Newsletter: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
WLQR 106.5 FM (Toledo, OH)
Jay Jaffe - Jay Jaffe talks baseball with Norm Wamer on "The Front Row,"
Wednesday at 3:15 pm CT/4:15 ET. Streaming via their website at
http://www.1065theticket.com as well
08-08 3:15 PM CST
KROD 600 AM (El Paso, TX)
Jay Jaffe - Jason Collette fills in for Jay Jaffe to run down the week in
baseball with Steve Kaplowitz. Streaming at http://krod.com as well.
08-08 4:20 PM MST
R.J. Anderson - BP Chat moderated by R.J. Anderson. Click
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/chat/chat.php?chatId=952 to join or submit a
08-09 1:00 PM EST
NEW PREMIUM CONTENT
The Worst of the Best
by Ian Miller
Some very good baseball players are doing some very bad things this year.
The Platoon Advantage
Who is Jason Heyward?
by Bill Parker
Bill revisits a question raised on this site earlier in the season, and asks
whether Heyward's excellent two months give us a more definitive answer.
Zach McAllister's Secretly Not-So-Good Season
by Sam Miller
Zach McAllister hasn't allowed a lot of earned runs, but he's allowed a lot of
runs nonetheless. Here's how.
Daily Hit List
Tuesday, August 7
by Matthew Kory
The Phillies have joined the losers at the zero-percent-playoff-odds table.
Future Shock Blog
Minor League Update: Games of August 6
by Kevin Goldstein
A trip through the day in the minors.
NEW FANTASY CONTENT
Relievers for 8/8/12
by Dan Mennella
Alexi Ogando and Al Alburquerque are the relievers du jour in this edition of
Chris Carter's Mechanical Remedy
by Jason Collette
A look at how Chris Carter has revitalized his career with some important
NEW BASIC CONTENT
Mr. Mike Ekstrom, Baseball Scofflaw
by Adam Sobsey
Rockies reliever Mike Ekstrom was recently warned for taking too long to throw
his warm-up pitches. Adam gets inside his head to find out what was taking so
Swing Tendencies on 3-0 Counts
by Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis
In the inaugural PITCHf/x mailbag, Harry and Dan examine how batters and
pitchers behave on 3-0 counts.
The Lineup Card
7 Questions for the Stretch Drive
by Baseball Prospectus
What sorts of questions will contenders be asking themselves in the season's
last two months?
What You Need to Know
Wednesday, August 8
by Daniel Rathman
Even when they provide the most predictable outcomes, the Nationals and Astros
keep games interesting.
Measuring the Movement at This Year's Deadline
by Ben Lindbergh
Using PECOTA to figure out how much each of this year's moves affected the
Mike Trout is 21 Today. Randal Grichuk is Still Not.
by Sam Miller
Mike Trout has accomplished incredible things before his 21st birthday. Sadly,
that turns into a bummer for the guy drafted one pick ahead of him.
Tater Trot Tracker
Bonds Passes Aaron
by Larry Granillo
A quick look back on the five-year anniversary of home run #756.
Billy Hamilton is Not Impressed by Usain Bolt
by Hudson Belinsky
One fast man calls an even faster man a fool.
EFFECTIVELY WILD, THE DAILY BP PODCAST - EPISODE 16: SONAR
BP PODCAST EPISODE 100: I JUST REALIZED I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BASEBALL
We wanted Episode 100 to be a blowout, but we never imagined it would end up
like this. Of course, no celebration would be complete without a visit from
Mom, who shares some racy stories from the 1960s. On a baseball level, our
special guest in Rick Giolito, who tells one of those great untold stories. We
all hear about the kids every draft year, but what is it like to be a father
of one of those kids? It's a frank, honest and fascinating discussion. The big
get is Artie Lange, who tells my favorite baseball story of all time, when he
went on the field as a child following a Yankees world championship.
Seriously, we got Artie Lange. We even find time for a listener of the week.
That wasn't planned, but then Carl got an interesting tattoo. When listening
back to the show, there was one disappointment. We didn't thank the listeners
enough. We've been constantly amazed by the show's popularity. We know it's
not for everyone, it was never designed to be so, and the fact that so many of
you listen, write us emails, let us know on Twitter touches us with each
episode, and it's the reason we have no intention of stopping. Thanks
BP FANTASY PODCAST EPISODE 15: THIRTEEN OF ANYTHING IS TOO MANY
Jason took the week off for a family vacation in a place whose wifi is weaker
than Omar Vizquel's power stroke these days. Paul takes over the controls this
week and welcomes in Riley Breckenridge of Productive Outs fame as his co-host
this week. There is plenty of Angels talks, Trade Deadline talk, Twins talk,
frustrating middle infielders, hurt dirtbags, and pitching studs and duds.
This show has it all! If you are an Android user and are still having issues
with the show, please join our Facebook page (linked below) as many members
have posted how they are able to listen to the show. There is also an embedded
audio player at the link below.
INTRODUCING THE CALL-UP 2012 E-BOOK
Like our bestselling annual, this mid-season debut provides the latest scoops
and analysis to help fans follow their favorite teams and win their fantasy
leagues. The e-book highlights the most notable teams and players of the
season's first half, offering over 50 new player comments by 10 of your
favorite BP authors, a preface by e-book editor Ben Lindbergh, and some of the
best of BP's recent online articles, as well as rest-of-season PECOTA
projections for all players profiled. For more information and to order the
e-book from Amazon.com, click the link below.
BASEBALL PROSPECTUS 2012 APP NOW AVAILABLE
At long last, the Baseball Prospectus 2012 annual app is now available for the
iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Follow your favorite MLB teams and players
throughout the season with Baseball Prospectus analysis that includes team
overviews, player assessments, detailed stats, and 2012 projections for over
2000 players. All of that and more for just $4.99 if you purchase it in the
next two weeks. For more information and to access the download page, click
the link below.
BROOKS BASEBALL NOW AT BP
The outstanding PITCHf/x work of Dan Brooks, Harry Pavlidis, and co. is now
available through BP. For more details on the integration of Brooks Baseball,
see the post by Joe Hamrahi linked below:
BALLPARK EVENT TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Join your favorite BP writers and industry insiders at our upcoming ballpark
events. For more information and to purchase tickets, click the links below.
August 11 at Minute Maid Park in Houston: bbp.cx/a/17647
SUBMIT A QUESTION TO THE RESEARCH MAILBAG
Got a burning baseball question you want answered? Submit it via email to
Bradley Ankrom (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll do our best to find
the answer. Our research staff will select its favorite questions from the
batch and feature them in the mailbag the following week.
PLAYOFF ODDS AVAILABLE DAILY
The season is underway, and our playoff odds report is now updated to account
for the double wild card. Check it out here:
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