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Saturday, April 13

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Year's New Pitches

by Ben Lindbergh

A look at some of the promising new offerings that pitchers have unveiled this month.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 12

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 12: Bryce Harper keeps being speedy, Josh Donaldson celebrates his walkoff.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 13, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 13, 2013.

Friday, April 12

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking In On: Bubba Starling

by Jason Parks

Bubba Starling has started slow. Is there legitimate cause for concern?

Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/12

by Ben Lindbergh

How does catcher height affect framing? Plus the best missed and stolen strikes of the week.

Premium Article Overthinking It: When the 2013 Yankees Were Young(er)

by Ben Lindbergh

If the Yankees could send their current roster back in time to a previous season, which one would they choose?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week

by Sam Miller

Featuring Matt Moore, Jose Fernandez, and everyone who faced Brett Wallace.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Thursday Night Fight

by Daniel Rathman

Carlos Quentin and Zack Greinke were involved in a brawl after the latter hit the former with a sixth-inning pitch. Today, the Braves and Nationals go head-to-head for the first time this season.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Jose Fernandez, the Debut Ante

by Doug Thorburn

Doug's review of the rookie's mechanics in his promising opening outing.

Pitcher Profile: A Pair of Astros

by Harry Pavlidis

Harry breaks down the PITCHf/x debuts of two promising Astros arms.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Haranging Around

by R.J. Anderson

The Mariners add a starter, the Blue Jays make another waiver claim, and Luis Ayala gets a new team.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 12

by Matthew Kory

The A's are on top, so take that all you haters (and also all you h8ers)

Fantasy Mailbag: Be Patient with Struggling Blue Jays

by BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy team tackles various questions, including a couple that involve struggling Blue Jays R.A. Dickey and Edwin Encarnacion.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three

by Paul Sporer

Which starters should you plan on using in your fantasy leagues next week?

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 11

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 11: Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez hit home runs in a memorable Dodgers/Padres game.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 180: Carlos Quentin vs. Zack Greinke/Why Catcher Height Matters for Framing

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the brawl between the Dodgers and Padres, then talk about Ben's latest catcher framing research.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Our Podcast Turns 40

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

Jason and Paul discuss hot starts, cold starts, injuries of the week, and witness Greinke's season take an unfortunate turn for the worst during the show. Carlos Quentin is fertilizer.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 11

by Zach Mortimer

Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman continues to impress and might not be in the minors much longer.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 12, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 12, 2013.

Fantasy Article Roto Restart: Re-ranking the Middle Infielders

by Paul Singman

Paul examines how the first week-plus of action has changed the middle-infield tiers we released last month.

Thursday, April 11

Premium Article On the Beat: Who Said You Can't Go Home?

by John Perrotto

Terry Francona is happy to be near his home while managing the Cleveland Indians. Our beat reporter also checks in on Jered Weaver, closers, and Will Middlebrooks.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: No Relief for Relievers

by Daniel Rathman

Joel Hanrahan melted down last night. Tonight, Nelson Cruz will face a familiar foe in Felix Hernandez.

Premium Article Notes from the Field: Eastern League Prospects to Follow

by Chris Mellen

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts headlines this batch of six intriguing minor leaguers.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Marlins on the Move

by Zachary Levine

Might the Marlins have been better off taking their act on the road, rather than constructing a new stadium?

Premium Article In A Pickle: Seattle's Past

by Jason Wojciechowski

A new book looks at the many obstacles along the route to becoming a major-league city.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, April 11

by Matthew Kory

Everything's better in a list format!

BP Unfiltered: 32 Predictions Contest Response Summary

by Sky Kalkman

All the stats about the 32 prediction contest ballots.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 10

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots from April 10: Bryce Harper and Juan Francisco hit the ball really hard, Billy Butler runs really slow.

BP Unfiltered: Chris Young Goes Coco

by R.J. Anderson

One A's outfielder mimics another.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 179: Extending Barry Zito/The First-Place Royals

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the situation surrounding Barry Zito's contract for 2014, and the Royals' hot, small-sample start.

Wezen-Ball: The Froot Loop Summer

by Larry Granillo

An unconventional source of power was credited with Mickey Tettleton's surprising 1989 campaign.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 11, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 11, 2013.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Should We Start Pitchers Making Their Major-League Debuts?

by Bret Sayre

Bret examines whether starting pitchers are worth using in fantasy as soon as they reach the bigs.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 10

by Zach Mortimer

Diamondbacks righty Archie Bradley flashed the dominant stuff that gives him an ace-level ceiling.

Wednesday, April 10

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chat Accountability 2013

by Jason Parks

Looking back at last year's April answers.

Pebble Hunting: An Oral History of the Sandlot from "The Sandlot"

by Sam Miller

The story of the sandlot, told by the people who played on it.

The Lineup Card: 11 Successful Career Reinventions

Baseball Prospectus

The BP staff takes a look at players who transformed their careers by doing something different.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: A Whiff of Trouble

by Daniel Rathman

Brandon Morrow had trouble ringing up the Tigers' lineup last night. Tonight, Troy Tulowitzki will try to turn his fortunes against Barry Zito.

Premium Article Painting the Black: What's the Matter with Hicks and Machado?

by R.J. Anderson

Two bright, young players are struggling. Should we worry about each one to an equal extent?

Premium Article Sobsequy: Austin Jackson's Most Valuable Future

by Adam Sobsey

Might Austin Jackson have a Trout-like season ahead of him?

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: The Red-River Rivalry

by Jason Cole

Sooners righty Jonathan Gray could rise to the top of teams' draft boards by early June.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, April 10

by Matt Sussman

Rangers at the top! Marlins at the bottom!

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 9

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots from April 9: minor league Ramon Quinn gives us the real highlight of the day.

BP Unfiltered: Science Confirms The Good Face

by Sam Miller

A study finds that some faces make better baseball players.

BP Unfiltered: Fujikawa's Wild Night Out

by R.J. Anderson

The new Cubs closer records a strikeout in a weird way.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 9

by Zach Mortimer

Reds righty Robert Stephenson has blown batters away in both of his first two starts this year.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 10, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 10, 2013.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: My American League Portfolio

by Paul Sporer

Paul shares the team-by-team count of players on his AL-only and mixed-league teams, with the Royals leading the way.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 178: Batter-Pitcher Matchups/Outfield Alignments/A Player Who Can't Play Defense/The End of Innings

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about batter-pitcher matchups, curious outfield alignments, where to put a player who can't play defense, and what baseball would be like without innings.

Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 2

by Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

Jason Parks & Mike Ferrin answer outstanding email questions and have a whimsical discussion about baseball in the minors and majors.

BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Dodger Stadium - April 27, 2013

by Joe Hamrahi

BP returns to LA for another exciting day at Dodger Stadium

Tuesday, April 9

Overthinking It: What We Know About the Blown Call

by Ben Lindbergh

Defending Marty Foster, and why arguing balls and strikes is never as simple as it seems.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Cuckoo for Coco (Crisp)

by Daniel Rathman

Things looked great for the Cardinals yesterday... until the bullpen got involved. Tonight, Coco Crisp will look to continue his hot streak against the Angels.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Where the Crazy Closer Comes From

by Matthew Callan

Both Brian Wilson's beard and Fernando Rodney's bow and arrow can trace their origins to the same source.

Premium Article Western Front: Xavier Cedeno's Not-So-Excellent Adventure

by Geoff Young

Xavier Cedeno recently joined a not-quite-exclusive club that no pitcher wants to be a part of.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Ramon Mania

by R.J. Anderson

The Dodgers add a (washed-up?) catcher, while the A's, Astros, and Blue Jays go bargain shopping.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Home-Style Auctioning

by Mike Gianella

Mike reviews the results of two of his auctions, one for each league.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Two

by Paul Singman

Two Red Sox position players could have sneaky value, and the door may not be closed on Jose Valverde just yet.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, April 9

by Matt Sussman

It was an off day for some, but not for the Hit List!

BP Unfiltered: A Conversation Between Houston's General Managers

by Zachary Levine

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey after the Rockets clinched the playoffs.

BP Unfiltered: Angels Lose Weaver

by R.J. Anderson

How will the Angels fare without their ace?

Premium Article Skewed Left: The Astros' Whiff-Prone Ways

by Zachary Levine

With 8.42 strikeouts per game through their first seven games, the Astros are on pace for a major-league record.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 9, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 9, 2013.

BP Unfiltered: Hot Prospect Video: Archie Bradley

by Jason Cole

Jason Cole catches up with the Diamondbacks' top right-handed pitching prospect and shows him flashing his skills.

BP Unfiltered: Sergio Romo's Slider and the Farthest-Outside Swings

by Ben Lindbergh

The silliest-looking swings at outside pitches, and the pitchers who induce them.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: High-Stakes League Free Agent Rundown

by Jason Collette

Jason looks through list of players added in NFBC leagues over the past week and offers notes on a bunch that surprisingly remain unowned in many of them.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 8

by Zach Mortimer

A missed flight resulted in David Dahl's demotion to extended spring training, landing the Rockies prospect in "The Ugly."

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 177: How Much Does Velocity Loss Matter?/The Astros' Runaway Strikeout Rate

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about the performance impact of velocity loss, then discuss the Astros' astronomical early-season strikeout rate.

Wezen-Ball: Which Justin Upton Home Run was Longest?

by Larry Granillo

Which of these three home runs by Justin Upton was hit the farthest?

Monday, April 8

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Prospects We Can't Wait to Put Our Eyes on in 2013

by BP Prospect Staff

The prospect staff goes through the players they want to get a look at this year.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Rethinking Randomness: Pitchers and Their BABIPs

by Russell A. Carleton

Are we still too accepting of the idea that pitchers have little to no control over balls in play?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Shelby Miller Gets the Best of Buster Posey

by Sam Miller

How did the Cardinals' young starter approach the Giants' young catcher?

Premium Article Painting the Black: Junk In His Trunk

by R.J. Anderson

Eric Stults succeeds, surprisingly.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Blazing Aces

by Daniel Rathman

The early part of the season has not been kind to many rotation aces. Tonight, Mat Latos and the Reds will duke it out with Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals.

Premium Article The Asian Equation: What's at Stake?

by Michael Street

A look at what five Asian imports have to prove this season.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Beating Yu Darvish

by Zachary Levine

Is there an approach at the plate that works against Yu Darvish?

The Week in Quotes: April 1-7

by Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 8

by Matt Sussman

This article is such a joke! Or, rather, a series of them.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 7

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots from April 7: Will Middlebrooks' big game, a pretty walkoff from Dayan Viciedo.

BP Unfiltered: A Quick Note on Jose Fernandez's Process

by Ben Lindbergh

A quick look at Jose Fernandez's impressive big-league debut.

BP Unfiltered: The Biggest Late Rallies That Came Up Short

by Ryan Lind

A search for big rallies that weren't quite completed.

BP Unfiltered: The Eight-Man Bullpen Comes Back to Bite the Brewers

by Ben Lindbergh

The Brewers fail to put their best foot forward.

Wezen-Ball: The 2013 Interleague Schedule

by Larry Granillo

Breaking down the 2013 interleague schedule for all 30 teams. What teams are forced to deviate from their regular roster/lineup construction for the longest stretch of the year?

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7

by Zach Mortimer

Last year's top pick Carlos Correa delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 176: Jose Fernandez and Service Time/Jose Bautista and Umpire Payback

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about why the Marlins have put service-time considerations aside in Jose Fernandez's case, then discuss Jose Bautista's comments about umpires.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two

by Josh Shepardson

Owners hunting for saves should have a couple of NL Central flamethrowers on their radars.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 8, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 8, 2013.

Sunday, April 7

Inside The Park Blog: Misery Loves Company

by Jason Collette

For the second straight start, David Price was not sharp. Then again, neither were most of the aces that pitched on Sunday.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 6

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 6: the Upton brothers have a fantastic ninth inning.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 39

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

There Is Always Trust In The Wikipedia. Jason and Paul review the opening week of the season and Jason Parks stops in to discuss his trip to Arizona and what caught his attention.

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 7, 2013

by Clint Chisam and Joe Hamrahi

News and notes from around the league for April 7, 2013

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