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September 19, 2008 12:36 pm

Prospectus Hit List: Nearing the Finish Line

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Jay Jaffe

The Phillies and Dodgers bust a few moves, the Cubs and Rays are in a groove, and the race to the basement tightens up.

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June 8, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Hit List: Padres Riding High

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Jay Jaffe

They don't need Sister Sarah's mule to keep moving on up, but they're not the only improving SoCal squad.

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June 1, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Hit List: Down From Olympos

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Jay Jaffe

With the Greek God of Walks banging away at the plate, it's no surprise who's atop the Hit List this week.

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May 11, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Hit List: McNasty as They Wanna Be

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Jay Jaffe

Some folks bust a move up top, but you can better your bottom dollar where you'll find Washington.

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Jay chronicles the desolate and the magnificent, the scions of Los Angeles and the beggars of the Bay, the slumpers and the slumpees and the just plain lumps.

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August 2, 2006 12:00 am

Going Streaking

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Clay Davenport

Clay takes a closer look at Chase Utley's odds of reaching or breaking DiMaggio's hitting streak.

Short answer for the really impatient: 1 in 194.

How I got there:

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Five teams that look like contenders, with only one from the National League. (Hint: it's not the Cubs.) Jay dissects the week that was.

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August 25, 2005 12:00 am

Crooked Numbers: Going Streaking

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James Click

Last week's column on the Royals' losing streak generated a lot of discussion, and revealed some errors. James sets things straight this time around.

Not unlike the old Sports Illustrated Jinx, it seems that as soon as we talk about something here at BP, things turn around. Jonah Keri covered Sunday's A's game yesterday in his Game of the Week column, but it's safe to say that my last two columns--about the Royals' losing streak and the A's winning ways--have made large U-turns in the last week. The Royals' managed to finally break out of their near-record slump and it's this subject that deserves a little more of our attention.

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August 18, 2005 12:00 am

Crooked Numbers: Royal Flush

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James Click

The Royals' losing streak is approaching some of the longest in baseball history, but it's notable for another reason. James breaks out Pascal's Triangle to crunch the numbers.

To start, let's get some perspective. The Royals' streak of 18 straight losses is not the worst run of baseball of all time. The worst losing streak in the major leagues since 1901 was the 1961 Phillies who managed to lose 23 games in a row from 7/29/61 to 8/20/61. Interestingly, it could have been a lot worse; the Phillies lost five in a row just before the streak, so they actually lost 28 of 29 games in what may very well be the worst month any team has ever had. Here are the rest of the worst:

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August 19, 2003 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Streakin'

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Nate Silver

Having played the first half of his career before the Second World War, Joe DiMaggio is not eligible to be on Albert Pujols' PECOTA comparables list. However, there's little doubt that the Yankee Clipper would place high atop the table if he had been born just 10 years later. The similarity scores at baseball-reference.com listed the pair as the best age-based likenesses for one another entering the season, and the events of this year are only likely to enhance the comparison. DiMaggio won his first batting title and his first MVP award in 1939--at age 24, he was one year older than Pujols is currently listed. DiMaggio, unlike Pujols, had been heralded as a top prospect from the time he was a teenager playing in the PCL, and was coming off of a fine triplet of seasons in the big leagues. But 1939 was his coming out party, much like 2003 has been for Pujols. Conveniently enough, DiMaggio, limited by a foot injury that he suffered in April, played in just 120 games that season, almost exactly the total that Pujols has accumulated up until now. Compare DiMaggio's '39 against Pujols' current campaign, and the similarities are striking.

DiMaggio won his first batting title and his first MVP award in 1939--at age 24, he was one year older than Pujols is currently listed. DiMaggio, unlike Pujols, had been heralded as a top prospect from the time he was a teenager playing in the PCL, and was coming off of a fine triplet of seasons in the big leagues. But 1939 was his coming out party, much like 2003 has been for Pujols.

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The Orioles' pitching has come to life, costing Geronimo Gil his job. The Rockies got a strong debut out of Chin-Hui Tsao. The Mets sift through their B prospects while waiting for Huber, Wright, and Kazmir. These and other news and notes out of Baltimore, Colorado, and New York in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Pitching In: The Orioles, a team that has struggled with their pitching all season, recently had a remarkable streak. For 10 straight games, five on either side of the All-Star Break, the Oriole starters delivered a quality start. After it was broken, they ran off four more--even if they managed to blow two of them in the seventh inning--making it 14 times in 15 games that Oriole starters finished six innings with less than three earned runs. The breakdown:
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    May 18, 2001 12:00 am

    Doctoring Ichiro

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    Rany Jazayerli

    Yesterday, Joe Sheehan wrote about the talents of Ichiro Suzuki. Today, I want to talk about how those talents have translated into some truly historic performances.

    Let's start with one of Jayson Stark's favorite facts, that Ichiro has already had a 15-game hitting streak and now has an active 21-game hitting streak, both in the season's first 39 games. Forget, for a moment, that Suzuki is the first player to have a pair of 15-game hitting streaks in his rookie season since...OK, since Juan Pierre did it last year. He's the first AL player to do it since Kent Hrbek in 1982. But that misses the bigger point here: in his first 39 games, Ichiro has had a pair of hitting streaks that, by themselves, add up to 36 games!

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