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July 20, 2017 6:00 am

The GM Trade Game

4

Russell A. Carleton and BP Staff

Were the offers better in this alternate reality?

It’s that time of year. The time when grown men hug each other to say goodbye after five months together. It’s also the time when refresh buttons are mashed on Twitter trying to catch the news of whatever trade is about to happen. It’s all so exciting. And here at BP, we like to get into the spirit of the season, too. It’s become an annual tradition to play the BP Trade Game, where we put on disguises that make us look like general managers, and pretend to trade for someone.

Today, we present the first entry in that series where we try to trade J.D. Martinez from the Tigers to a team looking for a rental bat. And, as sometimes happens with these, real life scooped us. I guess we shouldn’t feel too bad. On July 28, the Tigers are having a “Game of Thrones” night at Comerica Park, featuring a bobblehead of J.D. Martinez sitting on the throne.

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On the 17th episode of the DFA Podcast, Bryan, special guest Ben Diamond, and Shawn Brody discuss three big deals that are helping shape the 2017 playoff push. The Yankees pick up three pieces, the Nationals grab two, and the Diamondbacks just get one; how did each team do?

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and 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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The Diamondbacks add another big bat to the lineup, snagging J.D. Martinez from the Tigers for a trio of prospects.

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December 13, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Batting Average

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Mike Gianella

Maybe the BABIP gods don't always have a plan.

Yesterday, George Bissell broke down the landscape around the league in batting average. He found that batting average has slipped slightly over the last decade. He pointed out that batting average is one of the most antiquated metrics we use in fantasy sports to measure hitter success, yet we still do have to try and figure out who is going to help or hurt us in the category. Here are a few hitters who either over or underperformed in the category in 2016.

Overachievers

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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns

3

Nick Shlain

Examining the results to date from three players for whom Nick had high expectations entering the season.

While it’s hard to take a lot of meaning from the super early season results, today I’ll look at a couple of players and a pitcher that I was higher on than most people were entering the season and gauge their season outlook. We begin with two players who were integral to my strategy in the My Model Portfolio series: J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.

J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers

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Ben and Sam banter about seeing no-hitters and team philosophies, then discuss potential solutions for each contender's biggest need.

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What did the Astros outfielder do to get yanked from the game?

On April 8 Astros manager Bo Porter pulled J.D. Martinez from the game after a fourth-inning at-bat. Afterward neither Porter nor Martinez divulged the intricacies of the yanking, though Martinez did offer a hint, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle:

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Things might not look cheery in Houston, but J.D. Martinez is trying to turn the tides.

The Thursday Takeaway
On February 29, the BP team pitched 14 breakout candidates for the 2012 season. If the first two weeks are any indication, though, we may have missed a big one.

There aren’t many bright spots on the Astros, who are 5-8 to start the year and may struggle to maintain even that .385 winning percentage through the summer. But outfielder J.D. Martinez—who .274/.319/.423 as a rookie in 2011—has officially announced his arrival by emerging as one of the hottest hitters in the league through 13 games.


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June 16, 2009 9:20 am

Transaction Analysis: NL East Roundup

13

Christina Kahrl

A newly Barbaro-us division gets twisted all about in its roster machinations.

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We conclude our predictions with the National League, plus the staff World Series picks.

Yesterday we started our prediction miniseries with a look at the American League. Today we unveil our National League and World Series picks.

Each author's ballot may be found later in the article. Here, we neatly summarize the results. In each division standings table you'll find the average rank of the team, plus the standard deviation. The lower the standard deviation, the more in agreement the authors were about that team's place in the division standings. In our AL column, the Royals had a standard deviation of 0, meaning that all authors agreed they would finish last. We have similar consensus with the old/new Washington Nationals, also picked to finish last across the board. Such agreement is rare around here, and obviously means that both the Royals and Nationals will finish third in their respective divisions.

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October 4, 2004 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Starting Pitching in the Postseason

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Dayn Perry

It's received wisdom that strong rotations are important for teams seeking postseason success. How true is that these days?

The thing about conventional wisdom is that ad nauseum repeating of said wisdom isn't tantamount to demonstrable truth. If you're reading BP, you probably know this. So as the 2004 postseason looms, it's worth examining this particular baseball NOUN in further depth.

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Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards. The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings. Hitters: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (Avg/OBP/SLG/RARP/VORP) Pitchers: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (ERA, IP, SNWAR or ARP, VORP)

Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards.

The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings.

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