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08-10

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Raising Aces: Hocking LOOGYs
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Doug Thorburn

06-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Ain't it Grand(erson)?
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Jay Jaffe

03-07

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third, and DH
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Michael Street

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Rangers vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Lefty-on-Lefty Violence
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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19

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

08-10

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Prospectus Hit and Run: An Afternoon in the Bronx
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Jay Jaffe

05-26

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Fantasy Beat: Playing The Platoon
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Craig Brown

04-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Down But Hardly Out
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Jay Jaffe

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview
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Jay Jaffe

10-20

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Double-Barreled Disappointment
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Jay Jaffe

10-15

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Prospectus Today: The NLCS
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Joe Sheehan

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers vs. Phillies LCS
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS
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Jay Jaffe

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Phillies
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Jay Jaffe

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Brewers
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Jay Jaffe

06-07

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

04-07

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Prospectus Today: Milwaukee Mash-up
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Joe Sheehan

05-01

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Fight Money
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Bryan Smith

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview
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Jay Jaffe

10-27

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Crooked Numbers: Taking Advantage
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James Click

07-18

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Fantasy Focus: How To Tell a Half-Full Glass from a Half-Empty One
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Erik Siegrist

06-30

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Crooked Numbers: Left Wing Conspiracy
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James Click

09-02

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The Disappearing Southpaw
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James Click

02-21

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Doctoring The Numbers: Do Lefties "Break Out" More Than Righties?
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Rany Jazayerli

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October 15, 2009 11:38 am

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers vs. Phillies LCS

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Jay Jaffe

A rematch of last season's pennant joust figures to be a much more interesting matchup... favoring who?

It's dj v all over again. For the second year in a row, the Phillies and Dodgers face off in the National League Championship Series. Last year, Charlie Manuel's club beat Joe Torre and company in five games en route to their first World Championship in 28 years, with the series turning on Matt Stairs' pinch homer off of Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning of Game Four. This time, the Dodgers have the home-field advantage, having compiled the best record in the league and then swept the Cardinals in the first round in convincing fashion, shaking out of a brief slump which saw them lose a season-high five straight games between clinching a spot in the playoffs on September 26 and wrapping up the NL West flag on October 3. The Phillies shook off a late-season slump of their own to squeak by the Rockies in four games during their first-round matchup.

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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 (7 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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The NLCS features two evenly-matched clubs, but how the managers line up their rotations could make all the difference.

The Phillies claimed their second NL East title in as many years by embarking on a 13-3 tear to end the season, once again storming past a shell-shocked Mets club. They made short work of the Brewers in the Division Series, and come into the Championship Series with arguably the most potent lineup of any of the four remaining teams along with the top starting pitcher in Cole Hamels.

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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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June 7, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch

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Caleb Peiffer

Yankees relievers rely on stuff instead of platoon advantages, the Astros' catching situation, and the Orioles deliver two-thirds of the old Orioles Way.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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April 7, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Milwaukee Mash-up

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Joe Sheehan

The Brewers' ability to destroy southpaws is both an obvious strength and a potential handicap.

Barry Zito's career has been declared over by a goodly chunk of the baseball universe, and he made his second unimpressive start yesterday. The Giants southpaw allowed eight hits, including two homers, and two walks in five innings, a virtual replay of his Opening Day start against the Dodgers.

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May 1, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Fight Money

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Bryan Smith

Incentivizing performance is a controversial enough idea, but maybe it makes sense a rung or three down the ladder.

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October 11, 2006 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview

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Jay Jaffe

Two wounded rotations, two bullpens likely to work early to often and up to the challenge... will the difference be the Mets' eight-deep attack, or the Cardinals' power of one at the plate?

The beginning of the postseason marked a chance for Willie Randolph's Mets to consummate something the baseball world had anticipated for at least four months, the chance to show that their regular-season dominance was no fluke. Yet the run-up to the Division Series against the Dodgers brought disturbing news. Not only was ace Pedro Martinez, the symbol of the team's resurgence under Randolph and GM Omar Minaya, likely to miss a start due to his calf strain, but he was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff that would knock him out into the middle of next year. The team's next pick to open the series, Orlando Hernandez, tore a calf muscle running in the outfield, knocking him out of consideration as well. Undeterred, the Mets retooled their postseason roster to play to their strength, a deep bullpen, and Randolph ably improvised his way through the series while the lineup punished nearly every mistake the Dodgers made. The result was a victory in straight sets, confirming that at the very least, the road to the NL pennant runs through the Big Apple.

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October 27, 2005 12:00 am

Crooked Numbers: Taking Advantage

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James Click

James takes a look at the myth that certain hitters only do well against bad pitchers.

One of the few differences--other than wins and losses--between the Astros and the White Sox in the World Series is that the Astros pitching talent tends to be concentrated in their best pitchers. There's been no shortage of coverage of the performance of Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Roy Oswalt, but additionally the Astros' bullpen leans heavily on Brad Lidge, Chad Qualls, and Dan Wheeler before dropping off steeply into the depths. By contrast, the White Sox show little difference between their top four starters, and the drop to Brandon McCarthy or Orlando Hernandez is slight. While the raw difference between Cliff Politte and Dustin Hermanson or Neal Cotts is large, that's mostly because of Politte's ridiculous season. As displayed Tuesday night, the White Sox's pen can continue to roll out quality relievers long after Houston is forced to call in the likes of Ezequiel Astacio.

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July 18, 2005 12:00 am

Fantasy Focus: How To Tell a Half-Full Glass from a Half-Empty One

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Erik Siegrist

Erik looks at his own team's predicament to extract some late-season advice that might work for you.

No question is as important as the most basic one, though, and the one you may have taken for granted: how realistic are your chances of winning or even finishing in the money? Simply glancing at the standings and seeing that "hey! you're in third place!" isn't enough. The gap between third and first could be much wider than it appears, and the gap between third and seventh whisker-thin. Being able to objectively assess where you are, and how much more of the mountain you have to climb, can help you avoid making roster decisions that you'll regret later.

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June 30, 2005 12:00 am

Crooked Numbers: Left Wing Conspiracy

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James Click

Why is it that so many of the greatest hitters of all time bat from the left side of the plate? Is there more than just their platoon advantage? James takes a swing at an answer.

Towards the end of last season, I was digging up some data involving platoon splits and noticed that back in the 1980s and early 1990s, the number of lefty-lefty matchups was a lot higher than it is now. That led to an article showing that left-handed pitchers are pitching a significantly smaller percentage of the available innings (or PAs) than they were just 10 to 15 years ago. In 1991 nearly 34 percent of PAs were against LHPs; in 2002, it was under 24 percent.

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September 2, 2004 12:00 am

The Disappearing Southpaw

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James Click

In the last 10 years, the percentage of batters faced by left-handed pitchers has dropped off dramatically. James Click looks at the trend and some possible reasons for it.

OK, so none of that is true (relax, Mom). But it has been true throughout baseball history that left-handed people have a spectacularly better chance than the rest of us of reaching the major leagues. Worldwide, the percentage of people who are left-handed is somewhere on the order of 4%, but in baseball the percentage is much, much higher. Left-handed batters (who aren’t necessarily left-handed people) enjoy a positive bias because they are more rare and because they typically have a positive platoon split against right-handed pitchers, a group that forms the majority of hurlers. Likewise, southpaws are prized because they can reverse that advantage.

In the last 10 years, though, the percentage of batters faced by left-handed pitchers has dropped off dramatically:

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