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Friday, April 26

Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26

by Ben Lindbergh

Take the blind framing test, plus the best and worst framers of the week and season.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Muscle and Braun

by Daniel Rathman

Jarrod Parker is struggling mightily this year. Tonight, Josh Beckett will try to keep Ryan Braun in the yard.

Manufactured Runs: The Hawk Trap

by Colin Wyers

Breaking down the debate about sabermetrics between Brian Kenny and Hawk Harrelson.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Throwdown: Mat Latos vs. Jeff Samardzija

by Doug Thorburn

Dissecting Wednesday's 1-0 duel.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 26th

by Matthew Kory

Half of all the baseball teams that played yesterday lost.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 25

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots from April 25: a great Luis Valbuena quote, a bomb from Goldschmidt, Big Papi goes back to his old ways and Francisco Cervelli keeps his torrid pace up.

Fantasy Mailbag: Buy Low on Strasburg

by BP Fantasy Staff

This week's mailbag includes a question about trading for Stephen Strasburg, among many other topics.

Wezen-Ball: Denver's Snowy Troubles

by Larry Granillo

Before it was a big league city, people were worried that Denver might be too snowy for Major League Baseball.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 26, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 26, 2013

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five

by Paul Sporer

Veterans Roy Halladay and Andy Pettitte are among the two-start pitchers that Paul advises putting into your lineup this week.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 190: The Ike Davis Enigma/Trading Prospects Straight Up for Stanton

by Ben Lindbergh and Will Woods

Ben and Will discuss the confusing career of Ike Davis, then talk about whether there are any prospects teams wouldn't trade straight up for Giancarlo Stanton.

BP Announcements: Prospect Tracker 2013

by Tim Collins

The Prospect Tracker is back, and fully loaded with 2013 data.

Thursday, April 25

Premium Article On the Beat: Up, Up, Upton and Away

by John Perrotto

The Braves are thriving thanks to Justin Upton. Our beat reporter also catches up with the Tigers, Albert Pujols, and the Rockies.

Premium Article Skewed Left: The New, Just-as-Good Joey Votto

by Zachary Levine

Does it matter that Joey Votto isn't driving in runs?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Why Jose Valverde is Still Getting Saves for Detroit

by Ben Lindbergh

Dave Dombrowski declared that the Tigers and their deposed closer were never ever getting back together, but they couldn't stay apart.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Red-Hot Potential

by Daniel Rathman

Mat Latos remained dominant on the mound last night. Tonight, Vernon Wells will try to continue his ownage of Mark Buehrle.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Who'll Stop the Run?

by Jason Wojciechowski

Not the Twins.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, April 25th

by Matthew Kory

Justin Upton continues to have himself a season.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Grande Finale

by R.J. Anderson

Casper Wells has another new destination, and the Tigers grab a familiar closer.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 24

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 24. Jordany Valdespin goes out in grand fashion.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 25, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 25, 2013

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Move Along, Nothing to See Here (Probably)

by Mike Gianella

Early-April stats may be meaningless, but is even a full month of data enough to reach any significant conclusions? Mike investigates here.

BP Unfiltered: Pitcher BABIP and Age

by Ben Lindbergh

Do most young pitchers have high BABIPs?

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 24

by Zach Mortimer

Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis showcased the power arsenal that could make him a dominant big-league reliever.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Robbie Erlin

by Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

The Padres summon a southpaw prospect to bring some relief to their overtaxed staff.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 189: Should Chad Billingsley Have Had Surgery Sooner?/Brendan Ryan, Robert Andino, and the Mariners

by Ben Lindbergh and Paul Sporer

Ben and Paul talk to Corey Dawkins about Chad Billingsley's elbow, then discuss the Mariners' decision to start Robert Andino over Brendan Ryan and the state of Seattle's organization.

The BP Wayback Machine: There is No Divide

by Derek Zumsteg

Real-world examples show us that we use scouting and performance analysis in tandem all the time.

Wednesday, April 24

Raising Aces: Now Pitching, Bryce Harper

by Doug Thorburn

Position players and pitching mechanics.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Yadier Molina's Maybe-Amazing Powers of Defensive Positioning

by Ben Lindbergh

Is the Cardinals' catcher even better than we think?

Pebble Hunting: The Most Pablo Sandoval Plate Appearances

by Sam Miller

The times when Pablo Sandoval swung, and never stopped swinging.

The Lineup Card: 11 Favorite Baserunning Memories

Baseball Prospectus

In honor of Jean Segura's ill-fated baserunning attempts, the BP staff reminisces about their favorite baserunning moments.

Premium Article Sobsequy: International Feel, Vol. 1

by Adam Sobsey

Detailed takes on Jake Odorizzi, Ernesto Mejia, and Jared Mitchell.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Bash Brothers

by Daniel Rathman

B.J. and Justin Upton made history again last night. Tonight, Brandon Morrow will try to overcome his history against Adam Jones.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, April 24

by Matt Sussman

Skip to the Rockies joke!

Fringe Average Podcast: Fringe Average: Episode 4

by Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

Jason Parks & Mike Ferrin talk baseball and complain about not getting to the ballpark enough and the horrors of moving. It's pretty Fringy

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 23

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 23: the Upton brothers have a night, Chris Heisey keeps sprinting.

BP Unfiltered: More on Shutouts

by Jason Collette

With a little help from my friends

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Moar Payshints

by Paul Sporer

Getting nervous about the ace pitchers who are off to poor starts? Paul explains why, at least for four of them, you shouldn't be.

Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash

by Larry Granillo

A 1980 controversy reminds us how touchy the relationship between baseball and beer could be, even in the home of the Brewers.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Four

by Josh Shepardson

Brandon Belt, who delivered a walkoff single on Monday and a game-tying homer on Tuesday, is among the seven players on this week's list.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 23

by Zach Mortimer

Astros outfielder George Springer is working to improve his contact skills, which will determine his ultimate ceiling.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 188: The Yankees and PECOTA/Earned Run Ratio/Least Likely MVP Candidates/When to Trust 2013 Stats

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether PECOTA underestimates the Yankees, how to improve ERA, Coco Crisp the MVP candidate, and in-season stats vs. projections.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 24, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 24, 2013.

Tuesday, April 23

Premium Article Western Front: The Rockies and Dodgers Have Swapped Scripts

by Geoff Young

The Rockies have gotten off to a surprisingly quick start this season, while the Dodgers have looked sluggish. Why?

Out of Left Field: Boston Uncommon

by Matthew Kory

WIth a city grieving, baseball came through.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Extraordinary Joe

by R.J. Anderson

Don't sleep on Joe Mauer's mid-career awesomeness.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Staying Alive in the Independent Leagues

by Zachary Levine

Fifteen former major leaguers you might not realize are still in organized baseball.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: A Hot Cup of Brew Crew

by Daniel Rathman

The Milwaukee Brewers have surged to within one game of the NL Central lead. Today, Clayton Kershaw will do battle with David Wright and the Mets.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, April 23

by Matt Sussman

The only J.T. Snow joke you're likely to read today.

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Story Behind Baseball's Most Successful Slogan

by Matthew Callan

Where "Catch the Fever" came from.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Four

by Paul Singman

A pair of Rays infielders heads this week's list of junior-circuit players who might be worth a look if they are on your league's waiver wire.

BP Announcements: Cooperstown, SABR Team Up to Create New Scouts Interactive Database

by Joe Hamrahi

More than 14,000 scouting reports available through online companion to Museum display

Premium Article The Call-Up: Bruce Rondon

by Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

The Tigers call up a hard thrower.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 22

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 22: big time celebrations from Robinson Cano and Luis Valbuena, remarkable consistency from Ryan Roberts.

BP Unfiltered: Should Players Get Preventative Appendectomies?

by Russell A. Carleton

Jason Heyward had an appendectomy on Monday night and will miss some time. Could the Braves have prevented this? Should they have?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 187: More About Velocity Loss/Baseball Players and Appendectomies

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the velocity losses of some of baseball's best starters, then talk about whether players should have prophylactic appendectomies.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 22

by Zach Mortimer

Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle delivered an outing that will undoubtedly rank among the year's best.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Springing Into Action

by Jason Collette

Jason examines a group of players whose spring-training performances have carried over into April and another group whose haven't.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 23, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 23, 2013.

Monday, April 22

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 22

by BP Prospect Staff

Thoughts on prospects from the past seven days.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Matt Harvey vs. Bryce Harper

by Sam Miller

Dissecting three matchups between two of baseball's most must-watch players.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: What is a Good Pitching Coach Worth?

by Russell A. Carleton

Assigning a value to the coaches behind the arms.

Premium Article Manufactured Runs: The King in Cubbie Blue

by Colin Wyers

Does public criticism of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo help the Cubs?

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 22

by Matt Sussman

It's astonishing! It's uproarious!

Premium Article Bizball: April Showers and Baseball Attendance

by Maury Brown

Rain (and snow) has wreaked havoc on the schedule in the first few weeks, but bad weather isn't always a significant drag on attendance.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Same Old Song

by Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers are proving a baseball adage to be true. Tonight, Derek Holland will try to cool Mike Trout's hot bat.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Ending Bradley

by R.J. Anderson

David Ortiz is back, so Jackie Bradley, Jr. is back down; Julio Borbon is a Cub; Francisco Rodriguez is still a Brewer; and Brett Wallace goes for help.

The Week in Quotes: April 15-21

by Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: The Men in the Middle

by Mike Gianella

Relievers like Matt Belisle and Darren O'Day may not get save opportunities, but they can still help your team, especially in deep leagues.

Fantasy Article The Stash List: First Edition

by Bret Sayre

Jurickson Profar leads off the inaugural edition of Bret's look at little-owned players worthy of a spot on your bench.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Jonathan Pettibone

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Phillies summon a replacement pitcher from the farm.

BP Unfiltered: Two Barely Related Baseball GIFs

by Sam Miller

About pain and sorrow and happiness and joy.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 186: Deceptive Starters/Matt Harvey's Improvement/The Blue Jays and Waiver Claims

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the short-lived success of starters without great stuff who rely on deception, then talk about Matt Harvey and the Blue Jays' use (or abuse) of the waiver system.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21

by Zach Mortimer

A's prospect Maxwell Muncy is a first-base only prospect, but his bat could carry him a long way.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 22, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 22, 2013.

Sunday, April 21

BP Unfiltered: Shutouts Galore

by Jason Collette

There have been a lot of zeroes put up on the board so far in 2013.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 41 Is Live

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

The Towers of Power Fantasy Hours is back after a 2-day delay

Premium Article The Call-Up: Anthony Rendon

by Nick J. Faleris and Bret Sayre

An injury to Ryan Zimmerman clears room for the Nationals' top prospect for the second straight season.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 20

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 20, capped off by Daniel Nava's emotional home run at Fenway Park.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 21, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 21, 2013.

BP Unfiltered: Desmond Jennings Doesn't Need Your Assistance

by Ben Lindbergh

About the rare 8-unassisted double play.

Saturday, April 20

Premium Article The Call-Up: Allen Webster

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Red Sox summon a groundballing righty to face the Royals.

BP Unfiltered: Who's on First, Jean Segura Edition

by Colin Wyers

The better question is why.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 20, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 20, 2013.

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