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04-20

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Life at the Margins: Why St. Louisians Pursed Their Lips And Yelled Boooooo
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Rian Watt

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: Holy Cow It Almost Happened Again: ALCS Game 5
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Sam Miller

10-21

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BP Unfiltered: We Got Kyle Schwarber To Say 'Man Parts'
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Rian Watt

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Matt Harvey: From the Operating Table to the Opera: NLCS Game 1
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Cubs vs. Mets
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Sahadev Sharma

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: The Volquez Inning: ALCS Game 1
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Matthew Trueblood

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: We Are All Dead: ALDS Game 5
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R.J. Anderson

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap
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R.J. Anderson

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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Kenny Ducey

10-05

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Painting the Black: The Year In Hangovers
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R.J. Anderson

10-04

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Ducks on the Pond: Slide Into Your DS Like...
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Chris Mosch

09-28

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Rubbing Mud: What is the Wild Card?
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Matthew Trueblood

04-03

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-12

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The Lineup Card: Nine Teams Whose 2015 Odds Are Too Short or Long
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Baseball Prospectus

10-23

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The Lineup Card: Nine Unlikely Postseason Heroes
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Baseball Prospectus

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

09-30

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Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty
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Russell A. Carleton

09-29

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Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These
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Zachary Levine

09-26

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What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-24

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Pebble Hunting: Spoiler: Spoiling Spoiled
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Sam Miller

09-16

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Baseball Therapy: Starving Young Royals, Battle-Tested Tigers, and an Unsquarable Circle
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Russell A. Carleton

08-29

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Feature Focus: Feature Focus: Playoff Odds
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Rob McQuown

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 319: Wrapping up the World Series
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 318: Playoff Listener Emails and a Fix for the Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Backs Against the Wall: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and History
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Mike Gianella

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 317: How World Series Game Five Was Won (and Lost)
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 316: The Wild Weekend in World Series
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap (The Managerial Moves Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
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Craig Goldstein

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 315: Discussing World Series Game Two
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 314: Comparing Perceptions of World Series Game One
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 312: The World Series Preview Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Game Last
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Joe Sheehan

10-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 311: The Postseason Mythbusters Edition
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Recap: Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Six Recap: Red Sox 5, Tigers 2
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Zachary Levine

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Six Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Preview: Dodgers at Cardinals
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 310: ALCS Game 5/Leveraging Clayton Kershaw
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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

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...an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish. There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine. The long stretches of the waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of...

On Monday night this week, Jason Heyward played a baseball game in St. Louis. This wouldn’t be particularly notable, in the grand scheme of things, except for the fact that Heyward played rather a lot of games in St. Louis last year, and in those games he wore the traditional Cardinals red. And, also, that in the game on Monday night, he was wearing instead of those colors a uniform of dark Chicago blue.

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The Blue Jays kept the series alive and, perhaps more importantly, kept David Price available.

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When Schwarber switch-hits, no beans are safe.

This all happened an hour ago, roughly two hours before the first pitch of a critical NLCS Game Four. The speaker: Kyle Schwarber. The recorder: Me. The context? This scene, which played out in the left field grass at Wrigley some hours earlier:

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Forget all you've heard about Matt Harvey of late, the Mets ace delivered a performance that won't soon be forgotten on Saturday night.

Forget all that you know and all you have heard.

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It's gonna be close! Or lopsided! Who can ever tell?

Do I have to say it? Are you really going to make me say it? Fine, I’ll say it: These are not the same Mets that went 0-7 against the Cubs this season. Of course, the Cubs aren’t the same team either. The young Cubs have developed into a powerhouse offense—they added Kyle Schwarber’s thunder, while Dexter Fowler and Starlin Castro were totally different players in the second half and Kris Bryant found another level—and Jake Arrieta has became one of the best pitchers in baseball.

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How the Royals starter survived a perilous sixth to steer his team to a 1-0 series lead.

The Royals’ third-best starting pitcher threw fully a third of his pitches in Game One in the sixth inning, facing the meat of one of the best offenses of the last five years for the third time. Edinson Volquez walked the first two batters on nine pitches apiece, bringing the tying run to the plate in the person of Edwin Encarnacion—who hit 39 home runs during the regular season. The case for leaving him in to start the inning was tenuous; the case for letting him face Encarnacion was nonexistent. The Royals’ 5-0 win on Friday night defied logical analysis, because no logical decision-making process leads to Volquez pitching his way through that sixth inning. There’s no stone I can turn over in order to find Ned Yost’s secret rationale for leaving Volquez in. He didn’t have one. He simply got caught unprepared when Volquez got into trouble, and decided (once Volquez began working his way out of it) to let him keep going.

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Nothing in the seventh inning of Toronto-Texas is as it seems, until Jose Bautista shows up.

A good rule of thumb in storytelling is to start as close to the end as possible. When it comes to Game Five of the ALDS between the Rangers and Blue Jays, that means skipping the first six innings.

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October 9, 2015 12:01 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals

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Sahadev Sharma

A knock-down season series carries over into the postseason, as the more talented Cubs face the more experienced Cardinals.

The Cubs knocked Pirates ace Gerrit Cole out of the Wild Card game after just five innings, while their own dominating ace did what he’s done for months: Dominated. They now head to St. Louis for their first ever playoff clash with their arch-rivals.

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October 7, 2015 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap

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R.J. Anderson

Dallas Keuchel leads the Astros past the Yankees and into their first-ever ALDS.

Heading into this year's edition of the American League Wild Card Game, you had to appreciate that the upstart Astros' first postseason opponents were the Yankees, the team that for much of the past two decades has served as the American League's gatekeeper; the narratives about new versus old spread themselves. Another contrast you had to appreciate was the out-of-place starting-pitcher matchup. On the eve of Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole trading flame-emoji heaters, the Astros and Yankees started two pitchers who in the game combined for one pitch clocked above 95 mph, according to PITCHf/x data.

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October 6, 2015 7:52 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview

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Kenny Ducey

The Astros and Yankees battle for the chance to dethrone the defending AL champion Royals.

With a six-game lead in the AL East, the New York Yankees remained subdued at the July 31st trade deadline. They refused to mortgage their future while the Toronto Blue Jays loaded up for a long fall. As a result, they were disposed of in the divisional race, and nearly lost home-field advantage in the wild-card game.

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October 5, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Year In Hangovers

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R.J. Anderson

What teams do when teams can do whatever they damned well feel like.

It's a well-known, time-honored tradition that baseball players celebrate their team's entrance to the playoffs by poisoning themselves (and their teammates) with large quantities of alcohol. The aftereffects of those champagne showers—besides stained, stinky clubhouse carpet—leave managers with no choice but to send out the B-team the following day. In recent years, this phenomenon has been christened the hangover lineup.

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The Warthen Slider has helped two Mets playoff starters become dominant. Now, the other two LDS starters have worked on featuring the pitch.

Starting rotation depth has been the foundation upon which the Mets have built their first NL East title in nine years. Between the budding young stars headlining the front of the rotation and the veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathan Niese helping fill out the back of it, Sandy Alderson & Co. built a staff so deep that even Zack Wheeler’s torn UCL barely set them back this past spring.

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