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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
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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

10-29

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BP Unfiltered: The Reason Bumgarner Should Start (Even Though He Won't)
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Sam Miller

10-29

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BP Unfiltered: Why NOT to Start Madison Bumgarner
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Russell A. Carleton

10-29

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Moonshot: Do the Giants Beat the Heat?
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Robert Arthur

10-29

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14

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 7 Preview
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Second-Inning Struggles
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Sahadev Sharma

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: 1-2-3 Repeater
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Miles Wray

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Mad Cool
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Sam Miller

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up Big
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Sahadev Sharma

10-24

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

10-22

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BP Unfiltered: There Will Be A Game Two
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Russell A. Carleton

10-22

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Moonshot: The Royals, the Strike Zone, and an October Surprise
by
Robert Arthur

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: The Other Royals: World Series Game 1
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Sam Miller

10-21

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

10-21

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Pitching Backward: How To Get A Hit Off Madison Bumgarner
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Jeff Long

10-21

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Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
by
Sam Miller

10-21

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Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Butterflies
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Russell A. Carleton

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. Royals
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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

10-17

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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
by
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
by
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
by
Doug Thorburn

10-15

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

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October 13, 2014 12:36 am

Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World

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R.J. Anderson

The outcome never seemed in doubt, as Madison Bumgarner continued to be some kind of dominant.

Here's what you need to know about Game One between the Giants and Cardinals: Marco Gonzales began warming with nobody out in the fourth inning.

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October 12, 2014 12:45 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews

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Mike Gianella

Even on the road, the Giants are slight favorites to put the Cardinals in a deep hole.

Madison Bumgarner continued his postseason dominance, putting up 7 2/3 shutout innings to lead the Giants to a 3-0 win in Game One of the NLCS. Here are the lineups and PECOTA projections for Game Two.

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October 11, 2014 4:56 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews

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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

It's a must-win, for everybody! Everybody must win! No losers, everybody must not lose!

The Royals look to keep their unlikely winning streak going, while wags will call this a "must win" for Baltimore.

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October 11, 2014 12:15 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals

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R.J. Anderson

Two teams that never lose in the postseason face off in the postseason.

While the ALCS emanates a fresh vibe, the NLCS features two familiar, borderline-stale opponents. Either the Cardinals or Giants has appeared in each of the past four World Series, a streak that will extend to five regardless of the victor. These powerhouses have so ruled the postseason that they've combined to go 15-1 in postseason series against other teams, according to Tom Verducci. (That one? Last year's World Series.) With two World Series appearances apiece, which team will break the tie and earn their third crack at the championship in five years? Let's find out.

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The emergence of Andrew Miller was a slow burn that happened right in front of us. How much should we have seen coming?

Where the Tigers and Dodgers and Nationals and A's have failed this offseason, the Orioles haven't, and won't, because their manager can call for Andrew Miller. The 2014 postseason has been a tragic and entertaining reminder that bullpens are in fact important, and that elite bullpens—or at least bullpens that perform elitely—can cover for other deficiencies on a roster. Miller has arguably been the best reliever so far this postseason, which shouldn’t come as a surprise unless you opted to not watch any baseball over the previous seven months.

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October 10, 2014 12:15 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. Orioles

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Sam Miller

The Fightin' Showalters against the Yosts with the Mosts.

Since 2000, only one AL team has won fewer games than the Baltimore Orioles. Think you can guess who that team is? Answer at the bottom of th-- nah, just kidding, you know who it is. So here they are in the ALCS, and one will go to the World Series. No team in this century plays like the Royals do, so any matchup will be an odd pairing, but this one in particular pits two teams with different philosophies, different strategies, different offensive approaches, different men at the helm. Except neither team draws any walks. Admit it: That's not the worst thing in the world at a time of the season when games start pushing four hours for no good reason at all. Here's how the showdown shapes up:

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It's that time of year: St. Louis in the postseason, its fans in the spotlight, the rest of the country unhappy. We let a Cardinals fan defend the Best Fans In Baseball.

Brian Gunn grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and for years ran a Cardinals’ fan blog called Redbird Nation. A former guest contributor to sites like The Hardball Times and Baseball Analysts, he now works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. We around here like him a lot, and we like his writing a lot, which is why we are letting him do the one thing the Internet generally does not abide: Stick up for Cardinals fans.

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When I was growing up in St. Louis I’d sometimes be hanging out with my grandma, and the city of Dallas would come up in passing. Like we’d hear someone mention the Dallas Cowboys, or J.R. Ewing would be on TV, or we’d see some news clip about something that happened in Dallas. And every time my grandma would seethe with anger and mutter through her teeth: “Ooo, I hate Dallas!”

If you asked her why, she’d reply, matter-of-factly, “’Cause they killed Kennedy.”

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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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