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Tuesday, October 16

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three Preview: Yankees vs. Tigers

by Daniel Rathman

Will the Yankees' bats be able to wake up against one of the league's best pitchers?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game 2 Recap: Giants 7, Cardinals 1

by R.J. Anderson

A series finds its narrative.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Bringing Sabermetrics to the Broadcast Booth

by Len Kasper

Forward-thinking baseball analysis has moved out of the periphery and into the mainstream--and Cubs TV broadcasts.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Trading A-Rod: How, Where, and Why

by Matthew Kory

What would it look like if the Yankees actually consider moving Alex Rodriguez this winter?

Playoff Prospectus: How the ALCS Squads Were Built

by R.J. Anderson

A look at the methods and origins of the Yankees' and Tigers' success

Premium Article Youth Movement: Instructional League Report #1

by Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson checks in with his first in a series of reports from the Florida Instructional League.

Premium Article Bizball: The Strange Case of Melky Cabrera Spills Over to His Agency

by Maury Brown

A look at how agencies may share in the responsibility of PED use.

Premium Article Western Front: The Year Baseball Went Missing in San Diego

by Geoff Young

Chronicling the Padres' off-field saga from 2012 and predicting its implications for the future.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 63: The Slide Heard 'Round the World/Why Does Everyone Hate the Cardinals?/Ryan Vogelsong Rewards Bruce Bochy

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether Matt Holliday's takeout slide at second was against the rules and why the Cardinals are so widely disliked, then talk about how Ryan Vogelsong has rewarded the Giants for their faith during a string of bad starts.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 15

by Bradley Ankrom

Ten notes from around the Arizona Fall League.

Monday, October 15

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Tigers 3, Yankees 0

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees offense is waiting for the fever to break, while Detroit is halfway to the World Series.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: How the NLCS Squads Were Built

by R.J. Anderson

A look at the origins and methods of the Giants' and Cardinals' success.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game 1 Recap: Cardinals 6, Giants 4

by Sam Miller

The pitches Madison Bumgarner isn't throwing, and the pitches that Cardinals batters were hitting.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Giants

by Daniel Rathman

Until recently, Game Two starters Chris Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong weren't expected to pitch in the playoffs. Which one does PECOTA prefer?

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: October 15

by BP Prospect Staff

Prospects who have an innate instinctual gift that sets them apart from their peers and allows some of their weaker skills to play up.

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: High School Infielders and Catchers

by Nick J. Faleris

Part two of our spotlight on 2013 draft-eligible players continues with high school infielders and catchers.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: The Case for Cano

by Russell A. Carleton

Why Robinson Cano deserves a second-plate vote on your mental AL MVP ballot.

The Week in Quotes: October 8-14

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 15

by Corey Dawkins

Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the playoffs with a broken ankle.

Tater Trot Tracker: LCS Weeked Trot Times

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for the first LCS weekend, including Game 5's from Friday. Bryce Harper comes through with the fastest tater trot recorded in the postseason.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 62: Yankees-Tigers ALCS Update/How Hard is Pitching on Short Rest?/October Bullpen Strategy

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam catch up on the Yankees-Tigers ALCS and Ben's beat-writing adventures, then talk about why players and stats disagree about the difficulty of pitching on short rest, and Jim Leyland's comments about closers.

Wezen-Ball: Joe Girardi and Instant Replay Through the Years

by Larry Granillo

A look at what Joe Girardi has been saying about instant replay since he became a manager.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 14

by Bradley Ankrom

Taking a quick tour through yesterday's action in the Caribbean leagues.

Sunday, October 14

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Cardinals and Giants

by Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

The league's two best offenses face each other. Are they the league's two best organizations, too?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 6, Yankees 4

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees pull off another exciting comeback behind Raul Ibanez, only to lose both Game One and Derek Jeter a few innings later.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Preview: Tigers at Yankees

by Daniel Rathman

Can the Yankees rebound to take Game Two without their star shortstop?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game One Preview: Cardinals at Giants

by Daniel Rathman

The NLCS kicks off with a matchup of two starters who have been vulnerable to opposite-handed hitters.

Playoff Prospectus: Why We Won't See Melky Cabrera in the NLCS

by Mike Ferrin

Was the Giants' decision not to bring back Melky for the NLCS justified on a pure performance level?

Saturday, October 13

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Tigers and Yankees

by Sam Miller

Two preseason favorites match up, but there are plenty of surprises about how they got there. Undoubtedly, there are surprises to come.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Recap: Yankees Defeat Orioles

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees finally drive a stake into the heart of the Orioles behind another strong effort from CC Sabathia. Ben breaks down the series inside.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Recap: Cardinals Defeat the Nationals

by R.J. Anderson

The resilient Cardinals manage one more comeback to stun the Nationals and advance to the NLCS.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Preview: Yankees vs. Tigers

by Daniel Rathman

Neither team has its ace ready to go in Game One, so will the ALDS Game Two starters be able to replicate an ace-worthy performance?

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.

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