Ten things I learned in the 2017 Bill James Handbook.

Bill  James Handbook 2017The 2017 Bill James Handbook is on shelves now. It’s 609 pages of facts, figures and other quantitative observations from the most recent baseball season. I’m always amazed at how quickly anyone can publish such massive amounts of data, let alone sort them and analyze them into something digestable.

Between tracking down Kenley Jansen contract details, I attempted to make the BJH even more digestable for Dodger fans. Here are 10 things that either I didn’t know, or didn’t know with nearly the same precision, before reading the book:

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The Dodgers’ NLDS roster: This is not a guess.

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Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.

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Game 110: Dodgers’ Oklahoma City connection comes through against Boston Red Sox.

Two pitchers who began the week at Triple-A, Ross Stripling and Grant Dayton, accounted for seven of the Dodgers’ nine shutout innings against the Red Sox in a 3-0 win Saturday. The box score is here.

Stripling’s first inning was his most important of the game, writes colleague Mark Whicker.

Rich Hill was scratched from his Sunday start due to problems with the blister on his finger.

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Dodgers swap Chris Reed to Miami for minor-league pitcher Grant Dayton.

In a swap of minor league pitchers, the Dodgers acquired left-hander Grant Dayton from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-hander Chris Reed on Wednesday. Neither player was on his team’s 40-man roster at the time of the trade.

Dayton was 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 25 games for Triple-A New Orleans this season. The 27-year-old pitcher was selected by the Marlins in the 11th round of the 2010 first-year player draft.

Dayton will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Reed had been designated for assignment last Friday.

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