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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

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Recap: Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4
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Ben Lindbergh

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Recap: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-16

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

10-16

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The Lineup Card: 11 Postseason Ads, Slogans, and Theme Songs That Are Still Stuck in Our Heads
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Baseball Prospectus

10-16

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Baseball Therapy: Did Big Papi’s Big Home Run Give Boston the Big Mo?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-16

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Comeback Kings
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Jay Jaffe

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: Advance Scouting Series Compilation (UPDATED)
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Baseball Prospectus

10-16

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

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Three Recap: Dodgers 3, Cardinals 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 307: The NLCS Unpredictability Episode
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Bret Sayre

10-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 306: The ALCS Discussion Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: New Ways to Spell Relief
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Baseball Therapy: Does Postseason Experience Really Matter?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Two Recap: Cardinals 1, Dodgers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Zachary Levine

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September 30, 2014 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview

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R.J. Anderson

The A's stumbled into the postseason, but they may have the edge on the hill and in the dugout against the Royals.

With their poor second half, the Athletics fumbled away the AL West and gifted home-field advantage to the Royals for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card game. As a result, Kauffman Stadium will host its first postseason contest since 1985 against, fittingly enough, the franchise that used to call Kansas City home. In our comprehensive Wild Card preview, we'll try to determine which team will advance to face the Angels for entrance to the ALCS. (Note: Neither team's Wild Card roster is set, so we'll update the article when the names are officially announced.)

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September 30, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty

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Russell A. Carleton

Does the wild card winner have a worse chance of advancing out of the LDS than if they didn't have to win a wild card game first?

It’s time for some Wild Cards! Tonight, the A’s will face off against the Royals. Someone will win the game, and their prize will be an all-expenses-paid trip to Anaheim for a best-of-five series against the Angels. The Royals will send James Shields to the mound and the A’s will counter with Jon Lester. No matter who wins, that team will not be able to call upon their ace until Game 3 of that Angels series. Good luck, fellas.

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For These

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Zachary Levine

In hindsight, some games loom larger than others for the six teams that were still fighting for position on the last day of the year.

With three races coming down to Game 162 on Sunday, we didn’t get that much drama, but we got some memorable performances. We’ll remember David Price pitching the Tigers to the AL Central crown and, maybe even more, Sonny Gray shutting out the Rangers to give the Athletics the final playoff spot.

But divisions are not won, playoff spots not earned, in Game 162 alone. They can be won or, in three excruciating cases, lost anywhere in the 183-day season.

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September 26, 2014 2:50 am

What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Derek Jeter manages a hell of a send-off at Yankee Stadium, the playoff races are winding to a close, and previews from the final weekend of regular-season action.

The Thursday Takeaway
A tie game in the bottom of the ninth inning. A fast runner on second base. The stage was set. For this:


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September 24, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Spoiler: Spoiling Spoiled

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Sam Miller

Do out-of-it-teams play better or worse than you'd expect based on their talent level? Spoiler: You'll have to read the article to find out.

It’s been a pretty exciting pennant race for a handful of lucky baseball teams. The Red Sox got to play spoiler. The Astros got to play spoiler. The Marlins got to play spoiler. The Reds got to play spoiler. The Rays got to play spoiler. The Diamondbacks got to play spoiler. The Phillies got to play spoiler. The Rangers got to play spoiler. The Rockies got to play spoiler. The Cubs got to play spoiler. The Braves got to play spoiler. The White Sox got to play spoiler. The Padres got to play spoiler. The Twins got to play spoiler. The Mets got to play spoiler. Last night, the Blue Jays got to play spoiler.

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Don't believe everything you read, especially when it comes to playoff cliches.

It’s going to be a barnburner of a race in the AL Central. The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers are running neck and neck to be champions of Middle America. Obviously, the Tigers have the advantage because they’ve “been there before.” The Tigers have been to the ALCS the past three years, and have been through their share of pennant races. The team is filled with seasoned veterans who now know how to manage a pennant race because of their vast experience. In a stunning feat of doublethink, the Kansas City Royals also have an advantage. The Royals' last trip to the playoffs was when “1984” meant “last year.” Come to think of it, the Royals' playoff drought is older than most of the Royals’ regulars. But because they have a team of young guys, they are hungry. Starving really. They’re just a fun bunch of young guys who don’t know they should be scared. They play loose. Their lack of experience is actually their greatest asset.

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With the playoffs coming, tracking the chances each team has to win becomes a daily sport, aided by the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds feature.

Playoff odds are based on three things:

1. Playing time estimates for each player for the rest of the season (as found in the Depth Charts).

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St. Louis' slump, and some final musings on Mike Matheny.

The story of the Cardinals’ loss, both in Game Six and in the World Series as a whole, is simple: they didn’t hit, recording only a collective .224/.273/.299 line. And when you come right down to it, that’s not a very interesting story.

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Ben and Sam review the World Series and talk about the 2013 seasons and futures of the Red Sox and Cardinals with Zachary Levine.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the playoffs, then discuss how MLB could disincentivize tanking for higher draft picks.

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What history says about the likelihood of a Cardinals comeback.

After Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals head back to Boston tonight to try to win two consecutive road games to clinch the 2013 World Series. Given how evenly matched the teams’ talent levels are, their one-game deficit and home field disadvantage qualify the Cardinals as underdogs.

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How the Red Sox sent the series back to Boston with a one-win lead.

This series has been compelling from the start, but it took until Game Five for it to look like a contest between two of the best teams in baseball. Game Five was the first without an error. It was mercifully free of egregiously bad baserunning, and it didn’t end with a debatable call. With the memory of Dana DeMuth's floating strike zone still fresh, it felt well-officiated behind home plate, aside from this third-inning strike three to Matt Carpenter.

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