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08-18

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Alex Bregman
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Aaron Gleeman

08-15

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 23: That's Clippie!
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

08-11

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Circle Change: How Many Rings are the Astros Trying to Win?
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Zach Crizer

08-09

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 21: The Deadline Was Just A Suggestion
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

08-08

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Transaction Analysis: Two Years in Four Acts
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Wilson Karaman, Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Goldstein

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Liriano Learning on the Fly
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Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Gideon Turk

06-30

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Short Relief: Thoughts on Folic Acid, Carbohydrates, and Humanity
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Matt Sussman, Craig Goldstein and Mary Craig

06-15

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The Call-Up: Derek Fisher
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Scott Delp and Mark Barry

06-13

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Answer Man: A.J. Hinch
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David Brown

06-13

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Rubbing Mud: Brad Peacock Spreads His Feathers
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Matthew Trueblood

06-08

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The Call-Up: Francis Martes
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

06-01

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Let It Eat: The June 2017 Panic Index
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Ben Carsley

05-26

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 9: Mullin' Moves
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

04-14

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Banjo Hitter: Jon Singleton, Suited Connector
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Aaron Gleeman

03-17

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Houston Astros
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Rob Mains

02-24

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

02-21

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters
by
Aaron Gleeman

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: This Is 40
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Bryan Grosnick

11-25

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Two-Strike Approach: The Gary Sanchez Era
by
Cat Garcia

11-23

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Transaction Analysis: Twins Pay For Stolen Strikes
by
Aaron Gleeman

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Building, Yankees Rebuilding
by
Matthew Trueblood, George Bissell and Mauricio Rubio

11-09

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Transaction Analysis: Houston Slings Neshek to Philly
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Matthew Trueblood

11-04

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Transaction Analysis: The Aoki Gambit
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Matthew Trueblood

10-13

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Prospectus Feature: Tal's Hill, the Performative Quirk
by
Emma Baccellieri

08-24

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Transaction Analysis: Go-Go Goes to Texas
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Bryan Grosnick

08-17

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Add Iglesias Insurance
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Bryan Grosnick and Christopher Crawford

08-10

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Pebble Hunting: Somebody Is About To Strike Out 25 Batters In Nine Innings
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Sam Miller

08-09

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Pebble Hunting: We're Boring About Ace Relief Performances
by
Sam Miller

07-27

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Outta Left Field: Stealing Home Has Never Been Easier...
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Dustin Palmateer

07-25

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The Call-Up: Alex Bregman
by
Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit?
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Bryan Grosnick

07-16

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Raising Aces: Passing of the Cy
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Doug Thorburn

06-30

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Rubbing Mud: Houston's Delayed Launch
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Matthew Trueblood

06-23

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

06-14

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Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution
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Aaron Gleeman

06-14

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Prospectus Feature: What the #StroPoll Results Got Wrong
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Rob Mains

06-12

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Pebble Hunting: The State of the Closer
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Sam Miller

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Easy
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Demetrius Bell

05-31

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey!
by
Daniel Rathman

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record
by
Daniel Rathman

05-18

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Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired
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Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood

05-12

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Rubbing Mud: The Non-Pitcher Guide To Improving Your Pitching This Winter
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Matthew Trueblood

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
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Demetrius Bell

05-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Astros As Sellers
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Matthew Trueblood

05-04

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Tools of Ignorance: The Somewhat Dubious Outlook For the Next Generation of Rebuilds
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Jeff Quinton

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
by
Daniel Rathman

04-27

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Baseball Therapy: Can Teams Come Back From a Comeback?
by
Russell A. Carleton

04-15

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Outta Left Field: Finding the Next Superstar On My HACKING MASS Roster
by
Dustin Palmateer

04-14

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Tools of the Trade
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Jeff Long

04-13

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Outta Left Field: Three Ways of Thinking About Ken Giles, Non-Closer
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Dustin Palmateer

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Because the Astros needed another young star infielder, apparently.

It’s difficult for a former no. 2 overall pick and top-50 prospect to be overshadowed in their own infield while thriving in their first full season as a big leaguer, but such is life playing alongside Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Alex Bregman takes a clear backseat in Houston’s deep, powerful, MLB-best lineup, not only to star infield-mates Altuve and Correa, but also to George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez, and at times Yulieski Gurriel, Carlos Beltran, and Josh Reddick. Bregman has spent much of the year batting seventh or eighth, only recently becoming a semi-regular in the top five spots with Correa on the disabled list.

Yet at age 23, he’s hit .270/.342/.473 with 21 homers and 71 total extra-base hits through his first 162 career games, totaling 4.1 WARP in one complete season’s worth of playing time. How does a player like Bregman make short work of the minors after being a top draft pick and consensus top prospect, and then live up to the considerable hype in the majors, all while flying under the radar? Having the best-hitting teammates in baseball plays a large part, certainly, but his initial struggles upon being called up last season also seemed to take Bregman’s hype off the burner and for whatever reason it’s still cooling.

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On the 23rd episode of the DFA podcast, R.J. and Bryan need to tell you about Tyler Clippard and the Astros' bullpen. (Not great for a World Series contender.) And is Neil Walker the missing piece for Milwaukee's Wild Card run? (Probably not!) At least we have Giancarlo Stanton rumors. (Oh no!)

It's another episode of the DFA podcast! Hosts Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus) and R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), plus producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets), are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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August 11, 2017 6:00 am

Circle Change: How Many Rings are the Astros Trying to Win?

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Zach Crizer

Houston did surprisingly little at the trade deadline, but will they regret it?

The blackboards, you’d imagine, all look the same. Maybe they’re buried in some dark corner of every spring training facility in Florida and Arizona. Maybe they pock the underbellies of rookie-ball parks. Like a scene out of a '90s movie about mischievous boarding school students, they are covered in a single line, repeated in the wearying handwriting of those submitting to the mantra: We’re taking it one game at a time.

Surely this is the only way a single thought could become so pervasive in the ballplayer and general Baseball Man culture—systematic indoctrination. And just as surely as that bit of language endures in the baseball-bred players and managers, it has become less resonant in increasingly Ivy League-educated front offices.

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On the 21th episode of the DFA podcast, R.J. rejoins the show to talk about some of the deadline deals, including the red-hot Tim Beckham's move to Baltimore and the Yu Darvish blockbuster. Then it's on to the Mariners (where Jerry Dipoto snagged another first baseman) and the regular league-wide roundup.

It's another episode of the DFA podcast! Hosts Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus) and R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), plus producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets), are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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Sean Rodriguez returns to Pittsburgh in style, J.D. Davis arrives in Houston, and Baltimore sells off more international spending room.

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Houston bets on Francisco Liriano thriving in the bullpen.

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Matt dissects a Jose Altuve commercial, Craig dissects a Jered Weaver tweet, and Mary unmasks the robots behind the plate.

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June 15, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Derek Fisher

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Scott Delp and Mark Barry

With Josh Reddick ailing, the Astros turn to their farm system for reinforcements.

The Situation: The Astros have been using Nori Aoki and Josh Reddick as the lefty side of their outfield-corner platoons, Reddick might hit the DL with a concussion, and Aoki is little more than a warm body at this point in his career. With the passing of the Super 2 deadline for 2017, Derek Fisher becomes the latest beneficiary. The call up comes just a day after GM Jeff Luhnow pronounced Fisher “ready” to MLB.com.

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The Astros manager and former major leaguer talks white balance, belt loops, brains, coffee, psychology, career tracks, showing up Kevin Mitchell, and draft negotiations.



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Did the Astros right-hander stumble into a breakout season?

Friday night was the rockiest game of the season for Astros right-hander Brad Peacock. From the jump, it was clear that he didn’t have good command, and he limped through four innings of what turned into an ugly loss for the Astros. His transition from short relief to a starting role has been slow and uneven. He’s still yet to crack 90 pitches in any start, and has two good and two bad outings as a starter.

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June 8, 2017 5:29 pm

The Call-Up: Francis Martes

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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

He's struggled as a starter in Triple-A but has a potent 1-2 punch.

The Situation: The Astros’ bullpen is gassed after having to piece together nine innings for then-scratched and now-DL’ed ace Dallas Keuchel yesterday, and the club will turn to Martes as an option to cover a couple innings as necessary out of the bullpen. The club’s top prospect hasn’t worked since June 1, and stands to make his big-league debut despite an up-and-down season through eight starts in the Pacific Coast League.

The Background: Signed by the Marlins as an unheralded international prospect in November of 2012, Martes was identified by an Astros scout Alex Jacobs on the back fields in Florida and summarily plucked as the anonymous sixth man in a 2014 deadline deal that swapped Jake Marisnick and Jarred Cosart as the principles. He began breaking out in the Midwest League the following summer, before continuing to dominate on up through a brief stint in High-A and finishing the year with a cup of coffee at Double-A. He cracked his first BP 101 that off-season, checking in at no. 63, then spent all of 2016 in the Texas League, where he recovered from a poor start to post outstanding numbers over the season’s final four months as one of the youngest hurlers on the circuit. We named him the 28th-best prospect in baseball this winter.

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Cubs fans are freaking out, but they aren't even at the top of the panic heap.

It’s been a busy four weeks.

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