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08-22

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The Platoon Advantage: Plunk Cost
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Bill Parker

08-04

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BP Unfiltered: If David Eckstein Were a Storm Chaser...
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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Western Front: Scrappy Rain, Scrappy Rain
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Geoff Young

01-24

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Wezen-Ball: Fun With Listed Weights/Heights
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Larry Granillo

04-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
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Brian Mills

08-16

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On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
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John Perrotto

04-15

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Replacement-Level Killers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-03

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Transaction Analysis: Bankers Dozen
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Christina Kahrl

07-03

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Transaction Analysis: AL East Moves and Issues
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Christina Kahrl

02-05

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Spring Training Preview
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Joe Sheehan

07-16

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

10-30

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The Week in Quotes: October 23-30
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Alex Carnevale

10-27

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Prospectus Today: Game Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-23

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World Series Prospectus: The I [Heart] New York Matchup
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Jay Jaffe

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Padres versus Cardinals
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Dan Fox

09-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man
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Dan Fox

09-05

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Swinging for the Fences
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Will Carroll and Mike Carminati

05-24

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Prospectus Game of the Week: St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals, 5/22/05
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Jonah Keri

04-07

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Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers
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Mark McClusky

03-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Centrals
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Christina Kahrl

05-01

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Transaction Analysis: April 26-29
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Christina Kahrl

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

03-01

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Angelic
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Joe Sheehan

11-09

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2001 Internet Baseball Awards Results
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Greg Spira

11-07

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Staff Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

07-12

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Prospectus Awards Balloting
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Baseball Prospectus

03-24

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-22, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

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October 27, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Game Four

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Joe Sheehan

The big story of Game Four depends on your point of view.

If you're a Cardinals fan, there's the way your team came through in the clutch, the big hits by Scott Rolen, David Eckstein, and Preston Wilson. There's Jeff Suppan gutting his way through six innings, and a bullpen that bent but didn't break. There's a three-week ride from, "my god, we're going to be the biggest chokers ever" to "we need one win to be champs."

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October 23, 2006 12:00 am

World Series Prospectus: The I [Heart] New York Matchup

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Jay Jaffe

Jay suffers the exquisite torture of a Jeff Weaver-Kenny Rogers duel in Game Two of the World Series. Go along for a sometimes rocky but always informative ride.

From the second inning through the eighth, Anthony Reyes faced just one hitter over the minimum (a seventh-inning single by Carlos Guillen), retiring 17 batters in order and finishing the frame in 10 pitches or less five times. Ten of those 22 plate appearances ran just one or two pitches, and overall, Tiger hitters saw just 3.14 pitches per plate appearance against him. That's not a recipe for a productive approach at the plate. A simple matter of rust, or a reversion to the team's hacktastic regular-season approach? Tonight should provide us with more insight into that. It also, of course, provides us with an even more compelling storyline, what this Yankee fan will call the I [Heart] NY matchup between two Bronx busts, Kenny Rogers and Jeff Weaver.

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October 14, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four

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Joe Sheehan

The NLCS becomes a battle just as the ALCS is edging towards an end.

\nMathematically, leverage is based on the win expectancy work done by Keith Woolner in BP 2005, and is defined as the change in the probability of winning the game from scoring (or allowing) one additional run in the current game situation divided by the change in probability from scoring\n(or allowing) one run at the start of the game.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_18 = 'Adjusted Pitcher Wins. Thorn and Palmers method for calculating a starters value in wins. Included for comparison with SNVA. APW values here calculated using runs instead of earned runs.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_19 = 'Support Neutral Lineup-adjusted Value Added (SNVA adjusted for the MLVr of batters faced) per game pitched.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_20 = 'The number of double play opportunities (defined as less than two outs with runner(s) on first, first and second, or first second and third).'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_21 = 'The percentage of double play opportunities turned into actual double plays by a pitcher or hitter.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_22 = 'Winning percentage. For teams, Win% is determined by dividing wins by games played. For pitchers, Win% is determined by dividing wins by total decisions. '; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_23 = 'Expected winning percentage for the pitcher, based on how often\na pitcher with the same innings pitched and runs allowed in each individual\ngame earned a win or loss historically in the modern era (1972-present).'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_24 = 'Attrition Rate is the percent chance that a hitters plate appearances or a pitchers opposing batters faced will decrease by at least 50% relative to his Baseline playing time forecast. Although it is generally a good indicator of the risk of injury, Attrition Rate will also capture seasons in which his playing time decreases due to poor performance or managerial decisions. '; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_25 = 'Batting average (hitters) or batting average allowed (pitchers).'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_26 = 'Average number of pitches per start.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_27 = 'Average Pitcher Abuse Points per game started.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_28 = 'Singles or singles allowed.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_29 = 'Batting average; hits divided by at-bats.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_30 = 'Percentage of pitches thrown for balls.'; xxxpxxxxx1160835748_31 = 'The Baseline forecast, although it does not appear here, is a crucial intermediate step in creating a players forecast. The Baseline developed based on the players previous three seasons of performance. Both major league and (translated) minor league performances are considered.

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October 3, 2006 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Padres versus Cardinals

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Dan Fox

Dan reviews the no-longer funny Padres and their bid to take down the somewhat more embarrassed Cardinals in a rematch from last season's playoffs.

Okay, so things aren't anywhere near that bleak. In fact, the rematch of these two division winners beginning Tuesday afternoon at PETCO Park should be much more compelling than the 2005 version, in which the 82-win Padres impersonated a playoff team on their way to a three-game thrashing at the hands of the 100-win Cardinals. The fact that these are two teams going in opposite directions of 2005 also adds to the fun.

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September 7, 2006 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man

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Dan Fox

Dan starts to bring it all home in his look at baserunning, as he tallies up each of his metrics and shows us the best and worst runners from 2000-2005.

So we've finally reached a turning point in our series on quantifying baserunning. Since mid-July we've developed a methodology and framework for crediting baserunners for advancing on ground outs (Equivalent Ground Advancement Runs, or EqGAR), advancing on outs in the air (Equivalent Air Advancement Runs, or EqAAR), and attempted stolen bases as well as pick offs (Equivalent Stolen Base Runs, or EqSBR). This week we'll look at total picture and evaluate which players got the most and least from their legs over the past six years.

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September 5, 2005 12:00 am

Swinging for the Fences

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Will Carroll and Mike Carminati

Will Carroll and Mike Carminati wonder if swinging and missing is that big of a deal, and their findings may surprise you.

Just as an out-of-the-blue bolt of plate discipline presaged Sosa's assent, his decline might have been predicted by his tendency to swing and miss that haunted him even in his stellar 1999 season. Sosa swung at and missed 475 pitches in his record-setting 1999 campaign. This is the highest total for any major-league batter over the last five seasons and isn't the "swing and a miss!" call of the announcer the cruelest fate in baseball? But what does it mean in the greater scheme?

Does having a tendency to swing and miss more than most impair a batter's productivity as we have been told since Little League? Do batters with better batting eyes tend to be more productive than the average batter? Is it better to be patient at the plate or go for the first pitch you can hit? Does this data tell us anything new and could that be used to help build a better team or find successful players?

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It looked like a prime candidate for a blowout, and that's exactly what happened.

Unlike Jim's twice-weekly oeuvre, in which he previews both top-notch match-ups and lopsided potential laughers, GotW was meant to pick choice battles, riveting team match-ups, interesting pitching battles--something compelling. The other mandate of GotW, however, is that every team must be covered at least once during the season. Since a Royals/Devil Rays breakdown could cause narcolepsy among non-members of the Gotay and Cantu families, a Show-Me State tilt seemed appropriate.

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The Astros handed the leadoff job to...Adam Everett(?!), the Cards sport two-thirds of Generation K, and Gary Matthews Jr. worked his way into the starting center-field job in Texas.

Of course, that doesn't mean that it will be followed.

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March 25, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.

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Christina Kahrl

Chris Kahrl closes out the offseason with a wrap-up of the Wests, plus a quick rundown of the rest of baseball.

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March 11, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Centrals

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Christina Kahrl

Chris Kahrl breaks down the AL and NL Central's offseason moves in the latest Transaction Analysis.

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May 1, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: April 26-29

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Christina Kahrl

One of the other cool things about having a knuckleballer--because, let's face it, we all think knuckleball pitchers are cool--is that you can slate them for relief between turns, and then can usually roll with it when you do what the Sox just did in activating Kim and re-shuffling their rotation. It covered them through the doubleheader against Tampa, and their rotation is prepped to run in turn from Saturday on, after getting Arroyo one last start before he heads back to the pen. Add in that Kim's a pretty good pitcher, and you've got the first of what ought to be a trio of important reactivations in the weeks to come that ought to help the Red Sox make tracks in the AL East. Plus, Kim gets his first two turns against the D-Rays and the Tribe, and past transgressions might even be forgotten. Well, you can always hope. I don't think New Englanders have learned to turn the other cheek since Cotton Mather started wondering whether that whole innocence-guilt thing was crimping the justice of good ol'fashioned witch-burnings. Not that that stopped people where Dan Duquette was concerned.

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February 11, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004

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Christina Kahrl

The Braves strike NRI gold with Russell Branyan. The Astros do what they need to do to compete in the NL Central. Everything you ever wanted to read about Eric Karros. The Padres address their chasm in center. These and other news, notes, and Kahrlisms in today's Transaction Analysis.

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