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Friday, October 12

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Orioles 2, Yankees 1

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees and Orioles go long again, and the tensest of series heads toward a tense conclusion.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Recap: Giants Defeat the Reds

by Sam Miller

The Giants didn't play their best five games, but it was good enough to beat a very good Cincinnati team to advance to the NLCS.

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

by Daniel Rathman

The Game 1 starters match up again, this time with the series on the line.

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

by Daniel Rathman

PECOTA prefers Stephen Strasburg were going, but the Nationals will instead hopes a different ace can bounce back from a wild outing.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Recap: Tigers Defeat the Athletics

by Derek Carty

The Tigers advance to the ALCS thanks to a dominating start by Justin Verlander.

Premium Article Prospect Push: Big League Ready-or-Not

by Jason Churchill

Though teams are often shy about playing a youngster over an oldster, some players look too promising to ignore.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Sofa Scouting: Reds vs. Giants, Game Five

by Jason Parks

Jason keeps a running commentary as he scouts the decisive game between the Reds and Giants from home.

Premium Article Prospect Profile: Maikel Franco

by Hudson Belinsky

Hudson saw a transformation in Maikel Franco this season from raw player to prospect; will the momentum carry into 2013?

Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Gerrit Cole and Danny Hultzen

by Doug Thorburn

Breaking down the mechanics of the top two picks from the 2011 amateur draft.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, October 12

by Corey Dawkins

Joba Chamberlain can't avoid freak injuries.

Wezen-Ball: Mike Mussina's Cap

by Larry Granillo

A quick proposal regarding the best piece of shared history between the Orioles and Yankees.

Tater Trot Tracker: Division Series: Game Five, Night One

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for October 11, including Buster Posey's grand slam and Jayson Werth's Game 4 walkoff blast.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 61: Division Series Round-Up/Giving Darren O'Day His Due

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam catch up with the latest action developments in each of the just-completed or still-in-progress playoff series, then discuss Darren O'Day in greater depth.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 11

by Bradley Ankrom

An excellent outing from Kyle Gibson leads off our coverage of the Arizona Fall League.

The BP Wayback Machine: Are You Experienced?

by Joe Sheehan

A staple of postseason commentary proves that some canards die hard.

Thursday, October 11

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Recap: Nationals 2, Cardinals 1

by R.J. Anderson

A lackluster series gets serious in the span of one (very long) at-bat.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Five Preview: Tigers at A's

by Daniel Rathman

The deciding game of this ALDS comes down to Justin Verlander and Jarrod Parker.

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

by Ben Lindbergh

In the defining move of his career, Joe Girardi went with his gut. It worked.

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

by Daniel Rathman

PECOTA strongly favors the Yankees to put this series away. But Joe Saunders has upended PECOTA before, and recently.

Premium Article Manufactured Runs: Is the 2-3 Format Fair?

by Colin Wyers

Has the Division Series format for 2012 put some teams at a home field disadvantage?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Athletics 4, Tigers 3

by Derek Carty

The Athletics stave off elimination with some ninth-inning heroics.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Recap: Giants 8, Reds 3

by Sam Miller

The Giants finally score some runs, and even the series against the Reds.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game 4 Preview: Cardinals at Nationals

by Daniel Rathman

Why for art thou, Ross Detwiler? Whither Stephen Strasburg? Alack: come hither, Game 4.

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

by Daniel Rathman

It comes down to one last deciding game between the Reds and Giants, with Latos and Cain taking the bump for the two clubs.

On the Beat: Managing the Golden Oldies

by John Perrotto

Joe Girardi is finding a balance between resting his veterans and plugging holes for injured players.

Premium Article In A Pickle: The Raul Ibanez Special

by Jason Wojciechowski

Raul Ibanez is the first player in postseason history to do what he did. Many of the stories of the 11 men who did it in the regular season are nearly as nearly as fascinating.

Overthinking It: What Teams and Players Predicted About Themselves

by Ben Lindbergh

What every team predicted about itself before this season, and whether those predictions came true.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Is Joe Saunders a Double Play Machine?

by Russell A. Carleton

Does Orioles Game Four starter Joe Saunders really possess the ability to induce double plays on command?

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, October 11

by Corey Dawkins

Derek Jeter re-injures his ankle, and Johnny Cueto is removed from the Reds' NLDS roster.

Tater Trot Tracker: Division Series: Raul's Big Night

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots from October 10, the night of Raul Ibanez's big Division Series.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 60: Ibanez Pinch-Hits for A-Rod/The Strasburg Debate That Won't Die

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Game Three of the Yankees-Orioles ALDS, the decision to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, and A-Rod's future in New York, then talk about why the Stephen Strasburg debate won't go away.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 10

by Bradley Ankrom

Highlights from around the Arizona Fall League.

Wednesday, October 10

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: Cardinals 8, Nationals 0

by R.J. Anderson

Without Stephen Strasburg, Washington's rotation has let them down in the postseason. They now find themselves one game away from elimination.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: Giants 2, Reds 1

by Sam Miller

Despite playing excellent defense all year, the Reds drop Game Three to the Giants on a pair of defensive misplays.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: Athletics 2, Tigers 0

by Derek Carty

Brett Anderson and the A's beastly bullpen trio hold the Tigers scoreless to force a Game Four.

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

by Daniel Rathman

Washington turns to Edwin Jackson to try to take the series lead over Chris Carpenter and the Cards.

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

by Daniel Rathman

Can the Giants survive a second elimination game against Cincinnati?

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

by Matthew Kory

Yet again, the Yankees have the edge on paper, where we all know the games are played.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Preview: Tigers at A's

by Jason Wojciechowski

Max Scherzer attempts to close out the A's in Game Four of the ALDS.

Premium Article Sobsequy: The Shot Before the Shot

by Adam Sobsey

Remembering Dave Freese's heroics from last October, and wondering who'll join him in the postseason pantheon in 2012.

The Lineup Card: Eight Playoff Heroes and Goats

Baseball Prospectus

Which players rose to the occasion in October, and who fell flat on their face?

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: High School Outfielders

by Nick J. Faleris

Today we kick off a series spotlighting top names eligible for the 2013 Amateur Draft.

Punk Hits: A Cespedes for the Rest of Us

by Ian Miller

On Oakland's budget, a GM can't afford to spend $36 million and whiff. WIth Yoenis Cespedes, Billy Beane didn't.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Wednesday, October 10

by Corey Dawkins

Jaime Garcia and Johnny Cueto's injuries could keep them out of the NLCS, should their teams make it that far.

Tater Trot Tracker: Division Series, Games 2 & 3

by Larry Granillo

The trot times for Games 2 and 3 of the Division Series early this week.

BP Announcements: Wednesday Division Series Roundtable HERE

by Ben Lindbergh

Chat with the BP staff from first pitch to last while you watch the four games going on today.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 59: Does the 2-3 Playoff Format Affect Home Field Advantage?/Can the A's Defeat Detroit?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam bring on Jason Wojciechowski to discuss whether the 2-3 playoff format is the abomination he makes it out to be, then talk about how the A's Game Three victory changes (or doesn't change) their odds of beating the Tigers.

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.

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