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08-29

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball Player Human
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Trevor Strunk

08-15

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Tools of Ignorance: Why Was Chapman So Expensive?
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Jeff Quinton

08-12

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Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent
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Aaron Gleeman

08-08

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Prospectus Feature: Does 'Elite Closer' Mean Less Volatility?
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Henry Druschel

08-06

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

08-02

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What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar
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Daniel Rathman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Twins, Angels Make Seller-To-Seller Swap
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Aaron Gleeman, Meg Rowley, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-30

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Raising Aces: In Awe of Southpaws
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Doug Thorburn

07-29

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What You Need to Know: Not Closing, Losing
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Emma Baccellieri

07-28

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What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes
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Demetrius Bell

07-27

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Cold Takes: Stuck With Him
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Patrick Dubuque

07-27

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Pitching Backward: Valuing Relievers, in July and Otherwise
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Jeff Long

07-26

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Baseball Therapy: Growing Zobrists
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Russell A. Carleton

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Aroldis Chapman Takes The 105 To Wrigley
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Christopher Crawford, Mike Gianella, Rian Watt, Adam McInturff and Nicolas Stellini

07-23

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BP Wrigleyville
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Kazuto Yamazaki

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Legend of Vogelbach, Now In Seattle
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Christopher Crawford, Rian Watt and Brendan Gawlowski

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick
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Demetrius Bell

07-17

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BP Wrigleyville
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Cat Garcia

07-17

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Caught Looking: Underpaid From Debut to Retirement
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Michael Wenz

07-15

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BP Unfiltered: Hope Springs Eternal, Shouldn’t
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Rob Mains

07-09

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Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary
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Doug Thorburn

07-06

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What You Need to Know: Cubs' Losing Streak Stands At: 1
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Emma Baccellieri

06-26

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Team Chemistry: Explaining the DRA-Beaters
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John Choiniere

06-25

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BP Wrigleyville
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Mike Banghart

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?
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Nicolas Stellini

06-19

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BP Wrigleyville
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Ken Schultz

06-13

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Prospectus Feature: Groundball Pitchers: Nothin' To Do With Them?
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Rob Mains

06-12

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BP Wrigleyville
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Cat Garcia

06-10

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Transaction Analysis: Coghlan Comes Home
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Matthew Trueblood and Bryan Grosnick

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success?
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Rob Mains

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: From a Cesspool, Success
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Aaron Gleeman

06-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting
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Tim Britton

06-06

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What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This
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Ashley Varela

06-05

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BP Wrigleyville
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Matthew Trueblood

06-04

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

05-28

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BP Wrigleyville
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Leigh Coridan

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect
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Demetrius Bell

05-24

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What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...
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Nicolas Stellini

05-24

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An Agent's Take: On Poaching, Intentionally and Not
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Joshua Kusnick

05-24

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Prospectus Feature: Joe Nathan's Got One Thing To Prove
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Aaron Gleeman

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend
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Ashley Varela

05-21

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

05-20

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Analytics of Jake Arrieta Bobbleheads
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Meg Rowley

05-20

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Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again
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Bryan Grosnick

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

05-15

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Prospectus Feature: Failing To Find A Better Way
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Trevor Strunk

05-11

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BP Unfiltered: How Many Runs Could the Cubs Spot Their Opponents?
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Sam Miller

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If you want a bunch of Zobrists, it helps to plant them early. Are teams doing it?

We live in an era of short benches. Recently, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made news when he admitted that the league office has had discussions about new restrictions for teams around how they can use relievers (and how many). There’s nothing imminent, but Manfred cited the dominance of relievers in recent years and hinted that the move would bring a little offensive spark back into the game. Plus, we all know the complaints about innings where a team uses four pitchers. Because they have eight relievers on the roster.

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Jeremy Hellickson aces his audition, the White Sox get to the Cubs' bullpen, and Dave Dombrowski has made so many trades that they're starting to overlap in a kind of baseball version of the grandfather paradox.

The Monday Takeaway
Trade rumors have swirled around the Marlins in recent days, with most honing in on the club’s search for a starting pitcher, especially in light of worrisome injury news regarding Wei-Yin Chen. Among the arms connected to Miami were Andrew Cashner and Matt Moore, and also Jeremy Hellickson


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Chicago acquiring Aroldis Chapman from New York is a complicated, blockbuster trade on and off the field.

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July 23, 2016 6:00 am

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Kazuto Yamazaki

No, the record isn't 'most wins.' Still, a record pace!

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Chicago makes the inevitable trade of Dan Vogelbach's big bat and gets team-controlled left-hander Mike Montgomery from Seattle in return.

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All Seattle does is hit walk-off dingers. Plus: Felix returns, Hanley takes a swing at four bombs in a game, and the Cubs are good again.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Walk-off victories are clearly the most exciting victories there are in baseball, but there are within the category clearly the most exciting walkoffs in baseball. There have been some especially intriguing contenders of late: Josh Harrison hit a Little League home run to send the Pirates to victory last night, and the Padres won a game via walk-off balk this past Saturday. However, nothing beats a walk-off home run for symphonic release, and one team that’s been taking particular joy in ending games via walk-off dongers has been the Seattle Mariners.


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July 17, 2016 6:04 am

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Cat Garcia

Things are looking down lately, but the Cubs really have been something else this year.

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Reviewing a forthcoming academic article on wins and wages.

Caught Looking examines articles from the academic literature relevant to baseball and statistical analysis. This review examines an article by Brad Humphreys and Hyunwoong Pyun that is forthcoming in the journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

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When it comes to the standings on the first day of the second half, what you see is *mostly* what you get.

Last year, the Cardinals had the best record in baseball, 100-62. The Pirates were second best, 98-64. This year, at the All-Star break, the teams find themselves looking up—looking pretty far up, in fact; 7.0 games for St. Louis and 7.5 for Pittsburgh—at the Cubs. Worse, they’re currently fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race for the two National League Wild Card slots, 1.0 and 1.5 games, respectively, behind the Mets and Marlins for the last spot. It’s leading fans of the two teams to ask, Are the Cubs really this good? and Are we really this bad? Cubs fans, by contrast, are looking at a team that was a ridiculous 39-15 record after play on June 10 but 14-20—third worst in the National League, tied for seventh worst in the majors—ever since.[1]

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Notable pitching performances this week from Drew Pomeranz, Jake Arrieta and MIchael Fulmer.

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The struggling Cubs fail to build any momentum, the Angels win without Trout, and the Indians keep destroying the Tigers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Last week, the Reds operated as a palate cleanser of sorts for the Cubs. Chicago entered the three-game series against Cincinnati having lost six of their previous seven, and they exited it with a sweep that made it look as if that streak of ugliness was over.


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The Cubs' pitchers are on a historical DRA-beating pace. Are there some factors that explain why some teams do this?

I’m certainly not the first person, and maybe not even the first person whom you’ve read today, to point out that the Cubs are having an incredible season. As of the moment this sentence is being written, their third-order winning percentage is an insane 0.750, and they sit in first place on both the batting and overall WARP leaderboard (and in fourth on the pitching one). As was pointed out by Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh at FiveThirtyEight last week, their pitching staff’s BABIP allowed is historically low. They also are among the best all-time in outperforming their DRA, the best pitching skills estimator currently available.

It was even more extreme a few days ago, but as of Friday evening the Cubs’ RA9-DRA was -0.95—almost a full run difference over nine innings. That’s the 12th-biggest difference in the entirety of what you might call the “DRA era,” which begins in the early 1950s. Also of note, both their DRA and RA9 are lower than any team above them on that list.

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