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October 2, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Tiebreak That Would Bring Baseball to its Knees

by Ben Lindbergh

Ever wondered what would happen if five teams tied for a division title? Don't expect any answers: the scary thing is, no one knows.

September 28, 2012

Overthinking It: Mourning Manny Acta

by Ben Lindbergh

Manny Acta has never done anything but lose. Is this the sort of thing that should get a manager fired?

September 27, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Injuries That Decided Divisions

by Ben Lindbergh

Health can play a big part in which teams win and which go home. In the AL East and AL Central, lost WARP can help explain the standings.

September 25, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The 2012 All-Fringe-Prospect Team

by Ben Lindbergh

Which minor-league full-season statistical leaders were mostly mirage?

September 20, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: No Ace, No Problem?

by Ben Lindbergh

Is there anything to the notion that teams need an ace to compete in October, or is it just another in a long line of flawed theories about post-season success?

September 19, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Surprisingly Hard-to-Hit Pitches of 2012

by Ben Lindbergh

Having a great pitch doesn't make you a great pitcher, as the PITCHf/x leaderboards show.

September 13, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Chicken Soup for the Pirates Fan's Soul

by Ben Lindbergh

The Pirates are in the midst of a late-season swoon much like their freefall from last season, but Pittsburgh fans still have at least nine reasons to smile.

September 12, 2012

Overthinking It: All I Really Need to Know About Baseball, I Learned from Bill Veeck

by Ben Lindbergh

Perhaps the best book written about baseball in 2012 was written in 1962.

September 8, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Mechanical Flaw Fixers

by Ben Lindbergh

Your team's struggling star just made a mechanical tweak. Is a rebound just around the corner?

September 7, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Feasting on the East

by Ben Lindbergh

The Orioles' success story isn't totally separate from the tragic seasons of the Blue Jays and Red Sox.

August 31, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: From Prospect to Project to Prominence

by Ben Lindbergh

Ten players who took the long route from top prospect to major-league contributor this year.

August 29, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: What Stephen Strasburg's Season Could Have Looked Like

by Ben Lindbergh

If the Nationals had handled their ace's innings limit a little more like the Braves massaged Kris Medlen's, they might not be facing a Strasless October.

August 28, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: What the New Skippers Have Done

by Ben Lindbergh

It's hard to draw conclusions about manager abilities, but Ben looks at how each of five managers hired before the season have performed this year.

August 24, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The A's, the Rays, and Two Different Ways to Ball on a Budget

by Ben Lindbergh

Oakland's success this year is all the more surprising considering they have departed from the small-market blueprint perfected by Tampa Bay.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Finding Life After 30

by Ben Lindbergh

Five older players on contending teams have defied the aging curve by having unexpected success this year. How have they done it, and can it continue?

August 16, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Running, But Running Out of Time, in the NL East

by Ben Lindbergh

The National League East could come down to baserunning. The Nationals have the edge in the standings, but the Braves' baserunners have kept it close.

August 14, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Anthony Gose is Not Ready Right Now

by Ben Lindbergh

Blue Jays blue-chip prospect Anthony Gose has been bad in the big leagues, but has he been so bad that we should start to doubt his skills?

August 13, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Adam Jones Extension Revisited

by Ben Lindbergh

When the Orioles extended Adam Jones, he was hitting like a player possessed. Now that he's back to being the old Adam Jones, have the deal's detractors been proven right?

August 10, 2012

Overthinking It: What Happens When Starters Get Sick

by Ben Lindbergh

Sometimes starters get sick, and they start a game anyway. After that, things often get ugly. We should celebrate their sacrifice.

August 9, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Defending to the Crown

by Ben Lindbergh

This year's Pirates haven't crumbled like last year's Pirates, and the reasons why start with team defense.

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