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04-30

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Skewed Left: Explaining Chase Utley's Stolen Base Success
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Zachary Levine

04-04

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BP Unfiltered: Maholm Throws Utley a Curve (Literally)
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Ben Lindbergh

06-05

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BP Unfiltered: When a 13th Round Produces as Much as a First Round
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Sam Miller

04-16

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Out of Left Field: The Worst Baseball Discussions We Have
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Matthew Kory

03-30

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Overthinking It: Are the Phillies Too Old to Win?
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Ben Lindbergh

03-26

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Collateral Damage: The Tommy John Brotherhood
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

03-21

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Collateral Damage: Fillet o' Philly
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

03-20

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The BP First Take: Tuesday, March 20
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Daniel Rathman

12-28

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/28/11
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Michael Jong

07-27

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 26
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Larry Granillo

03-15

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Team Injury Projection: Philadelphia Phillies
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

07-20

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Under The Knife: A Case for Encyclopedia Brown
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Will Carroll

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-03

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Hot Stove U.: Maximizing Stolen Base Profits
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Tommy Bennett

11-03

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On the Beat: Mr. October 2.0
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John Perrotto

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview
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Jay Jaffe

03-13

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Prospectus Q&A: John Dewan
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David Laurila

02-18

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Utley in the Middle
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Steven Goldman

10-23

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On the Beat: World Series Game One
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John Perrotto

09-02

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

05-04

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Every Given Sunday: Keystone Greatness in the Keystone State
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John Perrotto

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-04

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Player Profile: Chase Utley
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Marc Normandin

10-31

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

11-07

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Prospectus Feature: The Arizona Fall League
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Jonah Keri

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April 30, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: Explaining Chase Utley's Stolen Base Success

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Zachary Levine

How did Chase Utley become the best percentage basestealer in baseball?

To understand why Chase Utley, a man who is not very fast or really much of a base-stealer at all, stands alone as the most efficient base-stealer in modern baseball history, you have to look a little bit farther down.

Not much farther down, usually just a spot or occasionally two in the Phillies order. Stop when you get to Ryan Howard. The big first baseman, not any left-hander’s pickoff move or any right arm behind the plate, has been the biggest deterrent to Utley’s steals.

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Paul Maholm assumes the mantle of the sub-60-mph strike.

Last season, there were 21 called strikes thrown slower than 60 miles per hour. Nineteen of them were eephus pitches by Vicente Padilla, and the other two were slow curves by Randy Wolf. Padilla is now pitching for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, and Wolf will spend the whole season recovering from October Tommy John surgery. So we wondered—those of us who wonder about these things—who would take up the mantle of the under-60-mph strike thrower in 2013.

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A middle round in 1999 has produced nearly as many WARP as the first round in 2000. Can it continue?

In 1999, 30 major-league teams drafted 30 players in the 13th round of the first-year player draft. Those 30 players have, to date, produced 91.2 WARP

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April 16, 2012 3:00 am

Out of Left Field: The Worst Baseball Discussions We Have

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Matthew Kory

It happens every spring: we talk way too much about reserve outfielders.

Just before spring training ended, an email arrived from two friends of mine. They’re both Philadelphia Phillies fans. As you are likely aware, the Phillies have the greatest starting pitching staff in the history of ever, but they aren’t without problems elsewhere. Ryan Howard’s recovery from a ruptured Achilles and Chase Utley’s on-going knee injuries have ripped the heart out of an offense that was once the National League’s best. Their stranglehold on the NL East is now in doubt.

None of that was discussed in the email. Neither was Jonathan Papelbon’s ridiculous contract, or the disintegration of the farm system, or the aging nucleus, or even Charlie Manuel, possibly the funniest manager in baseball history. Nope, none of that.

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March 30, 2012 12:00 pm

Overthinking It: Are the Phillies Too Old to Win?

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Ben Lindbergh

The defending NL East champs should gather their titles while they may, since the same Phillies that flower today tomorrow will be dying.

It’s been six seasons since the Phillies finished anywhere other than first in the National League East. Last year, they led the major leagues with 102 wins, their highest total during their recent run of success. Over the winter, they signed Jonathan Papelbon, the top closer available on the free agent market, and saw their jilted former closer, Ryan Madson, blow out his elbow before he could throw a meaningful pitch for a competitor. Their starting rotation will be headlined by Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, who project to be three of the 15 most valuable pitchers in baseball. Their lineup will be bolstered by a full season from Hunter Pence. On the surface, most signs point to continued success. But the Phillies’ competitive window may be closing quickly.

There are four Phillies ranked between 51 and 100 on ESPN’s list of the top 500 players for 2012: Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino. It’s conceivable that none of those four will be both ranked in that range and in uniform for the Phillies in 2013. Howard was worth less than two wins in each of the past two seasons and finished 12th on his team in WARP last season, so he’s already out of place that high on the leaderboard. This could be the season his reputation starts to reflect his recent performance: Even after he recovers from the ruptured and subsequently infected Achilles tendon that could cost him the first two months, his on-field decline will likely accelerate at age 32.

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Tommy John surgery claims several more pitchers, and Joba Chamberlain suffers an extremely gruesome ankle dislocation.

Ryan Madson, Cincinnati Reds (Tommy John Surgery)
On Friday, one of the most surprising bits of news with the greatest impact was that Madson needs Tommy John surgery. Madson had battled elbow trouble throughout the spring, but it looked like he was turning a corner as recently as last week. Unfortunately, in the few days prior to his scheduled debut, he suffered a setback and was sent to Dr. Tim Kremchek for further evaluation. Dr. Kremchek found that the ulnar collateral ligament was torn (some of it off the bone), and that the tear appeared to be recent because of the amount of bleeding present.

Madson signed a one-year deal with the Reds over the winter after his four-year deal with Philadelphia fell through. Madson’s injury throws everything in flux for the Reds’ pitching corps, but for now, Sean Marshall is the heir apparent as closer. General manager Walt Jocketty has not ruled moving Aroldis Chapman back into a bullpen role this year but insists nothing is set in stone. The only sure thing is that Madson will miss 2012 and will have a hard time convincing teams to sign him next winter as he completes his rehabilitation.


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The Phillies are slammed by injuries to key players, and the results are in for Miguel Cabrera's busted eye socket.

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies (Bilateral Knee Soreness)
Both of Utley’s knees are in pain. They likely degenerated further from his 2011 condition despite modifications to his strength and conditioning program. Last year, the second baseman dealt with chronic patellar tendinitis and trouble with the cartilage on the back of the kneecap. The patellar cartilage has very little ability to heal itself; if it generates pain, surgery is required. The surgery would most likely involve a microfracture technique, something that would put Utley out for at least several months.

The cartilage isn’t the only issue, though. The tendon undergoes changes to the point it’s not really tendon tissue any longer; it changes at the cellular level. In tendinosis, those changes lead to tendon weakening and make the tendon more prone to rupture. It’s one of the reasons why there is an increased chance of Achilles tendon ruptures with cases of chronic Achilles tendinitis.


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Injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley make the Phillies' chances of maintaining the NL East crown slimmer.

Have you already penciled the Phillies in atop your projected NL East standings? Well, you might want to find an eraser.

Ryan Howard is going to miss the first two months of the season while recovering from the Achilles injury he suffered last October, and it now appears that Chase Utley will be joining him on the disabled list with recurring knee woes. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels should hold down their end of the fort, but questions about the Phillies’ offense are looming rather large as the season approaches.

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December 28, 2011 10:35 am

The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/28/11

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Michael Jong

Cano, Utley, Asdrubal, and Iannetta step into the Keeper Reaper's office this week.

Robinson Cano | New York Yankees
Shallow (30 keepers)
: YES
Medium (60 keepers)
: YES
Deep (90 keepers)
: YES
NL-only (60 keepers)
: YES
Super Deep (200 keepers)
: YES

Last year, Cano was the tenth most valuable player in deep leagues according to PECOTA, registering $31 in auction value. The best part for fantasy owners is that he did so without doing anything unusual.






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The tater trots for July 26: Chase Utley's inside-the-park home run and Albert Pujols shows the fallibility of instant replay.

It's been a busy day, what with the 19th-inning blown call, the Colby Rasmus trade, the almost-Carlos Beltran trade, and Ervin Santana no-hitter. I'm certainly not complaining. But it has kept us all from what's really important - the Tater Trot Tracker.

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Team Injury Projection: Philadelphia Phillies

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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

Can the Phillies count on their killer rotation to hold up over the long haul?

Team Injury Projections

The Team Injury Projections are here, driven by our brand new injury forecasting system, the Comprehensive Health Index [of] Pitchers [and] Players [with] Evaluative Results—or, more succinctly, CHIPPER. Thanks to work by Colin Wyers and Dan Turkenkopf and a database loaded with injuries dating back to the 2002 season—that's nearly 4,600 players and well over 400,000 days lost to injury—we now have a system that produces injury-risk assessments to three different degrees. CHIPPER projects ratings for players based on their injury history—these ratings measure the probability of a player missing one or more games, 15 or more games, or 30 or more games. CHIPPER will have additional features added to it throughout the spring and early season that will enhance the accuracy of our injury coverage.

These ratings are also available in the Player Forecast Manager (pfm.baseballprospectus.com), where they'll be sortable by league or position—you won’t have to wait for us to finish writing this series in order to see the health ratings for all of the players.

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July 20, 2010 10:05 am

Under The Knife: A Case for Encyclopedia Brown

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Will Carroll

Our medical detective explains why a American Orthapaedic Society for Sports Medicine survey skews injury figures, along med news from around the majors.

Sometimes, things hide in plain sight. Do you remember those Encyclopedia Brown stories from about fourth grade? The brainy kid would solve the mystery inside of 10 pages, always in some sharp way. Put on your Encyclopedia Brown hat, because you're going to solve a mystery. Last week, a major study was published at the annual conference of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine that got quite a bit of publicity. The money line from the study is that "pitchers are 34 percent more likely to be injured than fielders" and that "77 percent of all injuries to pitchers happen before the All-Star Game." The first seems like common sense, especially in this era. The second, the 77 percent, is wrong. It's correct, yes, but there's a very apparent reason. Think about it and I'll give you the answer in just a bit.

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