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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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7

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

11-15

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17

Baseball ProGUESTus: Pitch Types and the Times Through the Order Penalty
by
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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6

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
by
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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3

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
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John Perrotto

01-10

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25

Prospectus Perspective: An Honest Exchange?
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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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3

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
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John Perrotto

12-07

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5

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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2

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
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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
by
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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July 21, 2011 5:01 am

Divide and Conquer, AL West: Streaking in the Wild West

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Joey Matschulat

The rest of the division may be a dud, but the Rangers' red-hot run looks all the more impressive when compared to their past rotations.

I'm beginning to wonder if I’ve broken the AL West. I'm being facetious, of course, but the timing has caught me a little off guard. Since writing at length about how Seattle was making something of a spirited go at the division crown and might have a decent shot at swinging a .500 season, the Mariners have dropped from an even 38-38 (2 ½ games back) to 43-54 (12 ½ games), effectively crushing any lingering hopes of contending in 2011. Something similarly strange has happened to the Angels, as my efforts to paint them as legitimate contenders for the division crown just seven days ago had been rewarded by a sharp 3 ½-game drop in the standings and a one-week post-season odds plunge of 11.9 percent going into Wednesday night.

But rather than falsely attribute the coincidentally-timed struggles of the Rangers' competition to any of my work at Baseball Prospectus, let's just be brutally honest about what's going on here: Texas has gone into hyperdrive. Seriously. Before dropping a 9-8 heartbreaker in Anaheim during the waning hours of Wednesday evening (a game the Rangers led by an 8-3 margin after chasing Dan Haren early, leading to a peak win expectancy of 96.4 percent), Texas had collected 12 straight wins, a high-water mark for winning streaks among American League ballclubs since the Red Sox accomplished that same feat back in June 2006.

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Last year may have been dubbed the "Year of the Pitcher," but out West, the pitching continues to thrive thanks to two hurlers who weren't expected to get the ball out of spring training.

It's June 3, and baseball's most tightly-clustered division houses not only the worst first-place team (Texas, at 31-26 going into Friday's action) and the best last-place team (Oakland, at 27-30) in the game, but also the best top-to-bottom starting pitching of any single division. Well, sort of. OK, not exactly. Call it the best conglomeration of ballpark-, league-, and luck-influenced starting pitching performance, if you will, because arriving at this conclusion requires the use of old-fashioned earned run average rather than the ubiquitous peripherals-based metrics that better reflect actual pitcher skill, but there it is all the same:

1. Oakland Athletics: 361 2/3 IP (3rd), 6.52 K/9 (17th), 3.04 BB/9 (18th), 0.55 HR/9 (1st), 2.91 ERA (1st)

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March 25, 2011 7:56 am

On the Beat: Spring Surprises

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John Perrotto

A team-by-team rundown of players who've exceeded expectations this March.

After initially writing Wednesday that I would look at each team's biggest disappointments of the spring in this column, I've shaken off the catcher and decided to throw the changeup. Instead of ruining that warm and fuzzy feeling we created just two days ago, I've instead decided to look at a player from each of the 30 major-league teams who has been a pleasant surprise during spring training:

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Is it possible in today's prospect-stingy market that the Rays and Cubs pulled off a win/win deal?

To see the Cubs step into the shrinking market for starting pitching was a mild surprise, but not that much of one. Very early on this winter, Jim Hendry was fidgeting over getting pitching help. What we didn't know was that he would wind up landing one of the best starting pitchers in play this winter. Most of the early-Hot Stove speculation centered on Hendry magically making Kosuke Fukudome go away, say for Daisuke Matsuzaka, in the latest exchange of expensive regrets, exactly like the previous winter's banishment of Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva.

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November 16, 2010 9:00 am

On the Beat: The NL Winter Agenda

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John Perrotto

A look at the course of action teams from the senior circuit are considering this off-season, along with news and notes from around the major leagues.

The general managers' meetings get underway in Orlando today, which means trading season should soon reach full swing. So while a few deals have already been consummated, let's take a look at what is on the agenda for the 16 National League clubs this winter:

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October 27, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Back for More

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John Perrotto

Cliff Lee is the same situation for a second straight World Series, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

It is the same thing but a different year for Cliff Lee. He is back in the World Series, starting Game One for a team that acquired at midseason with the hopes he could take them to a championship as a potential hired gun.

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September 21, 2010 8:00 am

Another Look: Hall of Fame Pitchers Becoming an Extinct Species

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Bob Hertzel

The standards for sending pitchers to Cooperstown need to be redefined.

Perhaps the happiest moments of a long baseball-writing career came in its infancy, days when you would be attending a World Series and gathering at the host hotel, sitting around the lobby talking baseball with men who were legends of the business.

There was one of those days sitting around in Baltimore, when there were, among others, Dick Young, Red Smith, and Jimmy Cannon discussing baseball’s Hall of Fame. While to this day I am not sure which mouth the words came from, the question from that young baseball writer was what these gentlemen thought qualified a player for the Hall of Fame.

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August 11, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Recapturing The Magic

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John Perrotto

The Orioles are 7-1 under Buck Showalter along with other news and notes from around the majors.

The team with the worst record in the major leagues at this time of the year is almost always lifelessly trudging toward the finish line. It is mailing the games in and counting down the days until the end of the season.

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May 19, 2010 8:57 am

On the Beat: Wednesday Update

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John Perrotto

The Rays are being carried by their red-hot starting rotation, along with other major-league notes.

James Shields pondered the questions for a moment, then boomeranged it right back at the person making the query.

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December 6, 2009 12:38 pm

On the Beat: Pre-Winter Meetings Shopping Lists

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John Perrotto

'Tis the season for who needs what at what price, and poor-mouthing high and low, as the industry heads for Indy.

INDIANAPOLIS-Since it's the time of year to make a list and check it twice, all 30 major-league general managers are in the spirit. Not the spirit of the holidays, but the spirit of baseball's annual Winter Meetings, which begin here Monday. As GMs begin to converge on Indy today, all of them have wish lists, some longer than others. In order to fill those lists, though, they might have to give something up in return. With that in mind, here is a look at where all 30 teams stand on the eve of the winter meetings:

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October 16, 2009 12:00 pm

Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Angels LCS

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Eric Seidman

The showdown between East and West is echoed in the junior circuit, but is it power versus power?

Whether due to the simplicity in casual conversations or the attractiveness of identifying the major component of team-wide success, combining several aspects of play into a tidy unit has become fairly commonplace. Most teams, however, are multidimensional, and many instances of such identifications are simply incorrect, based on reputations and not actual facts. Did the Twins really succeed through small ball and the manufacturing of runs, or was it simply assumed that they did based on using Nick Punto and a general lack of familiarity with their roster beyond Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau? And did the Yankees really not execute the little things throughout the season just because they could bop the ball all around the yard? I raise these questions because, for at least the next week, we are going to hear about how different the Angels and Yankees are in terms of their respective styles of play.

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September 27, 2009 12:12 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

Getting enough pitching while having enough offense in Tinseltown, setting the changing of the guard in Atlanta to a timetable, plus news and views from around the game.

When Joe Torre began his managerial career 33 years ago, he did not believe in the old baseball adages about good pitching always beating good hitting, pitching winning championships, and pitching being 80 percent of the game. Torre believed hitting was equally as important as pitching. That was understandable, considering that Torre was quite the hitter during an 18-year career that spanned from 1960-77, as he had .297/.365/452 slash stats with a .298 career Equivalent Average and 252 home runs in 2,209 games.

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