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08-08

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Transaction Analysis: Two Years in Four Acts
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Wilson Karaman, Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Goldstein

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Beckham Bounced to Baltimore
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Collin Whitchurch, Jarrett Seidler and Greg Goldstein

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: The Purge: Philadelphia
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Ben Diamond, Lukas Vlahos, Greg Goldstein and Craig Goldstein

07-18

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Circle Change: Manny Machado's Missing Hits
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Zach Crizer

07-12

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Baseball Therapy: Mr. Jones and Me
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Russell A. Carleton

06-09

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 11: The Many Moves of Edwin Jackson
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Bryan Grosnick, Zach Crizer and Shawn Brody

06-04

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Baseball Prospectus Announcement
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Bret Sayre

04-24

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Players Prefer Presentation: Manny Machado's Almost Beanball
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Meg Rowley

04-18

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Liner Notes: Trey Mancini Will Never Be Frank Ernaga
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Bryan Grosnick

04-14

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Transaction Analysis: Franklin and Stash
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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

03-30

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Short Relief: Machado's Sublimity, A Past-Life Scorecard, And A Dark Tale
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Zack Moser, Martin Alonso and Patrick Dubuque

03-22

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Baltimore Orioles
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Craig Goldstein

03-21

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Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises
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Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Major Minors
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Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn on a Hill
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Matthew Trueblood and Patrick Dubuque

01-23

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Transaction Analysis: Trumbo Stays in Baltimore
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Matthew Trueblood

01-11

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Transaction Analysis: Mariners Move Deck Chairs
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Bryan Grosnick

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Colorado Chronometer
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Kenny Ducey, Aaron Gleeman, Patrick Dubuque and Jared Wyllys

10-05

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Pitching Backward: Closing the Window
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Jeff Long

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Blue Jays Knock Out Orioles
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Matthew Trueblood

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game: Orioles vs. Blue Jays
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Aaron Gleeman

10-03

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Rubbing Mud: Baltimore's Plan B
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Matthew Trueblood

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

09-01

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Baseball Therapy: Let's See if We Can Get a Handle on Zach Britton's Cy Young Case
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Russell A. Carleton

08-31

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What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin
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Emma Baccellieri

08-25

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Pitching Backward: Zach With No K
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Jeff Long

08-18

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Two-Strike Approach: Autumn Leaves Must Fall
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Cat Garcia

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: In Charm City, Is Third Time a...
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Dustin Palmateer, Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley
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Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

06-28

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Cold Takes: Baltimore's Annual Surprise Party
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Patrick Dubuque

06-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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Tim Britton

06-14

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Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution
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Aaron Gleeman

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-01

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Transaction Analysis: Only The Loney
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

05-20

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Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Pole Odds Changes
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Matthew Trueblood

05-10

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Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected
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Doug Thorburn

05-02

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Transaction Analysis: Third Time's A Charm in Charm City?
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Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

04-14

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Prospectus Feature: Bad Teams Don't Start 7-0
by
Rob Mains

04-01

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Rumor Roundup: Panda Endangered
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Nicolas Stellini

03-28

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Rumor Roundup: Battle for Fourth Place
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Ashley Varela

03-16

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Rubbing Mud: Bring Back the Belanger!
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Matthew Trueblood

03-01

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Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside
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Rian Watt

02-26

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Yovani Gallardo
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Doug Thorburn

02-26

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Prospectus Feature: The Status QO
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Craig Goldstein

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: Fowler Comes in Under Budget
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Matthew Trueblood

02-24

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Winter Is Leaving
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Doug Thorburn

02-22

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Transaction Analysis: Yovani Comin'
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Matthew Trueblood

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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.

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Pedro Strop signs an extension with the Cubs and minor-league deals galore for Mat Latos, Gordon Beckham, and Yusmeiro Petit.

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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.

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Mark Trumbo returned to the Orioles after finding the free agent market somewhat lacking.

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Seattle picks up Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson, Baltimore adds Seth Smith, and Kansas City brings in Nate Karns.

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Baltimore finds a Matt Wieters replacement, Milwaukee adds rotation depth, and Colorado buys a watch.

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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 Buck Showalter for his decision-making related to inarguably the most dominant pitcher in baseball this season. Matthew Trueblood put it exceptionally well in his postgame recap:

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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 Zach Britton 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, Buck Showalter 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.

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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.

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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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Baltimore goes dumpster diving, Cleveland brings Coco Crisp home, and the Jeff Francoeur tour adds another stop.

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When it comes to figuring out just how good and just how valuable the Orioles closer has been, mere 4,000-word articles aren't good enough.

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