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March 3, 2011 9:00 am

Overthinking It: Opening Acts

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Ben Lindbergh

How often do teams' Opening Day starters live up to their top billing?

“He deserves it. He earned it. He should have made the All-Star team last year. Right now, I think Mike Pelfrey should be the No. 1 guy on this staff.”—Terry Collins

The quote above is a variation on a theme repeated exactly thirty times per preseason. At some point before 25-man rosters are finalized and the games start to mean something, each manager makes a show of anointing his team’s Opening Day starter. The names change—in most cases, they’re more impressive than Pelfrey’s—but the platitudes stay the same.

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April 8, 2010 11:38 am

Future Shock: The Top 101 Prospects Update, Part 2

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Kevin Goldstein

A season-opening look at prospects 51-101 on BP's top 101.

51. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves

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April 7, 2010 9:57 am

Future Shock: The Top 101 Prospects Update, Part 1

13

Kevin Goldstein

A look at the current status of BP's Top 50 prospects.

1. Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Nationals

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April 12, 2009 11:26 am

On the Beat: Week One Wrap

7

John Perrotto

Better than a 7-Eleven, the Twins' outfield runneth over, Kastens sings "Come On Over to My House Baby," plus news and views from around the game.

Every season without fail, there are names on Opening Day rosters that only the most avid of baseball fans would recognize, guys who have never been in the major leagues, who aren't considered prospects, and who have maybe had a lineout in BP's annual. Some, like Chris Jakubauskas, may have even taken an off-season job as a sales clerk.

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Whether it's the lineup cards or even a few individual players, don't be surprised if you witness a few disappearing acts.

Don't Get Too Used to Your Opening Day Lineup

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April 1, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: First Matchup

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Jim Baker

Jim kicks off the weekly matchups with a look at what's in store for us during Opening Week.

Best Matchup (opponents with best combined Prospectus Hit List rankings): Cleveland Indians @ the World Champion Chicago White Sox

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January 25, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Jumping the Gun

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Jim Baker

So what if it's ten weeks away? It's never too soon to start breaking down the Opening Day matchup between the Yankees and the Red Sox.

Many of you reading this are recovering from a weekend snowstorm, so the thought of baseball might seem a bit premature at this point, but remember this: it's never too early to think about Opening Day.

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March 25, 2003 12:00 am

Aim For The Head: Opening Day Starters

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Keith Woolner

First, I want to apologize for the long absence of AFTH from the web site. In addition to the usual off-season book-writing duties, I spent the winter relocating to the east coast from California as well as welcoming a new baby to the family. But I'm getting settled now, and hope to be writing AFTH and doing other research again in between feedings and diaper changes.

Onto the question. If we assume that the "best" pitcher is the one with the highest VORP, we can look at the Opening Day starter's eventual full-season VORP to see if it led the team.

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Here's what we've been able to dredge up on the 29 guys we've identified as being on an Opening Day roster but not in Baseball Prospectus 2002.

There are 30 teams in MLB, 25 players per team, for 750 roster spots total. We put out a book with nearly 1,600 players in it. You'd think we'd be able to cover those 750 roster spots, but no, every year MLB teams manage to find players we didn't cover and give them uniforms Opening Day. Right rude of them, we think.

Here's what we've been able to dredge up on the 29 guys we've identified as being on an Opening Day roster but not in Baseball Prospectus 2002.--JSS

Rodrigo Lopez, Orioles: Lopez was up with the Padres in 2000 and pitched poorly. A good winter in Mexico got him a return ticket to MLB with the Orioles. He's nothing special, just roster fodder holding the eventual place of John Stephens and Matt Riley.

Luis Garcia, Orioles: Not to be confused with the first-base prospect the Red Sox traded to the Cardinals for Dustin Hermanson, this Luis Garcia is an outfielder from the Mexican League. He's a decent fifth outfielder, with some speed and pop, and is young for an Oriole (26).

Carlos Baerga, Red Sox: The independent leagues have allowed washed-up players to keep the dream alive, some long enough to find their way back to the majors. Baerga won a job as an extra infielder with the Red Sox, as much because of their unsettled second base/third base situation as anything else. With Rey Sanchez and Shea Hillenbrand apparently in place now, Baerga should find himself seeking employment again soon.

Steve Kent, Devil Rays: An interesting exercise in scouting; there are pitchers who can go from A ball to the majors--it's less about repetitions as much as outright skill sets with pitchers. If Kent's ability to mow down left-handed batters is because his stuff is that nasty, the D-Rays gain a quality lefty. If he doesn't, well, he's the new Ramon Tatis. Like the next guy, Kent is someone the Devil Rays picked through the Rule 5 draft (from the Mariners, via the Angels).

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