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11 Tools of Ignorance: Why Was Chapman So Expensive? by Jeff Quinton
9 Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent by Aaron Gleeman
0 Prospectus Feature: Does 'Elite Closer' Mean Less Volatility? by Henry Druschel
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0 What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar by Daniel Rathman
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0 Raising Aces: In Awe of Southpaws by Doug Thorburn
1 What You Need to Know: Not Closing, Losing by Emma Baccellieri
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4 Pitching Backward: Valuing Relievers, in July and Otherwise by Jeff Long
8 Baseball Therapy: Growing Zobrists by Russell A. Carleton
1 What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell by Daniel Rathman
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14 Prospectus Feature: Groundball Pitchers: Nothin' To Do With Them? by Rob Mains
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The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.
The Thursday Takeaway
Arnold Schwarzenegger would have you believe that “ If It bleeds, we can kill it.” Perhaps this is true, perhaps it isn’t. All we know at this moment is that the Cubs have lost four games in a row for the first time since last year’s NLCS.
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As the first openly gay owner in Major League Baseball, Laura Ricketts gives Cub fans reason to feel pride in every sense of the word. Is Bill James right about groundball pitchers?
Bill James is not a fan of groundball pitchers. This is not new news; he’s written about them
in the past on his site, Bill James Online. His most recent thoughts on the subject came last month in an essay entitled . He addressed four separate topics: Two Bits, Four Bits
1. The oddity of teams’ no. 1 starter being referred to as “not a true number one starter” when one never hears, say, a cleanup hitter being referred to as “not a true cleanup hitter”
2. The value of groundball pitchers vs. flyball pitchers
3. Whether facing a knuckleball pitcher screws up opposing hitters’ timing in the following game
4. How the ascendancy of Donald Trump indicates a challenge for the Republican Party
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It's mid-June, and Jason Heyward is is slugging .307. Why we're sanguine.
Chicago can't quit Chris Coghlan, while the A's pick up a former top prospect with remaining intrigue. Preempting a bunch of Chicago Cubs hot takes.
As you may have heard, the
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. Chicago Cubs
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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Twitter can be a rough, unforgiving place for baseball players. Their mentions stink with fans using the direct line to bombard them with criticism, name-calling, and personal attacks. Players can't reply in tone, of course, so they can ignore, or they can reply with positivity—as
did, three years ago, in an exchange culminating in a now-legendary tweet. Jake Arrieta
Arrieta, then with the Orioles,
received a tweet from a stranger on the internet telling him “you f***ing suck” and “go back to the minors.” It was April 21, 2013 and Arrieta had just allowed five runs in four innings against the Dodgers to raise his on the season to 6.63 and his career ERA to 5.41. ERA
He was no doubt frustrated and unhappy with how his career was going at age 27. But instead of lashing out (with cause) at a person who had lashed out at him (without cause), Arrieta killed him with kindness. Well, mostly. Arrieta
replied: “Agreed. Gotta be better. If we see each other in person, you should avoid me.” That could be viewed as a threat, but it could also just be a factual statement made to a person who said “you f***ing suck.”
After a bit more back and forth Arrieta totally changed the tone of the conversation to the point that the same person who kicked things off by saying “you f***ing suck” was
telling him things like “you have great stuff” and “good luck to you.” He even got the guy to admit “maybe I have anger issues.” All of which is interesting in itself, but my favorite part is Arrieta promising, Read the full article... '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
, 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 Dustin Pedroia , Jacoby Ellsbury , Clay Buchholz , Anthony Rizzo , Joe Ross and Kris Bryant . Kyle Schwarber Read the full article... 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: exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015. Jake Arrieta
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Thinking probabilistically about upgrades. Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.
The Tuesday Takeaway
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 James Shields 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 introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there. Kyle Seager
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