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04-19

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 13: It's Not Ceviche
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

04-16

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 15
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-15

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Closer to Me: Week Three
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Mauricio Rubio

04-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 14: Liberal Swinger
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-08

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Closer to Me: Attrition
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Mauricio Rubio

04-05

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 12 Latin Spice
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 13
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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Closer to Me: Week One
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Mauricio Rubio

03-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 11: Bret's Back!
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

03-27

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 12
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations
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Mauricio Rubio

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: High Risk, High Reward
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Mauricio Rubio

03-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 10: I'm Sorry
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

03-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 11
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Picking Fifth
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Mauricio Rubio

03-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 10
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-11

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
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Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 9: You Sound How Jesus Montero Looks
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Mauricio Rubio

03-04

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 9
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-01

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 8: Maybe He's Not So Bad
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

02-28

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Starting Pitchers
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Mauricio Rubio

02-25

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 8
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-23

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 7: Hard D
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

02-21

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Outfielders
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Mauricio Rubio

02-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 7
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-14

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep 6: A Whole Dumpling
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Phillies Sign Burnett, Pirates Learn Lesson
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Ben Lindbergh and Mauricio Rubio

02-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 6
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-11

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Third Base
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Mauricio Rubio

02-07

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep 5: There is Still Love in the World
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Bret Sayre, Mauricio Rubio, Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

02-04

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 5
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-04

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Shortstops
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Mauricio Rubio

01-31

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep 4: My A** is Cold
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

01-31

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Baseball Prospectus 101: Just Missed the Cut
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Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio

01-29

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Second Basemen
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Mauricio Rubio

01-28

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 4
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

01-27

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The Top 101 Prospects of 2014
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Rob McQuown and Mauricio Rubio

01-24

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 3: There Are No Listeners
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

01-23

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Transaction Analysis: Dude (Looks Like a Grady)
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Steffan Segui

01-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 3
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

01-21

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: First Basemen
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Mauricio Rubio

01-17

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 2 -- I'm a Star
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Bret Sayre, Mauricio Rubio, Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

01-16

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Catchers
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Mauricio Rubio

01-14

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 2
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

01-13

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 1 -- Like a Compact Disc
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Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley and Mauricio Rubio

01-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Episode 1
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Win Your eBay Bidding
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: One of These Things is Not Like the Others
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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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April 15, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Three

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Mauricio Rubio

Updates on the ninth-inning situations for the White Sox, A's, Cubs, and Astros.

White Sox
I’ve written about the White Sox a lot for two reasons: 1) I have access, and 2) their closer situation is tumultuous. Matt Lindstrom gave up another lead on Sunday. It wasn’t all Lindstrom’s fault—Jose Abreu made an error that started the rally—but Lindstrom’s profile doesn’t allow for many defensive mistakes behind him. Lindstrom’s stuff is contact-oriented for a reliever.

This all comes with the caveat that it’s early but Lindstrom has thrown a total of 91 pitches this year and has generated five swings-and-misses. For contrast, Daniel Webb has thrown 112 pitches and has generated a swing-and-miss 13 times. That doesn’t seem like a big difference in the raw, but essentially, Webb is doubling Lindstrom’s whiff rate. It fits both players’ profiles as well; Webb is a player who has swing-and-miss stuff, as he utilizes a mid-90s fastball and power slider to induce those empty swings that a high-leverage reliever needs when his defense makes an error behind him.


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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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April 8, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Attrition

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Mauricio Rubio

We're just one week into the season, and a host of teams already have ninth-inning concerns.

Reliever volatility is not a new concept. We’re all used to the closer carousel that sustains itself on poor performance and injury as it turns throughout the season. What happened this week, however, bordered on a league-wide implosion of closers. Let’s take a look at who is left standing after the week that was.

INJURIES

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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April 1, 2014 6:30 am

Closer to Me: Week One

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Mauricio Rubio

Keeping an eye on the volatile closer situations around the league.

Relievers are a tough commodity to value in fantasy. Their volatility and main carrying stat, saves, make it difficult to project accurate value at the season’s outset. You never quite know where a big-time reliever season will come from in a given year. Koji Uehara was given the job after Andrew Bailey was felled by injury. Kevin Gregg emerged after Carlos Marmol was undone by the Upton brothers. So what I will be doing throughout the season is keeping an eye on the reliever situations around the league and offer my thoughts on guys who are worth targeting/keeping an eye on as the season progresses.

PADRES
Huston Street – This was pointed out on Twitter but Street’s strand rate last year was 99.5 percent. It goes a long way in explaining how Street was able to maintain a decent ERA despite giving up 12 HR in 56 2/3 innings. Street is effective when healthy, but the “when healthy” part is kind of the main concern with him. He’s made four DL trips since 2011, and he already had a groin issue in camp this year.


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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations

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Mauricio Rubio

A rundown of the ninth-inning candidates in Houston, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

Closers are the most fungible commodity in fantasy baseball. Predicting saves is a quixotic quest that frequently ends in heartbreak and confusion.

You don’t need to search long to find examples of how volatile the saves market can be. Kevin Gregg was a discarded reliever when the Cubs reached out for his services in the ultimate act of desperation. Carlos Marmol had imploded and their in house options were either hurt or ineffective. Gregg, who was unable to survive spring training with the Dodgers, ended up accruing 33 saves before being released in a much-publicized spat with management.

So if you have Chapman on the DL or you were just caught off guard ahead of a massive closer run and are in need of saves don’t fret. I’m here for you, friends.

Let’s take a look at three situations in which a closer could emerge from the shadows

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March 26, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: High Risk, High Reward

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Mauricio Rubio

Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton give Mauricio's ideal Roto squad big-time power potential if they stay healthy.

On Friday, Mike Gianella released his latest mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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