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05-26

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Deep, But Playable: Jurickson Profar's Path Forward
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Craig Goldstein

05-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Worst Bullpen in Baseball
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Rob Mains

04-20

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Circle Change: Pico de Gallo?
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Zach Crizer

04-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-27

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Texas Rangers
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Kate Morrison

02-21

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters
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Aaron Gleeman

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Worst Base?
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Bryan Grosnick

02-07

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Cold Takes: Cole Hamels Is Not Being Honest
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Patrick Dubuque

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dented Cans and Safety Nets
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Bryan Grosnick and Jared Wyllys

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Load Up On Infield D
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison and David Lee

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Texas Two-Step
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Bryan Grosnick

11-28

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Transaction Analysis: Vesatility, Depth, and Scenery
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Bryan Grosnick and Rob Mains

11-16

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Transaction Analysis: Seattle Swag
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Dustin Palmateer, Meg Rowley, Jared Wyllys and Kenny Ducey

10-21

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Retro Transaction Analysis: Tex-Sized Blockbuster
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Bryan Grosnick

10-13

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Two-Strike Approach: Where Do the Rangers Go From Here?
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Cat Garcia

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Texas Forever
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Trevor Strunk

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 3 Previews
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Brendan Gawlowski

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Trying to Remember the Rangers Are Good
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Kate Morrison

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Hamels' Missing Changeup
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Andrew Felper

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 1 Previews
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Kate Morrison and Matthew Trueblood

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Rangers
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Aaron Gleeman

09-27

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Prospectus Feature: The Joy of Adrian Beltre
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Kate Morrison

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

08-31

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What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin
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Emma Baccellieri

08-24

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Transaction Analysis: Go-Go Goes to Texas
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Bryan Grosnick

08-19

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Rubbing Mud: These Post-Lucroy Indians
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Matthew Trueblood

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Lucroy Vetoes His Way To Texas
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Bryan Grosnick, Kate Morrison and Ben Carsley

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Carlos Beltran's Deadline Deja Vu
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Kenny Ducey, Christopher Crawford, David Lee, Jarrett Seidler and Ben Carsley

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo
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Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

07-30

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Raising Aces: In Awe of Southpaws
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Doug Thorburn

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin
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Bryan Grosnick

06-29

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Prospectus Feature: The Road Ahead in Arlington
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Cat Garcia

06-23

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Prospectus Feature: The Increasingly Lopsided Everybody-Wins Trade
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Aaron Gleeman

06-20

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Rubbing Mud: Can Ian Desmond Be The Last?
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Matthew Trueblood

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen
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Emma Baccellieri

06-14

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Cold Takes: Gonz But Not Forgotten
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Patrick Dubuque

06-13

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Transaction Analysis: First Base Merry-Go-Round
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James Fegan, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-04

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Raising Aces: Instant Gratification
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Doug Thorburn

06-02

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Prospectus Feature: The Matt Bush Challenge
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Trevor Strunk

05-30

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What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better
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Ashley Varela

05-26

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Players Prefer Presentation: Let Ballparks Get Old
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Meg Rowley

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

05-16

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Pebble Hunting: The 14 Heroes Of Sunday's Odor/Bautista Brawl
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Sam Miller

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
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Daniel Rathman

04-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Cole Hamels, and The Win's Long Con
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Meg Rowley

04-08

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Fifth Column: The Long-Term Future of the Rangers' Third Base Situation
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Michael Baumann

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

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Danny Valencia stays in the AL West, Will Middlebrooks gets his latest chance, and the Braves go bargain shopping.

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Travel back in time to 2007. A-Rod and Rollins were MVPs, Braun and Pedroia were Rookies of the Year, and the Braves gave up the farm for Mark Teixeira.

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Knocked out in the first round again, the Rangers may need some luck on their side to keep winning in 2017.

“If you lose the last game of the season, nobody gives a shit.” - Billy Beane, Moneyball

Twice. Two years in a row, the Rangers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Blue Jays. The sadness would have swept over me if I hadn’t had an ominous feeling about the Rangers chances in October from the start. It wasn’t all about the Blue Jays--the sweep stings more considering it was at the hand of the Toronto--but that wasn’t what the apprehension was totally about.

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The team with the AL's best record was sunk by a great offensive team and a narrative they couldn't escape.

If there’s one annoying thing about being a baseball fan, in my experience, it’s dealing with the expectation of narratives. Baseball, especially over a long 162-game season, has such a granular quality that defining any team with a sentence or two glosses over so much as to be barely descriptive. You get the feeling, as a fan, that the way the media, other fans, heck even your own family understands your local team is so detached from reality as to be barely recognizable. You’re telling me the team I’ve lived and died with since April chokes in big spots, or doesn’t have the pitching they need for October, or needs more pop to really succeed in a short series? Hoo boy, we’re going to have to settle in for a long talk about how wrong you are!

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Josh Tomlin vs. Clay Buchholz in Boston and Colby Lewis vs. Aaron Sanchez in Toronto.

After getting blown out in Game 2, the Red Sox head home with their season hanging by a thread. Obviously the first two games didn’t go well for Boston, but Cleveland’s short-handed staff gives the Red Sox a chance to get back in the series.

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Toronto takes a 2-0 lead over Texas as the ALDS heads to Canada.

Here’s the thing: The Texas Rangers are a good team. Maybe they’re a good team that was helped a little by whatever luck or deity-type-thing you prefer in the regular season, but they’re a good team. The Toronto Blue Jays are also a good team. Their luck was maybe a little more confined to simple human err in a one-game playoff, but luck it still was, and so they found themselves in Arlington these last two games, riding on a wave of momentum that seemed like it could take on any day’s pitcher.

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October 7, 2016 8:56 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews

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Aaron Gleeman

J.A. Happ vs. Yu Darvish in Texas and David Price vs. Corey Kluber in Cleveland.

Texas looks to bounce back from a Game 1 shellacking with their second ace, right-hander Yu Darvish, on the mound. Toronto looks to bring a commanding 2-0 lead back home and try to finish the series Sunday.

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Toronto bashed Cole Hamels into submission in Game 1 of the ALDS, raising questions about Texas' ace.

Long after Cole Hamels retires to his palatial suburban estate outside of Dallas--perhaps with another World Series ring or two and a borderline Hall of Fame resume--and looks back on all the innings he tossed (2,300 and counting entering this postseason), it’s safe to assume the third inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays will not rank high on his all-time list. The numbers were grisly:

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Game 1 for Blue Jays-Rangers and Red Sox-Indians.

If you believe the earnest quotes of every Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays player or coach, there won’t be a basebrawl during this series because everyone very much wants to play baseball and win baseball games. We’ll see how long that decision actually stands, though.

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October 6, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Rangers

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Aaron Gleeman

Previewing what promises to be a slugfest of a five-game series, again.

Last year's Rangers-Blue Jays series was one of the most compelling ALDS of all time, as Toronto escaped with a Game 5 win at home thanks to Jose Bautista's three-run homer and benches-clearing, hot take-generating bat-flip. Since then the two teams have exchanged brush-back pitches, takeout slides, and actual punches, not to mention endless quotes about how much they dislike each other. And now they're ready for a rematch, this time with the Rangers holding homefield advantage.

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Adrian Beltre is a Hall of Fame player, but his impact goes beyond the numbers.

There has never been anyone like Adrián Beltré.

This is where one would normally jump into a dissection of his incredible talent and on-field accomplishments, and then end in a rigorous whacking-over-the-head with his Hall of Fame-worthy accreditations. Maybe we should, anyway, but what really stands out when Adrián Beltré plays baseball is joy.

Beltré is one of the best third basemen to ever play the game, with one of the more unusual careers. He’s an offensive dynamo, a defensive wizard, and his successes on the biggest stage could be an excuse for him to be any average dour and over-serious veteran player--or at least, the kind of personality void that happens from prolonged exposure to the media.

Instead, Beltré approaches games like there’s nothing else he’d rather do. He’s one of the rare people in the game who can treat it with the levity it deserves without inciting the ire of less-forgiving opponents. He approaches every plate appearance with purpose--with dedication to his craft and an honoring of his talent--but imbued in all that is joy.

It’s difficult to talk about this kind of thing without tipping straight over into raw sentiment, something that has its place in this game, but not overmuch. It might even be easy to diminish the accomplishments of the player in over-simplifying him to a set of reactions and meme-able GIFs, instead of taking it all in as a whole and marveling at both the humor and the pride.

Beltré dances, runs away from tags, pulls runners off the bag, walks up to the plate with his helmet on backwards, and messes with umpires. He’s also a deeply respected clubhouse presence, the first off the bench in the case of an altercation, and the captain who doesn’t need a “C” to determine his legacy. In an age when any kind of showboating can lead to full-out brawls, Beltré hits home runs from one knee.

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Baltimore goes dumpster diving, Cleveland brings Coco Crisp home, and the Jeff Francoeur tour adds another stop.

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