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02-01

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BP Unfiltered: Rooting Against Chaos, Rooting Against Ian Kennedy
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Patrick Dubuque

01-14

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Fifth Column: The Moment Before the Moment
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Michael Baumann

12-29

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Best of BP 2015: Forty Minutes In Houston: ALDS Game 4
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Sam Miller

12-01

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Baseball Therapy: The Neuropsychology of Bad Managing
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Russell A. Carleton

11-17

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12

Pitching Backward: So, Hey, What if the Mets Had Intentionally Walked Wade Davis
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Jeff Long

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves In Game 2
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Matthew Trueblood

10-29

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8

Playoff Prospectus: Everything Bad Is Good For You
by
Sam Miller

10-28

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8

Baseball Therapy: And on the Fifth Day He Rested
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Russell A. Carleton

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: On Chris Young and Losing a Father
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Sam Miller

10-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
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Sam Miller

10-23

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Pitching Backward: How The Mets Got Here
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Jeff Long

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: The Lions In Winter: NLCS Game 4
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: The Cubs Have A Running Problem: NLCS Game 3
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Sahadev Sharma

10-21

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13

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Previews for Wednesday
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Matthew Trueblood and Rian Watt

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: The Royal Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!: ALCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-20

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Baseball Therapy: Say You'll Remember Me
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Russell A. Carleton

10-20

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10

Playoff Prospectus: There He Goes Again
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Kate Morrison

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS Previews
by
Mike Gianella and Chris Mosch

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Preview
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Matthew Trueblood

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Mets Win, Take 2-1 Series Lead: NLCS Game 2
by
Sam Miller

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

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Bad-Ball Hitters Make Good Ballplayers: ALCS Game 2
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R.J. Anderson

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Royals vs. Blue Jays
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R.J. Anderson

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Clayton From 5 to 7: NLDS Game 4
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 5 Previews and PECOTA Odds
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Jeff Quinton and Matthew Trueblood

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Win Or Go Home: Hamels Vs. Stroman
by
Doug Thorburn

10-13

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

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Forty Minutes In Houston: ALDS Game 4
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Sam Miller

10-13

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BP Unfiltered: Why Didn't The Royals Steal Home?
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Dustin Palmateer

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Mop-Up Man In Playoff History: ALDS Game 4
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Kate Morrison

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: The Story of Two Pitchers Left In: ALDS Game 3
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Matthew Trueblood

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Oh, *Those* Toronto Blue Jays: ALDS Game 3
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Kate Morrison

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Two Baseball Plays
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Into Science: ALDS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: The Rougned Show Goes Long: ALDS Game 2
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Kate Morrison

10-09

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Transaction Analysis: How the NL Division Winners Got Here
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BP Staff

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: The Royals' Unforced Error: ALDS Game 1
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Matthew Trueblood

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Mets vs. Dodgers
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Astros vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel
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Sam Miller

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Blue Jays
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R.J. Anderson

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Cubs vs. Pirates
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: WC Recap: A Game of Hinch's
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R.J. Anderson

10-06

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Raising Aces: Dallas Keuchel vs. Masahiro Tanaka
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Doug Thorburn

09-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Going Streaking
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Russell A. Carleton

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

11-03

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Prospectus Feature: The Decision that Decided a World Series
by
Dustin Palmateer

10-30

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Pitching Backward: Sing, Sing, Sing, for the Unsung Affeldt
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Jeff Long

10-30

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Painting the Black: That Time We All Hated the Mike Morse Signing
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R.J. Anderson

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Giants Win The World Series, Again
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Sam Miller

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The hope-based reason for cheering on a projection system.

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Baseball as the steady extinction of possabilities.

On May 20, 2015, Nick Day hit a home run off Trace Dempsey in front of a few dozen fans, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

Last year, Ohio State started the season strong. After never having made an NCAA tournament under fifth-year head coach Greg Beals, the Buckeyes looked like they’d end up not only making the tournament but hosting a regional if they didn’t collapse.

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How an entire series changed, and how it didn't entirely have to.

With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on October 13, 2015.

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Bunting and broccoli and the brain.

I believe you are all familiar with the hashtags. #Mathenaging. #Yosted. #BuntToWin. And that’s just the state of Missouri. It’s now common knowledge that there are certain strategic plays that were once popular, but upon further review, it’s clear that they are questionable tactics at best. Everyone knows it, and yet, bunting is still a thing. Even the “smart” managers do it. Why?

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The issue on everybody's mind.

During Game Four of the World Series, the Royals used their patented late-inning devil magic to come back and take a lead against the New York Mets. This turn of plot was old hat to the Royals, who outscored opponents 18-0 in the ninth inning (or later) of postseason games in 2015, though by their standards the twist came surprisingly early—during the eighth inning. That meant that the Royals’ closer Wade Davis was forced to approach the plate as a hitter for the first time since 2013.

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Johnny Keane is dead.

In Game Two of the 1964 World Series, Bob Gibson lost to the Yankees. He pitched eight innings, and gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks. In the bottom of the eighth, with St. Louis trailing 4-1 and a runner on first base, Cardinals manager Johnny Keane lifted Gibson for a pinch-hitter (Bob Skinner). It was, inarguably, the right choice, and Skinner doubled to set up a run, but still, Gibson fumed. Gibson was pitching on three days’ rest, after a four-inning relief stint that came on one day’s rest in the season finale, but still, he fumed. Cardinals relievers gave up four runs in the top of the ninth, pushing the game far out of reach. Gibson was furious.

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How the Royals turned a moment of failure into another win. Some might call it resilience, some might call it magic.

One of the most frustrating things about trying to win at baseball—particularly for a manager—is there’s not that much you can do besides be good. You want to walk around your block figuring out how to crack this darned problem, to have your The Theory Of Everything moment and run into the classroom scribbling frantically, like as if you could discover that if you just do this then there’s no way you can lose. But there’s no this. There are very few counterintuitive strategies in baseball. There’s no “that’s not an ugly old lady, it’s actually a beautiful young woman!” perspective you can stare for. You’re stuck with the official story: Baseball is almost entirely throw a pitch exactly where you’re trying to, even though that’s hard; or hit it as far as you can, even though that’s hard. The guy who does the hard thing wins. There’s no easy option.

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October 28, 2015 6:01 am

Baseball Therapy: And on the Fifth Day He Rested

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Russell A. Carleton

Do October's starts reflect May's decisions?

Last week, on my favorite podcast in the world (seriously) Effectively Wild, Sam and Ben interviewed now-former Dodgers head trainer Stan Conte. Their interview covered a wide range of topics related to player injuries, both the ones that we get to hear about and the ones we don’t. At one point, Sam asked a question about a hypothetical team that was pretty much guaranteed to go to the postseason and had little to play for over the last two weeks of September. Should the team rest its starters down the stretch, saving them for the playoffs and letting the September call-up guys take over, or perhaps go to a six-man rotation to take some of the strain off the four guys who will actually be starting playoff games?

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The Royals win game one.

When we found out before the game that Edinson Volquez’s father had just died, I swore that there would be no arm-chair psychology in this recap; I wouldn’t read his face and I wouldn’t attribute any extraheroic strength to his effort and I wouldn’t excuse any bloop hits or failures on his part to back up third base. Baseball is absurdly small and our parents are, for most of us, extraordinarily large, and to put the two on the same map is some kind of missing the point entirely. Baseball is awful because we would even expect Edinson Volquez to pitch on a day like that day, and it’s salvation because what would any of us want to do more for our fathers than pitch Game One of the World Series?

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Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series.

With the Royals advancing again to the Fall Classic, we revisit what you can expect to see on your television when you're not seeing baseball players doing baseball things. This article originally ran on October 21, 2014.

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Seven months ago, the Mets were a bona fide underdog. No, really. Really, they were!

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Three old men are going to the World Series.

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