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December 21, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Return of the Bear

5

Meg Rowley

Hisashi Iwakuma takes a strange road back to Seattle.



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The two most recent NL West free agent additions go under the microscope.

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December 7, 2015 9:57 am

Transaction Analysis: LA-Kuma Matata

2

Craig Goldstein and George Bissell

The Dodgers find a cheaper option to bolster their rotation, but at what cost?



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July 24, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 24th, 2015

1

Daniel Rathman

A few pitchers make strong trade-deadline auditions, Kershaw flirts with perfection, and much more.

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February 24, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Hisashi Iwakuma

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Wilson Karaman

Can the Mariner right the ship after a rough finish to 2014?

Player Background

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July 12, 2013 7:06 am

Raising Aces: How the Mighty Have Fallen

5

Doug Thorburn

Can mechanics help explain why Shelby Miller and Hisashi Iwakuma haven't maintained their early-season performance?

A couple of pitchers enjoyed breakout performances during the first two months of the season, only to wake up from the dream once the calendar flipped to June. Our inner statistician can easily wave these trends aside as the inevitable magnetism of regression to the mean, but I’ve found that reality often follows a more intricate path, with much to be learned through the analysis of outlier performances and small sample size.

Let's examine a couple of players who have fallen off from their early-season dominance in search of explanations that go beyond luck. In these cases, the “before” and “after” stats are split based on the arbitrary calendar date of June 1st.

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Coco vs. 'Kuma.

Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 6/20-6/26
June 21, Athletics at Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Coco Crisp, 13 pitches (two short of 2013 record)



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June 7, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11

12

Paul Sporer

Cole Hamels snapped a six-start losing streak, and he stays in the auto-start ranks as Paul looks ahead to next week.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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April 29, 2013 7:36 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 29

3

Matt Sussman

Just another manic Hit List.

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What can Hisashi Iwakuma's early season work teach us about using the most effective stats available?

Hisashi Iwakuma had the odd occurrence in his 2012 season where he was actually better as a starter. Most pitchers are not only better in short bursts out of the bullpen, but markedly so. Iwakuma spent 30 1/3 in the bullpen pitching to a 4.75 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with an 18 percent strikeout rate and 12 percent walk rate. He took off once he become a starter, posting a 2.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 95 innings with a 20 percent strikeout rate and seven percent walk rate.

His 2013 season is off to an even better start as he has managed a 1.69 ERA and 0.53 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings through his first four starts. The only impediment to his success so far has been a blister issue, though something tells me his 100 percent left on base rate and .119 BABIP are set to rise. I have noticed that his batted ball mix is different from 2012 as his flyball rate climbed dramatically from 27 percent to 42 percent, including a 13 percent infield flyball rate.

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November 5, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: C-Notes By the Layers for Big Papi

1

R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox re-sign Ortiz, the Brewers snatch up a buzzed-about reliever, Iwakuma gets a raise and the Indians trade for Aviles.

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May 31, 2012 9:58 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, May 31

2

Matthew Kory

Josh Hamilton is nearly twice as likely to hit a home run as he is to draw an unintentional walk.

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