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09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

10-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 297: NL Wild Card Game Preview/Adam J. Morris on the Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
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Ben Lindbergh

09-30

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What You Need to Know: A Wild Final Weekend
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-27

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What You Need to Know: A Bronx Goodbye
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: The Weekend's Playoff Developments
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 290: The Rays' Under-the-Radar Move/Hot AL Wild Card Talk
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Quiet on the Wild Card Front
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Daniel Rathman

10-10

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BP Announcements: Wednesday Division Series Roundtable HERE
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Ben Lindbergh

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap: Orioles 5, Rangers 1
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Derek Carty

10-05

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BP Announcements: Friday Wild Card Roundtable HERE
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Ben Lindbergh

10-05

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Overthinking It: Baltimore's Best Bet to Beat Texas
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Ben Lindbergh

10-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 53: Is the Second Wild Card Working?/Explaining Mainstream Screeds Against Advanced Stats
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-21

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Baseball Therapy: Wild-Card Game Theory
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Russell A. Carleton

09-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Backing into the Playoffs
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Jay Jaffe

09-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 45: What the Wild Card Games Could Look Like/Miguel Cabrera and the Triple Crown
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 24: The Rays Are Rolling/Assessing the Angels' Strange Season
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 19: Scraping Ice
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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Sobsequy: What We Learned About the Deadline
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Adam Sobsey

03-05

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Bizball: Baseball Cashes in with Expanded Playoffs
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Maury Brown

10-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Is the Best of Five the Worst of Series?
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Mike Carminati

09-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Backing into the Playoffs
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Jay Jaffe

09-01

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Manufactured Runs: Raising the Stakes
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Colin Wyers

04-27

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Ahead in the Count: Expanded Playoffs, Expanded Salaries
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Matt Swartz

03-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
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Nate Silver

02-22

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The Payoff Pitch: Two, Three, Many Wild Cards!
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Neil deMause

11-09

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Predictatron Recap
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Ben Murphy

11-02

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Is the Best of Five the Worst of Series?
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Mike Carminati

09-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 10
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Jay Jaffe

07-11

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Predictatron Pontification
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Ben Murphy

09-21

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Prospectus Today: The Wild Card
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Joe Sheehan

09-10

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Prospectus Matchups: Wilding
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Jim Baker

08-17

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Prospectus Today: Not Wild About It
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Joe Sheehan

09-17

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Lies, Damned Lies: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
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Nate Silver

09-10

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Playoff Tiebreakers but Were Afraid to Ask
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Christian Ruzich

07-10

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies
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Baseball Prospectus

01-28

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Prospectus Feature: Expanding the Playoffs: Drawing Guidance from the NBA
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Jeff Bower

08-08

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Prospectus Feature: Breaking Balls: Unbalanced
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Derek Zumsteg

03-31

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American League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-12

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Projected 1999 American League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

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Ben and Sam discuss whether the second wild card has made the stretch run more exciting, then talk about why papers publish columns that criticize advanced stats without making an effort to understand them.

Ben and Sam discuss whether the second wild card has made the stretch run more exciting, then talk about why papers publish columns that criticize advanced stats without making an effort to understand them.

Episode 53: "Is the Second Wild Card Working?/Explaining Mainstream Screeds Against Advanced Stats"

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Is there a scenario where it might make sense for a team not to try to win a playoff game?

Let's play poker. With wild cards.

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Making the playoffs doesn't always mean finishing strong.

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.

A September swoon doesn't always preclude a playoff appearance. Jay Jaffe summarized the worst September performances by teams that made the postseason in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Hit and Run" column on September 19, 2011.
 


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Ben and Sam discuss whether teams will get creative with their Wild Card rosters, then talk about Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown chances and why we should care if he wins.

Ben and Sam discuss whether teams will get creative with their Wild Card rosters, then talk about Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown chances and why we should care if he wins.

Episode 45: "What the Wild Card Games Could Look Like/Miguel Cabrera and the Triple Crown"

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The Rays demolished the Angels in a four-game weekend sweep, which gives Ben and Sam the idea to discuss the two teams' divergent directions since the deadline and reevaluate Anaheim's offseason approach.

The Rays demolished the Angels in a four-game weekend sweep, which gives Ben and Sam the idea to discuss the two teams' divergent directions since the deadline and reevaluate Anaheim's offseason approach.

Effectively Wild Episode 24: "The Rays Are Rolling/Assessing the Angels' Strange Season"

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Ben and Sam discuss the impact of CC Sabathia's elbow soreness on the Yankees' short- and long-term outlooks, and the difference between winning a division and winning a wild card under the new playoff format.

Ben and Sam discuss the impact of CC Sabathia's elbow soreness on the Yankees' short- and long-term outlooks, and the difference between winning a division and winning a wild card under the new playoff format.

Effectively Wild Episode 19: "Scraping Ice"

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August 1, 2012 5:00 am

Sobsequy: What We Learned About the Deadline

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Adam Sobsey

With one deadline under the new CBA behind us, can we say anything about what we'll see from future July 31sts?

What do this year’s trade deadline deals tell us about the brave new world of July 31sts to come? Will the expanded playoff format and CBA changes turn out to have made an impact on the way front offices do their non-waiver trading? To an extent, some of the new factors would seem to encourage trading, while others would seem to discourage it. If on balance the amount of activity stays the same, we’re tasked with assessing whether its quality changes.

A few teams are doing what they must do. Sellers like the Astros and Cubs, fighting it out for the coveted no. 1 pick in the draft, are unloading anyone they can unload—drat you, Matt Garza (injury) and Alfonso Soriano (refused trade)!—in exchange for warm young bodies and/or Ben Francisco Cordero. Legit contenders have upgraded further (Angels/Greinke, Tigers/Infante-Sanchez, Dodgers/Ramirez-Victorino-League, etc.).

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March 5, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Baseball Cashes in with Expanded Playoffs

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Maury Brown

Two more Wild Card teams might mean hundreds of millions more in revenue for Major League Baseball.

Love it or hate it, Major League Baseball is about to have 10 playoff teams in 2012. The deal to add the fifth seeds from each league into the playoff mix this season, as opposed to next, was something that was collectively bargained for as part of the new CBA. The question was only whether it would happen this season or next. The owners wanted it. Selig wanted it. The players were concerned about the schedule and travel, which was valid given that the 2012 schedule had already been finalized. The issue had been how to deal with any potential regular season tie-breaker games, squeeze in the new Wild Card games the day after the regular season ends, and still allow time for rainouts during the League Division Series and League Championship Series while fitting it all into a three-week window from Oct 3 to the start of the World Series on Oct. 24. Those concerns by the players were addressed as part of the discussions, although the risk is still there if Mother Nature (read: rain) wrecks the party.

There are (and will continue to be) debates about whether adding in the extra Wild Cards will be good or bad for the game. Certainly, Game 163—those potential tiebreakers in the regular season—may be diminished. But this much is certain: there will be millions of dollars reaped from the additional playoff teams being added. And, if stars align, the haul could amount to hundreds of millions. Here’s why.

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As three series head to Game Fives, we dig up an investigation of the five-game format's fairness.

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 audiencesend us your suggestion.

As we prepare for the three remaining Division Series to be decided, revisit Mike Carminati's case for switching to a longer series format, which originally ran on November 2, 2006.


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September 19, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Backing into the Playoffs

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Jay Jaffe

With the panic button on hold in Boston, here's a look at how poorly some teams have finished in September to still make October.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a playoff race after all. On Sunday in Boston, the Rays pounced on the Red Sox for six runs in the first five innings, taking advantage of Jarrod Saltalamacchia's inability to stop Tim Wakefield's knuckleball—the backstop was charged with four passed balls, and was party to a wild pitch as well—and won their third game in a pivotal four-game series. The win pulled Tampa Bay to two games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race with 10 games left to play. The odds are still heavily in the Sox’ favor because they play the Orioles seven times while the Rays play the Yankees seven times, but given that less than two weeks ago it appeared the playoff slate was all but sealed, even this much drama is a pleasant surprise—at least if you're not a New Englander.

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September 1, 2011 12:00 pm

Manufactured Runs: Raising the Stakes

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Colin Wyers

Settling the debate about whether the Wild Card makes the stretch run more or less exciting, and evaluating the effects of adding another one.

As October gets closer and closer, baseball fans have some shopworn sentiments to trot out:

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Team owners should think twice before approving an expanded playoff structure, since it might be only the players who'll profit.

Bud Selig recently admitted that owners and players are likely to reach an agreement to add two teams to the post-season schedule for 2012, allowing an extra wild-card match-up of one or three games to precede the divisional round. This measure may seem like it would result in extra cash for owners—in fact, that has been widely cited as the reason for its inception—but perhaps counterintuitively, it will likely fatten players’ wallets far more.

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