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Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 9/30/14

Live Blog Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 9/30/14  
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Breaking Down Madison Bumgarner

The Giants saved their ace for the Wild Card game. Though Madison Bumgarner has been a snot-rocket champion for some time, and a top pitcher, he’s turned it up a notch the last two seasons. A couple adjustments — one in approach and the other in mechanics — seem to have fueled this latest improvement. […]
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Green Lights Going Wrong, 2014

A little over two years ago, shortly before I joined FanGraphs, Yoenis Cespedes faced Tyler Robertson, who is a pitcher, and got ahead in the count 3-and-0. There is no more favorable count than 3-and-0, which meant Cespedes was in the position of power, and then he went and completed what for my money is […]
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The Next Elite July 2nd Prospect Is 14-Years-Old

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Internet in my years covering prospects, it’s that people are irrationally interested in the next big thing. A well-known former first rounder close to the big leagues moves the needle for fans, but the completely unknown flame-thrower that hits 100 mph in rookie ball gets almost the […]
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Conversion Arms Flash Big Velo In AZL

Perhaps my favorite players to stumble upon betwixt my scouting escapades are the “Conversion Guys”, players who are undergoing a positional change because shortcomings in their skill set force them to find a new path to the Majors if they hope to achieve that dream at all. Most often this occurs when a position player […]
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Edinson Volquez, Starting The Most Important Game Of The Year

Three years ago, Edinson Volquez was one of the worst pitchers in baseball. Two years ago, thanks in large part to calling Petco Park home for the first time, he was just okay, putting up a 1.1 WAR season that is still his second-best WAR year ever. One year ago, he was one of the […]
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FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes All Postseason

Episode 490 Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he discusses the looming playoffs and, notably, the mid-week wild-card games. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via […]
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Return of the James Shields Changeup

The Royals made a trade for James Shields and evaluators had things to say about it. The Royals, for their part, were confident in their belief that Shields could help push the team to its intended destination, and on Tuesday, before a partisan audience, Shields will start the Royals’ biggest game in decades. It’s fitting […]
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The Post-Trade WAR Figures of Notable Deadline Acquisitions

At the beginning of August, the present author utilized what a reader might have recognized as “the least possible amount of effort” to the end of compiling a pair of leaderboards — one for hitters, one for pitchers — of all the players who’d been traded both (a) during the month of July and (b) […]
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Henderson Alvarez and Being Worse Than a Coin

You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this to happen. Sure, probably nobody else noticed that it happened, and Henderson Alvarez himself probably didn’t notice that it happened, but, let’s not be judgmental. You have your things, and I have mine. This is one of my things. Let’s break hitting down to a […]
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The Record-Setting 2014 Rockies

As the headline notes, the Colorado Rockies set a record this year, but it’s not the kind that they’re going to want to celebrate: they tied the 2006 Indians for the biggest negative difference between their BaseRuns expected record and their actual finish, at least for the years in which we have BaseRuns data, which […]
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Rio Ruiz Keeps Raking, but Scouts Still Have Reservations

When our other prospect writers submit scouting reports, I will provide a short background and industry consensus tool grades. There are two reasons for this: 1) giving context to account for the writer seeing a bad outing (never threw his changeup, coming back from injury, etc.) and 2) not making him go on about the […]
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The MVP and the DH Adjustment

Victor Martinez had a great season at the plate, yet is not rated as among the AL's top players according to WAR. Is the positional adjustment for the DH too harsh?
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Ben Lindbergh Dispels Postseason Myths

Grantland’s Ben Lindbergh published a great piece last Friday, going through the laundry list of myths we hear rolled out every October, and showing that there is little or no evidence to support nearly any of them. On his hit-list: Recent Performance Doesn’t Matter. I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but it’s maybe […]
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The Most Extreme Home Runs of 2014

The regular season is over. While that is sad in many ways, it’s also exciting in a few other ways. One of those ways: We have postseason baseball! That’s the best kind of baseball. Another lame, nerdy way: We have complete data sets! Yes, this is something I actually get excited about. Leading up to […]
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Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 9/29/14

Live Blog Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat  
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2014′s King Of Driving In Runners

On Sunday, Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, including his 27th homer of the season, and drove in three runs in the Dodgers’ season-ending 10-5 win over Colorado. Already all but guaranteed to lead the NL in runs batted in, the three he brought in yesterday ensured that he’d top Mike Trout and lead all of baseball for […]
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The most and least improved hitters of 2014

The 2014 MLB regular season is officially something that happened. With its passing comes the need to get our affairs in order, for the lists, they are coming. They will be many, they will be tenacious. You, there! Guard that outpost! Get those archers ready, there’s no time to lose! The first of the lists are […]
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FG on Fox: How The Players Would Vote

The end of the season means it’s time for the playoffs, of course. But it also means that it’s time to vote on awards that reward regular season work. The players also vote on awards — and since they’re voting on their peers, they have a unique perspective on the exercise. The players vote on […]
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The Playoff Odds, Now That We’re There

The postseason begins tomorrow, and we have our 10 contenders for the crown: Anaheim, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, and Kansas City in the AL, and Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco in the NL. Two of these teams will be eliminated by the end of the day on Wednesday. Let’s take a look […]
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NERD Game Scores for Sunday, September 28, 2014

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
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Sunday Notes: Preseason Predictions, a Royals Rooter, Chen’s Last Call, Selig, Ryan on Jeter

With the regular season coming to a close – man, did that go fast — it’s time to take stock of what I predicted prior to opening day. As one might expect, there were both hits and misses. Such was the case for all FanGraphs writers, who shared their prognostications here and here. This week’s […]
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NERD Game Scores for Saturday, September 27, 2014

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
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The Best of FanGraphs: September 22 – September 26, 2014

Each Saturday, the FanGraphs team cobbles together its favorite stories of the week from across the FanGraphs family of blogs.
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FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel on What Exactly Is Instructs

Episode 489 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 discusses the actually compelling logistics of baseball’s instructional leagues. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast […]
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