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02-06

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Transaction Analysis: Bargain Bin Bullpens
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Bryan Grosnick, Eric Roseberry and Jared Wyllys

01-24

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Deep, But Playable: Ventura and Marte
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Craig Goldstein

12-28

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Best of BP 2016: Watching Andrew Miller
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Meg Rowley

11-04

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Release Points: How Francona Outmaneuvered Maddon and the Cubs ... Almost
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Dan Rozenson

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 7
by
Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 7
by
Ashley Varela

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: After 108 Years, Cubs Win the Marathon and the Sprint
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Aaron Gleeman

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 7 Preview
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Bryan Grosnick

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Wore It Best?
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Trevor Strunk

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 6
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Jarrett Seidler

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 6
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Mauricio Rubio

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 6 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 5
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Demetrius Bell

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 5
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Matthew Trueblood

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Spider-Man Heyward
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Meg Rowley

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 4
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Ashley Varela

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Errors, Common and Uncommon
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Rian Watt

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Wrigley Goes Silent as Indians See the Finish Line
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Aaron Gleeman

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview
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Scooter Hotz

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 3
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Rian Watt

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
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Jarrett Seidler

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 3
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Mauricio Rubio

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Cleveland Clunker
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Meg Rowley

10-27

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Players Prefer Presentation: Watching Andrew Miller
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Meg Rowley

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Kluber Clinic
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Trevor Strunk

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 1
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Ashley Varela

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 Preview
by
Mike Gianella

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 1
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Matthew Trueblood

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 1 Preview
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Bryan Grosnick

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cubs vs. Indians
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Aaron Gleeman

10-25

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Rubbing Mud: What We Really Know About Lester's Yips
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Matthew Trueblood

10-24

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Andrew Miller Is Not Goose Gossage
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Rob Mains

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Take a Loss, Save a Bullpen
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Kate Morrison

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Bryan Grosnick

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Postseason (Or At Least Indians) Magic
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Trevor Strunk

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 3 Preview
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Jeff Quinton

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona and The Funky Bunch
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Ashley Varela

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Turning Down the Volume
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Rob Mains

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Indians
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Matthew Trueblood

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Going Out With a Walk
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Brett Cowett

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Proof, Gargoyles, and David Price
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Matt Collins

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona, Leverage King
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Matthew Kory

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 1 Previews
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Kate Morrison and Matthew Trueblood

09-28

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Banjo Hitter: The Derek Falvey Era
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Aaron Gleeman

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

08-19

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Rubbing Mud: These Post-Lucroy Indians
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Matthew Trueblood

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Flame-throwers, tip drills, and some life at Wrigley Field.

John Smoltz knows a thing or two about big moments in October baseball, to say the least. The Hall of Famer-turned-commentator set the table for the viewing audience in the bottom of the fourth inning last night by basically saying that the Cubs had to score in that frame or they’d be in serious trouble.

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October 31, 2016 7:10 am

Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 5

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Matthew Trueblood

Neither manager came through Game 5 with flying colors, but Joe Maddon out-maneuvered Terry Francona.

There's a temptation, whenever a team is facing the prospect of its season ending in bitter playoff defeat, to expect decisive action and bold strokes. Some glass must be broken; this is an emergency.

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For one night at least Jason Heyward put memories of a bad 2016 behind him, helping the Cubs keep their season alive.

I can’t imagine becoming suddenly, publicly bad at something. Not that I can’t imagine being suddenly bad at something; I just can’t imagine that newfound badness mattering much to anyone. Our failures have consequences, but rarely do we have to answer for them in the village square. Sustained failure is the stuff that gets us fired, or dings our credit rating. It becomes a fact of our biographies that we aren’t proud of and may elect to fib over at Thanksgiving, but after the uncomfortable shifting in our chairs is over, people forget. You care that you lost your job, but your paperboy doesn’t.

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October 30, 2016 10:01 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview

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Aaron Gleeman

Trevor Bauer vs. Jon Lester, in Chicago.

One night after Corey Kluber and the Indians put them on the brink of elimination, the Cubs turn to their own playoff-tested ace, Jon Lester, to keep their season alive and give the Wrigley Field faithful something to cheer about.

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"We light up the old dudheen and sigh with joy as the conflict opens."

If you’ve read this site for any length of time, you know that cherry-picked statistics often do more harm than good when it comes to player evaluation. When used to appreciate the Cubs’ long and tortuous path to their next World Series title, however, they tell a different story altogether.

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October 30, 2016 3:25 am

Playoff Prospectus: Of Errors, Common and Uncommon

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Rian Watt

Cleveland earned the Game 4 win, but Chicago's uncharacteristic miscues defensively helped too.

Errors are not the best way to measure a fielder’s quality. You know that. I know you know that. But still, here’s a fact for you: Kris Bryant committed just 14 errors all season, and only 12 at third base. Among players with as many innings at the position, that was the fourth-lowest total in the National League. He wasn’t spectacular, but he wasn’t bad, either—and he certainly defied expectations that he’d be unable to maneuver his 6-foot-5 frame into passable defense at the hot corner.

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Breaking down Game 4, which saw the Indians out-play the Cubs and Terry Francona out-manage Joe Maddon.

Game 4 was anything but a managerial chess match at Wrigley Field, as the Indians jumped out to an early lead and broke things open for good in the seventh inning on the way to a 7-2 win that puts the Cubs on the brink of elimination. However, there were no shortage of interesting pregame and midgame decisions on which to chew, including some that could have an impact in Game 5 and, if the Cubs win Sunday, beyond.

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October 29, 2016 11:53 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview

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Scooter Hotz

Corey Kluber vs. John Lackey, in Chicago.

Despite all the pregame talk of 30-40 mph wind blowing out at Wrigley for Game 3, runs were in short supply Friday night on the north side of Chicago. The only run of the game came on a pinch-hit RBI single by Coco Crisp. Starter Josh Tomlin and the formidable Cleveland bullpen combined to shut out Chicago for the second time in three games, leaving the Cubs and their fans wondering whether their offense will be making an appearance in the Fall Classic.

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October 29, 2016 2:20 am

Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 3

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Rian Watt

Einstein didn't watch many baseball games.

Sometimes, a universe turns on a single moment, and sometimes that moment doesn’t matter. Two such moments of interest from last night’s game, which the Indians ended up winning 1-0.

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Coco Crisp, back in Cleveland, was the unexpected hero in Game 3.

The Indians acquired Coco Crisp on August 31 in a trade so low profile that the phrase “under the radar” might be charitable. Going back to Oakland was Colt Hynes, a 31-year-old minor-league reliever whom Cleveland had purchased for cash considerations just a few weeks earlier. Oakland used Hynes to bolster the playoff roster of Triple-A Nashville, while Crisp was brought in to Cleveland as a candidate to take the roster spot of reserve outfielder Abraham Almonte, ineligible to participate in the playoffs due to a spring PED suspension.

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C.R.E.A.M.

C.R.E.A.M. (Coco Rules Everything Around Me)

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October 28, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview

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Aaron Gleeman

Josh Tomlin vs. Kyle Hendricks, in Chicago.

For the first time since October 10, 1945--when Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg and Hal Newhouser blew out the Cubs in the deciding seventh game--Wrigley Field will be home to a World Series game. Three of them, in fact, as a weekend full of baseball in Chicago kicks off tonight. Tickets are still available, assuming you're willing to sell your first born, ink a deal with the devil, and stand for nine innings next to some other crazed and significantly less financially stable Cubs fans. It'll be an amazing environment.

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