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1 Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again by Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz
5 Prospectus Feature: Baseball Player Human by Trevor Strunk
3 BP Unfiltered: Let's Always Know The Longest Baseball Play [Updated!] by Sam Miller
9 Transaction Analysis: The Penny-Pinching Pirates Pitching Parade by Jeff Quinton, Ben Carsley, Joshua Howsam, Gideon Turk, Craig Goldstein, Adam McInturff, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit by Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman
0 Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton by Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell
0 Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin by Bryan Grosnick
0 BP Toronto by Nick Dika
2 Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit? by Bryan Grosnick
0 BP Toronto by Joshua Howsam
2 Prospectus Feature: Tulo's Bat Is As Cold As The Rockies by Aaron Gleeman
1 What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose by Ashley Varela
0 BP Toronto by Dave Church
2 Life at the Margins: Stuff Your Scouting Report by Rian Watt
3 Prospectus Feature: The One Who Got Away by Aaron Gleeman
2 Transaction Analysis: Walsh Revolution by Rian Watt, James Fegan and Matthew Trueblood
0 BP Toronto by Tammy Rainey
3 What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey? by Nicolas Stellini
1 Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again by Bryan Grosnick
22 Pebble Hunting: The 14 Heroes Of Sunday's Odor/Bautista Brawl by Sam Miller
1 What You Need to Know: Papi Endings by Ashley Varela
0 BP Toronto by Eric Mercer
2 What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals by Nicolas Stellini
1 What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose by Emma Baccellieri
8 Players Prefer Presentation: Upon Further Review, We Will Never Be Happy by Meg Rowley
2 What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up by Daniel Rathman
3 Tools of the Trade by Jeff Long
4 What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider by Emma Baccellieri
2 What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself by Ashley Varela
5 Fifth Column: Freedom Brown by Michael Baumann
3 Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named by Daniel Rathman
1 Rubbing Mud: Injuries to Boston's Lefties Might Turn Out All Right by Matthew Trueblood
5 Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Bautista Extension by Ashley Varela
0 BP Toronto by Michael Bradburn
0 BP Toronto by Gideon Turk
0 Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Get Extendy by Demetrius Bell
7 Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside by Rian Watt
2 Winter Is Leaving by Joshua Howsam and Matt Gwin
19 Internet Baseball Awards: The Jokester-Free AL Player of the Year by Tom Tango
7 Baseball Therapy: Put Russell In the Hall of Fame by Russell A. Carleton
8 Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief by Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen
10 Rubbing Mud: A's Who Are Jays Who Like A's To Be Jays by Matthew Trueblood
5 Transaction Analysis: Shapiro Gets His Cleveland Fix by Rian Watt
1 Ducks on the Pond: Last Year's Best Starter-To-Reliever Transition by Chris Mosch
12 Prospectus Feature: Passed Balls and Wild Pitches: Getting It Right by Jonathan Judge
3 Playoff Prospectus: Holy Cow It Almost Happened Again: ALCS Game 5 by Sam Miller
5 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS Previews by Mike Gianella and Chris Mosch
5 Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Preview by Matthew Trueblood
10 Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Royals vs. Blue Jays by R.J. Anderson
18 Playoff Prospectus: We Are All Dead: ALDS Game 5 by R.J. Anderson
On replay reviews, genies out of bottles, and our nitpicky natures.
Early last week, was called out trying to steal second in the top of the second inning. He was initially called safe, but forensic replaying showed he came off the bag just a little bit for just a little bit. The Blue Jays challenged, and Alonso was called out. And then some folks got a little bit grumpy. Yonder Alonso
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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. 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.
Read the full article... 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 and Noah Syndergaard 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. Alcides Escobar
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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. 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 .T. And the team needs somebody to light the way. My stomach light needs your stomach light. We can all phone home together.” E
Goon (2011), written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg Read the full article... 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 told the media that Pete Mackanin —who came over from the Astros in the Vincent Velasquez blockbuster earlier this winter—has won the no. 5 starter job, relegating Ken Giles , who started 15 games for Philadelphia last season, to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Adam Morgan
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.
wrote in our Chris Crawford 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. Read the full article... 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.
Read the full article... 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
isn’t Edwin Encarnacion the only Blue Jay looking to finish off his career in Toronto. 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. Jose Bautista
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Canada is an odd place... especially when it comes to American comparisons.
If Toronto wants to keep its best pitcher cost-controlled, the Jays will have to extend him soon. 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 and Kolten Wong 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 Salvador Perez 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
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. TAv Read the full article...