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August 23, 2012 10:32 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 23

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Matthew Kory

Giants sweep the Dodgers; Matt makes jokes

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June 21, 2012 10:21 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, June 21

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Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

The Dodgers' winning percentage without Matt Kemp is better than any National League team's winning percentage.

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April 18, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Doing Lines

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Sam Miller

If you want to know how often we really see something new in baseball, look to the pitching lines.

It’s true that, as they say, every time you watch a baseball game you see something you’ve never seen before. Monday, for instance, I saw a swinging strikeout, followed by a groundout to second base, followed by (after the teams switched sides) a pop-out to shallow right field, followed by a groundout to shortstop, followed by a single to left center, followed by a groundout to second, followed by (after the teams switched sides) a flyout to right, followed by a single to right. Never seen that sequence before. History was made. Save your ticket stubs.

The trick isn’t seeing something new, but seeing the right new thing. The other trick is caring about the new thing, because not every new thing is a bunt called foul, then called fair, then converted into a triple play. Ben Lindbergh wrote last week that Tom Milone was the first pitcher ever to produce an 8/3/0/0/3/0 (innings/hits/runs/earned runs/walks/strikeouts) pitching line, which is a more typical new thing.

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Events that have happened already this season after not happening for all of 2011 help explain why we're still hooked on baseball.

There were 2429 major-league games played last season.* Most of the things that can happen in a baseball game happened in one of those. With a few exceptions, teams and players will do all of the same things in 2012 that they did in 2011—they’ll just do them in a difference sequence and more, or less, frequently than they did before. When and how often they do those nearly identical things will determine which teams win divisions and which players win awards. We’re suckers for those things, so another season of the same, reshuffled, is enough to suck us in. But we're not completely content with repetition. We also watch in hopes of seeing something we didn’t see the season before.

*There would have been 2430, but no one felt like seeing another Dodgers-Nationals game in September. That missed game may have deprived us of history: Matt Kemp finished the season one home run away from 40 home runs, and Dee Gordon finished the season one home run away from one home run. For the alternate-history buffs: the man who would have started that game against the Dodgers, had it been played, was Tom Milone. Milone had the fifth-lowest home run rate among Triple-A starters last season, so that extra game might not have made Matt Kemp baseball’s fifth 40-40 man. Then again, that home run rate might not have meant much, since there weren’t many Matt Kemps in the International League. More on Milone a little later.

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December 23, 2011 5:53 pm

Transaction Analysis: Gio Dealt to Washington

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R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

Gio Gonzalez gets dealt for four prospects, John Danks re-ups with Chicago, and Jason Marquis inks a deal with the Twins

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The tater trots for September 4: Tom Milone's memorable debut, Carlos Lee's bobblehead night, Wil Venable beats Alejandro De Aza

There was no fooling around on Saturday, when 39 home runs were hit across the league. It was quite the welcome to the final month of the season.

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