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2 Life at the Margins: Seager See, Seager Do by Rian Watt
8 Prospectus Feature: Nothing Slows Rich Teams Except Themselves by Henry Druschel
0 Pebble Hunting: Kershaw vs. Harper: The Mistakes by Sam Miller
1 Transaction Analysis: Rodney Takes His Quiver To Miami by Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford
0 Outta Left Field: Have the Dodgers Solved Injuries Or Are They Just Chatty? by Dustin Palmateer
0 Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle by Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick
1 BP Unfiltered: Clayton Kershaw Should Have, Like, Three Walks Allowed This Year by Sam Miller
0 What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort by Daniel Rathman
3 Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution by Aaron Gleeman
14 Prospectus Feature: Groundball Pitchers: Nothin' To Do With Them? by Rob Mains
1 What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough by Nicolas Stellini
2 Pebble Hunting: Clayton Kershaw's 'Mistakes', Chapter Two by Sam Miller
0 What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This by Ashley Varela
3 Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A. by Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski
1 What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is by Nicolas Stellini
0 Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s) by Bryan Grosnick
2 Transaction Analysis: Walsh Revolution by Rian Watt, James Fegan and Matthew Trueblood
1 Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Julio Urias by Doug Thorburn
1 Life at the Margins: The Giants Have Had a Good Week by Rian Watt
0 What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk... by Nicolas Stellini
19 Rubbing Mud: Babies, Bathwater, and the Pace Of Play Conundrum by Matthew Trueblood
2 What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day by Emma Baccellieri
0 What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks by Emma Baccellieri
0 Raising Aces: The Velo Movers, One Year Later by Doug Thorburn
5 Life at the Margins: Swing, Batta Batta by Rian Watt
2 What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals by Nicolas Stellini
5 What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin' by Ashley Varela
1 Prospectus Q&A: Gabe Kapler, Dodgers Player Development Director by Wilson Karaman
2 Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special by Rob Mains
2 Life at the Margins: The Best Pitcher Right Now by Rian Watt
4 What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia? by Ashley Varela
1 What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident by Nicolas Stellini
4 BP Unfiltered: The Wonderful Things That Vin Scully Might Lead You To Think About by Meg Rowley
8 Rubbing Mud: Kill the Error by Matthew Trueblood
0 What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story by Ashley Varela
7 Rubbing Mud: Juan Nicasio Is Not A Miracle Yet by Matthew Trueblood
2 Winter Is Leaving by Wilson Karaman
0 Rumor Roundup: Dodgers Consider Their Options, e.g. Zach Lee by Daniel Rathman
5 Tools of Ignorance: The Dodgers' Breakable Rotation by Jeff Quinton
0 Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Get Extendy by Demetrius Bell
8 Fifth Column: How to Project Julio Urias by Michael Baumann
6 Prospectus Feature: The Way-Too-Early Baseball Awards Breakdown by Bryan Grosnick
0 BP Unfiltered: Glenn Burke, Historically Significant Baserunner by Sam Miller
22 Fifth Column: The Death of Nostalgia in Baseball Broadcasting by Michael Baumann
6 Life at the Margins: The Case Against Hiring A Smart Person by Rian Watt
4 BP Unfiltered: How Greinke vs. Arrieta vs. Kershaw Played Out by Tom Tango
0 Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Kenta Maeda by Doug Thorburn
5 Transaction Analysis: Maybe They're Not Maeda Money by Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre
2 Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown? by Daniel Rathman
1 Rumor Roundup: On the Dodgers' No. 2 Starter by Daniel Rathman
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: exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015. Jake Arrieta
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Carl Crawford's tumultuous time in Tinsel Town comes to an end and Trea Turner gets the call. 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.
Colin Walsh picked the wrong time to draw walks, Edwin Jackson's out-making ability vanished, and Alex Guerrero bit off more than he could chew.
The box score won't tell you this, but Julio Urias justified the hype in his debut. The improbably predictable Giants.
The Giants won yesterday, 4-3 in extra innings against the Padres, and even before they did, they had the best week of any team in baseball. By BP’s own reckoning, in the form of our Playoff Odds report, their chances of making a postseason appearance this year increased by the largest amount—17.0 percent—of any other team this week, and that’s before the system had a chance to consider ’s walkoff single by the bay last night. When it does, their odds of tasting October in this, an even year, will go up further, not only because the Padres are a division rival but because, as well, the season is one day closer to its end. Brandon Crawford
Read the full article... Clayton Kershaw is peaking, Pujols hits a sort of a milestone, and the Cubs are slumping, relatively speaking.
The Monday Takeaway
The Warriors are actually bad at basketball, as they take too many jump shots and don’t have a strong enough game in the post. Their once-in-a-lifetime shooter is overrated, and their records mean nothing in the face of grit and Russell Westbrook.
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Pace of game (or time of game? It’s so unclear which problem the various hand-wringers want to solve, and there’s imperfect overlap when it comes to the solutions to each) is in the news again. The average length of an MLB game this season is three hours, some seven minutes longer than at the same point last season. This, everyone seems to agree, is a problem.
On Monday night, before I saw the Rob Manfred quotes that made it clear this would be a major topic of discussion this week, I sat on my couch, sorting socks and watching the Dodgers play the Angels. It was already past 11:30 Central time when I turned on the game, so I was mildly surprised to find that the top of the seventh inning was just beginning. Apparently, though, I had missed the quick part of the game.
was on the mound for the Dodgers, and pretty quickly, he began laboring. That’s not new. Of the 355 pitchers who have thrown at least 10 innings this season, Baez takes longer between pitches (an even 30 seconds) than all but two. The issue was particularly pronounced on Monday, though, because Baez was really up against it. Pedro Baez Read the full article... Chase Anderson (almost) shuts down the Cubs, Scherzer vs. Syndergaard lives up to the billing, and Kershaw vs. Trout lives up to Kershaw.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Milwaukee’s pitching has offered little excitement this year (except, perhaps, excitement about the fact that the Reds exist, which allows the Brewers to be second to last for most pitching stats instead of the worst in baseball). The Cubs’ hitting, on the other hand, has offered excitement near nonstop. And because baseball is weird, when the two met Tuesday night, the excitement was all Milwaukee’s—though the Cubs did their best to spoil that up until the very end.
Read the full article... Clayton Kershaw is really doing something, David Price finds his feel again, and Chase Headley finally finds second base.
The Thursday Takeaway
took the mound Thursday for the first time since the beauty of his historic first home run last week. But any lingering bliss was quick to evaporate, as the Dodgers piled on for a four-run first inning anchored by a Bartolo Colon home run. It was quickly made clear that Thursday’s spotlight would belong to the game’s other starting pitcher: one Yasmani Grandal . Clayton Kershaw
Read the full article... Revisiting last year's biggest velocity changes, because change is just another word for regression to come.
Every year, I write a pair of articles that breaks down the
risers and fallers in pitch velocity, specifically targeting multi-year trends to look for any changes in baseline stuff. With all of the talk about pitchers who have lost a tick (or three) of velo, it seemed appropriate to revisit the movers and shakers to see if the changes in pitch speed have carried over thus far in 2016.
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