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11-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Butler Did It
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

11-19

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Ben Carsley

11-03

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Prospectus Feature: The Decision that Decided a World Series
by
Dustin Palmateer

10-30

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Pitching Backward: Sing, Sing, Sing, for the Unsung Affeldt
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Jeff Long

10-30

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Painting the Black: That Time We All Hated the Mike Morse Signing
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R.J. Anderson

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Giants Win The World Series, Again
by
Sam Miller

10-29

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BP Unfiltered: The Reason Bumgarner Should Start (Even Though He Won't)
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Sam Miller

10-29

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BP Unfiltered: Why NOT to Start Madison Bumgarner
by
Russell A. Carleton

10-29

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Moonshot: Do the Giants Beat the Heat?
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Robert Arthur

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 7 Preview
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Second-Inning Struggles
by
Sahadev Sharma

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: 1-2-3 Repeater
by
Miles Wray

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Mad Cool
by
Sam Miller

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up Big
by
Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned?
by
R.J. Anderson

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview
by
Sahadev Sharma

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
by
R.J. Anderson

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: A Decade of Planning an Overnight Success
by
Miles Wray

10-23

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Daisy Cutter: Cain's Overlooked Arrival
by
Sahadev Sharma

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2
by
Zachary Levine

10-22

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BP Unfiltered: There Will Be A Game Two
by
Russell A. Carleton

10-22

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Moonshot: The Royals, the Strike Zone, and an October Surprise
by
Robert Arthur

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Preview
by
Zachary Levine

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: The Other Royals: World Series Game 1
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Sam Miller

10-21

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The View from the Loge Level: Managing to Win
by
Daron Sutton

10-21

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Pitching Backward: How To Get A Hit Off Madison Bumgarner
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Jeff Long

10-21

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Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
by
Sam Miller

10-21

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Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Butterflies
by
Russell A. Carleton

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
by
Sam Miller

10-17

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Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante
by
Doug Thorburn

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
by
Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3
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Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
by
Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2
by
Sam Miller

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles
by
Sam Miller

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker
by
J.P. Breen

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: 20 Bad Josh Hamilton Swings: ALDS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-03

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The View from the Loge Level: Danny Duffy on Danny Duffy
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Daron Sutton

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Royals 3, Angels 2
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Sam Miller

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
by
Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap
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Jeff Long

09-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Eric Hosmer
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Ben Carsley

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

09-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
by
Rany Jazayerli

09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-18

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Pitching Backward: Big Situation James
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Jeff Long

09-08

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The View from the Loge Level: Missed Your October
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Daron Sutton

08-28

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Moonshot: On Regressing Defense
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Robert Arthur

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The Giants take a one-game lead. One-game leads can be fleeting, but Madison Bumgarner's big-game reputation will not be.

This was written on a train, without benefit of an internet. Many details might be incorrect, but all are true.

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Yusmeiro Petit has been an unheralded and surprising key during the Giants' postseason run and he came up big once again on Saturday night.

The Royals have seen Lorenzo Cain emerge as a star under the national spotlight in the postseason, but the Giants have their own secret weapon who has thrived under the bright lights of October. As surprising as it may be, long reliever Yusmeiro Petit has come up huge each time Bruce Bochy has called upon him this postseason and Saturday night was no different.

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No matter how questionable the decision, everything Ned Yost does this postseason seems to work in the end.

Ned Yost made the big pregame decision, parking Norichika Aoki on the bench in favor of Jarrod Dyson. It was the first time the Royals had changed their starting lineup in more than a month, with Lorenzo Cain sliding to right field and Alex Gordon moving into the second spot in the order. So that's where we'll start before touching on the rest of the night's action.

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Down 2-1, the storyline heading into Saturday night is clearly the Giants' decision to not go with their ace on short rest.

The Royals head into Saturday night just two wins away from a World Series title and won’t have to face the Giants ace.

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And we're back, ready for Round Two.

With the series tied at 1-1, the setting shifts to San Francisco.

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When the glow is gone, how will Royals fans measure the years of losing against the weeks on top?

The Royals have come to the World Series out of nowhere. As recently as July 22nd, they were a sub-.500 team. Also, the Royals have been planning on making exactly this type of postseason conquest for the better part of a decade.

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Lorenzo Cain has been getting plenty of love in October, but where was the praise all summer?

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The Royals staff threw some major heat and every key moment went their way as they snagged Game Two and evened the World Series at a game apiece.

Sometime before a parade broke out on the path from the visiting bullpen and well before a fight, or more accurately a halfhearted inter-dugout posturing contest, broke out around home plate, the Futures Game broke out at Kauffman Stadium.

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On the impossibility of the Royals getting up from a drubbing like that.

OMFSM! The Giants not only won the pennant, but they completely dominated the Royals last night. Hard to believe, but in a game where both teams had such amazing momentum coming in (8-0 vs. pennant winning walk-off!) one of them actually lost the game. And call me a conspiracy theorist, but I personally think it might have had something to do with Madison Bumgarner, rather than some sort of government conspiracy.

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After months of moving downward, the October strike zone is suddenly rising.

Everybody’s been writing about the strike zone recently, and that’s for good reason. The strike zone is evolving, and for the first time in the history of baseball, we have the technology to directly record that evolution. Mostly, the bottom of the strike zone is dropping, and that plays some role in shaping the current pitching-dominated era (although exactly how much of a role is a matter of some debate).

What’s most astonishing about the strike zone’s changing definition is the rapidity with which we are witnessing the results. Year after year, the strike zone falls, and this year has been no exception. In this recent article, Jon Roegele chronicles the most dramatic drop in the bottom of the strike zone yet: In the last year, the zone’s real estate has increased by 16 square inches. But even without a rigorous statistical analysis of the zone, you could feel the impact of the strike zone’s accelerating fall in the numerous strikeout records which have been broken, and in the historic seasons of Clayton Kershaw and other pitchers.

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With a rested Giants pen and a Royals' starter who exited his last start with shoulder issues, Game Two of the World Series could come down to which group of relievers steps up.

The difference between a tied series and an imposing lead for the Giants will likely be in the grips of the relievers, although for a very different reason on both sides. It’s a 13-year vet who’s happened upon the last two World Series taking on a rookie whose start couldn’t possibly come with more question marks. And then the real show will begin.

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Madison Bumgarner keeps building his legend, while the Royals' game got thoroughly botched.

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