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May 23, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Incredible New Neal Cotts

by Ben Lindbergh

A Rangers reliever returns to the majors in the midst of a career-redefining resurgence.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 209: Veterans vs. Young Players/The Dodgers and Grit

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about some recent conflicts between veterans and young players, then discuss Don Mattingly's comments about the Dodgers' lack of grit.

BP Unfiltered: Munenori Kawasaki Tries to Survive

by Ben Lindbergh

A slap hitter adapts, but his days are still numbered.

BP Unfiltered: An AL Scout on Evaluating Catcher Receiving Skills

by Ben Lindbergh

An AL scout weighs in on the evaluation of catcher receiving skills.

May 22, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: Better in Baltimore

by Ben Lindbergh

The Orioles don't have the record they had this time last year, but they're a stronger team.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 208: Refunds for Losses/More Catching Questions/DHs and Defensive Positioning/Most Pitchers in an Inning

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about refunds for team losses, catcher receiving, defensive positioning, and more.

BP Unfiltered: Kevin Towers on Catcher Receiving Skills

by Ben Lindbergh

The Diamondbacks GM on the importance of catcher receiving skills.

May 21, 2013

Overthinking It: The Pitches No Zone Can Contain

by Ben Lindbergh

The pitches pitchers don't throw for strikes, to try to get strikes.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 207: Reevaluating Patrick Corbin/Baseball and Redheads

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether they've underrated Patrick Corbin, then talk about whether there's a bias against redheads in baseball.

BP Unfiltered: Former MLB Umpire Jim McKean on Catcher Framing

by Ben Lindbergh

A former umpire and umpire supervisor weighs in on the influence catchers have over calls.

May 20, 2013

Premium Article Prospectus Q&A: The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing

by Ben Lindbergh

Catching instructors and coordinators comment on the importance of receiving skills.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 206: When Does it Make Sense to Fire Managers?/What We Think about Hot Streaks

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about the circumstances under which they'd feel comfortable recommending that a manager be fired, then discuss different beliefs about hot streaks.

BP Unfiltered: Brandon McCarthy on Catcher Framing

by Ben Lindbergh

What the cerebral Diamondbacks starter thinks about the importance of framing pitches.

May 18, 2013

Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/18

by Ben Lindbergh

The best and worst framers of the week and the season, plus framing-related links.

May 17, 2013

BP Unfiltered: Jeff Keppinger Finally Works a Walk, and a Disar Awards Update

by Ben Lindbergh

The latest on the longest season-starting walkless streaks.

BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/17

by Ben Lindbergh

Starling Marte makes Bobby Parnell throw 13 pitches.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 205: Catcher Framing Questions/A Hypothetical Pitching Problem/Post-Start MRIs

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answers listener questions about catcher framing, a very unusual reliever, and cautionary MRIs.

May 16, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Mystique and Aura of the Other 29 Teams

by Ben Lindbergh

Yankee magic is universal, as it turns out.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 204: The Yankees and Luck/How We Watch Baseball/Consuming Scouting Reports

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam team up for a simulpodcast with Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs and FanGraphs Audio to discuss whether the Yankees have been lucky, the best way to watch baseball, and the value of old scouting reports.

May 15, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 203: Strikeouts and Defense/Shortest Pitching Careers/Novelty All-Star Games/World Series of Worst/Rooting Against No-Hitters

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss listener emails about whether rising strikeout rates make defense less valuable, whether the worst teams should face off at the end of the year, and more.

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