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06-06

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What You Need to Know: Soaring Jays
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Chris Mosch

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M's
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: AL East U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-30

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The Lineup Card: 10 Things We Learned in April
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Baseball Prospectus

04-18

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Raising Aces: Masahiro Tanaka, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

02-28

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-27

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

02-27

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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

02-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 386: Listener Emails/Ricky Smith on Losing His Date to Derek Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-29

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

01-28

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BP Unfiltered: Masahiro Tanaka: A Reader Poll
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Ben Lindbergh

01-23

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Overthinking It: Several Stray Thoughts About the Masahiro Tanaka Signing
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Ben Lindbergh

01-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 370: Musings on Masahiro Tanaka
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Sign Tanaka
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

01-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 368: Least Beloved Baseball Figures/Comping Tanaka/North Korea's Top Prospect
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-16

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 17: Offseason Chatter
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

01-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Top 50 2013 Signees for Dynasty Drafts
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Bret Sayre

01-07

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Rumor Roundup: Which Teams Are in on Tanaka?
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Daniel Rathman

12-27

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How Much Will Masahiro Tanaka Make?
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Josh Herzenberg

12-27

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Raising Aces: Examining Masahiro Tanaka's Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

12-26

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Rumor Roundup: Tanaka Time
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Daniel Rathman

12-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 350: Jason Coskrey on Masahiro Tanaka and the New Posting System
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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June 6, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Soaring Jays

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Chris Mosch

Toronto wins for the 17th time in 20 games and Masahiro Tanaka gets by without his best stuff, plus more from Thursday and weekend previews.

The Thursday Takeaway
Justin Verlander became the latest victim of Toronto’s explosive offense on Wednesday, as the Blue Jays cranked three more home runs and put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep over the AL Central leaders.


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The young Ray's fine outing, a shutout by Masahiro Tanaka, David Ortiz's yardwork, plus more from Wednesday and previews for Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Entering last Friday’s start against the Indians, Jake Odorizzi owned a 6.83 ERA and 1.80 WHIP, and had made it out of the fifth inning in just three of his six starts. The Tampa Bay right-hander held the Indians scoreless during that outing and racked up 11 punchouts, but lasted just five innings and promptly watched his bullpen squander the lead. On Wednesday, Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and reminded Rays fans that he was more than just a throw-in that the club got in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade.

Odorizzi’s fastball worked particularly well against the Mariners, as the pitch generated 13 swinging strikes, nearly doubling his previous career high of seven (which came in his last start against Cleveland). After the game he told reporters, “It felt good coming out. The hitters tell you what your stuff is like. They didn't put any hard contact on it, so we kept going to it. Kept bringing it up higher and higher in the zone to see if they kept swinging at it, and a lot of them did.”


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May 6, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: AL East U25 Lists

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Xander Bogaerts and Manny Machado lead the way.

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The staff shares some of its takeaways from the season's first month.

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April 18, 2014 6:36 am

Raising Aces: Masahiro Tanaka, the Debut Ante

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Doug Thorburn

The Yankees' new starter appears to have the most important attribute of them all: the ability to make adjustment.

When I wrote about Masahiro Tanaka over the winter, my analysis was limited to the piecemeal footage that could be found across the interwebs, which led to a lot of caveats about what we could expect of his performance in the majors. There were many reasons for caution when projecting the state-side translation of his skill set, ranging from his workloads and pitch selection to his mechanics and statistical profile. With a trio of big-league starts now under his belt, we have a much clearer picture of his talent.

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February 28, 2014 8:50 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these pitchers in your leagues this spring.

There are so many pitchers to choose from. It's not that hard to not choose one of the following.

Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
I’ve never been shy about my feelings for Buchholz and of course he burned me to a crisp last year with a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. I’ve never been a fan and I think the reasons are sound:


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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 answer listener emails about Mike Trout, Masahiro Tanaka, Javier Baez, and more, and Ben talks to Ricky Smith about being Jetered (at 44:17).

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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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We want your opinion.

Back in December of 2011, Kevin Goldstein polled the industry on Yu Darvish, asking 10 sources whether they'd prefer Darvish to a selection of five other right-handed starters. I'm doing something similar for Masahiro Tanaka, and the results will appear in a piece at BP later this week. But I want to know what you think as well as what the baseball insiders think, so I'm collecting your survey responses below, for inclusion in the article.

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