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06-11

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Overthinking It: The OTHER Way We Could Move the Mound
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Ben Lindbergh

04-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 431: The Rising Strikeout Rate Symposium
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-27

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4

The Darkhorses: Strikeouts
by
BP Fantasy Staff

10-14

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24

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5
by
Zachary Levine

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
by
Zachary Levine

07-05

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6

Overthinking It: Getting to Know the New Insane Strikeout Rate Relievers
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 233: Munenori Kawasaki and Clubhouse Chemistry/The Tigers, Strikeouts, and Defense
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-20

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Pebble Hunting: Extreme Strikeout Matchups
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Sam Miller

04-23

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Fantasy Beat: Hisashi Iwakuma and Better Stats
by
Paul Sporer

02-21

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Skewed Left: Arizona's Extreme Strikeout Makeover
by
Zachary Levine

01-15

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Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 52: Oakland's All-Rookie Rotation/Baseball's Ever-Rising Strikeout Rate
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-28

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BP Unfiltered: The Week of Setting Strikeout Records
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-27

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BP Unfiltered: Jeff Ballard Award
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Geoff Young

09-21

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Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: High-K Closers
by
Doug Thorburn

08-31

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week (Yu Darvish Edition)
by
Sam Miller

08-23

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BP Unfiltered: Double Double, Arms in Trouble
by
Geoff Young

08-14

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9

Overthinking It: Anthony Gose is Not Ready Right Now
by
Ben Lindbergh

07-06

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16

Overthinking It: A Prospect Named Shaq, a Streak of 16 Strikeouts, and the Pain of Playing Baseball
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-05

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Overthinking It: Derek Lowe's Deadball Era
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Ben Lindbergh

05-23

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Overthinking It: Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer are Striking Out Everyone
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-12

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 11
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
by
Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

01-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Money Poorly Spent, Now and Then
by
John Perrotto

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

09-30

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Fantasy Beat: Interview with Tout Wars NL Champ Steve Gardner
by
Jason Collette

07-07

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14

The Asian Equation: The Decline of NPB Pitching Imports
by
Michael Street

05-06

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Rotation
by
Bill Baer

05-03

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Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars FAAB Update, 5/2
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Jason Collette

04-29

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Fantasy Beat: Give Me Something!
by
Jason Collette

03-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: How Much Control Do Hurlers Have?
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Voros McCracken

01-17

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Ahead in the Count: Situational Pitching
by
Matt Swartz

09-24

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Ahead in the Count: Predicting Strikeouts with Whiff and Swing Rates
by
Matt Swartz

03-29

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Baseball Therapy: Credit Where It's Due, Part 1
by
Russell A. Carleton

03-08

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39

Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

02-10

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35

Introducing SIERA
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Matt Swartz and Eric Seidman

09-29

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Changing Speeds: Situational Pitching, Part 3
by
Ken Funck

09-17

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7

Changing Speeds: A Situational Pitching Hotfix
by
Ken Funck

09-10

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12

Changing Speeds: Situational Pitching
by
Ken Funck

08-28

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Checking the Numbers: Whiffing the Pitcher, Part One
by
Eric Seidman

07-13

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46

Prospectus Idol Entry: Balls and Strikes, Walks and Strikeouts
by
Brian Cartwright

10-13

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7

Player Profile: Jon Lester
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

06-20

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Fantasy Focus: The Case for Punting Saves
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Dalton Del Don

06-12

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Fantasy Beat: More on QuikERA
by
Marc Normandin

04-19

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Marc Normandin

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

09-05

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Future Shock: Great Leaps Forward, American League
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Kevin Goldstein

08-21

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Prospectus Toolbox: Non-Contact Part IV: Take, Jive, and Flail
by
Derek Jacques

08-07

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Prospectus Toolbox: Non-Contact Part II: More on Strikeouts
by
Derek Jacques

07-24

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Prospectus Toolbox: Non-contact, Part One
by
Derek Jacques

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Why bringing an end to the strikeout scourge might require some three-dimensional thinking.

Even if you’ve missed Rob Neyer’s midnight ride to warn the world about the Strikeout Scourge—one if by land, two if by sea, three strikes you’re out—you can’t help but have noticed how many plate appearances are ending in punchouts. Baseball’s strikeout rate is up this season (from an old-record 19.9 percent last year to a new-record 20.4 percent in 2014), and batting average is at its lowest ebb in the DH era. As a result, action seems scarce, unless you prefer seeing swings-and-misses to watching balls in play.

Everyone has a pet fix for this state of affairs, or at least a way to prevent it from growing worse. Although recent research by Russell Carleton revealed that educating hitters might help turn the tide, most proposed solutions suggest hamstringing hurlers. Tighten the strike zone. Limit the number of permissible pitching changes. Politely ask Stephen Strasburg to retire for the good of the game.

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Ben discusses the origins and implications of baseball's skyrocketing strikeout rate with a panel of experts including Harry Pavlidis, Rob Neyer, Brian Bannister, and Alan Nathan.

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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Strikeouts

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BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy crew runs down the starters it expects to beat their PECOTA projections in punchouts.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’re taking a look at pitching this week, following our run on offense a week ago. To read the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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October 14, 2013 2:42 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5

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Zachary Levine

The AL's two surviving teams give us a glimpse at the future.

It’s 2033, and baseball has seen better days. What’s good for a team has been harnessed so effectively that it’s become bad for the game.

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October 13, 2013 3:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0

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Zachary Levine

The Tigers win Game One the way they've won so many games this season.

In so many ways, what the Tigers did to the powerful Red Sox offense in holding them hitless for 8 1/3 innings of a 1-0 victory in Game One of the ALCS was exactly what the Tigers did all season.

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Ten relievers who've racked up the strikeouts in the majors for the first time this season.

Here’s a stat about strikeouts: The percentage of 50-plus-inning relievers who struck out a batter per inning in 1990 was lower than the percentage who struck out 12 per nine innings in 2012. Remember the Reds’ “Nasty Boys” bullpen of Rob Dibble, Randy Myers, and Norm Charlton? They were three of only eight relievers with a K/9 of at least 9.0 in 1990. Relative to average, Dibble’s 12.5 K/9 that season was more impressive than, say, Aroldis Chapman’s league-leading 15.1 in 2013. But 15.1 is such an astounding number that it commands the attention anyway. Strikeout rates are rising too fast for the baselines in our brains to keep up.

Every season, a new crop of relievers arrives and astonishes us with their strikeout prowess. Some are promising rookie relief prospects who throw a million miles per hour and were expected to miss many bats. Others are rookies who’ve exceeded expectations, and still others are veterans whose latent strikeout powers were never suspected before they surfaced this season.

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Ben and Sam talk about whether Kawasaki being sent to the minors tells us anything about chemistry, then discuss how much the Tigers' defense hurts them.

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May 20, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Extreme Strikeout Matchups

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Sam Miller

Strikeouts have the momentum of a runaway freight train. Why are they so popular?

On Sept. 18, 2011, Justin Verlander faced Chris Carter for the first and only three times to date. It went about how you’d expect, as Carter

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What can Hisashi Iwakuma's early season work teach us about using the most effective stats available?

Hisashi Iwakuma had the odd occurrence in his 2012 season where he was actually better as a starter. Most pitchers are not only better in short bursts out of the bullpen, but markedly so. Iwakuma spent 30 1/3 in the bullpen pitching to a 4.75 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with an 18 percent strikeout rate and 12 percent walk rate. He took off once he become a starter, posting a 2.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 95 innings with a 20 percent strikeout rate and seven percent walk rate.

His 2013 season is off to an even better start as he has managed a 1.69 ERA and 0.53 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings through his first four starts. The only impediment to his success so far has been a blister issue, though something tells me his 100 percent left on base rate and .119 BABIP are set to rise. I have noticed that his batted ball mix is different from 2012 as his flyball rate climbed dramatically from 27 percent to 42 percent, including a 13 percent infield flyball rate.

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February 21, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: Arizona's Extreme Strikeout Makeover

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Zachary Levine

Was Arizona's off-season search for "gritty" players really just a commitment to making more contact?

When you talk about changing a roster for the grittier, as Kevin Towers has rather openly during a bizarre offseason at the helm of the Diamondbacks, you’re going to get accused of using “grit” as a code word. Normally, it’s racial. The fact that the Diamondbacks’ push for grit coincided with the trading of their two prominent black players didn’t help their look.

But what if it was a different kind of code word? What if it did coincide with something quantifiable on the baseball field in how they made over their team?

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January 15, 2013 10:43 am

Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?

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Ben Lindbergh

Pour one out for Brad Radke and his spiritual descendants.

We don't typically think of particular player types as being associated with certain teams. There are some exceptions that seem to persist over time: the Rockies go after groundballers, for instance, and the Yankees tend to target lefty-swinging sluggers. But those teams' player preferences are tied to their ballparks. If the Rockies played at a lower altitude or the Yankees found they could fit in another luxury box by making their outfield fences more symmetrical, they would adapt to their new surroundings and stop pursuing the same sort of player.

Other apparent preferences are illusions or short-term trends based on temporary team composition or the whims of one front-office regime. The A’s, for a while, liked fat guys, but then they discovered defense. The Royals, under Dayton Moore, have a thing for former Braves. The Tigers, under Dave Dombrowski and scouting director David Chadd, have a reputation for liking big pitchers who throw hard. But that’s almost an obvious affinity, sort of like saying a team favors hitters who hit the ball far. The Tigers might like pitchers who throw hard a little more than most teams, and they might be a bit more willing to overlook the shortcomings of pitchers who fit that profile. But what team doesn’t like big pitchers who throw hard?

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Ben and Sam discuss whether the A's all-rookie rotation bodes well for their future, then talk about whether the average strikeout rate has risen too high.

Ben and Sam discuss whether the A's all-rookie rotation bodes well for their future, then talk about whether the average strikeout rate has risen too high.

Episode 52: "Oakland's All-Rookie Rotation/Baseball's Ever-Rising Strikeout Rate"

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