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05-10

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Banjo Hitter: Beyond the 90th Percentile
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Aaron Gleeman

04-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-28

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Short Relief: A Friendly Warning, A Friendly Pitcher, and Some Friendly Advice
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Matt Ellis, Emma Baccellieri and Kate Preusser

03-27

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Short Relief: Talking (And Not Talking) Baseball
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

03-23

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Has the Modern Bullpen Killed Late-Inning Comebacks? (Part Two)
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Rob Mains

03-20

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Has the Modern Bullpen Killed Late-Inning Comebacks? (Part One)
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Rob Mains

03-17

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Short Relief: Imaginary Players and Imaginary Victories
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Mary Craig, Jen Mac Ramos and Matt Sussman

03-16

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Oakland Athletics
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Patrick Dubuque

03-01

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Flu-Like Symptoms: In (Restrained) Praise of Dave Stewart
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Rob Mains

02-24

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

09-06

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The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

08-29

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Transaction Analysis: Heart, Soul, and Marginal Upgrades
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Richer Get Rich
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Sam Miller, Christopher Crawford, Patrick Dubuque, Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

06-25

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The Call-Up: Dillon Overton
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen
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Emma Baccellieri

06-10

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Transaction Analysis: Coghlan Comes Home
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Matthew Trueblood and Bryan Grosnick

06-02

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Prospectus Feature: The One Who Got Away
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Aaron Gleeman

05-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher
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Tim Britton

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound Shuffle
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Daniel Rathman

05-02

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Players Prefer Presentation: Upon Further Review, We Will Never Be Happy
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Meg Rowley

04-27

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Baseball Therapy: Can Teams Come Back From a Comeback?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-15

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Rumor Roundup: Keon Broxton, Front and Center
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Daniel Rathman

03-14

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Life at the Margins: Not Fade Away
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Rian Watt

03-07

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Winter Is Leaving
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R.J. Anderson

02-22

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Cold Takes: On PECOTA's Breakout Champ
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Patrick Dubuque

02-18

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BP Unfiltered: The Worldwide Takeover of 'We're Not Selling Jeans Here'
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Sam Miller

02-12

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BP Unfiltered: Glenn Burke, Historically Significant Baserunner
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Sam Miller

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Josh Reddick Extension Conversation
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Daniel Rathman

12-23

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Outta Left Field: Evan Scribner's Four Walks
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Dustin Palmateer

10-06

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Baseball Therapy: My Bad Baseball Predictions
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Russell A. Carleton

06-26

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Rubbing Mud: To Sell or Not to Sell, That A's the Question
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Matthew Trueblood

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Thwarted!
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Steven Jacobson

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine
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R.J. Anderson

05-07

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Release Points: Tyler Clippard's Split's the Difference
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Dan Rozenson

04-27

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Transaction Analysis: Done Zo
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R.J. Anderson

04-27

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Rubbing Mud: The Worst Holes On Contenders
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Matthew Trueblood

03-19

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Every Team's Moneyball: Oakland Athletics: There is No Moneyball
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-18

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Painting the Black: The Anti-Kershaw
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R.J. Anderson

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: It's the Latest Johan Santana Comeback
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R.J. Anderson

02-02

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2015 Prospects: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects
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Tucker Blair and BP Prospect Staff

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Clippard Shipped
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-14

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Daisy Cutter: The Depths, and Depth, of Adam Dunn's Career
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Sahadev Sharma

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: A's Deal A Zo Blow to Rays
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R.J. Anderson, Nick J. Faleris and Ben Carsley

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-16

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Pitching Backward: Curveballs and Changes
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Jeff Long

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: What's Plan A?
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Sam Miller

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: On Trading a Superstar With Two Years Service Time
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre and Nick J. Faleris

11-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
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Keith Cromer

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This season is old enough to know better, but some early hitting performances really stand out.

I know it’s still too early in the season to draw meaningful conclusions about much of anything because my beloved Twins have a winning record, but we are far enough along that only seven hitters with 100 or more plate appearances are beating their 90th percentile PECOTA projections by at least 200 points of OPS. Two of those seven, Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman, are great hitters off to especially strong starts, leaving five genuine, out-of-nowhere surprises among full-time position players. By the end of the season they may all have turned back into pumpkins, but in the meantime my curiosity is piqued.

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April 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises

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Greg Wellemeyer

There can be hidden value at the top of the lineup.

The importance of batting order position is often overstated, especially in shallow or medium depth mixed leagues. In deeper and mono contexts, where plate appearances come at a premium, a slot in the upper third of the lineup can make a difference. The same goes for formats that allow daily lineup changes, as the leadoff spot can be a popular place for hitters with a pronounced split. Provided you have a bench with a little depth, you can often build an excellent platoon on the cheap by leveraging these roles. With that in mind, here are five players whose Opening Day stock is up because of unexpected opportunity at the top of their clubs’ lineups.

Delino DeShields, Texas Rangers

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Matt transcribes a sample inning of Jose Canseco's broadcast debut, Emma finds the ideal athlete social media presence, and Kate encourages some GMs to engage in shower thoughts.

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A discussion of a forgotten set of 1989 baseball cards that contained audio recordings, and the their secrets.

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Tire-spinning, one inning at a time.

Note: This article, and the one that preceded it this week, is based on a presentation I made at the Society for American Baseball Research Analytics Conference in Phoenix this month. You can hear the audio here, and follow along with the slides here, should you desire. Fortunately, there is no video.

Part Two: The Legacy of the Modern Bullpen

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Bullpens are better than ever, but comebacks aren't totally dead.

Note: This article (and the one that will follow it later this week) is based on a presentation I made at the Society for American Baseball Research Analytics Conference in Phoenix. You can hear the audio here, and follow along with the slides here, should you desire. Fortunately, there is no video.

Part One: The Modern Bullpen

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Mary spins a sad yarn of mistaken identity, Jen judges the winner of an exhibition debate, and Matt creates and solves a great mystery of our time.

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Are the A's just spinning their wheels?

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March 1, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: In (Restrained) Praise of Dave Stewart

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Rob Mains

The pitcher, not the general manager. (They're the same guy.)

Dave Stewart was in the news recently. As the agent for National League co-home run leader and whiffmeister Chris Carter, he ruminated that his client could play in Japan this season until he wound up signing with the Yankees.

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Which young pitchers does PECOTA see as having breakout potential in 2017?

“Breakout” can mean different things to different people. It can mean a prospect or untested young big leaguer establishing himself as a valuable regular. It can mean a relative unknown becoming an impact player. It can mean a well-known star making the leap to full-blown superstar, perhaps even following up a “breakout” one year with an even bigger “breakout” the next. Your own definition may vary, but in PECOTA’s case “breakout” is all about out-performing track records.

PECOTA assigns each player a “breakout rate” for the upcoming season based on their odds of beating their established level of recent performance by at least 20 percent, with historical player comps serving as an important factor. Because the entire system is based on regressed-to-the-mean, 50th percentile projections, breakout rate identifies the players most likely to leave that in the dust for their 70th, 80th, and 90th percentile upsides.

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September 6, 2016 11:13 am

The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton

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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

We're not even sure Jor-El Cotton could save the A's.

The Situation: It’s September, and the Athletics’ rotation looks like Ivan Drago in the fourteenth round, so they will hand the ball to one of their top pitching prospects for what will likely be several turns in the rotation.

The Background: Cotton is a former 20th-round selection by the Dodgers out of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2012, and he’ll be the second man from his native land to toe a big-league rubber. He showed some promise in a handful of appearances in the Pioneer League after signing, and posted solid numbers again to start his full-season debut in 2013. The Dodgers saw fast-track potential and jumped him into the Double-A bullpen, but he struggled with the assignment and returned to High-A, where he spent all of 2014 and piled up the second-most strikeouts in the California League. After injury forced a late start to his 2015 campaign, he went on to post an excellent season largely at Double-A, before continuing to pitch effectively in the rough-and-tumble PCL. He was traded to the Athletics as part of the return package for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick in July.

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Chooch is switching coasts, Desmond Jennings is moving on, David Freese is staying put, and Scrabble goes to Washington.

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