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05-03

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

04-27

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

04-15

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

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits!
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Demetrius Bell

04-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Astros Pitching Coach Brent Strom
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Evan Drellich

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider
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Emma Baccellieri

03-31

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Rumor Roundup: Tim Lincecum, Still Exists
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Demetrius Bell

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans
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Bryan Grosnick

03-22

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Baseball Therapy: Are You Cultured?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-16

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Rubbing Mud: Bring Back the Belanger!
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Matthew Trueblood

03-11

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Winter Is Leaving
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Meg Rowley

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Will Make Pollock Prove It
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Daniel Rathman

01-19

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Figure Out What a Scouting Department's Entire Product is Worth
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Russell A. Carleton

01-05

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Rubbing Mud: Kyle Gibson's Encouraging Comp, and Kyle Gibson's Really Encouraging Comp
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Matthew Trueblood

12-29

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Best of BP 2015: Forty Minutes In Houston: ALDS Game 4
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Sam Miller

12-16

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Baseball Therapy: Have We Been Underpricing Relievers?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-04

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Ducks on the Pond: The Houston Astros and the Outfield Creep
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Chris Mosch

11-19

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Baseball Therapy: What Should the QO Number Be?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-13

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Transaction Analysis: Colby Qualifies
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Matthew Trueblood

10-20

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Baseball Therapy: Say You'll Remember Me
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Russell A. Carleton

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Forty Minutes In Houston: ALDS Game 4
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Sam Miller

10-13

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BP Unfiltered: Why Didn't The Royals Steal Home?
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Dustin Palmateer

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: The Story of Two Pitchers Left In: ALDS Game 3
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Matthew Trueblood

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Into Science: ALDS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: The Royals' Unforced Error: ALDS Game 1
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Matthew Trueblood

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Astros vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: WC Recap: A Game of Hinch's
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R.J. Anderson

10-06

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Raising Aces: Dallas Keuchel vs. Masahiro Tanaka
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Doug Thorburn

10-06

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Baseball Therapy: My Bad Baseball Predictions
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Russell A. Carleton

10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-05

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Transaction Analysis: How The Wild Card Winners Were Built
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BP Staff

10-02

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What You Need to Know: Wild!
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Chris Mosch

06-12

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Daisy Cutter: Building an Ace From the Ground Up
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Sahadev Sharma

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: All's Well That Ends Wel
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

05-18

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The Call-Up: Lance McCullers
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

05-08

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What You Need to Know: Smoked!
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Daniel Rathman

05-06

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Beating the Shift
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Chris Mosch

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Jake!
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Ian Frazer

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Nuts To Strasburg!
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Ian Frazer

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Happened, Will Continue To Happen
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Daniel Rathman

04-01

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Some Projection Left: The Moran Mystery
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Christopher Crawford

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: How the Astros do Spring Training
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Howard Megdal

03-18

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Every Team's Moneyball: Houston Astros: Luhnow Life Financial
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Zachary Levine

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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Chris Mosch

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
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R.J. Anderson

02-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Major-League Relievers Signing Minor-League Deals
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia
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Daniel Rathman

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March 11, 2016 6:00 am

Winter Is Leaving

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Meg Rowley

No, really: The Astros are very young, and very good.

The Astros are young. They’re convincingly-star-in-a-cable-series-about-high-schoolers young. They’re prepare-to-be-carded-for-the-next-ten-years-when-buying-beer young. They’re really, very young.

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Arizona and A.J. Pollock aren't on an extension path, while Cespedes is a possibility in Houston--or, at least, an unlikely possibility.

D’backs table extension talks with A.J. Pollock
Few players did better for themselves heading into their first tour of arbitration than A.J. Pollock, who delivered a 5.4 WARP campaign on the strength of 39 doubles, 20 homers, and 39 stolen bags. The 28-year-old bloomed late but has established himself as a star-level contributor, the sort of player teams are eager to lock up as free agency draws nearer. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, while they’ve accomplished a lot this offseason, locking Pollock up long term may have to wait.


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The federal government gets into the sabermetrics biz.

Last week in Federal court, former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa was indicted on, and pleaded guilty to, charges that he improperly accessed the Houston Astros’ database, Ground Control, on multiple occasions. Before we go any further in this article, let’s get something out of the way. What Mr. Correa or anyone else involved in the case did or did not do is a matter for the FBI to investigate and the courts to adjudicate and I will leave that in their hands. Correa is quoted in the article as saying that he “trespassed repeatedly” and that he accepts responsibility for the case. Everyone else, not surprisingly, has largely declined to say much else.

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What Kyle Gibson does that is almost, but not quite, unique.

Kyle Gibson had Tommy John surgery on September 7, 2011. The Twins won that day, but they had lost the five games prior to that one, and they would lose the next 11, as they hurtled toward a 63-99 car wreck of a finish. It didn’t much matter, since Gibson wasn’t quite on the doorstep of the majors when he went under the knife, but it would turn out to be bad timing. See, Gibson was back on the mound in miraculously little time, making seven rehab appearances for the Twins’ Gulf Coast League club in July 2012. By the end of that month, though, the Twins were far from contention again, and they traded the expiring contract of Francisco Liriano to the White Sox. Gibson debuted in Minnesota on another losing team a year later, but the ships had passed in the night. Improbably, the Twins developed two pitchers with the same radical, nearly unique approach to their craft within just a couple years of each other, but the pair never shared a starting rotation.

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How an entire series changed, and how it didn't entirely have to.

With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on October 13, 2015.

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December 16, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Have We Been Underpricing Relievers?

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Russell A. Carleton

All the cool teams are collecting relievers again, but are they more like pogs or Magic: The Gathering cards?

Last year, the must-have item of the Winter Meetings shopping season was a catcher with mad framing skills. In a short period of time, Hank Conger, Ryan Hannigan, Miguel Montero, and everyone who owned a chest protector on the Padres roster changed teams. This year, tastes have changed. Now, the new hip thing that all the cool teams have is a crazy good closer. More to the point, a second crazy good closer to pitch in the role once known as “the eight- inning guy.” It’s not enough to have one shoe any more. You need two.

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Another way a major-league team is using hitters' tendencies to reimagine defensive positioning.

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Spoiler: It's not $15.8 million.

Baseball has been trying to figure this problem out since free agency began. Baseball players are free actors and may sign with whomever they choose—and that usually corresponds to whoever happens to offer the most money. Some teams have more money than others. How to keep the big money *cough*Yankees*cough*Dodgers*cough* teams from simply buying championships and ruining all the fun for everyone else?

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November 13, 2015 6:06 am

Transaction Analysis: Colby Qualifies

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Matthew Trueblood

History is made, as Colby Rasmus accepts $15.8 million from the Astros.

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October 20, 2015 8:14 am

Baseball Therapy: Say You'll Remember Me

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Russell A. Carleton

Exploring how much a bad outing affects a reliever the next day--and whether managers should be changing their routines based on it.

Watching a playoff game should count as aerobic exercise. You should seriously be able to go to your doctor and said “I know that you told me to go run a couple miles per week, doc, but it’s October and I’m a baseball fan.” And your doctor should simply nod. Everything is so important. Things that wouldn’t even register during the regular season get picked apart and rehashed and they get your heart racing, particularly if you’re a fan of one of the two teams playing. And there’s good reason for that. Because we’ve now entered the League Championship Series section of the competition, one little decision might be the difference between a trip to the World Series and a trip to the trivia challenge bin. (Quick, name the two losing teams in 2013's LCSs without looking…)

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How an entire series changed, and how it didn't entirely have to.

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In the eighth inning, the Astros seemed to be daring them—and the Royals are not noted for their baserunning timidity.

Something strange happened in yesterday's Astros-Royals game—well, a lot of strange things probably happened, but one of them particularly caught my attention. Astros' closer Luke Gregerson entered the game in the eighth inning after Houston's bullpen blew a four-run lead, bringing with him a glacially slow delivery.

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