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9 Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent by Aaron Gleeman
5 Outta Left Field: Butterfly Effect-ing the Lefties by Dustin Palmateer
1 What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It by Emma Baccellieri
0 Cold Takes: Get Hyped for the August Trade Period! by Patrick Dubuque
1 The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi by Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman
0 Transaction Analysis: Not Abad Trade by Aaron Gleeman and Will Haines
0 BP Fenway by Matthew Kory
0 What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes by Demetrius Bell
4 Two-Strike Approach: The 21-Start Check-in on David Price by Cat Garcia
1 What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell by Daniel Rathman
0 BP Boston by Matthew Kory
6 Rubbing Mud: Another Look At Doyle, Smoltz, Andersen, Bagwell by Matthew Trueblood
0 BP Boston by Matthew Kory
10 Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Swing Big For Pomeranz by Ben Carsley and Christopher Crawford
3 Transaction Analysis: Dave Dombrowski is a Hustler, Baby by Bryan Grosnick
7 Prospectus Q&A: Dan Shaughnessy by Tim Britton
0 BP Boston by Matt Collins
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3 Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution by Aaron Gleeman
0 Prospectus Feature: It's June 10th, and July 2 Deals Are Happening by Trevor Strunk
2 Life at the Margins: Stuff Your Scouting Report by Rian Watt
1 Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting by Tim Britton
0 BP Boston by Bryan Joiner
3 Life at the Margins: Marvelous Mookie Fails Twice by Rian Watt
1 What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout by Emma Baccellieri
0 BP Boston by Matthew Kory
2 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 27 by Matthew Kory
6 What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record by Daniel Rathman
13 Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out by Jeff Quinton
0 Prospectus Feature: On David Ortiz and Perhaps the Best Final Season Ever by Aaron Gleeman
2 Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak by Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford
5 Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher by Tim Britton
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1 What You Need to Know: Papi Endings by Ashley Varela
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0 What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks by Emma Baccellieri
0 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 13 by Matthew Kory
5 Prospectus Feature: RISPy Business by Rob Mains
6 Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected by Doug Thorburn
6 What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs by Ashley Varela
5 What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox by Emma Baccellieri
7 Baseball Therapy: Can Teams Come Back From a Comeback? by Russell A. Carleton
1 Outta Left Field: Craig Kimbrel Is Increasing His Lead by Dustin Palmateer
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2 What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up by Daniel Rathman
3 What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings by Ashley Varela
0 What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice by Emma Baccellieri
1 What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly by Daniel Rathman
The ace with the great FIP and bad ERA is seeing his velo go up; it's still down. Within Mookie Betts' otherworldliness, baseball happened.
An improbable event is amazing not because it happened but because of all the times before when it didn’t. When a penny falls from your wallet and lands in such a way that it’s balanced precisely on its rim, you’re amazed not only at the fact that you had a penny in your wallet in the first place (which is a pretty rare thing, these days) but also because your brain has been jarred from its stupor: Every other time you dropped a penny, from an infinite past eternity on forward to that auspicious present, it fell flat onto one of its sides or another, or, more drearily, bounced away into some grimy crack or crevasse. In any event, it falling onto its rim was entirely unexpected.
Read the full article... Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.
The Tuesday Takeaway
added another chapter to a sadly long story of soul-crushing outings Tuesday—his fifth career game with 10 or more runs allowed, tying him for the most of any pitcher since 1940, as BP author James Shields Aaron Gleeman pointed out on Twitter. The first and second innings began by following the same pattern, with Shields getting two quick outs to start each one before falling apart as he let walks and singles pile up. At the end of the second, though, the pattern broke, as introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there. Kyle Seager
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The Red Sox offense is something else. It's been largely BABIP-driven, but also something else.
This one's got a little salt in its language. The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy.
The Thursday Takeaway
With the power-packed but whiff-happy Astros and Orioles squaring off this week, strikeouts were sure to be a-plenty at Minute Maid. Suffice it to say that the Astros’ arms held up their end of the bargain.
After Houston struck out 19 Baltimore batters in the opener and 18 more in the middle match,
took it upon himself to bring his team into record territory. The right-hander was effectively wild Thursday, Lance McCullers Read the full article... Within an unusual and thought-provoking trend, there is an extremely unusual and extremely thought-provoking subtrend.
We, as an internet, have thoroughly discussed the player opt-out, but oversaturation and (a lack of) timeliness have never stopped us before here at
and they will not stop us now. In December, at the beginning of the height of player opt-out-mania, I wrote about Tools of Ignorance why this contract structure might have increased in popularity. I hypothesized, among other things, that players might be valuing the opt-out and flexibility it brings more than teams valued it, or that players were just flat out overvaluing the opt-out, or both. It felt right; it felt like it made sense.
Then word came out that
did not want a player option, but rather that Dave Dombrowski insisted on including one. The future, it turns out, can be a real know-it-all. David Price Read the full article... Somewhere, a recreational Sunday softball league is about to get really, really good.
Seemingly every year or two for the past decade when
has gone through a rough stretch—a bad April, a slow start coming back from the disabled list, or even just a hitless key series—it has become a story in Boston, with attention-grabbing headlines asking if he’s washed up. The answer has always been a resounding no. In fact, few players in baseball history have as thoroughly and convincingly avoided being washed up for as long as Ortiz. David Ortiz
At age 26 he was released by the Twins—as a Minnesotan, the state ban prevents me from discussing this matter any further—and from the moment Ortiz started putting up big numbers in Boston many people have been waiting for him to come crashing back down to earth. He never has, topping an .850
in 13 of the past 14 seasons, with a low-water mark of .794 in 2009 that really OPS pressed the “he’s washed up!” alarm.
Just last season Ortiz was hitting .219 in early June when a local television reporter asked him about being washed up, which led to this
memorable rant a few days later:
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Tim Lincecum finds a home for his comeback, Blake Swihart rejoins the Red Sox as an outfielder, and the Braves buy a draft pick. On the most interesting success story in baseball.
's latest major-league opportunity relied upon a batting practice flyball striking Rich Hill in the head along the warning track at Marlins Park last August. Two days later, the Red Sox signed Hill off the roster of the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks, and a day after that, he made his first (non-rehab) start in affiliated ball in six years. Steven Wright Read the full article...
For the second time in the past 12 months, Jackie Bradley Jr. has been on an incredible run of offense, but it's been interspersed with long periods of futility in the majors. Is this finally it? Jake Arrieta surprises no one with his seventh win, David Ortiz gets a flour shower, and Danny Duffy puts on a one-man show.
The Weekend Takeaway
If you’ve been holding your breath for to miss a step this season, well, I have bad news for you. Jake Arrieta
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