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Thursday, October 3

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Recap: Rays 4, Indians 0

by Sam Miller

Delmon Young is home.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

by Ben Carsley

The Cardinals went 9-10 versus the Pirates in the regular season, but that slate is wiped clean as the Central rivals tangle for the first time in October.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Preview: Dodgers vs. Braves

by Mike Gianella

Clayton Kershaw had a 1.83 ERA for the season, but Kris Medlen had a 1.00 ERA in September; those two are set to duel in the opener at Turner Field.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Yasiel Puig

by Chris Rodriguez

One man, 10 Games.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Justin Upton

by Tim Steggall

Using his aggressiveness against him, carefully.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Positioning

by Craig Goldstein

These four players could boost their playing time—and their fantasy values—in 2014 by performing well this postseason.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Pirates at Cardinals

by R.J. Anderson

The team that's been there the least goes up against the team that's been there the most.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers at Braves

by Daniel Rathman

Can a rotation mismatch seal the deal for the Dodgers?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 299: Was the Royals' Season a Success?/October's Best Non-Kershaw Starter

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Dayton Moore's comments about the Royals' season, then talk playoff starters.

Wednesday, October 2

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Recap: Pirates 6, Reds 2

by Colin Wyers

Pittsburgh's under-the-underdog story continues.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview

by R.J. Anderson

The Indians have the home field, but they also have a closer controversy, as these teams try to extend their seasons.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Evan Longoria

by Chris King

Attacking the Rays' best hitter.

The Lineup Card: Ten Players Who Could Back into World Series Rings

Baseball Prospectus

These hitters and pitchers didn't contribute much to their clubs this season, but they'll be in line for bling if their teammates go all the way.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 298: The Creative Questions Our Listeners Ask

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about unusual outfield alignments, high schoolers versus big leaguers, modern starters used like Cy Young, and more.

Tuesday, October 1

Baseball Prospectus News: Dollar Sign on the Muscle Returns in October

by Dave Pease

The legendary book on baseball scouting returns to print in late October.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Joey Votto

by Nick J. Faleris

Predictably, the league's best on-base threat has few weaknesses.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Jay Bruce

by Nick J. Faleris

Bruce does damage but will let the pitcher dictate the at-bat.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Brandon Phillips

by Nick J. Faleris

Lower-body injuries have changed what you know about Brandon Phillips' game.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Pedro Alvarez

by Jeff Moore

Alvarez can be beaten, but does more damage to mistakes than almost anybody.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview

by Ben Lindbergh

The Pirates throw a left-handed sinkerballer against a lineup ill-suited for left-handers and sinkerballers; the Reds will try to ride their OBP stars to give Johnny Cueto a shot at postseason redemption.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Tout Wars in Review

by Mike Gianella

Mike evaluates the strengths and shortcomings of his strategy in the Tout Wars expert league.

Advance Scouting Series: Andrew McCutchen

by Jeff Moore

The key to getting Andrew McCutchen out.

Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Shin-Soo Choo

by Ron Shah

Attacking the Reds' leadoff hitter and OBP extraordinaire.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 297: NL Wild Card Game Preview/Adam J. Morris on the Rangers

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam preview the Reds-Pirates Wild Card game, then talk to Lone Star Ball's Adam J. Morris about the Rangers' season and tiebreak defeat.

Monday, September 30

Regular Season Awards: Handing Out the Hardware

Baseball Prospectus

The staff casts its ballots for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: AL Game 163 Preview

by Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

The Rays visit the Rangers to determine who gets to visit the Indians on Wednesday night.

Advance Scouting Series: Introducing the Advance Series

by Jason Parks

The scouting team rolls out a new feature just in time for the postseason.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: A Wild Final Weekend

by Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

The American League wild card battle took centerstage this past weekend, but Henderson Alvarez stole the spotlight on Sunday afternoon.

Baseball Therapy: Who Has the Momentum? And Does it Matter?

by Russell A. Carleton

Does how hard you had to fight to make the playoffs matter once you're there?

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Present and Future Pence

by R.J. Anderson

The Giants re-sign Hunter Pence, and the Marlins shake up their front office, to some end.

The Week in Quotes: September 23-29

by Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 22

by Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

The one where Jason eats a Bulgarian Pot Roast.

BP Unfiltered: Michael Cuddyer's Ink Is Black

by Sam Miller

A batting title removes Cuddyer from a large subset of humans and puts him in a small subset of humans. Many better players will never follow him :(

Sunday, September 29

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: September 29, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for September 29, 2013.

Saturday, September 28

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: September 28, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for September 28, 2013.

Friday, September 27

Premium Article Overthinking It: Mariano Rivera's Final Four Outs

by Ben Lindbergh

Except for the waterworks, the last Bronx appearance of the best reliever ever was much like hundreds of excellent outings before it.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: A Bronx Goodbye

by Daniel Rathman

Mariano Rivera bids farewell to New York, the Rangers and Indians win wild ones, and Jason Heyward has a big day.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Hypotheses That Require Revisiting

by Sam Miller

A look back at the great stolen base scare, the Giancarlo Stanton lineup protection debate, the first base drought, and more.

Premium Article Raising Aces: A Taxonomy of Pitcher Triples

by Doug Thorburn

Breaking down how each of this season's 10 pitcher triples happened.

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 27

by Matt Sussman

Goodbye Day, Bye Day, gotta get down Goodbye Day.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Fool's Gold: American League Starting Pitchers

by Ben Carsley

These four minor-league arms have intriguing numbers, but their future fantasy value is limited.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: September 27, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for September 27, 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 296: Rivera's Farewell/Carlos Gomez's Strange Suspension

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Mariano Rivera's farewell, Carlos Gomez's suspension, and Bud Selig's legacy.

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