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10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned?
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R.J. Anderson

10-24

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Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of AT&T Park
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Sam Miller

10-23

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The Lineup Card: Nine Unlikely Postseason Heroes
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Baseball Prospectus

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2
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Zachary Levine

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Preview
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Zachary Levine

11-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: What Makes a Good World Series?
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Tommy Bennett

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 319: Wrapping up the World Series
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success
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Zachary Levine

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Backs Against the Wall: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and History
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Mike Gianella

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 317: How World Series Game Five Was Won (and Lost)
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 316: The Wild Weekend in World Series
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap (The Managerial Moves Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
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Craig Goldstein

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 315: Discussing World Series Game Two
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: What the Media Asked the Managers (and What it Means)
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Zachary Levine

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 314: Comparing Perceptions of World Series Game One
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-23

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The Lineup Card: 12 Moves That Helped the Cardinals and Red Sox Win the Pennants
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Baseball Prospectus

10-23

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Pebble Hunting: What To Talk About When the Red Sox Are Hitting
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Sam Miller

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Red Sox
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R.J. Anderson

10-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 312: The World Series Preview Show
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Game Last
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Joe Sheehan

09-26

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Skewed Left: The Canadian World Series Drought
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Zachary Levine

08-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 264: Four Questions About Miguel Cabrera/World Series Odds Update
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-14

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Pebble Hunting: The Evolution of World Series Celebrations
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Sam Miller

02-01

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Pebble Hunting: Standing Pat in San Francisco
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Sam Miller

12-02

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Pop Goes The Weasel - The 3rd Base Episode
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Jason Collette

11-29

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Skewed Left: Whom You Should Bet On if You're Going to Bet on Baseball (Which You Should Never, Ever Do)
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Zachary Levine

11-27

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Bizball: Inside the 2012 Postseason Shares
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Maury Brown

11-20

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 24: Catchers
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Jason Collette

11-09

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Pebble Hunting: 17 Teams That Would Have Won the World Series if Not for Jason Bay
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Sam Miller

10-31

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Sobsequy: The Freaks and Geeks Go All the Way
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Adam Sobsey

10-31

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Punk Hits: Brian Science
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Ian Miller

10-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 71: The Giants Win the World Series/Assessing Brian Sabean
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series (and Postseason) Recap
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Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap: Giants 2, Tigers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Giants at Tigers
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Daniel Rathman

10-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 70: World Series Game Two/Protective Gear for Pitchers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap: Giants 2, Tigers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

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Down 2-1, the storyline heading into Saturday night is clearly the Giants' decision to not go with their ace on short rest.

The Royals head into Saturday night just two wins away from a World Series title and won’t have to face the Giants ace.

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No matter how questionable the decision, everything Ned Yost does this postseason seems to work in the end.

Ned Yost made the big pregame decision, parking Norichika Aoki on the bench in favor of Jarrod Dyson. It was the first time the Royals had changed their starting lineup in more than a month, with Lorenzo Cain sliding to right field and Alex Gordon moving into the second spot in the order. So that's where we'll start before touching on the rest of the night's action.

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Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the next three games of the World Series.

The following originally ran two years ago today. With two exceptionsthe seventh word of the piece, and the section on the woman in the Marlins jersey who turned out to be a dude in a Marlins jersey, and who we now know much, much more aboutit's just as true today, so we hope you'll enjoy it anew.

You will be spending the next two days with the AT&T crowd, so you might as well get to know who they are. While a stadium of 43,000 can hold countless types, the culture of the park can be pretty well summed up by just a few of them.

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Few expected these players to steal the show in October, but that didn't stop them from doing so.

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The Royals staff threw some major heat and every key moment went their way as they snagged Game Two and evened the World Series at a game apiece.

Sometime before a parade broke out on the path from the visiting bullpen and well before a fight, or more accurately a halfhearted inter-dugout posturing contest, broke out around home plate, the Futures Game broke out at Kauffman Stadium.

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With a rested Giants pen and a Royals' starter who exited his last start with shoulder issues, Game Two of the World Series could come down to which group of relievers steps up.

The difference between a tied series and an imposing lead for the Giants will likely be in the grips of the relievers, although for a very different reason on both sides. It’s a 13-year vet who’s happened upon the last two World Series taking on a rookie whose start couldn’t possibly come with more question marks. And then the real show will begin.

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Was this year's World Series a classic according to Tommy's criteria?

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.

Tommy Bennett examined the elements that lead to an enjoyable World Series in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "World Series Prospectus" column on November 2, 2010.

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St. Louis' slump, and some final musings on Mike Matheny.

The story of the Cardinals’ loss, both in Game Six and in the World Series as a whole, is simple: they didn’t hit, recording only a collective .224/.273/.299 line. And when you come right down to it, that’s not a very interesting story.

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Ben and Sam review the World Series and talk about the 2013 seasons and futures of the Red Sox and Cardinals with Zachary Levine.

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October 31, 2013 3:54 am

Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success

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Zachary Levine

How much of the Red Sox' surprising championship run was of their own making?

The Boston Red Sox were nobody’s offseason champion, which is understandable for a team that was coming off a 69-93, last-place season. Sure, they did stuff. They did a lot of stuff compared to most bad teams, because most bad teams didn’t have the expectations, the window, and the recency of success that the Red Sox had.

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The Cardinals try to force a Game Seven while the Red Sox attempt to seal the deal.

One would think that it’s very difficult for a team to go on the road and win the final two games of the World Series with their backs up against the wall, as the Cardinals are facing right now. However, history tells us otherwise. If you make an assumption that most World Series teams are somewhat evenly matched, you’d expect a specific team to win two games in a row around 25 percent of the time. Throw in the heightened atmosphere and lack of home field advantage, and you might expect that number to go down, but it turns out it’s exactly 25 percent. In World Series history, there have been 24 teams facing a 3-2 deficit as they went on the road for Game Six. That road team has prevailed six times. Can the Cardinals make it seven? They’ll turn to their rookie sensation to get them there.

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What history says about the likelihood of a Cardinals comeback.

After Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals head back to Boston tonight to try to win two consecutive road games to clinch the 2013 World Series. Given how evenly matched the teams’ talent levels are, their one-game deficit and home field disadvantage qualify the Cardinals as underdogs.

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