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02-11

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Rubbing Mud: Three Evolving Hitters
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Matthew Trueblood

02-08

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Life at the Margins: You've Got Males
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Rian Watt

02-03

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Life at the Margins: The Case Against Hiring A Smart Person
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Rian Watt

01-15

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 34: Good Bye?
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Sahadev Sharma

01-11

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 33: We Are a Podcast
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Sahadev Sharma

01-07

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Rubbing Mud: Cubs Do It Differently
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Matthew Trueblood

12-30

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 32: Have a Merry New Year
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Sahadev Sharma

12-30

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Best of BP 2015: Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

12-28

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Tools of Ignorance: Behavioral Economics and the Rise of the Player Opt-Out
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Jeff Quinton

12-16

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 31: Costanza
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Sahadev Sharma

12-11

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18

Transaction Analysis: No Laughing Matter
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Sahadev Sharma

12-11

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 30: HEYWARD!!
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Sahadev Sharma

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Implement Flextime
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Jeff Quinton, Sahadev Sharma and J.P. Breen

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: Make That Three Areas of Weakness
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Sahadev Sharma and George Bissell

11-30

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 29: I Think I Found Your Porn Name
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Sahadev Sharma

11-24

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BP Wrigleyville
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Isaac Bennett

11-13

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 28: I Don't Have a Thing
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Sahadev Sharma

11-12

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5

Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-11

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-10

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5

Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-09

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Rumor Roundup: Wait 'Til Next Year
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Daniel Rathman

11-04

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 27: Kick-cast
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Sahadev Sharma

11-03

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 26: Shut Up
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Sahadev Sharma

10-23

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Rubbing Mud: The Rizzo Post-Mortem
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Matthew Trueblood

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: The Lions In Winter: NLCS Game 4
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-21

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BP Unfiltered: A Little More on Cubs' Issues Holding Runners
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Sahadev Sharma

10-21

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BP Unfiltered: We Got Kyle Schwarber To Say 'Man Parts'
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Rian Watt

10-20

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Mets Win, Take 2-1 Series Lead: NLCS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Matt Harvey: From the Operating Table to the Opera: NLCS Game 1
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Cubs vs. Mets
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Sahadev Sharma

10-16

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 25: Star Wars Crackers
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Sahadev Sharma

10-13

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Baseball Therapy: Do We Still Need Divisions?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-09

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 24: Enjoying the Moment
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Sahadev Sharma

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals
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Sahadev Sharma

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel
by
Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Cubs vs. Pirates
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta Isn't Wearing A Cape
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Matthew Trueblood

10-06

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

10-05

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Transaction Analysis: How The Wild Card Winners Were Built
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BP Staff

10-02

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

10-01

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 23: Please Rate Me on Peeple
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Sahadev Sharma

09-30

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BP Wrigleyville
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Alex Putterman

09-24

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

09-24

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 22: Saving Jake
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Sahadev Sharma

09-16

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 21: Time to Get Professional
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Sahadev Sharma

09-11

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 20: Do You Put Your Underwear On Standing Up?
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Sahadev Sharma

09-09

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BP Unfiltered: One Particular View of Kris Bryant's Home Run
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Sam Miller

09-03

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 19: Take Your Time, Paul Goldschmidt
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Sahadev Sharma

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October 23, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Rizzo Post-Mortem

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Matthew Trueblood

The Cubs' best player was, in many ways, their biggest liability in October. What's it mean for him next year?

If you had to put your finger on a single reason why the Cubs were swept by the Mets in the NLCS this week (and more broadly, why they weren’t quite themselves throughout the playoffs), the best thing to which you could point would be the dreadful performances of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. The young sluggers who had been the engine of the team’s offense for most of the season batted .188/.257/.375 and .176/.243/.441, respectively, in 72 combined plate appearances. When your third and fourth hitters do that in eight playoff games, you should feel fortunate to come out of those games with a 4-4 record.

Bryant is of little concern. He’s still adjusting, still evolving into what he’ll eventually be as a big-league hitter. Change is happening at a dizzying pace, but, still, he had been playing quite well up until his playoff collapse. Starting with the game in which he hit a season-turning walk-off home run to beat the Rockies (July 27th), Bryant batted .309/.386/.549 over his final 264 regular-season plate appearances. He ran cold at the wrong time, but so it goes.

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Three old men are going to the World Series.

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The Mets took advantage of the Cubs' inability to hold runners. Why is this such an issue for them and how are they combating it?

A quick follow up on last night’s piece about the Mets stealing a critical base in the Game Three victory and their ability to do exactly that all series. The numbers back up the fact that it wasn’t just some random occurrence for the last three games, the Mets were able to exploit a weakness they saw in the Cubs and the inability of their pitchers to hold runners.

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When Schwarber switch-hits, no beans are safe.

This all happened an hour ago, roughly two hours before the first pitch of a critical NLCS Game Four. The speaker: Kyle Schwarber. The recorder: Me. The context? This scene, which played out in the left field grass at Wrigley some hours earlier:

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October 20, 2015 9:22 am

BP Wrigleyville

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Rian Watt

Kyle Hendricks makes the biggest start of his career tonight. How did he learn the pitch that could allow him to neutralize the Mets' bats?

Every pitch has an origin story and for Kyle Hendricks, his changeup came along after rough outing in high school and a long workout with his father. It has now developed into the pitch that allows Hendricks to go under the radar and become a very solid piece of the Cubs rotation. After they clinched their spot in the NLCS, Rian Watt spoke to Hendricks and Hendricks' father about how that pitch came about. Over at BP Wrigleyville, Watt shares that story.

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Cubs might feel foresaken, but they can even the series up with a win in Game Three.

Seven months ago, Noah Syndergaard was the kid in spring training whose lunch plate two veteran teammates felt comfortable tipping into the garbage. Nobody touches his lunch now.

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Forget all you've heard about Matt Harvey of late, the Mets ace delivered a performance that won't soon be forgotten on Saturday night.

Forget all that you know and all you have heard.

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It's gonna be close! Or lopsided! Who can ever tell?

Do I have to say it? Are you really going to make me say it? Fine, I’ll say it: These are not the same Mets that went 0-7 against the Cubs this season. Of course, the Cubs aren’t the same team either. The young Cubs have developed into a powerhouse offense—they added Kyle Schwarber’s thunder, while Dexter Fowler and Starlin Castro were totally different players in the second half and Kris Bryant found another level—and Jake Arrieta has became one of the best pitchers in baseball.

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The guys talk vanquishing the Cardinals in the NLDS and what to expect from a very different Mets team.

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October 13, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Do We Still Need Divisions?

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Russell A. Carleton

Is there a solution for the Pirates Problem?

It seems a little unfair. In 2015, the Pittsburgh Pirates had the second-best record in all of baseball. Arguments aside about whether that makes them the second-best team in all of baseball, Andrew McCutchen and friends are currently sitting at home watching the rest of the playoffs. The Cubs—the team that beat them in the Wild Card game—are in the NLDS against the Cardinals—the team that had the best record in the big leagues and who just happened to be located in a city in the same general geographic area as Pittsburgh.

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Playoff baseball on the North Side! The guys talk Arrieta, Schwarber, celebrations, and the Cardinals.

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October 9, 2015 12:01 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals

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Sahadev Sharma

A knock-down season series carries over into the postseason, as the more talented Cubs face the more experienced Cardinals.

The Cubs knocked Pirates ace Gerrit Cole out of the Wild Card game after just five innings, while their own dominating ace did what he’s done for months: Dominated. They now head to St. Louis for their first ever playoff clash with their arch-rivals.

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