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06-14

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Circle Change: Swing Away, My Large Adult Son
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Zach Crizer

06-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Jon Lester, Elite Running Game Suppressor
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Rob Mains

06-01

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Let It Eat: The June 2017 Panic Index
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Ben Carsley

05-24

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta's Broken Breaking Balls
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Matthew Trueblood

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: Have Gloves, Will Travel
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Bryan Grosnick

05-16

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 6: One Up, One Down
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

04-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Cubs' Pitching and Its Skeptics
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Matthew Trueblood

03-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Extreme Makeover: National League Edition
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Rob Mains

03-23

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Guarding The Lines: When It's Different But Still Great
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Jarrett Seidler

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-14

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Chicago Cubs
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Jared Wyllys

03-08

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Banjo Hitter: The Lost Outfielders
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Aaron Gleeman

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Major Minors
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Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman

02-24

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

02-06

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Transaction Analysis: Bargain Bin Bullpens
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Bryan Grosnick, Eric Roseberry and Jared Wyllys

02-03

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Players Prefer Presentation: Here We Are Again
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Meg Rowley

02-02

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Rubbing Mud: Command, Framing, and Teamwork
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Matthew Trueblood

01-28

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Transaction Analysis: Windy City Depth
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Jared Wyllys

01-26

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Prospectus Feature: Unlocking Kyle Hendricks
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Jeff Long, Jonathan Judge and Harry Pavlidis

01-06

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Two-Strike Approach: Soler Power
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Cat Garcia

01-06

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Rubbing Mud: The Final Sunshine Season for Wrigley Field's Bullpens
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Matthew Trueblood

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Daddy Long Legs Hops From Chicago to St. Louis
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Matthew Trueblood

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago's New 1-2 Punch
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Jared Wyllys

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Lefty, Lefty, Lefty
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Matthew Trueblood

11-14

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Prospectus Feature: The Cy Young and the Unfair Advantage of Defense
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Jonathan Judge

11-14

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Rubbing Mud: Steve Goodman and the History of 'Go Cubs Go'
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Matthew Trueblood

11-04

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Release Points: How Francona Outmaneuvered Maddon and the Cubs ... Almost
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Dan Rozenson

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 7
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Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 7
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Ashley Varela

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: After 108 Years, Cubs Win the Marathon and the Sprint
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Aaron Gleeman

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 7 Preview
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Bryan Grosnick

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Wore It Best?
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Trevor Strunk

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 6
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Jarrett Seidler

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 6
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Mauricio Rubio

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 6 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 5
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Demetrius Bell

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 5
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Matthew Trueblood

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Spider-Man Heyward
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Meg Rowley

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 4
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Ashley Varela

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Errors, Common and Uncommon
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Rian Watt

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Wrigley Goes Silent as Indians See the Finish Line
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Aaron Gleeman

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview
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Scooter Hotz

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 3
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Rian Watt

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
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Jarrett Seidler

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 3
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Mauricio Rubio

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Cleveland Clunker
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Meg Rowley

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Kluber Clinic
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Trevor Strunk

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Is the "leadoff hitter" tag preventing Kyle Schwarber from making a much-needed adjustment?

Most people figure out what they're good at when other people tell them what they're good at.

Some of us have high school English teachers praise our papers, say our writing is promising, encourage us to use that frustrating but addictively cathartic skill to … make almost no money. Others have the whole wide world tell them that they're great at baseball. Sigh.

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June 12, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Jon Lester, Elite Running Game Suppressor

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Rob Mains

The unexpected success of the man who wouldn't throw to first.

One of the most unexpected events of the month—heck, of the season—occurred on Saturday, June 3, in the fifth inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game:

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Cubs fans are freaking out, but they aren't even at the top of the panic heap.

It’s been a busy four weeks.

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta's Broken Breaking Balls

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Matthew Trueblood

Is the dominant Jake Arrieta from 2015 and part of 2016 still lurking, underneath an ugly ERA?

It’s been a grotesquely uneven start to the season for Jake Arrieta. From mid-2014 through the end of last season, few pitchers were as consistently tough to hit as Arrieta. The Cubs could send him to the mound knowing he would work deep into the game, miss bats (or at least the barrels of them), and put the team in a position to win, even if he lacked the sharp command that made him (for a year or so) one of the most brilliant pitchers the game has ever seen.

This year, though, he’s having problems he hasn’t had in years. There are pitches elevated in a way they haven’t been, first within the strike zone, then into the bleachers. There are far fewer swings and misses, which is leading to long at-bats and short outings. This isn’t happening every time, and indeed, he got more ground balls in his latest outing—an easy win over the Brewers in which he surrendered just one unearned run over six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk. However, even then he threw 111 pitches in order to get through those six frames.

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It's musical utility men, as Michael Martinez, Danny Santana, Christian Colon, and others find new homes.

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On the sixth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. review the fall of Blake Snell, as the Rays send him back down to Durham after a rough start to the season. Then it's on to Ian Happ and his cameo in Chicago, plus the usual run-through of all things transaction–including the Dodgers gaming the system and the closers disappearing in NYC.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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April 4, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Cubs' Pitching and Its Skeptics

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Matthew Trueblood

Earl Weaver would have a lot of faith in these Cubs.

As the new season dawns, the baseball punditry finds itself a bit in a panic. The demand for baseball content keeps ramping up, but there’s very little groundbreaking analysis for any of the industry’s too-many talking heads to offer up. Rare are the seasons that leave this small a margin for reasonable disagreement. Of the six divisions, there is an overwhelming favorite to win three, and a clear (though not consensus) choice in two more.

The Wild Card system creates more uncertainty, but not necessarily more suspense or more intrigue. We’re starving for a juicy debate, and after waiting all offseason for real games to begin we’re starting to see some people invent one. So let me answer the question I suddenly hear people (to name a few, and these are some of my very favorite baseball minds, but they’re just missing this one: Joe Sheehan, Bernie Miklasz, Doug Thorburn, and Buster Olney) asking way too often.

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March 27, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Extreme Makeover: National League Edition

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Rob Mains

You can't tell the players without a scorecard.

Every season necessarily brings with it change. Players become old and ineffective and are replaced by promising rookies. The injured get healthy and the healthy get injured. Some players exit via trade, waiver, and release, and some arrive by the same routes. Turnover is inevitable.

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Guarding The Lines: When It's Different But Still Great

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Jarrett Seidler

Javier Baez is as good as we thought he might be, just...completely differently.

Great players comes in all shapes, with all kinds of skills, and so do great prospects. Yet there’s some great players or even good players that were great prospects that projected to hold totally different skills than the ones they ultimately ended up with. What happens when you successfully project how good a prospect will become as a major-league player, but totally miss on what kind of player he will become?

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Nathan explores the psyche of a young Cubs fan-to-be, Jason drafts Trevor May and discovers alienation, and the gang votes on their favorite Topps cards of the 80s.

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Can they do it again?

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There's a lot riding on comebacks by Michael Brantley, Kyle Schwarber, and A.J. Pollock.

Michael Brantley was one of baseball’s best all-around outfielders in 2014 and 2015, hitting a combined .319/.382/.494 with 35 homers, an MLB-high 90 doubles, 38 steals, and more walks (112) than strikeouts (107) in 293 games. He easily led Indians position players in WARP during that two-year span and placed third in the AL MVP voting in 2014. And then he missed nearly the entire 2016 season following offseason shoulder surgery, appearing in just 11 games and seeing zero action after mid-May.

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