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11-14

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Prospectus Feature: The Cy Young and the Unfair Advantage of Defense
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Jonathan Judge

10-25

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Rubbing Mud: What We Really Know About Lester's Yips
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Matthew Trueblood

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Lester Was a Baez Better
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Rian Watt

11-21

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier
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Doug Thorburn

10-28

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jon Lester
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Jeff Moore

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem
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Chris Mosch

03-24

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The Darkhorses: Wins
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-27

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34

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

02-27

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31

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-24

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State of the Position: Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

01-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 372: The Rays, The Red Sox, and Getting Hometown Discounts
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
by
Mike Gianella

10-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Ten Could-Be Fantasy Aces for 2014
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Bret Sayre

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Preview: Rays vs. Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

08-30

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What Makes a Good Changeup?
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Harry Pavlidis

08-15

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What Scouts Are Saying: August 15, 2013
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Baseball Prospectus

07-24

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What You Need to Know: Another Bad Night for the Blue Jays
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Daniel Rathman

07-23

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What You Need to Know: The Nats' New Hitting Coach
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Daniel Rathman

07-19

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 9: Erlin vs. Strasburg
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

06-07

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
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Paul Sporer

05-07

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 1 (Pilot): Lincecum v. Cashner
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Paul Sporer

04-30

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Raising Aces: There's Something About Farrell
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Doug Thorburn

04-02

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

02-25

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Overthinking It: PECOTA's Projected Risers
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Ben Lindbergh

02-23

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BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Boston Red Sox
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Mike Ferrin

01-02

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

09-28

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Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: Diagnosing Disappointment
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Doug Thorburn

04-20

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Pebble Hunting: Lester's Long Inning
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Sam Miller

03-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Jon Lester, Meet Mel Parnell
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Steven Goldman

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-13

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Player Profile: Jon Lester
by
Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

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Will Cy Young voters again be fooled by the Cubs' defense?

We’ve reached awards season, with the Cy Young—designated for the best pitcher in each league—due to be awarded this coming week.

In the National League, the named finalists are two Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester) and one National (Max Scherzer). Here is how they compare on various measures of pitcher quality:

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Why haven't opposing teams and managers, including the Indians and Terry Francona, done more to exploit Jon Lester's throwing problesm?

The last time he faced his former manager, Jon Lester spun an old-fashioned gem, in an old-fashioned Monday afternoon game at Wrigley Field. It was August of 2015, and the Cubs were hosting the Indians in a wrong-footed getaway-day game, forced into the schedule on what had been an off day for both teams after rain washed out a contest in June.

Lester pitched 8 ⅔ innings and nearly beat the Tribe 1-0, but ended up allowing the tying run before departing. Kris Bryant won the game with an opposite-field walk-off home run in the next half inning. The character of Lester’s effort was strange, though. He scattered six hits, a walk, and two hit batsmen over his long outing. It’s not normal, in today’s MLB, for a pitcher to allow nine baserunners in a start and still nearly complete the outing with just a single tally on the board.

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Chicago took Game 1 behind the Jon Lester-David Ross battery and Javier Baez's power.

David Ross doesn’t play all that often these days, what with Miguel Montero and Willson Contreras penciled in above him on the Cubs’ catching depth chart, but when he does—almost always every fifth day, when Jon Lester is pitching—he takes to the task with enormous seriousness of purpose. In his final big-league season, it’s his only chance to contribute to what has been a charmed season. As the league became increasingly aware that Lester—for whatever reason—doesn’t like to throw over to first, and so became increasingly enamored of taking the big lead and getting the early jump when Lester was pitching, Ross decided to take what had been a weakness and turn it into a strength.

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November 21, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier

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Doug Thorburn

Significant money will be handed out to a trio of arms this offseason, so how their mechanics grade out is certainly of great interest.

There is a thick crop of free agent pitchers this offseason, including a trio of arms at the top of the class who will likely command nine-figure deals with commitments of at least five years apiece. Pitching mechanics take on greater importance in these cases, given the long-term timeframe and the heavy cost expenditure; the physical elements of the delivery play a role in a pitcher's ability to consistently execute his pitches, the reliability of his performance, his injury risk, and his long-term adaptability as stuff naturally wanes and these pitchers get further from their physical peak.

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'Good enough to anchor just about any rotation in the majors.'

Jon Lester

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June 13, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem

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Chris Mosch

The Tigers righty earns his first career complete game in a duel with Chris Sale, plus more from Thursday and previews for the weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Thursday night’s clash between Chris Sale and Max Scherzer was so enticing that it inspired MLB.com to bring back #AceOff.

On a per-game basis, Sale has arguably been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, but it was Scherzer who stole the show with a complete-game shutout to bust himself out of a string of shaky starts. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner had been knocked around in his previous four outings, serving up at least eights hits, a home run, and four runs in each of them.


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March 24, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Wins

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the pitchers our fantasy crew believes can outperform their PECOTA projections in wins.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard 5x5 categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’re taking a look at pitching this week, following our run on offense a week ago. To read the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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February 27, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers

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Bret Sayre

Stacking up the rotation arms based on their long-term fantasy potential.

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February 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers

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Paul Sporer

Ranking starters based on their fantasy value from now through 2016.

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February 24, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: Starting Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the arms to help you decide on the optimal strategy for your league.

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Ben and Sam discuss Jon Lester and whether the Rays and Red Sox have figured out how to make players reluctant to leave.

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January 6, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

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Ben Carsley

The defending World Series champions are low on elite fantasy talent, but have numerous useful assets.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. They did so thanks in large part to bounce-back campaigns from many of their pitchers, career (or near-career) years from the likes of Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, full seasons from Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz, and an out-of-nowhere dominant season from Koji Uehara.

Despite the deep and talented team in Boston, this roster isn’t quite the fantasy goldmine you might expect. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players here to be sure, but only a handful profiles as top-100 options heading into next season.

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