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12-09

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12

Baseball Therapy: What Happened to the Complete Game?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 247: Derek Lowe's Rare Career Path/Matt Garza and the Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-18

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14

Baseball Therapy: You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated
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Russell A. Carleton

12-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 107: Edwin Jackson, the Cubs, and Qualifying Offers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-28

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BP Unfiltered: Tim Lincecum and the Worst Regular Seasons By Playoff Starters
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Ben Lindbergh

09-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 40: The Phillies' Return to 500/A Modest Bullpen Proposal
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-10

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Overthinking It: What Happens When Starters Get Sick
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Ben Lindbergh

08-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 17: Manny Comin'
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 15: Cat Fight
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 11: Train Crossing
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 3: Thunder
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-28

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24

On the Beat: Picking the All-Stars
by
John Perrotto

06-15

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2

The Stats Go Marching In: Reaching Back for a Little Extra, Part Two
by
Max Marchi

03-23

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The Stats Go Marching In: Exploring Starter Conversions
by
Max Marchi

03-15

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Overthinking It: Free the Bench Bats!
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-12

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7

Overthinking It: The Once and Future Starters
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-18

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15

Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
by
Mitchel Lichtman

09-20

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13

The Asian Equation: The Future of the NPB Import Market
by
Michael Street

09-01

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8

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Fool's Quest
by
Derek Carty

05-25

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8

Aging Hurlers
by
Michael Jong

03-03

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6

Overthinking It: Opening Acts
by
Ben Lindbergh

07-14

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10

Ahead in the Count: Three Eras of All-Star Voting
by
Matt Swartz

06-23

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7

Changing Speeds: Soft in the Middle
by
Ken Funck

03-09

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23

Fantasy Focus: NL Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

03-08

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Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

12-11

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9

Checking the Numbers: On the Swing
by
Eric Seidman

10-05

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32

Prospectus Today: Madness
by
Joe Sheehan

07-13

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57

Prospectus Idol Entry: A Brave New World of Pitcher Usage
by
Ken Funck

06-11

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

05-09

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
by
Caleb Peiffer

04-01

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

03-31

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Prospectus Preview: Opening Day's Games to Watch
by
Caleb Peiffer

03-26

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Fantasy Beat: Fantasy Draft Day
by
Marc Normandin

02-07

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Can Of Corn: Six-Man Rotation
by
Dayn Perry

12-01

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Crooked Numbers: Plop Plop Fizz Fizz
by
James Click

06-17

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Prospectus Notebook: Friday Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

04-29

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The Many Routes to Pitching Success
by
Mark McClusky

10-14

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Starters vs. Relievers
by
James Click

10-04

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Can Of Corn: Starting Pitching in the Postseason
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Dayn Perry

07-02

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Banking on the Bullpen
by
Michael Wolverton

05-03

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Rockies Try the Four-Man
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Rany Jazayerli

01-14

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The Class of 2004
by
Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Health Report: League Championship Series
by
Will Carroll

09-29

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Playoff Health Report: National League
by
Will Carroll

08-13

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Five-Man Rotation
by
Rany Jazayerli

08-20

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PAP - A Historical Perspective
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Rany Jazayerli and Keith Woolner

01-21

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Montreal Expos
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

07-24

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PAP Scores Revisited
by
Rany Jazayerli

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December 9, 2013 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: What Happened to the Complete Game?

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Russell A. Carleton

Should starting pitchers be asked to finish what they started more often?

In 2013, Adam Wainwright led Major League Baseball by pitching five complete games. In 2012, Justin Verlander was much more of an ironman and pitched six. A mere 30 years ago, in 1983, six complete games would have landed Verlander in a tie for 42nd place with such notables as Storm Davis, Bob Forsch, Jim Gott, Ken Schrom, and Bruce Hurst. Even 20 years ago, six complete games would have been good for a tie with David Cone for 15th place in MLB. What happened to finishing what you started?

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Ben and Sam try to figure out why more pitchers' careers don't look like Derek Lowe's, then talk about the latest Matt Garza trade rumors.

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March 18, 2013 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated

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Russell A. Carleton

Does separating starters of the same type in the same rotation make sense?

It's the time of year when managers start thinking about games that will actually count. Positional battles are heating up, because decisions need to be made. Opening Day starters are being named. Variations in lineups are being considered, for facing righties, lefties, and Pat Venditte. Your favorite team has spent the spring trying to decide between two players, both of whom are relative unknowns. Due to the 50/50/90 rule (when you have a 50/50 chance of getting something right by chance, you will get it wrong 90 percent of the time), they will pick the wrong utility infielder and the other guy will become a decent starter for some other team.

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Ben and Sam discuss Edwin Jackson and the rest of the Cubs' offseason signings and talk about how the specter of draft-pick compensation is affecting some free agents.



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If Oliver Perez can start in the postseason, surely Tim Lincecum can too.

The table below lists the worst regular-season performances by pitchers who made playoff starts in the wild-card era, ranked by park-adjusted ERA relative to league average (similar to ERA+, but tweaked a bit). League average is 100, twice the league average is 0, and 1.5 times the league average is 50. As you can see, I’ve added one starter (in bold) who isn’t yet in this group, but is probably about to be.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether the Phillies' recent run of success should affect our expectations for the team in 2013, then talk about a potential scheme to get drafted pitchers into big-league bullpens quickly.

Ben and Sam discuss whether the Phillies' recent run of success should affect our expectations for the team in 2013, then talk about a potential scheme to get drafted pitchers into big-league bullpens quickly.

Episode 40: "The Phillies' Return to 500/A Modest Bullpen Proposal"

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Sometimes starters get sick, and they start a game anyway. After that, things often get ugly. We should celebrate their sacrifice.

Earlier this year, 28-year-old pitcher Paul Phillips of the Atlantic League Somerset Patriots was scheduled to start a game against the Camden Riversharks. Phillips, who was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2005 and bounced around Toronto’s and Tampa Bay’s systems until last season, entered that game with a league-leading 1.76 ERA. Phillips was Somerset’s ace, if the Atlantic League has aces. But Phillips wasn’t feeling well.

He pitched anyway. And predictably, he pitched poorly. He lasted three innings and threw 93 pitches, allowing four walks and five runs. When asked to comment on his subpar start, Phillips said:

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Ben and Sam discuss Manny Machado's surprising promotion to the majors and Roy Oswalt's tumultuous transition to the bullpen.

Effectively Wild Episode 17: "Manny Comin'"

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Ben and Sam talk about the presents, futures, and contracts of two starters having interesting seasons: Cliff Lee and Ben Sheets.

Effectively Wild Episode 15: "Cat Fight"

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Ben and Sam reevaluate the NL West after the deadline and take stock of this season's converted starters.

Effectively Wild Episode 11: "Train Crossing"

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It's time to talk about the Texas Rangers.

Effectively Wild Episode 3: "Thunder"

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June 28, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Picking the All-Stars

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John Perrotto

John casts his ballot for this year's All-Stars, and a conversation with Jim Leyland.

The rosters for this year's All-Star Game will be announced Sunday, once all the fan and player ballots have been tabulated and the managers of both teams have made their selections. Who can wait until Sunday, though? Why not let the inevitable debates start a few days early?

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