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BP Unfiltered: Beware of Bias in Predicted Team Win Totals
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Jeffrey A. Friedman

08-29

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BP Announcements: Podcast Sponsorships Available
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Joe Hamrahi

01-25

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Pebble Hunting: The Wildest Outings of 2012
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Sam Miller

09-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 47: Is the Alex Anthopoulos Honeymoon Over?/Why Can't We Figure Out What Works in the Playoffs?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-17

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Bizball: Who is Getting the Most Bang for their Buck?
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Maury Brown

07-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 9: Homer and Marge
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 5: Foghorn
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 4: Harp
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 3: Thunder
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 2: Explosion
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild: The Daily Baseball Prospectus Podcast
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

09-24

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Checking the Numbers: Examining the Braves' Decision
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Eric Seidman

05-20

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Transaction Action: Senior Circuitry
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Christina Kahrl

09-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

10-04

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of October 2
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Jay Jaffe

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: July 25-28
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Christina Kahrl

07-15

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Individual Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

04-01

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Projected 1998 National League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

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September 24, 2010 8:00 am

Checking the Numbers: Examining the Braves' Decision

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Eric Seidman

Was Bobby Coxs decision to not line up his rotation for a key series against the Phillies suicidal to the Braves playoff hopes?

One of the best parts of September is that a group of teams will inevitably play the most important games of their seasons in that month. Seldom is there a season in which the four playoff spots in each league are locked up before the final weeks, and this season has been no different. To start this week, the Phillies were set to battle the Braves in the most important series of both of the National League East rivals' years to date, while the Yankees and Rays fought for American League East supremacy in arguably their biggest series of the season. However, unlike the latter match-up in which both teams are definitely going to the playoffs, the former had more serious playoff implications at stake.

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May 20, 2010 8:30 pm

Transaction Action: Senior Circuitry

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Christina Kahrl

A knuckle sandwich in New York, positive change near Capitol Hill, and more.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Purchased RHP Saul Rivera from the Indians; released RHP Bobby Howry. [5/17]
Designated RHP Blaine Boyer for assignment; recalled RHP Billy Buckner from Reno (Triple-A). [5/18]
Optioned OF-R Cole Gillespie to Reno; recalled OF-L Gerardo Parra from Reno. [5/19]
Signed RHP Luis Ayala to a minor-league contract. [5/20]

Desperation comes in many flavors, but the full panoply's going to come into play as the D'backs search desperately for arms of every sort to help them man their already hopeless bullpen. One has to hope they have a nose for such things, but Snakes being snakes, they may find they're just using the wrong organ. It should have been a warning sign that the Tribe was willing to discard Rivera—if Manny Acta, the only manager who's ever gotten good work out of the stubby right-hander's slow offerings, was willing to let him go, you take that as an act of charity—or the Indians willingly surrendering a lemon. Slotting Buckner into the rotation adds Cesar Valdez to the relief mix—yet another hittable right-hander, as if Arizona doesn't have enough of those. Ayala hasn't been the same pitcher since blowing out his elbow in the first World Baseball Classic, but he was available, and at this point, that's something for a team this desperate to latch onto.

Buckner steps into the starting staff having shown a new wrinkle in his otherwise nibbly grounder-generating repertoire: coming inside. For the Aces, he'd allowed another 17 walks in 43 1/3 IP, or 3.5 BB/9, while getting twice as many ground-ball outs than flies, and striking out 27. But one thing that really spiked was his clip of hitting batters, as he'd pelted a half-dozen in the PCL, or 3.3 percent of his opposing batsmen. It may not sound like much, but that's after hitting less than one percent of all opposing hitters in both his brief major-league and his entire previous minor-league career. So when he came up and pegged a pair of Marlins in his season debut on Tuesday, it probably shouldn't have come as a surprise. Whether or not this new, more violent version of Buckner enjoys any better success will have to be seen, given that he's an otherwise dodgy aspirant for a back-end rotation slot. But here again, get as desperate as Arizona is, and it's worth checking him out, especially as long as the rotation's getting results the reverse of their initial expectation, that they at least had a good twosome in Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. With the fiendishly clever master plan going this badly so far, you might wonder if the new brain trust had its headquarters in an undisclosed Iceland volcano hideout instead of Phoenix.

To contribute some additional noise to the clattering shuffle of organizational deckchairs, they flip-flopped between Gillespie and Parra. You should expect that's less about Gillespie's performance than frustration with Conor Jackson's since the latter's activation from the DL. It's also an overreaction to Parra's nice 10-day spin with Reno; surprising nobody, a contact hitter who got a week's worth of games in the best hitter's park in the PCL had a nice run, hitting .417/.462/.611. He also started in all three outfield slots for the Aces, and managed to provide a modest update to his speed-guy rep by swiping three bases. That said, the question remains whether or not he can beat a tweener's rap, and if he'll just be left-handed and slappy and still part of the problem.


ATLANTA BRAVES
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Outrighted RHP James Parr to Gwinnett (Triple-A). [5/19]
CHICAGO CUBS
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Returned RHP Esmailin Caridad to the 15-day DL (strained elbow); recalled RHP Jeff Stevens from Iowa (Triple-A). [5/19]

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September 27, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Blowing It

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Nate Silver

Which teams blew the best possible shots at making the postseason, and where do the ill-fated teams on this year's NL slate stand to land?

Today's article represents an update of Clay Davenport's piece from two years ago that described the biggest collapses in playoff chase history (spoiler alert!), as defined by the teams that had the highest percentage chance to reach the playoffs at some point during the regular season who then failed to do so. I have a comprehensive set of playoff odds reports that Clay prepared for us in connection with It Ain't Over, and was therefore able to identify a couple of races that Clay had missed during his spot-checking. In addition, I will be looking all the way back to the start of the season, rather than limiting things to August 1st as Clay did; it's surprisingly easy for teams to establish a stranglehold on a playoff spot relatively early in the season in the Wild Card era, and if they're a bit less dramatic as narratives go, those collapses still deserve discussion. In addition, Clay has made some improvements to his methodology since the time his article was originally published, so all of that goodness is incorporated herein.

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October 4, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Hit List: Week of October 2

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Jay Jaffe

Despite a better Hit List finish than in 2005, the White Sox are nursing their chai teas and watching from home. The last Hit List of the 2006 season finds justice and injustice up and down the majors.

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July 29, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: July 25-28

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Christina Kahrl

The Cubs made a steal of a deal; the Expos are getting Vladimir Guererro back, and not a moment too soon; the A's are investing their money unwisely; the Cardinals take another hit in losing Matt Morris; and the Padres get a small-scale boost in regaining Phil Nevin. All this and much more news from around the league in your Tuesday edition of Transaction Analysis.

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Players of the Year

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NL East | NL Central | NL West

Welcome to Baseball Prospectus' predictions for 1998. We'll go division by division and each of our staff members will tell you what they think about the races. Remember, there's a reason we don't print this stuff in the book; there is no good way we know of to predict what a team will do before the season begins. Consider these teamwide WFGs, take them with a grain of salt, and enjoy.

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