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Tuesday, May 8

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Arizona Diamondbacks

by Jason Parks

A trio of very highly-regarded pitchers leads off Arizona's top prospect list, but they're not sure things.

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Reeducation of David Price

by R.J. Anderson

David Price made a change. A change made David Price.

Premium Article Western Front: Three Days, Three Dingers

by Geoff Young

Three home runs were hit by three improbable players during last week's action.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Splat Albert

by Matt Welch

Has Albert Pujols fallen off a cliff at age 32? If so, he's an outlier among his rarified comps.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/8/12

by Michael Street

Looking for a replacement for your injured third baseman? Michael looks at plenty of hot-corner options this week, especially in Playing Pepper.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Moore's Mess

by Jason Collette

A look at Matt Moore's struggles this season, what the problem is, and what the outlook for the rest of 2012 is

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, May 8

by Corey Dawkins

The Nationals are down another outfielder thanks to Jayson Werth's broken wrist.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, May 8

by Matthew Kory

The Brewers are bad.

Inside The Park Blog: BP Park Event At Tropicana Field

by Jason Collette

Baseball Prospectus kicked off its 2012 ballpark event schedule at Tropicana Field.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 7

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for May 6 & 7: fun home runs from Albert Pujols, Adam Jones, David Ortiz, Jordany Valdespin.

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 7

by Kevin Goldstein

A tip for when to predict call-ups and notes from around the minors.

BP Announcements: Rest-of-Season PECOTA Now Available

by Colin Wyers

Announcing the arrival of in-season projections, updated daily.

What You Need to Know: Tuesday, May 8

by Daniel Rathman

Don't turn around, Nationals; the Marlins are surging, largely thanks to Carlos Zambrano and Giancarlo Stanton.

Monday, May 7

Premium Article Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

by Kevin Goldstein

Interesting backstories dominate after this weekend's games, with surprise performances, defensive shifts, reclaimed prospect status, disappointing contracts, and accelerated big-league arrivals all on display.

Overthinking It: Bryce Harper Takes the High Road

by Ben Lindbergh

Bryce Harper has already impressed with his play, but on Sunday, he made a similarly strong statement about his much-maligned makeup.

Out of Left Field: Scouting the Scout

by Matthew Kory

Can Gameday's newest feature teach us anything about the game?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Sizing up the DiSar Candidates

by Sam Miller

Which players are the most likely to go the longest before their first walk of 2012?

Premium Article Bizball: Who Will Be MLB's First $300 Million Player?

by Maury Brown

A look at ever-increasing player salaries and the player best-positioned to eclipse the $300 million mark

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: A Roach, a Padre and a Punto Walk Into a Bar

by R.J. Anderson

The Padres cash out a bullpen piece, and the Angels trade from depth.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Picking Up Saves In Anaheim

by Derek Carty

Handicapping a very up-in-the-air ninth inning.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Monday, May 7

by Corey Dawkins

Several teams are hit hard by injuries this weekend, including the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 7

by Matthew Kory

Rangers' playoff odds drop to 94 percent.

BP Fantasy Podcast: iTunes Feed is Ready!

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

XMhell, err, XML is done and ready to go!

Premium Article The Call-Up: Brian Dozier

by Kevin Goldstein


What You Need to Know: Monday, May 7

by Daniel Rathman

Fans were treated to weird baseball in Boston when the O's and Sox resorted to using position players as pitchers.

Sunday, May 6

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 5

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots from Thursday through Saturday.

Friday, May 4

Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, NL Edition

by Jay Jaffe

Which NL starters are off to a worse start than the Angels' not-yet-sluggy first baseman?

Prospectus Game of the Week: Harper Overshadows Kemp, or Vice Versa?

by Bradley Ankrom

Bryce Harper may have been the lead story heading into last Saturday's game at Chavez Ravine, but there were plenty of other moments that made the night memorable.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: When Age 27 Doesn't Work Out

by Sam Miller

Brandon Wood is in the midst of yet another disappointing season at age 27. What other players have bottomed out when they were supposed to be peaking?

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Introducing the New Fantasy Podcast

by Jason Collette

A look at Baseball Prospectus' new, fantasy-themed podcast

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/4/12

by Rob McQuown

Tony Campana joins Span, Viciedo, and Murphy on VP this week

Fantasy Article Weekly Planner: Week Six

by Paul Sporer

Paul helps you sort out the fantasy pitchers worth starting in this week's planner

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, May 4

by Corey Dawkins

Mariano Rivera goes down in batting practice, and Eric Chavez gets concussed.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 4

by Matthew Kory

The Rays win a lot, is what we're saying.

BP Podcast: Episode 92: It's Wet, And It Has Some Bubbles

by Kevin Goldstein

It's a prospect heavy show as we talk about the ascension of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout to the big leagues, delve in to the top of the Rays and Padres systems, and discuss what scouts are saying about Red's burner Billy Hamilton and Seattle lefty Danny Hutzen. Our special guest is Adam Kilgore, the Nationals beat writer for the Washington Post, and we talk Harper, the rotation and the sustainability of the team's hot start. Then it's the goofy stuff and somehow we talked about soccer for 15 minutes. As always, we hope you enjoy.

Between The Numbers: The Prorating Game

by Colin Wyers

Comparing Rivera to starting pitchers is difficult, but that won't stop Colin from trying.

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 3

by Kevin Goldstein

A Padres righty you shouldn't forget about, and notes from around the day in the minors.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 2 is live!

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

The Towers of Power Fantasy Hour is up for your listening enjoyment.

Wezen-Ball: Canseco's Last Stand

by Larry Granillo

In light of Jose Canseco's latest Twitter ramblings, a quick look at how exactly his career ended.

What You Need to Know: Friday, May 4

by Daniel Rathman

Mariano Rivera's injury isn't just a blow for the Yankees.

BP Unfiltered: Newsletter Update

by Dave Pease

You haven't gotten any newsletters this week. Here's what's going on.

The BP Wayback Machine: Home-Field Advantages

by Nate Silver

The Rays are 12-1 at home this season. Where does their home-field advantage come from?

Thursday, May 3

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: San Diego Padres

by Jason Parks

Hey, it's the Padres. Stuff goes wrong in the majors, why can't it go wrong in the minors, too?

Premium Article What Scouts Are Saying: Not Always the Cruelest Month

by Kevin Goldstein

Forget Dylan Bundy for a second. Have you seen Billy Hamilton?

Raising Aces: Six Degrees of Supination

by Doug Thorburn

A primer on how pitchers produce movement and vary velocity by gripping and releasing their pitches.

The Lineup Card: 10 Things Learned in April

Baseball Prospectus

What were the BP staff's major takeaways from the season's first month?

Painting the Black: Jesus Montero Against Matt Moore

by R.J. Anderson

A pitch-by-pitch review of a matchup that we might one day consider historic.

Premium Article On the Beat: The Prince and the Pauper Numbers

by John Perrotto

Albert Pujols isn't concerned about his slow start, and a chat with Rockies manager Jim Tracy.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Spoiling the Bunch

by Ben Lindbergh

Albert Pujols says he's not worried about his homerless streak because "home runs come in bunches." But is there any truth to the cliche?

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Scouting the Twins' Closer Situation

by Derek Carty

If Matt Capps should fall, where should a smart owner look for Twins saves?

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 5/3/12

by Paul Sporer

Capuano, Bass, McDonald, and Wei-Yin Chen join the VP ranks this week

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, May 3

by Corey Dawkins

An ACL injury claims Mat Gamel, and lower-back injuries snag two other players.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, May 3

by Matthew Kory

In which the Yankees and Red Sox are in the AL East cellar.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Conor Gillaspie

by Kevin Goldstein

A look at the suddenly new third baseman for the Giants, Conor Gillaspie.

BP Fantasy Podcast: We're in iTunes

by Jason Collette

It's been a struggle but we are in

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 2

by Kevin Goldstein

An outfielder in the Marlins system worth watching and notes from around the minors.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 2

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for May 2: a wild, wild night for all of baseball, with Chipper Jones' walkoff home run the most memorable of the night.

What You Need to Know: Thursday, May 3

by Daniel Rathman

Yesterday's games included three walk-offs and a no-hitter.

Wednesday, May 2

Premium Article Future Shock: Dylan Bundy and Future No. 1 Starters

by Kevin Goldstein

We talk about great pitching prospects being Future No. 1 starters, but what does that really mean?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Five Interesting Things from Yesterday's Games

by Ben Lindbergh

Dee Gordon hits his first home run, two bench players push the limits of bad batting, Chris Davis keeps hitting, Clay Hensley exposes the unearned run, Derek Jeter hits cleanly in three of his five at-bats (or does he?), and more.

Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, AL Edition

by Jay Jaffe

Albert Pujols may be struggling, but there are major-league regulars doing even worse.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Secret to Getting a Hit

by Sam Miller

The Padres pitching staff pools its knowledge about offense in an attempt to snap a hitless streak.

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Why Rookies of the Year Fail

by Bill Parker

A BBWAA stamp of approval doesn't mean a glorious career. Chris Coghlan is the latest to prove it.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Rhymes With Longoria

by R.J. Anderson

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper arrive as Evan Longoria falls away.

Premium Article Sobsequy: The Media Meets the Press

by Adam Sobsey

Reviewing Frank Deford's new book, "Over Time," and reflecting on how the advent of the internet has improved the quality of sportswriting.

Prospectus Review: Out of the Park Baseball 13

by Craig Brown

Reviewing the latest edition of the leading baseball simulator game

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Wednesday, May 2

by Corey Dawkins

The Rays lose their top hitter to a hamstring injury.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 2

by Matthew Kory

It's not all stale cigarettes and bad beer for the Twins. It's mostly stale cigarettes and bad beer for the Twins.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Will Middlebrooks

by Kevin Goldstein

A look a Boston's new temporary third baseman, Will Middlebrooks.

BP Unfiltered: Adam Dunn and the Infield Fly Rule

by Sam Miller

The Infield Fly Rule is easy to explain.

BP Fantasy Podcast: RSS feed finally done

by Jason Collette

It's been a struggle, but the RSS feed it going so you can add the show into iTunes

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 1

by Kevin Goldstein

Royals SS Christian Colon and 21 others as Kevin takes his daily trip through the minors.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 1

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for May 1: Brett Lawrie's walkoff and Dee Gordon gets his first career home run.

What You Need to Know: Wednesday, May 2

by Daniel Rathman

Brian Matusz and Jerome Williams both shined on the mound on Tuesday night.

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