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03-14

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24

Pebble Hunting: Sounding the Depths of Each Team's Rotation
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Sam Miller

12-26

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Baseball Therapy: Rest an Extra Day to Keep the Doctor Away?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-15

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17

Baseball ProGUESTus: Pitch Types and the Times Through the Order Penalty
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Mitchel Lichtman

11-05

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42

Baseball ProGUESTus: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Times Through the Order Penalty
by
Mitchel Lichtman

10-18

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On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar
by
John Perrotto

03-12

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12

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Rotation Rumble
by
Jay Jaffe

02-22

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28

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Derek Carty and Michael Jong

01-13

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61

Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

12-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: PECOTA Takes on Pitching Prospects and Left-Handed Pitchers
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Nate Silver

11-18

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15

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

10-19

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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

09-16

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16

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-21

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: Streaking in the Wild West
by
Joey Matschulat

06-03

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: The Year of the Pitcher... Again?
by
Joey Matschulat

03-25

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15

On the Beat: Spring Surprises
by
John Perrotto

01-10

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25

Prospectus Perspective: An Honest Exchange?
by
Christina Kahrl

11-16

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5

On the Beat: The NL Winter Agenda
by
John Perrotto

10-27

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15

On the Beat: Back for More
by
John Perrotto

09-21

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17

Another Look: Hall of Fame Pitchers Becoming an Extinct Species
by
Bob Hertzel

08-11

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6

On the Beat: Recapturing The Magic
by
John Perrotto

05-19

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8

On the Beat: Wednesday Update
by
John Perrotto

12-06

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9

On the Beat: Pre-Winter Meetings Shopping Lists
by
John Perrotto

10-16

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12

Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Angels LCS
by
Eric Seidman

09-27

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

09-06

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

08-30

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On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
by
John Perrotto

07-13

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57

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

06-19

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12

You Could Look It Up: Inglorious Bastards
by
Steven Goldman

05-17

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20

Prospectus Idol Entry: Jeff Euston's Initial Entry
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Jeff Euston

04-16

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20

Transaction Analysis: NL Roster Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

12-28

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Prospectus Q&A: Ken Forsch
by
David Laurila

12-10

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9

On the Beat: Winter Meetings
by
John Perrotto

12-07

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Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
by
John Perrotto

11-18

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14

Hot Stove Preview
by
Christina Kahrl

11-17

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23

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-13

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13

Hot Stove Preview
by
Jay Jaffe

11-02

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Every Given Sunday: Off-season Moves
by
John Perrotto

09-09

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You Could Look It Up: Love in the Temperate Zone, Part One
by
Steven Goldman

07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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John Perrotto

06-29

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Every Given Sunday: Bronx Breakdowns and Rebounds
by
John Perrotto

04-27

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Every Given Sunday: To New Challenges and Old Friends
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John Perrotto

04-21

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BP Kings Preview
by
Ben Murphy

03-16

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Every Given Sunday: Competing with the Kids
by
John Perrotto

02-12

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Wait 'Til Next Year: The Next Rung Down
by
Bryan Smith

12-27

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Transaction of the Day: Making Waves in the Wests
by
Christina Kahrl

11-18

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Every Given Sunday: Dregs
by
John Perrotto

10-31

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Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-11

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Looking Ahead
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John Perrotto

06-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Rick Langford
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David Laurila

04-12

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Pitching Prospects and Left-Handed Pitchers
by
Nate Silver

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March 14, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Sounding the Depths of Each Team's Rotation

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Sam Miller

How bad will things get for your team when two starters go down?

The problem is, people get hurt. People get hurt, you’re going to expose your lack of depth. There just is no depth. There is no number six. If Joe Blanton pitches an inning this year it will be just a catastrophe for the Angels and I don’t knowShoemaker? Is that number six? Even in my ideal world I’m trying to figure out who is number six. Matt Welch, author of the Angels chapter in this year’s annual, on Effectively Wild.

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Does the five-man rotation decrease the risk of pitcher injury?

Last time we met, we contemplated the curious case of the fifth starter. He is, somewhat by definition, worse than the other four guys who might otherwise be starting tonight’s game. Yet there he is, standing out there for the next 3 1/3 innings until he inevitably gets chased after giving up his sixth run. Why not just skip this exercise in futility and let the other (better) guys pitch the game? Last week, we saw that pitchers didn’t suffer much from going on three days’ rest. It was a high pitch count in his last outing that was a problem. If pitchers have, historically, performed just as well on three days’ rest as four, why is baseball so afraid to go back to the four-man rotation?

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How does a starter's repetoire affect his performance after the first trip through the lineup?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for almost 25 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. He has consulted for several major-league teams over the years and has occasionally made a fool of himself on radio and TV. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada. You can check him out on Twitter at @MitchelLichtman or on his blog at www.mglbaseball.org.

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An investigation into how much less effective starting pitchers get with each trip through the order.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers, and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for almost 25 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. He has consulted for several major-league teams over the years and has occasionally made a fool of himself on radio and TV. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada. You can check him out on Twitter at @MitchelLichtman or on his blog at www.mglbaseball.org.

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October 18, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar

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John Perrotto

Dave Dombrowski has pulled off a pair of stellar moves to upgrade Detroit's pitching staff, which has helped the team to two consecutive ALCS series.

Most general managers say that starting pitching remains the most difficult commodity to acquire. That would be hard to tell, though, by what Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has done the past two seasons.

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March 12, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Rotation Rumble

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Jay Jaffe

Which teams have the strongest starting rotations in the senior circuit?

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the Baseball Prospectus annual stop at Washington DC's Politics and Prose bookstore. As I joined Steven Goldman, Derek Carty, and Adam Sobsey in the question-and-answer session with the 125 or so attendees—yet another packed house that lived up to our past history there, for which we profusely thank our DC-area readership and the store—the most apparent difference from years past was the bona fide sense of hope the audience had about the Nationals.

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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.

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In the wake of the Matt Moore extension, revisit Nate's discussion of the perils of counting on pitching prospects and his remarks on the most promising southpaws.

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 (and mostly free) 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.

Last week, the Rays signed young lefty Matt Moore to an extension that should prove to be team-friendly if he stays healthy, but as Nate discussed in an article which originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on April 12, 2007, it's never safe to assume that a young pitcher's arm will remain intact.


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You might not know it from watching the World Series, but it often makes sense for a manager to pinch hit for his starter before the late innings.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for over 20 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, and co-hosts The Book blog, www.insidethebook.com. He consulted for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2004 to 2006, as well as other major-league teams. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada Boyd School of Law. Most of the time these days you can find him on the golf course.


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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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September 16, 2011 11:23 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals

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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

The Royals are loaded with young talent, but they're still experiencing growing pains

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski, and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

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