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02-15

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The Platoon Advantage: Roy Oswalt and the Temple of Late-Signing Free Agents
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Bill Parker

01-23

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Transaction Analysis: Pena's Power Returns to St. Pete
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R.J. Anderson

01-20

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36

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Big Bopper for the Bombers
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Jay Jaffe

10-28

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54

World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
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Jay Jaffe

10-20

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16

World Series Prospectus: Opening Salvos
by
Jay Jaffe

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

02-03

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16

Overthinking It: A Little Bit Softer Now
by
Ben Lindbergh

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Monday ALCS Projections
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Colin Wyers

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Notebook
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Jay Jaffe

10-15

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30

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Giants
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Christina Kahrl

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Rangers vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

10-12

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16

Prospectus Perspective: LDS Day Six Wrapup
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Kevin Goldstein

10-07

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5

Playoff Prospectus: Lefty-on-Lefty Violence
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Jay Jaffe

10-06

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9

Playoff Prospectus: Wednesday LDS Game Projections
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Eric Seidman

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Braves
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Tommy Bennett

10-05

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19

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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6

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview : Phillies vs. Reds
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-22

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4

Manufactured Runs: A Walk in the Park
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Colin Wyers

09-17

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15

Checking the Numbers: CarGo on the Road
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Eric Seidman

09-03

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Checking the Numbers: Who is the Best Switch-Hitter?
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Eric Seidman

07-20

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30

Prospectus Hit and Run: The 2010 Replacement-level Killers
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Jay Jaffe

06-04

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Transaction Action: Remembering The Kid
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Christina Kahrl

05-27

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Transaction Action: Senior Circuit Shakeups
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Christina Kahrl

04-27

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Ahead in the Count: Ryan Howard and the New MORP
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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David Laurila

04-02

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Checking the Numbers: SHINO-myte!
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Eric Seidman

03-05

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31

Fantasy Focus: Draft Exercise
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Craig Brown

02-16

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18

Camp Battles: AL East
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Christina Kahrl

02-08

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37

Baseball Therapy: Why Not Two Pitchers?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-02

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19

Transaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000
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Christina Kahrl

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview
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Jay Jaffe

10-23

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Prospectus Today: Speed Up for a Showdown
by
Joe Sheehan

10-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Rotation Exasperation
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Jay Jaffe

10-20

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Prospectus Today: Putting the Drama in Drama Season
by
Joe Sheehan

10-16

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Left Too Long
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Jay Jaffe

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Angels LCS
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Eric Seidman

10-15

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33

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers vs. Phillies LCS
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS
by
Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Rockies LDS
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Eric Seidman

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Post-Season Ballparks
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Clay Davenport

07-13

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57

Prospectus Idol Entry: A Brave New World of Pitcher Usage
by
Ken Funck

07-03

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18

Checking the Numbers: Contextual Platooning
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Eric Seidman

06-28

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29

Prospectus Idol Entry: LaRussa's Choices
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Brian Cartwright

06-02

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central, Plus
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Christina Kahrl

05-08

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Checking the Numbers: LOOGYing Around
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Eric Seidman

04-28

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Transaction Analysis: Updates from the Easts
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Christina Kahrl

04-27

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Prospectus Today: Changing Gears
by
Joe Sheehan

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: NL Roster Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

02-11

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You Could Look It Up: Going South?
by
Steven Goldman

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How unusual is it for a pitcher of Roy Oswalt's record to be without a job this late in the offseason?

It sneaked up on us a little bit (and by us, here, I mean me), but all of a sudden it’s very late in the offseason. It’s February 15th. The Athletics and Mariners have opened Spring Training already, sort of, and the rest of the teams’ pitchers and catchers report on Sunday. Major League Baseball will be played two weeks from Friday. Major League Baseball that counts will be played...well, that’s seven weeks from today. That’s still quite a ways off, really. But still, Spring Training! Soon!

And yet, as Matt Kory hilariously discussed yesterday, Roy Oswalt remains unemployed. That’s...odd.

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January 23, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Pena's Power Returns to St. Pete

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R.J. Anderson

The Rays bring back Pena, the Twins gamble on Zumaya, the A's ink Gomes, and the Sox and Rox swap Scutaro and Mortensen.

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January 20, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Big Bopper for the Bombers

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Jay Jaffe

Now that the Yankees have dealt Jesus Montero to the Mariners, they're in search of DH options.

Last Friday, the Yankees pulled off a major trade, sending Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. The move shores up the pinstripes' rotation both for 2012 and beyond, but it does create a vacancy at designated hitter, since the 22-year-old Montero was penciled in as the presumptive starter after a September audition in which he hit a searing .328/.406/.590 with four homers. While finding an adequately productive DH shouldn't be all that hard—the average AL DH hit .266/.341/.430 in 2011, while the Yankees’ DHs contributed a .251/.336/.450 line—Brian Cashman and company are up against some self-imposed financial constraints that make their task somewhat more challenging.

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October 28, 2011 10:37 am

World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling

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Jay Jaffe

If you tuned out when the Rangers led 7-5 in the ninth, you missed quite a finish

It was the best worst World Series game—or perhaps the worst best World Series game—I've ever seen. Four and a half hours, 11 innings, 42 players, 19 runs, 23 men left on base, six home runs, five errors, two final-strike comebacks, a handful of bad relief performances, some managerial howlers including a cardinal (not Cardinal) sin… and it all ended with the much-maligned Joe Buck giving a fitting nod to history by emulating one of his father's most famous calls. As David Freese's game-winning blast landed in the grass beyond the center field wall of Busch Stadium, Buck exclaimed, "We'll see you tomorrow night!" Game Six of the 2011 World Series will be remembered as a classic—a Game Six that can sit alongside those of 1975, 1986, and 1991, among maybe a couple others—as the Cardinals staved off elimination to beat the Rangers 10-9, forcing a Game Seven.

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October 20, 2011 4:30 am

World Series Prospectus: Opening Salvos

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Jay Jaffe

After seeing poor starting pitching in both Championship Series, the World Series began with relatively strong starting performances.

After two League Championship Series full of slugfests, slopfests, and short starts—the four teams scored 5.5 runs per game while their starters averaged 4.8 innings per turn—the opener of the 2011 World Series between the Rangers and the Cardinals gave us a tight, low-scoring ballgame with solid-to-good starting pitching. True to LCS form, both managers emptied their bullpens with mostly-effective processions, but the Cardinals' bench and relief corps got the upper hand on two key plays, one of them a pinch-hit single by Allen Craig that Nelson Cruz almost caught, scoring the decisive run, the other an awful call that cost the Rangers a ninth-inning out. Behind those, and a few big hits from the middle of their lineup, the Redbirds took Game One in chilly, 49-degree St. Louis, 3-2.

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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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February 3, 2011 9:05 am

Overthinking It: A Little Bit Softer Now

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Ben Lindbergh

Do southpaws really tend to be soft tossers, and if so, why?

“They have crooked arms. They throw crooked, they walk crooked, and they think crooked. They even wear their clothes crooked. You have to figure they’re a little crazy.” —Al Schacht

“There ain’t a left-hander in the world who can run a straight line. It’s the gravitational pull on the earth’s axis that gets ’em.”Ray Miller

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Will sending their ace to the mound put the odds in the favor of the visiting Rangers in Game Three?

Let's start off with a little bit of housekeeping.

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October 17, 2010 2:04 pm

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Notebook

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Jay Jaffe

After storming back from a five-run deficit in Game One, the Yankees didn't have the same magic for Game Two.

"Heard this: nobody has ever won a postseason series after trailing 1-0, not even the Yankees." That was my sardonic tweet from somewhere just before the seventh inning of Friday night's ALCS Game One. The Yankees trailed the Rangers 5-0 at the time, with Texas lefty C.J. Wilson baffling the Bronx Bombers to that point, limiting them to three hits and no runs. Meanwhile, the Rangers had jumped all over CC Sabathia, chasing him after four innings and five runs.

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October 15, 2010 8:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Giants

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Christina Kahrl

A series that will feature spectacular pitching may come down to the tiniest advantages to decide the winner.

So, let's see, for an initial checklist for maximum LCS entertainment potential, is there anything missing? Record-wise, the two best teams in National League? Check, even if we allow for the fact that the Giants weren't one of the top two teams in Clay Davenport's adjusted standings. The two best rotations in baseball? Check. Heck, it even features two of the three best defensive units in the league (via PADE), with only the already-vanquished Reds separating the Giants and Phillies. And the offenses are... well, OK, this whole clash of the titans thing only goes so far, because they're not both among the best in the league. The Phillies are, tying for third in the league in team-level True Average, but the Giants finished back in ninth place, even with Brian Sabean's ticky-tack trades to accrue incremental improvements.

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October 14, 2010 8:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Rangers vs. Yankees

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Jay Jaffe

The Yankees look to get back to yet another World Series while the Rangers are in uncharted territory.

From 1996 through 1999, the Joe Torre-led Yankees and the Johnny Oates-piloted Rangers faced off in three American League Division Series, the first three times the latter franchise had ever reached the postseason. The Yankees won nine of those 10 games, holding the Rangers to a lone run apiece in their 1998 and 1999 sweeps. Times have changed, however, and while the Yankee machine has simply kept rolling, racking up four pennants and two world championships while missing the playoffs just once since their last meeting, the Rangers endured a dark decade before reemerging as AL West champions thanks to the shrewd deal making of general manager Jon Daniels and the fruits of their well-stocked farm system.

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October 12, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Perspective: LDS Day Six Wrapup

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Kevin Goldstein

In his final game as a manager, Bobby Cox went with his gut, and it steered him wrong.

Five-game series have a different dynamic when compared to their seven-game brethren, in particular when it comes to stress management. One loss represents 50 percent of your series-recommended allowance, so teams find themselves in desperation mode much quicker. After getting a gift win in Game Two to tie the National League Division Series, the Braves gave one right back to the Giants on Sunday in equally, if not more heart-breaking fashion. With his season (and career) on the line, manager Bobby Cox did not hesitate to make major overhauls to his Game Four approach on Monday night.

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