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August 29, 2013

Bullpen Report

Oh, Brothers

by Mike Gianella


Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third-tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Tier 1: Money in the Bank

I moved Nathan down a couple of weeks ago because I thought the Rangers might start easing up on him down the stretch but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Nathan’s fantasy numbers are terrific, and if he’s going to keep getting all of the save opportunities, he belongs here.

Romo pushes his way up here for many of the same reasons as Nathan: terrific fantasy numbers combined with a high number of save opportunities. Examining a pitcher’s peripherals is a useful exercise, but it should not trump searching for a pitcher’s fantasy value.

Tier 2: Solid and Reliable

Brothers is back after briefly being supplanted by Rafael Betancourt. Betancourt’s injury sounds career-threatening, and Brothers has been fine when called upon to close this year. He should hang on to the job for the rest of the season.

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