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Ryan Vogelsong Is Getting The Biggest Velocity Boost

Take a look at Ryan Vogelsong‘s career fastball velocity from Brooks Baseball: So, yeah, he always gets a velocity boost when October rolls around. When I asked him about it, he mentioned making some “adjustments mechanically” that helped him this time around. But he admitted: “At the same time, there’s adrenaline, no question… It’s going […]
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Eric Hosmer versus Javier Lopez

The eleven-pitch plate appearance with two outs in the sixth inning Friday night ended with the deciding run for the Royals, and so it was a work of beauty for those supporting the team in blue. But in practice, it was a workmanlike effort and a mistake that finally ended the battle between Eric Hosmer […]
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FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel, Live from Baseball

Episode 498 Kiley McDaniel is both (a) the lead prospect writer for FanGraphs and also (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he reports directly from Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL, where a showcase of the nation’s top high-school talent is presently underway. Don’t hesitate to direct […]
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2014 World Series: Game Three live blog

Live Blog World Series Game Three Live Blog
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Contract Crowdsourcing 2014-15: Day 10 of 10 (Bonus Round)

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the 2014-15 free-agent market. Below are links to ballots for four players […]
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Mike Moustakas: One-Game Threat

With the World Series shifting to San Francisco for Game 3, the Royals have made some changes to their lineup. They’re not starting anybody as the designated hitter, because that would be against the rules. Ned Yost has elected to start Jarrod Dyson over Nori Aoki, which seems like the right thing to do. And […]
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FG on Fox: The Royals Should Deploy the Ultimate Outfield

The Royals find themselves in an interesting situation. They’re in the World Series! Wow! And within that, with the series shifting now to San Francisco, the Royals are in an interesting sub-situation. Alex Gordon ought to start in the outfield, obviously. Lorenzo Cain ought to start in the outfield, obviously, as well. But then you’ve […]
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Buster Posey’s Baserunning Blues

Buster Posey hasn’t been quite himself this postseason. Through Wednesday’s game in Kansas City, he’s batted .288/.333/.288, which isn’t terrible but has included an un-Poseyish power outage. His batting line was better during the NLDS against Washington, which is ironic because most of the failures I’m about to talk about took place during that series. […]
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A Collection of Public Quotes About Joe Maddon

When Andrew Friedman was hired to take over as the Dodgers President of Baseball Operations, speculation immediately began that he might try and bring Joe Maddon with him to take over as manager. Both sides immediately tried to squash those rumors with strong public denials, a selection of which appear below. Andrew Friedman: “I have […]
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Kiley McDaniel Prospects Chat – 10/24/14

Live Blog Kiley McDaniel Prospects Chat – 9/19/14  
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The Giants and the Left Field Decision

The World Series is headed to San Francisco, which means Bruce Bochy has a decision to make. The games in Kansas City allowed him to start Michael Morse at DH, getting another power hitter into the line-up without forcing Morse to run around the outfield, but under NL rules, Morse will either have to play […]
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Contract Crowdsourcing 2014-15: Day 10 of 10

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the 2014-15 free-agent market. Below are links to ballots for the a […]
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The 2014 American League Gold Glove Awards, Strictly by the Numbers

The finalists for the 2014 Rawlings’ Gold Glove Awards were announced on Thursday afternoon, and if you’re here on the internet with me, you know how much people hate the Gold Glove Awards. Part of that is for good reason. For a long time, the Gold Glove Awards were pretty much a joke. Rafael Palmeiro […]
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Two Jake Peavys

Two pitchers trapped in the body of one guy
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Scott Feldman on Scuffed Balls, Lopsided Balls, and Pitching Up

Scott Feldman knows a lot about pitching — the 31-year-old Houston Astros righthander just completed his tenth big-league season – which means he knows a lot about baseballs. When he gets a new one on the mound, Feldman immediately recognizes its specific shape and texture. Not every baseball feels exactly the same. Feldman is likewise […]
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Let’s Now Be Critical of a Single Pitch Selection

The only pitch that should literally never be thrown is a pitch aimed at a hitter’s head. Anything else, totally fine. You don’t read MGL over the years without learning some things about game theory. Game theory explains that, optimally, you need to be unpredictable. You should bunt just often enough so that your opponent […]
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A Statistical Report for All the Caribbean Leagues at Once

For much the same reason that he published a statistical report yesterday for the Arizona Fall League, the author is publishing here a combined statistical report for the various Caribbean winter leagues that have started play — again, not necessarily because such reports are of great utility for evaluating players, but because they provide a […]
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Contract Crowdsourcing 2014-15: Day 9 of 10

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the 2014-15 free-agent market. Below are links to ballots for the last […]
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Grading the Home Runs Against Hunter Strickland

Harold Reynolds on Wednesday, a few pitches into Hunter Strickland‘s appearance: I think they figured out the problems with Strickland. He struggled against the Nationals and actually a little bit against the Cardinals, but, my goodness, against the right-handed hitters, we saw last night and these first two pitches, very impressive. Harold Reynolds, a few […]
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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 10/23/14

Live Blog Eno Sarris Baseball Chat  
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One Enduring Reason Why The Royals Are Still Playing

Much has been made of the supposed mediocrity of the two teams currently battling for the World Series championship. Not only are the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals both wild card teams, they’re the first pair of Fall Classic combatants to both win fewer than 90 games in the regular season. That said, […]
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That Cutter Is a Slider Is a Cutter

Madison Bumgarner throws a pretty good something. Aside from his fastball, I mean. Some people call it a slider, and some people call it a cutter. From here, a month ago: “I call it a cutter but I feel like it’s in between the two — I think people call it different things because I […]
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World Series: Game 2 live blog

Live Blog World Series Game Two Live Blog
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You Be the Scout!

It’s mostly forgotten now, on account of the drubbing, but after the Giants scored early against James Shields, the Royals tried real hard to also score early against Madison Bumgarner. By that I mean the Royals made two outs and then had a batter get hit by a pitch, but with two down and Lorenzo […]
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Contract Crowdsourcing 2014-15: Day 8 of 10

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the 2014-15 free-agent market. Below are links to ballots for another collection […]
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