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02-02

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Prospectus Feature: The Legal Dispute That's Costing the Nats Millions Won't End
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Samuel Mann

01-11

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Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief
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Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

12-29

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Best of BP 2015: Post-Moneyball's Clubability
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Meg Rowley

12-09

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Players Prefer Presentation: Uh-Oh: On Dusty Baker
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Meg Rowley

12-08

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Baseball Therapy: Fiddlesticks, Yeah!
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Russell A. Carleton

12-07

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Rubbing Mud: Opposite Ways on the B-W Parkway
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Matthew Trueblood

11-05

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Transaction Analysis: Dusty Baker and the Return of Experience
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Matthew Trueblood

11-04

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40

Players Prefer Presentation: Post-Moneyball's Clubability
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Meg Rowley

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report
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Matthew Trueblood

05-21

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Release Points: How Bryce Harper Beat The Book On Bryce Harper
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Dan Rozenson

05-21

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Pitching Backward: How Offense is Created
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Jeff Long

05-20

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo
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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

05-20

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7

What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
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Daniel Rathman

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
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Chris Mosch

05-11

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7

What You Need to Know: Bryce Harder!
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Ian Frazer

05-08

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Rubbing Mud: The War On Strasmas
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Matthew Trueblood

05-07

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7

What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!
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Chris Mosch

05-07

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Release Points: Tyler Clippard's Split's the Difference
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Dan Rozenson

04-30

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BP Unfiltered: The Comeback
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Matthew Trueblood

04-29

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4

What You Need to Know: HIS NAME IS... !
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Daniel Rathman

04-28

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What You Need to Know: Gee!
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Chris Mosch

04-28

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The Call-Up: A.J. Cole
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Al Skorupa and Craig Goldstein

04-24

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Painting the Black: No D In Desmond?
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R.J. Anderson

04-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 17
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Matthew Kory

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Matt Harvey's 'Weird' Return
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Daniel Rathman

04-10

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Pitching Backward: The Future of Leadership
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Jeff Long

04-03

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Rubbing Mud: Four Good Young PItchers, Four Unusual Situations
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Matthew Trueblood

03-23

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Every Team's Moneyball: Washington Nationals: On a Draft High
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Christopher Crawford

02-09

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Painting the Black: Pitch Sequencing, From Z to Y
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R.J. Anderson

01-22

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Pitching Backward: The Cost of Being on Baseball's Bad Side
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Jeff Long

01-21

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Rumor Roundup: The World Is Drunk On Burke Badenhop Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

01-20

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Baseball Therapy: Rick Ankiel's Third Act
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Russell A. Carleton

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Nationals Stare Into The Future
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Sam Miller and Mike Gianella

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Clippard Shipped
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-30

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Fantasy Team Preview: Washington Nationals
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Mike Gianella

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: What the Rays and Nationals Got
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Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Chris Rodriguez and J.P. Breen

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: The Slugging Korean Shortstop, Or Perhaps Non-Slugging Third Baseman
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Looks Like We May/Det
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Ben Carsley

11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Upton and Ubaldo in One Ugly Rumor
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Daniel Rathman

11-13

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Before They Were Pros
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David Rawnsley, Todd Gold and Patrick Ebert

11-11

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

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

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May 20, 2015 5:06 am

What You Need to Know: As Predicted!

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Daniel Rathman

The Nationals find first place, Randy Choate reaches first base, the Brewers go back-to-back-to-back, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Hope springs eternal when teams break camp and head to their respective openers with 0-0 records. Every team, from the heaviest favorites to the longest of long shots, is in first place on the first day of the season.


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May 13, 2015 10:17 am

What You Need to Know: Hello Noah

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Chris Mosch

Noah Syndergaard loses to an ace; Giancarlo Stanton has a jack; Strasburg flops; and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The debut of Noah Syndergaard was highly anticipated largely because the 6-foot-6 right-hander has the type of pedigree that gives him the potential to be one of the better pitchers in baseball down the road. However, Syndergaard is also 22 years old and is far from a finished product, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that the hard-throwing Texan ran into some issues against a talented Cubs lineup on Tuesday. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the guy opposite Syndergaard, Jake Arrieta, one-upped the rookie and pitched like a polished front-of-the-rotation starter, given that it’s pretty much what he’s been for the past year.


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May 11, 2015 10:00 am

What You Need to Know: Bryce Harder!

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Ian Frazer

The Nationals star is hitting everything harder, the A's are fumbling around, the Pirates/Cardinals rivalry continues, and the best defensive play of the weekend is a goshdarned magic trick.

The Weekend Takeaway

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How Stephen Strasburg has become Phil Hughes, and why it's not working.

Stephen Strasburg is finally resolving the dissonance we have all felt about him for five years. Ever since his debut performance raised unreasonably high expectations even higher, Strasburg has been chasing the ghost of his own future, pitching stunningly well, but never well enough to clear the bar people set for him. Strasburg was worth 8.5 WARP from 2012-14, according to DRA, and that’s despite the degree to which the Nationals kept training wheels on him after his Tommy John surgery in 2010. Strasburg led all starters in strikeout rate in 2012, and led the NL in both strikeouts and games started last season. It’s been difficult to reconcile his dominance with the feeling that something is missing. Happily, that dilemma feels distant now.

Much less happily, of course, the reason for the decreased tension there is that it’s now much easier to simply call Strasburg, at least this season, disappointing. In six starts this season (the last of which ended with him leaving with shoulder discomfort, although the early indications are as comforting as possible), Strasburg has a 4.73 ERA and a 4.90 DRA. His FIP does come in at a tidy 2.77 (thanks to 32 strikeouts, 10 walks and only one home run allowed), and his .398 BABIP tells us that he’s going to get some help from regression soon, but DRA is king for a reason: you can watch Strasburg and know better than to think he’s simply encountering bad luck.

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May 7, 2015 9:41 am

What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!

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Chris Mosch

Bryce goes yard, and yard, and yard again; Scherzer and Stanton have an epic showdown; Aroldis throws his changeup; and the TWO best defensive plays of the day.

The Wednesday Takeaway
It’s not as if Bryce Harper needed to prove himself to anybody. The 22-year-old entered Wednesday’s game against the Marlins the owner of a .294 True Average over 1,610 plate appearances, all while being younger than many of the game’s top prospects—Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, and so on. And yes, the fun fact that he has yet to face a pitcher younger than him at any professional level still holds true.


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Many pitchers are relievers because they never developed a great off-speed pitch. Tyler Clippard now has two.

“The terms splitter and forkball are often used interchangeably to describe a pitch where the index and middle fingers are split around the baseball in any fashion. … Nonetheless, very few pitchers actually throw the slow, tumbling, dropping forkball.” – Mike Fast

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The Nationals did something amazing two nights ago. Matt Williams already had a better story to tell, though.

The Nationals’ comeback against the Braves Tuesday night will be remembered as a turning point in their season, if their season ends up being worth remembering. They entered the night at 7-13, and with their ace sidelined by a thumb injury, they asked rookie A.J. Cole to begin the process of turning things around. Cole got shelled, surrendering nine hits and nine runs in two innings of work, a mess that got worse than it needed to be because of Cole’s own error in the field. Atlanta led 9-1 after two innings and 10-2 after four. The Nationals stormed back. A fielding error opened the door to a four-run fifth inning, and ultimately, Washington chased Braves ace Julio Teheran with two outs in the sixth inning, down by the more manageable score of 10-7. The Braves led 12-10 after eight, but Dan Uggla—facing the team who pays the bulk of his salary, the team who cut him outright last summer—came up with a second huge hit (a three-run homer), and Drew Storen bravely held off Atlanta in the bottom of the ninth.

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April 29, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: HIS NAME IS... !

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Daniel Rathman

The Nationals snap out of it, Bumgarner beats Kershaw again, and the defensive play and non-play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Washington Nationals’ hero on Tuesday wasn’t Bryce Harper or Jayson Werth. It wasn’t Stephen Strasburg or Jordan Zimmermann. Nor was it Ian Desmond or Denard Span, though the latter went 5-for-6 with three doubles and a big fly in a tremendous evening atop the order.


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April 28, 2015 10:14 am

What You Need to Know: Gee!

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Chris Mosch

The Mets pitcher is a whiz, the Dodgers finally knock off the Giants, the Blue Jays blow a late one and the best defensive play of the day.

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April 28, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: A.J. Cole

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Al Skorupa and Craig Goldstein

It likely won't last long, but A.J. Cole, the second-best pitching prospect in the Nationals system, is finally arrived.

The Situation: After spending over $200 million to add Max Scherzer to an already strong group of arms, the Washington Nationals were expected to have one of the best rotations in baseball. With May a few days away, things have not gone to plan in D.C.. The Nats are tied for the third worst record in MLB and sit in dead last in the N.L. East. Nationals pitchers have allowed 81 runs on the season. Scherzer hurt his thumb while batting last Thursday and will miss a start. Misfortune for Scherzer has created an opportunity for Cole to make his MLB debut. It might be only one spot start, but it’s also an audition and perhaps a chance for something to energize this team.

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What the heck is up with next winter's top free agent shortstop?

Ian Desmond is a confident individual. He established that during the winter by rejecting an extension worth $107 million in order to pursue a greater prospect—the chance to hit the open market at age 30 as the best shortstop available. So five months later, why does Desmond look out of place on the field? And should his prospective suitors share in his uneasiness?

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April 17, 2015 10:30 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 17

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Matthew Kory

This is a very good Hit List.

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