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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 26: The Return of Brett Anderson, Oakland's Playoff Rotation, and the Financial Future of Stephen Drew
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

09-29

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Painting the Black: Sizing Up the Playoff Rotations
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R.J. Anderson

09-09

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Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Post-Season Rotation Ramble
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Jay Jaffe

08-22

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: Playoff Matchups Shaping Up
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Michael Jong

08-11

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Overthinking It: Justin Time
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Ben Lindbergh

07-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: Potential Post-Season Impact Players
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Michael Jong

07-11

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: Pitching Dominance
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Michael Jong

09-29

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Prospectus Perspective: Front Fours
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Christina Kahrl

10-04

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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
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Christina Kahrl

09-24

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Fab Fours
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Christina Kahrl

09-09

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Checking the Numbers: A Giant Run-Scoring Problem
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Eric Seidman

07-20

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Ahead in the Count: Get the Doctor, Now!
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Matt Swartz

05-27

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Transaction of the Day: Peavy Planning
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Christina Kahrl

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Rockies versus Phillies
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Christina Kahrl

09-03

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Contenders' Rotations
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Nate Silver

10-01

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Locking it Up
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Mike Carminati

09-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: Playoff Hurlers
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Nate Silver

10-01

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Prelude to the Playoffs
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Dave Haller

10-04

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Can Of Corn: Starting Pitching in the Postseason
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Dayn Perry

07-04

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Doctoring The Numbers: Great Young Rotations
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Rany Jazayerli

07-08

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Bullpens: The Last Word
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Rany Jazayerli and Keith Woolner

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July 20, 2009 2:40 pm

Ahead in the Count: Get the Doctor, Now!

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Matt Swartz

With the rumors flying about where Jays ace Roy Halladay is headed, what would he be worth to different teams?

When sabermetricians try to approximate the dollar value of a player's performance, we are mostly using recent free-agent values. For instance, if Halladay is worth about six wins above replacement level (which is a good approximation for most teams' fifth starters), we would say that the value of his replacing a typical fifth starter is about $27 million above the MLB-minimum salary of $400,000. As his current contract pays him $14.25 million in 2009, this would imply that a full 2009 season of Roy Halladay would have been worth the difference ($13.15 million). However, let's say that Halladay gets dealt right now, with about 70 games left to go, instead of around the deadline. Our inclination would be to say that Halladay's remaining 2009 net value would be this pro-rated, $5.7 million above his contract, but that misses a few essential parts of the analysis.

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May 27, 2009 2:49 pm

Transaction of the Day: Peavy Planning

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Christina Kahrl

Perhaps the question isn't when Jake Peavy will be dealt as much as what he might do for somebody.

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Both teams were on scorching tears to end the regular season; who's the better bet to keep that going in the playoffs?

I suppose I could ask if this series isn't something like Will Carroll talking about having Alyssa Milano and Jenn Sterger as his guests on BPR-who's hotter, and who's hottest? The Phillies and Rockies might be the two hottest teams in baseball, having both managed to knock off their divisions' defending champs to make it into the playoffs, the Phillies as the NL East winners, the Rockies as the circuit's Wild Card team. Since I'm more the crme brulee type anyway, I suggest we skip past the cheesecake observation and focus on the meat in what figures to be a high-scoring bloodbath where most of the moundsmen are in danger of getting splattered.

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September 3, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: The Contenders' Rotations

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Nate Silver

Quick ERA provides some answers for who boasts the best rotations coming down the stretch and looking towards October.

I've done radio gigs in several different markets over the course of the past couple of weeks, and very often the first question I get asked is about the perceived inadequacy of the home team's starting rotation. Sometimes-as in the case of the Mets-the question is valid, but nobody is entirely happy with their pitching staff this time of year. Someone is always injured, or slumping. Maybe a team has a deep rotation but no ace, or maybe it's the other way around.

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October 1, 2006 12:00 am

Locking it Up

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Mike Carminati

A complete breakdown of when teams earn postseason berths produces some interesting findings.

New York is abuzz with the prospect of another Subway Series, and who can blame them? Though both New York teams took very different routes--the Mets dominated the ignoble National League all season, while the Yankees needed a late-season surge and a five-game sweep of the rival Red Sox to take charge of the AL East--they both were the first in their respective leagues to clinch a playoff spot.

On September 18, the Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0, and had a 91-58 record, a 14 1/2-game lead, and 13 games left in the season, thereby clinching their first NL East title in 18 seasons.

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September 27, 2006 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Playoff Hurlers

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Nate Silver

Nate sizes up the potential playoff rotations, and gives one unexpected squad the top spot.

While it's evident that there is nothing like a Diamondbacks-style

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October 1, 2005 12:00 am

Prelude to the Playoffs

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Dave Haller

BP's resident Tribe fan Dave Haller is on-site at Jacobs Field, filing this report from Game One of the Indians/White Sox series.

Back in 1993, the Chicago White Sox were in town for the season's final weekend, just a little tune-up before their postseason rush. No tickets remained for that one, either: It was the final series at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, and I was in town to watch the whole shebang with my family.

Now, a dozen years later, I'm in town with my father to absorb the action. It's actually been three years since my last game here, and I quickly notice some aesthetic changes to the ballpark. Television broadcasts only show so much of the venue. First, I was surprised by how closed-in the Jake felt, probably since I've recently visited the new more open parks in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Also, the main, hulking scoreboard was considerably widened and enhanced to show slicker graphics and provide more relevant game information, while at least seeming less cluttered by advertisements. What was once a basic scoreboard on the tall leftfield wall is now a video screen that stretches almost the entire way from behind Coco Crisp to Grady Sizemore. It's a bit distracting at times, but the screen is put to good use as a prominent, detailed scoreboard for the Yankees-Red Sox game. The AL East showdown is literally hanging over the shoulder of the Indians players, whether they're watching or not.

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October 4, 2004 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Starting Pitching in the Postseason

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Dayn Perry

It's received wisdom that strong rotations are important for teams seeking postseason success. How true is that these days?

The thing about conventional wisdom is that ad nauseum repeating of said wisdom isn't tantamount to demonstrable truth. If you're reading BP, you probably know this. So as the 2004 postseason looms, it's worth examining this particular baseball NOUN in further depth.

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Or, at the very least, too much young pitching. Dave Dombrowski, who has a nose for young pitching unlike any other GM today, has assembled a collection of young aces-in-training that is the envy of baseball:

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Now, more than any time in baseball history, games are won and lost in the bullpen. As such, more attention has focused on the importance of a good bullpen as oen significant difference between a playoff team and an underachieving also-ran. Whether it's explaining the Mariners' inability to contend despite fielding two of the 50 greatest players in history, or defining how the Reds are in first place with Steve Avery in the rotation and Dmitri Young riding the bench, the fortunes of a team's bullpen seem to dictate the fortunes of the team as a whole.

We recently published the results of a study that looked at whether a good bullpen could add some sort of synergy to a team's win-loss record above and beyond the runs that they save, and conversely, whether a collection of pitchers throwing AckerCurves and WengerTaters would snatch more defeats from the jaws of victory than the run totals would suggest. In the study, published at ESPN.com, we looked at two sets of teams--those with the best bullpens in their league and those with the worst--and compared the records for those teams with their expected records, as calculated by the Pythagorean Method.

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