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04-22

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Closer to Me: Week Four
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Mauricio Rubio

07-18

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Bullpen Report: Trade Winds Blowing
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Mike Gianella

04-22

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Transaction Analysis: Ending Bradley
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R.J. Anderson

07-27

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Raising Aces: Violent Trends
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Doug Thorburn

06-20

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Value Picks: Relievers for 6/20/12
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Dan Mennella

02-20

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

01-19

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55

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-02

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Transaction Analysis: Weighing the Options
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Ben Lindbergh

03-15

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44

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results
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Jason Collette

02-07

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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-27

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Cracking the Pitch Sequence Code
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Will Woods

01-26

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33

Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview
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Jay Jaffe

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

06-25

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Transaction Analysis: AL West Moves
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Christina Kahrl

12-09

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Prospectus Hit and Run: K-Rod to the Rescue
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Jay Jaffe

11-13

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Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-01

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Player Profile: Francisco Rodriguez
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Will Carroll

09-11

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Prospectus Today: Closing In
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Joe Sheehan

08-18

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Prospectus Today: Picking the AL MVP
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Joe Sheehan

07-24

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Prospectus Today: K-Rod's Historic Run
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Joe Sheehan

02-06

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Doctoring The Numbers: Angels, Indians, and Reds
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Rany Jazayerli

10-31

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

08-08

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Doctoring The Numbers: Building the Best in Motor City, Part Two
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Rany Jazayerli

03-30

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: July 14-19, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

09-17

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Prospectus Triple Play: Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants
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Baseball Prospectus

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

02-05

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

11-13

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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Baseball Prospectus

10-28

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: San Francisco Giants vs. Florida Marlins
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Jonah Keri

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests
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Christina Kahrl

10-25

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From The Mailbag: Pete Rose, Mike Marshall, and K-Rod
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Baseball Prospectus

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: July 28, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

05-13

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Transaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 27-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Projected 1998 National League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

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April 22, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Four

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Mauricio Rubio

Updates on all of the notable ninth-inning situations around the league.

New York Mets
We’re all guilty of trying to hold on for too long at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a relationship that should have ended but instead lingered—even though we knew the process and personnel would yield obvious and painful results.

Enter the Mets and Jose Valverde, who finally lost his job after a particularly bad series of meltdowns that led Terry Collins to go in a different direction. I picked up Valverde in a few leagues, so I know the pain some of you are feeling. If we’re being honest, however, we all knew this was coming.


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July 18, 2013 6:07 am

Bullpen Report: Trade Winds Blowing

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Mike Gianella

With less than two weeks left until the trade deadline, multiple closers could be on the move, potentially allowing newcomers to step into their shoes. Find more on that and the latest rankings within.

Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third-tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

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April 22, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Ending Bradley

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R.J. Anderson

David Ortiz is back, so Jackie Bradley, Jr. is back down; Julio Borbon is a Cub; Francisco Rodriguez is still a Brewer; and Brett Wallace goes for help.

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Doug looks at what pitching experts mean when they call a delivery "violent," and why this violence can be inextricable from success.

Baseball is a funny sport. We live in an age when athletes are paid handsomely to challenge the physical boundaries of competition, and when pitcher velocity is paramount, yet the most damning label that a baseball hurler can earn is of having a “violent” delivery. Developing pitchers face a natural dichotomy where an increase of velocity essentially requires an associated uptick of kinetic energy, and the resulting mechanics run the risk of being perceived as violent, and as potential red flags for injury. The ingrained link between fastball velocity and injury risk was echoed in Dr. Glenn Fleisig's interview with Ben Lindbergh last month, and the time has come for the baseball-viewing public to appreciate this connection and to accept that the athletes with the most extreme skills will naturally run the greatest risk for injury, and are therefore dependent on mechanical efficiency for their survival.

Professional pitchers must endure some mixed messages as they adjust to the demands of playing ball across many levels, dealing with coaches whose advice can seem contradictory at times. One minute a pitcher is being told not to “rush” his delivery from the windup, and the next minute he is listening to the coach tell him to use a slide step from the stretch in order to hurry the motion with runners on base. Pitchers are being drafted, signed, and acquired with an increasing emphasis on fastball velocity, but teams are hesitant to sign off on a pitcher whose mechanics appear to require considerable effort to achieve that velocity.

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June 20, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Relievers for 6/20/12

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Dan Mennella

Glen Perkins and Greg Holland make their VP bid this week.

Departures
I had such high hopes for Pirates swing man Brad Lincoln (Yahoo! 6%, ESPN 2%, CBS 9%), but his past three outings have been starts, and the results have been ugly: 11 2/3 innings, 13 earned runs, 10 strikeouts, 23 hits (!), and four walks. It’s time for the Bucs to mercy-kill this experiment and return Lincoln to his rightful place as their long reliever. He’ll serve the team—and fantasy owners—far better in that role.


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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

Roundtable discussion of the most pressing issues facing each AL East team entering Spring Training

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 72-90
Team WARP: 21.0
Team TAv: .264
Runs Scored: 701
Runs Allowed: 798
Team FRAA: -11.4







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January 19, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Big-league graduations have depleted the system and made it one of the biggest question marks in the game.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Cleveland says so long to Grady Sizemore (maybe), the Brewers decline two options on prominent members of their playoff team, the Giants break the bank on two left-handed relievers, and the Rockies cut a Cook but keep a Giambi.

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results

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Jason Collette

Jason took part in a slow mock draft with other fantasy experts and is now here to share what he learned from the experience.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a slow—and I mean slow—mock draft over the past four weeks with a few of my friends and colleagues in the fantasy baseball industry. That group included most of the mlb.com folks, Fernando DiFino, and the legendary Joe Sheehan. The draft started on February 17 and survived a few lost weekends, DiFino’s nuptials (congrats!) and several copy and paste issues from some of us that are still using not-so-smartphones.

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Taking it from the top, it's a system with plenty of star power up front, but depth falls away quickly.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Taking an in-depth look at a two-inning stint by Francisco Rodriguez in order to understand why he threw certain pitches.

What follows is a story of a pitcher who lost command of his fastball, and a hitter who approached him as if he could throw it to a teacup. The Mets were clinging to a 3-1 lead over the Giants on July 18 as their game entered the late innings at AT&T Park. After another eight-frame master class from Johan Santana, Mets manager Jerry Manuel called on Francisco Rodriguez to lock down a victory. It was a game the Mets desperately needed; they opened the second half of the season by scoring just four runs in their first three games, and if the week following this game is any indication, they aren’t good enough to waste Santana’s brilliance and still make a run at the postseason.

Now that we’ve set the scene, let’s think along with its principal players, and observe how Rodriguez and his opponents adapt—or fail to adapt—to the Mets closer’s uncharacteristic lack of a reliable fastball. We’ll follow K-Rod’s two innings in hopes of learning a thing or two about the mysterious art of pitch sequencing, and see how the information Rodriguez sends with each pitch of this outing may be more predictive of what he’ll throw next than simply relying on his overall tendencies.

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January 26, 2010 11:56 am

Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A shallow system made noise in the draft and has been shored up with some international shopping.

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