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05-02

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April
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Sam Miller

03-17

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4

The Darkhorses: Batting Average
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-07

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18

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
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Craig Goldstein

07-17

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: Second-Half Risers and Fallers
by
Mike Gianella

05-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 198: Hitters with the Yips/Power vs. Contact/Starlin Castro's Future/Reinhart-Rogoff and Sabermetrics
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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The Platoon Advantage: The Year of Everything But the Shortstop
by
Bill Parker

08-29

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7

Pebble Hunting: Measuring Hustle
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Sam Miller

08-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 25: The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Stars are Re-Signed
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R.J. Anderson

07-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?
by
Sahadev Sharma

06-27

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BP Unfiltered: Starlin Castro Will Probably Make the Hall of Fame
by
Sam Miller

06-05

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4

The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, June 5
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Matthew Kory

03-01

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16

Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part I
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Stephani Bee and Larry Granillo

02-06

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18

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Age-27 Breakout Fallacy
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Derek Carty

08-23

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The BP Broadside: Catch a Falling Starlin
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Steven Goldman

06-21

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Value Picks: Second Base, Shortstop, and Catcher
by
Michael Jong

05-07

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Transaction Analysis: A Tale of Three Shortstops
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Christina Kahrl

04-19

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17

Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

03-17

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, NL
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Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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May 2, 2014 6:15 am

Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April

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Sam Miller

Involving an unexpected source.

Good days at the plate are pretty easy to identify. If you’re looking for the best game any hitter had in April, you can look at total bases (as in Ryan Braun’s three-homer game) or at hits (as in Charlie Blackmon’s 6-for-6 game) or at win probability added (as when Kyle Seager hit two homers, including a walk-off, for a one-game .906 WPA); or, simply RE24, which would lead you back to Blackmon, who produced more than five runs all by himself. Similarly, for pitchers, pretty easy: Andrew Cashner’s 9/1/0/0/2/11 was the month’s best game score, though you might opt for Jose Fernandez’s 8/3/0/0/0/14 for dominance or Julio Teheran’s 1-0 shutout for value.

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In the debut edition of this series, the fantasy team looks at players who could outperform their PECOTA projections in batting average.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and finish at the top of one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall just shy of the top 10 (in the 11 to 25 range) and one longer shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. To kick things off here is a bounty of hidden treasure in the batting average department:

OUTSIDE THE TOP 10

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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else pick or buy these players at your drafts and auctions this spring.

For the previous installments in this series, click below:

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

6

Craig Goldstein

Rick Renteria's lineup has a few intriguing bats, but you'll probably have to look elsewhere for pitching.

Last year was yet another tough one for Cubs fans, even if the Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod-led front office continues to stockpile assets. The win-loss record is a nagging source of frustration for the fans, and the on-field lineup might just be as frustrating for fantasy owners. With the potential to sport a platoon in the outfield and a defensive specialist in the infield, as well as a patient front office that will keep its drool-worthy prospects at bay, this Cubs tree isn’t likely to bear much fruit in the early going.

Projected Lineup

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July 17, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Second-Half Risers and Fallers

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Mike Gianella

A look at the players who should improve after the All-Star break and those who might go the other way.

Years ago, before analytics and baseball became acquainted, many analysts focused on first-half and second-half stats. For many good reasons that are too lengthy to go into here, this type of analysis has become dated and isn’t used in any type of serious study.

However, the All-Star break is still a good time in fantasy to take a step back, look at some poor first-half performers, and figure out who is due for a bounce back in the second half. Rather than analyze the types of players who “traditionally” hit well post-All-Star break, this is a look at players who have struggled so far but who should improve based either on underperforming their metrics or based on past historical performance, as well as players who either will slip or won’t bounce back despite a slow first half.

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Ben and Sam answer emails about what it would look like if a hitter got the yips, what Starlin Castro could turn into, errors in sabermetric research, and more.



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September 12, 2012 5:00 am

The Platoon Advantage: The Year of Everything But the Shortstop

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Bill Parker

Why are shortstops so bad this year, and does it mean anything for the future?

We know that positional strength comes and goes in cycles, like most other things in life. The early and mid-90s were great for first basemen and elite starting pitchers, the late 90s and early aughts for shortstops. The time since then has mostly been dominated by Albert Pujols, but it’s been pretty excellent for outfielders and second basemen, too. We can debate those classifications, I suppose, but you get the idea.

Over the last few years, though, I’d argue that the fates have shaken things out more or less evenly. In 2010, the MLB top 20 position players by WARP included at least one of every position but catcher (Joe Mauer came in at 22); in 2011, the top 12 had one at every position. The top 20 for 2012 includes 11 outfielders, three third basemen, three catchers, two second basemen, and, shockingly, just one first baseman. I’m pretty sure that each of the last three seasons has been branded the Year of the Pitcher at one point or another, but I’m not sure that’s totally justified, either; there are great pitchers, of course, but not so many or so dominant that they seem to dominate the sport.

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August 29, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Measuring Hustle

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Sam Miller

Hustle is usually a subjective term, but it doesn't have to be. Here's how we can decide who really runs hard.

First, an exercise. Get a piece of paper and a pen, or a pencil, or if you can’t find a pencil prick your finger and write with your blood. Or just type it somewhere, but don't get blood all over. Rank the following 10 players by how much you think they hustle:

Alcides Escobar
Jesus Montero
Mike Trout
Ben Revere
Starlin Castro
Shane Victorino
Shane Robinson
Jayson Werth
Josh Harrison
Jose Altuve










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Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.

Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.

Effectively Wild Episode 25: "The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns"

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August 20, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Stars are Re-Signed

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R.J. Anderson

The Cubs lock down Starlin Castro for at least seven years.

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Anthony Rizzo may be making headlines, but the Cubs' much-maligned shortstop might their best hope for future success.

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Sahadev Sharma is a contributor to ESPN Chicago and ChicagoSide, where he regularly covers the Cubs and White Sox. Sahadev spent four years as a radio producer at ESPN 1000 in Chicago and often dabbled in the blogosphere. In the fall of 2010, Sahadev focused his attention on the writing side of the business and quickly realized that was where he belonged. If not spending his free time with his wife, one-year-old son, and two Italian Greyhounds, you’ll likely find Sahadev appreciating Starlin Castro’s ability to hit, defending Adam Dunn, or watching YouTube clips of the Illini’s 2005 NCAA tourney comeback against Arizona. Follow him on Twitter @sahadevsharma.
 


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Probably don't worry about Starlin Castro.

Starlin Castro.

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