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03-26

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My Model Portfolio: Clayton Kershaw Leads the Way
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Craig Goldstein

11-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

06-26

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Overthinking It: The Rays' Changeup Revolution
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Ben Lindbergh

06-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Time for a Change
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Jason Collette

04-02

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Painting the Black: The First 24 Hours
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R.J. Anderson

02-26

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Painting the Black: The Other Pitcher the Royals Got
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R.J. Anderson

12-14

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BP Unfiltered: Which WAR(P) Are You?
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Sam Miller

12-14

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Overthinking It: The Prospects Who Get Traded
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Ben Lindbergh

12-11

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Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows
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Ben Lindbergh

12-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-24

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Overthinking It: The A's, the Rays, and Two Different Ways to Ball on a Budget
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Ben Lindbergh

07-10

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Fantasy Beat: Shields' Plummeting Groundball Rate
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Jason Collette

06-11

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Painting the Black: Going Backward to Move Forward
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R.J. Anderson

05-01

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The Process: Post-Draft Rankings: You're Doing it Wrong
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Bradley Ankrom

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Friday, April 6
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Daniel Rathman

03-08

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The Lineup Card: 10 Choices for 2012 Declines
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Baseball Prospectus

10-24

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Rumor Mill for 10/24/11
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Derek Carty

06-06

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Resident Fantasy Genius: HR/FB, SIERA, and Luck
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Derek Carty

01-14

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Fantasy Beat: Starting Pitcher Underachievers
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Jason Collette

09-24

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
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Bill Baer

06-30

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Fantasy Beat: SIERA Darlings
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Marc Normandin

05-19

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
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John Perrotto

04-21

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Prospectus Q&A: James Shields
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David Laurila

10-24

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On the Beat: Big Game James and Coming Up Big
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John Perrotto

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Red Sox versus Rays
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Christina Kahrl

01-30

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Player Profile: James Shields
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Marc Normandin and Dan Fox

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Ivan Nova's new approach may not work for every pitcher, but Nova's not the type to just hang around.

Jay-Z once said, “Loiterers should be arrested.” Does Ivan Nova feel the same way? The transitive property—Nova and Jay-Z both attend plenty of Yankees games—suggests that he might; so too does Nova’s unwavering commitment to self-improvement. ESPN’s Jorge Arangure Jr. detailed Nova’s upbringing earlier this season and concluded that the pitcher’s success is miraculous. Not often does a gangly strike-thrower’s evolution merit talk about divine intervention, but then, not often does a story play out as the one Nova is writing.  Consider Nova’s unlikely ascent: from a failed Rule 5 pick to major-league starter that went 20 regular season starts between losses within three years.

How do you explain Nova’s rise without backfitting a narrative to results? The handy explanation is that Nova worked harder than the other players did. Convenient, but difficult to buy into because countless players work hard and never find success. One attribute that does help explain Nova’s success is an uncanny ability to adapt. Arangure included a story about Nova’s first time with the cutter. Here is the notable anecdote:

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May 1, 2012 3:00 am

The Process: Post-Draft Rankings: You're Doing it Wrong

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Bradley Ankrom

The 2000 draft serves as an example of why knee-jerk reactions to the draft are often premature.

Rankings are always of interest to sports fans, but many analysts are uncomfortable with the notion of slapping grades on players whose real value won’t be known for a number of years. This is particularly true in baseball, where players selected in the annual amateur (Rule 4) draft are further away from the major leagues than those of any other major sport. The majority of players taken in the football and basketball drafts have spent time performing under the bright lights, and against the premier competition, of NCAA Division I athletics, and the transition from amateur to professional is a relative breeze. In baseball, only a small percentage of the 1,500 or so players chosen each year hail from Division I baseball programs.

More than a decade ago, some were critical of the Marlins for allegedly putting signability before talent when they tabbed Adrian Gonzalez with the number-one overall pick of the 2000 draft. Gonzalez was regarded as the most polished high school hitter of that year’s crop, but few considered him the best talent available. As it turns out, Gonzalez has contributed the third-most wins above replacement (28.43) among players who signed that year, trailing only Chase Utley (36.26) and Jason Bay (30.53). Given the health woes of Utley and Bay in recent years, Gonzalez appears likely to usurp them atop the list. Joe Borchard, who received that year’s largest signing bonus ($5.3 million) from the White Sox, has the third-lowest WARP total (-1.55) among players who have reached the major leagues.

Players Receiving Signing Bonuses of
$2 Million or Greater, 2000 Draft


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Johan Santana returned to the mound last night, and a preview of today's events.

The Thursday Takeaway
The Mets have $35 million committed to Jason Bay and $55 million owed to Johan Santana over the next two seasons. If the team is to salvage any value from those ill-fated contracts—either internally or via trade—Bay and Santana must regain their prowess soon. And while Bay’s quiet, 0-for-3 start was nothing to write home about, Santana’s 2012 debut opened some eyes.

Now 33 and coming off a lost season, Santana no longer throws in the mid-90s. His first pitch on Thursday was an 87 mph fastball, and he sat in the upper-80s throughout the afternoon, occasionally reaching back for 90-91. But Santana also proved that he could be effective without premium velocity, tossing five scoreless innings, fanning five and walking two to pave the way for the Mets’ 1-0 win.


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Which players do the BP staff expect will come back to the earthly realm this season?

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October 24, 2011 9:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Rumor Mill for 10/24/11

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Derek Carty

The World Series is still going on, but rumors about potential off-season moves are starting to heat up

James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | SP | Under Contract | Shields for Morrison?


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June 6, 2011 9:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: HR/FB, SIERA, and Luck

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Derek Carty

There are times when calling a pitcher "unlucky" because of a high HR/FB or BABIP is not accurate.

I was reading Yahoo!’s RotoArcade blog this weekend and noticed a riff about James Shields, HR/FB, and DIPS theory. I thought that this would provide a terrific jumping point for a discussion on these topics and how randomness plays into how we evaluate players

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What can James Shields, Ricky Nolasco and Scott Baker teach us about extreme strike throwers and their fantasy value?

My friends have called me “Moonlight J” since my days in college because I always had a night job. I was not exactly a model student in my prep days, so I had to pay my way through school because I resisted taking out loans as long as possible. Even after I began my teaching career, I would hold night jobs to help make ends meet, and one of those jobs was DJ’ing weddings. That made it only natural that I would take requests from my friends for my debut article for this site.

My long-time friend @jfranco77 initially wanted to rub salt in my wounds by having me analyze how moving to Boston will affect Carl Crawford’s fantasy value, but instead made what I believe was a unique request: why have Scott Baker, Ricky Nolasco, and James Shields consistently under-performed their FIP

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September 24, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers

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Bill Baer

This week, we take a look at the starting pitchers that looked so promising back in March but failed to deliver. If you were fortunate enough, you did not let these arms drag your team down as they could, by themselves, have kept you out of the playoffs.

This week, we take a look at the starting pitchers that looked so promising back in March but failed to deliver. If you were fortunate enough, you did not let these arms drag your team down as they could, by themselves, have kept you out of the playoffs.

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June 30, 2010 1:00 pm

Fantasy Beat: SIERA Darlings

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Marc Normandin

A look at some of the pitchers who have pitched better than their ERAs show.

With July approaching and nearly three months of innings behind us, now is a good time to take a look and see who is pitching better than their ERA. We're far enough into the season that owners are likely to be discouraged by a poor first half, and will hope to sell in order to salvage something—basically, the optimism that existed earlier in the season may have faltered for many an owner, and you should take advantage of it. Here are some key names to keep in mind—this list includes the 10 pitchers with the largest disconnect between their ERA and their SIERA, meaning many of them may be in line for a rebound. Now, just because there is a disconnect doesn't mean they will rebound, as some pitchers give us reason to believe that things will not change for the better, as you will see.

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May 19, 2010 8:57 am

On the Beat: Wednesday Update

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John Perrotto

The Rays are being carried by their red-hot starting rotation, along with other major-league notes.

James Shields pondered the questions for a moment, then boomeranged it right back at the person making the query.

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The Rays starter discusses confidence, consistency, and being a student of the game.

When the BP staff was asked to make their annual pre-season predictions on the eve of Opening Day, yours truly typed the following name in the AL Cy Young column: James Shields. While such a prognostication doesn't exactly qualify as an extreme stretch-the Rays' right-hander also garnered a second-place vote from Will Carroll and a third-place vote from Clay Davenport-he has yet to establish himself as one of the game's elite pitchers. That may be about to change.

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October 24, 2008 12:19 pm

On the Beat: Big Game James and Coming Up Big

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John Perrotto

The Phillies pay the Price as the Rays balance the World Series ledger.

ST. PETERSBURG-James Shields holds a distinction other than being the first pitcher in Rays' history to win a World Series game. The right-hander is also the first pitcher in baseball history with 32 career wins to have the nickname "Big Game"; that's what they call Shields in the clubhouse. It doesn't matter that he's been in the major leagues for all of three seasons and had never pitched in an actual big game for Tampa Bay until this year; he is still "Big Game James" to his teammates.

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