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08-29

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball Player Human
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Trevor Strunk

08-05

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BP Unfiltered: Let's Always Know The Longest Baseball Play [Updated!]
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Sam Miller

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: The Penny-Pinching Pirates Pitching Parade
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Jeff Quinton, Ben Carsley, Joshua Howsam, Gideon Turk, Craig Goldstein, Adam McInturff, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

07-28

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

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton
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Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin
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Bryan Grosnick

07-23

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BP Toronto
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Nick Dika

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit?
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Bryan Grosnick

07-10

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BP Toronto
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Joshua Howsam

06-28

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Prospectus Feature: Tulo's Bat Is As Cold As The Rockies
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Aaron Gleeman

06-27

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose
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Ashley Varela

06-26

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BP Toronto
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Dave Church

06-07

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Life at the Margins: Stuff Your Scouting Report
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Rian Watt

06-02

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Prospectus Feature: The One Who Got Away
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Aaron Gleeman

06-02

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Transaction Analysis: Walsh Revolution
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Rian Watt, James Fegan and Matthew Trueblood

05-24

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BP Toronto
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Tammy Rainey

05-20

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey?
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Nicolas Stellini

05-20

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Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again
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Bryan Grosnick

05-16

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

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

05-15

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BP Toronto
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Eric Mercer

05-11

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What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals
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Nicolas Stellini

05-06

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose
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Emma Baccellieri

05-02

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Players Prefer Presentation: Upon Further Review, We Will Never Be Happy
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Meg Rowley

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-14

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Tools of the Trade
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Jeff Long

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider
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Emma Baccellieri

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself
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Ashley Varela

03-31

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Fifth Column: Freedom Brown
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Michael Baumann

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named
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Daniel Rathman

03-23

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Rubbing Mud: Injuries to Boston's Lefties Might Turn Out All Right
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Matthew Trueblood

03-14

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Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Bautista Extension
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Ashley Varela

03-11

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BP Toronto
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Michael Bradburn

03-07

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BP Toronto
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Gideon Turk

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Get Extendy
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Demetrius Bell

03-01

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Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside
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Rian Watt

02-26

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Winter Is Leaving
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Joshua Howsam and Matt Gwin

01-22

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Internet Baseball Awards: The Jokester-Free AL Player of the Year
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Tom Tango

01-12

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Baseball Therapy: Put Russell In the Hall of Fame
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Russell A. Carleton

01-11

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Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief
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Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

01-08

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Rubbing Mud: A's Who Are Jays Who Like A's To Be Jays
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Matthew Trueblood

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Shapiro Gets His Cleveland Fix
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Rian Watt

11-20

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Ducks on the Pond: Last Year's Best Starter-To-Reliever Transition
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Chris Mosch

11-09

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Prospectus Feature: Passed Balls and Wild Pitches: Getting It Right
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Jonathan Judge

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: Holy Cow It Almost Happened Again: ALCS Game 5
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Sam Miller

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS Previews
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Mike Gianella and Chris Mosch

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Preview
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Matthew Trueblood

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Royals vs. Blue Jays
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: We Are All Dead: ALDS Game 5
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R.J. Anderson

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 5 Previews and PECOTA Odds
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Jeff Quinton and Matthew Trueblood

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The Red Sox coax five double-play balls and still find a way to lose, Carlos Rodon comes unglued, Jake Lamb saves the D'backs' bacon, and more.

The Monday Takeaway

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April 14, 2016 6:00 am

Tools of the Trade

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Jeff Long

How a cycling equipment company splashed color onto every baseball broadcast.

You may have noticed a trend of major-league players using brightly colored bat grips in recent seasons. Bats that were once adorned only by pine tar buildup and cleat marks were now wrapped with a rubber-like material that was only seen on metal or composite bats to that point. What was once reserved for Little League had made its way to the highest level of the sport.

Behind this transformation in brightly colored grip tapes was a company who first made hay in the cycling industry. Their vision and, frankly, good fortune, have made images like the one below commonplace across the majors. Lizard Skins, a company who saw an opportunity to improve the feel players have with their bats, is now a big player in the baseball world.

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The Mets finally won another one against Kansas City, the new slide rule has a second consecutive controversial day, and Carlos Correa makes a highlight.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Since last October, the pairing of Noah Syndergaard and Alcides Escobar has stood in for all sorts of weighty questions on the concept of revenge and unwritten rules and where we draw the lines of safety through the code of convention. On Tuesday, though, the pairing signified something more simple again—a pitcher, a batter, the start of a baseball game.


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The season begins! The Mets still can't defeat the defending World Series champs, Andrew McCutchen is batting second, and Marcus Stroman has pitching down to a science.

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No matter how good life seems to be going, there's always Dom Brown there to remind me.

“I think we both have a light in our stomachs. A special light. Like E.T. And the team needs somebody to light the way. My stomach light needs your stomach light. We can all phone home together.”

-Goon (2011), written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg

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Young & Exciting Vincent Velasquez and Aaron Sanchez win rotation spots, while Brian Duensing wins more time with his family.

Phillies choose Vincent Velasquez to be their fifth starter
Position battles abound for rebuilding teams like the Phillies, but as the spring winds down, one of the biggest battles in Clearwater, Florida, has now been decided. On Monday, manager Pete Mackanin told the media that Vincent Velasquez—who came over from the Astros in the Ken Giles blockbuster earlier this winter—has won the no. 5 starter job, relegating Adam Morgan, who started 15 games for Philadelphia last season, to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Velasquez, who turns 24 in June, debuted with the Astros last year in a swingman capacity. He made seven starts and appeared 12 times in relief, racking up 58 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings, a reflection of big-league-ready stuff. Chris Crawford wrote in our Transaction Analysis of the Giles trade, “At worst, Velasquez marks a strong central piece as a potential high-leverage reliever,” but the Phillies will let him start until he proves he can’t, and his ceiling could be substantially loftier than the late-inning floor.


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The bottom of the Red Sox rotation has taken hits this spring. It's not for the best, but it might not be for the worst.

Last year’s Mets wouldn’t have made it to October, but for the good fortune of playing in one of the worst divisions of the Wild Card era. They were 90-72 overall, but 47-29 in the 76 games they played against the Nationals, Marlins, Braves and Phillies. They had a +69 run differential in those 76 games, and a +70 run differential overall. In other words, against the league beyond the NL East, the Mets were a .500 team, with a .500 team’s run differential.

That’s not intended as a poke at the Mets, of course. Indeed, having a strong record against one’s division rivals is not only a good way to win a lot of games (since the unbalanced schedule MLB uses these days includes 19 games against each member of the division), but the surest way to answer the question the regular season now seems meant to answer: Who is the best team in each division? There’s even something to be said for teams who win a high percentage of those games, because the sample size of each season series is so much larger than it is between any given team and an interdivisional opponent, so each series result probably implies something closer to a real expression of relative team quality.

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The Mets are wheelin' and dealin' their way to the end of spring training, while the Blue Jays are gearing up for a long contract negotiation with Jose Bautista.

The Blue Jays aren’t keen on Jose Bautista’s high asking price
Edwin Encarnacion isn’t the only Blue Jay looking to finish off his career in Toronto. Jose Bautista threw down the gauntlet earlier this offseason when he announced his terms for a contract that would keep him in royal blue for the next six years. The Jays’ slugger has his sights set on an annual $30 million payout, but is reportedly more open to negotiating the terms of his contract than previously believed.


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March 11, 2016 6:00 am

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Michael Bradburn

Canada is an odd place... especially when it comes to American comparisons.

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March 7, 2016 5:04 pm

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Gideon Turk

If Toronto wants to keep its best pitcher cost-controlled, the Jays will have to extend him soon.

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Edwin Encarnacion could be due for a reup, while A.J. Ellis could lose his job, if not his actual job.

Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays have started up contract extension talks
This week, we’ve seen Kolten Wong and Salvador Perez each receive contract extensions. One of the next players to join them could be Encarnacion, a very different sort of player in a very different sort of situation. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Toronto has extended inquiries; the extent of his interest is unknown; his extant commitment is through 2016; while an extenuating factor could be his age.

Even though Encarnacion is on the “wrong” side of 30, he’s done nothing but improve his most valuable asset—his power hitting. In the 2015 season, he hit .277/.372/.557 with a TAv of .324 and 39 home runs, up from .268/.354/.547, .310 TAv and 34 a year earlier. He might be just another weapon in a fearsome Blue Jays lineup, but he'd be good enough to be the best hitter in a championship-quality offense.


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March 1, 2016 6:00 am

Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside

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Rian Watt

Finding upside in the AL's lesser rotations.

This all began with R.A. Dickey, who’s projected (by PECOTA) for just 0.4 WARP next year. On the face of it, that seems rather odd. Here are Dickey’s WARP totals since 2010, complete and unabridged:

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