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11-27

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Bizball: Inside the 2012 Postseason Shares
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Maury Brown

10-31

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Pebble Hunting: Tying Up October Loose Ends
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Sam Miller

10-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 71: The Giants Win the World Series/Assessing Brian Sabean
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-29

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Out of Left Field: Postseason Celebrations: A Celebration
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Matthew Kory

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap: Giants 2, Tigers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Giants at Tigers
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Daniel Rathman

10-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 69: The Weirdness of World Series Game One/Delmon Young's Surprising Career
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap: Giants 8, Tigers 3
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Sam Miller

10-24

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BP Announcements: Wednesday World Series Game One Roundtable HERE
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Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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Sobsequy: The Pleasure and Perfection of Postseason Sweeps
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Adam Sobsey

10-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 67: Did Our Opinions of Players Change in the NLCS?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-22

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Baseball Therapy: Are Three-True-Outcomes Players Better in the Playoffs?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 62: Yankees-Tigers ALCS Update/How Hard is Pitching on Short Rest?/October Bullpen Strategy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-12

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The BP Wayback Machine: Are You Experienced?
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Joe Sheehan

10-08

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Bizball: Inside 2012 MLB Attendance, Plus Postseason TV Ratings Update
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Maury Brown

10-06

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BP Announcements: BP's Playoff Coverage
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Ben Lindbergh

09-28

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BP Unfiltered: Tim Lincecum and the Worst Regular Seasons By Playoff Starters
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Ben Lindbergh

09-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 49: Another Attempt to Explain Why You Don't Need an Ace in October/The New Old Ichiro/The Steve Johnson Story
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 47: Is the Alex Anthopoulos Honeymoon Over?/Why Can't We Figure Out What Works in the Playoffs?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Backing into the Playoffs
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Jay Jaffe

09-20

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Overthinking It: No Ace, No Problem?
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Ben Lindbergh

09-20

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BP Unfiltered: Chris Carpenter's Comeback and the Unlikeliest Post-Season Player
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Ben Lindbergh

09-06

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On the Beat: Seeing the Forst for the Trees
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John Perrotto

11-03

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The Lineup Card: 9 World Series Heroes: The Year After
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Baseball Prospectus

10-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save
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Kevin Baker

09-29

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

09-06

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Beating the Weak and Powerless
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Geoff Young

08-31

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Painting the Black: 40-Man Flexibility
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R.J. Anderson

10-28

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Prospectus Perspective: The Young-Huff All-Stars, Part I
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Steven Goldman

08-30

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Contractual Matters: The Post-season Roster Carousel
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Jeff Euston

08-10

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BP Unfiltered: SABR 40: Vince Gennaro on Asset Value in Trades
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David Laurila

03-09

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Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Central Competitive Ecology
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Jay Jaffe

11-02

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Prospectus Today: A-Rodemption?
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Joe Sheehan

10-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: From One to the Other
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Jay Jaffe

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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On the Beat: Post-season Notes
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John Perrotto

09-27

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

08-19

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Prospectus Today: The Left Wing
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Joe Sheehan

09-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Top to Bottom
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Jay Jaffe

10-25

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Schrodinger's Bat: Free Stuff and the Men in Blue
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Dan Fox

10-16

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Prospectus Matchups: Starting Well is Two-Thirds of Half the Battle
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Jim Baker

04-30

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The Ledger Domain: Q&A with Vince Gennaro
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Maury Brown

10-23

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World Series Prospectus: The I [Heart] New York Matchup
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Jay Jaffe

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: Have You Ever Been Experienced?
by
Mike Carminati

10-17

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The Ledger Domain: Ratings Time
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Maury Brown

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Roster Reviews
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Christina Kahrl

10-04

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The Ledger Domain: Ticket Snub
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Maury Brown

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Tigers versus Yankees
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Rany Jazayerli

10-01

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Locking it Up
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Mike Carminati

09-26

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 26
by
Jay Jaffe

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Ben and Sam catch up on the Yankees-Tigers ALCS and Ben's beat-writing adventures, then talk about why players and stats disagree about the difficulty of pitching on short rest, and Jim Leyland's comments about closers.

Ben and Sam catch up on the Yankees-Tigers ALCS and Ben's beat-writing adventures, then talk about why players and stats disagree about the difficulty of pitching on short rest and Jim Leyland's comments about closers.

Episode 62: "Yankees-Tigers ALCS Update/How Hard is Pitching on Short Rest?/October Bullpen Strategy"

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A staple of postseason commentary proves that some canards die hard.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Does experience matter in October? Joe explored the subject in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published on October 3rd, 2008.
 


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Maury looks at 2012's attendance winners and losers as well as some early postseason ratings.

With the 2012 regular season in the books, it’s time to look at how clubs did at selling tickets. Yes, they call it “attendance,” but it’s really “paid attendance,” a showing of tickets sold and rarely reflective of actual butts in the seats. The league’s 30 clubs drew 74,859,268 over 2,423 games this year: an increase of 2 percent. While this wasn’t as good as I projected before the season started, it was the league’s largest year-to-year growth since the 2007 season total rose 4.6 percent over 2006. Nine clubs drew more than three million in paid attendance this season, while 13 clubs eclipsed the 2.5 million mark. In addition, this is the second consecutive season that total attendance increased over the previous year and marks the highest attendance since 2008. When things are all said and done, 2012 will rank as the fifth-best single-season in MLB history in terms of attendance.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that attendance between 2010 and 2011, while technically up, was basically the same. The league sold 397,715 more tickets last year than 2010, or an increase of less than one percent. Let’s call that what it is: flat. In fact, over the last four years, the league has seen attendance pretty much remain flat. When you factor in new ballparks for the Mets, Yankees, Twins, and Marlins over the period, this tells us that either the sour economy still holds its grip on America’s discretionary income or MLB’s true “golden era”, as Selig likes to call it, was really 2004-2008 when attendance soared. Still, the league has to be happy; last year, the Dodgers’ attendance cratered during Frank McCourt’s tenure, and there were a considerable number of rainouts. This season, rainouts weren’t as high, and with the two additional Wild Card teams added in, the races for a postseason berth were more compelling.

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The playoffs are already underway, and here's what we're writing about it.

The 2012 postseason has begun, and so has our post-season coverage. Here's what it will consist of:

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If Oliver Perez can start in the postseason, surely Tim Lincecum can too.

The table below lists the worst regular-season performances by pitchers who made playoff starts in the wild-card era, ranked by park-adjusted ERA relative to league average (similar to ERA+, but tweaked a bit). League average is 100, twice the league average is 0, and 1.5 times the league average is 50. As you can see, I’ve added one starter (in bold) who isn’t yet in this group, but is probably about to be.

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Ben and Sam revisit their discussion from last week on aces in October, talk about the new old Ichiro, and tell you more than you need to know about Orioles starter Steve Johnson.

Ben and Sam revisit their discussion from last week on aces in October, talk about the new old Ichiro, and tell you more than you need to know about Orioles starter Steve Johnson.

Episode 49: "Another Attempt to Explain Why You Don't Need an Ace in October/The New Old Ichiro/The Steve Johnson Story"

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Ben and Sam discuss whether Alex Anthopoulos is taking too long to turn around Toronto, then talk about why we can't find the secret to success in October. Also, Sam drops his wedding ring.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Alex Anthopoulos is taking too long to turn around Toronto, then talk about why we can't find the secret to success in October. Also, Sam drops his wedding ring.

Episode 47: "Is the Alex Anthopoulos Honeymoon Over?/Why Can't We Figure Out What Works in the Playoffs?"

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Making the playoffs doesn't always mean finishing strong.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

A September swoon doesn't always preclude a playoff appearance. Jay Jaffe summarized the worst September performances by teams that made the postseason in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Hit and Run" column on September 19, 2011.
 


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September 20, 2012 4:22 pm

Overthinking It: No Ace, No Problem?

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Ben Lindbergh

Is there anything to the notion that teams need an ace to compete in October, or is it just another in a long line of flawed theories about post-season success?

As October approaches, several contending teams find themselves without ironclad aces at the top of their rotations. The Rangers will go into Game One with Yu Darvish, who’s riding a string of several strong starts but has struggled at times during his debut season. The A’s may have to enter October with an all-rookie rotation lacking both Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson. The Orioles’ rotation is fronted by Wei-Yin Chen, who’s been barely better than league average. The Cardinals are hoping the reckoning for Kyle Lohse doesn't come until 2013. Should the Dodgers claim a wild card, their hopes of advancing to the NLDS might depend on Josh Beckett. And even Yankees ace CC Sabathia has looked uncharacteristically shaky in the second half.

Meanwhile, a few other playoff locks and hopefuls can count on handing the ball to a starter who’s been consistently successful all season. The White Sox (Chris Sale and Jake Peavy), the Nationals (Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann), the Tigers (Justin Verlander), the Reds (Johnny Cueto), and even teams on the periphery of the race like the Angels (Jered Weaver) and Rays (David Price) can rest secure in the knowledge that their top starter would match up well with any opponent in a play-in game or at the start of a series.

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Chris Carpenter might be about to make one of the latest season debuts by a player who'll appear on a playoff roster, but he has nothing on Steve Torrealba.

Chris Carpenter will make his 2012 debut for the Cardinals tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field, which means he’ll have time for only two starts before the playoffs. Carpenter last pitched in the seventh game of the 2011 World Series, so he’s essentially skipped the low-stakes section of the season and skipped straight to the exciting parts. (Thanks, thoracic outlet syndrome!)

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A's assistant GM David Forst has seen the team go from post-season pretender to legitimate contender, and a conversation with Mike Matheny.

David Forst certainly knows how to describe the Athletics' amazing 2012 season as well as anybody. After all, he has lived it as the club's assistant general manager and right-hand man to veteran GM Billy Beane. Forst was there at the start of spring training when seemingly no one outside the organization gave the Athletics any chance of contending. And he is here now, as the Athletics have become one of the biggest surprises in baseball by putting themselves in post-season contention for the first time in six years, even after being swept at home by the Angels in a three-game series this week.

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A look at how World Series icons performed after their October heroics

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