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05-08

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Painting the Black: Hanson Devil
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R.J. Anderson

03-21

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BP Unfiltered: Tommy Hanson, Shaun Marcum, and Causes for Concern
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Ben Lindbergh

11-30

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Transaction Analysis: New Contracts in New York
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R.J. Anderson

09-28

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Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: Diagnosing Disappointment
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Doug Thorburn

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Thursday, May 3
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Daniel Rathman

04-17

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Painting the Black: Occam's Rubber
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R.J. Anderson

02-22

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Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

02-20

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Shifts in Their Game
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Derek Carty

02-16

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Preseason Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 2/16/12
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Mike Petriello

12-15

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The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 12/15/11
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Mike Petriello

09-09

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Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Post-Season Rotation Ramble
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Jay Jaffe

07-11

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: Pitching Dominance
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Michael Jong

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-14

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Team Injury Projection: Atlanta Braves
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Friday LDS Game Projections
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Eric Seidman

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: The Development of Tommy Hanson
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David Laurila

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Friday LDS Pitching Matchups
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Matt Swartz

09-24

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Checking the Numbers: Examining the Braves' Decision
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Eric Seidman

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-26

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Spring Conversations
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Kevin Goldstein

03-09

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Expanded Horizons: Braves Optimism
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Tommy Bennett

02-10

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Team Health Reports: Atlanta Braves
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Will Carroll

11-10

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The 2009 Internet Baseball Awards
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Greg Spira

09-01

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Future Shock: Rocking with Hanson
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Kevin Goldstein

08-14

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Fantasy Beat: Productive Pitchers
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Marc Normandin

07-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian McCann
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David Laurila

06-29

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Under The Knife: Known Unknowns
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Will Carroll

05-22

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Future Shock Blog: May 22
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Kevin Goldstein

04-10

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Future Shock: Friday's Monday Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

03-18

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

11-07

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Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-15

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Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-10

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Future Shock: Risers and Fallers, National League
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Kevin Goldstein

04-23

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

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May 8, 2013 5:09 am

Painting the Black: Hanson Devil

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R.J. Anderson

The Angels traded for a former future ace. They got a junkballer with limited options.

Last season the Angels missed the postseason in part due to a second-rate rotation. General manager Jerry Dipoto tried an in-season fix by acquiring Zack Grienke for a trio of prospects. But at season's end Greinke left for fatter checks. In order to entertain keeping Greinke, Dipoto dismantled half of his remaining rotation. He shipped Ervin Santana to the Royals and nearly dealt Dan Haren to the Cubs before non-tendering him once the proposed trade fell through. 

Rebuffed by Greinke, Dipoto instead signed Josh Hamilton, but not before adding two other starters. He signed the down-market innings eater Joe Blanton, then pulled off a riskier deal by trading former closer-of-the-future Jordan Walden to the Braves for former ace-of-the-future Tommy Hanson. (Dipoto later made another trade, this one of the intradivisional sort, to bring in Jason Vargas.) To call it a challenge trade is to partake in revisionist history. The deal looked riskier for the Angels than it did for the Braves all along. 

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Why it makes sense to fret about about fragile pitchers.

Remember the time
When you told me not to worry
I’m worried now
Remember the time
When you told me not to worry
I’m worried now

—Sloan, “Worried Now







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November 30, 2012 3:35 pm

Transaction Analysis: New Contracts in New York

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R.J. Anderson

The Yankees re-sign Mariano Rivera, the Mets extend David Wright, and the Angels trade Jordan Walden for Tommy Hanson.

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Can mechanical changes help explain what went wrong with Dan Haren, Tommy Hanson, Jon Lester, and Ricky Romero this season?

In the medical field, diagnosis is a skill that requires as much art as science. Consider the case of Clayton Kershaw, who was scratched from his anticipated start on BP day at Dodger Stadium due to a hip impingement, with an initial diagnosis that suggested that the ace could be out until May of 2013. Kershaw sought a second opinion from a hip specialist, and eight days later he was lacing up the spikes for a start against the Reds. I had a similar experience when I blew out my shoulder 15 years ago, as the initial diagnosis of “a separated shoulder” failed to identify a torn rotator cuff, requiring a secondary assessment that altered the long-term prognosis for recovery.  

Diagnosing the struggles of a major-league pitcher is an imperfect science, considering the lack of reliable data and the multitude of variables that can influence performance. When a pro pitcher is “under the weather,” one evaluator might point toward mechanics as the key symptom while another blames pitch command (though a savvy scout acknowledges the interplay between stuff and mechanics). Other factors may also come into play, including but not limited to pitch sequencing, functional strength, psychology, and luck.

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Yesterday's games included three walk-offs and a no-hitter.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Trying to choose one takeaway from a night like last night is like being a 5-year-old at Baskin Robbins deciding between ice cream flavors. It might be doable, but whichever one you pick, you’ll be slighting other, equally worthy choices.

Two players over the age of 40 hit walk-off home runs last night.


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The simplest fix isn't always correct.

Everyone on the outside wants to analyze pitching coaches, yet nobody can. Not knowing the coach’s instructions to his staff leaves an information gap between the numbers and anecdotal evidence. In return, there are two choices for evaluating a pitching coach: defer to the organization or take the anecdotal evidence at face value. The problem with anecdotal evidence is how it tends to pop up post hoc. Whenever Leo Mazzone turned a journeyman hurler into a quality pitcher, the explanation bordered on circular reasoning.

Beyond banality, this information doesn’t do much for analysis. There is no incentive for pitching coaches to make their tweaks public, and that leaves the knowledge-seeking public to scope out every aspect of the latest breakout, in hunt of the fix. Often, the answers are unsatisfactory. Ryan Vogelsong went from forgotten journeyman to legitimate major-league starter, and the best reasoning out there is that he realized he needed to pitch inside. The simplicity of that fix borders on inanity and that’s what makes it so good. The best fixes are the most obvious ones, the ones that everyone sees, but only a trained eye observes.

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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Shifts in Their Game

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Derek Carty

How will a change in mechanics affect Tommy Hanson, and a new playing venue affect Ryan Ludwick?

Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | SP
Last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a story discussing how Tommy Hanson has altered his mechanics in an attempt to stay healthier:


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February 16, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 2/16/12

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Mike Petriello

Oswalt, Norris, Morrow, and Hanson all make the cut for the first SP Value Pick column of 2012

Baseball Prospectus Fantasy 2012 is GO. With PECOTA and the PFM now available for public consumption, we’re back for another season of fantasy analysis. Today, I follow the first two Mikes by kicking off my portion of the preseason series with a look at a few starting pitchers who may be undervalued in early drafts, plus a check in on the health of one of the most promising young starters in the game.

Roy Oswalt | SP | Free Agent
Mixed: $- | AL/NL-only: $- | PECOTA Rank: -- | ADP: 71st SP
PECOTA Projections:



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December 15, 2011 9:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 12/15/11

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Mike Petriello

Top free agent signees C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle head up this week's crop of Keeper Reaper targets

It’s been a big week for starting pitching movement, as two of the top arms have found new homes via free agency, while the market for Edwin Jackson is surprisingly quiet. As we await the announcement on which team put in the high bid for Yu Darvish, let’s start by checking in on C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle heading to opposite coasts before getting back to some reader requests.

C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels
Sh
allow: NO
Medium:
BORDERLINE
Deep: YES
AL-only:
 YES
Super Deep: 
YES






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September 9, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Post-Season Rotation Ramble

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Jay Jaffe

While there is a confusing starting rotation picture for the AL playoff contenders, the NL is much clearer.

With the matter of the playoff participants in both leagues largely settled, on Wednesday I examined the unsettled nature of the playoff rotations of the likely AL representatives. As I showed, each has a considerable amount of unfinished business with regards to identifying their front four, with injuries and matchup issues both playing a part, and there's relatively little separation between the four, at least according to a quick and dirty measure I nabbed from Nate Silver's back pages. By comparison, the NL teams have much less uncertainty as to who will be taking the ball, and much more certainty about whom the fairest of them all is, at least when it comes to post-season rotations.

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July 11, 2011 9:54 pm

Divide and Conquer, NL East: Pitching Dominance

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Michael Jong

Michael tests conventional wisdom and examines whether the pitching in the NL East is superior to the Central and West.

In last week's edition of Divide and Conquer, there was some controversy when Derek Lowe's name was brought up among the league leaders in WARP this season. This line of thinking got me examining the WARP totals for all of the division's finest pitchers. Dubious as the Lowe-for-WARP-leader campaign may be, it turns out (rather unsurprisingly) that the NL East as a whole is running out some of the best starting rotations in all of baseball, even when viewed through different lenses.
 

The NL East Starters
Here is how the NL East's five teams stack up in terms of three pitching statistics of interest: ERA, SIERA, and Baseball Prospectus's Fair Run Average (FRA), explained here. The five pitchers who have made the most starts for each team were selected and these are their results:



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