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  1. Surprising starts to believe, not believe

    Jim Bowden

    MLB teams have now played approximately 25 percent of their regular-season games, and as much as we'd like to think you can just multiply their wins or statistics by four to see how the season will play out, we all know better. We do have, though...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  2. Top 10 MLB pitchers by 'stuff' - MLB

    Jared Cross

    Jared Cross ranks MLB pitchers based purely on their "stuff," using a mathematical model based on velocity and movement of pitches and pitch frequency.

    Story | Conversation | July 09, 2013
  3. MLB - In one-game playoff, Orioles' bullpen better option than st...

    Ben Lindbergh

    Ben Lindbergh says that in a one-game playoff, the Orioles' effective bullpen might be a better option than pushing their starter deep into the game.

    Story | Conversation | October 04, 2012
  4. The Los Angeles Dodgers need more than Hanley Ramirez to win the ...

    Paul Swydan

    Paul Swydan of FanGraphs writes that while the Dodgers' trade for Hanley Ramirez is vital, the one deal alone won't be enough for them to win the NL West.

    Story | Conversation | July 30, 2012
  5. Mike Trout -- MVP candidate?

    Keith Law

    With just over half the season left to play, Mike Trout looks like the odds-on favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year award. But could he pull a Fred Lynn and win the AL MVP award as well? More importantly, should he? I have heard ...

    Blog | June 21, 2012
  6. Mike Trout has built the profile of a potential MVP candidate

    Keith Law

    Keith Law writes that Mike Trout has already amassed the profile of a potential AL MVP candidate. By whatever method you need to measure value, he's simply right there in the picture.

    Blog | Conversation | June 21, 2012
  7. The best of the 'undrafted' starting pitchers

    Eric Karabell

    From time to time, people will exaggerate to prove a point. For instance, someone might exclaim that a double play they just saw was the greatest double play ever, or they'll preach that the Phillies' aces will combine for 80 wins (take the...

    Blog | March 03, 2011
  8. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Dallas Braden make for solid fantasy baseball ...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell scans ESPN Fantasy's live draft results and discusses a handful of quality starting pitchers who aren't being drafted in standard leagues, such as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Dallas Braden.

    Blog | Conversation | March 03, 2011
  9. The Magazine: The next great statistic

    Peter Keating

    You know when you're watching a game and you can sense that a certain play just turned the game around? Now, thanks to win probability, you can calculate just how much of an impact each play has.

    Story | Conversation | December 28, 2010
  10. Giving Philadelphia Phillies too many free passes hurt San Franci...

    Matt Klaassen

    Giving the Phillies free baserunners didn't help the Giants' chances of taking a two-games-to-none NLCS lead.

    Story | Conversation | October 17, 2010
  11. MLB: Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants project as likely fi...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski used the ZiPS projection model to play out the rest of the season in terms of pitching matchups for the Braves, Rockies, Padres and Giants, then assign a win probability to each matchup. When done this way, ATL and SF are October-bound.

    Story | Conversation | September 24, 2010
  12. How to best handle Soriano

    Steve Phillips

    Steve Phillips explains how he would deal with Alfonso Soriano's refusal to move to the outfield if he were Nationals GM Jim Bowden.

    Story | Conversation | March 21, 2006
  13. Colts have improved athleticism in front seven

    Gary Horton

    Two weeks into the season, the Chiefs' and Colts' defenses appear to be much improved over last year.

    Story | Conversation | September 20, 2005
  14. Fundamentals sometimes overlooked in majors

    Steve Phillips

    Are the fundamentals of the game ignored by players at the big-league level? Sometimes, but not always.

    Story | Conversation | August 26, 2005
  15. Twins don't need big bucks to win

    Jerry Crasnick

    The Twins continue to be a model for how to play small-market ball and win.

    Story | Conversation | February 04, 2005
  16. Clemens, Oswalt key in NLCS

    Tom Candiotti

    As a reward for winning their first playoff series, the Astros get to play the 105-win Cardinals.

    Story | Conversation | October 13, 2004