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07-03

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Transaction Analysis: Of Baltimore and Bonus Slots
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Sam Miller

06-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 221: Astros Pro Scouting Coordinator Kevin Goldstein on the Amateur Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Astros' Killer S's
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Andrew Pentis

05-21

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Skewed Left: The Shift's PR Problem
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Zachary Levine

05-20

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Baseball Therapy: Would the Astros' Piggyback Starters Model Work in the Majors?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 199: Pitchers Putting on Sunscreen/The Astros and Clubhouse Chemistry
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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 Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 177: How Much Does Velocity Loss Matter?/The Astros' Runaway Strikeout Rate
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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

03-29

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel
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Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller

03-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 166: Is the Internet Too Optimistic About the Astros?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-15

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Pebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Worst Farm System in Baseball
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Sam Miller

02-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 141: 2013 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-11

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Bizball: Are the Astros Really Losing Money?
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Maury Brown

02-02

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Visits Minute Maid Park - May 11, 2013
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Joe Hamrahi

01-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 123: How Far Away Are the Astros?/The MLBPA is Mad at the Marlins/Is A-Rod's Surgery Suspicious?/The Future of Baseball on the Radio
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-20

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Skewed Left: How to Analyze the Astros' Spending
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Zachary Levine

12-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 100: Astros Pro Scouting Coordinator Kevin Goldstein on Being Inside Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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

10-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 54: Jeff Luhnow's Season-Ending Interview Idea/Why Players and Executives Disagree About the AL MVP
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 39: Outdrawing the Astros, Wilin Rosario's Deadly Defense, and the Comeback Players of 2013
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-31

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Baseball Prospectus News: Goodbye to the Internet
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Kevin Goldstein

08-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 29: The Future of the Red Sox and Dodgers, and Roger Clemens' Comeback
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-17

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The Process: Resetting the Astros Roster
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Bradley Ankrom

08-07

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BP Unfiltered: The Most Astros Play of 2012
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Ben Lindbergh

09-08

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: The Houston Astros
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros Appreciation
by
Allen Barra

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

11-02

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GM for a Day: Houston Astros
by
Steven Goldman

04-14

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Disastropiece Theatre
by
Jay Jaffe

11-25

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Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

05-02

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If I Had a Rocket
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John Perrotto

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros
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Joe Sheehan

09-06

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Prospectus Game of the Week: St. Louis Cardinals @ Houston Astros, 9/4/05
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Jonah Keri

07-21

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Prospectus Notebook: Thursday Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

05-10

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros @ Atlanta Braves, 5/8/05
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Jonah Keri

10-20

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Astros October Nightmares
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Baseball Prospectus

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros
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Christina Kahrl

09-21

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Prospectus Matchups: The A's Offense
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Jim Baker

09-08

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Can Of Corn: The Hottest Team in Baseball
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Dayn Perry

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

03-25

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Surveying the Authors
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Baseball Prospectus

03-30

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National League Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

10-09

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Prospectus Roundtable: The Division Series
by
Baseball Prospectus

05-29

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NL Central Notebook
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Rany Jazayerli

05-02

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NL Central Notebook
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Rany Jazayerli

04-16

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Projected 1999 National League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

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July 3, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Of Baltimore and Bonus Slots

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Sam Miller

The Orioles acquire Scott Feldman from the Cubs, teams trade international bonus slots, and more.



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Ben and Sam talk to Kevin Goldstein about the amateur draft, his scouting assignments, the Astros' system, and more.

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The Astros' rebuilding effort hinges heavily on the development of Jonathan Singleton and George Springer.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Andrew Pentis spent the past four years covering baseball in some manner for MLB.com: as an associate reporter with the Giants in 2009 (a year before they won the World Series) and the D-backs in 2010 (a year before they were any good again) then becoming an editorial producer on the prospects beat in 2011. He is now a free agent living in New York. Search for him on Twitter @AndrewPentis, or drop him a line at apentis@gmail.com.
 


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May 21, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: The Shift's PR Problem

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Zachary Levine

The shift is here to stay, but to be embraced, it has to be rebranded.

In 50 years, and that may be a conservatively distant estimate, we will hear much less talk about defensive shifts.

First of all, there might not be baseball in 50 years. It’s why I’m always hesitant to answer questions that start with “will we ever see,” because “ever” is a really, really long time compared to the current lifespan of baseball (unless it isn’t).

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Considering the pros and cons of an innovative experiment.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article in which I suggested that teams might benefit from going to a model that gets rid of the traditional starting pitcher. Instead of having five men who are expected to go 6-7 innings over 100 pitches, I suggested a model in which three pairs of pitchers each throw 50 pitches, and on the third day, they would pitch again, in fulfillment… I should stop there. I argued that a team that committed to that model could leverage a group of (cheap!) pitchers who were good for a couple innings, but not for six. In this way, a team could get the same sort of results that they might expect from having a bunch of pretty good starters, but for a fraction of the (David) Price.

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Ben and Sam discuss the sunscreen scandal and how much clubhouse chemistry matters to the Astros.



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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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Ben and Sam talk about the performance impact of velocity loss, then discuss the Astros' astronomical early-season strikeout rate.



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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 final installment 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 continue with a look at the group of six teams with the worst 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 discuss whether the supposed split between scouts and statheads about the outlook for the Astros actually exists.



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Hint: it's not cause for optimism.

Not so long ago, I looked back at the nine years since the Milwaukee Brewers had the best farm system in baseball to see what the impact of having the best farm system in baseball might be, on a 10-year timeline. I wasn’t totally sure what I hoped to get at or if I did get at it, but people seemed to like it and asked me to do the worst farm system of the same year, so I’ll do that now. I still don’t know what I’m hoping to get at, so we’ll see where this goes.

The worst farm system in baseball at the time belonged to the Montreal Expos, according to Baseball America, but the Expos were in a weird place and it’s hard to consider them a representative franchise. So we’re going to look at the no. 29 team instead: the Houston Astros. Since 2004, the Astros have played in a World Series, so how bad could it really be? Really, really, really bad!

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