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September 20, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: No Ace, No Problem?

by Ben Lindbergh

Is there anything to the notion that teams need an ace to compete in October, or is it just another in a long line of flawed theories about post-season success?

September 19, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Surprisingly Hard-to-Hit Pitches of 2012

by Ben Lindbergh

Having a great pitch doesn't make you a great pitcher, as the PITCHf/x leaderboards show.

September 13, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Chicken Soup for the Pirates Fan's Soul

by Ben Lindbergh

The Pirates are in the midst of a late-season swoon much like their freefall from last season, but Pittsburgh fans still have at least nine reasons to smile.

September 12, 2012

Overthinking It: All I Really Need to Know About Baseball, I Learned from Bill Veeck

by Ben Lindbergh

Perhaps the best book written about baseball in 2012 was written in 1962.

September 8, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Mechanical Flaw Fixers

by Ben Lindbergh

Your team's struggling star just made a mechanical tweak. Is a rebound just around the corner?

September 7, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Feasting on the East

by Ben Lindbergh

The Orioles' success story isn't totally separate from the tragic seasons of the Blue Jays and Red Sox.

August 31, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: From Prospect to Project to Prominence

by Ben Lindbergh

Ten players who took the long route from top prospect to major-league contributor this year.

August 29, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: What Stephen Strasburg's Season Could Have Looked Like

by Ben Lindbergh

If the Nationals had handled their ace's innings limit a little more like the Braves massaged Kris Medlen's, they might not be facing a Strasless October.

August 28, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: What the New Skippers Have Done

by Ben Lindbergh

It's hard to draw conclusions about manager abilities, but Ben looks at how each of five managers hired before the season have performed this year.

August 24, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The A's, the Rays, and Two Different Ways to Ball on a Budget

by Ben Lindbergh

Oakland's success this year is all the more surprising considering they have departed from the small-market blueprint perfected by Tampa Bay.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Finding Life After 30

by Ben Lindbergh

Five older players on contending teams have defied the aging curve by having unexpected success this year. How have they done it, and can it continue?

August 16, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Running, But Running Out of Time, in the NL East

by Ben Lindbergh

The National League East could come down to baserunning. The Nationals have the edge in the standings, but the Braves' baserunners have kept it close.

August 14, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Anthony Gose is Not Ready Right Now

by Ben Lindbergh

Blue Jays blue-chip prospect Anthony Gose has been bad in the big leagues, but has he been so bad that we should start to doubt his skills?

August 13, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Adam Jones Extension Revisited

by Ben Lindbergh

When the Orioles extended Adam Jones, he was hitting like a player possessed. Now that he's back to being the old Adam Jones, have the deal's detractors been proven right?

August 10, 2012

Overthinking It: What Happens When Starters Get Sick

by Ben Lindbergh

Sometimes starters get sick, and they start a game anyway. After that, things often get ugly. We should celebrate their sacrifice.

August 9, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Defending to the Crown

by Ben Lindbergh

This year's Pirates haven't crumbled like last year's Pirates, and the reasons why start with team defense.

August 7, 2012

Overthinking It: Measuring the Movement at This Year's Deadline

by Ben Lindbergh

Using PECOTA to figure out how much each of this year's moves affected the playoff odds.

August 2, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Have Glove, Will Learn to Hit

by Ben Lindbergh

Not all glovemen are destined to stay hopelessly inept at the plate. Ben looks at defensive stars who have added offense to their games this year.

July 26, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Upgrading From Nothing

by Ben Lindbergh

The easiest way for contending teams to get better is to start with where they've been worst. Here is where they've been worst.

July 19, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Did Boston Trade Youkilis Too Soon?

by Ben Lindbergh

The Red Sox moved quickly to get Kevin Youkilis out of their lineup and out of their clubhouse this summer. With Youkilis hitting well once more, the decision looks like it might have been a mistake.

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