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04-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 420: Yost, Replay, Porter, and PEDs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are Smart Teams Spending Money on Relievers?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-11

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Raising Aces: Set-up the Fall Guy
by
Doug Thorburn

09-11

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Pebble Hunting: The A's and Building a Bullpen By Attrition
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Sam Miller

09-03

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Baseball Therapy: Do Young Pitchers Fail to Develop When the Bullpen Implodes?
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Russell A. Carleton

08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Reliever Value at the Deadline
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Andrew Koo

07-25

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Bullpen Report: On the Grilli
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Mike Gianella

07-18

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Skewed Left: Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and the Pirates Approach to Building a Bullen
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Zachary Levine

06-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Yankees' Post-Rivera Relief Corps
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Josh Norris

05-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 205: Catcher Framing Questions/A Hypothetical Pitching Problem/Post-Start MRIs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 195: Bad Body Language/Upgrading Bullpens/Steroids and the Children/BABIP and Bad Luck
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-29

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Baseball Therapy: On the Evolution of the Patient Hitter
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Russell A. Carleton

04-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Eight-Man Bullpen Comes Back to Bite the Brewers
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-25

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34

Baseball Therapy: Could the All-Bullpen Approach Actually Work?
by
Russell A. Carleton

03-22

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Overthinking It: Ranking Rivera
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Ben Lindbergh

03-01

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Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing the BP Bullpen (Mis)management Tool
by
Ben Lindbergh

01-18

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A Little Relief
by
Jonah Birenbaum

11-05

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Baseball Therapy: In Praise of the Modern Bullpen
by
Russell A. Carleton

10-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 62: Yankees-Tigers ALCS Update/How Hard is Pitching on Short Rest?/October Bullpen Strategy
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 6, Yankees 4
by
Ben Lindbergh

10-05

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Overthinking It: Baltimore's Best Bet to Beat Texas
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Ben Lindbergh

09-26

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Pebble Hunting: A Closer Look at Relievers and Leverage
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Sam Miller

09-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 40: The Phillies' Return to 500/A Modest Bullpen Proposal
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-29

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Overthinking It: What Stephen Strasburg's Season Could Have Looked Like
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-13

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BP Unfiltered: The Mets' Bullpen Doesn't Blow It
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 11: Train Crossing
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-20

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The Platoon Advantage: Venting About Bullpen Woes
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Cee Angi

05-31

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On the Beat: Fireballer in the Hole
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John Perrotto

05-25

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Bullpens, Banana Suits, and Ryan Braun
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Sam Miller

05-16

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The Lineup Card: 11 Surprising Early-Season Stats
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Baseball Prospectus

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Monday, April 23
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Daniel Rathman

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, April 18
by
Daniel Rathman

04-15

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Expanded Horizons: Relying on Relievers
by
Tommy Bennett

09-09

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Overthinking It: Friar Men
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Ben Lindbergh

04-06

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Expanded Horizons: Closers To The Edge
by
Tommy Bennett

04-01

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37

BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day Rosters
by
John Perrotto

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day Rosters
by
John Perrotto

02-26

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Circling The Bases: Fine Penmanship, Part 2
by
Tim Kniker

01-25

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Prospectus Roundtable: Analyzing RoboPitcher
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Baseball Prospectus

12-11

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Checking the Numbers: On the Swing
by
Eric Seidman

10-15

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33

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers vs. Phillies LCS
by
Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Rockies LDS
by
Eric Seidman

07-17

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Prospectus Today: The Better Half
by
Joe Sheehan

05-12

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Bleeding Bullpens
by
Jay Jaffe

04-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Gary Tuck
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David Laurila

06-11

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Combo Platter
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Jay Jaffe

02-06

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Building a Better Bullpen
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Caleb Peiffer

10-07

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Prospectus Hit List: Season Wrap-up
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Jay Jaffe

01-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Duquette, Orioles VP of Baseball Operations
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Maury Brown

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
by
Joe Sheehan

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Ben and Sam talk about Ned Yost's tactics, expanded replay's first few days, Bo Porter's bullpen philosophy, and more.

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Et tu, Tampa Bay?

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Grant Balfour to be their closer for 2014 (and presumably 2015), committing to pay him $12 million over the next two seasons. It’s not an expensive closer contract, as these things go. But for the cost-conscious Rays, it seemed a little strange. The team also re-signed Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) and traded for Heath Bell over the winter. Another sabermetric darling team, the Oakland A’s, signed Eric O’Flaherty last week and, earlier in the winter, traded for Josh Lindblom and Jim Johnson.

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October 11, 2013 10:08 am

Raising Aces: Set-up the Fall Guy

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Doug Thorburn

A tip of the cap toward the effective set-up men who get little publicity unless they implode.

The role of set-up man is a tough gig. Serving as the bridge to the more famous, better-compensated closer, the set-up man carries all of the risks of a late-inning reliever with virtually none of the accolades. A closer who gets his requisite three outs (or more, as often happens in the postseason) might be credited for “shutting the door” on the opposition, but the eighth-inning guy is rarely mentioned in the aftermath of a victory. The only time the name of a set-up man appears in bold ink is when he gives up runs and incurs the dreaded blown save.

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September 11, 2013 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The A's and Building a Bullpen By Attrition

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Sam Miller

Why do teams pay for relievers? Because picking them up for nothing is an awful lot of work.

The other day, Ben Lindbergh and I were bantering about relievers who are all of a sudden awesome. Will Smith, Louis Coleman, Neal Cotts, some other guy whose name I have already forgotten. (Ed. note: Kevin Siegrist.) And Ben asked, as somebody always will, why teams still pay for relievers when there seem to be an infinite number of humans capable of pitching like Jonathan Papelbon for a year.

The A’s don’t pay for relievers. Their top seven this year are making about $8 million and cost almost nothing in talent to acquire. The A’s also have the second-best bullpen FRA of the post-expansion era, behind only this year’s Braves. They make it look so easy! But this incredible success is also the answer to Ben’s question. Teams still pay for relievers because the A’s way of doing things takes so much friggin' effort.

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Or, should the Astros invest in some veteran relievers?

Autumn came a little early to Houston this year. You might not have noticed, but the Astros recently became the first American League team to be formally eliminated from the playoffs. It’s not that anyone really expected the Astros to contend this year, but then again, I picked the Angels to win the World Series at the beginning of the year. Shows what we know.

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Do teams tend to overpay for bullpen help at the deadline?

Baseball lore preaches that a team “can never have enough pitching,” but we rarely hear the same thing said about hitting, perhaps because of a sister proverb, “Baseball is 75 percent pitching.” Pitcher fragility plays a big part, of course. But sometimes one poor start or relief outing will cause a team to press for more pitchers: a marginal arm blows up, and suddenly the team needs assistance. When a hitter goes 0-for-4 or 1-for-5, on the other hand, the line is common enough that we don’t bat an eye.

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July 25, 2013 6:00 am

Bullpen Report: On the Grilli

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Mike Gianella

Mark Melancon and Rex Brothers take over for Jason Grilli and Rafael Betancourt, respectively. More on that, plus the updated rankings and earnings lie within.

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

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How the Pirates have become a contender with the help of other teams' cast-off parts.

The Pirates blueprint to building the bullpen that has become one of baseball’s best is no longer a guarded secret on the North Shore. While Neil Huntington was away at the All-Star break, an anonymous source who’s not generally much of a talker handed over the plan of how the Pirates did it in five easy steps that will leave the rest of baseball shaking their heads.

1. Trade your best reliever
2. Let a 36-year-old journeyman close
3. Get a bunch of starters who can't go six innings
4. ?????????
5. Sports Illustrated cover





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The Yankees haven't produced many successful homegrown starters, but they have been churning out a wave of cheap relief arms.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Josh Norris has covered the Trenton Thunder and the Yankees farm system for The Trentonian for the last six seasons and spends his free time filming prospects in plush locales like Scranton, Allentown, Wilmington, Lakewood and Staten Island. Previously, he covered the Eugene Emeralds for Scout.com and Oregon club baseball (before NCAA baseball returned) for the Oregon Daily Emerald.

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Ben and Sam answers listener questions about catcher framing, a very unusual reliever, and cautionary MRIs.



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Ben and Sam discuss whether a pitcher's body language can cost him strikes, whether it's worth trading for relievers early in the season, a study about perceptions of steroid use, and whether a low BABIP is always unlucky.



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Have hitters become too passive, or is there something else going on?

Last week, in an article in Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci put forth an argument that the modern game of baseball has a problem. Hitters, he claimed, have become too passive in their approach at the plate as they attempt to drive up the pitch counts of the opposing pitcher. He mixes together a couple of case examples (Joey Votto, Jayson Werth) with some data that appear to show that hitters have become more passive in their approach over time, and are paying for it in declining run production. Maybe Joey and Jayson, and by proxy the rest of the baseball players out there, should swing the bat a little more.

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