Go out on your collective shield or give a boost to the inevitable rebuilding process?
Kansas City is 47-47 and within two games of both first place in the AL Central and a Wild Card spot. But with BP pegging their playoff odds around 17 percent and much of their championship core set to become free agents after the season, the Royals have a tough decision to make before the trade deadline. Our roundtable debates the pros and cons of each side.
Join the BP staff for a roundtable chat from the first pitch to the last out of Game One.
We'll be chatting with you and each other from the first pitch to the last out of World Series Game One between the Giants and Tigers, starting at 8:00 PM ET tonight. Head back here then to follow along or participate while we watch to see whether Justin Verlander, who allowed an entire run in his last start, can possibly keep pace with NLCS stud Barry Zito.
The BP staff is back to chat during NLCS Game Five on Friday night.
The BP roundtablers are back for a Friday night chat, so cancel your hot dates (or better yet, bring them!). We'll be chatting from the first pitch to the last out of NLCS Game Five as the Cardinals try to clinch the pennant. You, us, Barry Zito. Be there at 8:00 PM ET, and for a few hours after.
Join the BP staff for an Opening Day roundtable beginning at 1:00 PM ET on Thursday afternoon.
Fourteen teams will be in action on Thursday, April 5th, and the BP staff will be chatting live at this address from first pitch to last. Please join us here at 1:00 PM EDT to follow along and send in your questions and comments.
Baseball is back, as is the annual, and we're here to talk about it.
Our last roundtable wrapped up after the final out of the World Series, and now that spring training and our 17th annual guide to the upcoming season are upon us, it's time to reconvene for another online summit. Please join us here on Wednesday at 1:00 PM ET for a discussion of baseball and the book with over 20 members of the BP staff. This time we'll even have prizes to give away including copies of Baseball Prospectus 2012, Best of Baseball Prospectus Vol 1 and Vol 2, and Up and In Podcast T-shirts!
Following up with eight more baseball arguments that often don't make sense.
Last week in this space, I unveiled the first seven nominees for the Hall of Famously Weak Baseball Arguments, my fictional museum of unsupportable or outdated baseball beliefs. Below you’ll find those initial seven listed without further comment, along with the final eight. As before, I’ve essayed to describe the times and places where you’ll hear these groaners, why I believe they’re weak, and situations in which they may actually be correct.
Follow along with the midsummer classic with the BP crew as your guides.
To quote one of the Beatles songs most widely considered to be among their lamest (but that I admit to liking), "you have an invitation to make a reservation!" No, it's not Magical Mystery Prospectus, but our annual All-Star Game live roundtable, featuring questions and comments from you. Please join Kevin Goldstein, Ben Lindbergh, Derek Carty, and the rest of the BP gang, including myself if you will have me. As with our previous roundtables, we will be using the Cover It Live doohickey you see below. Just return to this post at 8 PM on Tuesday and start typing away. You won't be long to wait for our answer. Looking forward to seeing you then.
Presenting a sample of writing from Opening Days gone by.
On a day of new beginnings, let's welcome one more: The Wayback Blog. From time to time, we'll be using this platform to highlight articles in our archives that might not merit the full reprint treatment in The BP Wayback Machine, but that still deserve to see the light of day. With Opening Day upon us, I thought it might make sense to bring together some of our work devoted to past Opening Days as a reminder of the feelings, reactions, and analyses that the occasion has prompted over the past several years. To some extent, this is the Joe Sheehan show, since Joe has long been both a tireless crusader against the tyranny of small sample size and a man who enjoys his Opening Days, but I managed to dig up some Opening Day-related articles by other authors, as well as a few staff roundtables that might be fun to revisit with the benefit of hindsight.
All of these articles have been unlocked, so even if you're not (yet!) a subscriber, you're free to enjoy them in their entirety.
Marc joins in on a fantasy roundtable to give his take on the Ranger's hurler.
There's nothing quite like a baseball debate, which is what makes the idea of a roundtable intriguing. That's why I'm pleased to tell you that, each week of the season, I will be taking part in a short roundtable on a different fantasy topic, alongside Tim Dierkes (Roto Authority), Rudy Gamble (Razzball), and Patrick DiCaprio (Fantasy Pros 911). Patrick and Rudy are both in the AL-only experts league I was invited to join this year. I would tell you more about it, but it's brutal--two catchers, five outfielders, a corner infielder and a middle infielder, as well as a DH. It's so brutal, Dethklok wrote the league's theme song. It probably doesn't help that I have Brian Roberts, Russell Branyan, and Jack Cust, but I digress into my early season misfortune.
The group of us will take turns hosting these questions and answers, so for this week, I leave you with this link--if you follow it, you'll see my thoughts on Colby Lewis' chances to succeed in 2010, his first season back in the states after a short Japanese career. I get a chance to pick a question for everyone to answer when it's my turn to host, so if there's ever anything you would like to see answered this way, let me know and I'll see what I can do.
The Game One showdown between star southpaws, and tonight's matchup features a recently phoaled Phillie.
In yesterday's chat, Bronx Banter's Alex Belth asked me, "Is there any particular pitching matchup that you are looking forward to in the series?" I responded that the matchup I was most looking forward to was between CC Sabathia and Ryan Howard, particularly given the prospect of the big man pitching three times for the Yankees in a seven-game series, and the slugger's less-than-sterling reputation against southpaws. "I think that matchup will tell us something about what's going to happen over the next four to seven games," I wrote.
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