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08-22

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The View from the Loge Level: You Gotta Have Raw
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Daron Sutton

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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Doug Thorburn

08-15

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

08-14

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
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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
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Daniel Rathman

08-13

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

08-13

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 13
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Matt Sussman

08-13

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

08-13

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

08-13

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In The Game
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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
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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
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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

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

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Arizona's Pitching Problems

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Sam Miller

Are the Diamondbacks screwing up pitchers? And is our usual approach to those questions the right one?

I remember on Opening Day, when Brandon McCarthy was facing the Giants, and it seemed like he might just be the Cy Young front-runner. He struck out all three batters in the first. He got the Giants in order on seven pitches in the second. His curveball was lethal, and his fastball

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie

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R.J. Anderson

How much of Danny Duffy's breakout season can be traced to James Shields?

On July 21st, the Royals dropped to eight games below the Tigers, following a fourth consecutive loss. The negativity that so often envelopes Kansas City baseball returned. Fans checked prospect lists rather than the standings in preparation for the trade deadline, and some even rationalized that a fruitful haul would be preferable to a spot in the Wild Card game. That and other beliefs about this year's team have since been challenged, as the Royals have claimed first place after winning 17 of their past 21 games.

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

What Scouts Are Saying: August 15, 2014

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Baseball Prospectus

Scouts' takes on Chris Davis, Aaron Judge, Sean Manaea, and other interesting players.

Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

Major Leagues

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Have Pitch Counts Gone Too Far?

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Doug Thorburn

Teams aren't letting pitchers throw 140 pitches in a game anymore, so why are they still getting hurt?

Pitcher workloads have been decreasing on a linear path for the past thirty years, yet injuries are at an all-time high. What gives?

The situation has become particularly glaring in the past few seasons, a period in which workloads are at an all-time low yet arm injuries are skyrocketing. Consider:

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Fourteen-strikeout facts and trivia, plus your guide to how to spend your baseball time this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Max Scherzer last struck out at least 14 batters on May 20, 2012 and the Pirates were on the receiving end of his nastiness. In the intervening 28 months, only one pitcher—Yovani Gallardo on July 15, 2012—so thoroughly carved up the Bucs.

Yesterday, we found out that the Missourian’s assault on Pittsburgh two years ago was no fluke. Scherzer and the Pirates are simply a match made in strikeout heaven.


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August 14, 2014 9:28 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 20

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-Team Mixed

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins
With Arcia having played the 162nd game of his young career, his overall fantasy line— .241 average, 24 homers, 72 RBI and 61 runs scored—doesn’t exactly scream mixed league stalwart. Sure, the power is nice, but he’s also racked up 196 strikeouts over that timeframe—good for a 30.7 percent rate. That’s not going to help him improve on that batting average. However, Arcia’s track record in the minor leagues suggests that he’s not this type of player, and he seems to be heating up of late. While he’s been particularly hot in August, his turnaround has been happening for longer than that. On June 22nd, he was sitting on a 29 at-bat hitless streak and a .638 OPS for the season, but after getting a few days off, Arcia got out from underneath that boulder and has proceeded to hit .260/.350/.463 with six homers in 36 games since. That would be good enough to be relevant in most mixed leagues that start five outfielders, but Arcia’s upside exceeds what he’s done at the major league level thus far. After all, he was a career .314 hitter in the minor leagues (over 434 games). —Bret Sayre


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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Where Have All The Suspensions Gone?

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Zachary Levine

Has MLB given up on stopping intentional beanballs?

One of my least favorite hot takes in all of sports comes when people say that the National Hockey League should ban fighting. Not because I find the sport’s method of supposed self-regulation to be at all attractive but simply because fighting in hockey is banned. Know how I know it’s banned? Because not only is it a penalty to fight, it’s a major penalty. The NHL banned shooting the puck over the glass from your own zone a few years back, and you only get two minutes for that; thus certainly fighting is banned if it's five.

So technically you are not allowed to throw at hitters in Major League Baseball. If you hit someone, he goes to first, which, if it’s leading off the inning, costs about a third of a run. And if you miss, the 1–0 count isn’t good either. And these days you’ll probably try again. Sometimes you’ll even get ejected like Randall Delgado did when he punctuated Andrew McCutchen last week.

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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The blues run the game, so is there anything to be done about Rule 7.13? Also the rest of Wednesday's action and Thursday's previews.

The Wednesday Takeaway
On Tuesday, the Phillies stymied the Angels for five innings, only to watch them erupt for seven runs in the sixth. Yesterday, White Sox starter Jose Quintana worked around a leadoff triple by Buster Posey in the fourth inning to hold the Giants scoreless through six.

That gave the South Siders’ offense ample time to solve their old mate, Jake Peavy, who was seeking his first win in a Giants uniform. Adam Dunn did ...


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Ben and Sam discuss what baseball lost because of the 1994 strike.

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August 13, 2014 10:19 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 13

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Matt Sussman

Hit town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting Listy and Hitty

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August 13, 2014 9:24 am

What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Doug Fister/First Place correlation gets even stronger.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Nationals dropped two of three to the Braves over the weekend, shrinking their division lead to 3 1/2 games. A visit to Citi Field was just what the doctor ordered to stop any potential skid in its tracks.


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