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10-21

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The View from the Loge Level: Managing to Win
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Daron Sutton

10-20

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Pebble Hunting: h
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Sam Miller

10-20

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Teams Should Make The World Series; A Defense of Bud Selig
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Sam Miller

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
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Sam Miller

10-17

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An Agent's Take: The Losses You Never Get Over
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Joshua Kusnick

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
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Doug Thorburn

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3
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Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Sad Reliever Rankings
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Miles Wray

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths
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Russell A. Carleton

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-13

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Fox's Fresh Format
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Harry Pavlidis

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World
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R.J. Anderson

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-10

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Pitching Backward: The Not-So-Sudden Breakout of October's Best Lefty Reliever
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Jeff Long

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles
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Sam Miller

10-09

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Prospectus Feature: Check Out This Obnoxious Cardinals Fan
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Brian Gunn

10-09

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The Lineup Card: Nine of the Worst Postseason Managerial Decisions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Cardinals' Flickering Magic Lantern
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Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Prospectus Feature: The Great Octoberness Rankings
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Miles Wray

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Irony Of Ryu's Strong Start
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Zachary Levine

10-07

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Baseball Therapy: The Cardinals Do Not Own Clayton Kershaw
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Russell A. Carleton

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker
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J.P. Breen

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Quartet of Consequence: The Four Plays That Keyed An ALDS Sweep
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R.J. Anderson

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 7, Tigers 6
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Jeff Quinton

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: 20 Bad Josh Hamilton Swings: ALDS Game 2
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Sam Miller

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
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Zachary Levine

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Giants
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Mike Gianella and Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Royals 3, Angels 2
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Sam Miller

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Orioles vs. Tigers
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R.J. Anderson

10-02

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

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap
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Jeff Long

10-01

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Pebble Hunting: The '80' Pitches In This Year's Postseason
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Sam Miller

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
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Mike Gianella

09-18

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Painting the Black: The Plightin' Showalters
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R.J. Anderson

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

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The staff recounts some curious choices by October skippers.

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Can you believe the Cardinals have made it through so many postseasons without ever having luck, fortitude, or clutchness go against them? No, you can't.

Dear Mr. Rosenthal,

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October 8, 2014 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four

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Sahadev Sharma

Don Mattingly didn't always have easy decisions to make, but the one that seemed like a no-brainer may loom the largest.

Prior to Game Four, baseball twitter was abuzz with two topics: Andre Ethier replacing the struggling Yasiel Puig in the lineup and Clayton Kershaw going on three days’ rest. Turns out, we were all focusing on the right things, as all three players placed their stamp on the outcome of this game in their own way.

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What makes a moment slow-motionable? What makes a moment made for soft focus and sepia? What will make you cry this month? It's complicated.

Throughout the playoffs, sportswritin' fella Miles Wray will be writing for us about the production of postseason baseball. What Miles takes that vague phrase to mean will be as much of a surprise to me as it will be to you. Here’s his first piece.

Allow me to propose a new term for the baseball lexicon: Octoberness. Noun. Used in a sentence: “Derek Jeter joyously dogpiling with Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Bernie Williams sure is peak Octoberness.

Octoberness, along with all of playoff baseball, is something just slightly separate from regular baseball; not necessarily better or worse so much as easier to recall, easier to retell, easier to manipulate. Regular baseball is feeling your arms sunburn as the losing manager slowly strolls out to pull another reliever in an 8-2 game. Octoberness is David Ortiz launching a ball over the Monstah at midnight, his breath misting in the air as he rounds the bases. Regular baseball is Aramis Ramirez. Octoberness is David Freese.

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The Cardinals lefties keep beating up on the Dodgers lefties, but the Dodgers will turn to a very special lefty in Game Four.

If Hyun-Jin Ryu, after walking Matt Holliday in the first inning, had grabbed his left shoulder like he did after the first inning on Sept. 12th, which was the only inning he’d pitched in the past four weeks, it would have been a disaster for the Dodgers. If he had thrown a complete game, it would have been a borderline miracle.

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Or do they!? (No.)

We begin here with a Tweet sent out by former MLB player-turned-pundit Marlon Anderson

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October 6, 2014 5:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews

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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

The Giants and Nationals will play what feels like Game Four, while the Dodger will lean on a returning Ryu.

The Nationals were one out away from evening up the NLDS on Saturday night, but instead wound up on the wrong end of a historic, 18-inning affair, losing 2-1 to the Giants on a Brandon Belt home run. Now they try to become just the ninth team in postseason history to win a five0game series after losing the first two games. Here is a look at the PECOTA odds and projected lineups for Game Three of the NLDS.

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October 6, 2014 2:19 am

Playoff Prospectus: A Royal Shocker

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J.P. Breen

The Royals are the latest team to remind us to expect the unexpected in the playoffs.

The Kansas City Royals entered the 2014 postseason as the feel-good team of the year. The franchise hadn’t enjoyed home cooking in October since the glorious 1985 season. Of course, they weren’t considered a dominant club in the regular season this year by any stretch, but thanks to a combined 34-21 record in August and September, the Royals ended that woeful 29-year postseason drought. The baseball world rejoiced. It was a tremendous story.

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The Orioles pulled off an unexpected take-down of the Tigers in three games and the finale had numerous big moments.

Of all the possible outcomes in the Orioles-Tigers series, none seemed less likely than an O's sweep. Baltimore faced unfavorable match-ups at every turn, as would most teams pitted against three consecutive former Cy Young winners. But reality often defies expectations, so why would this series be any different? Three eventful games later, the surprising O's are headed for the ALCS.

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October 5, 2014 2:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews

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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

We're this close to an Orioles/Royals ALCS, smart guy.

Bullpen problems have the Tigers on the verge of failing to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 2010—otherwise known as the last time Detroit failed to make the postseason.

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October 4, 2014 7:51 pm

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 7, Tigers 6

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Jeff Quinton

Once again, the Tigers suspect bullpen loomed large in a loss to the Orioles, but did their manager put them in the best position to succeed?

Game Two of the 2014 ALDS featured a lot of starting pitchers, at least as defined by their regular season roles. Wie-Yin Chen and Justin Verlander only pitched 3 2/3 and 5 innings respectively. As a result, each team went with a starting pitcher as their first pitcher out of the bullpen. All four pitchers (Chen, Verlander, Kevin Gausman, and Anibal Sanchez) pitched excellently their first time through the order. While Sanchez was pulled after facing six hitters, the other three all got to take a shot at their opponent’s lineup a second time and, in Verlander’s case, a thirds time. Those results were bad.

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Is there a wrong way to pitch Josh Hamilton right now?

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