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06-30

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30
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Daniel Rathman

03-13

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

01-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: The AL East Rearms
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Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

10-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Scary Shifts in First Base Positional Eligibility
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Recap: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3
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Sam Miller

03-04

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Painting the Black: The 2013 Free Agents and Hidden Rationality
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R.J. Anderson

02-07

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Out of Left Field: Shorting the Red Sox
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Matthew Kory

01-18

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Transaction Analysis: Something in the Way He Throws
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R.J. Anderson

01-02

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Boston, Napoli Married
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Ones We Got Wrong
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Derek Carty

07-24

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 23
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Larry Granillo

06-25

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BP Unfiltered: Casey Kotchman and Mike Napoli Chase History
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R.J. Anderson

04-20

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Pebble Hunting: Lester's Long Inning
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Sam Miller

03-21

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Bates' Dugout Motel: CJ Wilson's Next 14 Tweets
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Michael Bates

12-16

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate
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Jonathan Bernhardt

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
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Jay Jaffe

06-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Can Baseball Expertise Be a Bad Thing?
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Sam Miller

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Napoli, oh Napoli
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Christina Kahrl

01-24

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Transaction of the Day: The Vernon Wells Trade
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Christina Kahrl

06-17

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Transaction Analysis: AL Quadrille
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Christina Kahrl

03-23

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

06-20

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Prospectus Game of the Week: San Diego Padres @ Anaheim Angels, 6/18/06
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Derek Jacques

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The tater trots for July 23 (and the weekend): Mike Napoli hits a bomb, Carlos Gonzalez takes a stroll, and Chase Utley edges out Josh Rutledge.

It's been a few days since the last Tater Trot Tracker post. And though I was able to time each trot over the weekend, I missed highlighting a few special home runs. The biggest homers of note came on Saturday, when Cole Hamels served up a home run to Matt Cain in the top of the third inning and then, in the bottom of the inning, Cain returned the favor to Hamels. It was the first time two starters had hit home runs in the same inning since 1990. Hamels, who had never hit a home run before, won the race between the two pitchers, besting Cain's 21.51 second trot with a 21.13 second trot of his own.

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And it's not the good kind of history.

Are you a fan of witnessing baseball history? If so then start rooting against Casey Kotchman and Mike Napoli getting hits. That’s because Kotchman and Napoli would become the first players since 2002 to sandwich a season of hitting .300 between two seasons with sub-.250 batting averages. To date, 14 players have accomplished the feat:

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April 20, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Lester's Long Inning

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Sam Miller

What transpired during Jon Lester's 50-pitch inning against the Rangers earlier this week?

On Tuesday, Jon Lester threw a 92-mph fastball to Michael Young for a strike, and then some other things happened, and then Jon Lester threw a 94-mph fastball to Michael Young and got a groundout to shortstop. The other things that happened were 47 pitches, and also this thing,



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CJ Wilson has temporarily curtailed his Twitter activities after revealing Mike Napoli's phone number, but we have the skinny on what else he had in the works.

Mark Saxon is reporting that after tweeting out former batterymate Mike Napoli’s phone number over the weekend, CJ Wilson has decided to take a little break from Twitter. It’s probably a smart decision for him to take some time to cool down, to reconsider what he did, maybe to apologize to Napoli and pay a fine to Major League Baseball.

Twitter is a wonderful medium for networking, for sharing instant reactions to news and events, and for trying out material. Interacting with other fans enriches the experience of watching games. It’s like being at a bar with a thousand or so of your closest friends, but without the hassle of actually having to meet anyone. It’s the best way for fans to interact with their favorite players and to build interest in the game on both a local and national level.

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What can Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli tell us about the dangers of valuing backup catchers inappropriately?

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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October 28, 2011 10:37 am

World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling

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Jay Jaffe

If you tuned out when the Rangers led 7-5 in the ninth, you missed quite a finish

It was the best worst World Series game—or perhaps the worst best World Series game—I've ever seen. Four and a half hours, 11 innings, 42 players, 19 runs, 23 men left on base, six home runs, five errors, two final-strike comebacks, a handful of bad relief performances, some managerial howlers including a cardinal (not Cardinal) sin… and it all ended with the much-maligned Joe Buck giving a fitting nod to history by emulating one of his father's most famous calls. As David Freese's game-winning blast landed in the grass beyond the center field wall of Busch Stadium, Buck exclaimed, "We'll see you tomorrow night!" Game Six of the 2011 World Series will be remembered as a classic—a Game Six that can sit alongside those of 1975, 1986, and 1991, among maybe a couple others—as the Cardinals staved off elimination to beat the Rangers 10-9, forcing a Game Seven.

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Attempting to solve the central mystery of Mike Scioscia's managerial career--why Jeff Mathis gets so much playing time--and exploring its implications for how managers make up their minds.

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.

Sam Miller writes about baseball for the Orange County Register. He covered local government, education and autism before moving to the sports section in 2009. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and newborn daughter, and you can follow him on Twitter at @sammillerocr

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January 26, 2011 4:45 pm

Transaction Analysis: Napoli, oh Napoli

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Christina Kahrl

Plus the Mortensen trade, and the shape of the Rangers and Jays bullpens.

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Going to Wells costs plenty in cash and talent, but will it yield a better overall lineup... and if so, where?

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June 17, 2010 6:54 pm

Transaction Analysis: AL Quadrille

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Christina Kahrl

Squaring what's going on with the Red Sox, Angels, Orioles, and Blue Jays.

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Activated 3B-R Brandon Wood from the 15-day DL; optioned RHP Rafael Rodriguez to Salt Lake (Triple-A). [6/15]
Placed INF-S Maicer Izturis on the 15-day DL (strained elbow); recalled RHP Sean O'Sullivan from Salt Lake. [6/16]
Activated C-R Jeff Mathis from the 15-day DL; designated 1B/OF-L Mike Ryan for assignment. [6/17]

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March 23, 2010 9:28 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop

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Michael Jong

Michael Jong covers the Angels' and Rays' catching tandems and the situation at shortstop for the Mets.

Any time Mike Napoli gets a bump in playing time in Los Angeles, it is a time for celebration for fantasy fans. Napoli is a good hitter in his own right (career TAv of .287 in 1294 PA), but he is even more highly considered given his status as a catcher. PECOTA is projecting similar rate stats to his career numbers (career slash line of .256/.358/.493), meaning once again that Napoli will be among the most wanted fantasy catchers in the game. With a projected BABIP in the .280-.290 range, Napoli will be only passable in batting average, though his ability to draw walks (career 12.3% and projected 10.7%) should make his OBP solid. Power is where his game shines; how many other catchers could give you an ISO above .230 and almost 33 HR/600 PA?

Of course, Napoli would never garner anything close to 600 PA. Angels manager Mike Scioscia, a former major league catcher, does not tolerate Napoli's sloppy defense and game-calling behind the plate. The concern is not without reason; BP's own FRAA measures Napoli as 17 runs below average in his career, and other measures are similarly unkind about his defense. As a a result, despite the fact that both Jeff Mathis and Napoli are right handed and show similar platoon splits, Mathis will still sap playing time from a superior hitter. However, with Napoli receiving some PA at DH as well as a 60% share at catcher, 460 PA seems very likely. At that PT, Napoli should still be an excellent option for both AL-only and mixed leagues. Mathis is the typical real-life backup catcher: good defensive reputation, but a black hole on offense that should be avoided by your fantasy team at all costs.

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Derek catches a SoCal interleague Father's Day special, and gets his take on Bartolo Colon's return to action.

The Angels, on the other hand, are in last place, six games out of first place in the AL West, and six games under .500. The team has made the postseason three out of the last four years, but now stands in the awkward position of trying to decide if it's time to fish or cut bait. All season long, prospects who seem to be the future of this franchise have gotten call-ups to fill in or back up when the big club's veterans have faltered. Already, guys like Howie Kendrick (#5 on our top prospects list) Kendry Morales (#26 on our list) and Erick Aybar (#50) have gotten time on the major league roster. Only Morales has seen significant playing time in The Show, but the question lingering over the Angels' season has been when do you give up, deal the veterans, and put things in the prospects' hands?

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