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06-03

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What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment
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Daniel Rathman

05-02

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Raising Aces: Too Early to Worry?
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Doug Thorburn

01-29

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Overthinking It: Polling the Industry: Masahiro Tanaka in 2014
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Ben Lindbergh

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

11-27

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

08-09

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Raising Aces: What Happened to Liriano and Masterson?
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Doug Thorburn

05-31

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Paul Sporer

05-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Cool Slider, Bro
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Jason Collette

09-19

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Overthinking It: The Surprisingly Hard-to-Hit Pitches of 2012
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Ben Lindbergh

08-24

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BP Unfiltered: Just In Case You Don't Get It
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Sam Miller

06-21

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Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 6/21/12
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Paul Sporer

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Tuesday, May 29
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Daniel Rathman

04-19

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Raising Aces: Downhill from Here
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Doug Thorburn

04-11

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 11, 2012
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Matthew Kory

05-25

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Fantasy Beat: Justin Masterson's Breakout Season
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Craig Brown

04-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Are The Indians For Real?
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Jay Jaffe

03-11

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Purpose Pitches: Day Two at HoHoKam
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Christina Kahrl

02-25

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Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitcher Rankings
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Marc Normandin

06-30

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Fantasy Beat: SIERA Darlings
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Marc Normandin

05-28

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
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Bill Baer

05-21

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
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Bill Baer

05-14

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
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Bill Baer

01-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Justin Masterson
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David Laurila

01-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Justin Masterson
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David Laurila

10-17

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Prospectus Today: A Stathead Considers Chemistry
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Joe Sheehan

08-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Red Sox Rotation Frenzy
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Jay Jaffe

11-02

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Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

05-01

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Fight Money
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Bryan Smith

01-09

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Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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June 3, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment

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Daniel Rathman

Justin Masterson makes a mid-game change, Jose Abreu returns, and an update on Charlie Morton's HBP pace, plus what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
The Red Sox lost 10 in a row. Then they won seven straight. On Monday, they had a chance to make it eight—but an old friend stood in the way. And Justin Masterson had no intention of letting his first professional employer earn its longest winning streak in two years.


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May 2, 2014 6:15 am

Raising Aces: Too Early to Worry?

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Doug Thorburn

Examining Homer Bailey, Danny Salazar, and Justin Masterson.

Last week we studied a trio of pitchers who have enjoyed breakouts in performance over the first month of the season in order to distinguish legitimate improvement from potential mirage. This week, we examine the other side of the coin. There are a handful of pitchers who entered the season with high expectations yet have been knocked around the yard this April, and the most perplexing of these players are those whose peripheral stats are in line with last season but whose batted-ball profiles have taken a dive. It might be tempting to dismiss any vulnerability due to the vagaries of balls in play over small samples, but in some cases there are functional underpinnings to suggest that something has gone awry.

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How do industry insiders (and BP readers) view Tanaka relative to other right-handed starters?

In December of 2011, shortly after the Rangers submitted a winning $51.7 bid for exclusive rights to talk to Yu Darvish, then-BP prospect writer Kevin Goldstein surveyed 10 industry insiders to see how good they thought Darvish was going to be. Instead of asking for physical comps or statistical projections, Kevin stacked Darvish up against a selection of five other right-handed starters and asked for each insider’s one-on-one pitcher preference. In retrospect, some of the responses seem silly—three people took Ian Kennedy over Darvish—but the consensus wasn’t far from the mark: Darvish, the insiders said, would be worse than Justin Verlander, roughly as good as Zack Greinke, better than Matt Garza and Kennedy, and much better than Ricky Nolasco. Sounds about right.

Last week, the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka, the best Japanese starter to cross the Pacific since Darvish, to a seven year, $155 million deal (plus posting fee, luxury tax, and the priced-in expense of the opt-out clause) that will make him one of baseball’s 10 highest-paid players in 2014. The next question, naturally, is, “How good is the guy they just got?”

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January 13, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings

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Daniel Rathman

The Indians seek to extend Justin Masterson, and the Rangers try to replace Derek Holland.

Indians expect to discuss long-term pact with Justin Masterson
With more than five years of service time under his belt, Justin Masterson has one more year of arbitration eligibility left before his first chance to hit the open market. The 28-year-old right-hander took home about $5.7 million in 2013, when he forwent his hearing by agreeing to that salary on January 18, and the Tribe is once again hoping to come to terms with his agent, Randy Rowley.


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November 27, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians

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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, and Danny Salazar headline a roster whose complementary players could be appealing in deeper formats.

Coming off their first playoff appearance since blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2007 ALCS, the Indians will look to get back to the Promised Land (if you can call a one-game playoff the Promised Land). And they’ll have to do it with two of their three best pitchers from last season, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, potentially departing. The lineup remains intact, though they have added underrated outfielder David Murphy so that they don’t have to give nearly 500 plate appearances to Drew Stubbs again.

Yes, the Indians are a better franchise now than they were 25 years ago when they had Ricky Vaughn and Jake Taylor in uniform, but that element that causes us not to take them seriously as a World Series contender still exists. They have a couple of strong, underrated players about to enter their primes in Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana, but they’ll need others to step up and join them on that stage to make a deep playoff push. With the Tigers improving their roster (and flexibility) by trading for Ian Kinsler and the Royals possibly on the rise, the Indians will have their hands full in the AL Central.

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August 9, 2013 6:29 am

Raising Aces: What Happened to Liriano and Masterson?

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Doug Thorburn

Examining the stuff and mechanics of two pitchers who've taken steps forward in 2013.

Last week's edition of Raising Aces examined the stuff and mechanics of CC Sabathia and Josh Johnson—a couple of typically great pitchers who have fallen on hard times—in an effort to explain their struggles. This week we flip the script, studying a pair of pitchers who have greatly exceeded expectations in 2013 to find out whether each pitcher's success is sustainable. Under the microscope today: Francisco Liriano and Justin Masterson, both of whom could conceivably headline playoff rotations this fall.

Francisco Liriano
Liriano has been an enigma throughout his career. As a 22-year-old, the left-hander garnered comps to Minnesota teammate Johan Santana, recording 177 strikeouts against just 39 walks over his first 145 innings in the big leagues. The balloon burst when he underwent Tommy John Surgery following the 2006 season, after which he wasn’t the same. But Liriano has rediscovered his mojo this year, and through 100 frames he is invoking memories of the '06 breakout that originally put him on the national radar.


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May 31, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10

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Paul Sporer

Paul helps you decide which two-start pitchers are worth using this week and which ones you should avoid.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Cool Slider, Bro

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Jason Collette

Indians righty Justin Masterson has improved considerably against left-handed hitters this season, and the strides he has made with his slider are at the root of his success.

Nick Swisher is one of my favorite players in baseball to watch play the game because I appreciate how he works a count and genuinely seems to enjoy playing the game. My favorite part about his game actually comes off the field, because he is comedic gold when you get him talking on a topic he is excited about. Take his recent assessment of teammate Justin Masterson.

Swisher was asked by Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to describe teammate Justin Masterson in three words, and in the most Swisher response ever, he replied, “Power sinker, bro.” Swisher expanded his bro-view of the hurler by adding, “What’s really impressive is the number of strikeouts he’s had. Look at any great team and it starts with that number-one guy.”

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September 19, 2012 11:15 am

Overthinking It: The Surprisingly Hard-to-Hit Pitches of 2012

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Ben Lindbergh

Having a great pitch doesn't make you a great pitcher, as the PITCHf/x leaderboards show.

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for PITCHf/x leaderboards filled with info from Brooks Baseball for a while. And now that you have them—again, if you’re like me—you’re compelled to keep sorting columns in descending order, in every possible permutation, just to see what will rise to the top. Sometimes what rises to the top is a name you don’t expect to see. This is an article about a few of those names, and the pitches that plucked them out of obscurity and took them to the top of a leaderboard where no one would have expected them to be.

There are many ways to gauge the effectiveness of a particular pitch. One way is to see how often batters fail to hit the pitch when they attempt to. This leaves out a lot of information—how often they attempt to hit it, how well they do when they succeed, how well the pitch sets up a subsequent offering—but it is a quick-and-dirty way to assess unhittability. The most unhittable pitches—by this definition of “unhittable”—are pretty predictable. Cole Hamels has the most unhittable changeup. Zack Greinke (or Edwin Jackson, depending on your minimums) has the most unhittable slider. A.J. Burnett has the most unhittable curve. (That one might seem slightly less predictable, but even during his disappointing seasons, Burnett’s curve was always hard to hit.) Among relievers, if you set the thresholds low enough, Aroldis Chapman has the most unhittable fastball and the most unhittable slider. Aroldis Chapman is really hard to hit.

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Justin Masterson makes copy editors' knees weak.

Justin Masterson has nine wins this year. MLB.com has slightly fewer headline ideas.

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June 21, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 6/21/12

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Paul Sporer

Felipe Paulino, Michael Fiers, Justin Masterson, and Doug Fister find themselves amidst VPs this week

Plenty of new names in this week’s Value Picks as well as some returning names in some new categories.

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A brutal eight-game losing streak has taken the Atlanta Braves from first to worst in the NL East.

The Weekend Takeaway
It’s not all that hard to go from first to last in nine days this early in the season. To do so as resoundingly as the Braves have, though, takes a special kind of awfulness.

At the end of play on May 20, Fredi Gonzalez’s team was 26-16 and enjoyed a 1 ½-game lead in the National League East. At the close of shop last night, the Braves had slipped to 26-24 and sat in a last-place tie with the Phillies, four games behind the first-place Nationals.


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