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06-29

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Outta Left Field: Have the Dodgers Solved Injuries Or Are They Just Chatty?
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Dustin Palmateer

06-21

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Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle
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Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-15

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BP Unfiltered: Clayton Kershaw Should Have, Like, Three Walks Allowed This Year
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Sam Miller

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
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Daniel Rathman

06-14

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Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution
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Aaron Gleeman

06-13

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Prospectus Feature: Groundball Pitchers: Nothin' To Do With Them?
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Rob Mains

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-07

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Pebble Hunting: Clayton Kershaw's 'Mistakes', Chapter Two
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Sam Miller

06-06

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What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This
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Ashley Varela

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is
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Nicolas Stellini

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s)
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Bryan Grosnick

06-02

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Transaction Analysis: Walsh Revolution
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Rian Watt, James Fegan and Matthew Trueblood

05-31

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Julio Urias
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Doug Thorburn

05-26

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Life at the Margins: The Giants Have Had a Good Week
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Rian Watt

05-24

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What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...
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Nicolas Stellini

05-18

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Rubbing Mud: Babies, Bathwater, and the Pace Of Play Conundrum
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Matthew Trueblood

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-13

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What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks
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Emma Baccellieri

05-13

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Raising Aces: The Velo Movers, One Year Later
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Doug Thorburn

05-13

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Life at the Margins: Swing, Batta Batta
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Rian Watt

05-11

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What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals
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Nicolas Stellini

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin'
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Ashley Varela

04-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Gabe Kapler, Dodgers Player Development Director
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Wilson Karaman

04-29

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Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special
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Rob Mains

04-25

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Life at the Margins: The Best Pitcher Right Now
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Rian Watt

04-25

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What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia?
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Ashley Varela

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident
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Nicolas Stellini

04-15

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BP Unfiltered: The Wonderful Things That Vin Scully Might Lead You To Think About
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Meg Rowley

04-11

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Rubbing Mud: Kill the Error
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Matthew Trueblood

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

04-07

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Rubbing Mud: Juan Nicasio Is Not A Miracle Yet
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Matthew Trueblood

04-01

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Winter Is Leaving
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Wilson Karaman

03-22

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Rumor Roundup: Dodgers Consider Their Options, e.g. Zach Lee
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Daniel Rathman

03-04

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Tools of Ignorance: The Dodgers' Breakable Rotation
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Jeff Quinton

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Get Extendy
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Demetrius Bell

02-19

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Fifth Column: How to Project Julio Urias
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Michael Baumann

02-17

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Prospectus Feature: The Way-Too-Early Baseball Awards Breakdown
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Bryan Grosnick

02-12

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BP Unfiltered: Glenn Burke, Historically Significant Baserunner
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Sam Miller

02-12

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Fifth Column: The Death of Nostalgia in Baseball Broadcasting
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Michael Baumann

02-03

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Life at the Margins: The Case Against Hiring A Smart Person
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Rian Watt

01-22

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BP Unfiltered: How Greinke vs. Arrieta vs. Kershaw Played Out
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Tom Tango

01-11

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Kenta Maeda
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Doug Thorburn

01-04

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Transaction Analysis: Maybe They're Not Maeda Money
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Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown?
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Daniel Rathman

12-22

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Rumor Roundup: On the Dodgers' No. 2 Starter
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Daniel Rathman

12-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Return of the Bear
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Meg Rowley

12-10

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Pitching Backward: The Real-Life Closer Report
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Jeff Long

12-09

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jeff Samardzija and Hisashi Iwakuma
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Doug Thorburn

12-08

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Baseball Therapy: Fiddlesticks, Yeah!
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Russell A. Carleton

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Has all the Dodgers spending and talk about solving the injury riddle led to any real progress?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a $250 million payroll, at least six former or current general managers stashed away in their front office, and one of the deepest staffs of numbers crunchers in the game. When they decided to tackle one of baseball’s most perplexing mysteries—The Injury—under Andrew Friedman’s watch, it wasn’t particularly surprising. In fact, the Dodgers might possess the perfect combination of dollars and smarts to best pursue an injury elixir; their front office depth chart includes a whopping 12 different baseball operations analysts—behind only Friedman’s old team in Tampa Bay—and a 12-person medical staff. The A’s, by comparison, have just a handful of full-time analysts on staff, and when prodded about the injury issue—in a seven-year-old New York Times article, coincidentally about Stan Conte and the Dodgers—Billy Beane responded, “I just don’t have the money to let someone spend all year looking into this.”

Teams only have so many resources to devote to analytics, and every minute spent on injury research is one that could be spent on the draft or on aging curves or on figuring out what to do with terabytes of Statcast data. While some teams—like the A’s, perhaps—have struggled divvying up limited resources, the Dodgers have enough money to hire multiple people to study injuries while hiring more people to study the people studying injuries. That’s what they’ve done, apparently, beefing up their front office with the partial goal of getting a better handle on player health. The resulting strategy has featured the Dodgers acquiring extreme injury risks, guys like Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, stacking bargain-bin depth pieces next to established stars like Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez.

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Randal Grichuk plays himself back to Triple-A, Mat Latos wears out another welcome, and the Dodgers and Mariners make an intriguing minor swap.

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Clayton Kershaw has walked seven batters this year, which might be too many.

Clayton Kershaw just walked his seventh batter of the season:

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Scherzer threatens another signature start, the Dodgers dip toward .500, and Whit Merrifield is a thing.

The Monday Takeaway
Few pitchers are as unhittable at their best as Max Scherzer is. The right-hander’s 20-strikeout game earlier this year can attest to that. And for a while on Monday, it seemed as though Scherzer might duplicate that effort against a Cubs lineup that looked helpless at the plate.

Scherzer struck out the side in the first, two more in the second, and another trio in the third. With his high-80s breaker darting expertly at lefties’ back feet,


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A year ago today, Francisco Lindor was recalled. Since (roughly) that day, the position has gone from a dead spot to historically great.

Eleven months ago Alcides Escobar was voted into the All-Star game as the AL’s starting shortstop. Escobar is an oft-praised defender with plus speed on a Royals team that was coming off a World Series loss and headed for a World Series win, but he also ended the first half with a modest .699 OPS and finished the season with a .614 OPS that nearly matched his .636 career mark through age 28. Alcides Escobar, All-Star starting shortstop just seemed a little lofty.

Royals fans stuffed the ballot box so much that second baseman Omar Infante and his .555 OPS nearly got voted into the game as well, but in Escobar’s case the story wasn’t so much about an undeserved selection as no other AL shortstops standing out as clearly deserving. In other words, don’t blame Escobar or Royals fans for his being in the starting lineup alongside the biggest stars in the league. None of the AL shortstops had an OPS above .750 at the All-Star break. The chosen backup was light-hitting Jose Iglesias, another glove-first player whose career OPS is .680.

Eleven months later, the AL’s shortstop landscape has changed so dramatically that the position as a whole has a higher collective OPS (.709) than Escobar had at the time of the All-Star break last year (.699) and Escobar has been the worst-hitting shortstop in the entire league. Xander Bogaerts is hitting .359/.405/.527 for the Red Sox. Manny Machado, who shifted from third base to shortstop following J.J. Hardy’s foot injury, is hitting .308/.376/.600 for the Orioles. Francisco Lindor, who made his debut exactly one year ago today, is hitting .304/.360/.450 for the Indians. Carlos Correa, the reigning Rookie of the Year, is hitting .256/.351/.423 for the Astros.

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Is Bill James right about groundball pitchers?

Bill James is not a fan of groundball pitchers. This is not new news; he’s written about them in the past on his site, Bill James Online. His most recent thoughts on the subject came last month in an essay entitled Two Bits, Four Bits. He addressed four separate topics:

1. The oddity of teams’ no. 1 starter being referred to as “not a true number one starter” when one never hears, say, a cleanup hitter being referred to as “not a true cleanup hitter”

2. The value of groundball pitchers vs. flyball pitchers

3. Whether facing a knuckleball pitcher screws up opposing hitters’ timing in the following game

4. How the ascendancy of Donald Trump indicates a challenge for the Republican Party

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Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura take swings, Adam Duvall takes bigger swings, and Julio Urias finally does okay.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Trying to come up with a lede for a section about Tuesday night’s fracas between Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura is like trying to herd angry wolverines. Any attempt at humor will fall flat. What’s important is that what happened in Baltimore was stupid. Flat-out stupid.


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Sam's continued quest to see if Kershaw is human even when the plate is centered.

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The Diamondbacks hand Jake Arrieta his first recorded loss, Jose Fernandez pitches his way into the history books, and Clayton Kershaw’s worst outing is still pretty good.

The Weekend Takeaway
We all knew it was coming sooner or later: Jake Arrieta exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015.


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Carl Crawford's tumultuous time in Tinsel Town comes to an end and Trea Turner gets the call.

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Julio Urias gets hit again, Zack Greinke is basically back, and the Padres out-do themselves.

The Thursday Takeaway
Statistically, you’re unlikely to be a nuclear physicist. There are certainly some of you that are nuclear physicists, but almost assuredly, the average reader of this columnist is unlikely to currently be a nuclear physicist. It’s substantially more likely, however, that there are many physics majors reading this. Yet, of course, a physics major doesn’t make one a nuclear physicist.


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A utility man who isn't, a formerly great closer who wasn't, and a comeback story no one knows.

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