dyson even though Smoak was coming in the next inning for defence. Colabello got a hit.

 
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I was in the stands and all we saw what the replay that showed the ball hit Choo's hand/bat and the home plate umpire calling the play dead before the runner crosses the plate. Then the reversal and the run counted. If the home plate umpire had ruled from the beginning the run counted it would have been much calmer. I don't think the author is overstating it. If the runner at first had been ruled out on the Pompey slide it would have been really ugly inside that stadium. The place was already at the boiling point.

 
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We didn't have fancy boxes of the strike zone back in the day, but it appears from the replays that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Joe+Carter">Joe Carter</a></span>'s home run was on a similar pitch inside off the plate.

 
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Perhaps Price was brought in because Gibbons doesn't trust him in the post season. This was Stroman gets game 5 instead of Price. Eventually the sample size on Price's post season is large enough you have to wonder.

 
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The point is that if the Yankees get rained out in Baltimore they might have to play the Orioles on the Monday if the game affects the playoff standings. Not a playoff game, a regular season game.

Sep 30, 2015 11:24 AM on The Chaos Chase
 
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Ahhh, yes, I get it now.

Sep 28, 2015 5:24 AM on Osuna or Later
 
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"Think about all the unlikely developments that had to occur over the years for Toronto to reach this point: <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jose+Bautista">Jose Bautista</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=31564">Edwin Encarnacion</a></span> had to turn into middle-of-the-order threats at ages 28 and 29..." I don't get this sentence at all. First of all Bautisa and Encarnacion are 34 and 32, but still this didn't have to turn into middle of the order bats they already were. They just needed to stay healthy and keep it up as they got a bit older. Bautista is a 3 time silver slugger.

Sep 28, 2015 4:44 AM on Osuna or Later
 
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It appears <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70760">Alex Meyer</a></span> doesn't fit into the future for the Twins, is there any chance he makes the rotation next year?

 
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Things are going so well in Toronto these days that when Barney arrived in the clubhouse the team sang to him: I love you, you love me, we're best friends like friends should be. With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won't you say you love me too.

Sep 18, 2015 4:37 AM on A Barry Long Engagement
 
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Nice attempt but I'm not buying it. Change it to allow up to 35 but only allow 25 to be 'dressed' each game, the rest watch from the press box like in hockey. This would effectively expand the daily roster by 4 since teams would generally not dress the remainder of the starting rotation and if you deem everyone who is called up 'active' from a service time perspective then all your arguments in favor of the status quo have been covered.

 
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It's Height Doesn't Measure Heart.

Sep 03, 2015 7:52 AM on Marcus Stroman
 
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If you were afraid to list Kaleb two weeks in a row that would make you a Cowart.

Aug 26, 2015 5:14 AM on Week 21
 
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I assume they were left out because they need to actually be leading a game in the 9th inning to get a save. With the worst record in baseball this morning this isn't a top place to look at closers.

Aug 25, 2015 8:59 AM on Week 22
 
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You're right to point out the long term success of Detroit over the past decade plus. However it is still puzzling how they weren't able to make any upgrades to the bullpen for several years in a row and that ultimately cost them repeatedly in the post season.

 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48157">Mark Lowe</a></span> is now with Toronto

Aug 05, 2015 4:46 AM on Week 18
 
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Multiple interviews with <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=John+Gibbons">John Gibbons</a></span> including last night have his late innings guys as Osuna, Sanchez and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58646">Bo Schultz</a></span>. Cecil has been terrible and has lost the manager's confidence.

 
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I meant to tie it in my saying this development in Toronto makes it less likely the Jays trade for a closer and more likely they trade for a starter (stating the obvious).

 
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With the announcement that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67107">Aaron Sanchez</a></span> will pitch out of the bullpen as early as this week for Toronto he on my maybe closer list. I can see him splitting time as closer with <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=68997">Roberto Osuna</a></span> as they don't want to overwork either player at their young ages.

 
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95% means that 1/20 pitches are called incorrectly, or at 140 pitches/game/team then 14 incorrect calls per game.

Jul 20, 2015 5:51 AM on July 15-17, 2015
 
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Thanks, I love this type of information. We're all guessing but it's better to be guessing based on some stats. I hope that Cleveland defense improves because I've got Carrasco and Kluber.

Jul 16, 2015 12:26 PM on Our Top Trade Targets
 
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Fantastic headline for those of us old enough to remember.

 
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A nice concept to mix things up, but reading about projected injuries to guys in the future gives me an uneasy feeling. Could be just me.

Jul 08, 2015 5:56 AM on July 8, 2017
 
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I was at the Buffalo Bisons game last night. The defense behind <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70778">Daniel Norris</a></span> was terrible, several plays that should have been made that cost him earned runs (not charged as errors). Alex Anthopolos was on the radio broadcast and was happy with the fact that there were only 2 walks. Norris may get a spot start in 5 days since the Jays don't have an off day before the all-star break and would like to give the 5 man rotation an extra days rest.

 
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So I've been confused by this the last few weeks. <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=68997">Roberto Osuna</a></span> is already in the majors, how is he on the list? Is the thought that he might be moved to the closers role? If so that doesn't look likely in the next few weeks and he's struggled a bit lately, or more accurately come back to earth.

Jun 18, 2015 4:55 AM on 10th Edition, 2015
 
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Tampa was 32-29 and had a 24.4% change of winning the division. Toronto was 31-30 and had a 16.7% chance. One extra win with over 100 games left in the season. Given the AL East this year I'd go more with all teams: 20% chance.

Jun 14, 2015 9:33 AM on June 12, 2015
 
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Re <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=1480">Torii Hunter</a></span>. I didn't see the whole game so I'm not sure how many calls he was upset about but can we just set up the computer to call balls and strikes and move on?

Jun 11, 2015 11:44 AM on June 11, 2015
 
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Batters no longer quiver when they see <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=1449">Fernando Rodney</a></span> coming in to a game.

Jun 04, 2015 5:21 AM on Eighth Edition, 2015
 
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Liam Hendricks pitches for the Jays and had a rough outing last night, as did almost all the pitchers.

May 27, 2015 4:49 AM on Week Eight
 
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Singleton is still available in one of my scoresheet leagues so this is EXACTLY the type of player I want to hear about.

 
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First of all good to have 'the list' back. There is something really fun about watching the guys just on the edge of the majors. I was surprised that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=60676">Jon Singleton</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jesus+Montero">Jesus Montero</a></span> didn't make the list.

May 14, 2015 6:13 AM on Fifth Edition, 2015
 
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I'm not surprised the offense is struggling, what still really confuses me is how they won the world series in 2013. It seemed like almost ever play achieved their maximum results that season. How <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=105419">Rusney Castillo</a></span> hasn't made the 2015 team yet IS hard to understand. What do they still see in Victorino?

 
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In the Toronto press there isn't even a question at this point that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70778">Daniel Norris</a></span> will be starting the year in the rotation.

Mar 26, 2015 12:17 PM on Endgame Picks
 
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25 out of 202 leagues had someone keep Munenori Kawasaki? I don't know what's funnier, this or the 1 guy who didn't keep Jose Altuve.

 
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Possible Explanation 6: They are planning on adding an arm or two in the middle of the season as needed.

Feb 25, 2015 6:00 AM on What the Heck, Tigers?
 
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I go to a few games but mostly watch on TV, I'd love to see the game start at exactly 7:00 You tune in and see the first pitch. There are plenty of breaks in the game to set the lineup, tell the back story and to add any commercials they had to squeeze out of the beginning.

 
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At the end of spring training the team also comes down to who has options left, I'd be pretty surprised if Daniel Norris starts the season with the Jays. These are logical guys to start the year in Buffalo and call up when the inevitable injuries occur.

 
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That's a great question, C is the one position where I generally ignore defense but I've often wondered if this is the right strategy.

Jan 09, 2015 12:15 PM on Episode 36: Catchers
 
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I'd agree John Jaso isn't a keeper, but not catching in '15 would actually be an argument in favour of keeping him. If he DH's he will still have C eligibility for 2015 and will have a much lower risk of injury.

Jan 09, 2015 8:07 AM on Episode 36: Catchers
 
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The Blue Jays thought Emilio Bonifacio was a second basemen 2 springs ago. Watching spring training and the first few weeks of the season the conclusion is clear that he is not.

Jan 08, 2015 10:48 AM on Yankees Fancy Drew
 
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Sound right, although I'd be surprised if Navarro is still with the Jays when the season starts. They are paying Martin too much money for him not to be catching or at least DH/1B pretty much every day.

 
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Melky's numbers over the past 4 years are even more impressive when you consider his 2013 down season was a result of a tumour in his back.

Dec 15, 2014 5:14 AM on Melky Laughs Last
 
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Based on the years and the body type, the Giants may look back on this as the best deal they didn't make.

 
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I looked up Duds in the dictionary. There was a picture of Chris Davis.

Nov 26, 2014 8:53 AM on Baltimore Orioles
 
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I agree, if forced to take 1 of the 2 I'd be Jimenez who is more likely to bounce back.

 
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Fire the Manager If your manager is bad like Ned Yost you'll never win the World Series Keep the Manager Stability is the key, keep your manager like the Royals did.

Nov 17, 2014 5:18 AM on How To Win
 
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It will be interesting to see who gets a better free agent deal this year: Cruz or Melky Cabrera (who is currently 30).

Oct 30, 2014 4:55 AM on Nelson Cruz
 
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There is nothing that can make me leave the bar early unless they run out of beer.

 
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Good article, I'd be interested to hear more about this: 'PITCHf/x is not perfect either—the system has a margin of error as well.' I would think the margin of error would be extremely small once the criteria have been clearly established? I.e. front of the plate, at least 50% of the ball over the plate, clear rules on the height? I'd like to see the computer call balls and strikes as I expect it would have the added benefit of speeding up the game.

 
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Paying a SS only until his age 35 season is an excellent contract in this day and age of long deals. Jeter was a feel good story the past year to many, but paying him (thus preventing the money from being spent elsewhere) and leaving him at shortstop was part of the reason the Yankees didn't win.

Oct 10, 2014 5:32 AM on Baltimore Hearts Hardy
 
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Finally a topic I can sink my teeth into!

 
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Given the success Aaron Sanchez is having out of the bullpen do you think the Jays would be better turning him into a setup guy next year with the goal of being the closer?

 
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Actually I went in to my lineup and changed my bullpen settings as soon as I heard this. Of course it will only count for the last 2 weeks this year :-)

Sep 18, 2014 1:28 PM on Episode 35
 
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I find it odd that MLB has changed the home plate collision rules to prevent injury, yet the suspensions for pitching throwing at hitters have gone down.

Sep 12, 2014 4:52 AM on September 12, 2014
 
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In one or two of the starts that Stroman was hit hard there was talk of him tipping pitches and from this article it wasn't because of his release point. Of course the Jays pitching coach Pete Walker didn't provide any details, my assumption is that he was giving away the grip on the ball before the pitch?

 
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Continued good luck to Jeremy, during his brief time with Toronto I learned of the back story of his health and have been pulling for him ever since.

Aug 14, 2014 5:25 AM on The Small World
 
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Vance Worley is lucky he didn't get traded to the Cardinals, Orioles or Blue Jays or he'd be a Worley bird.

Aug 14, 2014 5:14 AM on Episode 31
 
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I believe the 40 / 60 split pre-September post-September numbers are a rough estimate and the final numbers are influenced by actual playing time splits. There were gory math details included in a note a few weeks ago :-) If someone is willing to take Asdrubal Cabrera off my hands I want to be in that league!

Aug 07, 2014 12:47 PM on Trade Winds
 
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Yes, the Scoresheet list is finalized in mid-January and Boxberger in the NL list as he was with SD at that time.

 
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I'm not surprised to see Jessica Hahn on top. Ummm, Jesse Hahn.

 
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I'm going to a local little league game tonight, I went on Monday night which reminded me why I fell in love with this game in the first place.

 
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I'm worried that Jesse Chavez is hitting a wall based on more innings pitches than he was prepared for if he was in the bullpen.

Jul 03, 2014 5:04 AM on Week 15
 
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Would the lower BABIP for David Ortiz be partially a result of the use of the shift by all teams now? I thought he was done years ago and was wrong but father time remains undefeated and that time is now.

Jun 27, 2014 5:38 AM on Veterans With Value
 
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This feature I find really helpful, I can't keep track of every 19 year old just out of high school but for my league I do need to know who's about to make it. Thanks.

Jun 17, 2014 4:33 AM on 10th Edition
 
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I get the point of the article, but taking the opposite argument the signing of Navarro was actually big because of his defense. Navarro is only an average defensive catcher you say? I'll agree with that, which puts him light years ahead of J.P. Arencibia who got worse as the seasons went on and didn't know how to call a game. It was ironic to see J.P. still complaining about how unfair the Toronto media was to him while with Texas and hitting under .140 and then a few days later get sent down. Unless he gives his head a shake he won't make it back. Don't blame others, look in the mirror and work harder. I still think the lack of a true 2B is going to come back to haunt the Jays. Francisco has more holes in his swing than swiss cheese and Lawrie's better at 3B.

 
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Agree and there should be at least a 1 game suspension for throwing the bat - you've got to send a message that there is no place for this in baseball.

Jun 09, 2014 6:03 AM on Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9
 
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AL games will speed up next year. I'd like to know how much time I've spent watching Derek Jeter adjust his batting gloves over the years.

 
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I wasn't aware of the need to have a full 40 man roster. I assume this is why guys with serious injuries are first put on the 15 day disable list instead of immediately going to the 60 day DL, the club is going to wait until they need to make another move?

 
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The Jays have a bunch of pitchers who are out of options (Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond, McGowan, Jeremy Jeffress)so there is almost no chance Stroman starts in the majors as they don't want to lose a guy. In fact they are likely to keep 13 pitchers to start the season as they did last spring to protect as many arms as possible. Depending on injuries and guys struggling he is a likely call up in May / June and I'd rather had him for the season than Santana.

 
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Player Y is entering a contract year and will have a great season. I heard this about a thousand times last year about Josh Johnson.

 
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Is there any danger that Brad Miller loses AB's to Nick Franklin or will Franklin start in AAA?

Feb 03, 2014 6:08 AM on Shortstops
 
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It's a good list when I'm discussing a guy in the 40's, but I'd take Ryan Goins over the last 6 guys on the list. Unless the Jays sign Drew he'll be the starting 2B. Of course he hasn't hit at any level so there is no reason to expect him to contribute much.

Jan 30, 2014 5:15 AM on Top 50 Second Basemen
 
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Olt struggled through 2013, so does his change to start in 2014 say more about his potential at this point or the lack of depth the Cubs have?

Jan 23, 2014 5:44 AM on Chicago Cubs
 
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Vernon Wells as a DH vs lefties only (Lind vs R) and 5th OF.

 
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Very helpful. Navarro is in TOR now BTW and I'm not sure why AA isn't being criticized for trading Gomes when a young guy with the potential to catch is really valuable.

Jan 17, 2014 6:37 AM on Catchers
 
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But an appeal could drag on in court for how long? A season, allow him to play in 2014 and have several incentives kick in for his contract?

 
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The question we're all wondering. How did Bobby Abreu do? ;-)

 
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It was odd that Stroman wasn't call up in September last year to get a taste of the big leagues. But ironically I think it will work out because he's out to prove he belongs. I expect him to be called up early in 2014 when one of the Jays big league starters inevitably goes down.

Dec 09, 2013 6:35 AM on Stroman vs. Sanchez
 
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Having watched J.P. Arencibia I would say the improvement on defense must be based on a small sample size or just a plain outlier. That isn't to say he can't improve in 2014 if he puts his mind to it, but in 2013 he was consistently bad all year.

 
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Pretty bang on. Hutchison looked good in September and Arizona and has more upside than Drabek at this point according to most reports. If you ignore Hutchison because he's coming off Tommy John then you have to skip a quarter of all pitchers. I have no idea why Toronto fans aren't pushing Rogers to spend more money. Look at this offense and add Omar Infante and you've really got something and you still aren't one of the top 2 spenders in the division. This also strengthens your bench because I watched Izturis all last year and he's not a starter. 3rd or 4th place this year unless something big happens.

Dec 06, 2013 5:23 AM on Toronto Blue Jays
 
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Step 4 makes sense for the Jays with EE playing 1B and Lawrie at 3B, switching them would work since EE has played 3B in the past, most other firstbase men would be lost at third.

 
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Interesting article. It's worthing remembering that the shift has been around a long time, since before the Ted Williams shift. There is nothing new under the sun.