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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

05-11

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Baseball Therapy: The Even Slightly More Convincing Argument Against the Shift
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Russell A. Carleton

05-10

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Fifth Column: On A Rule Limiting Intentional Walks
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Michael Baumann

05-06

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DRA 2016
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Jonathan Judge

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test
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Demetrius Bell

05-03

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Baseball Therapy: The Pretty Good Case That the Shift Doesn't Work
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Russell A. Carleton

05-03

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Rubbing Mud: Stop What You're Doing And Consider The Cubs' Incredible Defense
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Matthew Trueblood

05-02

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Prospectus Feature: I Come to Praise Quality Starts, Not to Bury Them
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Rob Mains

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Preempting a bunch of Chicago Cubs hot takes.

As you may have heard, the Chicago Cubs started the season pretty well. As of the end of May, they were 35-15, playing exactly .700 ball. That projects to a 113-49 record over 162 games, which would be the most wins in a season since the Mariners won 116 in 2001, and the most in the National League since, well, since the Chicago Cubs won 116 in 1906.

But that wasn’t the only notable end-of-May record. The Twins and Braves were both 15-36, on pace for 48-114. The Reds, at 17-35, were on pace for 53-109. The 20-33 Padres projected to 61-101, raising the question of how Padres owner Ron Fowler would describe the Twins, Braves, or Reds. On the other hand, the 32-20 Red Sox were on pace to finish 100-62, the 33-21 Giants were on track for 99-63, the 32-21 Nationals on pace for 98-64, the 31-21 Rangers for 97-65, and the 30-21 Mariners for 95-67. So there were, at the end of May, four teams with a shot at 100 losses and six that could win 100.

As an aside, I am fully cognizant that “on pace for” is intellectually lazy and ignorant, unless it’s wielded cleverly by the likes of Jayson Stark or Cespedes Family Barbecue. (Especially the Cespedes Family Barbecue link. You should check it out. Go ahead, it won’t take long. I’ll still be here.) So no, I’m not implying that there actually will be four teams with 62 or fewer wins and six with 62 or fewer losses. I’m just setting the tone. Play along with me here.

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'You go from picking top 10 four years straight to picking 104. What doesn't change is our preparation and our expectation to do well.'

Jason McLeod's first-ever draft pick as a scouting director was Dustin Pedroia, 65th overall in 2004. Since that point, in stints with the Red Sox, Padres and Cubs, McLeod has overseen the selections of talents such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Anthony Rizzo, Joe Ross, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber.

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The Diamondbacks hand Jake Arrieta his first recorded loss, Jose Fernandez pitches his way into the history books, and Clayton Kershaw’s worst outing is still pretty good.

The Weekend Takeaway
We all knew it was coming sooner or later: Jake Arrieta exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015.


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Thinking probabilistically about upgrades.

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June 4, 2016 6:00 am

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Zack Moser

They sent a poet.

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Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
James Shields added another chapter to a sadly long story of soul-crushing outings Tuesday—his fifth career game with 10 or more runs allowed, tying him for the most of any pitcher since 1940, as BP author Aaron Gleeman pointed out on Twitter. The first and second innings began by following the same pattern, with Shields getting two quick outs to start each one before falling apart as he let walks and singles pile up. At the end of the second, though, the pattern broke, as Kyle Seager introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there.


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May 28, 2016 8:00 am

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Leigh Coridan

Remember how unlikely Ben Zobrist's career as a superstar was? The Cubs' second baseman talks about what brought him here.

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The Cubs ace loses one incredible streak but keeps another alive, while Corey Kluber and Nomar Mazara put on shows.

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Clayton Kershaw is peaking, Pujols hits a sort of a milestone, and the Cubs are slumping, relatively speaking.

The Monday Takeaway
The Warriors are actually bad at basketball, as they take too many jump shots and don’t have a strong enough game in the post. Their once-in-a-lifetime shooter is overrated, and their records mean nothing in the face of grit and Russell Westbrook.


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Sometimes, doing the right thing means not taking another agent's client. Sometimes, though, doing the right thing means the opposite.

I just spent three days in Miami with Jeremy Jeffress and ran into several agents I knew. Many of them I quite like. A few I do not. One told me it’s "dumb" to tweet about clients because it makes it that much easier for other agents to "poach" my guys. I agree, but I feel like I am an outlier (or crazy, or both). I mean, I’m public enough that everyone knows my guys, and really I stopped caring in 2010. If guys are going to leave me, then they're going to leave. Twitter will not change that. I am going to promote the hell out of my clients and do right by all of them. I can’t live my life worrying about what other agents do.

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Don't forget how great Joe Nathan was. And as he prepares for a comeback, don't forget what he's still working toward.

The last big-league pitch Joe Nathan threw was an 86 mph, 1-2 slider to Torii Hunter on Opening Day of last season. Hunter checked his swing, got rung up by umpire Joe West for a game-ending strikeout, and argued his way into a meaningless ejection (followed by several days of the usual “Joe West is the worst” headlines). Detroit beat Minnesota, Nathan got his 377th career save, and two days later he was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John surgery.

It was the second Tommy John surgery and third major arm surgery of Nathan’s career and at age 41 it seemed like the end of the line for the six-time All-Star closer, with a headline-grabbing one-out save against his former team and former teammate serving as a memorable final act. Instead, he rested and rehabbed, and last week Nathan signed a major-league contract with the Cubs that includes a spot on the 60-day disabled list until he’s ready to pitch again. As of now he’s aiming for early July.

Nathan wasn’t great for the Tigers before blowing out his elbow—posting a 4.78 ERA and 55/29 K/BB ratio in 58 innings—but having closely watched his entire Twins career it’s my duty to remind everyone of how great he was for a long time in Minnesota and later in Texas. Nathan at his best was as dominant as nearly any reliever in baseball history, and Nathan was at his best a lot. For instance, here’s a list of the pitchers since 1920 with the most seasons in which they threw at least 50 innings and posted an ERA below 2.00:

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The 2010 Giants are back, sort of. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard continues his takeover of the world, while Joe Kelly flashes great stuff.

The Weekend Takeaway
The ghost of the 2010 Giants was resurrected on Saturday when Matt Cain delivered his first win of 2016. Yes, yes, the baseball-god-defying Giants did lay claim to championship titles in 2012 and 2014, but the last time Cain’s cFIP dipped under 100 in a winning Giants season, he was headlining the rotation with Tim Lincecum and sporting a career-high 6.1 WARP while the club marched to their its World Series in San Francisco.


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