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October 18, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Baseball's Most Immovable Players

by Ben Lindbergh

According to reports, the Marlins may have interest in Alex Rodriguez. Where does he rank among baseball's most difficult players to deal?

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

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three Recap: Tigers 2, Yankee 1

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees put up a good fight but became Justin Verlander's latest victim, forcing them to face elimination tonight.

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.

BP Unfiltered: Jim Leyland, Jose Valverde, and Why We're Stuck with the Conventional Closer UPDATED

by Ben Lindbergh

Jim Leyland's comments before and after ALCS Game Two reveal why we don't see closers by committee or relief aces more often.

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: ALCS Game Two Recap: Tigers 3, Yankees 0

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees offense is waiting for the fever to break, while Detroit is halfway to the World Series.

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: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 6, Yankees 4

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees pull off another exciting comeback behind Raul Ibanez, only to lose both Game One and Derek Jeter a few innings later.

October 13, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Recap: Yankees Defeat Orioles

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees finally drive a stake into the heart of the Orioles behind another strong effort from CC Sabathia. Ben breaks down the series inside.

October 12, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Orioles 2, Yankees 1

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees and Orioles go long again, and the tensest of series heads toward a tense conclusion.

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: ALDS Game Three Recap: Yankees 3, Orioles 2

by Ben Lindbergh

In the defining move of his career, Joe Girardi went with his gut. It worked.

Overthinking It: What Teams and Players Predicted About Themselves

by Ben Lindbergh

What every team predicted about itself before this season, and whether those predictions came true.

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

BP Announcements: Wednesday Division Series Roundtable HERE

by Ben Lindbergh

Chat with the BP staff from first pitch to last while you watch the four games going on today.

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

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 3, Yankees 2

by Ben Lindbergh

In which the Orioles prove that they can win one-run games in October, too.

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: ALDS Game One Recap: Yankees 7, Orioles 2

by Ben Lindbergh

The Orioles run out of magic bullpen beans and drop the first ALDS showdown with their division rivals.

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