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05-17

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BP Unfiltered: Jeff Keppinger Finally Works a Walk, and a Disar Awards Update
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Ben Lindbergh

10-23

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BP Unfiltered: Dominican Players and Plate Discipline: Additional Data
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Ben Lindbergh

10-23

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Finding a Way to Walk off the Island
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Jorge Arangure Jr.

08-23

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BP Unfiltered: Double Double, Arms in Trouble
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Geoff Young

01-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Money Poorly Spent, Now and Then
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John Perrotto

01-17

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Ahead in the Count: Situational Pitching
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Matt Swartz

08-04

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Seidnotes: Let's Go for a Free Pass
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Eric Seidman

10-09

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Player Profile: Scott Kazmir
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Marc Normandin

10-01

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You Could Look It Up: Walkless in Wrigleyville
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Steven Goldman

09-17

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Changing Speeds: A Situational Pitching Hotfix
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Ken Funck

07-13

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Balls and Strikes, Walks and Strikeouts
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Brian Cartwright

05-29

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Prospectus Hit List: Going Places
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Marc Normandin

05-05

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You Could Look It Up: Kevin Youkilis
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Steven Goldman

04-01

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Every Given Sunday
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John Perrotto

03-14

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Switching Leagues
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John Perrotto

02-20

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Bad Contracts
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John Perrotto

10-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten-Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
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Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
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Jim Baker

10-13

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Three
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Prospectus Today: The Games Go On
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

10-11

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Remembering Buck O'Neil
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Alex Belth

10-11

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day One
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Joe Sheehan

10-09

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Completely Random Statistical Trivia
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Keith Woolner

10-09

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-07

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Matchups: October Musings
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Jim Baker

10-05

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Two
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Joe Sheehan

08-04

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Prospectus Matchups: Abreu Walks to New York
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Jim Baker

04-28

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Prospectus Matchups: Walkfest, 2006
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Jim Baker

04-18

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Future Shock: NL Central Roundup
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Kevin Goldstein

12-08

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

06-01

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Can Of Corn: No Walks for You
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Dayn Perry

07-02

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Prospectus Matchups: Independence Edition
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Jim Baker

06-11

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Can Of Corn: Underrated Prospects
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Dayn Perry

05-04

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Prospectus Today: Stroll Through the Stats: NL Edition
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Joe Sheehan

04-15

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Box Lunch: The Week in Box Scores, April 7-13
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Keith Scherer

12-05

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Breaking Balls: Another Look at Walking Bonds
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Derek Zumsteg

05-14

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Doctoring The Numbers: Historic Walk Rates in Montreal
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Rany Jazayerli

05-14

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Doctoring The Numbers: Historic Walk Rates in Montreal
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Rany Jazayerli

04-08

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The Week in Quotes: April 1-7
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Derek Zumsteg

02-22

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The Blue Jays' Lineup
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John Brattain

07-26

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Doctoring The Numbers: More Homers than Walks
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Rany Jazayerli

07-03

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Touring the Minors
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Keith Scherer

06-22

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Touring the Minors
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Keith Scherer

05-23

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Doctoring The Numbers: Alex Gonzalez
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Rany Jazayerli

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The latest on the longest season-starting walkless streaks.

It’s appropriate that Jeff Keppinger’s first walk of 2013 was a game-winner. After 140 plate appearances without one—150 dating back to the end of last season—it would’ve been a shame if the walk we’d all been waiting for hadn’t helped the White Sox win.

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How does the plate discipline of Dominican players compare to the league as a whole?

If you read Jorge Arangure Jr.’s great guest piece on Dominican players and plate discipline today, you may have wondered, as I did, whether we could see any difference between Dominicans and non-Dominicans in the data. Jorge mentioned how few Dominicans are among their respective leagues’ leaders in walk rate, but I wanted to see how DR-born players stacked up as a group. I asked BP data dude Dan Turkenkopf to run the numbers, and this is what he found for major leaguers in 2012. (Note: pitcher hitting is included, and the “league” rates include Dominican players.)

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Are Dominican hitters hurting themselves by focusing on raw skills at the expense of a patient approach? And can anything be done about it?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Jorge Arangure has been a baseball writer since 2003. He has worked as a senior writer for ESPN and The Washington Post. He's got #want and is #wet and will probably spend his BP freelancing money drinking with Jason Parks.
 


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How often has a pitcher issued 10 or more walks and 10 or more strikeouts in the same game? Not often at all.

When we examined Sandy Koufax's workload a while back, reader LynchMob asked whether anyone had thrown more than 193 pitches in a game since Koufax did it on May 28, 1960. I found two documented cases, both by members of the following year's Dodgers:

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Prince Fielder's new deal has albatross potential, but the Tigers hope it doesn't turn out like one of John's picks for the worst contracts of the free-agent era.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

As your mind reels at the size of Prince Fielder's payday, take a look at this list of 10 free-agent deals that didn't work out well for the teams that handed them out, which originally ran on February 20, 2007.

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January 17, 2011 10:00 am

Ahead in the Count: Situational Pitching

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Matt Swartz

Are pitchers able to apply certain skills when a game calls for it?

One of the pitchers I enjoyed watching the most while I was growing up was Tom Glavine. Even though I was a Phillies fan and frequently saw him victimize my favorite team, I was impressed by the expertise he demonstrated on the mound, and how he perfected his craft. Glavine remains the premier example of a pitcher who out-pitched his peripheral statistics; he was greater than the sum of his parts. For the amount of strikeouts, walks, and ground balls that Glavine got in his career, he should never have been able to keep runs off the scoreboard as well as he did.

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August 4, 2010 8:00 am

Seidnotes: Let's Go for a Free Pass

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Eric Seidman

Continuing an examination of Cliff Lee's season, here's a closer look at his home run and walk rates.

I've been thinking an awful lot about walks lately—not the kind I try to take each night before bed, but rather the kind that Cliff Lee now avoids with startling regularity. My last two Seidnotes columns focused on his fantastic season in an attempt to deduce whether or not anyone ever matched his potentially historic pace. Additionally, I used his numbers to illustrate the differences between the more common strikeout-to-walk ratio and the strikeout-minus-walk differential. Today, I frame his walk-averse campaign in a slightly different light. Entering his most recent complete-game loss, Lee issued seven walks while surrendering nine home runs.

Yes, the man had walked fewer batters than he had allowed home runs! An out-of-character, two-walk performance on Sunday tied the numbers, but I began to wonder how rare it is for dingers to exceed walks. With that in mind, my goals today are to explore this very phenomenon, and to discuss walks and walk rates on a very basic level, as the numbers are used very frequently, yet leaders in the respective categories are not exactly common knowledge.

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October 9, 2009 12:15 pm

Player Profile: Scott Kazmir

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Marc Normandin

With an eye towards the weekend's action, what is the performance track record of the Angels' Game Three starter?

Despite his age, Scott Kazmir has already had a career full of ups and downs. At just 25 years old, the former Tampa Bay Rays ace has an uncertain future ahead of him, as he could go in one of two directions: he could bounce back from a disappointing 2009 season to become the pitcher many envisioned him turning into, or he could continue to slip further from top-of-the-rotation relevancy with each passing year. The Angels dealt for him this summer, hoping that he can be more the former than the latter, especially over the next month, as they try to do something they have never done before-beat the Red Sox to advance in the playoffs.

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Or, why Stan Hack died for Shawon Dunston's sins.

Given the advent of the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and their run-generating home parks, it's easy to forget that Wrigley Field used to be the National League's premier batter-friendly park. It hasn't really changed as a hitter-friendly environment; though the old ballpark cannot compete with the high elevation of Colorado or the warm, dry air of Arizona, in most seasons it still gives batters more of a lift than the other sea-level, mild-climate ballparks.

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September 17, 2009 3:11 pm

Changing Speeds: A Situational Pitching Hotfix

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Ken Funck

Building on last week's work and reader feedback, an expansion on the subject of pitcher performance in double-play situations.

In last week's column, I took an initial look at the question of whether pitchers in general-or specific pitchers-are able to successfully tailor their approach to be more effective in certain game situations, or to be exact, during double-play (DP) situations and situations with a runner on third and fewer than two outs (R3). To do this, I performed some cursory analysis of pitching data for the 2005-09 seasons to see whether ground-ball, walk, and strikeout rates differ in these situations compared to the norm. The numbers I ran for the DP situation showed an increase in ground balls (which are often, but not always, good for the pitcher in double-play situations), a decrease in strikeouts (which are always good for the pitcher in any situation) and a decrease in walk rate. Lastly, I looked at individual pitchers to get some idea of which ones improved the most during the DP situation, based on a quick and dirty measure I called PRIDE, which summed the changes in ground-ball and K rates and subtracted the change in walk rate.

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To read Brian Cartwright's Unfiltered post following up on one of the audience's suggested topics, surf here.

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May 29, 2009 2:00 pm

Prospectus Hit List: Going Places

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Marc Normandin

By filling five of the top nine perches, the beasts of the Easts are riding high on this week's list.

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