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08-11

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Short Relief: Of Monikers and Catnappers
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Matt Sussman and Zack Moser

08-04

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Short Relief: The Chris Archer/Orbitz Memorial Poetry Slam
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

07-31

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Short Relief: Kris Bryant Gets Ejected, Tim McCarver Commutes, and the Greatest Two-Sport Athlete in History
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James Fegan, Martin Nolan and Patrick Dubuque

06-02

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Short Relief: Another Mascot Firing, and the Oppposite of Schadenfreude
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Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

05-11

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Short Relief: Rejected Cardinals Tweets and Injury Manipuation
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David Temple and Trevor Strunk

11-30

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BP Job Postings: Cardinals Fellowship Position
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Rob McQuown

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Party Time in Wrigleyville: NLDS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Homers, Homers, Homers, Homers: NLDS Game 3
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 4 Previews
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Rian Watt and Chris Mosch

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 3 Previews
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Chris Mosch and Sahadev Sharma

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: The Cubs Do Simple Better: NLDS Game 2
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Rian Watt

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 2 Previews
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Mike Gianella and Jeffrey Paternostro

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Missed Opportunities Haunt Cubs: NLDS Game 1
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Sahadev Sharma

01-31

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Night at Busch Stadium - August 2, 2014
by
Joe Hamrahi

07-12

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Hot Prospect Video
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Jason Cole

06-29

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Busch Stadium - July 21, 2013
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Joe Hamrahi

06-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 231: Revisiting Several Things We've Said
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-06

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7

Overthinking It: The Plate Discipline-Only Prospect
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Ben Lindbergh

05-30

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The Call-Up: Michael Wacha
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

05-04

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The Call-Up: Carlos Martinez
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-24

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Overthinking It: Yadier Molina's Maybe-Amazing Powers of Defensive Positioning
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Ben Lindbergh

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit Contenders
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Sam Miller and Adam Sobsey

02-26

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BP Unfiltered: Top 101 Prospects of 2013, Sliced and Diced
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Rob McQuown

02-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 148: 2013 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

12-22

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Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders
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Ben Lindbergh

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day
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R.J. Anderson

10-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 67: Did Our Opinions of Players Change in the NLCS?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-19

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BP Announcements: NLCS Game Five Friday Roundtable HERE
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Ben Lindbergh

10-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 65: The Impact of the ALCS Rainout/The Strange Appearance of Hunter Pence/Do We Dislike Any Players or Teams?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Preview: Giants at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Three Preview: Giants at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

10-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 63: The Slide Heard 'Round the World/Why Does Everyone Hate the Cardinals?/Ryan Vogelsong Rewards Bruce Bochy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game One Preview: Cardinals at Giants
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Daniel Rathman

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Recap: Cardinals Defeat the Nationals
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R.J. Anderson

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Cardinals 12, Nationals 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Nationals at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Preview: Nationals at Cardinals
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Daniel Rathman

09-20

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BP Unfiltered: Chris Carpenter's Comeback and the Unlikeliest Post-Season Player
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Ben Lindbergh

09-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 38: The Greatness of Yadier Molina and the Not-So-Greatness of Omar Vizquel
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
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Bradford Doolittle

11-01

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On the Beat: At Least One Era Comes to an End
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John Perrotto

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series
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Jason Parks

10-31

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: St. Louis Cardinals
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
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Jay Jaffe

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

10-19

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On the Beat: Cardinal Comeback
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John Perrotto

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six: It was in the Cards
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Jay Jaffe

09-26

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: The Surprise Wild Card Race
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Michael Jong

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December 22, 2012 10:03 am

Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders

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Ben Lindbergh

Which of last season's contending teams have been least active this offseason, and why?

With only 50 days remaining until the first February report dates—and 100 until Opening Day—most teams have already crossed off the majority of the items on their winter to-do lists, and only a handful of the top 20 free agents are still looking for work. But while many of baseball’s best clubs have stayed busy bringing in new players or bringing back old ones, a few of the teams that made (or came close to making) the playoffs last season have been quiet. Here’s a look at four teams with more tumbleweeds than transactions this winter:

Baltimore Orioles
Biggest move they’ve made:
Re-signing Nate McLouth to a one-year contract
Why they haven’t been busier: The Orioles went from last place to the playoffs without making many major moves last winter, and they didn’t stop tinkering after Opening Day. Unlike the Yankees, who’ve spent much of the winter trying to keep or replace free agents, the O’s entered the offseason with most of their important players under team control for 2013. However, they will have to pony up for arbitration raises, which restricts their financial flexibility.
Will they wish they’d done more? The Orioles’ run differential didn’t prevent them from making the playoffs last season, but the odds aren’t good that they’ll be able to replicate their 29-9 regular-season record in one-run games. Balitmore can hope for better health and better production from their young players, but with their division rivals all active since October, the O’s run a real risk of falling prey to the Plexiglas Principle and losing ground to the teams they leapfrogged last season.
What might they still do? Last winter, Dan Duquette waited until January to sign Wei-Yin Chen and February to trade for Jason Hammel, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he took the patient approach again. This year, Joe Saunders is the most likely late entry to the rotation. It’s a long shot, but the O’s have also been linked to Adam LaRoche, who’d fit in nicely at first with Mark Reynolds off the roster.





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December 6, 2012 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day

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R.J. Anderson

The Cardinals lure Randy Choate out of Los Angeles, while the Angels sign Sean Burnett away from Washington.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether the NLCS performances of several players affected how they think about them or changed the narratives that followed them into the series.

Ben and Sam discuss whether the NLCS performances of several players affected how they think about them or changed the narratives that followed them into the series.

Episode 67: "Did Our Opinions of Players Change in the NLCS?"

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October 21, 2012 6:30 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Giants

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Daniel Rathman

Can Ryan Vogelsong replicate his Game Two success and take his team to a seventh game?

Buoyed by an unexpectedly superb outing from Barry Zito, the Giants regained home-field advantage in the NLCS with a 5-0 win on Friday night. But Bruce Bochy’s team needs two more victories to clinch its second pennant in three years, while Mike Matheny’s team is just one victory away from its second pennant in a row. Will the Cardinals advance tonight, or will this series require a decisive Game Seven on Monday? To answer those questions, here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for Game Six:

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The BP staff is back to chat during NLCS Game Five on Friday night.

The BP roundtablers are back for a Friday night chat, so cancel your hot dates (or better yet, bring them!). We'll be chatting from the first pitch to the last out of NLCS Game Five as the Cardinals try to clinch the pennant. You, us, Barry Zito. Be there at 8:00 PM ET, and for a few hours after.
 


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Ben and Sam discuss how the postponement of Game Four hurt the Yankees, talk about how terrible at baseball Hunter Pence appears to be and whether he's always looked like that, and conclude by revisiting the widespread anti-Cardinals sentiment among baseball fans and examining their own emotional allegiances.

Ben and Sam discuss how the postponement of Game Four hurt the Yankees, talk about how terrible at baseball Hunter Pence appears to be and whether he's always looked like that, and conclude by revisiting the widespread anti-Cardinals sentiment among baseball fans and examining their own emotional allegiances.

Episode 65: "The Impact of the ALCS Rainout/The Strange Appearance of Hunter Pence/Do We Dislike Any Players or Teams?"

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Tim Lincecum returns to the rotation opposing Adam Wainwright in a matchup that's too close for PECOTA to call.

The Cardinals lost their best postseason hitter to a knee injury early in Game Three, but still came out on top, because his replacement socked a game-winning two-run homer in his first trip to the plate. Now, the Giants must win to avoid facing three consecutive elimination games for the second straight series. Here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for Game Four:

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PECOTA still isn't quite buying the recent success of Kyle Lohse, the Cardinals' Game Three starter.

After watching Madison Bumgarner get lit up by the Cardinals in Game One, the Giants returned the favor against Chris Carpenter and a shaky St. Louis defense to even the series on Monday night. Which team is likely to grab a 2-1 edge in Game Three? Here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for tonight’s contest:

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Ben and Sam discuss whether Matt Holliday's takeout slide at second was against the rules and why the Cardinals are so widely disliked, then talk about how Ryan Vogelsong has rewarded the Giants for their faith during a string of bad starts.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Matt Holliday's takeout slide at second was against the rules and why the Cardinals are so widely disliked, then talk about how Ryan Vogelsong has rewarded the Giants for their faith during a string of bad starts.

Episode 63: "The Slide Heard 'Round the World/Why Does Everyone Hate the Cardinals?/Ryan Vogelsong Rewards Bruce Bochy"

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October 15, 2012 4:07 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Giants

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Daniel Rathman

Until recently, Game Two starters Chris Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong weren't expected to pitch in the playoffs. Which one does PECOTA prefer?

Six-to-nothing leads have had a way of evaporating this postseason, but the Cardinals—despite a four-run Giants rally in the bottom of the fourth inning—held on to win Game One, 6-4. Will San Francisco fall behind, 2-0, for the second consecutive series, or will the Giants square things up before heading to St. Louis? To answer those questions, here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for Game Two:

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October 14, 2012 6:59 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game One Preview: Cardinals at Giants

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Daniel Rathman

The NLCS kicks off with a matchup of two starters who have been vulnerable to opposite-handed hitters.

The Giants clung to a 6-0 lead to win their Division Series with the Reds. The Cardinals overcame a 6-0 deficit to knock off the Nationals. Now, those two teams prepare to tangle in the NLCS, which begins tonight at AT&T Park. Here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for Game One:

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October 13, 2012 8:40 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Recap: Cardinals Defeat the Nationals

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R.J. Anderson

The resilient Cardinals manage one more comeback to stun the Nationals and advance to the NLCS.

After Game Four, I wrote:

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