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09-19

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 31: We're On Fire
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

09-07

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The Call-Up: Victor Robles
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Jarrett Seidler and George Bissell

08-24

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Let It Eat: Bad Breaks
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Ben Carsley

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Rizzo's Relief
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Aaron Gleeman and Greg Goldstein

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: The Purge: Philadelphia
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Ben Diamond, Lukas Vlahos, Greg Goldstein and Craig Goldstein

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Altitude Frisbee
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Aaron Gleeman, Zack Moser, Greg Goldstein, Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Anderson

07-28

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The Call-Up: Erick Fedde
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

07-17

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Transaction Analysis: Our Long Nationals Nightmare Is Over
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Bryan Grosnick, Ben Diamond, Javier Barragan, Greg Goldstein and George Bissell

06-26

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Trea Turner
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Aaron Gleeman

05-19

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Banjo Hitter: Gimme a Quarter's Worth: Rising Odds
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Aaron Gleeman

05-10

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Banjo Hitter: Beyond the 90th Percentile
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Aaron Gleeman

05-09

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Baseball Therapy: Do Strikeouts Spread?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-25

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Banjo Hitter: Mr. April
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Aaron Gleeman

04-11

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Rubbing Mud: Adam Wainwright Moving Side to Side
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Matthew Trueblood

03-31

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Washington Nationals
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Meg Rowley

03-29

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Circle Change: Daniel Murphy Raises the Ghost of an Idea
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Zach Crizer

03-06

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Transaction Analysis: The Washington Three
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Bryan Grosnick

02-27

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Transaction Analysis: Wieters Facts, Recalibrated
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Bryan Grosnick

01-13

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Tools of Ignorance: Cornered
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Jeff Quinton

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Adam Eaton, Underrated No More
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Jarrett Seidler, Adam McInturff, Mike Gianella and Matthew Trueblood

11-16

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Transaction Analysis: Seattle Swag
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Dustin Palmateer, Meg Rowley, Jared Wyllys and Kenny Ducey

11-14

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Prospectus Feature: The Cy Young and the Unfair Advantage of Defense
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Jonathan Judge

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Clayton Kershaw, Proven Closer
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Jarrett Seidler

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 5 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Short-Rest Seesaw
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Mauricio Rubio

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Baker vs. Roberts
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Craig Goldstein

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Split Opportunities
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Demetrius Bell

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Not a Duel, But Dodgers Grab Game 1
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Ashley Varela

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 1 Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Dodgers
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Craig Goldstein

09-02

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Rubbing Mud: Trea Turner Saved Dusty Baker From Himself
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Matthew Trueblood

08-29

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Transaction Analysis: Heart, Soul, and Marginal Upgrades
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

08-12

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Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent
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Aaron Gleeman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo
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Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

07-29

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Lucas Giolito
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Doug Thorburn

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

07-18

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What You Need to Know: All He Does Is Win, Win, Win
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Ashley Varela

07-16

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Raising Aces: Passing of the Cy
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Doug Thorburn

07-08

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What You Need to Know: Into the Wild
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Nicolas Stellini

07-08

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Pebble Hunting: Kershaw vs. Harper: The Mistakes
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Sam Miller

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 6
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Matt Sussman

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

05-30

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Prospectus Feature: The Under-the-Radar Team Adjustments
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Rob Mains

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: Art Discovered, Lost, Found
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Rob Mains

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-14

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Raising Aces: Why Max Scherzer?
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Doug Thorburn

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
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Demetrius Bell

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Tip of the Strasburg
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Bryan Grosnick

05-10

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Fifth Column: On A Rule Limiting Intentional Walks
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Michael Baumann

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On the 31st episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. had so much fun talking about the surging Indians last week, that they choose to follow the same format this week. This time, the topics du jour are the two other playoff teams: the (quiet) Washington Nationals and the (loud) Houston Astros.

Welcome back to the DFA podcast! Hosts Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus) and R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), plus producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets), are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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September 7, 2017 4:48 pm

The Call-Up: Victor Robles

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Jarrett Seidler and George Bissell

This is a proportionate response to Bryce Harper's hair, we think.

The Situation: The Nationals are 18 games up in the NL East and pretty obviously going to the playoffs, but their outfield situation has been a mish-mash ever since Adam Eaton went down for the season in April. Bryce Harper should be back from his own knee injury for the playoffs, but that’s not even a guarantee. In center, Michael Taylor played unexpectedly well in the first half, but has been awful since his return a month ago from an oblique injury. It’s unwise to count too much on the Howie Kendrick resurrection tour to continue with such aplomb in left, and Jayson Werth is a shell of his former self. Victor Robles is among the best prospects left in the minors, has had success (albeit limited) at Double-A, and can play all three outfield spots, so it’s time to get weird.

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August 24, 2017 6:00 am

Let It Eat: Bad Breaks

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Ben Carsley

Think injuries have killed your favorite team? Well, you're not alone.

Injuries are a part of baseball, and they present hurdles that every team must overcome. Pretty much every team has lost at least one top-five player on its roster for some period of time, and many more regulars and depth players are lost along the way. Bones break. UCLs snap. Ligaments sprain. Hamstrings pull. Heads get knocked. And replacements take the field.

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Washington adds another veteran late-inning reliever, snagging All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler from Minnesota.

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Jeremy Hellickson goes from one non-contender to another, while Howie Kendrick joins the Nationals' stacked lineup.

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Colorado picks up bullpen help in Pat Neshek, Washington calls up Andrew Stevenson, and Minnesota unloads one of the old regime's mistakes.

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July 28, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Erick Fedde

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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

The Nationals turn to their 2014 first-round pick to fill a rotation spot.

The Situation: Stephen Strasburg’s latest mystery elbow problem has landed him on the 10-day DL. He’s only expected to miss one start, but the Nationals have called up their top remaining pitching prospect, Erick Fedde, to take the turn.

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Washington's mess of a bullpen gets major help in form of right-hander Ryan Madson and left-hander Sean Doolittle.

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Trea Turner's first 162 games have featured some greatness, some goodness, and a few remaining questions.

No matter what happens during Trea Turner’s career on the field, he forever left his mark off the field by motivating Major League Baseball to change the way it handles trades of recent draft picks—the Trea Turner Rule, unofficially. Turner was drafted 13th overall by the Padres in 2014 out of North Carolina State, where he hit .342 with 113 steals in 173 games. After signing quickly for $2.9 million, he debuted by hitting .323 with 23 steals in 69 games between rookie-ball and low Single-A, establishing himself as a consensus top-100 prospect right away. And then that winter the Padres traded him. Sort of.

New general manager A.J. Preller was hell-bent on turning a 77-85 team into an immediate winner, giving up prospects, young major leaguers, and piles of cash to bring in Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, James Shields, Melvin Upton, and Derek Norris, among others. Myers was acquired from the Rays in a three-team blockbuster that involved Turner being dealt to the Nationals. However, because he was just six months removed from signing and MLB rules prohibited draft picks from being traded for a full year, Turner’s inclusion in the swap had to be masked as a “player to be named later.”

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It was a good first quarter for the Rockies, Yankees, Nationals, and Diamondbacks.

In this space yesterday, I examined the four struggling teams that have seen their BP Playoff Odds drop the most through one-quarter of the season. Let’s flip things around now and look at the four teams that have seen their odds rise the most since Opening Day.

(All records and odds through Wednesday's games.)

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This season is old enough to know better, but some early hitting performances really stand out.

I know it’s still too early in the season to draw meaningful conclusions about much of anything because my beloved Twins have a winning record, but we are far enough along that only seven hitters with 100 or more plate appearances are beating their 90th percentile PECOTA projections by at least 200 points of OPS. Two of those seven, Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman, are great hitters off to especially strong starts, leaving five genuine, out-of-nowhere surprises among full-time position players. By the end of the season they may all have turned back into pumpkins, but in the meantime my curiosity is piqued.

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May 9, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Do Strikeouts Spread?

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Russell A. Carleton

Ryan Zimmerman credits Daniel Murphy with his comeback season, but can learning from teammates break bad too?

The big story of the Nationals' season so far (other than that guy who got a save the other day) has been the resuscitation of Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who has battled injuries for the past few years, reached double digits in home runs for the month of April. According to a story that should probably be called “apocryphal,” Zimmerman’s renaissance can be credited to deep, late-night conversations with teammate Daniel Murphy. Murphy had one weird trick that he suggested Zimmerman might try this year: swing up. Apparently, it worked.

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