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04-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 190: The Ike Davis Enigma/Trading Prospects Straight Up for Stanton
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Ben Lindbergh and Will Woods

04-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 186: Deceptive Starters/Matt Harvey's Improvement/The Blue Jays and Waiver Claims
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-27

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Cautiously Optimistic
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Matthew Kory and Paul Sporer

02-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 145: 2013 Season Preview Series: New York Mets
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-18

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Overthinking It: The Craziest Half-Inning in History
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Ben Lindbergh

12-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 105: Will R.A. Dickey's Knuckleball Be Better in the Dome?/Do the Red Sox Have a Consistent Philosophy?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: The Mets Deal Dickey to Toronto? UPDATED
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Ben Lindbergh and Jason Parks

12-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 103: The R.A. Dickey Deal and Trading Top Prospects (With Jason Parks)
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, November 28
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Daniel Rathman

11-02

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Head Games: David Wright, R.A. Dickey, and What Smart Fans Really Want
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Will Woods

10-02

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Head Games: The Other Thing R.A. Dickey Does Well
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Will Woods

08-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 20: Elephant
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-13

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BP Unfiltered: The Mets' Bullpen Doesn't Blow It
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Ben Lindbergh

08-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 16: Sonar
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Bobby Jones Relieves Himself on Mound
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Geoff Young

07-03

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BP Unfiltered: Just Sayin': Oliver Perez Might Be Back
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Ben Lindbergh

07-03

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What the Contenders Need
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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

06-29

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Raising Aces: Dickey's Fine Malt Knuckler
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Doug Thorburn

06-25

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BP Unfiltered: Not Everyone is Excited to Be on TV
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Ben Lindbergh

06-19

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Fantasy Beat: The Magnificence of R.A. Dickey
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Jason Collette

04-25

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, April 25
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Daniel Rathman

02-22

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Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

02-13

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Bizball: Mets Shell Game with Money May Stave Off Take-Over
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Maury Brown

12-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Sunset in Flushing
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Jonathan Bernhardt and Jarrett Seidler

10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Closing the Book on Omar Minaya
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Marc Normandin

09-14

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: New York Mets
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Beltran and Damon
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Jay Jaffe

06-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere I Choose: Baseball Fandom in the 21st Century
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Jason Fry

04-12

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The BP Broadside: New Age Mets Mass-a-cree
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Steven Goldman

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Sandy's The Man
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Jay Jaffe

09-23

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: New York Mets
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

05-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Meet the Mets
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Jay Jaffe

12-27

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Prospectus Today: Metropolitan Inactivity
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Joe Sheehan

09-04

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You Could Look It Up: No Juice at Bailout Field
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Steven Goldman

08-21

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Prospectus Today: A Wagnerian Ovation?
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Joe Sheehan

06-08

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Prospectus Roundtable: Fixing the Mets
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Baseball Prospectus

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-16

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Future Shock: Mets Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-11

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Transaction of the Day: Three-Way Mayhem
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Christina Kahrl

12-04

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GM for a Day: Mets
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Joe Sheehan

09-29

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Prospectus Today: The Morning After
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Joe Sheehan

08-27

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Prospectus Today: May Mets Fans Not Rush to Judgment
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Joe Sheehan

05-27

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Prospectus Today: WillieWatch
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Joe Sheehan

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-02

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-12

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Hope and Faith: How the New York Mets Can Win the World Series
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Jim Baker

10-18

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Prospectus Today: Decisions
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Joe Sheehan

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview
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Jay Jaffe

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers vs. Mets
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Jim Baker

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The Mets beat the Braves on Sunday night, but as often happens, their bullpen almost blew it.

This is exactly how the Mets drew up the top of the ninth inning on Sunday night:

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Ben and Sam discuss the significance of Mike Trout's 21st birthday and Mets manager Terry Collin's comments about injured reliever Tim Byrdak's workload.

Effectively Wild Episode 16: "Sonar"

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Once upon a time, two men named Bobby Jones pitched in the same game, for the same team. Actually, it was four times and two teams...

A while back, Ben Lindbergh wrote about players who share a name with Hall of Famers. In the comments there was a discussion of similarly named contemporary players such as the slick-fielding, lousy hitting shortstops known as Alex Gonzalez and the mediocre pitchers called Bobby Jones.

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Everything old is new again, including Oliver Perez' stuff.

Here are Oliver Perez’ average fastball and slider velocities in the majors from 2002-2012, according to BIS data from FanGraphs:*

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July 3, 2012 5:00 am

What the Contenders Need

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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

What do the Nationals, Braves, and Mets need heading into the deadline, and where might they find it?

With a little less than a month to go until the non-waiver trading deadline, talks between teams are heating up. In a seven-part series, several BP authors will be covering the needs, potential fits, and more for the contenders in each division, as well as a rundown of the top 10 player trade targets. Today, we take a look at the NL East.

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June 29, 2012 5:00 am

Raising Aces: Dickey's Fine Malt Knuckler

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Doug Thorburn

Doug examines R.A. Dickey's mechanics to see how Dickey does things most knuckleballers couldn't dream of.

The baseball life of a knuckleball pitcher is truly unique. Survival is predicated upon the success of a single pitch type, one that is rooted in randomness and whose effectiveness is sensitive to everything from mechanics to grips and even weather conditions. A knuckler's approach is based on the notion that batters know what pitch is coming, but not where it's going. The knuckleball was a recurring theme in my inaugural chat with BP, with many suggesting that washed up minor leaguers should adopt the pitch to re-forge a career in the bigs, though it is easy to underestimate the difficulty of harnessing a knuckler to the degree necessary to succeed at the highest level. Mercurial performance patterns have become par for the course of knuckleball pitchers, but R.A. Dickey's recent run of dominance is changing the way that we perceive this rare and exotic breed.

​Notable Knuckleball Pitcher Ratios

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A stark contrast in crowd reaction shots from Sunday's Yankees-Mets game.

The typical fan reaction to getting on TV:

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A look at Dickey's incredible run.

He went for $2 in the Tout Wars Mixed.  He went for $5 in Tout Wars NL draft while going for $4 in LABR NL (purchased by Derek Carty in both instances). Yet, there is no hotter fantasy baseball asset in leagues right now than R.A. Dickey, who currently stands 11-1 with a 2.00 ERA, 103 strikeouts, and just 21 walks in 99 innings of work. Those are the kind of numbers people pay $24 to roster Cole Hamels for, yet Dickey owners are getting it for a 75 percent discount amidst arguably the best story going in baseball today. Dickey’s last six starts encompass 48 2/3 innings of work in which he has allowed just 21 hits, one earned run, five walks, and 63 strikeouts. Those are not even Hamels-like numbers; those are more like Koufax numbers.

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Johan Santana and Josh Johnson turned back the clock in a vintage pitcher's duel on Tuesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Josh Johnson missed most of the 2011 season because of inflammation in his right shoulder. Johan Santana was shelved for much of it while rehabbing from a torn capsule in his left one. But on Tuesday night in Queens, they decided to party like it was 2009.

The Marlins and Mets aces matched each other out for out, hit for hit, and run for run on a night that was supposed to be highlighted by Jose Reyes’ return to Citi Field. Instead, Reyes went an inauspicious 0-for-4, while Johnson and Santana stole the show.


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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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February 13, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Mets Shell Game with Money May Stave Off Take-Over

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Maury Brown

A look at the Mets' financial situation and how they could turn the ship around

With Sandy Alderson’s foray into Twitter the exception, these are dark times for the Mets. Besieged by Irving Picard (the trustee in the Bernie Madoff case), declines in attendance, and (as a result) a decline in cash flow, the Wilpons and Saul Katz (aka Sterling Equities) are throwing everything but the kitchen sink in front of the door to block a takeover.

Most Mets fans are at the point where they’d like nothing more than to see new ownership take over the club. Such is sports. While Sterling strikes one as part of the “1%” for ownership, they view the Mets in much the same manner that homeowners across the country feel about their home that’s teetering on the edge of repossession. Anything and everything is being done to try and protect it, which means moving around assets, restructuring loans, and bringing in what little fresh money can be found through minority investments.

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As the Mets embark upon an uncertain rebuilding phase, they're putting their faith in young pitchers, as they've done before.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Jonathan Bernhardt is a freelance writer born in Baltimore who lives and works in New York City. He is an occasional contributor to the Et tu, Mr. Destructo? blog.

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