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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
by
Jonathan Judge

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Clayton Kershaw, Proven Closer
by
Jarrett Seidler

10-13

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

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Short-Rest Seesaw
by
Mauricio Rubio

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Baker vs. Roberts
by
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
by
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
by
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
by
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
by
Ashley Varela

07-16

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Raising Aces: Passing of the Cy
by
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
by
Sam Miller

06-14

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

06-06

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 6
by
Matt Sussman

06-06

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

05-30

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

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: Art Discovered, Lost, Found
by
Rob Mains

05-18

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

05-14

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Raising Aces: Why Max Scherzer?
by
Doug Thorburn

05-12

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

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Tip of the Strasburg
by
Bryan Grosnick

05-10

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Fifth Column: On A Rule Limiting Intentional Walks
by
Michael Baumann

05-09

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What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs
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Ashley Varela

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight
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Nicolas Stellini

04-27

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Life at the Margins: In Dusty They Trusty
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Rian Watt

04-26

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Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back
by
Doug Thorburn

04-22

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Prospectus Feature: Your Fun, My Fun, Our Fun
by
Trevor Strunk

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
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Ashley Varela

04-12

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Pebble Hunting: How You Tried To Beat PECOTA
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Sam Miller

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans
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Bryan Grosnick

03-21

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Life at the Margins: Greatness, Nearby
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Rian Watt

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

03-18

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Fifth Column: Davey Lopes, But His Players Run Like Crazy
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Michael Baumann

03-17

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Winter Is Leaving
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Brendan Gawlowski

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: Arroyo's Hopes Alive, If Nats Can't Find A Better Man
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: The Sultriest Fifth-Starter Showdown?
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Daniel Rathman

02-18

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Rubbing Mud: Between Now and the Free Agent Superclass
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Matthew Trueblood

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
by
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

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The teams that are doing things radically different than last year, and whether they mean anything.

Last week, Matt Trueblood wrote about the biggest changes to team Playoff Odds since the start of the season. The five teams with the widest swings: The White Sox, Red Sox, Astros, Mariners, and Yankees. You can guess why. Three of them have been surprisingly good, and two of them have been surprisingly bad. Those teamwide surprises have been underpinned by individual surprises, like Jackie Bradley Jr. (good) and Dallas Keuchel (not). Surprises all, but well-known surprises. If Donald Rumsfeld were writing for BP, he might call them known knowns. (He might call them that anyway. Or he might be too focused on getting you to play solitaire on your smartphone to care.)

I’m looking for unknown knowns. These are teams that’ve changed in less obvious ways—i.e., not the ones you see when you peruse the standings each day—but are nonetheless interesting. I looked for sharp changes from 2015 compared to the 2016 season to date that have probably eluded headlines and highlight shows.

Of course, there are two ways a team can change. They can import a bunch of new players with new characteristics, or their existing personnel can change. I found a little of both in this list.

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On the "lost art" of the two-out RBI.

On Saturday night’s national FOX broadcast of the Nationals-Marlins game, announcer Cliff Floyd bemoaned what he called “the lost art of the two-out RBI.” Had you ever heard of that? Me neither. So I decided to check it out.

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Chase Anderson (almost) shuts down the Cubs, Scherzer vs. Syndergaard lives up to the billing, and Kershaw vs. Trout lives up to Kershaw.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Milwaukee’s pitching has offered little excitement this year (except, perhaps, excitement about the fact that the Reds exist, which allows the Brewers to be second to last for most pitching stats instead of the worst in baseball). The Cubs’ hitting, on the other hand, has offered excitement near nonstop. And because baseball is weird, when the two met Tuesday night, the excitement was all Milwaukee’s—though the Cubs did their best to spoil that up until the very end.


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Standout arms (for good or ill) from this week, including, duh, Max Scherzer. Also Aroldis Chapman (good) and Luis Severino and Derek Holland (ill).

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20 Ks, y'all, 20 Ks. Also: Good for the Astros, Good for the Giants, Good for the Mariners.

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The Nationals lock up their first generational, first-overall-pick player. Does it tell us anything about whether they'll do the same with Bryce Harper?

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A decade after Barry Bonds, a few days after Bryce Harper: On the search for a solution to what might or might not be a problem with overzealous intentional walkers.

A friend of mine is, for reasons passing understanding, a Washington Nationals fan, and she emailed me Monday morning, understandably upset about her team’s performance over the weekend. Among her grievances was that Bryce Harper, the exquisitely coiffed hitter of baseballs and swearer-at-of-umpires, drew three intentional walks and came to the plate seven times without putting a ball in play.

So she suggested that MLB institute a rule against intentionally walking the same batter more than twice in the same game.

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There were home runs of every flavor this weekend, and none more savory than Bartolo Colon's first tater

The Weekend Takeaway
We laud pitchers for passing certain milestones: completing their first career shutout, notching 200 strikeouts in a season, and if they’re lucky even crafting a no-hitter. The one they never forget, however, is their first home run.


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The Royals storm back, Mike Trout amazes, the Reds' bullpen is the worst, and more.

It’s the bottom of the ninth in Kansas City. Dusty Baker has called upon Jonathan Papelbon to protect a 6-4 lead with Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante due up. Papelbon leaves the bullpen with 358 career saves. He will not record his 359th.

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Rethinking Dusty Baker, with the help of some Nationals.

Early Sunday evening, somewhere in the bowels of Nationals Park, the questions came flying at Dusty Baker thick and fast. Why did he double-switch Bryce Harper out of the game immediately after Harper's ninth-inning home run, and instead put Chris Heisey into the game, thus burning the Nationals' last position player? I mean, it meant that he had to let a relief pitcher (Oliver Perez) take an at-bat with two outs and runners on base in the bottom of the 15th inning, for crying out loud! Why, for that matter, did he leave Stephen Strasburg in the game for 114 pitches? And what the hell was Yusmeiro Petit doing throwing 4 ⅓ innings in this game, anyway?

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Outstanding arms from week three, including Strasburg, Jose Fernandez and Drew Smyly.

We're now three weeks into the baseball season, such that the relative quality of opponents is beginning to wash out as pitchers continue to tour the league, while emerging trends start to become more reality and less fluke. Let's take a look at a trio of starters who had multiple starts last week, and whose performances left an impression.

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The thesis, antithesis and synthesis for what's fun about baseball in the Papa Slam era.

As spring sets in, and the soft breeze cools us during a pleasant evening turning into night, our biological clocks click in unison and we all know what time it is: It’s the time when Fun In Baseball becomes A Thing again.

Inexorably, like the salmon returning to spawn, the baseball writers of America and the young fans of the game stop whatever they’re doing to examine player actions and determine what’s so fun about watching a baseball game anyway. Is the Papa Slam fun? Is Dellin Betances fun? Is this fun?

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