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07-27

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Short Relief: A Pair of Disappearances, and the MLB Extended Universe
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David Temple, Zack Moser and Patrick Dubuque

07-26

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Short Relief: Of Errors and Epics
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Jason Wojciechowski, Nathan Bishop and Matt Ellis

05-23

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Short Relief: The Laws of Trout, The Heart of Biagini, and the Power of Dirt
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Kate Preusser, Emma Baccellieri and Trevor Strunk

04-10

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Short Relief: High Noon, Phantom Pain, and Failure Versus Success
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Holly Wendt, Patrick Dubuque and Trevor Strunk

03-09

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Short Relief: Young Ghosts, Counterculture Sports Films, and a Reunion
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James Fegan, Zack Moser and David Temple

01-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: Would You Like to Play a Game of Telephone?
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Meg Rowley

10-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Goodbye, Dan Haren
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Baseball Prospectus

06-05

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The Call-Up: Cam Bedrosian
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

05-07

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The Call-Up: C.J. Cron
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Ron Shah and Bret Sayre

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Sign Baseball's Best Player to One of Baseball's Best Deals
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Ben Lindbergh

01-17

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Pebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball, Part Two
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Sam Miller

11-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

05-08

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Pebble Hunting: Every Thing That's Been Wrong with the Angels
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Sam Miller

05-06

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BP Unfiltered: Why The Angels, Blue Jays, and Dodgers Have Non-Zero Playoff Odds
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Sam Miller

05-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 196: The New Scott Kazmir/The Future of the Angels
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 182: How Much Will Mark Appel Make?/Is Mike Scioscia's Job Safe?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-09

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BP Unfiltered: Angels Lose Weaver
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R.J. Anderson

04-08

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Skewed Left: Beating Yu Darvish
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Zachary Levine

04-01

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Pebble Hunting: The Astros' Best-Case Scenario vs. The Angels' Worst-Case Scenario
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Sam Miller

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Favorites
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R.J. Anderson and Nick J. Faleris

02-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 139: 2013 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Mariners Acquire the Angels' Logjam
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Sam Miller

12-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 106: How Good is the Angels' Offense?/What We Think About the Yips/Does Pitcher Pace Matter?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 102: Josh Hamilton and Whether a Potentially Bad Contract is Worse Than No Contract at All
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-14

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Transaction Analysis: Josh Hamilton and the End of Analysis
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Sam Miller

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day
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R.J. Anderson

11-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 83: Astros vs. Marlins in 2013/The Next Farewell Tour/Yasmani Grandal's Suspension/Mark Trumbo, Center Fielder
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-03

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Transaction Analysis: What We Would Have Said About the Dan Haren Deal That Didn't Happen
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Colin Wyers

11-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 72: How Many Members of the Angels' Rotation Will Be Back?/Predicting the First- and Last-Place Teams of 2013
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-03

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Pebble Hunting: A Very Good Team and a Very Bad Season
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Sam Miller

10-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 53: Is the Second Wild Card Working?/Explaining Mainstream Screeds Against Advanced Stats
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 51: What the Rockies Knew About Ubaldo/The Eternal Torii Hunter/Declining Dan Haren
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, September 12
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Daniel Rathman

09-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Mysterious Resurgence of Ervin Santana
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Sam Miller

08-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 27: Revisiting the Dan Haren Trade/Derek Jeter Defies Dire Forecasts
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 24: The Rays Are Rolling/Assessing the Angels' Strange Season
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-14

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What You Need to Know: Tuesday, August 14
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Daniel Rathman

08-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 19: Scraping Ice
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Two Teams Without Any Rookies
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Ben Lindbergh

07-09

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BP Unfiltered: Almost Every Oriole Lost Track of How Many Outs There Were
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Sam Miller

06-01

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Pebble Hunting: Twitter, Mike Trout, and Mark Trumbo
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Sam Miller

05-16

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Manufactured Runs: The Angels, Albert Pujols, and the Politician's Fallacy
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Colin Wyers

05-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Splat Albert
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Matt Welch

05-01

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Western Front: As a Manager, He Makes a Good Right Fielder
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Geoff Young

04-28

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus at PETCO Park - May 19, 2012
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Joe Hamrahi

04-16

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Overthinking It: Man in the Box
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Ben Lindbergh

04-09

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Pebble Hunting: Annotated Box Score: Mike Sweeney Eats a Banana
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Sam Miller

02-01

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Heartburn Hardball: All That Heaven Will Allow
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Jonathan Bernhardt

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It's Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but it's not just Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.

There’s no Grand Theory here. I just keep getting asked—by people at church, family members, Ben—why the Angels have been so bad, and I just stutter a bunch of stuff about Albert Pujols’ legs, and Josh Hamilton’s slump, and Jered Weaver’s injury, and small samples. But it’s not just Albert Pujols’ legs, or Josh Hamilton’s slump, or Jered Weaver’s injury. Or even small samples. Of the 14 players who had starting jobs with the Angels on Opening Day—the nine regulars, and the five members of the starting rotation—11 are underperforming their PECOTA projections. Of the three who aren’t, Mike Trout is perceived as underperforming, and Peter Bourjos might soon be underperforming, as he sits on the DL and waits as games pass him by. And this doesn’t even include the bullpen, which has the American League’s 13th-best ERA, despite a pitcher’s park and a good group of defenders behind it.

So if somebody says it’s because of Hamilton, push back. If they say it’s because of Pujols, argue! It’s nearly the whole team, and this is simply an accounting of how it’s the whole team:

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Bad stretches happen.

I'm dumb, so when I see something like the Angels falling nine games out of first place after 31 games, I think "welp, that'll do it then." And then when I look at the playoff odds and see that they're still 20 percent likely to make the playoffs, I'm surprised. I understand the mechanisms at work -- the Angels are probably a good team, and so the odds expect them to play like a good team going forward -- but it's impossible to imagine any team making up an 11-20 stretch. It's impossible to imagine it because I'm dumb. It shouldn't be that hard to imagine.

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Ben and Sam discuss Scott Kazmir's win over the weekend, then talk about the Angels' outlook for the rest of this season and beyond.



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Ben and Sam discuss how big a signing bonus Mark Appel will get in the amateur draft, then assess Mike Scioscia's job security.



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How will the Angels fare without their ace?

Angels ace Jered Weaver will miss at least the next four weeks after fracturing the elbow in his glove arm during his most recent start, Sunday night in Texas, according to ESPN.

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April 8, 2013 12:00 am

Skewed Left: Beating Yu Darvish

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Zachary Levine

Is there an approach at the plate that works against Yu Darvish?

Article originally published on Sunday, April 7.

The Angels get their first of perhaps a vitally important five or six shots at Yu Darvish this season on Sunday Night Baseball, and the task looks beyond intimidating.

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If everyone on the Astros played to their 90th-percentile projections, and everyone on the Angels played to their 10th-percentile projections, which would win more games?

Last year around this time I had plans to compare the Astros’ teamwide PECOTA projections to those of a variety of lower-level squads: the best Triple-A roster, the best Double-A roster, an All-Star High-A team, etc. I didn’t get to it, and then the season started, and I still didn’t get to it, because the Astros started off hot and it would have been weird to have run that piece about a team that was 22-23 in mid-May. I was sort of glad I didn’t run it, because the longer I lived with the idea the more it started to feel mean.

So this year, I have a similar idea, and I’m rushing it out before the guilt kicks in. Again I’m going to be exploring just how bad the worst team in baseball is. Or just how good the worst team in baseball is. That’s the point of it, after all. It’s not to prove that the Astros are as bad as, say, a team of High-A All-Stars. It’s to see if the Astros are as bad as a team of High-A All-Stars, and if they’re significantly better (as I suspect they would have been), then we’ve learned a little something about baseball.

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The first of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we get things started with a look at the six teams with the highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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Ben and Sam preview the Angels' season, and Pete talks to Orange County Register Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher (at 24:40).



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December 20, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Mariners Acquire the Angels' Logjam

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Sam Miller

Kendrys Morales goes to Seattle, and the Angels get Jason Vargas.



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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the Angels' offense, the dreaded mental block known as the yips, and the impact of the time pitchers take between pitches.



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Ben and Sam are joined by Ian Miller and Riley Breckenridge, the heroes behind Productive Outs, to talk about the Angels, Josh Hamilton, and whether fans should worry about bad contracts anymore.



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