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03-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 644: 2015 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-27

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Pitching Backward: Why Relievers Get A Free Pass
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Jeff Long

03-27

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 45: I'm A Human Gusher
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

03-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 643: 2015 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-25

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 47: He Good, As People Say
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 642: The Gambling, Brackets, and Bonds Edition
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-25

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Every Team's Moneyball: dead
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Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-24

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BP Unfiltered: Which Position Would Win A Tournament of Positions?
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Sam Miller

03-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 641: 2015 Season Preview Series: Seattle Mariners
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for Number 1
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 640: 2015 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-22

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BP Unfiltered: Everything You Could Have Learned This Week, 3/20/15
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Ian Frazer

03-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 639: 2015 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-19

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Baseball Prospectus Book News: Futures Guide 2015 Is Here!
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Geoff Young

03-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 638: 2015 Season Preview Series: San Francisco Giants
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 637: The Interviews, Ejections, and Injuries Edition
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-18

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BP Unfiltered: More On This Week's Play Index
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Sam Miller

03-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 636: 2015 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-17

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Rubbing Mud: Counts Are Crushing Offense
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Matthew Trueblood

03-16

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Every Team's Moneyball: testing
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Rob McQuown

03-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 635: 2015 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 634: 2015 Season Preview Series: San Diego Padres
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-12

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BP Unfiltered: The Most Volatile Starting Rotations, the Least Volatile Starters
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Sam Miller

03-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 633: 2015 Season Preview Series: Detroit Tigers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-11

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An Agent's Take: h
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Joshua Kusnick

03-11

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An Agent's Take: The Last Free Agents Signed
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Joshua Kusnick

03-10

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BP Unfiltered: A Brief Introduction
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Jim Walsh

03-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 46: What's A Sleeper?
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 631: 2015 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-09

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BP Unfiltered: A Kershaw Day fun fact
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Zachary Levine

03-09

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Baseball Prospectus News: BP's New Owners
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Dave Pease

03-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 630: 2015 Team Preview Series: New York Mets
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-06

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 44 Hello?
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

03-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 629: 2015 Season Preview Series: Toronto Blue Jays
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 628: 2015 Season Preview Series: Miami Marlins
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-04

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BP Unfiltered: test
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R.J. Anderson

03-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 627: Saving the Strike Zone, the NL Ascendant, and Other Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Can Spring Training Slugging Really Predict Breakouts?
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Jon Shepherd and Ben Lindbergh

03-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 45: Wearing Down Mike Gianella
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 626: 2015 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 625: 2015 Season Preview Series: New York Yankees
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

02-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 624: 2015 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

02-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 623: 2015 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

02-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 622: 2015 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

02-24

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 43: I'm Just A Real Big Meepits Fan
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

02-24

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 44: Crash And Burn
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 621: The Moncada Contract, Win Expectancy, and the High-Five Hypothetical
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-23

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BP Unfiltered: Does This Record Mean Anything?
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Sam Miller

02-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 620: 2015 Season Preview Series: Chicago White Sox
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

02-23

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Pitching Backward: Which Hitters Have it Toughest?
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Jeff Long

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Ben and Sam preview the Rays' season with Adam Sobsey, and Sahadev talks to FOX Sports Florida writer Andrew Astleford (at 36:22).

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The 2015 edition of the Baseball Prospectus prospect guide is now available.

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Ben and Sam preview the Giants' season with Grant Brisbee, and Sahadev talks to CSN Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic (at 32:06).

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Ben, Sam, and guest Jake Silverman banter about Tommy Lasorda and franchise players, then answer listener emails about interviews, ejections, and MLB information-sharing.

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Pitchers per start as a decent proxy for pitcher quality.

As Effectively Wild listeners know, each email episode includes a statistical query that I do using Baseball-Reference's Play Index tool. Sometimes the results are easier to see than to read, like this week's, so here's a companion article about the search. The question was: Who, since 2000, has thrown the fewest pitches per start in a season?

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Ben and Sam preview the Athletics' season with Philip Michaels, and Sahadev talks to Bay Area News Group A's beat writer John Hickey (at 22:50).

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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Counts Are Crushing Offense

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Matthew Trueblood

Trends in leaguewide offense can be closely tracked to the counts hitters find themselves in.

At-bats are baseball’s fundamental building blocks. Good at-bats make for good games. Ninety percent of the suspense and rising action in baseball lives in the episodic unfolding of a plate appearance. Of course, not all plate appearances are created equal. In fact, it’s a pretty radical time in MLB history, in terms of the anatomy of a trip to the plate. On Friday, I wrote a piece that explored the surprising way the Twins attack the first pitch—or rather, don’t. Today, I want to dig more into at-bats, from beginning to end, to see how their inner workings are different than they were 25 years ago—or 20, or 10, or even five.

First, let’s revisit what happens right away. The first pitch is a high-leverage offering. In fact, what happens on that pitch has never mattered more. In 2014, batters hit .336/.341/.526 on the first pitch. If you’re unfamiliar with how these things work, maybe that sounds terrific. It’s not. Of the 27 seasons for which we have data, that .867 OPS ranks 16th. Compare it to the overall league run environment, though, and it positively shines.

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March 16, 2015 1:54 pm

Every Team's Moneyball: testing

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Rob McQuown

testing

Welcome to the Baseball Prospectus 2015 season previews. For the next three weeks, BP authors will be writing about what each team does best in pursuit of wins. We will parse statistics, transactions, news, and quotes in an effort to identify the market inefficiency each team is taking advantage of. Wins are the end goal, but each of the 30 teams are obtaining them in dThis is a test of Sam Miller. This is another Test of Jim Walsh! ifferent ways by prioritizing certain initiatives. Today, we begin the series with last year's World Series players, the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.Andrew Koo



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Ben and Sam preview the Rangers' season with Russell Carleton, and Sahadev talks to FOX Sports Southwest reporter Anthony Andro (at 28:13).

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Ben and Sam preview the Padres' season with Miles Wray, and Sahadev talks to MLB.com Padres writer Corey Brock (at 20:33).

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Estimated time to read this article: One minute, 40 seconds.

To answer this question from jfranco77,

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Ben and Sam preview the Tigers' season with Ken Funck, and Sahadev talks to MLB.com Tigers writer Jason Beck about the big league club (at 21:25).

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