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08-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 31: J.P.! You Made It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella, J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 519: The Crack of the Bat and Other Research
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 21, 2014
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Tucker Blair

08-21

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Skewed Left: Saber Seminar One Year From Now
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Zachary Levine

08-21

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-21

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Pebble Hunting: You Lie!
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Sam Miller

08-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 20
by
Matthew Kory

08-20

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Moonshot: The Analytic Value of the Crack of the Bat
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Robert Arthur

08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-19

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Moonshot: h
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Sam Miller

08-19

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Daily League Strategy: The Melky Way
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Paul Sporer

08-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 517: The MVP Conversation Conversation
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-19

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Baseball Therapy: Becoming An Adult f/x
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Russell A. Carleton

08-19

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Going Yard: Four Impressive High School Hitters
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Ryan Parker

08-19

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-18

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Pebble Hunting: h
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Sam Miller

08-18

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 18
by
Matt Sussman

08-18

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 18, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

08-18

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What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

08-16

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 27: Health Injuries
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
by
Wilson Karaman

08-15

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 15
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Matthew Kory

08-15

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Daily League Strategy: Rollin' on Ross
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Paul Sporer

08-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 515: Jeff Passan on How the Commissioner Got Made
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-15

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Pebble Hunting: Arizona's Pitching Problems
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Sam Miller

08-15

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Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie
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R.J. Anderson

08-15

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What Scouts Are Saying: August 15, 2014
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Baseball Prospectus

08-15

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Raising Aces: Have Pitch Counts Gone Too Far?
by
Doug Thorburn

08-15

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What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

08-14

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-14

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Skewed Left: Where Have All The Suspensions Gone?
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Zachary Levine

08-14

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What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

08-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 513: The 1994 Strike Season Revisited
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-13

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 13
by
Matt Sussman

08-13

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What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

08-13

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 30: Responsible Adults
by
Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

08-13

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In The Game
by
Leo Martinic

08-12

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Daily League Strategy: Up Latos
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Paul Sporer

08-12

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BP Unfiltered: Sveum's Unheard Guide to Fixing Royals' Offense
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Robert Arthur

08-12

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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Unlikeliest Part of the Rangers' Collapse
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Sam Miller

08-12

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Notes About Baseball: Hit By Pitches: On Accidents, Revenge, and Headshots
by
Rocco DeMaro

08-12

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Baseball Therapy: I Believe In Clutch Hitting
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Russell A. Carleton

08-11

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 11th
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Matthew Kory

08-11

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Interleague Report: Week 20
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Jeff Quinton

08-11

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Page Turner
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R.J. Anderson

08-11

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What You Need to Know: August 11, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

08-11

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 11, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

08-11

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The Call-Up: Michael Taylor
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Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

08-09

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 26: The Voice Of God
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

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August 19, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Becoming An Adult f/x

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Russell A. Carleton

Minor leaguers are barely adults. What are teams doing about that?

Let’s play Family Feud. Name something that you need to be able to do on your own in order to be a functioning adult. I’ll wait while you write a few things down. Here, I’ll even give you a little room

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August 19, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: Four Impressive High School Hitters

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Ryan Parker

The Perfect Game All-American Classic was fertile ground for watching the next generation of batsmen.

Going to San Diego for the Perfect Game All-American Classic was an experience I will never forget. I got to see the best amateur hitters in the country show off their craft. I saw lots of good things and lots of things I would change if I could. For all the attention these kids are getting, they are just that: kids. I work with athletes like this every day and I know all of these players have swings that are constantly evolving. Keeping that in mind, I won’t nitpick my way through their swings and flaws. Rather, I want to celebrate particular hitters that caught my eye.

The most talked-about hitters in the draft are Daz Cameron and Brendan Rodgers. They put on shows as expected. I knew they would be elite and they did nothing to diminish this standing. Therefore, I want to explore some of the less hyped hitters:

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August 19, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Yesterday's extra-innings fun and today's top-notch pitching matchups.

The Monday Takeaway
Late-inning drama was the theme of Washington’s sweep of Pittsburgh over the weekend, as the National League East leaders took a trio of one-run games, with the final two coming in walk-off fashion. The Nationals made it three in a row Monday night as Adam LaRoche delivered the decisive blow to the Diamondbacks in a contest that saw several late rallies.

Arizona took advantage of an uncharacteristic leadoff walk issued by Jordan Zimmermann in the fifth inning to get on the board first. Mark Trumbo worked a seven-pitch free pass and moved up to second base after a Miguel Montero single. Trumbo would come around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb.


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August 18, 2014 2:21 pm

Pebble Hunting: h

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Sam Miller

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I would never presume that I could convince Rob Neyer that those things I find appealing should be appealing to him, too. Matters of taste are matters of taste. It won’t matter to him that I love to watch a 14-strikeout game the way others love to watch heavy waves crashing near a shoreline; or that the pitching lines of Craig Kimbrel, Koji Uehara and Dellin Betances seem divinely inspired to me, as awesome as the Velvet Underground’s discography or Benjamin Franklin’s curriculum vitae; or that I love the final moments of a strikeout—the terrible swings and the baffled takes, the pitcher’s circling of the mound or his strut back to the dugout—more than any of baseball’s alternative denouements; or that I find the three-step progression toward resolution to be far more satisfying than the sudden resolution of a ball in play. These features of the strikeout please me, and if they don’t please Rob (or you) I accept that no volume of effusion will change that. Taste is just chemicals telling us what to like, after all, and rhetoric’s power over those chemicals is limited.

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August 18, 2014 11:49 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 18

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Matt Sussman

Goofus is witless. Gallant is His List.

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 18, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Writeups on Cole Tucker, Patrick Leonard, Mason Williams, and, you guessed it, seven more prospects.

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The A's continue their free-fall, Michael Cuddyer and David Ortiz blast off, and other action from the weekend, plus what to watch on Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
At the end of play last weekend, the Athletics held a four-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. That was the third-largest gap between first- and second-place teams in any division. If you’d had to pick one of the six to be tied one week later, you probably would’ve looked elsewhere.

But the A’s went on a tough road trip, first to Kansas City, where they couldn’t solve the Royals’ arms, then to Atlanta, where they continued to scuffle at the plate. With the exception of an 11-3 blowout win on Tuesday, Bob Melvin’s offense didn’t exceed three runs in any game on the trek.


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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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August 15, 2014 8:03 pm

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner! It’s a thin week for two-start options, particularly in the American League, where the A’s, Rangers, and Blue Jays only play five games apiece and offer no two-time starters. Additionally, the Orioles are set to activate Ubaldo Jimenez from the disabled list this weekend and currently list a six-man rotation for next week. Keep an eye on the situation, particularly if you’re a Bud Norris owner, as he’s slated for the Monday start and would presumably be in line for their Sunday start as well if they thin the heard to a standard five-man crew. Beyond the limited slate it is additionally just a tough week for mid-tier starter match-ups. Meanwhile the National League also features three teams (Rockies, Marlins, and Brewers) who will only suit up five times as well. Basically, if you’ve got yourself one of the handful of reliable options this week, consider yourself lucky.

On to the nuts and bolts: Outside of the elites, two-start pitchers are often as much or more trouble than they’re worth. Rare is the week in which the stars align to offer your starters not just one but two consecutive tasty matchups. As a result you’ll notice that sometimes the better starters will find themselves in the “consider” category, because they might have one good matchup but a second tough one. And similarly, less-talented hurlers might just meander their way into “start” territory on account of a plum schedule. The pitchers will be split by league, and then by categories:

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It's Friday, Friday, got a late List on Friday.

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Paul turns to breakout stud Tyson Ross and returns to old favorite Kole Calhoun.

My DraftKings plays of the day for Friday, August 15th.

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Tyson Ross ($9,400 SD at STL) – Ross has emerged as a fantasy stud this year. After battling home/road split issues earlier this season, he’s worked his road ERA down to 3.48 by allowing two or fewer earned runs in each of his past four roadies, including one in Coors. He has been a bona fide ace at home, taking full advantage of Petco Park to the tune of a 1.94 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 in 88 1/3 innings. The Cardinals offense can’t get on track this year with a .677 OPS against righties, good for 21st in the league. It’s down to .657 in the second half, also slotting 21st in the league.


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Ben and Sam talk to Yahoo! Sports columnist Jeff Passan about Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.

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