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0 What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes by Demetrius Bell
0 Outta Left Field: Ichiro's Plan To Do It All by Dustin Palmateer
9 What You Need to Know: Oh, That Fernando Rodney by Daniel Rathman
1 Transaction Analysis: Rodney Takes His Quiver To Miami by Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford
0 Raising Aces: Command and Conquer by Doug Thorburn
0 What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots! by Daniel Rathman
1 What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time by Ashley Varela
1 What You Need to Know: 4,257* by Demetrius Bell
2 Transaction Analysis: Walsh Revolution by Rian Watt, James Fegan and Matthew Trueblood
2 Transaction Analysis: Only The Loney by Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick
0 Cold Takes: The Milestone Percentage Added by Patrick Dubuque
6 What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record by Daniel Rathman
0 Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back by Doug Thorburn
4 Outta Left Field: Finding the Next Superstar On My HACKING MASS Roster by Dustin Palmateer
3 Winter Is Leaving by Bryan Grosnick
2 Fifth Column: Ranking the Year's Inside-The-Park Home Runs by Michael Baumann
15 Players Prefer Presentation: The Self-Expression Trap by Meg Rowley
4 An Agent's Take: Few and Far Between by Joshua Kusnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Gordon Takes Charge by R.J. Anderson
2 Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Wei-Yin Chen by Doug Thorburn
4 Transaction Analysis: The Southpaw to South Beach by Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman
1 Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World by R.J. Anderson
20 2016 Prospects: Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospects by Christopher Crawford and BP Prospect Staff
1 Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick? by Daniel Rathman
1 BP Unfiltered: Scouting Ichiro as a Pitcher by Dan Rozenson
15 Transaction Analysis: Marlins Do Odd Thing by R.J. Anderson
1 What You Need to Know: Hello Noah by Chris Mosch
7 What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper! by Chris Mosch
11 Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers by Matthew Trueblood
1 Transaction Analysis: Second-Week Subs by R.J. Anderson
0 Every Team's Moneyball: Miami Marlins: Haste by Brendan Gawlowski
4 Rumor Roundup: Chase Utley is 'Easily Attainable,' Though Probably Not By You by Chris Mosch
5 Transaction Analysis: Marlins, and Yelich, Commit by R.J. Anderson
4 The BP Wayback Machine: Who Will Be MLB’s First $300 Million Player? by Maury Brown
1 Painting the Black: Pitch Sequencing, From Z to Y by R.J. Anderson
0 Rumor Roundup: Dayan Viciedo's Home Runs Are the Least Wanted Home Runs by Daniel Rathman
2 Transaction Analysis: Miami Ich by R.J. Anderson
3 Rumor Roundup: Hot Mets Rumor: Nothing Is Likely To Occur by Chris Mosch
7 Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York by R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella
0 Rumor Roundup: A Monster Myers Move? by Chris Mosch
4 Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound by R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain
1 Rumor Roundup: It's Hard To Make Dan Haren Happy by Daniel Rathman
0 Rumor Roundup: The Slugging Korean Shortstop, Or Perhaps Non-Slugging Third Baseman by Daniel Rathman
0 Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins by Ben Carsley
10 Transaction Analysis: The Pitchers the Reds Shed by R.J. Anderson, Zachary Levine and Jordan Gorosh
1 Transaction Analysis: The Reliever Receivers by R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre
11 Pebble Hunting: Hank Aaron's Hypothetical Fortune by Sam Miller
10 Skewed Left: Saving on Stanton? by Zachary Levine
3 Rumor Roundup: Are the Marlins Stanton Pat? by Chris Mosch
1 The BP Wayback Machine: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton by Ben Lindbergh
The Red Sox finally lose a whole series, the Angels lose under protest, and Giancarlo Stanton makes a pretty picture.
Last year, he pitched. This year, he walks (and once again hits). How, and what's next? The maddeningly inconsistent closer had his first meltdown of the year. Meanwhile, the Brewers batted out of order and Lance McCullers dominated for real.
The Monday Takeaway
The Marlins were ahead 6-0 after they batted in the first half of the fourth inning yesterday. had been roughed up for 11 hits and six runs (five earned) without completing the fourth. Miami starter Matt Harvey had driven in a run with a base hit. And Harvey’s own throwing error had compounded the home team’s woes before Tom Koehler finally decided that enough was enough. Terry Collins
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Miami invests in Fernando Rodney avoiding pumpkin status and Los Angeles picks up a Clayton Kershaw fill-in. Notable performances this week from Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Wei-Yin Chen.
There’s no time to waste, as the commander has ordered double-time for this week’s pitching notes. Permission to come aboard.
Kluber has been going through this rigmarole for a year and a half. Perhaps he was fortunate to string together so many dominant starts during his Cy-winning campaign of 2014, but Kluber continues to confound, with a glaring tendency toward disaster starts throughout the past two seasons. The peripherals far surpass the numbers—he has a K/BB ratio of 5.2 over the past season and a half but just a 3.52 ERA to show for his work—and his excellent stuff combined with A-grade mechanics provide a steady basis for command and consistency. Yet he gets bombarded by hits and runs every few starts, and his past two turns serve as exhibits 1A and 1B. ERA Read the full article... The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.
The Monday Takeaway
The Rockies and Marlins combined to hit eight home runs yesterday. Let’s have a look at—and note something significant about—each of them.
Read the full article... Tim Lincecum impresses in Angels debut, the Marlins pitch their way out of a shutout, and Jake Arrieta finds new and unsurprising ways to keep winning.
The Weekend Takeaway
When made his season debut on Saturday, the Angels had one question: Would he look like the Cy Young Award winner of 2009 or the 6.02 DRA-holder of 2014? Tim Lincecum
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Ichiro argues for being the new Hit King, Clayton Kershaw and Noah Syndergaard dominate again, and Johnny Cueto in San Francisco has been a good deal.
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.
James Loney fills in for Lucas Duda, Brian Duensing bounces to another home, and Woj gets a new job. Tracking the odds that Ichiro and ARod will hit important milestones, one day at a time.
Of the dozens of baseball statistics out there, Win Percentage Added might be my favorite. It’s a lovably useless stat: entirely beholden to timing and fortune, it ignores ill-timed greatness and throws favor on the man at the right place at the right time. It has almost no predictive value, and carries a faint whiff of the hero worship of days past, the old men talking of clutch performance. It’s the sophisticated remake of the Game-Winning , a hack writer’s game recap in decimal form. As game stat, WPA isn’t particularly fair; in that sense, it’s the stat most like real life, when we’re measured by moments not of our choosing. RBI
Read the full article... The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy.
The Thursday Takeaway
With the power-packed but whiff-happy Astros and Orioles squaring off this week, strikeouts were sure to be a-plenty at Minute Maid. Suffice it to say that the Astros’ arms held up their end of the bargain.
After Houston struck out 19 Baltimore batters in the opener and 18 more in the middle match,
took it upon himself to bring his team into record territory. The right-hander was effectively wild Thursday, Lance McCullers Read the full article...