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02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Whither Santana?
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Daniel Rathman

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Thursday's Wild Card Contender Drama
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Daniel Rathman

09-04

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BP Unfiltered: Decoding the Safeco Paper
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R.J. Anderson

08-06

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What You Need to Know: Atlanta All Alone
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Daniel Rathman

08-05

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What You Need to Know: The Unsung Member of the Red Sox Rotation
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Daniel Rathman

06-07

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BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 6/7
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Ben Lindbergh

12-26

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6

Transaction Analysis: Stocking Stuffers and Holiday Turkeys
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R.J. Anderson and Colin Wyers

10-19

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Head Games: Two ALCS-Altering At-Bats
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Will Woods

10-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 64: Should Joe Girardi Have Pinch-Hit in Game Three?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 60: Ibanez Pinch-Hits for A-Rod/The Strasburg Debate That Won't Die
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-11

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12

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: Yankees 3, Orioles 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-11

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5

In A Pickle: The Raul Ibanez Special
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Jason Wojciechowski

05-18

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/18/12
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Rob McQuown

05-11

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/11/12
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Rob McQuown

05-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 9
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Matthew Kory

04-25

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BP Unfiltered: Does Darvish Throw a Shuuto?
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Jason Parks

04-20

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Value Picks Paying Off
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Derek Carty

02-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Ancient DH Edition
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Ben Lindbergh

10-15

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30

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Giants
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Christina Kahrl

05-18

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12

Contractual Matters: Werth The Funds
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Jeff Euston, Eric Seidman and Matt Swartz

11-19

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Checking the Numbers: The 2009 Platoon Split Awards
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Eric Seidman

06-16

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Player Profile: Raul Ibanez
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Baseball Prospectus

05-17

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Tyler Hissey's Initial Entry
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Tyler Hissey

01-29

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Fantasy Beat: Bashing, and Not Bashing
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Marc Normandin

12-12

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Prospectus Today: Over-Correcting and Over-Spending
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Joe Sheehan

02-14

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Schrodinger's Bat: Wrapping it Up
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Dan Fox

05-06

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Breaking Balls: Sixteen Innings of Bliss
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Derek Zumsteg

02-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Bavasi, Part I
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Jonah Keri

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February 20, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Whither Santana?

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Daniel Rathman

Ervin Santana might not be Toronto-bound, plus news about Raul Ibanez' ongoing defensive adventures and Nick Franklin's future home.

Ervin Santana probably won’t land north of the border
Once word leaked that Ubaldo Jimenez was going to become an Oriole, some presumed that the Blue Jays would ante up and reel in the other remaining high-profile free agent starting pitcher. But ESPN’s Jayson Stark has heard from multiple sources that general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not intend to break the bank for Ervin Santana.

Stark wrote on Wednesday that the Blue Jays will come away with Santana only if his asking price falls into the range they have in mind. If agent Bean Stringfellow sticks to his guns, industry sources—both in other organizations and on the player-representation side—don’t believe that the Blue Jays will budge.


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September 6, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Thursday's Wild Card Contender Drama

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Daniel Rathman

Tony Cingrani shows off his wheels, the Red Sox win a wild one in the Bronx, and Greg Holland delivers a strange sequence.

The Thursday Takeaway
According to general manager Walt Jocketty, when Johnny Cueto—who has been on the disabled list since June 29 while recovering from an aggravated lat strain—is ready to return to the Reds, he will do so as a reliever. Jocketty’s rationale for that plan, which could span the rest of the season, is that there aren’t any active minor-league affiliates with which Cueto could complete a step-by-step rehab assignment, stretching out his arm from start to start.

That puts the onus on the Reds’ five current starters, who have held down the fort for much of the summer. One of them, Tony Cingrani, spent two weeks on the shelf with a lower back strain, but returned to face the Cardinals in the series finale last night. He looked no worse for the wear—on the mound, at the plate, and on the base paths.


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Figuring out what it all means.

Yesterday afternoon, this image made the rounds on Twitter:

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August 6, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Atlanta All Alone

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Daniel Rathman

The return of Justin Upton's power has propelled the Braves to a sizzling hot streak.

The Monday Takeaway
Remember the Justin Upton who cranked five homers in his first five games of the 2013 season, then tacked on a sixth in game seven, ran his tally up to nine in game 13, and was on top of the league with a dozen through game 23? He was gone for a while, and he rarely called home. But if the past handful of days is any indication, he has returned.

Upton swatted his 13th big fly of the year on May 13, his 14th on May 17, his 15th on June 12, and his 16th on July 9. The counter stayed stuck on 16 for the rest of July. After hitting 12 homers in the first month, he hit only four over the next two-and-a-half. Upton’s OPS tumbled from 1.040 on May 13 to .791 on July 31. And though the Braves withstood the slump for a while, they scuffled to a 23-25 record between May 26 and July 25.


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He has the least-famous name, but Felix Doubront has been Boston's most dependable starter.

The Weekend Takeaway
Ryan Dempster has struggled since an excellent April. Clay Buchholz has been sidelined since early June. John Lackey has a 5.49 ERA since the All-Star break. And Jon Lester has taken his team for a season-long rollercoaster ride.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington saw a club in need of rotation reinforcements last month, and he took action a day before the trade deadline, snagging Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a three-team deal that shipped Jose Iglesias to the Tigers. Peavy, whom Cherington lauded as a pitcher who “gives us a chance to win every time out,” tossed seven innings of two-run ball to help the Red Sox past the Diamondbacks in game two of three at Fenway Park.


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With an exciting conclusion.

In last week’s edition of TLPAotW, commenter dbertelli asked, “Who are the all-time hitter record holders for number of plate appearances of more than 10 pitches?” The answer is these guys, with the caveat that “all-time,” in this context, means “since 1988,” which is as far back as Retrosheet pitch-by-pitch data goes:

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December 26, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Stocking Stuffers and Holiday Turkeys

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R.J. Anderson and Colin Wyers

Looking at the biggest outfield transactions over our break.

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October 19, 2012 7:42 am

Head Games: Two ALCS-Altering At-Bats

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Will Woods

Detroit's pitchers toyed with Yankees batters in all four games of the ALCS. Here's a closer look at two striking Tiger sequences.

When I was in high school, the thing to do was play poker. Kids would play during free periods, lunch, whenever, sometimes winning and losing over $100 in a day. (And some of them could actually afford it.) Like any high schooler worth his salt, I followed suit, and soon I was a dependably willing player, relatively conservative but always game to try to fleece a freshman who’d just looked up the rules on his expensive new iPhone. As an editor of the school newspaper, I even planted this quote in a cover story we ran on the poker fad: “It’s the most intellectually challenging thing I’ve ever done.” Yeah, when it came to antagonizing our teachers, we had a lot of tricks in our bag.

Poker may not have taught me as much as I wanted my teachers to think it did, but I did introduce me to one piece of advice that has stuck with me ever since: a successful poker player focuses more on his opposition’s holding than his own hand. I find that’s true in many walks of life, nowhere more so than in the duel between batter and pitcher, when it’s just natural to do what feels most comfortable to you, rather than what might feel least comfortable to your opponent. In the most extreme example, Aroldis Chapman walks a Little Leaguer on four sliders because he fears he doesn’t have his best heat that day. In a real-world example, the Yankees don’t adjust to the way their ALCS opponent’s pitchers attack them, and their season ends because of it. (Oh, and Justin Verlander somehow allows a home run to Eduardo Nunez. But we’ll get there.)

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Ben and Sam discuss Joe Girardi's decision(s) not to pinch-hit for any of his left-handed hitters late in Game Three of the ALCS.

Ben and Sam discuss Joe Girardi's decision(s) not to pinch-hit for any of his left-handed hitters late in Game Three of the ALCS.

Episode 64: "Should Joe Girardi Have Pinch-Hit in Game Three?"

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Ben and Sam discuss Game Three of the Yankees-Orioles ALDS, the decision to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, and A-Rod's future in New York, then talk about why the Stephen Strasburg debate won't go away.

Ben and Sam discuss Game Three of the Yankees-Orioles ALDS, the decision to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, and A-Rod's future in New York, then talk about why the Stephen Strasburg debate won't go away.

Episode 60: "Ibanez Pinch-Hits for A-Rod/The Strasburg Debate That Won't Die"

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October 11, 2012 10:50 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: Yankees 3, Orioles 2

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Ben Lindbergh

In the defining move of his career, Joe Girardi went with his gut. It worked.

The questions addressed to Joe Girardi in his pre-game press conference looked a lot like the ones he fielded several hours later, after the Yankees had come from behind to beat Baltimore 3-2 in 12 innings and take a 2-1 series lead. Both times, the emphasis was on Alex Rodriguez, with a bit of Raul Ibanez. Girardi’s responses about A-Rod earlier in the day weren’t very revealing. But by the time the second presser started, the questions almost didn’t have to be asked. Girardi’s in-game actions had already supplied the answers.

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October 11, 2012 8:42 am

In A Pickle: The Raul Ibanez Special

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Jason Wojciechowski

Raul Ibanez is the first player in postseason history to do what he did. Many of the stories of the 11 men who did it in the regular season are nearly as nearly as fascinating.

Today is one of those days when everybody is alike. One-day-old babies and 103-year-old grandfathers can sit down and converse (well, sorta) about how neither of them has seen anything like what happened yesterday. By which I mean: no manager has ever pinch-hit for a 100-WARP future Hall-of-Famer making $31 million with a 40-year-old late-blooming pretty-good-but-not-really-memorable player and had that pinch-hitter go on to hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off homer in extra innings of a playoff game. This has never happened, and we should all be rejoicing. (Except Orioles fans. You're exempt.)

Is that perhaps an overly specific way of defining what happened in yesterday's Orioles-Yankees contest as regards Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez? You could say that. If you're the nitpicking type. But fine, I'll broaden the question.

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