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Rob Mains
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Emerging from a Long Summer's Nap
I haven't posted here in a long time. The reason is that I've been focusing my efforts on two other sites, Baseball Prospectus and Banished to the Pen . I will probably post a few things here from time to time (read: every few months or so) but to find my c...
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Trailing 30 - Independence Day Edition
Here's my Trailing 30 report for July 4 , focusing on the best and worst performances over the past 30 days, with a focus on the extremes in the American League West. 
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Baseball 45 Years Ago
Motivated by a remark in the Joe Sheehan Newsletter , I wrote a retrospective on the 1971 season for Baseball Prospectus , focused on the differences between baseball then and now. Featuring Gomer Hodge .
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Latest from Banished to the Pen
Here are the top and bottom five performers for the 30 days ending Sunday, June 26, featuring the strangely alluring second-worst OPS hitters in each league. I did a National League Central podcast with Alex Crisafulli (@alexcards79) and Eric Roseberry (@Er...
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On Hiatuses and Not-So-Fun Facts
I've been blogging here a lot less this year than last year. You probably think it's because the Pirates aren't nearly as good as they were last year, and therefore I've lost interest. That's not it. The simple answer is: I've been busy! I've been writing a...
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Trailing 30 - June 6
I'm linking to my Banished to the Pen post because it looks better for those of you viewing this on mobile devices. Comments for the week:  First, the top tier of National League starters is ridiculous. The top seven starters by ERA in the National League a...
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What's Broken with the Pirates?
The Pirates started well this year, going 15-9 in April, the fourth-best winning percentage (after the Cubs, Nationals, and Mets) in the National League. They slipped in May, going 14-13, and they're only 1-4 in June. Since winning five straight on May 23-2...
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The RISP Mystery
In this Baseball Prospectus article , I continue my analysis of batting with runners in scoring position . Unsurprisingly--given pitcher quality, fielders' positions, and several other factors--batters hit more singles with runners in scoring position. They...
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Trailing 30 - May 30
Here is an analysis of the hottest and coldest teams and players over the past 30 days . Comment of the week: The Phillies and White Sox have suddenly gotten cold, and the Dodgers and Brewers have suddenly gotten hot.
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The Under-The Radar Team Adjustments
My latest Baseball Prospectus article is here . I look at three teams that have changed sharply from 2015 to 2016 in ways that aren't well-reported: The Washington Nationals have gone from a team that hits a lot of balls to the opposite field to one that ra...
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