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April 5, 2013

Pebble Hunting: The Price of a Personal Catcher

by Sam Miller

Tim Lincecum rarely pitches to Buster Posey. On Wednesday, Hector Sanchez's flaws were on display.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 175: Brian Roberts' Injury, Baserunners Passing Baserunners, and the Pros and Cons of Trade Speculation

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the latest injury to Brian Roberts, Evan Longoria running by Ben Zobrist, and the speculation about a Profar-for-Taveras trade.

April 4, 2013

BP Unfiltered: Mike Trout Fast

by Sam Miller

Mike Trout Runs Fast.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 174: More Week One Reactions

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam share their thoughts on Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Yu Darvish, Fernando Rodney, the Royals, Tom Milone, Shaun Marcum, and more.

April 3, 2013

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Future of Contract Extensions

by Sam Miller

Now that even big-market teams are signing young players to long-term deals, can extensions still give small-market teams an edge?

BP Unfiltered: An Interesting Fact Yu Darvish Reminded Me About Last Night

by Sam Miller

Perfect games in Japan are down.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 173: Should Contract Size Influence Our Projections for Players?/Revisiting Our Pre-Offseason Predictions/What Started the Sabermetric Revolution?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether we should let where and for how much a player signs influence how we expect him to play, then revisit their team predictions from the end of last season and discuss what started the sabermetric revolution.

April 2, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 172: The Confirmation Biases of Opening Day

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the events of Opening Day that reinforced preseason expectations.

April 1, 2013

Pebble Hunting: The Astros' Best-Case Scenario vs. The Angels' Worst-Case Scenario

by Sam Miller

If everyone on the Astros played to their 90th-percentile projections, and everyone on the Angels played to their 10th-percentile projections, which would win more games?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 171: Extensions for Everyone!

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the recent news about extensions for Justin Verlander, Buster Posey, and Elvis Andrus.

March 29, 2013

Pebble Hunting: The Most Interesting Major Leaguer You Probably Haven't Heard Of

by Sam Miller

The story of a pitcher who was secretly amazing last season.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 170: Jason Parks on Podcasting, Prospect Ranking, and Player Development

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Jason Parks about the forthcoming Fringe Average Podcast and BP prospect book, the ranking process, and how player development differs between teams.

March 28, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 169: The Retirement of Tim McCarver/Is Clubhouse Chemistry Less Important Than it Used to Be?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about Tim McCarver's impending retirement and share their thoughts on broadcasting, then discuss whether changes in players' routines have reduced the importance of clubhouse chemistry.

March 27, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 168: Projections for the Yankees and Blue Jays/If the Amateur Draft Were an Auction/Lifetime Contracts for Generational Talents

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about PECOTA's projections for the Yankees and Blue Jays, how the amateur draft and free agency would work in an auction format, and whether teams should offer players like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg $100 million lifetime contracts after drafting them.

March 26, 2013

Premium Article Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit Contenders

by Sam Miller and Adam Sobsey

The second installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 167: Yasiel Puig's Explosive Spring

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Yasiel Puig's spring hot streak, how perceptions of him have changed since his signing, and what the Dodgers will do with him now.

March 25, 2013

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Yankees Trade for Vernon Wells

by R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

The Angels dump Wells, the Astros add Cedeno, and the Pirates pick up a new shortstop.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 166: Is the Internet Too Optimistic About the Astros?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether the supposed split between scouts and statheads about the outlook for the Astros actually exists.

March 22, 2013

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Lies, Damned Lies, And That One Barry Zito Factoid

by Sam Miller

Baseball statistics are always trying to mislead you.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 165: The Worst Team to Work For/Baseball Without Outfield Fences/When to Give Up on Top Draft Picks/Would Mariano Rivera Make an All-Time Team?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the worst team to work for, what baseball would look like without outfield fences, when it's okay to give up on high draft picks, and how Mariano Rivera compares to top starting pitchers.

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