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06-23

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What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises
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Demetrius Bell

06-21

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What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!
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Daniel Rathman

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Don't Ever Get Used to Coors Field
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Nicolas Stellini

05-24

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Baseball Therapy: Framing the At-Bat
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Russell A. Carleton

05-21

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Raising Aces: Shades of Gray
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Doug Thorburn

04-29

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Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special
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Rob Mains

04-25

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What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia?
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Ashley Varela

04-14

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What You Need to Know: The Return Of The Four-Out Save
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Demetrius Bell

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits!
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Demetrius Bell

04-06

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Rubbing Mud: An Aptitude for Altitude
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Matthew Trueblood

03-31

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Rumor Roundup: Tim Lincecum, Still Exists
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Demetrius Bell

03-28

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Winter Is Leaving
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R.J. Anderson

02-08

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Tools of Ignorance: Forget It, Jake
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Jeff Quinton

01-27

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Rubbing Mud: The Latest Rockies Identity
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Matthew Trueblood

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: There Were Four In the Bed and the Little One Said...
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Daniel Rathman

12-23

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Rubbing Mud: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Charlie?
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Matthew Trueblood

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

11-25

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball Players Hit Women, Too
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Meg Rowley

09-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Silver Bullets
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J.J. Jansons

05-14

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Rubbing Mud: Very Bad But Not (Altogether) Boring
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-08

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What You Need to Know: A Shift in Colorado
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Chris Mosch

04-07

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Rubbing Mud: Don't Trade Tulo
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Matthew Trueblood

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue
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R.J. Anderson

03-19

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Every Team's Moneyball: Colorado Rockies: Trouble with the Curve
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Dan Rozenson

02-11

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Rumor Roundup: Phillies' Dream: Veteran Who Catches AND Plays Shortstop
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Transaction Analysis: Texas' New Platoon
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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Daisy Cutter: Baseball's Greatest One-Hit Wonder
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Sahadev Sharma

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: An Ax To Sign
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R.J. Anderson

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Three Stories About NL West Teams Pursuing Pitching
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Byrd Has Landed
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-22

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2015 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Turn Down For Rut
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

12-04

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Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies
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J.P. Breen

11-06

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Michael Cuddyer
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Chris Rodriguez

10-09

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Transaction Analysis: Rocky Mountain Bye
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R.J. Anderson

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: Lose the Boss
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R.J. Anderson

09-03

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Transaction Analysis: The ReCall-Ups
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Sam Miller

08-06

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Moonshot: Troy Tulowitzki and the Brittle Bones Hypotheses
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Robert Arthur

07-22

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22
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Rocco DeMaro

07-08

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Going Yard: Super Hits of the 70s
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Ryan Parker

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Dietrich Without the D
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R.J. Anderson

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eddie Butler
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Craig Goldstein and Ron Shah

05-19

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 446: Dissecting the Surprise Teams
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-02

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Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West
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R.J. Anderson

04-04

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Overthinking It: Is Dexter Fowler Tough Enough to Play for Your Team?
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Ben Lindbergh

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Beltran continues his reboot, the Astros are bona fide hot, and Andrelton Simmons makes a play.

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The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
The Rockies and Marlins combined to hit eight home runs yesterday. Let’s have a look at—and note something significant about—each of them.


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A wild game at altitude, an exclamation point by Taillon, and a near-injury to Maeda.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Coors Field is a beautiful ballpark. The field itself is always well tended, as is the little forest beyond the center field wall. The building is constructed with an eye toward grandeur and comfort.


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Is Tony Wolters the answer to 24 years of mile-high pitching woes?

Good-framing catchers, as best as we can define them, seem to have magical powers. They can “steal” extra strikes for their pitchers, and while it might not seem like much in the moment to get an extra borderline call, it adds up. The generally accepted consensus has been that the top framers can save their team 20 runs compared to a merely average framer. Compared to the bottom of the barrel, that swing is 40 runs. When the general public figured out how big that effect was, they rightly made a big deal about it. (When teams found out, they quietly made a big deal out of it. In fact, in Francisco Cervelli’s case, they just made more than 30 million big deals about it.)

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Standout pitching performances from the week, including Grays Sonny and Jon.

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What did we learn about various players and teams this month? Less than we'll learn in the next one.

Early season baseball is full of articles about “What we’ve learned so far” after a week, or two weeks, or a month of play. You can’t really blame the sportswriters and TV sports producers and podcast hosts who come up with these pieces. They have to talk about something, and there aren’t any pennant races or awards competitions to discuss in April.

As Russell Carleton has demonstrated, though, most measures of baseball performance take far longer than a week or three to stabilize. Drawing conclusions from a 10- or 20-game sample is akin to statistics problem sets involving drawing balls from an urn. A really, really big urn. With lots and lots of balls in it. When you draw a few balls from a really, really big urn with lots and lots of balls in it, you don’t get a good picture of what’s really in the urn.

But how useless are April statistics? Are they worse than those from other months? On one hand, last April Andrew McCutchen batted .194/.302/.333 and Jose Iglesias batted .377/.427/.536. Jon Lester had a 6.23 ERA while Ubaldo Jimenez’s was 1.59. Those weren't particularly durable figures. On the other hand Dallas Keuchel’s 0.73 April ERA and Josh Donaldson’s .319/.370/.549 April batting line were.

We can look at the relevance of April numbers by correlating them to players’ full-year figures, and comparing the correlation in April to that of May, June, July, August, and September. (Throughout this analysis, April includes a few days of March play in the relevant years, and September includes a few days of October games.) To do this, I selected batting title and ERA qualifiers from each of the past 10 seasons and compared their monthly results to their full-year results. I had a sample of 1,487 batter seasons with corresponding monthly data in about 87 percent of months and 850 pitcher seasons with corresponding monthly data in 86 percent of months.

Admittedly, there’s a selection bias in April data, and it applies mostly to young players. Since I’m comparing monthly data to full-year data for batting title and ERA qualifiers, I’m selecting from those players who hung around long enough to compile 502 plate appearances or 162 innings pitched. If you’re a young player who puts up a .298/.461/.596 batting line in April, as Joc Pederson did last April, you get to stick around to get your 502 plate appearances, even though 261 of your plate appearances occurred during July, August, and September, when you hit .170/.300/.284. On the other hand, if you bat .147/.284/.235 in April, as Rougned Odor did, you do get a chance to bat .352/.426/.639 in 124 plate appearances spread between May and June, but you get them in Round Rock instead of Arlington. So there’s a bias in this analysis in favor of players who perform well in April (giving them a chance to continue to play) compared to those who don’t (who may get shipped out). This shouldn’t have a big impact on the overall variability of April data, though, since the presence of early-season outperformers like Pederson who get full-time status on the strength of their April is canceled, to an extent, by early-season underperformers like Odor who don’t.

So is April more predictive than other months? Here’s a chart for batters, using OPS as the measure, comparing the correlation between batters’ full-year performance and that of each month.

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Kenta Maeda makes baseball history, the White Sox make baseball history, and Yasiel Puig just makes the Rockies sad.

The Weekend Takeaway
There isn’t anyone quite like Kenta Maeda. There have been similar pitchers in similar circumstances, and similar feats in similar sample sizes, but no one has done precisely what Maeda pulled off against the Rockies on Saturday evening.


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Starring Jeury Familia. Meanwhile, Craig Kimbrel gets Chris Davis when he gets a second chance, the Rockies put up a Rockies score, and Trevor Story moves on to the next neat trick.

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Trevor Story can't stop hitting home runs, Vince Velasquez nearly pulls off a no-hitter, and Bartolo Colon resurrects the panache of Willie Mays.

The Weekend Takeaway
Both the Padres and the Rockies had something to rejoice over in the 13-6 slugfest on Friday night. It’s been a long, long week in the NL West, especially for the Friars, who had managed to string together 30 scoreless innings to begin the season. Those 13 runs must've felt like an exorcism.


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Three middle infielders are hitting all the home runs.

The Wednesday Takeaway

In 1941, Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr started off the season by hitting a homer in each of Boston’s first three games. For 75 years, that was the benchmark for hot-hitting second basemen, until Robinson Cano decided that it was time to meet that benchmark. Cano slugged two homers on Wednesday afternoon against the Rangers—one in the first inning, and another in the top of the ninth inning to cap a five-run comeback that powered the Seattle Mariners to a 9-5 victory over Texas.

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Does Jorge De La Rosa give the Rockies, and their front office, hope for a sustainable future?

In my opinion, our very first BP Local site ought to have gone to the Rockies. For me, sabermetrics ought always to be about seeking challenges, looking for problems sufficient to force us to come up with truly creative solutions, truly new ideas, and truly original problem-solving methods. Baseball is, after all, a trivial thing, and while it’s popular and interesting enough to make for thoroughly worthwhile leisure, I can’t encourage smart people to spend their time and mental energy on the game unless I feel that those people are putting their talents to a noble, global use. Maybe that’s dreaming too big, asking too much of the discipline of sabermetrics, and of the game itself. Still, that’s my approach.

Given that premise, yes, we should be spending way more time on the Rockies. We should be spending a ton of time on the Rockies. For someone who hopes to learn about more than baseball in the process of analyzing the game, the Rockies offer the richest potential case material. They are an expansion franchise (not only historically, but culturally). They are the most consistently lost organization in the league. Of course, they also play in the most extreme and vexing environment in MLB, and that’s where they differentiate themselves. For a quarter century, the Rockies have tried to solve the problem of winning big-league baseball games at unprecedented elevation (without totally flaming out when they have to play elsewhere), and have consistently failed.

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Tim Lincecum's showcase remains somewhere down the road. Meanwhile, James Loney might be coming to a town near you and Trevor Story might be coming to a ROY race near you.

Tim Lincecum wants to be "perfect" for potential showcase
Opening Day is only a few days away, and one notable player who more than likely won’t be ready is free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum. The former Giant, former All-Star, former Cy Young winner, etc., is still working out on his own, and rumors of his big impending showcase have thus far been greatly exaggerated.


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