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Tuesday, October 9

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 3, Yankees 2

by Ben Lindbergh

In which the Orioles prove that they can win one-run games in October, too.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Preview: Tigers at Athletics

by Daniel Rathman

Do Dan and PECOTA think the Tigers can complete the sweep?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Preview: Giants at Reds

by Daniel Rathman

The Reds are looking to complete a sweep of the Giants at home today.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Cardinals 12, Nationals 4

by R.J. Anderson

The Cardinals smack Jordan Zimmermann around to even their series at one game apiece.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: I’ve Been Thinking About...

by Jason Parks

Jason's been thinking about the offseason, including rankings, playoff performances, and pre-playoff non performances.

Out of Left Field: It's a Trap!

by Matthew Kory

Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Sanctity of the 162-Game Season

by Brent S. Gambill

An argument in support of the first six months of the season over October alone.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, October 9

by Corey Dawkins

Jaime Garcia will probably be removed from the Cards' NLDS roster.

Wezen-Ball: Earl Weaver on Changing the Postseason

by Larry Granillo

Earl Weaver offered his thoughts on the new postseason rules of 1969 on the eve of the first ALCS game.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 58: How Accurate Have the Postseason Narratives Been So Far?/Not Jim Tracy Returns

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Not Jim Tracy about his resignation from the Rockies, then discuss how the narratives surrounding each playoff series have held up over the first few days of games.

BP Unfiltered: BP Spotted in Latest SportsCenter Commercial

by Paul Sporer

Cam Newton is the star of the latest SportsCenter ad, but BP gets a supporting nod for some work on the shelf.

BP Announcements: Diamond Dollars Baseball Case Competition

by Joe Hamrahi

Diamond Dollars Baseball Case Competition at NYU

Monday, October 8

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Yankees 7, Orioles 2

by Ben Lindbergh

The Orioles run out of magic bullpen beans and drop the first ALDS showdown with their division rivals.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Preview: Yankees at Orioles

by Daniel Rathman

Orioles Game Two starter Wei-Yin Chen has faced the Yankees four times this season. How will he approach them tonight?

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: October 8

by BP Prospect Staff

The AFL is upon us, and here are 10 players to keep an eye on this year.

Premium Article Head Games: The Weirdness of Wild Card Friday

by Will Woods

Some players weren't quite themselves during last week's wild card games, which made for some of the best baseball we've seen this season.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Reds 9, Giants 0

by Sam Miller

A brilliant start by Bronson Arroyo pushes the Giants to the brink of elimination.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Nationals at Cardinals

by Daniel Rathman

Can the Cards even up their series behind Jaime Garcia before heading to D.C. for Game Three?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Tigers 5, Athletics 4

by Derek Carty

Detroit's and Oakland's starters sparkled, but the bullpens left much to be desired.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Nationals 3, Cardinals 2

by R.J. Anderson

The Nationals got behind in the game but get ahead in the series.

Premium Article Bizball: Inside 2012 MLB Attendance, Plus Postseason TV Ratings Update

by Maury Brown

Maury looks at 2012's attendance winners and losers as well as some early postseason ratings.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Managerial Movement

by R.J. Anderson

The Indians hire a manager, and the Rockies are in the market for one.

The Week in Quotes: October 1-7

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Monday, October 8

by Corey Dawkins

Matt Kemp will probably miss the beginning of the 2013 season due to shoulder surgery.

Tater Trot Tracker: Wild Card Weekend Trot Times

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots from the first weekend of playoff baseball.

BP Unfiltered: Differences in Mitt Placement

by R.J. Anderson

Buster Posey, Alex Avila, and Ryan Hanigan are showing off different techniques in the postseason.

BP Unfiltered: Jim Tracy and the Fantasy of Indefinite Extensions

by Ben Lindbergh

A reminder that managers have short shelf lives.

Sunday, October 7

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Orioles-Yankees Division Series Preview

by Ben Lindbergh

The Orioles and Yankees are about to face off in October for the first time since 1996. Who has the upper hand?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Cardinals-Nationals Division Series Preview

by R.J. Anderson

The National League's best offense takes on the National League's best record.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Reds at Giants

by Daniel Rathman

Can the Giants strike back at home behind Madison Bumgarner in the second game of their series?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Preview: Yankees at Orioles

by Daniel Rathman

What matchups should you watch out for when the Yankees take on the Orioles this evening?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Preview: Athletics at Tigers

by Daniel Rathman

Tommy Milone toes the rubber to help Oakland turn it around versus Detroit and Doug Fister.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Preview: Nationals at Cardinals

by Daniel Rathman

The Nats and Cards kick off their series with a matchup between Gio Gonzalez and Adam Wainwright in St. Louis.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Tigers 3, Athletics 1

by Derek Carty

Detroit has Justin Verlander. Oakland does not. And in this five-game series, it could mean all the difference in the world.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Reds 5, Giants 2

by Sam Miller

The Reds lost the pitcher but won the battle. Now will they win the war?

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 21: Legal Drinking Age

by Jason Collette

The 1st episode of the off-season reviews the early playoff games, we pick our award winners, and talk about when it is time to leave a fantasy baseball league.

Saturday, October 6

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Giants-Reds Division Series Preview

by Sam Miller

Two lopsided teams face off in a series with no clear favorite.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Postseason Collateral Damage

by Corey Dawkins

Each playoff team has injuries to deal with.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Athletics-Tigers Division Series Preview

by Derek Carty

The Athletics' run has been fun, but it won't be easy for it to continue against the Tigers.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Preview: Athletics at Tigers

by Daniel Rathman

Justin Verlander, a playoff veteran, will square off against a rookie, Jarrod Parker, in the first game of the ALDS.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Preview: Reds at Giants

by Daniel Rathman

A pair of aces, Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain, are set to duke it out in the first game of the NLDS.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Recap: Cardinals 6, Braves 3

by R.J. Anderson

The first play-in game ever will be remembered more for the umpires than for who won.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap: Orioles 5, Rangers 1

by Derek Carty

The Orioles' first playoff game, much like their season, didn't go quite the way we expected.

BP Unfiltered: Playoffs and Home-Field Advantage

by Sam Miller

An interesting pair of numbers.

BP Announcements: BP's Playoff Coverage

by Ben Lindbergh

The playoffs are already underway, and here's what we're writing about it.

Friday, October 5

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: National League Wild Card Game (UPDATED)

by R.J. Anderson

The Cardinals play the Braves in Atlanta for a spot in the Division Series

Playoff Prospectus: American League Wild Card Game (UPDATED)

by Derek Carty

The Orioles and Rangers, two of the least-likely teams to be playing in a wild-card game, are set to fight for their playoff lives.

Advance Scout: The Difficulty of Scouting Yu Darvish

by Dan Brooks

Even if you figure out what Darvish has done, you might not know what he's about to do.

Premium Article Raising Aces: For Those About to Watch (We Salute You)

by Doug Thorburn

One pitcher per playoff team who makes a convincing case in favor of watching every pitch of post-season baseball.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Miguel Cabrera's Retroactive Triple Crowns

by Sam Miller

We went 44 seasons without a Triple Crown. In how many of those seasons would Cabrera's 2012 have been good enough to win?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Baltimore's Best Bet to Beat Texas

by Ben Lindbergh

If the Orioles want to extend their surprise season beyond the wild-card game, they should make the most of what got them there.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, October 5

by Corey Dawkins

Brian McCann is probably going to have shoulder surgery this winter.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 57: The Teams That Will Win a World Series in the Next Five Years/Are Beat Writers Becoming More or Less Important?/The O's Start Saunders

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam are joined by Marc Normandin, formerly of Baseball Prospectus and currently of SB Nation, to discuss which teams will win a World Series in the next five years, the changing role of beat writers, and Joe Saunders, the Orioles' starter in tonight's play-in game.

BP Unfiltered: Grant Balfour's Fab Five

by Daniel Rathman

Grant Balfour became the first pitcher ever to throw a perfect inning on five consecutive days.

BP Announcements: Friday Wild Card Roundtable HERE

by Ben Lindbergh

Chat with the BP staff while you watch the wild cards kill each other off on Friday, from first pitch to last.

The BP Wayback Machine: Who Can Say No to Twins?

by Joe Sheehan

A look back at baseball's most recent single-elimination game.

Thursday, October 4

Premium Article Ask the Industry: Mike Trout vs. Miguel Cabrera

by Jason Parks

What do MLB front office types think of the Trout-or-Cabrera MVP debate?

Premium Article On the Beat: Planning a Play-In Strategy

by John Perrotto

The Braves aren't huge fans of the wild card play-in game, but they have a strategy for their upcoming meeting with the Cardinals. Also, a few minutes with Robin Ventura and Chris Speier.

What You Need to Know: Thursday, October 4

by Daniel Rathman

After a wild ride, the Oakland Athletics emerged victorious in the AL West.

In A Pickle: Stop What You're Doing and Read About Adam Dunn

by Jason Wojciechowski

This is a lot of interesting information about Adam Dunn. That's what this is.

Premium Article Fall Instructional League Report: Red Sox/Orioles

by Chris Mellen

Part Two of Chris' four-team Fall Instructional League visit sees some top prospects and some unknowns from two AL East teams.

Premium Article Prospect Profile: International Focus

by Hudson Belinsky

The Twins have signed a few players from unlikely countries recently. Is this a new direction, and is it going to pay off?

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, October 4

by Corey Dawkins

Matt Kemp and Carlos Quentin are set to go under the knife this offseason.

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, October 4

by Matthew Kory

...to the ennnnnnnd of the road, still I caaaaannn't let go.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 56: A Very Special Simulpodcast with FanGraphs Audio

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam join/are joined by Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs for a longest-ever episode about the worst predictions teams and players made about themselves, Bryce Harper's historical significance, and the baseball players who led the league in our hearts in 2012. We talked for almost an hour, so adjust your commutes accordingly.

Wednesday, October 3

What You Need to Know: Wednesday, October 3

by Daniel Rathman

Welcome to Game 162, when wild cards, division titles, and Triple Crowns are still at stake.

Regular-Season Awards: Handing out the Hardware

Baseball Prospectus

The end of the season has arrived, so BP is ready to hand out its awards for the best of 2012.

Premium Article Manufactured Runs: Mariners to Move Safeco Fences In

by Colin Wyers

A look at Seattle's plans to move in the fences of their ballpark to boost offense.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: A Very Good Team and a Very Bad Season

by Sam Miller

The Angels signed the best free-agent hitter and pitcher available, added the best rookie ever, and still missed the playoffs. Was it anyone's fault?

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Fall Instructional League Wrap-Up

by Jason Parks

Back from Arizona, Jason sifts through his remaining FIL notes on talent from the Dodgers, Rangers, Royals, and Indians.

Premium Article Sobsequy: The Unbearable Blandness of Joe Girardi

by Adam Sobsey

More access to Joe Girardi doesn't make for a more interesting story, which explains why Gay Talese's new profile of the Yankees' skipper can't compare to "Silent Season."

Premium Article Punk Hits: The Bay Area Body-Swap

by Ian Miller

Jemile Weeks and Brandon Crawford have essentially swapped career trajectories this year. Can each find success in the future?

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: What We Mean By Worthless

by Bill Parker

Almost no popular statistic will be "worthless," exactly, and a good discourse might require more specific objections.

Western Front: If It Wasn't for Accountability, I Wouldn't Have Any Ability

by Geoff Young

The season is nearly at an end. How many predictions made in the early going actually panned out?

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Wednesday, October 3

by Corey Dawkins

Max Scherzer is the latest player to fall victim to a celebration gone wrong.

BP Unfiltered: What We Didn't See Coming

by Sam Miller

The A's success was so unexpected that we had plenty of time to say incriminatingly dismissive things about them.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for October 2

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for October 2: Chris Davis keeps Baltimore in the hunt for the AL East title with a record-home run.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, October 3

by Matthew Kory

Oh man the season is over.

BP Unfiltered: Nothing Can Be Uncontroversial (A Collection of Tweets)

by Sam Miller

There are people who believe Mike Trout doesn't deserve any awards this year.

Wezen-Ball: Is Miguel Cabrera Getting Enough Attention?

by Larry Granillo

Some seem to think that Miguel Cabrera's race to the Triple Crown isn't getting enough attention for such an historic feat...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 55: Shrinking Safeco/The Unpredictability of Japanese Players

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the Mariners' decision to bring in (and lower) Safeco Field's fences, then talk about what the seasons of Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Norichika Aoki say about the difficulty of projecting the performance of Japanese imports.

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