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03-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Picking Fifth
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Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting the Top 15
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Paul Sporer and BP Fantasy Staff

01-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: A First-Round Starting Pitcher? Maybe
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Paul Sporer

01-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The 2014 First Round: A Look Ahead, Part Three
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Paul Sporer

07-08

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What You Need to Know: The NL East Gets Interesting
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Daniel Rathman

04-17

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 16
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Larry Granillo

07-24

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 23
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Larry Granillo

06-01

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 31
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Larry Granillo

06-01

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What You Need to Know: Friday, June 1
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Daniel Rathman

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Friday, May 4
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Daniel Rathman

02-06

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18

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls
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Jay Jaffe

08-24

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The Lineup Card: 11 Disastrous Acquisitions
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Baseball Prospectus

07-01

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All-Star Selections
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Baseball Prospectus

05-25

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 24
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Larry Granillo

04-11

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On the Beat: The Heart of the Rockies
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John Perrotto

04-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
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Brian Mills

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-15

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44

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results
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Jason Collette

02-17

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38

Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings
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Marc Normandin

02-07

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16

Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

09-15

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6

Checking the Numbers: Say Goodbye to the Triple Crown
by
Eric Seidman

09-08

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Checking the Numbers: Triple Crown Update
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Eric Seidman

07-22

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Changing Speeds: Cold Fusion
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Ken Funck

06-28

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The Week in Quotes: June 21-27
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Alex Carnevale

04-04

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9

Fantasy Focus: Pre-season Fantasy Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

01-11

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The Week in Quotes: January 4-10
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Alex Carnevale

07-10

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Prospectus Today: Breaking From Fashion
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Joe Sheehan

03-30

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Fantasy Beat: To the Warning Track
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Marc Normandin

11-12

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Transaction of the Day: Taking a Holliday in the East Bay
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Christina Kahrl

07-16

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

03-23

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Corner Outfield Prospects
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Nate Silver

03-19

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Transaction Analysis: March 13-18, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

11-20

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Prospectus Today: At These Prices, Who Can Say No?
by
Joe Sheehan

11-08

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-31

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

09-08

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Florida Marlins, 9/6/06
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Derek Jacques

09-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man
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Dan Fox

05-30

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Transaction Analysis: May 25-29
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Christina Kahrl

02-15

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Transaction Analysis: National League, December 15, 2005-February 11, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Centrals
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Christina Kahrl

02-15

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Prospectus Triple Play: Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: March 10-15, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies
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Baseball Prospectus

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: The Centrals
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Baseball Prospectus

06-25

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Transaction Analysis: June 16-22, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

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March 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Picking Fifth

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Mauricio Rubio

The top four picks in redraft leagues are relatively clear-cut, but whom should you target if your selection is just outside that tier?

Depending on what you value, there’s a distinct separation in 12-team 5x5 draft formats when it comes to the fifth pick. Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt,and Andrew McCutchen all deserve to go in the no. 1-4 spots, and I don’t think there can be much debate on that. The big question facing owners picking fifth is a value-based one. I was handed the no. 5 pick in a home league, so let’s take a look at some of the names that I thought about taking there. (Note: I’m concentrating solely on 12-team leagues, so your mileage may vary).

Clayton Kershaw
Kershaw is a popular choice here judging by the ADPs across a few different sites. The reasons are obvious: Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball right now; he’s a good bet to help across four categories again this year; and there’s a decent amount of uncertainty with the position players who would also be the fifth-overall pick.


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March 7, 2014 9:26 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting the Top 15

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Paul Sporer and BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy crew tries to peg the top 15 picks and predict breakouts from later picks.

We know from Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster that since 2004, there is a 36 percent success rate in the ADP projecting the top 15. The most in any one year is seven of 15; the least is four. With that in mind, I challenged the fantasy team to try to guess the top 15. In addition to their stab at the top 15, I had them give their answers on the following:

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January 9, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A First-Round Starting Pitcher? Maybe

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Paul Sporer

Most fantasy players prefer to invest their top pick in a star hitter, but this spring, one hurler might tempt those picking outside the top five.

I have always been vehemently against taking starting pitchers in the first round of a fantasy draft. The injury risk associated with pitchers is part of it, but honestly it has always been more because I trust myself to find better pitching later—so in a sense, arrogance. It’s just easier to pluck capable arms later than it is to find the out-of-nowhere bats like Josh Donaldson or Jean Segura. As we creep through the dead of winter and start to trickle into mock draft season, I’m warming to the idea of a first-round starting pitcher, or, more specifically, Clayton Kershaw. There are a handful of quality fantasy aces out there, but Kershaw is clearly a cut above the rest.

The top of the draft is relatively well established. Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are the unquestioned top pair at this point, with a split camp on which of the two should go first. You can’t really go wrong with either, so having a top-two pick is a prime position this year. The next pair seems to be taking a foothold on the three and four spots in either order, too. Paul Goldschmidt is the easy three for me, but there is a real debate between him and Andrew McCutchen that I would at least listen to before selecting Goldy. Others may have it reversed, but I haven’t been in a mock draft this offseason that didn’t see these four go at the top of the draft.

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January 8, 2014 6:07 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies

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Ben Carsley

Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez stand out, but Coors Field can breathe fantasy life into just about anyone's bat.

The Colorado Rockies finished with a 74-88 record in 2013, good for last place in the National League West and tied for the fourth-worst record in the National League, and they didn’t add much talent this offseason. Despite the renowned 1-2 punch of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, it’s not unreasonable to take a cursory look at this organization, shake your head, and move on.

That said, Coors Field plays havoc with value in the fantasy world. Average pitchers become players to avoid. Average hitters become players to target. And anyone with even modest power becomes an automatic add on watch lists in just about every league.

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October 18, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The 2014 First Round: A Look Ahead, Part Three

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Paul Sporer

Paul updates his mid-season forecast of the top 15 picks in fantasy drafts next spring, with the two usual suspects at the top.

During the summer I did a two-part series (Part I, Part II) taking my first look at the 2014 first round. It’s time to once again take a look at the top 15 and see where we stand with the regular season in the rearview mirror. We also have a pair of industry mock drafts to look at to see how some of the best fantasy baseballers around are mapping out their top picks.

NO CHANGE AT THE TOP
Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout remain the top two pick in some form, though my first iteration, both mock drafts, and now this assessment of the top 15 has it with Cabrera first and Trout second. The gap might be larger if Cabrera hadn’t essentially missed September. He played 21 games and only missed 14 the entire season, but he was clearly playing at something well below 100 percent throughout the month. He has just one homer, seven RBI, eight runs scored, and a .278 batting average. That said, he still took the top spot on ESPN’s Player Rater and remains my top choice.


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July 8, 2013 6:26 am

What You Need to Know: The NL East Gets Interesting

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Daniel Rathman

The Nationals started slow, but the Braves should be looking over their shoulders.

The Weekend Takeaway
At the midway point of the regular season, the Nationals were 41-40, and their -19 run differential suggested that they were fortunate to have notched even that mediocre tally. A week earlier, they were a game under .500, at 37-38. And two weeks before that, they were a season-high eight games out of first place in the National League East, a division that, before Opening Day, they were widely expected to win.

Playing a month without Bryce Harper did not help. Neither did the apparent flop of Dan Haren, in whom general manager Mike Rizzo invested $13 million to complete a dominant rotation. And the prolonged slump that befell fellow newcomer Denard Span, who was supposed to be the sparkplug for a potent lineup, rippled through an offense that instead underwhelmed for weeks.


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The tater trots for April 16: David Wright's shots in majestic Coors Field, two speedy trots from Heyward and Gomez.

Jackie Robinson Day continued throughout the league on Tuesday, with many ballparks playing "Sweet Caroline" or other Boston staples in support of the city (the Brewers played the theme song from "Cheers", for example). It was a nice gesture from the league and the individual clubs.

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The tater trots for July 23 (and the weekend): Mike Napoli hits a bomb, Carlos Gonzalez takes a stroll, and Chase Utley edges out Josh Rutledge.

It's been a few days since the last Tater Trot Tracker post. And though I was able to time each trot over the weekend, I missed highlighting a few special home runs. The biggest homers of note came on Saturday, when Cole Hamels served up a home run to Matt Cain in the top of the third inning and then, in the bottom of the inning, Cain returned the favor to Hamels. It was the first time two starters had hit home runs in the same inning since 1990. Hamels, who had never hit a home run before, won the race between the two pitchers, besting Cain's 21.51 second trot with a 21.13 second trot of his own.

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The tater trots for May 30 & 31: Barney's walkoff, Big Papi, and Curtis Granderson.

For some unknown reason, there were only three games in all of baseball on Thursday. Because of that, there were understandably very few home runs hit. Seven to be exact. Thankfully, the Tater Trot Tracker is a day behind, so we have Wednesday's 35 home runs to talk about as well. I planned it that way, I swear!

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Carlos Gonzalez's hot streak against the Astros isn't even the best of his career.

The Thursday Takeaway

In the 23-hour period spanning 8:00 p.m. MT on Wednesday and 7:00 p.m. MT on Thursday, it seemed irrelevant who Astros manager Brad Mills put on the mound—Carlos Gonzalez was going to hit a home run regardless.

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Mariano Rivera's injury isn't just a blow for the Yankees.

The Thursday Takeaway
Joe Blanton pitched a shutout for the Phillies. Bryce Harper drove home the game-winning run for the Nationals. The Royals won at home for the first time this season.

And none of it matters, because Mariano Rivera wrecked his knee. He did not slip off the mound. He was not scrambling to field a bunt. He did not trip while covering first base. Rivera was doing something else that virtually every pitcher does and that he has thoroughly enjoyed doing throughout his career: shagging balls during batting practice.


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February 6, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls

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Jay Jaffe

Does history give any clues as to how the Mets will perform with a lower payroll?

Late last month, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reported that the Mets are facing the largest one-year payroll cut in major-league history, at least in terms of total dollars. With owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz deprived of the profits they derived from decades of investing with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, and struggling to find minority partners willing to provide a quick infusion of capital, the team is hemorrhaging money and facing a growing mountain of debt. According to general manager Sandy Alderson, the Mets lost $70 million last year, and made no real attempt to retain pending free agents Carlos Beltran (who was traded in midseason) or Jose Reyes (who departed for the Marlins in December). Barring even one additional midlevel signing, they could become the first team to drop $50 million in salary from one Opening Day to the next.

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