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10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Zimmermann and Post-Zimmermann: The Two Games Within NLDS Game Two
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Mike Gianella

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Giants 3, Nationals 2
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Giants
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Mike Gianella and Doug Thorburn

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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The Future
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Joe Hamrahi

08-29

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The Call-Up: Dilson Herrera
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Jeff Moore and Craig Goldstein

08-04

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 4, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: If You've Got Asdrubal...
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Craig Goldstein and Rob McQuown

07-21

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 21, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

07-11

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Notes from the Field: Not Jose Fernandez (But the Best Since)
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Jeff Moore

07-01

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Overthinking It: The Nationals' Non-Problem
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Ben Lindbergh

06-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 477: When Does a GM Deserve to Be Fired?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-20

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Behind the Curtain: Lucas Giolito
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CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair

06-19

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 19, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-12

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What You Need to Know: Walking the Walk
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

05-20

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Painting the Black: The Werth-Case Outcome
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R.J. Anderson

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks
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R.J. Anderson

05-14

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Transaction Analysis: Marmol Misses, Down and Away
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R.J. Anderson

04-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 438: Bryce Harper, Hustle, and Health
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-29

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Baseball Therapy: Do Innings Limits Work?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-31

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Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Going Yard: The Violence of Bryce Harper's Swing
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Ryan Parker

03-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 413: 2014 Season Preview Series: Washington Nationals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-24

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Prospectus Preview: NL East 2014 Preseason Preview
by
Sam Miller and Will Woods

03-16

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Nationals Park - June 21, 2014
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Joe Hamrahi

02-21

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Fantasy Team Preview: Washington Nationals
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Craig Goldstein

02-21

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

02-21

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Raising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking for Mechanical Hallmarks
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Doug Thorburn

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: Nationals Catch a Ray
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R.J. Anderson and Steffan Segui

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Catching Up with Catcher News
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Daniel Rathman

01-21

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Rumor Roundup: Bringing Back Bailey
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Daniel Rathman

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Youngian Thing
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R.J. Anderson

12-30

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Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 27-29
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Jeff Moore

12-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 347: The Rule Changes, Trades, and Signings of Winter Meetings Day Three
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: More Morton
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Sam Miller

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Nationals, Nate McLouth Hide Each Other's Flaws
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Ben Lindbergh and Ben Carsley

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski's Puzzling Deal
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Ben Lindbergh, Josh Herzenberg and Paul Sporer

12-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 340: Attempting to Make Sense of the Doug Fister Deal
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-22

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Rumor Roundup: Third Baseman for Sale
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Daniel Rathman

11-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 333: How Teams Are Bridging the Gap Between Front Office and Field Staff
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-14

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One Move: National League East
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Craig Goldstein

11-05

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Overthinking It: Brad Ausmus and Cementing the New Model for Managers
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Transaction Analysis: Welcome Matt
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R.J. Anderson

09-04

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What You Need to Know: The Pittsburgh Pirates: No Longer a Losing Team
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Daniel Rathman

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Could Washington Win the Wild Card?
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Daniel Rathman

08-20

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Transaction Analysis: Bye Charlie
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R.J. Anderson

08-15

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Skewed Left: The Nationals' New Future
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Zachary Levine

08-08

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Painting the Black: Rating Rizzo
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R.J. Anderson

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July 1, 2014 7:45 am

Overthinking It: The Nationals' Non-Problem

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Ben Lindbergh

Time heals all wounds, but in Washington's case, it will also inflict them.

You’d think Bryce Harper’s comeback from his latest long-term injury would be cause for unbridled celebration, and in some contexts, it has been (see the standing ovation Harper received from the fans at Nationals Park before his first plate appearance on Monday). However, the 21-year-old outfielder’s return also been cause for consternation. Harper’s presence, coupled with Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing problems from third, have given the Nats more qualified position players than they have open positions, which has made everyone around the team wonder: Where will they put their surplus player(s)?

Most teams suffer from the opposite issue—too few productive players—so the Nationals’ quandary is an example of the proverbial “good problem to have.” Still, it seems as though there’s no easy answer, and so the discussion has staying power. Twice last month, two weeks apart, I appeared on MLB Network’s MLB Now; both times, Washington’s positional logjam was a featured topic, and both times, the panel was split over what manager Matt Williams should do. The discourse in print hasn’t been much more decisive.

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Ben and Sam banter about the Nationals, then discuss where the Padres went wrong and whether Josh Byrnes deserved his dismissal.

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June 20, 2014 6:00 am

Behind the Curtain: Lucas Giolito

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CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair

Two BP writers who've spent time watching Giolito face off about his future.

Debate topic: Lucas Giolito, RHP, National (Low-A Hagerstown)
Participants: Tucker Blair and CJ Wittmann

You have both put eyes on Lucas Giolito this season. Please describe your thoughts after seeing him, complete with scouting grades and projections.


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Eyes on Will Lamb, Lucas Giolito, Christian Binford, Chris Anderson, Aaron Sanchez, and Gabriel Ynoa.

Will Lamb

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June 12, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Walking the Walk

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

The Nationals move into first place, Cole Hamels and Tyson Ross duel in Philly, plus more from Wednesday and previews for today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Nationals starting pitchers have issued four walks over their last 10 games. Combined. That’s four walks in 71 innings and just one in their last 54. Giants starter Matt Cain walked four Nats in the first inning of last night’s game alone, including the first three who stepped into the box.

That was out of character for Cain, of course, but it tied a season high for the right-hander and put the Giants halfway to their worst walk output as a staff this season. To make matters worse for the home team, three of those four walks turned into runs, two of them on this RBI single by Adam LaRoche and the third on this RBI ground out by Ryan Zimmerman.


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May 20, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Werth-Case Outcome

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R.J. Anderson

Jayson Werth hasn't been, as predicted, the worst signing of the 2010 offseason. Does he have a case for being the best?

When the Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year deal worth $126 million, back in winter 2010, the expectation was that they would come to regret the decision.

The reasons were obvious. Werth was a 31-year-old corner outfielder who was closer to good than elite. Moreover, the Nationals were closer to bad than average. Washington had gone five years since its most recent .500 effort, and in the previous season had won just 69 games. True, the Nats had an impressive array of young talent climbing the organizational depth chart, but it seemed Werth would be in his mid-30s and on the decline by the time those kids matured. All those variables factored into a rival general manager telling Ken Rosenthal that the deal was “Absolutely bat[flipping] crazy.”

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks

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R.J. Anderson

The A's get Kyle Blanks, the Rays lost Ben Zobrist (for now), Jeff Keppinger is dismissed and Greg Dobbs finds a bench to sit on.

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May 14, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Marmol Misses, Down and Away

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R.J. Anderson

The Marlins cut Carlos Marmol loose, while a slew of excellent players are hurt.

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Ben and Sam discuss Bryce Harper's latest injury and their thoughts on when hustle becomes counterproductive.

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April 29, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Do Innings Limits Work?

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Russell A. Carleton

Stephen Strasburg wants to know.

Let’s go back to 2012, when the Washington Nationals made one of the most controversial decisions in recent memory by shutting down pitcher Stephen Strasburg late in the season, even though it meant that Strasburg, though not injured at the time, would not pitch for the Nationals in their Division Series. The Nationals lost that series to the St. Louis Cardinals three games to two, and Lana del Rey wrote “Summertime Sadness” as a result (no, not really). The Nationals justified that decision by saying that they wanted to keep Strasburg below 160 innings pitched for the season to prevent him from further injury. In 2011, Strasburg only pitched in five games, spending most of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was healthy through most of 2013 and has been so far through 2014.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day

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R.J. Anderson

Not one of Tyler Collins' or Roenis Ellis' PECOTA comparables was a major leaguer. But Collins, Ellis, and the rest of these unknowns are on MLB rosters today.

Opening Day is here, and that means it's time to introduce the unknowns who made rosters. This year's edition includes some new quirks. In addition to an expanded roster, each capsule now includes the player's major league service time (MLS) and the percentage of their PECOTA comparables who played in the bigs during the comparable season (MLB%), as a crude way to determine the unexpectedness of their Opening Day assignment.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: The Violence of Bryce Harper's Swing

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Ryan Parker

Why the young Nationals star Bryce Harper is about to have a monster year.

Bryce Harper is about to have his best season. His swing is beginning to take shape. The violence is still there, the head-turning bat speed hasn’t left him, but he now has a much more efficient movement pattern. To understand this process, let’s compare his swings from 2012, 2013, and this year’s spring action.

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