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12-31

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Best of BP 2015: Why Not Make the Hole Square?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-08

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Baseball Therapy: Why Not Make the Hole Square?
by
Russell A. Carleton

07-07

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Rubbing Mud: The Present and Future of the Starting Rotation
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Matthew Trueblood

01-13

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Baseball Therapy: Building a Better Starting Rotation
by
Russell A. Carleton

04-21

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Overthinking It: Washington's Gas Policy
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Ben Lindbergh

04-11

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, April 11
by
Daniel Rathman

03-19

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: AL 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

02-20

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

11-01

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Prospectus Perspective: Moving Forward in Miami
by
Bradley Ankrom

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

09-16

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

09-14

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Washington Nationals
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

07-05

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Painting the Black: Six-Man Mania
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R.J. Anderson

03-23

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12

On the Beat: The Sunny Side of Spring
by
John Perrotto

03-15

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Overthinking It: Small Samplings of Spring, AL Edition
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-04

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Rotation
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Bill Baer

01-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royal Re-Gearing
by
Christina Kahrl

12-31

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On the Beat: A Bird of a New Feather
by
John Perrotto

12-20

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26

Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade
by
Christina Kahrl

12-15

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35

Checking the Numbers: Ranking R2C2
by
Eric Seidman

11-24

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32

GM for a Day: New York Yankees
by
Jay Jaffe

10-19

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GM for a Day: Milwaukee Brewers
by
John Perrotto

08-27

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
by
Bill Baer

08-17

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Ahead in the Count: Only Two Games Worse
by
Matt Swartz and Eric Seidman

08-12

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Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

07-30

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Fantasy Beat: Rotation Promotions
by
Bill Baer

07-26

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Transaction Action: Send Me Some Angels
by
Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-21

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Transaction Action: ALtruisms
by
Christina Kahrl

07-21

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On the Beat: Staying Positive in a Negative Situation
by
John Perrotto

07-12

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Transaction Action: Shuffling Seniors
by
Christina Kahrl

07-02

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Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
by
Christina Kahrl

06-02

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
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John Perrotto

06-01

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Transaction Action: NL Central Update
by
Christina Kahrl

05-19

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
by
John Perrotto

05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Dr. John Bagonzi
by
David Laurila

05-02

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Transaction Action: NL Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Action: NL East and West
by
Christina Kahrl

04-02

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
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Bill Baer

03-26

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
by
Bill Baer

03-21

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Fantasy Focus: Depth Chart/PFM Update, Part 2
by
Clay Davenport

03-01

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Camp Battles: NL West
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Christina Kahrl

02-04

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Ahead in the Count: Revising Player Contract Valuation, Part 3
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Matt Swartz

12-06

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Prospectus Today: NL Shopping Lists
by
Joe Sheehan

12-06

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

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Rockies LDS
by
Eric Seidman

09-09

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Checking the Numbers: A Giant Run-Scoring Problem
by
Eric Seidman

09-06

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Transaction Action: Assorted Central Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-30

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On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
by
John Perrotto

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September 14, 2011 9:00 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Washington Nationals

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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

Stephen Strasburg's return and a deep farm system give Washington hope.

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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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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July 5, 2011 9:00 am

Painting the Black: Six-Man Mania

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R.J. Anderson

Does a recent rash of experimentation with six-man rotations make sense, and is it likely to be emulated in future seasons?

People love to label phases and eras, so few periods in baseball have gone without names. The 2010 season will be known as the Year of the Pitcher, if last year’s coverage is any indication, just as the Dead-Ball Era lives on nearly a century later. If the first half of the 2011 season comes away with a nickname, history will have to choose between three compelling options: the Year of the Pitcher II, the Summer of Geriatric Managers, and the Invasion of the Six-Man Rotations. Sequels suck and demographics matter, leaving the latter as the most logical choice. The Yankees have thought about going to a six-man rotation, and the Athletics will use one—at least for a week—and when the rich and smart kids are thinking about making a particular move, then it’s time to talk about it.  

The most effective means of using starting pitchers has always been a hot topic in the sabermetric community, and it’s inextricably tied to workloads, which in turn inevitably leads back to a discussion of optimal rotation size. In Baseball Between The Numbers, Prospectus alum Keith Woolner wrote about the advantages in going to a four-man rotation—citing, among other reasons, fewer starts going to poor fifth starters and an extra roster spot (Rany Jazayerli hit on similar points during his series in 2002). Another sabermetric publication, The Book (by Tom Tango, Andrew Dolphin, and Mitchel Lichtman), also addressed the topic. Within, the trio suggests that the optimal rest period is five days, while the worst is three days—concluding that four days of rest, the amount currently employed by most teams, is a good compromise.

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March 23, 2011 8:19 am

On the Beat: The Sunny Side of Spring

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John Perrotto

As training camps wind down, here's a look at news that has cheered each major-league team this March.

Spring training is the time for optimism and dreams. However, with Opening Day just eight days away, the time for wishing and hoping is drawing to a close. Before the party gets spoiled by the natural ebb and flow of the season, let's take a look at one positive occurrence for each of the 30 clubs this spring (to balance things out, on Friday we'll look at the negatives of the spring):

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March 15, 2011 10:00 am

Overthinking It: Small Samplings of Spring, AL Edition

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Ben Lindbergh

Running down the American League's best candidates to benefit from hot spring starts.

We’re all aware that spring training stats wouldn’t get much attention in an ideal world, since a player’s extended record of prior performance in the minors and/or majors allows for far more accurate forecasts than a month’s worth of playing time against mixed competition in March. (If you don’t believe me, look no further than this recent dispatch from Florida: “Cards’ Lohse goes six scoreless.”) Still, we know from past experience that some small-sample heroics will have implications for games that count; superior production—as well as glowing scouting reports—in the Grapefruit or Cactus League can impress a manager more easily than a good month for a far-flung minor-league affiliate, enabling a player on the bubble to earn a place (or a more prominent role) on the big club’s roster.

As I write this, Melky Cabrera and Ryan Roberts lead their respective leagues in batting average, and Luke Hughes and Danny Espinosa are the latest word in RBI men, as effective a reminder as any that the clean slate of April is still a few weeks away. That said, the exhibition schedule is half complete; the first round of cuts has already been made, and coaching staffs and front-office executives are meeting at regular intervals to ruminate on their rosters’ composition come Opening Day. Which performances to date by players who came into the spring on shaky ground have stood them in good stead for 2011? Today I’ll tackle the AL, highlighting one batter and one pitcher per team, before turning to the NL representatives later this week.

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March 4, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Rotation

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Bill Baer

A look at the candidates to replace Adam Wainwright in St. Louis, and Aaron Heilman finally gets his wish to attempt starting.

In the wake of injuries to Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter, the St. Louis Cardinals are scrambling to patch together a complete starting rotation. Wainwright will miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, but Carpenter's strained left hamstring is not serious and he should have plenty of time to heal before the start of the regular season. The Cardinals will be scanning the trade market and waiver wire for replacement candidates, but are also looking from within. Let us investigate some of those internal options.

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January 17, 2011 11:30 am

Transaction Analysis: Royal Re-Gearing

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Christina Kahrl

Prince William isn't the only royal trying to change his status to something more savory, but will the reinforced pen stand up?

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December 31, 2010 9:00 am

On the Beat: A Bird of a New Feather

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John Perrotto

Ex-pitcher John Farrell looks forward to his first season as the Blue Jays' manager, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

John Farrell stands as a rare bird in baseball, and it goes beyond the fact that he will be in his first year of managing the Blue Jays next season. Farrell is just the second active manager who spent his playing career a pitcher; he joins the Padres' Bud Black, the 2010 National League Manager of the Year. It is only fitting because Farrell's career path to reach this point has been anything but conventional.

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December 20, 2010 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade

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Christina Kahrl

The Brewers land an ace, but how much of a future did they give up to get him?

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With Cliff Lee now added to the staff, where does the 2011 Phillies rotation rank all-time?

As Kevin Goldstein noted, Monday, December 14, 2010 may go down as one of the 10 best baseball nights in the history of Twitter. The night had it all: accounts successfully replicating those of very reliable sources to pull a prank, subsequently sending everyone and their followers into a veritable frenzy, the cream of the free-agent crop signing a lucrative contract, the revelation of a mystery team akin to a turn in a wrestling story line, and practically anyone that cares about baseball emotionally invested in every twist and turn. When the dust settled, Cliff Lee had agreed in principle to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, a year to the day after Ruben Amaro Jr. acquired Roy Halladay and 363 days after Amaro traded Lee to the Mariners in a companion deal that drew the ire of every Phillies fan. The news was shocking, as it had seemed for weeks that Lee’s decision would boil down to the Yankees or Rangers. After all, both were contending teams making big offers.

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November 24, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: New York Yankees

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Jay Jaffe

Keeping a lot of balls in the air this winter should give the pinstripers an excellent chance to win it all in 2011.

It's no picnic building a team to compete in the American League East, and within this year's GM for a Day series, I've been tasked with doing so for both the Blue Jays and the Red Sox. Both of those jobs required a fair bit of background research to familiarize myself with the contract situations and the minor-league systems in order to craft rosters for 2011. Today, however, I take the helm of a team whose organization is far more familiar given my geography and extracurricular activites: the New York Yankees. Roll over, Brian Cashman, and tell Bob Watson the news.

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October 19, 2010 11:00 am

GM for a Day: Milwaukee Brewers

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John Perrotto

Two quality starting pitchers could make the Brew Crew a contender in 2011.

The Brewers appear to be trending downward after a long uphill climb to respectability. The team has followed their first trip to the postseason in 26 years by winning the National League wild card in 2008 with 80-82 and 77-85 seasons.

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