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October 19, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game 4 Recap: Cardinals 8, Giants 3

by Sam Miller

As it turns out, pitching from the stretch is not a panacea for what ails Tim Lincecum.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 66: Performing a Post-Mortem on the Yankees

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the deeper significance, if any, of the Yankees getting swept.

October 18, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game 3 Recap: Cardinals 3, Giants 1

by Sam Miller

Kyle Lohse defied the odds, Matt Carpenter defied his role, and Brandon Belt defies you to make him swing at strikes.

BP Unfiltered: Who is to Blame for The Yankees' Season, As Decided By Daily News Readers

by Sam Miller

Perfect. Just perfect.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 65: The Impact of the ALCS Rainout/The Strange Appearance of Hunter Pence/Do We Dislike Any Players or Teams?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss how the postponement of Game Four hurt the Yankees, talk about how terrible at baseball Hunter Pence appears to be and whether he's always looked like that, and conclude by revisiting the widespread anti-Cardinals sentiment among baseball fans and examining their own emotional allegiances.

October 17, 2012

BP Unfiltered: Should McRae Have Considered Brett For Miller in the Seventh?

by Sam Miller

Pinch-hitting opportunities involving Hall of Fame third baseman are timeless!

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 64: Should Joe Girardi Have Pinch-Hit in Game Three?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Joe Girardi's decision(s) not to pinch-hit for any of his left-handed hitters late in Game Three of the ALCS.

October 16, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 63: The Slide Heard 'Round the World/Why Does Everyone Hate the Cardinals?/Ryan Vogelsong Rewards Bruce Bochy

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether Matt Holliday's takeout slide at second was against the rules and why the Cardinals are so widely disliked, then talk about how Ryan Vogelsong has rewarded the Giants for their faith during a string of bad starts.

October 15, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game 1 Recap: Cardinals 6, Giants 4

by Sam Miller

The pitches Madison Bumgarner isn't throwing, and the pitches that Cardinals batters were hitting.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 62: Yankees-Tigers ALCS Update/How Hard is Pitching on Short Rest?/October Bullpen Strategy

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam catch up on the Yankees-Tigers ALCS and Ben's beat-writing adventures, then talk about why players and stats disagree about the difficulty of pitching on short rest, and Jim Leyland's comments about closers.

October 14, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Cardinals and Giants

by Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

The league's two best offenses face each other. Are they the league's two best organizations, too?

October 13, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Tigers and Yankees

by Sam Miller

Two preseason favorites match up, but there are plenty of surprises about how they got there. Undoubtedly, there are surprises to come.

October 12, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Recap: Giants Defeat the Reds

by Sam Miller

The Giants didn't play their best five games, but it was good enough to beat a very good Cincinnati team to advance to the NLCS.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 61: Division Series Round-Up/Giving Darren O'Day His Due

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam catch up with the latest action developments in each of the just-completed or still-in-progress playoff series, then discuss Darren O'Day in greater depth.

October 11, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Recap: Giants 8, Reds 3

by Sam Miller

The Giants finally score some runs, and even the series against the Reds.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 60: Ibanez Pinch-Hits for A-Rod/The Strasburg Debate That Won't Die

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Game Three of the Yankees-Orioles ALDS, the decision to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, and A-Rod's future in New York, then talk about why the Stephen Strasburg debate won't go away.

October 10, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: Giants 2, Reds 1

by Sam Miller

Despite playing excellent defense all year, the Reds drop Game Three to the Giants on a pair of defensive misplays.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 59: Does the 2-3 Playoff Format Affect Home Field Advantage?/Can the A's Defeat Detroit?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam bring on Jason Wojciechowski to discuss whether the 2-3 playoff format is the abomination he makes it out to be, then talk about how the A's Game Three victory changes (or doesn't change) their odds of beating the Tigers.

October 9, 2012

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 58: How Accurate Have the Postseason Narratives Been So Far?/Not Jim Tracy Returns

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Not Jim Tracy about his resignation from the Rockies, then discuss how the narratives surrounding each playoff series have held up over the first few days of games.

October 8, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Reds 9, Giants 0

by Sam Miller

A brilliant start by Bronson Arroyo pushes the Giants to the brink of elimination.

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