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Monday, May 6

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 6

by BP Prospect Staff

Notes from around the minors.

Premium Article Bizball: The Marlins' Sinking Attendance

by Maury Brown

Jeffrey Loria's club is seeing a historic decline in tickets sold in the second year of its new ballpark.

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

by Russell A. Carleton

In some cases, quite a bit.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: The Hot Starters

by Daniel Rathman

Three teams have broken the 20-win plateau so far this season. Tonight, Joey Votto will try to change his fortunes against Paul Maholm.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: What Scott Kazmir Looks Like Now

by Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

Reviewing Kazmir's performance in his first victory since 2010.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 6

by Matt Sussman

Baseball's a joke.

Premium Article Dissecting the Draft: Identifying Our Tiers

by Nick J. Faleris

In the latest installment of this series, Nick breaks down the 14 candidates for his seventh-overall selection into three groups to help clarify the decision-making process.

The Week in Quotes: April 29-May 5

by Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BP Unfiltered: Why The Angels, Blue Jays, and Dodgers Have Non-Zero Playoff Odds

by Sam Miller

Bad stretches happen.

BP Unfiltered: The Week In Albert Pujols Playing Through Pain, April 29-May 5

by Sam Miller

Albert Pujols is in pain and slow.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 6th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 6, 2013.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5

by Zach Mortimer

Indians righty Danny Salazar owns an electric fastball and should garner more attention than he has received.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 196: The New Scott Kazmir/The Future of the Angels

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Scott Kazmir's win over the weekend, then talk about the Angels' outlook for the rest of this season and beyond.

Fantasy Article The Stash List: Pitchers Versus Position Players

by Bret Sayre

Bret explains why the list has featured more pitchers than hitters in its early weeks, and then reveals this week's top 25.

Sunday, May 5

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 43: Poetic Justice

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

Jason and Paul discuss player requests from the Facebook group as they prep for their live show next week in Houston.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 5, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 5, 2013.

Saturday, May 4

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 4, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 4, 2013.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Carlos Martinez

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Cardinals look for bullpen help from their top starting pitcher prospect.

Friday, May 3

Pebble Hunting: Baseball Out of Context

by Sam Miller

What assorted still images suggest about how baseball is played.

Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/3

by Ben Lindbergh

Blind framing test results and the best and worst receivers of the week and the season.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Time to Unwind

by Doug Thorburn

Why historical changes in pitching mechanics haven't always led to improvement.

New Arms: Flamethrowers, Hammers, and Knucklers

by Harry Pavlidis

This week's edition features our first look at a diverse batch of pitchers, plus an update on the hardest fastballs and the sharpest curves thrown this year.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Old Dog, Old Tricks

by Will Woods

Last night, Jake Westbrook pulled another Houdini act. Tonight, David Ortiz is set to tango with Texas' Derek Holland.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Partial Victory

by Jason Wojciechowski

A review of Robert Weintraub's The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 3

by Matthew Kory

Would it surprise you if we told you the Astros were at the top of the Hit List?

BP Unfiltered: The Flimsy Case Against Clay Buchholz

by Dan Rozenson

Why Jack Morris' accusation doesn't stand up to the evidence.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Lineup Movers

by Paul Singman

The fantasy implications of these manager decisions.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 3, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 3, 2013.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six

by Paul Sporer

Paul lets you know which two-start options are worth considering in your weekly leagues this week.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 195: Bad Body Language/Upgrading Bullpens/Steroids and the Children/BABIP and Bad Luck

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether a pitcher's body language can cost him strikes, whether it's worth trading for relievers early in the season, a study about perceptions of steroid use, and whether a low BABIP is always unlucky.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Mailbag: Playing the Waiting Game

by BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy crew urges owners who drafted Ryan Madson to hold on to the Angels' righty until he returns, among other advice this week.

The BP Wayback Machine: Hot Starts, Part III

by Rany Jazayerli

When do hot starts become significant?

Thursday, May 2

Premium Article On the Beat: Minnesota Mediocrity

by John Perrotto

The Twins might have a mediocre record, but it's an upgrade from 2012. Our beat reporter also checks in on whether major leaguers would accept a gay teammate, the Phillies, Stephen Strasburg, and returns with scouting reports.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Three Months in Marco Scutaro's BABIP

by Ben Lindbergh

A Scutaro hot streak and slump explain why the "good luck" and "bad luck" narratives don't always make sense.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Six Who Clicked, Pitchers Edition

by R.J. Anderson

Looking at six April stars on the mound.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Rocking Their Sox Off

by Daniel Rathman

Clay Buchholz continued dealing last night. Tonight, Jake Peavy will try to keep Adrian Beltre in check.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, May 2

by Matthew Kory

Red Sox at the top! Marlins at the bottom :(

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Will Middlebrooks, and Beating Oneself

by Matthew Kory

Pitchers haven't adjusted to Will Middlebrooks, because Will Middlebrooks hasn't made them.

BP Unfiltered: Dissecting the Draft: Clint Frazier (Player Report)

by Nick J. Faleris

Player report supplementing the 2013 Dissecting the Draft series.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 2, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 2, 2013.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 1

by Zach Mortimer

Cardinals keystoner Jacob Wilson showcased his power on Tuesday, but will need to prove himself at every minor-league stop.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 194: Outlawing Endless Games/Would Baseball Be Better Without Playoffs?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether the league will ever take steps to prevent extremely long games, then talk about what baseball would be like without playoffs.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Ten Bold Predictions Based on April’s Small Samples

by Bret Sayre

After a month of play, Bret is buying into Dexter Fowler's power surge and Yu Darvish's tremendous strikeout rate, among other things.

Wednesday, May 1

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Hooray for Hanleywood

by Daniel Rathman

The future looks bright for the Dodgers when Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier are contributing.

The Lineup Card: 10 Players We Wish Had Stayed Healthy

Baseball Prospectus

The BP staff thinks of what could have been with players who could not stay on the field.

Painting the Black: Six Who Clicked

by R.J. Anderson

A look at the surprising stars of April 2013.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Un-Rzep

by Sam Miller

The Cardinals demote a struggling reliever, Casper Wells lands again, the Marlins will be without Stanton, and Shelley Duncan gets a DFA.

Premium Article Sobsequy: International Feel, Vol. 2

by Adam Sobsey

Triple-A impressions of Jonathan Schoop, Nick Castellanos, and Hak-Ju Lee.

Premium Article Scouting the Southern League: Mississippi and Jackson

by Jason Cole

Jason offers notes from a recent trip to Mississippi, on which he saw J.R. Graham and Taijuan Walker, among other prospects.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 1

by Matt Sussman

Within: good stuff, all the way around.

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: Catchers to Know

by Nick J. Faleris

Jon Denney heads a deep class of prep-school catchers in a draft for which the collegiate crop is thin.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 1, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 1, 2013.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: A Fast Start for Slowey

by Paul Sporer

K:BB darling Kevin Slowey is rewarding those like Paul, who have coveted his ratio brilliance for years.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 30

by Zach Mortimer

Royals righty Yordano Ventura showcased his electric stuff with 10 strikeouts in five innings of work.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 193: AAA Teams vs. the Marlins and Astros/The Braves and Strikeouts/Pickoffs and Pitch Counts/John Farrell and the Jays/Non-Superstar HOFers

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether good minor-league teams could beat bad major-league teams, the Braves and Ks, whether the Jays should regret letting John Farrell go, and more.

BP Announcements: Fantasy Roundtable - Wednesday at 9:30 PM ET

by Joe Hamrahi

Join the fantasy baseball team for a Wednesday evening roundtable discussion.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Five

by Josh Shepardson

Owners in need of pitching help might want to look at Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano, who is one of eight names on this week's list.

Tuesday, April 30

Raising Aces: There's Something About Farrell

by Doug Thorburn

Examining the mechanical changes that have driven the success of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and the Red Sox.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Let's Play Two (Or More)!

by Daniel Rathman

On Monday night, the Angels and the A's took Ernie Banks' refrain a little too seriously. Tonight, Jose Bautista will get his first look at Jon Lester this season.

Premium Article Western Front: Walked By an Angel

by Geoff Young

Angels pitchers are having an extremely difficult time locating the strike zone this year, and some of their star sluggers aren't hitting.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Explaining Chase Utley's Stolen Base Success

by Zachary Levine

How did Chase Utley become the best percentage basestealer in baseball?

Premium Article Painting the Black: Segura and Sound

by R.J. Anderson

The Brewers' young shortstop deserves to be talked about.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, April 30

by Matt Sussman

In honor of Oakland's 19-inning victory, here are 19 team comments. Plus nine more in honor of Detroit's nine-inning victory, and two more in honor of our big victory in WWII.

Premium Article Dissecting the Draft: Introduction

by Nick J. Faleris

The first installment of a new series, in which a member of our prospect team will step into the Red Sox' shoes and conduct a shadow draft.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Five

by Paul Singman

Fresh up from Triple-A, Yankees long reliever Vidal Nuno makes his Watch List debut this week, among five other players.

BP Unfiltered: The Love Song Of P. Scott Proefrock

by Colin Wyers

The love that dare not speak its name. (Which is to say, the love of Delmon Young's bat.)

Premium Article The Call-Up: Marcell Ozuna

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

Meet the Marlins' new right fielder.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 30, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 30, 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 192: Stephen Strasburg's New Injury Scare/The Underhyped Manny Machado

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the news about Stephen Strasburg's forearm and talk about why Manny Machado's performance this season hasn't gotten more attention.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 29

by Zach Mortimer

White Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins is racking up worrisome strikeout totals in High-A ball, but he has also hit seven home runs.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Nate McLouth's Renaissance

by Jason Collette

Jason examines whether McLouth's adjustments at the plate can stand the test of time, and his fantasy value in the event that they don't.

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