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02-15

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18

Fantasy Freestyle: Mike Trout and Regression Obsession
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Mike Gianella

01-22

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8

Minor League Update: Potential Impact Rookies (NL EAST)
by
Jason Martinez

08-07

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/7/12
by
Michael Street

06-06

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5

Wezen-Ball: Rookie Excitement
by
Larry Granillo

02-20

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3

Collateral Damage: The DL Kings: Nick Johnson
by
Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

02-06

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18

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls
by
Jay Jaffe

01-13

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12

Fantasy Beat: The Risk of Rostering Rookies
by
Jason Collette

01-04

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11

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All
by
Jay Jaffe

12-15

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6

The BP Wayback Machine: PECOTA Takes on Pitching Prospects and Left-Handed Pitchers
by
Nate Silver

11-21

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9

Internet Baseball Awards: National League
by
Greg Spira

11-18

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11

Internet Baseball Awards: American League
by
Greg Spira

11-18

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4

Wezen-Ball: Courtesy Votes for the Cy Young
by
Larry Granillo

10-07

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15

Kiss'Em Goodbye: New York Yankees
by
Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-28

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11

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Night in the Life of Team Entropy
by
Jay Jaffe

09-09

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4

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Post-Season Rotation Ramble
by
Jay Jaffe

08-11

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19

The BP Trading Post: Middle-Infield Mayhem
by
Derek Carty

08-10

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7

Prospectus Hit and Run: What the Halo?
by
Jay Jaffe

07-27

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On the Beat: The Angels Keep the Faith
by
John Perrotto

07-20

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1

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Cold Corner
by
Jay Jaffe

07-14

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15

Fantasy Beat: Innings Caps: Hidden Championship Killers
by
Mike Petriello

07-13

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48

The Lineup Card: Cult Favorites: 18 Non-Star Ballplayers Who Should be Better Remembered
by
Baseball Prospectus

07-01

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7

Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars Halfway Point Update
by
Jason Collette

06-23

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17

Spitballing: Checks and Balances
by
Jeremy Greenhouse

05-18

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4

Royal Revolution
by
Mike Petriello

05-11

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28

The Asian Equation
by
Michael Street

04-29

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9

Baseball ProGUESTus: Fantasy Baseball's Founding Fathers
by
R. Emmet Sweeney

04-25

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14

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-13

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11

The Asian Equation
by
Michael Street

04-11

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4

Fantasy Focus: The NL's Rookie Outage
by
Marc Normandin

04-08

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8

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
by
Brian Mills

04-05

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2

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Bullpen Blowout
by
Jay Jaffe

03-23

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2

Contractual Matters: Six-Figure Blues
by
Jeff Euston

03-14

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7

Baseball ProGUESTus: Investigating the "Best Shape" Phenomenon
by
Rob Pettapiece

03-04

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54

The BP Broadside: The Most Disappointing Prospects of All Time, Part 3
by
Steven Goldman

02-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Are You Experienced?
by
Jay Jaffe

01-31

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36

The BP Broadside: Shirley a New Beginning
by
Steven Goldman

11-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Jane Leavy, Part II
by
David Laurila

11-16

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18

Prospectus Perspective: The Rookies of the Year
by
Christina Kahrl

11-05

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13

Changing Speeds: The BSAT Answer Key
by
Ken Funck

11-05

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8

On the Beat: Big Game Hunting
by
John Perrotto

10-29

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10

Warning Track Power
by
Chase Gharrity

10-21

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6

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay Rays
by
Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-14

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15

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Atlanta Braves
by
Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-11

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16

Prospectus Perspective: LDS Day Five Roundup
by
John Perrotto

09-29

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8

On the Beat: Eyeing The Glass Slipper
by
John Perrotto

09-22

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13

On the Beat: Something to Build On
by
John Perrotto

09-06

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66

Prospectus Perspective: The La Russa-Rasmus Feud
by
Steven Goldman

08-27

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16

On the Beat: Building Something Special
by
John Perrotto

08-25

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42

On the Beat: Playing from Behind
by
John Perrotto

08-23

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14

On the Beat: Retooling on the Fly
by
John Perrotto

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October 7, 2011 2:43 pm

Kiss'Em Goodbye: New York Yankees

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Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

New York's offense will keep the club afloat, but things get tricky if CC opts out

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in September (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines an overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski, and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

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September 28, 2011 5:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Night in the Life of Team Entropy

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Jay Jaffe

The playoff races have been de-zombified, and Team Entropy was on the prowl, looking for meaningful baseball going into the final game.

Welcome to Team Entropy! Grab a seat on the couch, and here, have a beer. You've been invited to this party because after almost exactly six months and 160 games of regular-season baseball, you've suspended the need to root for a specific team and are working for the greater good, more interested in maximizing the amount of end-of-season chaos the remaining schedule can produce. The amount of season, even, if it comes to a 163rd game—or two.

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September 9, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Post-Season Rotation Ramble

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Jay Jaffe

While there is a confusing starting rotation picture for the AL playoff contenders, the NL is much clearer.

With the matter of the playoff participants in both leagues largely settled, on Wednesday I examined the unsettled nature of the playoff rotations of the likely AL representatives. As I showed, each has a considerable amount of unfinished business with regards to identifying their front four, with injuries and matchup issues both playing a part, and there's relatively little separation between the four, at least according to a quick and dirty measure I nabbed from Nate Silver's back pages. By comparison, the NL teams have much less uncertainty as to who will be taking the ball, and much more certainty about whom the fairest of them all is, at least when it comes to post-season rotations.

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In this new column, BP's fantasy expert discusses the rookie middle-infield crop and the values of various players on the trade market.

Today, I’m proud to announce a brand new BP Fantasy column that has been in the works for quite a while that I’m incredibly excited about. Trading Post will offer insight heretofore unavailable to fantasy baseball players. Using a unique combination of PECOTA rest-of-season projections and CBS’ archive of every fantasy baseball trade that every player has been involved in this season, Trading Post will delve into the value you can expect to receive via trade for the players on your fantasy squad. It will also be able to tell you which players are being undervalued on the trade market and make for good targets. While some fantasy analysis will look at a player’s cold streak and slap a “Buy Low” tag on him, Trading Post will be able to say whether you can actually buy the player low and, if so, will be able to quantify just how “low” he can be bought.

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The 2011 season has seen a flood of middle-infield prospects recalled to take over full-time jobs as rookies—Dustin Ackley, Brett Lawrie, Jason Kipnis, Jemile Weeks, Zach Cozart, Johnny Giavotella, Darwin Barney, and Dee Gordon, to name a few. In this inaugural Trading Post, I’ll look at the cream of the middle-infield crop and see how they’re being valued on the trade market, tossing in a few veteran middle infielders as well.

Trading Post Card Explanation
Each player discussed in Trading Post will receive a “Trading Post Card.” This card will be jam-packed with useful information about each player’s trading profile. It will list information about the player himself, look at every trade the player has been involved in over the past two weeks and every player he’s been traded for, and give information about the average player he’s been traded for. Hopefully these cards will be self-explanatory, but if you’re not sure what anything means, here’s an explanation of everything:


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August 10, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: What the Halo?

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Jay Jaffe

A look at the 2011 Angels, their strengths, their weaknesses, and their chances at making the playoffs.

Back in mid-May, when we were all younger and more handsome, if not smarter, I predicted that the Rangers would pull away from the Angels—who led the AL West by a game and a half at the time—once injured sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup. The two teams stayed close, but when Texas opened up a five-game lead while reeling off a 12-game winning streak that carried through the All-Star break, the division looked to be in their control. The Halos have refused to go quietly, however, and they remain in contention. They came to the Bronx last night just a game and a half out of first place and took the series opener from the Yankees in dramatic fashion, with Bobby Abreu socking two homers—including a two-run ninth-inning shot off Mariano Rivera.

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July 27, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: The Angels Keep the Faith

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John Perrotto

Mike Scioscia doesn't think his team needs to retool at the deadline to catch the first-place Rangers.

Most managers of second-place clubs would be looking to their general managers with hopes of pulling off a major deal between now and Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for making trades without securing waivers on players. The Angels' Mike Scioscia isn't in that camp, though. He is not badgering GM Tony Reagins to upgrade the roster. Even though the Angels are three games behind the Rangers in the American League West, Scioscia likes his roster the way it is.

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July 20, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Cold Corner

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Jay Jaffe

Though third base is typically reserved for big boppers, you'd be excused for believing that this year's production at the hot corner was the product of shortstops.

While putting together this summer's squad of Replacement-Level Killers, I noticed something alarming. It's been an awful year for third basemen, both in the number of marquee players who have served time on the disabled list and in terms of their overall offensive production—so bad, in fact, that as a group they're being outhit by second basemen, and are basically even with shortstops. The dreaded Chone Figgins’ return to the hot corner isn't enough to explain this phenomenon, so again I must ask: Just what in the name of Larry Wayne Jones is going on?

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July 14, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Innings Caps: Hidden Championship Killers

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Mike Petriello

Mike looks at 2011's crop of young pitchers who maybe be approaching innings limits.

As I was reviewing the first half of the Dodgers season over at my own blog this week (shameless plug here), one topic that came up was the solid performance of rookie starter Rubby de la Rosa.  Forced into the rotation about a month ago when fifth starter Jon Garland’s season ended due to injury, he’s offered the club plenty of value (3.74 ERA / 3.94 SIERA), striking out more than a man per inning while doing some on-the-job learning with his control at the major league level.  While his debut has been a nice surprise, he is also already nearing a career high in innings pitched with 85 2/3 combined innings under his belt between the minors and majors this year.  His previous high was 110 1/3 innings last season, which followed three years in which he totaled just 69 2/3 frames.  The Dodgers are woefully out of the chase, so the priority must be on preserving the 22-year-old for the future–not pushing him beyond his limits this year in pursuit of an October run which will almost certainly not come.

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In the first in a new series of weekly lists, the BP team compiles its nominees for most under-appreciated ballplayers of their times.

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July 1, 2011 6:56 am

Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars Halfway Point Update

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Jason Collette

Jason examines the state of Tout Wars AL and suggests a course of action for owners who are falling out of contention.

Some teams played their 82nd game of the 2011 season last night, meaning we are now officially in the unofficial (but mathematically accurate) second half of the season since people seem to cling onto the All-Star Break being the equal divider between the two halves. The 14th of 26 fantasy scoring periods begins for most leagues this Monday, giving us just 12 scoring periods to make up ground in the standings in order to win the league. Yes, I said win because second place is still just the first loser as far as I am concerned.

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Enlisting a new type of analysis to reveal who's winning the eternal battle between batters and pitchers, and why.

Background: You’ve got to admit they’re getting better

“When the 100-meter freestyle is held today in high school girls’ regional swimming meets, it is generally won by a girl who swims the distance in just under 60 seconds. That time would have won the men’s Olympic competition in 1920, or any year before it.”—Baseball Between The Numbers

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May 18, 2011 9:00 am

Royal Revolution

4

Mike Petriello

The Royals have a working bullpen for once, and, unlike their high-pedigree prospects, it's full of pitchers with strange backgrounds

Slowly but surely, the youth movement in Kansas City is starting to take hold, as Royals fans are just beginning to see the first glimpses of the long-awaited prospect pool we’ve all heard so much about. The recent promotions of Eric Hosmer and Danny Duffy are merely the first, with players like Mike Moustakas, John Lamb, Wil Myers, Mike Montgomery and many more not far behind.

Even though the team has gotten off to a surprising .500 start, 2011 is still seen as a transition year, with some sightings now but with the bulk of the youngsters expected to arrive in 2012-13. That is why this year’s team is still stocked with placeholder types like Jeff Francis, Bruce Chen, Melky Cabrera, and Chris Getz, there mainly to fulfill the team’s obligation to play games in 2011 and possibly serve as trade chips at the deadline.

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