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02-26

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The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

12-23

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Quality Starts: The General Landscape
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Matt Collins

02-20

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The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

05-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Paul Sporer

09-29

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

07-14

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 2
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R.J. Anderson

03-11

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Quality Stat, Better than Wins
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Jay Jaffe

09-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Top to Bottom
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Jay Jaffe

09-14

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Prospectus Matchups: Blowing Hot and Cold
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Jim Baker

09-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Starter Stats
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Jay Jaffe

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: American League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
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Jim Baker

08-30

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Aim For The Head: Quality Starts
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Keith Woolner

05-21

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Prospectus Feature: Analyzing PAP (Part One)
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Keith Woolner

05-21

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Analyzing PAP (Part One)
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Keith Woolner

03-22

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: New York Mets
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

03-17

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Florida Marlins
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

02-01

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Colorado Rockies
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

01-22

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Houston Astros
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

12-03

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Cleveland Indians
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

12-02

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Seattle Mariners
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

10-20

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Toronto Blue Jays
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

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February 26, 2016 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on hurlers who see their values rise and fall in leagues that use strikeout-to-walk ratio or quality starts.

And with that, we leave the safe, comfortable warm glow of the hitters for the cold, terrifying chaos theory of pitcher prediction. As with last year, I’m going to focus on non-standard formats that count walks and those that swap out Wins for quality starts. Bat Signal data continues to point to those two formats as the most popular alternatives to traditional 5x5 scoring categories, and I happen to play in leagues that use both as a matter of preference. Of course, if you have questions about how other league setups may or may not impact particular hurlers relative to their standard tiered rankings, feel free to ask away in the comments.

In case you missed any of the previous articles in this series, you can find those here:

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December 23, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Quality Starts: The General Landscape

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Matt Collins

Why the best way to accrue QS might be to target pitchers who fare well in the other categories.

After J.P. Breen covered saves on Monday, and George Bissell looked at holds yesterday, we come to the end of our Fantasy Categorical Breakdown Feature today with my breakdown of the quality starts landscape across the league. We thank you for following along over the last couple of months, and look forward to whats to come after the New Year.

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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers

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Wilson Karaman

Examining which hurlers become more and less valuable in leagues that count walks and quality starts.

On to the bump we go! While this series has previously focused on hitting adjustments in OBP and points formats, today we tackle starters in non-standard leagues. Judging by our Bat Signal data I decided to focus today on leagues that utilize a penalty for Walks, be it in ratio form (K-BB, K/BB, BB/9) or a negative point value, as well as leagues that utilize Quality Starts as a merciful counting stat replacement for archaic pitcher Wins. I’m more than happy to address any other specific player-and-format questions in the comments below, or if you’ve got a particularly unique league setup that requires a longer discussion of value you can always drop it into a Bat Signal.

In case you missed it, here are our tiered rankings for starting pitchers in standard leagues: Part I and Part II.

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May 24, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

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Paul Sporer

Rough matchups could leave AL-only leaguers scrambling this week, but the NL has a deeper slate of usable starters.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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September 29, 2011 9:00 am

Painting the Black: Sizing Up the Playoff Rotations

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R.J. Anderson

Going team by team to determine which collection of hurlers is most imposing this October.

Nate Silver spent the final week of September 2006 evaluating playoff rotations in a manner reflected in his other work across various fields. The analysis was intuitive, yet innovative and unrivaled. What Silver incorporated that basic playoff rotation analyses often exclude is uneven workloads. Playoff teams may designate four starters, but they shift parts around due to the sporadic schedule and threat of extinction; after all, if a loss makes elimination inevitable, logic dictates having the best man lead the final surge.

The usage numbers Silver presented then are now dated, but the ones provided below are not, thanks to intern Bradley Ankrom. These new percentages include every postseason series since 1995, classifying the starters’ roles by their order of appearance in the playoffs. That means the number ones are the pitchers who started the team’s first playoff game, the number twos are those who started the team’s second playoff game, and so on. Some may note that this methodology may be skewed by the new playoff schedule, although until proven otherwise it should still provide more context than other tactics.

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Concluding the two-part series by reviewing the best and worst first-half pitchers for each team.

To recap my methodology, here is what I wrote in the positional players’ piece earlier this week:

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Quality starts have value, despite the cavils of retrograde thinkers.

Murray Chass is at it again, or perhaps he never stopped. I'm not sure, as I'll admit an aversion to reading the blog of a writer who years ago declared his loathing for the form and its practitioners, but now dwells in that very ghetto himself since being laid off by the New York Times. Chass has made noise twice in recent weeks via missives bemoaning the diminishing primacy of pitcher wins and assailing the so-called "new-age thinking" of anyone who would introduce more modern measures, be they VORP, WAR(P), or quality starts. Even the latter, which was introduced by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Lowe back in 1985, is too newfangled for Chass' tastes.

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September 12, 2008 1:00 pm

Prospectus Hit List: Top to Bottom

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Jay Jaffe

Fortunes rising, fortunes falling, and the Nationals ascend as the Pirates slide into the abyss.

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September 14, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Blowing Hot and Cold

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Jim Baker

Alternating double-dealt blowouts and shutdowns happens more often than you think.

Diversity, Thy Name Is Baseball

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September 4, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Starter Stats

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Jay Jaffe

Balancing the merits of old-school starting pitcher metrics and something of our own devising.

From the You Learn Something New Every Day files... I'm not sure how many times over the years that I've referred to the quality start stat as a Bill James invention. Apparently, I'm mistaken. Coming across an old Rob Neyer column behind ESPN's subscription wall the other day, I was clued into the fact that the stat was defined by John Lowe of the Philadelphia Inquirer (now of the Detroit Free Press). James helped spread it to the masses via his Baseball Abstract series, which is where I first encountered it, but in this instance, he's overshadowed somebody else's worthy contribution. My apologies to Mr. Lowe for any failure to properly credit him in the past and to my readers for spreading such misinformation. Score that E-6.

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It's Superior Circuit Transaction Action for all you fellow moves junkies.

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Jim digs back and looks at the best starting efforts by the Mets and Cardinals in the era of divisional play.

\nMathematically, leverage is based on the win expectancy work done by Keith Woolner in BP 2005, and is defined as the change in the probability of winning the game from scoring (or allowing) one additional run in the current game situation divided by the change in probability from scoring\n(or allowing) one run at the start of the game.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_18 = 'Adjusted Pitcher Wins. Thorn and Palmers method for calculating a starters value in wins. Included for comparison with SNVA. APW values here calculated using runs instead of earned runs.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_19 = 'Support Neutral Lineup-adjusted Value Added (SNVA adjusted for the MLVr of batters faced) per game pitched.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_20 = 'The number of double play opportunities (defined as less than two outs with runner(s) on first, first and second, or first second and third).'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_21 = 'The percentage of double play opportunities turned into actual double plays by a pitcher or hitter.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_22 = 'Winning percentage. For teams, Win% is determined by dividing wins by games played. For pitchers, Win% is determined by dividing wins by total decisions. '; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_23 = 'Expected winning percentage for the pitcher, based on how often\na pitcher with the same innings pitched and runs allowed in each individual\ngame earned a win or loss historically in the modern era (1972-present).'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_24 = 'Attrition Rate is the percent chance that a hitters plate appearances or a pitchers opposing batters faced will decrease by at least 50% relative to his Baseline playing time forecast. Although it is generally a good indicator of the risk of injury, Attrition Rate will also capture seasons in which his playing time decreases due to poor performance or managerial decisions. '; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_25 = 'Batting average (hitters) or batting average allowed (pitchers).'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_26 = 'Average number of pitches per start.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_27 = 'Average Pitcher Abuse Points per game started.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_28 = 'Singles or singles allowed.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_29 = 'Batting average; hits divided by at-bats.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_30 = 'Percentage of pitches thrown for balls.'; xxxpxxxxx1160845280_31 = 'The Baseline forecast, although it does not appear here, is a crucial intermediate step in creating a players forecast. The Baseline developed based on the players previous three seasons of performance. Both major league and (translated) minor league performances are considered.

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