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Thursday, May 26

What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect

by Demetrius Bell

The Cubs ace loses one incredible streak but keeps another alive, while Corey Kluber and Nomar Mazara put on shows.

Premium Article Some Projection Left: Ask The Industry: Albert Almora

by Christopher Crawford

What do two scouts think of the Cubs center fielder?

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

by Greg Wellemeyer

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

BP Toronto: Blue Jays' Fastball Feast Is Over

by Joshua Howsam

Pitchers have stopped throwing the Blue Jays fastballs and, so far at least, their hitters have yet to adjust.

Fantasy Article The Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2016

by J.J. Jansons

Trea Turner is still in the minors and still atop this list.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 892: Carson Cistulli on Ranking Baseball's Broadcasts

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to FanGraphs writer Carson Cistulli about his recently completed television broadcast rankings for baseball's local markets.

Fantasy Article The Fantasy Verdict: Gattis and Catcher Eligibility

by J.P. Breen

Court is in session as J.P. evaluates a star-studded blockbuster and two other trades involving Sonny Gray and Evan Gattis.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 25th

by Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Matt Chapman, Joe Musgrove, Jorge Bonifacio, and Ryan Borucki.

Fantasy Article Deep League Report: Week Eight

by Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Julio Urias

by Wilson Karaman and Ben Carsley

And so begins the greatest round of "I feel so, so, so old" we've ever seen.

Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out

by Jeff Quinton

Within an unusual and thought-provoking trend, there is an extremely unusual and extremely thought-provoking subtrend.

Players Prefer Presentation: Let Ballparks Get Old

by Meg Rowley

Can baseball thrive in cities where nostalgia is suffocated?

Prospectus Feature: On David Ortiz and Perhaps the Best Final Season Ever

by Aaron Gleeman

Somewhere, a recreational Sunday softball league is about to get really, really good.

Life at the Margins: The Giants Have Had a Good Week

by Rian Watt

The improbably predictable Giants.

Premium Article Eyewitness Accounts: May 26, 2016

by BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Rockies' starters Jeff Hoffman and Kyle Freeland, a red-hot Sandy Alcantara, two young Cal Leaguers and more.

Wednesday, May 25

Premium Article The Toolshed: The Fastball

by James Fisher

A look at what we're talking about when we talk about the fastball.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 24th

by Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Zach Eflin, Bradley Zimmer, Mike Yastrzemski, and Andrew Morales.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 891: The Support Saberseminar Edition

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben, Sam, and listener Corey McMahon plug the Saberseminar, then answer listener emails about automated strike zones, Jackie Bradley, Mike Trout, Bill Wambsganss, Willians Astudillo and more.

Fantasy Article TDGX Transactions: Hello Newman

by George Bissell

Recapping the moves made by the experts in the TGDX experts dynasty leagues this week.

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers

by Mike Gianella

It's been a rough start to the season for many of the top-50 starters, driving some changes in this midyear rerank.

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitchers

by Bret Sayre

Reranking the closers, factoring in their early-season performances.

Team Chemistry: Diagnosing the Swing Swings

by John Choiniere

Batters increase the "swing zone" as the season goes on. To try to understand why, we need to know how.

What You Need to Know: Chris Sale, Imperfect

by Emma Baccellieri

The White Sox ace finally gets hit, while Matt Harvey continues to get hit and Jackie Bradley continues to get hits.

Prospectus Feature: The RISP Mystery

by Rob Mains

When runners are in scoring position, home runs go down, while everything else--including doubles and triples--goes up. Why?

Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak

by Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

Tim Lincecum finds a home for his comeback, Blake Swihart rejoins the Red Sox as an outfielder, and the Braves buy a draft pick.

Tuesday, May 24

Baseball Therapy: Framing the At-Bat

by Russell A. Carleton

Is Tony Wolters the answer to 24 years of mile-high pitching woes?

An Agent's Take: On Poaching, Intentionally and Not

by Joshua Kusnick

Sometimes, doing the right thing means not taking another agent's client. Sometimes, though, doing the right thing means the opposite.

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Shortstops

by Bret Sayre

Manny Machado joins the elite six spotters, among other changes in this midseason reranking.

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen

by Mike Gianella

Reranking the fantasy options at the hot corner, factoring in their performance to date.

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Outfielders

by Bret Sayre

Bryce Harper is inching closer, but Mike Trout retains the top spot as we take another look at the pasture-minders.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 890: Ichiro, Kershaw, and Rich Hill's Contract Comparables

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Ichiro Suzuki's resurgence, Clayton Kershaw's continued dominance, and Rich Hill's free-agent outlook.

Expert FAAB Review: Week Eight

by Mike Gianella

A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 23rd

by Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Sandy Alcantara, Jon Harris, Willie Calhoun, and Josh Naylor.

Fantasy Article Closer Report: Week Eight

by Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Fantasy Article Five to Watch: Low-A Hitters

by Greg Wellemeyer

These young bats might be years away from the majors, but they're worthy of your dynasty-league attention.

Cold Takes: Make OBP Honest

by Patrick Dubuque

There is no ideal way to reach first base. It's time, if it ever wasn't, to strip judgment from our stats.

Prospectus Feature: Joe Nathan's Got One Thing To Prove

by Aaron Gleeman

Don't forget how great Joe Nathan was. And as he prepares for a comeback, don't forget what he's still working toward.

BP Toronto: Investing in Michael Saunders

by Tammy Rainey

Michael Saunders is suddenly looking like a player the Blue Jays should be trying to sign long term.

Premium Article Notes from the Field: May 24, 2016

by BP Prospect Staff

Notes on Logan Allen, Albert Almora, Austin Allen and other people with A's in their names.

What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...

by Nicolas Stellini

Clayton Kershaw is peaking, Pujols hits a sort of a milestone, and the Cubs are slumping, relatively speaking.

Monday, May 23

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Catchers

by Mike Gianella

Reranking the backstops based on early-season performances, injuries, and the like.

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: First Basemen

by Bret Sayre

Anthony Rizzo drops down a peg, Chris Carter rises, and more changes in the revised ordering of the first sackers.

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen

by Mike Gianella

Robbie Cano returns to the keystone's elite ranks, among other changes in this mid-season reranking.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 889: Three Aces in Distress

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about burning clubhouse belongings and banning intentional balls, then discuss the shaky starts to the season by Matt Harvey, Sonny Gray, and Dallas Keuchel.

BP Unfiltered: Art Discovered, Lost, Found

by Rob Mains

On the "lost art" of the two-out RBI.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of May 20-22

by Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out this weekend, including Jacob Faria, Daniel Gossett, Adam Brett Walker, Mike Yastrzemski, and Dwight Smith.

Fantasy Article The Buyer's Guide: Nick Castellanos

by J.P. Breen

Is it time to sell high on the Tigers third baseman?

Fantasy Article The Quinton: Trades, Supply Chains, and Lead Times

by Jeff Quinton

Considering the sequence of a fantasy trade, from research to completion, can help us to avoid missing out on the best deals.

Prospectus Feature: Overcoming Negativity

by Jonathan Judge

DRA in depth: Finding a run-expectancy curve that would eliminate the negative DRA.

Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher

by Tim Britton

On the most interesting success story in baseball.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Today's Velo Losers

by Doug Thorburn

Where have you gone, past velocity? Should we be concerned your arm will break? Hey, hey, hey.

BP South Side: White Sox Meet Jose Abreu at the Crossroads

by James Fegan

Jose Abreau is off to a bad start that has the White Sox worried, but should they be?

What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend

by Ashley Varela

The 2010 Giants are back, sort of. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard continues his takeover of the world, while Joe Kelly flashes great stuff.

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 23, 2016

by BP Prospect Staff

Notes on Mercer's Kyle Lewis, the Cubs' flow bro Dan Vogelbach, and the Mets' Wuilmer Becerra.

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 23

by Matt Sussman

Hit List, everybody needs a thrill. Hit List, we all got a space to fill.

Sunday, May 22

Rubbing Mud: So You Want to Fire Your General Manager

by Matthew Trueblood

One challenge of replacing a GM is unwinding an entire front office during the permanent campaign of modern baseball.

BP Mets: Baseball Runs On Plawecki

by Erik Malinowski

Saying a prayer of thanks for the big leaguers who stand for us.

BP South Side: Chris Sale Adjusts Better

by James Fegan

The White Sox ace is having a sensational season, but even with his success he has made adjustments.

BP Milwaukee: The Draft Is Not Your Silver Bullet

by Julien Assouline

It takes a lot more than high draft picks to rebuild.

Saturday, May 21

TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 70: Pillsbury Throwboy

by George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

There Is No Offseason, featuring Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre, is a Baseball Prospectus fantasy podcast focusing exclusively on dynasty league formats.

Raising Aces: Shades of Gray

by Doug Thorburn

Standout pitching performances from the week, including Grays Sonny and Jon.

BP Bronx: This Year In Mark Teixeira's Wildly Fluctuating Seasons

by Stacey Gotsulias

After an unexpected but inspiring revival last year, Mark Teixiera is back in the doldrums. What's going on with the erstwhile superstar?

BP Boston: Let This Be the Real Jackie Bradley

by Matthew Kory

For the second time in the past 12 months, Jackie Bradley Jr. has been on an incredible run of offense, but it's been interspersed with long periods of futility in the majors. Is this finally it?

BP Wrigleyville: The Extremely Rare, Most Certainly Temporary Case Of Kris Bryant Being Unlucky

by Rian Watt

A mixed model approach to appreciating the young star's performance this season.

Friday, May 20

Premium Article Weekly Wrap: May 20, 2016

by Will Haines

Promotions for Foster Griffin and Yandy Diaz, plus a trip to the DL for A.J. Reed highlight the Weekly Wrap

BP Milwaukee: Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Draft Basket

by Julien Assouline

Not all drafts are created equal and MLB teams counting on the inexact science involved risk coming up empty.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 888: Meet the Minor Leagues' Latest Recruit

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to former Sonoma Stomper (and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work character) Santos Saldivar, a pitcher they discovered on a spreadsheet last summer who was just signed by the Brewers. (No book spoilers.)

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 19th

by Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including J.D. Davis, J.P. Crawford, Max Kepler, Joe Musgove, and Jameson Taillon.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

by Greg Wellemeyer

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: Week Eight

by George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth grabbing, depending on the format.

Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Pole Odds Changes

by Matthew Trueblood

The more things change, the more they stay the same, except for when they change.

Soft Toss: Making a Pitch for Practice Pitchers

by Brendan Gawlowski

Are teams missing out on an opportunity to further development for hitters?

Players Prefer Presentation: The Analytics of Jake Arrieta Bobbleheads

by Meg Rowley

It's exactly what the headline says.

What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey?

by Nicolas Stellini

The Mets' ace is not, the White Sox ace is, and the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter is... Jose Bautista!

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 20

by Matthew Kory

Friday, Friday, gotta hit list on Friday.

Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again

by Bryan Grosnick

Joe Nathan finds a home for his comeback, Jimmy Parades' utility train arrives at a new stop, and the Padres trade cash to keep Blash.

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