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September 16, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 287: Preparing for Postseason Narrative-Building/Guerrero, Helton, and the Hall of Fame

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the onslaught of articles about which teams are best-suited for October, then talk about the Cooperstown cases of Vladimir Guerrero and Todd Helton.

September 13, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 286: Picking Comeback Players for 2014/Top Team Improvements of the Past Decade

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam pick potential comeback players for next season, then discuss Bill James' list of the ways in which teams have improved over the last 10 years.

September 12, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 285: Was the Marlins' Season a Success?/Finessing Derek Jeter's Final(?) Season

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether 2013 was a success or failure for the Marlins relative to expectations, then talk about how the Yankees should approach Derek Jeter's age-40 season.

September 11, 2013

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter

by Ben Lindbergh

With Derek Jeter day-to-day, the Yankees trade for opposite player Brendan Ryan.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 284: The Best Damn Listener Email Show Period

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Mariano Rivera's workload, rarely applied rules, FIELDf/x and shifts, quality starts, and more.

September 10, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: Is Ubaldo Back?

by Ben Lindbergh

Are the struggles of erstwhile ace Ubaldo Jimenez over?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 283: An Upper-Minors Inefficiency/The Slippery Definition of Performance Enhancement

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about whether teams should step up advance scouting in the upper minors, then discuss the difference (or lack thereof) between the PEDs MLB bans and the procedures it allows.

September 9, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 282: Reassessing Trout vs. Harper/Top Pitchers Versus Top Position Players

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss (again) whether Mike Trout or Bryce Harper will have the better career, then talk about where they would rank today's top pitchers and position players for the future.

September 8, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: The 2013 All-Fringe-Prospect Team

by Ben Lindbergh

Not all who break out are breakouts.

September 6, 2013

BP Unfiltered: Darin Ruf on Surpassing Expectations So Far

by Ben Lindbergh

A polarizing player among prospect evaluators reflects on an encouraging start to his big-league career.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 281: The Soft-Tossing Starter Draft/Harry Pavlidis Explains All PITCHf/x

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben, Sam, and guest Harry Pavlidis draft slow-throwing starters, and Harry explains the intricacies of classifying pitches and scouting pitchers from PITCHf/x.

September 5, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 280: Is Billy Hamilton Worth a Roster Spot?/Five Free Agents Finishing Make-or-Break Years

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the debatable value of Billy Hamilton, then forecast the free agencies of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Phil Hughes and others.

September 4, 2013

Overthinking It: Internet Commenters Complain About How Their Teams Can't Hit Rookie Pitchers

by Ben Lindbergh

Think your team has trouble against rookie starters whom they should have no trouble hitting? That's what they all say.

BP Unfiltered: Gerrit Cole, New Owner of an Adequate Strikeout Rate

by Ben Lindbergh

It didn't take long for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole to start to miss more bats.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 279: You Have Questions, and We Have Answers to Some of Them

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about PED placebos, deceptively bad seasons, advanced stats in fantasy baseball, and more.

September 3, 2013

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Breaking Down August's Buzzer-Beating Trades

by Ben Lindbergh, Jason Cole, Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

Reviewing all the moves, as baseball's second trade deadline saw bubble teams gearing up for September and sure things looking toward October.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 278: Chris Cotillo on Breaking Trades Before Finishing High School

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to MLBDailyDish.com writer Chris Cotillo about how he became a baseball newsbreaker before the age of 18.

August 30, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 277: C. Trent Rosecrans on Sabermetrics, the Reds, and the Hazards of Beat Writing

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans about the Reds, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, and the trials and travails of beat writing.

Overthinking It: Baseball's Year Without Suspense

by Ben Lindbergh

We likely already know who is going to make the playoffs. Is there still reason to watch?

August 29, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: Erik Kratz, and Another Thing About Catchers That We Can't Quantify Yet

by Ben Lindbergh

Why "be quiet" might be the best advice for backstops.

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