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7 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Baltimore Orioles by Craig Goldstein
5 Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises by Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri
1 Transaction Analysis: Major Minors by Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman
1 Transaction Analysis: Bourn on a Hill by Matthew Trueblood and Patrick Dubuque
5 Transaction Analysis: Trumbo Stays in Baltimore by Matthew Trueblood
4 Transaction Analysis: Mariners Move Deck Chairs by Bryan Grosnick
10 Transaction Analysis: Colorado Chronometer by Kenny Ducey, Aaron Gleeman, Patrick Dubuque and Jared Wyllys
1 Pitching Backward: Closing the Window by Jeff Long
11 Playoff Prospectus: Blue Jays Knock Out Orioles by Matthew Trueblood
8 Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game: Orioles vs. Blue Jays by Aaron Gleeman
3 Rubbing Mud: Baltimore's Plan B by Matthew Trueblood
1 Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again by Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz
6 Baseball Therapy: Let’s See if We Can Get a Handle on Zach Britton’s Cy Young Case by Russell A. Carleton
0 What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin by Emma Baccellieri
1 Pitching Backward: Zach With No K by Jeff Long
1 Two-Strike Approach: Autumn Leaves Must Fall by Cat Garcia
1 Transaction Analysis: In Charm City, Is Third Time a... by Dustin Palmateer, Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz
0 Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley by Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford
0 Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris by Doug Thorburn
9 Cold Takes: Baltimore's Annual Surprise Party by Patrick Dubuque
6 Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter by Tim Britton
3 Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution by Aaron Gleeman
1 What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough by Nicolas Stellini
2 Transaction Analysis: Only The Loney by Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick
2 Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak by Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford
3 Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Pole Odds Changes by Matthew Trueblood
6 Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected by Doug Thorburn
0 Transaction Analysis: Third Time's A Charm in Charm City? by Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford
0 What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina by Demetrius Bell
4 Prospectus Feature: Bad Teams Don't Start 7-0 by Rob Mains
1 Rumor Roundup: Panda Endangered by Nicolas Stellini
2 Rumor Roundup: Battle for Fourth Place by Ashley Varela
12 Rubbing Mud: Bring Back the Belanger! by Matthew Trueblood
7 Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside by Rian Watt
4 Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Yovani Gallardo by Doug Thorburn
36 Prospectus Feature: The Status QO by Craig Goldstein
10 Transaction Analysis: Fowler Comes in Under Budget by Matthew Trueblood
3 Winter Is Leaving by Doug Thorburn
2 Transaction Analysis: Yovani Comin' by Matthew Trueblood
0 Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage by Daniel Rathman
9 Prospectus Feature: The Legal Dispute That's Costing the Nats Millions Won't End by Samuel Mann
6 Transaction Analysis: Restocking the Orange Crush by Bryan Grosnick and George Bissell
4 Rubbing Mud: Deferred Preferred by Matthew Trueblood
2 Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Wei-Yin Chen by Doug Thorburn
6 Pitching Backward: The Rise of the LiRPA by Jeff Long
7 An Agent's Take: The Good Part of Being Traded by Joshua Kusnick
2 Rubbing Mud: Opposite Ways on the B-W Parkway by Matthew Trueblood
1 BP Unfiltered: 'It's nearly useless' by Jeff Long
3 Players Prefer Presentation: Longing for FanFests by Meg Rowley
7 Pitching Backward: The Bundy Conundrum by Jeff Long
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Patrick stumbles upon a random baseball quote that summarizes how to write, Bryan breaks out his Monster Manual to preview the 2017 season, and Emma sees a fear of quietness in every half-inning break.
Pedro Strop signs an extension with the Cubs and minor-league deals galore for Mat Latos, Gordon Beckham, and Yusmeiro Petit.
Chris Coghlan lands in Philadelphia, Michael Bourn returns to Baltimore, Aaron Hill gives San Francisco some depth, and Jorge De La Rosa tries to hang on in Arizona.
Mark Trumbo returned to the Orioles after finding the free agent market somewhat lacking.
Seattle picks up Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson, Baltimore adds Seth Smith, and Kansas City brings in Nate Karns.
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December 16, 2016 6:00 am
Baltimore finds a Matt Wieters replacement, Milwaukee adds rotation depth, and Colorado buys a watch. Buck Showalter and the Orioles may have lost more than just one game with Zach Britton on the sidelines.
As writers and analysts, we often discuss, with the benefit of convenient removal from the situation, the merits of decision-making within major-league organizations. We wonder why a GM makes a certain trade or if the owner pushed for a particular player to be signed. We critique lineups and defensive positioning. We lampoon bunt proponents, and loathe bullpen mismanagers.
We do all of this, of course, because we know better. We have data and proofs and theories and algorithms. And more often than not, we’re not wrong. We might overstate the magnitude of these transgressions, or make a minor mistake seem like a life-or-death decision. This is why it’s so easy to criticize
for his decision-making related to inarguably the most dominant pitcher in baseball this season. Buck Showalter Matthew Trueblood put it exceptionally well in his postgame recap: Read the full article... Zach Britton's absence was the big story, but the Blue Jays' win was about much more than Buck Showalter's curious decision.
Because Twitter exists, there’s some chance that we’ll permanently misunderstand the Blue Jays’ win over the Orioles on Tuesday night. Because we can all document our feelings as
remained unused through the ninth inning, then the 10th, then the 11th, and because we know everyone else was feeling it too, and because our worst suspicions about the whole thing seemed to be confirmed as the postgame press statements rolled in (no, Britton wasn’t hurt, yes, Zach Britton was holding him back to protect an eventual, hypothetical lead), there’s a good chance this great baseball game will be forced to live in the too-short shadow of a single decision. Buck Showalter Read the full article... Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays vs. Chris Tillman and the Orioles, in Toronto.
The playoffs start with a matchup of American League East rivals with identical 89-73 records. Toronto hosts the game thanks to holding the head-to-head tiebreaker, going 10-9 versus Baltimore during the regular season. It's a big advantage, as the Blue Jays were 46-35 at home and the Orioles were 39-42 on the road. Of course, last week the Orioles took two out of three games at Rogers Centre, so who knows.
Read the full article... It may seem radical, but the Orioles' best move in the Wild Card game might be to unleash the bullpen from the start.
The Blue Jays won Sunday in Boston, securing home-field advantage in Tuesday’s Wild Card game. The Orioles won, too, ensuring they would be the team making the trip to Toronto. The teams finished with identical records in the same division, but their seasons have been very different, and it might drive them to view this game very differently. It may even drive them to make the crucial decision of who starts on the mound very differently.
For Toronto, ending up in this situation is a slight disappointment. They led the division with less than a month left. Winning their final two games stopped the bleeding a little, but the Jays still stumbled to a 13-16 record from the start of September onward. They finished with the fifth-best third-order winning percentage in MLB and the second-best in the AL, but they now face the prospect of being eliminated from the playoffs before they’re really in them.
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September 2, 2016 6:00 am
Baltimore goes dumpster diving, Cleveland brings Coco Crisp home, and the Jeff Francoeur tour adds another stop.