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July 12, 2011

Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1

by R.J. Anderson

Reviewing the best and worst first-half position players on each team.

July 5, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Six-Man Mania

by R.J. Anderson

Does a recent rash of experimentation with six-man rotations make sense, and is it likely to be emulated in future seasons?

June 29, 2011

Painting the Black: Profiling the Nats' New Skipper

by R.J. Anderson

If history is any guide, the Nationals have little to fear from newly-minted manager Davey Johnson.

June 23, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Birds of a Different Feather

by R.J. Anderson

For the second straight year, the Blue Jay's offense has been an outlier, though this season their strangeness shows up in their splits.

June 14, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Something Brewing

by R.J. Anderson

Six studs form the backbone of the first-place Brewers, but valuable contributors round out the roster of the streaking team.

June 9, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Big Papi on Parade

by R.J. Anderson

David Ortiz is enjoying an offensive renaissance, but to what can we trace his improvement?

June 1, 2011

Painting the Black: Manage like Maddon

by R.J. Anderson

Long after cultivating an air of innovation, the Rays' skipper is still learning new tricks.

May 24, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Should the Pirates Walk the Plank?

by R.J. Anderson

Should the Pirates keep their team together to flirt with .500 or sell the scraps to improve their future performance?

May 18, 2011

Painting the Black: The Evolution of Dusty Baker

by R.J. Anderson

Baker is a destroyer of arms no longer, despite the easy jokes you may hear at his expense.

May 12, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Striking Early

by R.J. Anderson

What can the recently retired Todd Wellemeyer's debut tell us about the prospects of pitchers who succeed in their first outings?

May 3, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Making the Most of Moskos

by R.J. Anderson

Daniel Moskos wasn't the best possible first-rounder for the Pirates in 2007, but there's still time to salvage some value from a universally-panned pick.

April 26, 2011

Painting the Black: Pitching Backward

by R.J. Anderson

Which pitchers succeed by leading with their off-speed stuff and saving their heaters for later?

April 12, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Why Billy Beane's Sh*t Might Work with Trevor Cahill

by R.J. Anderson

Trevor Cahill becomes the latest beneficiary of Billy Beane's extension-happy behavior, but will he find the same success as his predecessors?

April 6, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Looking Up in South Florida

by R.J. Anderson

Despite facing divisional heavyweights in the Phillies and the Braves, the Marlins might have what it takes to play in October.

April 4, 2011

Painting the Black: Dissecting Britton's Debut

by R.J. Anderson

The triumphant arrival of Zach Britton could herald a pitching renaissance for the Orioles.

March 24, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Unwalkables

by R.J. Anderson

Some hitters are just begging for pitchers to take the bat out of their hands, yet somehow those hackers occasionally find themselves trotting toward first base.

March 16, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Relievers and Arbitration

by R.J. Anderson

Choosing whom to pitch when isn't just a matter of good sense, but dollars and cents.

March 10, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Plate Appearances and Games Started

by R.J. Anderson

Keeping opportunities away from the worst of your crew is simply something good managers should do.

March 8, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Manny B.'s Inside Adventure

by R.J. Anderson

Can the Yankees' young pitching prospect deal on the inside corner, and if so, what does it portend?

March 3, 2011

Premium Article Painting the Black: Outfield Flops on the Rebound?

by R.J. Anderson

A trio of former blue-chip prospects try to make their way back, but how will Jeff Francoeur, Jeremy Hermida, and Lastings Milledge fare?

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