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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
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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
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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
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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
by
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!
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Daniel Rathman

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record
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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
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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
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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?
by
Russell A. Carleton

03-16

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Rubbing Mud: Bring Back the Belanger!
by
Matthew Trueblood

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Minnesota landed its top free agent target, pitch-framing master Jason Castro.

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Houston got to work in a hurry, trading for Brian McCann and signing Josh Reddick and Charlie Morton.

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Death to Righties is on the move as the Phillies beef up their bullpen for a reasonable pricetag.

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Houston takes advantage of a unique contract situation, but will it even pay off?

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Houston finally did away with the weird hill in center field, but not all ballpark quirks are worth mourning.

Tal’s Hill was never supposed to last this long. Its death via forthcoming stadium renovation was discussed in the abstract for years before being announced in the definitive last summer and scheduled for last fall. But then came an unexpected Astros playoff run, prolonging the inevitable and giving us one more season with the weird little slope in Minute Maid Park’s center field.

That season is over now and, as of this week, so too is Tal’s Hill. It’s easy to mourn this as a great loss for ballpark quirks. So easy! The imagery is almost obnoxious in its obviousness— bulldozing something that made a stadium unique, literally flattening out its character. But to mourn the death of Tal’s Hill simply as a delightful park oddity is to overlook why Tal’s Hill existed at all.

It’s true that Tal’s Hill was killed because it was too different (“unsafe” and “distracting” are, at their core, variations on “too different). But being different was the reason that Tal’s Hill was built in the first place. It was not a ballpark quirk born from a strange setting or a demand of its time or a weirdly individualistic architect. It was a ballpark quirk born out of a team’s desire for a ballpark quirk.

Tal’s Hill was designed to be different, and it was—but only so much as we can accept manufactured difference for difference’s own sake as being different.

The design alone, stripped of context, is weird. It’s a hill and a flag pole in the middle of a ballpark! It’s very weird! There’s nothing wrong with this, in and of itself, and maybe even something very much right with this. Weird can be good, weird can be inspired, weird can be fun. It is the foundation of where we might put a pit on the field. Weird gives a place its sense of self, and it allows us to build something human into a structure that would otherwise be anything but. It’s what makes ballparks individual, which is what lets us make ballparks personal.

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Carlos Gomez's swift decline got him dropped by the Astros, but the Rangers think there's still value to be had.

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Erick Aybar isn't what he once was, but he'll work for what the Tigers need and the price was right.

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The progression of the hidden-21K-game record.

“To the extent reliever performances get unequivocally awesome, it occurs only over time; but, excepting full-season or full-career stat lines, we don’t really have the infrastructure to easily put performances like Giles’ in context. … I don’t know how rare 23 Ks over nine innings is. If I had to guess, I’d say… it’s a record? If it is, it’s such a buried record that nobody has bothered to ask him about it.” Me

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The world stops and stares when a starter goes seven perfect innings, but largely yawns at the most dominant performances in the modern game.

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...and yet, nobody is taking advantage of this rare opportunity. What gives?

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Monday is turning into a great day for prospect debuts, but this one is the most great.

The Situation: Houston is right in the thick of the playoff chase again, and with A.J. Reed struggling to get on base or hit for power upon his promotion, the Astros will instead call on the best prospect in their system, Alex Bregman.

Background: Bregman was a potential second-round selection coming into the 2012 draft out of Albuquerque, but it was clear that he was set on attending LSU, and attend LSU he did. He quickly established himself as one of the best players in college baseball, posting a .963 OPS in his freshman year and quickly became a legit candidate to be the top player taken in the 2015 draft. A so-so sophomore season saw his stock slide ever so slightly, but he hit .323/.412/.535 and was taken second overall by Houston that June. After an impressive first professional season, Bregman destroyed pitching this spring/summer, posting a 1.016 OPS, earning a trip to the Futures Game (where he nearly hit for the cycle), and becoming one of the best prospects in baseball.

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Michael Conforto returns to New York, Justin Smoak stays in Toronto, and Yuliesky Gurriel might be an odd fit in Houston.

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