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09-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Backing into the Playoffs
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Jay Jaffe

09-07

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The Stats Go Marching In: Four Questions for the Stretch Run
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Max Marchi

05-01

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Fantasy Beat: September Surges, April Struggles
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Jason Collette

10-12

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Tater Trot Tracker: Victor Martinez's ALCS Home Run
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Larry Granillo

09-29

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Boston Red Sox
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-29

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One-Hoppers: The Team Entropy All-Stars
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Jay Jaffe

09-28

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

09-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Incredibly Strange Races That Stopped Stagnating and Became Mixed-Up Zombies
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Jay Jaffe

09-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Backing into the Playoffs
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Jay Jaffe

08-29

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: The September Stretch
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Michael Jong

08-26

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Fantasy Beat: The Impact of September Call-ups
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Jason Collette

08-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

03-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
by
Nate Silver

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

09-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Beasterly
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Jay Jaffe

08-25

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On the Beat: Playing from Behind
by
John Perrotto

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS
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Jay Jaffe

05-22

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Checking the Numbers: Going Streaking
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Eric Seidman

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Brewers
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Jay Jaffe

09-28

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Prospectus Preview: Sunday's Games to Watch
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Marc Normandin

09-27

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-17

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-14

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Every Given Sunday: Don't Look at Us Now
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John Perrotto

09-07

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Every Given Sunday: Scoops of all Sizes from Around the Major Leagues
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John Perrotto

07-11

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Prospectus Matchups: Exiting Stage Left
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Jim Baker

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-21

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Prospectus Matchups: The Mismatches
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Jim Baker

09-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Coming Back Down
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Jay Jaffe

09-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

09-09

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The New Parity
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Brandon Isleib

09-03

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Contenders' Rotations
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Nate Silver

08-29

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Fantasy Focus: September Prospects
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Kenn Ruby

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview
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Jay Jaffe

09-26

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 26
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Jay Jaffe

09-19

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 19th
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Jay Jaffe

10-04

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of October 2
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Jay Jaffe

09-27

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 25
by
Jay Jaffe

08-31

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Fantasy Focus: NL Call-Ups
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Randy Hale

09-18

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Prospectus Today: A's Getting Cs
by
Joe Sheehan

09-17

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Prospectus Triple Play: Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants
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Baseball Prospectus

09-17

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Lies, Damned Lies: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
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Nate Silver

03-05

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Let's Play Two!
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Nate Silver

03-11

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The Marlin in Charge
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Joe Sheehan

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What does a voice from BP's past have to say about the prospect of a second wild card?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

We've offered a number of more contemporary takes on the matter, but with the prospect of a second wild card looming, let's flash back to what Nate had to say on the subject in an article that originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on September 17, 2003.

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October 5, 2010 11:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees

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Jay Jaffe

The Twins and Yankees meet yet again in the first round of the postseason but Minnesota has home field advantage this time.

As they did last year as well as 2003 and 2004, the Twins run squarely into the Yankee juggernaut in the first round. Unlike those other three meetings, they have home field advantage this time around, as they won the AL Central going away thanks to a league-best 48-26 second-half record. The defending world champion Yankees, who held the majors' best record for most of the season, were forced to settle for the wild card due to a sluggish 13-17 showing against a very tough schedule in September and October. Despite the relative temperatures of the two clubs, it's important to remember that late-season records aren't predictive of October success—or failure.

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September 27, 2010 12:30 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beasterly

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Jay Jaffe

Digging deeper into some good and bad of the American League East's power trio.

When the pitching matchup for Sunday night's Yankees-Red Sox game was initially announced, I joked that I would fake my own death to avoid watching the potentially plodding affair of New York's Dustin Moseley facing off against Daisuke Matsuzaka. As it turns out, the joke was on me, because even having attended three games at Yankee Stadium over the past week (two in the press box, one in the cheap seats) while watching the Yankees duke it out with the American League East's other two heavyweights, I somehow managed to miss out on the best one. With the Yankees riding their second four-game losing streak in a two-week span coming into Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi went to the whip and started Phil Hughes—who was set to be skipped in accordance with efforts to manage his innings total—in Moseley's place. Hughes gave the Yankees his best outing in more than a month, and the same can be said for Matsuzaka. The result was a taut 10-inning thriller worthy of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball hype.

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The favorite Cardinals must chase down the Reds to repeat as NL Central champions, along with news and notes from around the majors.

The Cardinals were considered to have the easiest road to a division title when the season began. PECOTA pegged them to win the National League Central by nine games. Furthermore, the Cardinals were universally picked to repeat as division champions by all the pre-season publications.

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October 7, 2009 1:30 pm

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS

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Jay Jaffe

Two of the all-time greats in the dugout square off with the benefit of some of two of the most famous sluggers on the field.

Were it not for a 2-8 swoon over the Cardinals' final 10 games, the NL Division Series matchup between the Dodgers and the Cards could lay claim to pitting the team with the hottest first-half record (the blue team) against the one with the hottest second-half record (the red team). As it is, St. Louis still won the Central by the largest margin of any NL division champion (7½ games), turning what was once a crowded four-team race into a laugher thanks to some timely in-season upgrades, most notably the July 24 trade which brought Matt Holliday from Oakland-a point after which the Cards did have the league's best record (39-25).

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May 22, 2009 11:58 am

Checking the Numbers: Going Streaking

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Eric Seidman

Ryan Zimmerman's recent flurry of safeties leads to a question over what other recent streaks we might have overlooked.

Back in 2007, fans of the Seattle Mariners were given free rides aboard the Wild and Wacky Weaver Wagon. On any given night, they had no idea whether the Jeff Weaver toeing the rubber would resemble the Mr. Hyde who had been victimized by 50 hits and a 14.32 RA in his first 22 innings of work, or the good Dr. Jekyll with the 3.10 RA and 1.26 WHIP over his next nine outings. As Weaver aptly demonstrated throughout that roller-coaster campaign, baseball is a game of streaks, with players fusing together stretches both hot and cold before arriving at their statistical bottom lines. Scan the game logs for any player in any season and you are bound to find spurts in which a Pujols hits like a Theriot, and vice-versa. In spite of their prominence, though, streaks can be very detrimental by distracting fans from actual production levels, and a little annoying as they tend to go unnoticed when not bookending a season.

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Will the lefty-mashing Brewers match up well with Philly, or will Phillies firepower and a strong pen make all the difference?

Less than three weeks ago, the Brewers came to Philadelphia holding a four-game lead in the wild-card race and carrying the league's second-best record despite a slump that had seen them lose seven of 10 to open September. By the end of the four-game set, the two teams were tied for the wild card. It was the start of a finishing kick in which the Phillies went 13-3, breezing past the Mets to claim their second division title in a row.

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The four games with playoff implications where everything is at stake, plus Moose's bid for an unachieved landmark.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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The Mets need to be amazin', Cleveland tries to hang the ChiSox out to dry, and Milwaukee conjures up a bubbling brew as the playoff chases draw to a close.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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September 17, 2008 12:54 pm

Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch

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Caleb Peiffer

Playoff contenders are looking to some September call-ups to keep them in the hunt.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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September 14, 2008 11:47 am

Every Given Sunday: Don't Look at Us Now

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John Perrotto

Royals and Pirates look past the grim present to their futures, and notes and rumblings from around the major leagues.

About the best thing that the Royals have to say about themselves is that they aren't the Pirates. The Pirates matched one of the most inglorious records in baseball history a week ago today when they clinched their 16th consecutive losing season, matching the 1933-48 Phillies streak of futility. While the Royals' run of losing seasons isn't as long as Pittsburgh's, their only winning record in the last 14 years was in 2003, when they finished 83-79, and this year they have assured themselves of another sub-.500 finish with a 64-84 record that ranks ahead of only Seattle (57-90) in the American League. "It's disappointing because I know we have more talent than this," said Royals right fielder Jose Guillen, who has had an unsettling first season in Kansas City after signing a three-year, $36 million contract as a free agent last winter, ripping his teammates and fans in two separate tirades with reporters. "We have good guys, but they just don't know how to win yet. We haven't won in so long here that they just don't know how to do it or what it feels like."

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Don't stop believing in the AL Central, the Orioles' annual late-season wing-clipping, and instant replay on the job.

White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen was chatting with a group of reporters this past week, when the talk turned to analyzing the remaining schedules of the two contenders in the American League Central. Some felt that the Sox had the easier path to winning their first division title since 2005, a season in which they also won their first World Series since 1917. Others believed that the Twins had the clearer path to a second AL Central crown in three years.

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