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High & Inside: 10/19/11

Baseball links from around the sabersphere...

Another one bites the dust
How good are catchers in blocking pitches?

The 25 and Under List - Royals Review
Ranking the top 60 players in the majors that are 25 and under.

The Platoon Advantage: An Interview with Ralph Branca
An interview with the three-time-All-Star pitcher who became known almost exclusively for one single (presumably) bad pitch

Baseball Prospectus | World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
An in-depth preview of the 2011 World Series.

THE BOOK--Playing The Percentages In Baseball
Not all fielding opportunities are created the same.

Follow-up study on the 2011 Yankees’ run-scoring by inning | New York Yankees blog, Yankees blog, A blog about the New York Yankees | The Yankee Analysts
The Yankees were the kings of getting on the board early in 2011, leading all AL teams in run-scoring in the 1st and 2nd innings.

On The Temptation Of Microsplits - Baseball Nation
It seems like it should be important to know how a certain batter has done against a certain pitcher. It is not. It is not important.