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05-29

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What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game
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Chris Mosch

04-09

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What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control
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Daniel Rathman

02-26

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11

Overthinking It: PECOTA's Projected Fallers
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Ben Lindbergh

11-16

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Transaction Analysis: Melky Flees To Canada
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Sam Miller

11-13

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34

Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-06

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5

Overthinking It: This Offseason's Generic-Brand Bargains
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Ben Lindbergh

11-05

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42

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

10-16

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Bizball: The Strange Case of Melky Cabrera Spills Over to His Agency
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Maury Brown

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Why We Won't See Melky Cabrera in the NLCS
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Mike Ferrin

09-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 50: Travis Snider Tells All/Should the Giants Bring Melky Back in October?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-21

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Manufactured Runs: The Very Long Night of Melky Cabrera
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Colin Wyers

08-16

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 16
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Matthew Kory

08-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 22: Why BP Didn't Break the Melky Cabrera Suspension
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-15

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24

BP Unfiltered: Melky Cabrera, PEDs, and the Giants' Playoff Odds
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Ben Lindbergh

07-06

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Painting the Black: Tiptoeing Around Landmines
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R.J. Anderson

07-05

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Overthinking It: Second-Half Risers and Fallers
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Ben Lindbergh

06-21

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Overthinking It: Melky Cabrera and the Mythical Age-27 Effect
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Ben Lindbergh

06-05

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6

Western Front: Tres Compañeros
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Geoff Young

06-01

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 1
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Matthew Kory

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Friday, May 25
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Daniel Rathman

03-08

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24

The Lineup Card: 10 Choices for 2012 Declines
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Baseball Prospectus

02-29

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13

Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

02-21

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5

Western Front: Runs? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Runs!
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Geoff Young

12-06

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/6/11
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Rob McQuown

11-08

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BP Unfiltered: Now in the Newsletter, the BP Daily Rathman
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Daniel Rathman

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: The Melk Man Cometh to San Fran
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R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

09-23

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Fantasy Beat: Sneaky Speed Play
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Jason Collette

09-16

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-12

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Fantasy Beat: Five-Tool Surprises
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Jason Collette

06-01

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Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home
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Craig Brown

05-13

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Don't Believe the Hype: The Unlikely Heroes
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Marc Normandin

07-19

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Transaction Action: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

01-18

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Transaction Action: NL Ketchup
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Christina Kahrl

12-22

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34

Transaction Analysis: The Vazquez Trade
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Christina Kahrl

10-18

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71

Prospectus Today: Absent Without Leave
by
Joe Sheehan

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Twins LDS
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Joe Sheehan

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Indians
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Jay Jaffe

02-14

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Prospectus Today: Finding a Spot
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Joe Sheehan

08-23

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Prospectus Game of the Week: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox, 8/20/06
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Derek Jacques

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Ben and Sam discuss how they came to know that Melky Cabrera was about to be suspended for a positive PED test before the news broke, and how they decided what to do about it.

Ben and Sam discuss how they came to know that Melky Cabrera was about to be suspended for a positive PED test before the news broke, and how they decided what to do about it.

Effectively Wild Episode 22: "Why BP Didn't Break the Melky Cabrera Suspension"

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How much did Melky Cabrera's suspension affect San Francisco's odds of appearing in October?

When news of Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension for taking testosterone broke this afternoon, the Giants had 45 games remaining, were tied with the Dodgers atop the NL West, and were half a game worse than the Braves and Pirates, the two teams tentatively holding the two NL Wild Cards. Shortly after that, they lost to the Nationals, 6-4, but let’s pretend that never happened. (Who knows, maybe with Melky they would have won.) This morning, with Melky, the Giants had a 60.5 percent chance of making the playoffs: 53.2 percent from winning the division, and 7.3 percent from winning a Wild Card. How much did losing Melky for the rest of the regular season affect their odds?

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July 6, 2012 5:00 am

Painting the Black: Tiptoeing Around Landmines

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R.J. Anderson

How do we judge a GM who seems to make so many wrong moves -- and wins anyway?

What does Andrew Friedman do well? He finds low-cost talent, drafts productive players in the first round, and banks on strong run prevention to win games. Where does Friedman stumble? Generally when dealing with relatively big-money free agents. Wait, my computer keeps autocorrecting “Brian Sabean” to “Andrew Friedman.” What a weird glitch.

Any card-carrying baseball fan can name four or five of Sabean’s greatest follies. He employed Barry Bonds for 11 seasons and failed to win a title. When Sabean did win a World Series, he allowed sentimentalism to interfere with upgrading his team, thus hurting its chances of a repeat. He favors veterans over prospects and once admitted to signing (not very good) players in order to forfeit draft picks. Then there are the times he signed Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand to budget-busting deals that looked no better at the time than they do now.

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July 5, 2012 2:48 pm

Overthinking It: Second-Half Risers and Fallers

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Ben Lindbergh

With 81 games in the books, Ben looks at which players are most likely to outperform, or underperform, their first-half results.

According to most sources, the start of the season’s second half is still more than a week away, but technically, it’s already upon us. All but two teams have played at least half of the games on their schedules. That means that most players have already accrued about half of the counting stats they’ll have at the end of the year, enough to give us some sense of whether their seasons are shaping up to be disappointments or successes.

Of course, some players have already left the bulk of their hitting behind them, while others are about to break out. Last season, Dan Uggla went into the All-Star break batting .185. After action resumed, he upped his average considerably, hitting .296 in the second half. Dexter Fowler played so poorly in the first half of 2011 that he was forced to spend a remedial month at Colorado Springs. After returning in mid-July, he hit .288/.381/.498, swatting all five of his homers and swiping 10 of his 12 stolen bases. On the other end of the spectrum, Jose Bautista hit 31 of his AL-leading 43 home runs before the break, and his teammate Adam Lind completely collapsed after June, following up a .300/.349/.515 first half with a .197/.233/.356 second-half showing.

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Melky Cabrera is having a breakout season, and he is 27 years old. Those are just two unrelated facts about Melky Cabrera.

If All-Star voting ended today, two of the three starting outfielders for the National League would be repeat representatives. The leading vote-getter, Matt Kemp, made the team last season and went on to be runner-up in the NL MVP race. Behind Kemp is Carlos Beltran, who’s been to six All-Star games.  

But the player who recently displaced reigning MVP Ryan Braun to take over third place has never been an All-Star. He’s never come close to winning any major awards or leading the league in any important statistical category. He’s been a punch line and an afterthought, but before this season, he’d never been one of baseball’s best players.   

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June 5, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: Tres Compañeros

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Geoff Young

Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera, and Angel Pagan didn't go to San Francisco with flowers in their hair, but with their early play, everything is coming up roses.

It would be easy to call Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera, and Angel Pagan the “Three Amigos.” For as much fun as that movie was, I prefer something a little more highbrow and suggest we borrow from Wim Wenders. They are compañeros.

Who saw these guys coming? All arrived in San Francisco at roughly the same time, and all have established an expected level of play that isn't particularly high. Here are their lines entering 2012:

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June 1, 2012 9:21 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 1

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Matthew Kory

Everything the Rays do is just so smart!

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The Reds might have finally found their solution in the leadoff spot.

The Thursday Takeaway
Entering yesterday’s game against the Braves, Reds leadoff men had combined for a .164/.202/.270 triple slash—and that was after rookie shortstop Zack Cozart homered in each of the first two games of the series and went 2-for-4 on Wednesday. Twenty-eight teams’ number-eight hitters had logged a better OPS than the Reds’ number-one batters’ 472 mark.  And though the overall stat line of their leadoff men is still awful, after completing a four-game sweep of the Braves, the Reds appear to have both hit their stride and solved their once-fatal flaw.

The 6-3 win over the Braves on Thursday gave the 25-19 Reds their first division lead of the season, as they pushed past the Cardinals, who lost a 10-9 nail-biter to the Phillies. Perhaps more significantly, though, the hole at the top of manager Dusty Baker’s batting order is that much closer to being plugged.


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Which players do the BP staff expect will come back to the earthly realm this season?

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Wrapping up our tour of the AL Central by discussing how good the Tigers can be, how close the Royals are to being competitive, and the sorry state of the Twins.

1) Will their defensive experiment work out?

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February 21, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: Runs? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Runs!

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Geoff Young

Given their overturned offense, will the 2012 Giants be able to improve their won-loss record from 2011?

Not long ago, while discussing the anemic offense of last year's Mariners, we noted that 10 MLB teams scored fewer than four runs per game in 2011. Only two of those teams finished with a winning record. The San Francisco Giants represented the most extreme case; they won 86 games despite having the National League's worst offense.

That got me to thinking: How often has the team with the NL's worst offense finished with a winning record? The answer may come as a surprise.

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December 6, 2011 10:55 am

The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/6/11

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Rob McQuown

The Keeper Reaper returns for the month of December!

Per the Wikipedia entry, author Ray Bradbury “has stated that the novel [Fahrenheit 451] is not about censorship, but a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature, which leads to a perception of knowledge as being composed of factoids, partial information devoid of context.” In a world where the very notion of a “book” may soon go the way of the rotary phone and the “LP”, can people really relate to “Hot Stove” anymore?  When a well-known national media personality makes the mistake of tweeting that a team re-signed its own superstar shortstop, it's patently obvious that most analysis these days is of the microwave variety. But Keeper Reaper is back to provide more information, complete with context, and is the best protection against getting burned this winter in fantasy league preparation.

Shallow (10-team mixed, 3 keepers): http://pfm.baseballprospectus.com/index.php?cid=6431
Medium (12-team mixed, 4 keepers): http://pfm.baseballprospectus.com/index.php?cid=6430
Deep (15-team mixed, 6 keepers): http://pfm.baseballprospectus.com/index.php?cid=6432
AL-Only (12-team AL-only, 5 keepers): http://pfm.baseballprospectus.com/index.php?cid=6434
NL-Only (12-team NL-only, 5 keepers): http://pfm.baseballprospectus.com/index.php?cid=6435
Super Deep (20-team mixed, 10 keepers): http://pfm.baseballprospectus.com/index.php?cid=6433






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