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How Good of a Weapon Did Drew Hutchison Find?

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Published: Jan 29, 2015, 10:00 am EST

Have I mentioned lately how helpful the chats can be when it comes to finding things to write about? You guys don’t know how valuable you are. Dozens upon dozens of questions, if not hundreds upon hundreds, and out of those questions, longer posts can occasionally germinate. This is one of them! Because I’ve noticed […]

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Just What Happened to Casey Janssen?

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Published: Jan 28, 2015, 3:26 pm EST

Like it or not, this is the time of the year that we write about players like Casey Janssen. There aren’t a whole lot of alternatives. Janssen himself just signed on with the Nationals, to some degree replacing Tyler Clippard at the cost of $5 million guaranteed with a second-year mutual option. The Nationals aren’t […]

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Colby Rasmus, the Astros, and Strikeouts

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Published: Jan 21, 2015, 9:00 am EST

I don’t think one should require much convincing that the Houston Astros are taking a worthwhile shot in signing Colby Rasmus. Most simply, it’s a one-year contract for a 28-year-old, and it’s worth just $8 million. Rasmus has had a volatile career — last year he finished with a .287 OBP — but he was […]

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Marcus Stroman Discovered Roy Halladay’s Sinker

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Published: Jan 14, 2015, 2:42 pm EST

You’ve heard it all before. Regress to the mean. Don’t make too much of a small sample. Don’t believe in the predictive power of second-half statistics, if they look particularly different from the first-half statistics. You know all the ways you are and aren’t supposed to interpret a player’s numbers. But you also know the […]

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Mariners Get Depth, Blue Jays Get Better

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Published: Dec 3, 2014, 8:00 pm EST

There’s a current story, that Ken Rosenthal has reported and written about. Bryce Harper and the Nationals are butting heads, trying to figure out the specifics of Harper’s arbitration eligibility. At stake are several millions of dollars, now and down the road, and it seems like a situation that could cause there to be bitterness […]

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Blue Jays Commit to Playoff Race, Sign Russell Martin

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Published: Nov 17, 2014, 3:13 pm EST

This past year, as a regular for the Pirates, Russell Martin was worth 5.3 WAR, according to our data. Here’s the list of Blue Jays catchers who’ve had five-win seasons: (1) The year before, also with the Pirates, Martin was worth 4.1 WAR. Here’s the list of Blue Jays catchers who’ve had four-win seasons: (1) […]

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Adam Lind and Baseball’s Worst Position

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Published: Nov 3, 2014, 9:00 am EST

The baseball offseason arrived all of a sudden. As the Giants were parading around the streets of San Francisco, I was on my computer writing about the Cubs ditching Rick Renteria to hire Joe Maddon. And then Saturday brought the offseason’s first meaningful trade — Adam Lind to the Brewers, and Marco Estrada to the […]

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Game Pace and the Mark Buehrle Effect

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Published: Aug 22, 2014, 4:23 pm EDT

We’re talking about pace-of-game again, in light of the recent vote to identify the next commissioner. Baseball games are taking longer and longer, with replay and constant shifting only adding to the length, and while certain fans believe it’s no issue because that’s just the beauty of baseball, this is one of those areas where […]

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The Rays, the Jays, and Another Look at the Odds

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Published: Jun 4, 2014, 5:37 pm EDT

It’s been about a month since the last time I did this, so it seems like it’s time for an update. Again, eventually, you’ll be able to click on a team on the Playoff Odds page and see what the odds were on any given day. That’s still not a tool we have at our […]

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Jose Bautista’s Counter-Shift

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Published: Jun 3, 2014, 5:51 pm EDT

One of the remaining great unknowns is finding a reasonable way to evaluate the performances of coaches. With managers, we have only so much of the picture. It’s the same with hitting coaches and pitching coaches, and while sometimes we can credit a pitching coach for helping a guy learn a new pitch or smooth […]

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