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06-04

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22

Baseball Prospectus Announcement
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Bret Sayre

05-31

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10

Flu-Like Symptoms: The Wishful Thinking of Andrew McCutchen
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Rob Mains

05-18

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Banjo Hitter: Gimme a Quarter's Worth: Vanishing Odds
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Aaron Gleeman

04-24

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2

Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies
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Rob Mains

04-03

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1

Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-30

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8

Short Relief: Machado's Sublimity, A Past-Life Scorecard, And A Dark Tale
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Zack Moser, Martin Alonso and Patrick Dubuque

03-14

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9

Looking Back on Tomorrow: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Rob Mains

02-24

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6

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

02-21

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2

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

12-24

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2

Transaction Analysis: Ivan to Stay in Pittsburgh
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Rob Mains

12-05

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2

Flu-Like Symptoms: Pirates Postmortem
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Rob Mains

08-29

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6

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

08-21

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9

Deep, But Playable: The Pirates Played for 2017
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Craig Goldstein

08-06

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2

Raising Aces: All Aboard the Skaggswagon
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Doug Thorburn

08-02

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9

Transaction Analysis: The Penny-Pinching Pirates Pitching Parade
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Jeff Quinton, Ben Carsley, Joshua Howsam, Gideon Turk, Craig Goldstein, Adam McInturff, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo
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Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

07-15

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BP Unfiltered: Hope Springs Eternal, Shouldn't
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Rob Mains

07-11

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7

Prospectus Feature: A Tried-and-True Pitching Strategy Doesn't Work Anymore
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Rob Mains

07-08

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3

The Call-Up: Josh Bell
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-19

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Prospectus Feature: The Allure Of The First-Act Narrative
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Trevor Strunk

06-15

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8

Rubbing Mud: Would This Work?
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Matthew Trueblood

06-13

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Transaction Analysis: First Base Merry-Go-Round
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James Fegan, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

05-30

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5

Prospectus Feature: The Under-the-Radar Team Adjustments
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Rob Mains

05-29

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5

Rubbing Mud: On Taillon and Glasnow As This Story's Heroes
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Matthew Trueblood

05-18

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8

Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired
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Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood

05-16

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12

Prospectus Feature: A Short History of Reds and Pirates Hitting One Another With Baseballs
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Rob Mains

05-12

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Rubbing Mud: The Non-Pitcher Guide To Improving Your Pitching This Winter
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Matthew Trueblood

05-05

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6

What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-07

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7

Rubbing Mud: Juan Nicasio Is Not A Miracle Yet
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Matthew Trueblood

04-04

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6

Transaction Analysis: Gregory Polanco's Worst Case Has Never Looked Better
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Rian Watt

03-24

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3

Winter Is Leaving
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Rob Mains

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

03-08

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11

Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked
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Jeff Long

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage
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Daniel Rathman

01-29

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8

Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Worst Rivalries
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Meg Rowley

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: San Diego's Short-Term Shortstop Solution
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Matthew Trueblood

12-30

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Best of BP 2015: Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

12-15

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2

Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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6

Transaction Analysis: Mets Add New Fielder's Choice Combination
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World
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R.J. Anderson

11-12

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5

Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-11

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Winning By Design
by
Jeff Quinton

11-10

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5

Winning By Design
by
Jeff Quinton

10-13

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14

Baseball Therapy: Do We Still Need Divisions?
by
Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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33

Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel
by
Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Cubs vs. Pirates
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta Isn't Wearing A Cape
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Matthew Trueblood

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BP is coming to Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and New York. Join us!

One of my favorite things about being a part of Baseball Prospectus is interacting with you, our readers. You are an extension of what we do—with a collective, driving thirst for baseball knowledge that is unparalleled on the internet. And while talking to you all either in our chats, comments section, Bat Signal, or various social media platforms is great, we like to get out there and see you in person as well. Yes, you. So each year, we schedule a number of ballpark events so we can all hang out together in the cathedrals of our collective choosing.

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May 31, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: The Wishful Thinking of Andrew McCutchen

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Rob Mains

Andrew McCutchen bouncing back seemed reasonable, but maybe it shouldn't have been.

Last year was a sad one for Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates. The team finished 78-83, 25 games behind the Cubs in the National League Central, breaking a streak of three straight postseason appearances (yes, as a Wild Card, but still). And one of the reasons for the downturn was the former MVP, who had hit .298/.388/.496 over his seven-year career in Pittsburgh. In 2016, the man whose 2015 BP Annual comment simply said, “Practically the perfect franchise player,” slumped to .256/.336/.430, all career lows.

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The first quarter of the season has not been kind to the Giants, Mets, Pirates, and Mariners.

To slightly tweak a well-worn saying, you can't win a playoff spot in the first quarter of the season, but you can lose it.

The following four teams have seen their BP Playoff Odds decline the most since Opening Day, through slow starts, crowded disabled lists, and various other calamities. Let's take a closer look at how each team fell so far so fast, as well as how they might climb out of the early hole with three-quarters of the season left to play.

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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies

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Rob Mains

Even smart teams can get stubborn.

Well, that was stupid.

Those four words seem sadly lacking in many aspects of contemporary life. You’ve said them, right? You try out something new, it fails, you realize your error, go back to what you were doing before, and move on. A new diet. A new workout. A new morning routine. Once I tried to remove a spot on my jeans with bleach[1]. Once I tried washing my hair with dishwashing liquid[2]. Once I crawled under my car, armed with a socket wrench and the intent to change the oil myself[3]. They all ended with the recitation of those four words.

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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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Zack discuss a shortstop's majsty, Martin finds a scorecard link to his past, and Patrick gets depressing.

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Time to turn the page in Pittsburgh?

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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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Which young hitters 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.

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December 24, 2016 9:02 am

Transaction Analysis: Ivan to Stay in Pittsburgh

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Rob Mains

Ray Searage worked his magic on Ivan Nova, so the Pirates doubled down.

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December 5, 2016 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Pirates Postmortem

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Rob Mains

How did the Pirates go from 98 wins in 2015 to 78 wins in 2016?

The 2016 Pirates finished tied for the franchise’s sixth-best winning percentage since 1992. For most teams, that wouldn’t be a bad season. The sixth-best Cardinals team since 1992, the 95-67 2000 team, won the division. The sixth-best Reds' record was 90-72. The sixth-best Brewers team, the 82-80 2014 edition, was at least above .500. We think of the Cubs as perennial losers until recently, but the sixth-best Cubs team since 1992, the 2003 club, won the division but ... well, you know. And that’s just Pittsburgh’s NL Central foes. The sixth-best Yankees team since 1992 (excluding strike-shortened 1994) won the World Series.

But this is the Pirates we’re talking about, the team that had 20 straight losing seasons, nine in last place. For the Pirates, the sixth-best record since 1992 was only 78-83, 25 games out of first, and the team’s worst record in five years. The only other National League teams for whom 2016 was their worst season since 2011 are the Padres and Cardinals. And neither of those teams suffered the slide the Pirates did in 2016, when the team won 20 fewer games than the year before, a total exceeded by only the clock-striking-midnight-on-Cinderella Twins, who dropped by 24.

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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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