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05-18

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

04-29

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Baseball Prospectus Announcement
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Bret Sayre

04-24

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

04-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-30

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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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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Pittsburgh Pirates
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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

02-21

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

12-24

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Transaction Analysis: Ivan to Stay in Pittsburgh
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Rob Mains

12-05

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Pirates Postmortem
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Rob Mains

08-29

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

08-21

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

08-06

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Raising Aces: All Aboard the Skaggswagon
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Doug Thorburn

08-02

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

07-08

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

05-29

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

05-18

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

05-16

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

04-04

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

03-24

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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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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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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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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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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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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-11

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-10

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

10-13

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

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel
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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

10-05

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Transaction Analysis: How The Wild Card Winners Were Built
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BP Staff

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Breaking down the week's notable pitching performances from Tyler Skaggs and Gerrit Cole.

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The Pirates trade two starters, get back two more, and come out two prospects shallower than they were at the start of the day.

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The Nationals get Mark Melancon, a reliever who has been as good as Aroldis Chapman.

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When it comes to the standings on the first day of the second half, what you see is *mostly* what you get.

Last year, the Cardinals had the best record in baseball, 100-62. The Pirates were second best, 98-64. This year, at the All-Star break, the teams find themselves looking up—looking pretty far up, in fact; 7.0 games for St. Louis and 7.5 for Pittsburgh—at the Cubs. Worse, they’re currently fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race for the two National League Wild Card slots, 1.0 and 1.5 games, respectively, behind the Mets and Marlins for the last spot. It’s leading fans of the two teams to ask, Are the Cubs really this good? and Are we really this bad? Cubs fans, by contrast, are looking at a team that was a ridiculous 39-15 record after play on June 10 but 14-20—third worst in the National League, tied for seventh worst in the majors—ever since.[1]

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The Pirates' struggles this year might have more to do with the entire rest of the league than Pittsburgh's pitchers themselves.

Francisco Liriano has been a Pittsburgh Pirates success story. Signed as a free agent for $1 million after compiling a 5.34 ERA, 4.29 FIP, and 4.02 DRA in 156 2/3 innings split between the Twins and White Sox in 2012, he became a hero in Travis Sawchik’s book about the 2013 Pirates and their embrace of analytics, Big Data Baseball. In Liriano’s case, the approach was to junk his four-seam fastball, focus on his sinking two-seam fastball, and generate a lot of groundballs for shifted Pirates infielders to gobble up. The success of this strategy was evident through last year:

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No, the oth-- yes, that one.

The Situation: The Pirates sit on the periphery of the playoff picture and 8.5 games out of the division but might be smelling fresh hope, as the Cubs stumble (a relative term, here). In recent days they’ve turned to Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, and now to Bell to jump-start their rotation and lineup.

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The Mets face the World Series champs again, but their starter gets knocked out by a line drive in the first. Meanwhile, Belt whiffs against a position player pitching, and an inside-the-parker that technically wasn't.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The very first plate appearance of Tuesday night’s World Series rematch didn’t bode well for the Mets. Whit Merrifield led off with a comebacker to the mound that struck Bartolo Colon’s thumb, and after just four pitches, New York’s starter was out for the night.


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Zach Eflin and Jaimeson Taillon's stories began this month, and we all fill in the plots.

On Tuesday, June 14th, Phillies starter Zach Eflin made history. Well, history of a sort. Against the Toronto Blue Jays—an offense that, you may have heard, is pretty good—Eflin pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits, three of which were home runs. He did strike out three, but also walked two, leading to a pretty rough first night. Here are some sparknotes to help historically contextualize Eflin’s very first start as a major leaguer:

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It's time for another installment of Would This Work?, the game show that we just made up today.

The more we learn about the inner workings of baseball, the more apparent and prominent the roles of players’ habits and humanity become. We are slowly finding that the game is about talent and strategy, but that talent is maximized by comfort, and strategy is optimized by the ability to account for the adjustments and anticipations and learning curves of all the parties involved.

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Justin Morneau returns to the AL Central and Ike Davis returns to New York.

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The teams that are doing things radically different than last year, and whether they mean anything.

Last week, Matt Trueblood wrote about the biggest changes to team Playoff Odds since the start of the season. The five teams with the widest swings: The White Sox, Red Sox, Astros, Mariners, and Yankees. You can guess why. Three of them have been surprisingly good, and two of them have been surprisingly bad. Those teamwide surprises have been underpinned by individual surprises, like Jackie Bradley Jr. (good) and Dallas Keuchel (not). Surprises all, but well-known surprises. If Donald Rumsfeld were writing for BP, he might call them known knowns. (He might call them that anyway. Or he might be too focused on getting you to play solitaire on your smartphone to care.)

I’m looking for unknown knowns. These are teams that’ve changed in less obvious ways—i.e., not the ones you see when you peruse the standings each day—but are nonetheless interesting. I looked for sharp changes from 2015 compared to the 2016 season to date that have probably eluded headlines and highlight shows.

Of course, there are two ways a team can change. They can import a bunch of new players with new characteristics, or their existing personnel can change. I found a little of both in this list.

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The Pirates' fine season might get finer. Do two pitching phenoms make for a climactic Act III?

The Pirates have weathered the storm at the start of their season nicely. The team didn’t have Jung-ho Kang for the first 28 games. Gerrit Cole has been uneven, and Francisco Liriano has been wild. For the second consecutive year, Andrew McCutchen started slowly. Still, here they are, 27-19 through their first 46 games, on pace to win 95. Though the Cubs have stolen the headlines with their blazing start, the Pirates stood only four and a half games back at the start of play Friday.

That’s well within range, but it’s especially heartening because, in the view of many, the Pirates haven’t yet opened up the engine to see what they can really do. Behind Cole and Liriano, their rotation has been a mess, and the guys who make up that back half right now (Jeff Locke, Juan Nicasio, and Jon Niese) aren’t very good candidates to turn things around.

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