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05-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: All's Well That Ends Wel
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

05-18

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What You Need to Know: 8 2/3
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Steven Jacobson

05-06

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 4: The Cubs Keep Losing and It Feels Normal
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Sahadev Sharma

05-06

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BP Ballpark Night
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J.P. Breen

05-06

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BP Ballpark Night
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Sahadev Sharma

05-02

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Rubbing Mud: The Ongoing Rise of Rizzo
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Matthew Trueblood

04-30

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BP Wrigleyville
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Mauricio Rubio

04-29

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 3: Cubs Keep Winning and It Feels Weird
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Sahadev Sharma

04-23

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Prospectus Feature: The Left-Handed Pitcher's Guide To Jon Lester's Pickoffs
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Colin Young

04-23

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BP Chicago
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Matthew Trueblood

04-22

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 2: Comeback Cubs, Bullpen Woes, and Booming Bats
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Sahadev Sharma

04-21

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The Call-Up: Addison Russell
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Christopher Crawford and Nick Shlain

04-20

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

04-17

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Going Yard: How Bryant Can Crush
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Ryan Parker

04-17

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The Call-Up: Kris Bryant
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

04-17

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

04-15

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Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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BP Wrigleyville
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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Prospectus Feature: How To Design A Modern Box Score
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Jesse Krailler

04-14

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38

Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-14

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What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-03

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Pebble Hunting: Watching The Worst Game of 2014
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Sam Miller

04-03

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Every Team's Moneyball: Chicago Cubs: Take This Job and Keep It
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Sahadev Sharma

03-31

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Pebble Hunting: The Case For Shaming the Cubs
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Sam Miller

03-23

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Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant and the CBA Fight Ahead
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Matthew Trueblood

03-18

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Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat
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Daniel Rathman

03-16

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Daisy Cutter: Coaching Javier Baez
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Sahadev Sharma

03-13

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Prospectus Feature: Scouting With Plate Discipline
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Jeff Moore and Andrew Koo

02-26

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Daisy Cutter: Is Rizzo For Real?
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Sahadev Sharma

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
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R.J. Anderson

02-12

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Daisy Cutter: Let's Talk About the Cubs Bullpen
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Sahadev Sharma

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

01-21

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Daisy Cutter: Maddon Meets the Bleacher Bums
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Sahadev Sharma

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Get Raysy
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Sahadev Sharma and Craig Goldstein

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs
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Sahadev Sharma

12-17

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Daisy Cutter: The Value of Five-Plus Players
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Sahadev Sharma

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-16

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Ninety Percent Mental: It's Happening!
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Lewie Pollis

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One
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Sahadev Sharma

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Get Montero, Braves Add Callaspo
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R.J. Anderson

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

12-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
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Jeff Quinton

11-26

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Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers
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Sahadev Sharma

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Russell Martin Gets That McCann Cash
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Rumor Roundup: Will Cubs Rustle Martin?
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Daniel Rathman

11-14

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2015 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-05

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Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived
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Sahadev Sharma

11-04

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jason Hammel
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Ryan Parker

11-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why Joe Maddon Matters
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Russell A. Carleton

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April 21, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Addison Russell

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Christopher Crawford and Nick Shlain

All the Chicago prospects. All the Chicago prospects in the whole world!

The situation: The 7-5 Chicago Cubs called up Kris Bryant to man the hot corner last week, and now will bring in Russell to play second base.

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April 20, 2015 4:20 pm

BP Wrigleyville

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Rian Watt

How confident are you that Kris Bryant will be a star? Bryant and his agent might be ever more confident.

This piece originally appeared on BP Wrigleyville, Baseball Prospectus' local site for all your Cubs needs. And be sure to visit BP Boston and BP Bronx for Red Sox and Yankees analysis as well.

We’re in the end of days now. The story of Kris Bryant and service time, which dominated the Cubs’ spring training, has entered its next stage—hopefully, the one wherein Bryant dominates the National League on his way to a Rookie of the Year award.

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With the highly anticipated arrival of Kris Bryant finally here, we get a bonus Going Yard to break down this prospect's swing.

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Finally!

The Situation: The Cubs have their best roster since at least 2008, and with Mike Olt headed to the disabled list with a hairline fracture of his wrist, they have called up Bryant to man the hot corner and quiet the clamoring hordes.

Background: Bryant was the second overall pick out of the University of San Diego in 2013, and all he's done since is put up, at every professional level he has touched, the sort of stats that inspire hackneyed cliches about video game numbers. He came in fifth in BP's top 101 prospects this winter, ranking behind only Addison Russell on Chicago's top 10.

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April 17, 2015 6:00 am

BP Wrigleyville

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Sahadev Sharma

Chris Coghlan has battled numerous injuries over the years, but his biggest hurdles he's had to overcome to once again find success have been in his head.

This piece originally appeared on BP Wrigleyville, Baseball Prospectus' local site for all your Cubs needs. And be sure to visit BP Boston and BP Bronx for Red Sox and Yankees analysis as well.

Not many people believe in Chris Coghlan. From everything we know about his history, nobody would blame the non-believers. He’s generally considered a poor defender, and that’s in left field. He’s only played over 100 games twice in his six-plus year career. From 2011-2013, he posted WARPs of 0.5, -0.9, and 0.7, respectively. He’s had both a major knee injury and back issues that have taken out large chunks of seasons for him. This is not the type of profile one looks at and says, “Yup, that’s the guy I want to rely on to help my team make the playoffs.”

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers

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Matthew Trueblood

The first week of the season is overrated, overanalyzed, overdiscussed--and, also, enough to move the odds significantly.

Prospectus co-founder Joe Sheehan often says that fans would be better served by baseball writers if they all put down their pens and pushed away from their keyboards from Opening Day until Memorial Day. Rany Jazayerli—another co-founder—ran a three-part study back in 2003 that provides some objective support to that subjective statement: it takes about 48 games for a team’s seasonal performance to become more predictive of their final record than a simple blend of their three previous seasons’ records, and a regression factor. After 10 games, that rough preseason projection is still more than six times as predictive of final record as actual performance is.

Joe isn’t wrong, and Rany’s math wasn’t, either. We have some tools that change the way we perceive the early segment of the season, though. For one, we have PECOTA, which was just making its maiden voyage through April when Rany wrote up his study. For another, we have the Playoff Odds Report, which uses PECOTA and a Monte Carlo simulation that repeats the season thousands of times to give us an estimate of the chances that each team will make it to the postseason.

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April 14, 2015 3:03 pm

BP Wrigleyville

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Matthew Trueblood

A deep bench and resting regulars is becoming a trend all across sports, and it's starting to catch on in baseball as well.

This piece originally appeared on BP Wrigleyville, Baseball Prospectus' local site for all your Cubs needs. And be sure to visit BP Boston and BP Bronx for Red Sox and Yankees analysis as well.

In baseball, as in all things, this is an age of specialization. Starting pitchers pitch less than ever, making fewer starts:

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How do you fit an entire baseball game in a small rectangle?

Jesse Krailler runs Modern Box Score, which is experimenting with a new way of visualizing everything that happened in a baseball game. We're big fans of it, so we asked him to take us through the designs he discarded and the decisions he made.

Data visualization is hot right now. Very hot. DataVis, as the cool kids call it, is so hot that there seems to be a conference on the subject in a major city once I week. I am in an airport, returning from one such conference. That fact is only relevant to this story, because this week’s conference was the second I’ve had the pleasure of attending in person, and the first is where this whole thing got started.

In the fall of 2013, I attended a large Data Visualization conference that had a small afternoon session on sports visualizations. Most of the presenters were discussing work they had done with sports primarily popular in Europe – namely soccer and rugby. The only U.S.-based presenters had done their work in either basketball or football. With baseball having, by far, the most publicly available historic data, I was surprised that it didn’t even make an appearance in this session.

One of the presentations I watched that day was an attempt to illustrate the individual performance of soccer players over the course of a game. The developers were using a series of glyphs representing players to show things like time of possession, shots and fouls. There's little variety to events that happen in a soccer match, so the amount of information to glean from the visualization wasn’t huge.

I got back to my room that night with these presentations stuck in my head. Baseball, I thought, is desperately lacking for interesting visualizations. I’m willing to bet that 95 percent of baseball analytics articles contain, at most, heat maps and/or scatter plots. Most of them are just text and tables. While these articles contain great analysis and insights, many don’t keep my attention. I like pictures. Pretty ones, at that.

Between major-league games (almost all in my city of residence, Cincinnati) and minor league games within driving distance, I usually get to watch 5-15 games live each season. Contrary to my anti-hoarding approach to life, I have a file drawer full of scorecards from games that I’ve attended. What I like about these scorecards, and the reason I save them, is that they give me enough information to recreate the game in my head. When I become senile, my only earthly possessions will be these scorecards, and I will play these games over and over in my mind’s eye. I’ll pretend that I remember being there, but I can’t possibly, and it won’t matter because I have all the information I need to keep that illusion alive.

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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?

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Russell A. Carleton

The fallout from Joe Maddon's lineup choice.

Every season has its Sabermetric bellwether issue. Trout vs. Cabrera. The infield shift. Catcher framing. Joey Votto in the two-hole. But before all that, there was Tony La Russa hitting the pitcher in the eighth spot in the lineup. La Russa, when he managed the Cardinals, was known to be willing to experiment a bit to gain an edge. Then again, during his A’s days, La Russa was credited with “inventing” the modern bullpen and Dennis Eckersley. In 1993, he even tried a pitching strategy which had three groups of three pitchers each that worked a three-day rotation. The experiment lasted a week, but he gave it a shot. But now, the La Russa gambit of hitting the pitcher eighth is back.

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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015

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Chris Mosch

Lester throws a pickoff, Zimmermann's ERA burns, Mookie Betts is a stud, and more from Monday.

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A reminder about baseball.

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How Theo Epstein's job security has given him enough time to build a contender.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the final two teams! Sunday's Opening Night teams, the player development appliance of the Cardinals, and the job security of Cubs' executives.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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