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07-11

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Raising Aces: Breakout Breakdown: Corey Kluber and Garrett Richards
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three
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Doug Thorburn

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
by
Doug Thorburn

06-05

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Working the Count: Jose Abreu's Not-So-Slow Bat
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Noah Woodward

05-30

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part One
by
Doug Thorburn

05-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 448: Why Can't We Have a Healthy Jose Fernandez?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-09

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4

Raising Aces: Making Setup Man Magic
by
Doug Thorburn

05-07

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12

The Knuckle Curveball
by
Dan Rozenson

05-02

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Raising Aces: Too Early to Worry?
by
Doug Thorburn

04-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 431: The Rising Strikeout Rate Symposium
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-18

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Raising Aces: Masahiro Tanaka, the Debut Ante
by
Doug Thorburn

04-11

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Raising Aces: Starting Pitcher Four-Pack
by
Doug Thorburn

04-09

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Pebble Hunting: Max Scherzer and the Sabermetric Approach to Pitching to the Count
by
Sam Miller

04-07

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9

Baseball Therapy: Beware of the Intentional Walk?
by
Russell A. Carleton

04-04

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Raising Aces: The Aces of Opening Day
by
Doug Thorburn

04-03

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Pitcher Profile: New Arms (and Pitches) of the Week
by
Harry Pavlidis

04-01

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14

Baseball Therapy: The Complete Value of a Complete Game
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Russell A. Carleton

04-01

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7

Moonshot: Cracking the Location Code
by
Robert Arthur

03-28

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Raising Aces: Out on a Limb: 2014 Pitcher Predictions
by
Doug Thorburn

03-21

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Eddie Butler, Tyler Glasnow, and Alex Meyer
by
Doug Thorburn

03-14

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7

Raising Aces: Bush League: Jonathan Gray
by
Doug Thorburn

03-07

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9

Raising Aces: Over the Radar 2.0
by
Doug Thorburn

03-03

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 2.0
by
Doug Thorburn

02-28

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Andrew Heaney
by
Doug Thorburn

02-21

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Raising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking for Mechanical Hallmarks
by
Doug Thorburn

02-12

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BP Unfiltered: T-Mac's Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

02-07

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Archie Bradley
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Doug Thorburn

02-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Entropy and the Eephus
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Robert Arthur

01-24

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and White
by
Doug Thorburn

01-17

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees 1980-89
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Doug Thorburn

01-10

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94
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Doug Thorburn

01-03

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Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Nolan Ryan
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Doug Thorburn

12-27

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Raising Aces: Examining Masahiro Tanaka's Mechanics
by
Doug Thorburn

12-20

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Julio Urias
by
Doug Thorburn

12-16

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Baseball Therapy: What Happened to the Four-Man Rotation?
by
Russell A. Carleton

12-13

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon
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Doug Thorburn

12-06

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Explaining Mistake Splits
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Evan Petty

12-06

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Raising Aces: Diff'rent Strikes
by
Doug Thorburn

12-05

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19

Measuring Pitching with TrackMan
by
Zach Day

11-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Pitch Types and the Times Through the Order Penalty
by
Mitchel Lichtman

11-15

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Noah Syndergaard
by
Doug Thorburn

11-08

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Raising Aces: Great Pitchers, Flawed Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

11-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Times Through the Order Penalty
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Mitchel Lichtman

11-01

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Kyle Zimmer
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Doug Thorburn

10-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Speed Enough?: A PITCHf/x Look at the Effect of Fastball Velocity and Movement
by
Jonathan Hale

10-18

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Previewing the Winter's Pitching Prospect Breakdowns
by
Doug Thorburn

10-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 309: ALCS Game 4, NLCS Game 5, and More Listener Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 308: Playoff Banter Plus Listener Emails
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Recap: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
by
Sam Miller

10-04

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 15: Playoff Preview
by
Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

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Does Max Scherzer have a secret skill, and if so, can it be taught to other pitchers?

Tuesday night, Tigers against the Dodgers, third inning, this sequence:

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April 7, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Beware of the Intentional Walk?

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Russell A. Carleton

Looking for evidence of an intentional walk hangover effect.

I missed baseball. It’s like being in a relationship with someone and then having to spend an extended period of time apart from them. Oh sure, you call and Skype and send each other e-mails, but when you are finally back in the same room, you get the joy of re-discovering each other. (And yeah, that’s a Journey reference.) Then there’s the next day after you’ve… ahem… gotten re-acquainted, when you realize that in addition to all of the wonderful things you missed about each other, all of the things that drive you crazy are still, there too.

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April 4, 2014 6:45 am

Raising Aces: The Aces of Opening Day

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Doug Thorburn

A close look at four aces in action in week one.

All of the great holidays are marked by high levels of anticipation. But Opening Day stands out among the more traditional observances because it is merely the beginning of the celebration to follow: seven months of 6-4-3 double plays, exploding sliders, and that sweet sound when lumber meets horsehide. It’s easy to fall pretty to the trap of overweighting observations made at the start of the regular season, and the rational observer will maintain perspective while enjoying the day's festivities. But that doesn't mean that there’s nothing to be learned from the first round of games. Early in the season, many pitchers are making real adjustments to elements of their mechanics, approach, and repertoire, and these alterations can be put under the microscope in order to get an idea of the player's developmental patterns.

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New pitches and pitchers we've gotten glimpses of already this season.

Spring: a season of renewal and rebirth. Also a time of new pitches and pitchers. A lack of bona fide new arms in the early going has slowed the usual flurry of new PITCHf/x data to ogle, but some established pitchers have made some notable changes.

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Does a starter who goes deep into games really have an effect on days before and after his outings?

The complete game has become an increasingly rare beast. In 2013, there were 124 complete games registered by the 4,862 pitchers who started out on the hill, and Adam Wainwright led all of baseball with five. If a pitcher makes it through nine innings, he’s likely having a very good day, and nine innings of well-pitched baseball is nothing to sneeze at. But a complete game is more than that. It’s a sign of manliness. It’s like shouting, “I don’t need no stinkin’ bullpen!” It’s a cultural touchstone. It’s the guy yelling at his TV, “Finish what you started, you silly overpaid, coddled millionaire. I finish my day of work without calling in a reliever.” A pitcher who completes a game is just getting in touch with the common man.

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April 1, 2014 6:00 am

Moonshot: Cracking the Location Code

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Robert Arthur

The next step in the study of sequencing.

The challenges of hitting a baseball are many and difficult. Depending on the speed of the pitch, a batter may have something like half a second to 1) locate the ball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, 2) predict its movement based on the kind of pitch it is (fastball, slider, curve, etc.), 3) decide whether to swing, and potentially 4) adjust mid-swing to the path of the ball or check his swing. All of which is to say, hitting a baseball in MLB may actually be the hardest thing in the galaxy (I’ve never done it, myself).

Arguably the most demanding part of this battle is purely mental (as Hank Aaron noted). Because of how little time there is for a hitter to perform all of the above-mentioned tasks, it is helpful to have some notion ahead of time of what, where, and how the pitcher is going to throw. Conversely, the more uncertainty and confusion a pitcher can create in the hitter, the more chance he has of catching him off guard.

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March 28, 2014 11:22 am

Raising Aces: Out on a Limb: 2014 Pitcher Predictions

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Doug Thorburn

What does Doug see ahead for selected pitchers in 2014?

Along with the rest of the BP staff, I’ve submitted my pre-season predictions for division standings and end-of-season award winners. I tend to stay in the neighborhood of likely outcomes for these picks, resulting in easy answers such as “Mike Trout for AL MVP” or “Tigers win the AL Central,” but I’m more intrigued by the long-shot stories that emerge once the season starts.

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A close look at the mechanics of a trio of top pitching prospects.

With one week to go until Opening Day, let's tackle one final Bush League installment of the offseason, taking a look at a trio of pitchers who rank among BP's Top 50 prospects: the Rockies’ Eddie Butler, the Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow, and the Twins’ Alex Meyer. These pitchers embody some of the more common traits of high-end prospects on the mound, from stuff to mechanics, and though each player saw his stock rise during the 2013 season, there’s still a heavy dose of development needed before they’ll be ready for the show.

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March 14, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Jonathan Gray

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Doug Thorburn

The Rockies' top prospect gets better before our eyes.

This week's trip through the bushes takes us to the Colorado system to evaluate the top prospect in the Rockies’ pipeline: Jonathan Gray. The 6'4”, 255-pound right-hander has an elite arsenal, with an intimidating fastball complemented by a plus slider and a changeup that is considered a major asset. That repertoire should play very well in the majors and would seem to be a strong fit for the thin air of Coors Field. Gray's profile is even more intriguing once we get past pitch selection, so let's dig into the specifics that make him such a unique specimen.

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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Over the Radar 2.0

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Doug Thorburn

A mechanical look at the pitchers who've gained the most fastball velocity over the last couple seasons.

This week, we’re focusing on pitch velocity and identifying the arms who have seen a big change in their fastball speeds over the last couple of years. On Monday, we looked at the players who are on the velocity downslope, with offerings that fall under the radar-gun readings of their past. Today we study the other side of the coin, drawing attention to those pitchers who have added fuel to their heat over the past couple of seasons.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Raising Aces: Under the Gun 2.0

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Doug Thorburn

A mechanical look at the pitchers who lost the most fastball velocity last season.

When it comes to pitching, velocity is the straw that stirs the drink. Fastball speed provides the baseline for batter timing and sets up every other arrow in a pitcher's quiver, explaining why velocity is the most sought-after commodity in pitchers at every level of play. Consequently, it can be devastating when a big-league pitcher transitions from pumping premium octane to regular gas, as it slows the performance of the whole machine.

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February 28, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Andrew Heaney

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Doug Thorburn

A mechanical look at the minor leagues' top left-handed pitching prospect.

Lefty starter Andrew Heaney was chosen by the Miami Marlins with the ninth overall selection of the 2012 draft, taken out of Oklahoma State University. He was the fifth pitcher taken in the top nine picks, and the second southpaw (behind Max Fried). Ranked no. 30 on the BP Top 101 prospect list, Heaney has enjoyed a seamless transition to pro ball, and though his strikeout rate doesn't jump off the page, his strong command has fueled excellent run prevention.

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