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07-22

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What You Need to Know: Resurgent Rays
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Daniel Rathman

05-03

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly #streameroftheday Update
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Bret Sayre

02-26

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Painting the Black: The Other Pitcher the Royals Got
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R.J. Anderson

04-12

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On the Beat: Who is the Great Unknown?
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John Perrotto

02-20

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

09-28

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Night in the Life of Team Entropy
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Jay Jaffe

02-25

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Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitcher Rankings
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Marc Normandin

11-12

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GM for a Day: San Diego Padres
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Christina Kahrl

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Sunday LDS Game Projections
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Eric Seidman

09-29

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Prospectus Perspective: Front Fours
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Christina Kahrl

08-16

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Fantasy Beat: Young AL East Hurlers
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Marc Normandin

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-19

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers
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Bill Baer

03-14

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL
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Kevin Goldstein

01-08

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Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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So You Need: Starting Pitching
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Eric Seidman

03-01

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Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: For the Sake of Completeness
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Dan Fox

12-18

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Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-06

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Future Shock: Tampa Bay Devil Rays Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: July 8-14
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Christina Kahrl

12-16

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The Class of 2005
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Jay Jaffe

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: July 27
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

03-07

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Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, February 16-March 5, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

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July 22, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Resurgent Rays

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Daniel Rathman

The Rays have ridden strong pitching to within a game and a half of first place in the AL East.

The Weekend Takeaway
At the end of play on June 28, the Rays were two games over .500 at 41-39, and their plus-15 run differential suggested that their middling record was just about what they deserved (42-38). To that point in the season, Joe Maddon’s squad, a pitching-first team in recent years, was in uncharted waters, relying on its offense to dig itself out of holes. And with the pitching staff’s ERA sitting at 4.22, compared to a league-best 3.19 finish in 2012, there was a good deal of digging for the lineup to do.

In late May, when the story was much the same, R.J. Anderson wrote that the Rays still had plenty of time to “hold true to their identity,” which they seemingly had lost over the first two months. It took another month of sputtering for the pieces to fall into place, but if the past three-plus weeks are any indication, the Rays many expected to sting opponents from day one have finally arrived.


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Bret takes a look through this past week's streamer picks and looks at where he went right (and wrong).

For those of you unfamiliar with the #streameroftheday process, I recommend one starting pitcher per day who is owned in fewer than 10% of leagues (lower than your typical standards) and post it on Twitter at @dynastyguru. And this Friday post is where I stand in front of the firing squad, fully accountable for these recommendations. I ran a longer introduction in my first post of the season, explaining why my ownership limit is much lower than most others out there, but essentially it's to be helpful in deeper mixed leagues. If you want to read the whole thing, the link is here. With the pleasantries out of the way, let's jump into the action.

Here were the details for the last seven days:

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February 26, 2013 5:00 am

Painting the Black: The Other Pitcher the Royals Got

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R.J. Anderson

What sort of arm can Kansas City expect in Wade Davis?

Not long ago Wade Davis placed near the top of prospect lists. At 6-foot-5 with a simple delivery and easy arm action Davis was the textbook power pitcher. He had a lively fastball that ranged into the mid-90s and could touch higher, a knee-buckling curveball, a solid slider, and a developing changeup. You weren't alone if you thought Davis could turn into a frontline pitcher. The Rays showed confidence in their young arm by refusing to trade him for Jason Bay or others, and by signing him to an extension after just 35 big-league starts. Success seemed like a birthright to Davis back then.

Davis reached the majors as a 23-year-old. In his first start in the majors he struck out nine batters, including three in a row to start the game—his first six outs were recorded via strikeout. After six starts Davis had a 118 ERA+ and a 2.77 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But that early success turned out to be a tease, a figment of small-sample magic, and not an omen. Davis would spend the next two seasons in the rotation looking average. He made 58 starts, posted a 90 ERA+, and struck out 1.74 batters per walk. Faced with an overcrowded rotation the Rays opted for Jeff Niemann over Davis last spring, then Alex Cobb over Davis when Niemann suffered an early-season injury. 

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Which player do scouts feel is the best unknown major leaguer?

The question was posed to a dozen front-office types and scouts during the final days of spring training: Who is the best player in baseball that nobody knows about? The winner of the highly informal poll was a bit of a surprise, especially since he entered this season having played in just 43 major-league games. Yet there is a strong feeling that Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie won't be a secret much longer.

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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

Roundtable discussion of the most pressing issues facing each AL East team entering Spring Training

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 72-90
Team WARP: 21.0
Team TAv: .264
Runs Scored: 701
Runs Allowed: 798
Team FRAA: -11.4







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September 28, 2011 5:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Night in the Life of Team Entropy

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Jay Jaffe

The playoff races have been de-zombified, and Team Entropy was on the prowl, looking for meaningful baseball going into the final game.

Welcome to Team Entropy! Grab a seat on the couch, and here, have a beer. You've been invited to this party because after almost exactly six months and 160 games of regular-season baseball, you've suspended the need to root for a specific team and are working for the greater good, more interested in maximizing the amount of end-of-season chaos the remaining schedule can produce. The amount of season, even, if it comes to a 163rd game—or two.

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After the King, a deluge of middle-tier Junior Circuit starters.

These are the American League starting pitcher fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher, left fielder, center fielder, right fielder, and closer installments. NL starting pitcher will be published Monday.

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November 12, 2010 11:00 am

GM for a Day: San Diego Padres

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Christina Kahrl

Making some tough choices doesn't have to mean being non-competitive.

So, the Padres came up short, if only just, and the legacy of their big finish in 2009 just heralded a nice surprise and second-place irrelevance in 2010. That's the heartbreak of transient happiness for you, but with a roster stocked with plenty of passing fancies and the clock ticking on most of the club's big-name ballplayers, there are few one-day fixer-uppers more challenging than trying to sort out what to do with the Padres.

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A look at the three post-seasons game on top today, two of which are elimination games.

Well, that didn’t take long, as the Yankees have already moved on from the American League Division Series to the American League Championship Series while the Twins are once again sent home. I don’t necessarily buy into the whole psychological factor that the media seems to think is a tremendous storyline. The Twins are a great team, but the Yankees are greater. I highly doubt a great team like the Twins subconsciously sabotages itself throughout a game and that’s why the other team comes away victorious. It’s tough to beat a team so deep that Lance Berkman isn’t even a regular, regardless of whether or not players on the opposing team have some deep-rooted notion that they are the lesser team entering the matchup. The Yankees will rest up, avoiding the need to use CC Sabathia on short rest, and awaiting the outcome of our first series today.

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September 29, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Perspective: Front Fours

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Christina Kahrl

Selecting the four starters for the nine possible playoff teams is easier in some instances than others.

Last Friday, I brought up the Reds' rotation situation as they gear up for their first post-season series since 1995. We can't peg everyone's rotations perfectly just yet, of course, because there are still a few issues to resolve—which two teams from among the Braves, Giants, and Padres will join the Reds and Phillies in next week's action, for example, set against the much less exciting proposition over who is going to win home-field advantage in the AL.

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August 16, 2010 12:23 pm

Fantasy Beat: Young AL East Hurlers

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Marc Normandin

The AL East is the least friendly division in baseball for pitchers, but can we hope for more from some young hurlers in 2011?

Sticking with a young pitcher in the American League East can be difficult, but it can pay off when the starter is talented enough. Take Clay Buchholz and David Price for example—you can argue that both pitchers have been lucky and performed better than their SIERA suggests they should, but there's no denying their impressive campaigns given the context they have to pitch in. Via quality of opponent OPS, Buchholz has faced the fourth most difficult lineups in baseball (747, while allowing an OPS of 614) and Price, the 13th (744, 650). Today we'll take a look at some pitchers who haven't found the same success in the AL East yet, but have potential to survive in spite of their setting in 2011.

Brian Matusz has scuffled a bit in 2010 after showing promise in a 44 inning sample in 2009. The lefty has seen his strikeout rate dip to right around the league average (6.9) and his walk rate climb to the same (3.5). While he's dropped his homers to the average as well, he has allowed a .431 slugging—a significant portion of that comes from a lofty batting average against though, as his ISO allowed is .151.

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. Picking favorites for the Wild Card for the respective leagues initially might have seemed easy, since the selections universally favored the second-place team in the AL East, while all but two voters picked their second-place teams in the NL East to earn the non-division champ playoff team, but a tie in the rankings had to be broken in favor of the team named the Wild Card winner on the most individual ballots, which is sure to upset some people.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that's been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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