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Friday, October 26

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap: Giants 2, Tigers 0

by Ben Lindbergh

Madison Bumgarner reprises his memorable 2010 World Series start, killing Detroit softly to take a 2-0 series lead.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Predicting the First Offseason of Qualifying Offers

by Ben Lindbergh

Teams will have more difficult decisions to make if they want free-agent compensation this year. Here's how it will likely go.

Premium Article Young and on Their Way: Top Prospect Trade Candidates

by Jason Churchill

Some top prospects offer more value to other teams than their current clubs, and might have new organizations come 2013.

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: High School Right-Handed Pitchers

by Nick J. Faleris

We continue our look at some top options for the 2013 draft with high school right-handed pitchers.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Pitchology, Final Exam

by Doug Thorburn

You've been reading Raising Aces all season. Now it's time to put your knowledge to the test.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, October 26

by Corey Dawkins

Doug Fister takes a liner off the head but stays in the game.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 70: World Series Game Two/Protective Gear for Pitchers

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss all the notable events from World Series Game Two, including Madison Bumgarner's impressive outing, the line drive off of Doug Fister's head, and Jim Leyland's decision to play the infield back in the seventh, then assess the odds of a comeback by the Tigers.

Wezen-Ball: Reminder: Prince Fielder Doesn't Know How to Slide

by Larry Granillo

A play early in Game 2 of the World Series reminds us all of an important fact about the Detroit first baseman.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 25

by Bradley Ankrom

Hurricane Sandy washes out action in the Dominican Republic, but there's still plenty going on in Arizona and Venezuela.

BP Unfiltered: Perfect Game Championship Scouting Notes, Day One

by Dan Evans

Scouting notes on some top high school prospects from Jupiter, Florida.

The BP Wayback Machine: 2010 World Series Game Four Report

by John Perrotto

A flashback to that first time Madison Bumgarner pitched well in the World Series.

Thursday, October 25

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap: Giants 8, Tigers 3

by Sam Miller

Barry Zito and Pablo Sandoval get the Giants off to an unexpected start.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Preview: Tigers at Giants

by R.J. Anderson

After another surprising Barry Zito gem and an even more surprising Justin Verlander implosion, the Tigers and Doug Fister try to even the series in Game Two.

On the Beat: Rising to Giant Occasions

by John Perrotto

The Giants have faced elimination multiple times in the postseason, yet they're three wins away from a championship.

Premium Article Youth Movement: Instructional League Report #2

by Mark Anderson

Mark has come to expect some surprises on his trips to Instructs, though that doesn't always mean "future big-league starter."

Premium Article Prospect Profile: Dan Straily

by Hudson Belinsky

From org guy to major league starter in a year. Did anyone see that coming?

Premium Article In A Pickle: Sweep Out The Ashes in the Morning

by Jason Wojciechowski

Jason reviews some narrow aspects of the 2012 season.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: One and Done for Ozzie Guillen

by R.J. Anderson

The Marlins fire their manager after one year.

BP Unfiltered: The Most Important Question About Jeff Manship

by Sam Miller

How do you pronounce it, or how should you?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 69: The Weirdness of World Series Game One/Delmon Young's Surprising Career

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the unpredictable outcome of World Series Game One and observe that Delmon Young is starting to look a lot like Stanley from The Office.

Tater Trot Tracker: World Series, Game 1: Pablo's Big Night

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, including Pablo Sandoval's three home runs.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 24

by Bradley Ankrom

Taking a tour around the Arizona Fall League as well as winter leagues in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela.

BP Unfiltered: Game One Not Really Recap

by Jason Wojciechowski

Be careful what you wish for.

Wednesday, October 24

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Tigers vs. Giants

by Derek Carty

The World Series kicks off tonight, so here's the low-down on each team.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Preview: Tigers at Giants

by Daniel Rathman

Justin Verlander and the Tigers figure to be too much for Barry Zito and the Giants to handle in Game One.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Opposite Day

by R.J. Anderson

How do you sell a mismatch like Zito vs. Verlander? By highlighting the differences.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Monsters, or Men Wearing Masks?

by Jason Parks

When batting lines get inflated, it can be tough to spot legit prospects.

The Lineup Card: 11 Memories From Watching Our First World Series

Baseball Prospectus

What do the members of the BP staff remember from watching their first World Series?

Premium Article Sobsequy: The Pleasure and Perfection of Postseason Sweeps

by Adam Sobsey

The Tigers' ALCS sweep of the Yankees offered a reminder of why the sweep is one of the most satisfying series outcomes.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Wednesday, October 24

by Corey Dawkins

Randy Wolf will miss the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Wezen-Ball: A Few World Series Predictions

by Larry Granillo

Some guaranteed predictions for the 2012 World Series.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 68: The Obligatory World Series Preview Episode

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the most interesting angles heading into the series and succumb to the pressure to make their picks.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 22: Happy Birthday Paul

by Jason Collette

Paul and Jason start the Sporer birthday pre-game by reviewing recent transactions, previewing the World Series, and chatting with special guest host Mike Gianella of RotoThinkTank

BP Announcements: Wednesday World Series Game One Roundtable HERE

by Ben Lindbergh

Join the BP staff for a roundtable chat from the first pitch to the last out of Game One.

Tuesday, October 23

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Recap: Giants Win The Pennant

by Sam Miller

The Giants will play against the Tigers in the World Series.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Finding a Way to Walk off the Island

by Jorge Arangure Jr.

Are Dominican hitters hurting themselves by focusing on raw skills at the expense of a patient approach? And can anything be done about it?

Premium Article Bizball: 2012 MLB Postseason Shows Money Matters

by Maury Brown

How important is money when it comes to making a deep run into the playoffs?

Western Front: Better Than Setting Cash on Fire

by Geoff Young

The oddsmakers in Vegas place some weird bets, but aren't you better off using your money elsewhere?

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, October 23

by Corey Dawkins

Michael Pineda will likely miss the beginning of the 2013 campaign.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 22

by Bradley Ankrom

Taking a tour around the Arizona Fall League.

BP Unfiltered: Dominican Players and Plate Discipline: Additional Data

by Ben Lindbergh

How does the plate discipline of Dominican players compare to the league as a whole?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 67: Did Our Opinions of Players Change in the NLCS?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether the NLCS performances of several players affected how they think about them or changed the narratives that followed them into the series.

Monday, October 22

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Seven Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals

by Daniel Rathman

With the season of the line, Kyle Lohse and Matt Cain are set to duke it out for a trip to the World Series.

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

by Sam Miller

The past is prologue, but the present is the story for Vogelsong.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Are Three-True-Outcomes Players Better in the Playoffs?

by Russell A. Carleton

Does walking, striking out, and homering more often help or hurt a hitter in the postseason?

Premium Article Punk Hits: Three Nights In October, part 3

by Ian Miller

Every dream ends.

Transaction Analysis: Offseason in October

by R.J. Anderson

The Blue Jays trade their manager, and Kevin Towers reacquires Heath Bell, with baggage.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: The Ones We Got Right

by Derek Carty

Derek begins reviewing his pre-season predictions, starting with the ones that made him (and you) look good.

The Week in Quotes: October 15-21

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 22

by Corey Dawkins

Matt Holliday misses Game Six with a barking back.

BP Unfiltered: The Four Who Voted Against Trout for ROY

by Sam Miller

Four players voted against MIke Trout for ROY.

Wezen-Ball: The Hooded Menace

by Larry Granillo

Major League Baseball has been infested by something terrible these last few years...

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of October 21

by Bradley Ankrom

Taking a look at last weekend's prospecty goodness.

Sunday, October 21

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

by Daniel Rathman

Can Ryan Vogelsong replicate his Game Two success and take his team to a seventh game?

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