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Moonshot: The Royals, the Strike Zone, and an October Surprise

by Robert Arthur

After months of moving downward, the October strike zone is suddenly rising. . . . more | 5 unread comments

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Preview

by Zachary Levine

With a rested Giants pen and a Royals' starter who exited his last start with shoulder issues, Game Two of the World Series could come down to which group of relievers steps up. . . . more | 3 unread comments

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, October 21st

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Daniel Robertson and Deven Marrero. . . . more | 0 comments

Tuesday, October 21

Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium

by Sam Miller

Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series. . . . more | 5 unread comments

Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals

by Sam Miller

The Royals have the speed, the Giants have the skipper, and both teams have momentum in an unlikely World Series matchup. . . . more | 7 unread comments

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 20th

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Francisco Lindor and Mark Appel. . . . more | 1 unread comment

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Alcides Escobar

by Wilson Karaman

The Royals shortstop won't be a sexy name on draft day, but there's a lot to like about his fantasy profile. . . . more | 0 comments

The View from the Loge Level: Managing to Win

by Daron Sutton

What a half-dozen big-league managers see as the most important skills for the job. . . . more | 0 comments

The BP Wayback Machine: Fourteen Years of Brian Roberts

by BP Prospect Staff

Charting Brian Roberts' rise and fall with a trip through the BP archives. . . . more | 3 unread comments

Monday, October 20

Pebble Hunting: The Best Teams Should Make The World Series; A Defense of Bud Selig

by Sam Miller

The commissioner's lasting legacy isn't randomness and meaningless. It's a more fair world. . . . more | 46 unread comments

Transaction Analysis: Silverman's Kohn Job

by R.J. Anderson

The Rangers hire a manager, and the Rays' new GM makes his first move. . . . more | 8 unread comments

The Week in Quotes: October 13-19, 2014

by Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

Running through the notable quotes from the week that was. . . . more | 0 comments

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 17-18, 2014

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including D.J. Peterson and Tyler Glasnow. . . . more | 0 comments

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 2 - National League

by Mike Gianella

In the second of a two-part series, Mike reviews how his senior-circuit bid value recommendations fared. . . . more | 0 comments

Friday, October 17

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5

by Mike Gianella

The Giants play on, while Mike Matheny manages one that we'll never forget. . . . more | 22 unread comments

Premium Article Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante

by Doug Thorburn

The young lefty has ascended through the Royals system in just a few months and now finds himself being used in high-leverage situations during a World Series run. But is his future as a starter or in the pen? . . . more | 2 unread comments

Premium Article Pitching Backward: First-Pitching to the Situation

by Jeff Long

A first attempt at measuring how much different pitchers pitch to the situation--and the questions it raises. . . . more | 11 unread comments

Premium Article An Agent's Take: The Losses You Never Get Over

by Joshua Kusnick

Poaching is a big part of the agent business. Some especially sting and never stop. . . . more | 22 unread comments

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, October 17th

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in the desert, including Greg Bird and Patrick Kivlehan. . . . more | 0 comments

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Joe Panik

by Ben Carsley

The former first-rounder plugged the Giants' hole at the keystone, but can he do the same for your fantasy squad? . . . more | 2 unread comments

Thursday, October 16

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4

by R.J. Anderson

Both teams' bats were awake and neither got much out of their starting pitchers, but the Giants bullpen did what the Cardinals' couldn't and put St. Louis on the brink of elimination. . . . more | 6 unread comments

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4

by Sahadev Sharma

The Royals have benefited from a touch of luck during their magical run to the World Series, but that doesn't change the fact that they're loaded with talent. . . . more | 4 unread comments

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview

by Mike Gianella

The Cardinals have their backs up against the wall facing the Giants ace, while their (possibly) ailing stud tries to extend their season one more game. . . . more | 2 unread comments

Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-bender

by Zachary Levine

Could sending Molina to the batter's box essentially without a bat be a better option for the Cardinals simply due to his elite talents behind the plate? . . . more | 9 unread comments

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Jon Jay

by Jeff Quinton

The Cardinals center fielder isn't a sexy late-draft option, but could he still hold fantasy value in 2015? . . . more | 2 unread comments

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, October 15th

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in the desert, including C.J. Edwards and Aaron Judge. . . . more | 4 unread comments

Wednesday, October 15

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3

by Doug Thorburn

The Giants built an early lead, only to see their offense go silent until a critical error by the Cardinals in extra innings. . . . more | 3 unread comments

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3

by Sam Miller

A look at one game in the life of the Royals' supposed weak spot. . . . more | 3 unread comments

Premium Article Moonshot: The Victims of a Bad Strike Zone

by Robert Arthur

When umpires don't call balls and strikes the way we expect them to, who suffers? . . . more | 18 unread comments

The Lineup Card: Eight of the Best Defensive Plays of 2014

by Baseball Prospectus

The staff relives some of the most impressive Web Gems of the year. . . . more | 3 unread comments

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews

by Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

The Royals go for the sweep while the Giants attempt to take a commanding 3-1 lead in two series that have certainly not lacked in drama. . . . more | 0 comments

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Rich Get Smarter

by Sam Miller

Andrew Friedman might be the most revered executive in the game--Billy Beane included--and the richest team in baseball just hired him. . . . more | 13 unread comments

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Lorenzo Cain

by J.P. Breen

The Royals center fielder has put his stamp on the postseason, but can he do the same for your fantasy team in 2015? . . . more | 2 unread comments