CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Articles Tagged Bullpen 

Search BP Articles

All Blogs (including podcasts)

Active Columns

Authors

Article Types

Archives

06-20

comment icon

0

Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
by
Mike Gianella

06-20

comment icon

0

Closer Report: Week 12
by
Matt Collins

06-13

comment icon

0

Closer Report: Week 11
by
Matt Collins

06-06

comment icon

0

Closer Report: Week 10
by
Matt Collins

05-30

comment icon

6

Closer Report: Week 9
by
Matt Collins

05-23

comment icon

1

Closer Report: Week 8
by
Matt Collins

05-16

comment icon

3

Closer Report: Week 7
by
Matt Collins

05-09

comment icon

10

Closer Report: Week 6
by
Matt Collins

05-02

comment icon

12

Closer Report: Week 5
by
Matt Collins

04-25

comment icon

4

Closer Report: Week 4
by
Matt Collins

04-18

comment icon

3

Closer Report: Week 3
by
Matt Collins

04-11

comment icon

2

Closer Report: Week 2
by
Matt Collins

04-05

comment icon

2

Deep League Report: Week 1
by
Scooter Hotz

04-04

comment icon

12

Closer Report: Week 1
by
Matt Collins

09-25

comment icon

5

Painting the Black: Joe Girardi's Large Adult Bullpen
by
R.J. Anderson

07-28

comment icon

1

Transaction Analysis: Mets Clip On a Ty
by
R.J. Anderson and Al Skorupa

07-09

comment icon

1

Field Generals: (I Can't Get No) Communication
by
Ian Frazer

04-02

comment icon

6

Every Team's Moneyball: Los Angeles Angels: Ask First, Pitch Later
by
Sam Miller

04-03

comment icon

2

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

01-27

comment icon

39

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

10-11

comment icon

2

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

09-11

comment icon

12

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

09-03

comment icon

9

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

08-02

comment icon

2

BP Unfiltered: Reliever Value at the Deadline
by
Andrew Koo

07-25

comment icon

0

Bullpen Report: On the Grilli
by
Mike Gianella

07-18

comment icon

4

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

06-18

comment icon

2

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

05-17

comment icon

0

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

05-03

comment icon

0

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

comment icon

16

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

04-08

comment icon

7

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

03-25

comment icon

34

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

03-22

comment icon

48

Overthinking It: Ranking Rivera
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-01

comment icon

12

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

01-18

comment icon

3

A Little Relief
by
Jonah Birenbaum

11-05

comment icon

13

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

10-15

comment icon

0

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

comment icon

7

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

10-05

comment icon

7

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

09-26

comment icon

3

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

09-12

comment icon

0

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

08-29

comment icon

29

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

08-13

comment icon

6

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

08-01

comment icon

0

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

06-20

comment icon

1

The Platoon Advantage: Venting About Bullpen Woes
by
Cee Angi

05-31

comment icon

7

On the Beat: Fireballer in the Hole
by
John Perrotto

05-25

comment icon

5

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

05-16

comment icon

12

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

04-23

comment icon

5

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

04-18

comment icon

0

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

<< Previous Tag Entries No More Tag Entries

Derek Fisher was sent down, but he'll be back, and was worth bidding on.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

June 20, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 12

0

Matt Collins

Did you know the Nationals are still feeling around in the dark for a closer?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It wasn’t a busy week in Reliever Land but, despite that, there is still plenty to talk about with some strange performances, notable usage and returns from injury. Before we get into that, just a reminder that you can keep up with all changes during the week with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the goods.

Cam Bedrosian is back in Los Angeles; Huston Street close behind

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

June 13, 2017 7:13 am

Closer Report: Week 11

0

Matt Collins

You'll never guess what's going on with the Phillies bullpen. No, really, no one will ever guess in a million years, it's just awful.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. This past week was a little more eventful than the previous few, with a couple changes atop depth charts and some injuries further down. Before we jump into the movement, just a reminder you can keep up with the changes with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to some of that content.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

June 6, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 10

0

Matt Collins

Koda Glover fumbles an opportunity, but it's not time for his owners to panic until the Nats get heavy into trade talks for a new closer. Sean Doolittle soon will be lurking again in the Oakland bullpen. Cam Bedrosian is back with the Angels, but does that mean Bud Norris loses his place in line?

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. It was another relatively quiet week in the land of relievers, and with it comes a shorter post than you might be used to, one which leans more on quick hits than longer profiles. Before we get into that, however, just a reminder that the Closer Grid is available to keep up with any changes in real time. Now, let’s get into the news.

Cam Bedrosian is back in L.A.—is he going to close again, too?

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

May 30, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 9

6

Matt Collins

It's hard to say how tight of a grip Brad Hand has on the closer's job in San Diego, with Brandon Maurer still getting opportunities in the ninth inning for the Padres. Mr. Hand apparently has to share. Also: How about that Bud Norris?

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. We again are coming off a relatively quiet week on the closer front, which makes me afraid for the pile of news that will be released immediately after this publishes. As always, you can follow any such changes with the Closer Grid. Without further ado, let’s get on to the fun stuff.

Changes in San Diego

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

May 23, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 8

1

Matt Collins

Koda Glover has a firm grip on the Nationals closer job—for now. Keep your eyes on Brad Hand in San Diego in case Brandon Maurer falters. Be patient with Edwin Diaz in Seattle; he'll soon be closing again.

It was something of a quiet week in reliever land, which has been a rarity in 2017. There were still a few notable happenings, of course, and the quiet does give me a chance to highlight some situations that would otherwise be put on the back burner. Before we get to that, though, another reminder that you can keep up with bullpen changes at the Closer Grid. As always, recent changes are highlighted in yellow. Now, on to the fun stuff.

Koda Glover emerging in Washington

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

May 16, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 7

3

Matt Collins

Nationals bullpen returns to chaotic normalcy.

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. It was another busy week in reliever land, with injury after injury, after return from the disabled list, after injury. This might be (probably is) recency bias, but it seems as if there are more injuries to closers this year, a trend that likely is, at least partially, due to the new 10-day disabled list. Either way, you can keep up with all of these injuries and any other movement on the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the news.

Nationals Bullpen Back at Full Strength, As Confusing as Ever

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

May 9, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 6

10

Matt Collins

Matt Albers emerges from Nationals bullpen morass.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It was a busy week on the closer front, so we’ll get right into it. Before we do, just a reminder than you can keep up with changes with The Closer Grid, and the cells highlighted in yellow represent changes since the last column.

Francisco Rodriguez is almost certainly out in Detroit

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

May 2, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 5

12

Matt Collins

Taking a close look at the Arizona bullpen, and keeping an eye on Alex Colomé in Tampa Bay.

One month into the season, there hasn’t been a ton of clarity added to some of the more confusing closer situations around the league. Although there wasn’t a ton of movement up and down depth charts in the past week, it doesn’t mean we're lacking for discussion topics. As always, you can keep up with the latest changes around the league with my Closer Grid. With that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

Fernando Rodney is somehow still the closer in Arizona

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

April 25, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 4

4

Matt Collins

Closing situations in Washington and Anaheim remain fluid. Also: Is it time to worry about Francisco Rodriguez?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. There were multiple changes in the reliever world over the weekend, and some messes yet to be cleaned up. Just a quick reminder that you can keep up with all of the changes at the Closer Grid. As always, the sections that are highlighted represent changes since the last iteration of this column.

Another injury in the Angels bullpen

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

April 18, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 3

3

Matt Collins

Injuries hit the back of Baltimore's and Texas' bullpen. And we're waiting on Fernando Rodney to implode. But who picks up the saves if he does?

Welcome to Week Three of the Closer Report, and while there hasn’t been too much baseball played this year there already is plenty of news to cover. Before we do, though, allow me to direct you back to my Closer Grid, where I update any and all changes as soon as possible. With that out of the way, let’s get right to the news.

Zach Britton hits the disabled list

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

April 11, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 2

2

Matt Collins

Changes already in Philly, uncertainty in Washington and concern in Texas.

We’ve only had one week of baseball in 2017, but there already is plenty of news on the closer front. We’ve had one change to date, with more intrigue on the horizon. As always, you can keep up with the changes with my Closer Grid, which I update as quickly as I possibly can. Just a quick reminder: the grid's third column is not the third person in line for the closer gig. Rather, it’s an intriguing name to watch for in the short- and/or long-term future. With that housekeeping out of the way, let’s get on with the news.

Jeanmar Gomez out in Philly

Many were surprised during the offseason when the Phillies declared that Gomez would be their closer again. He mostly held down the job last year, but it wasn’t always pretty, and he’s not exactly a dominant force in the bullpen. As it turns out, it didn’t take long for him to prove that was so in 2017; he allowed multiple runs in two of his three outings to start the year. Joaquin Benoit will be taking over the ninth for the Phillies, not Hector Neris. It’s a decision that makes sense from the team’s point of view for a few reasons. For one, delaying his ascent to closer keeps Neris’ arbitration prices down. Furthermore, he is more capable of going multiple innings, so keeping that kind of arm in a set-up role makes more sense. He’s still worth keeping in most leagues, as his ratios still figure to be quite good. Plus, Benoit is no guarantee to keep the job. He’s been good over most of his career, but he’s in his age-39 season, and is a fly ball pitcher who struggles with control at times. That’s a recipe for a few meltdowns in a short span at some point, which would presumably open up the role for Neris. For now, though, it goes without saying that Benoit is must-own.

What’s going on in Washington?

One of the bigger storylines of the offseason was how the Nationals would rebuild their bullpen. They were linked to all of the big names, but never pulled the trigger. Instead, they stuck with their internal options and, right before the opener, Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. As I mentioned last week, I was a little disappointed, as I had invested in Shawn Kelley in a few leagues. Treinen hasn’t been great to start the year, allowing runs in two of his four outings, and blowing one save. Luckily for him, neither Kelley nor Koda Glover have been all that great, either. The former allowed a home run in each of his first two outings, while the latter allowed a run in just one of his three outings—but also doesn’t have a strikeout yet. I still have Kelley as the second in line here, but I’m not super-confident about it. In one league in which I own Kelley, I also grabbed Glover. I’ll keep both until I have a better feel for the situation, although it’s also a league in which I am mostly punting saves for the start of the season.

How long can Fernando Rodney hang on?

Since baseball started in the 1800s, Fernando Rodney has been hanging around as a closer who is always on the verge of losing his job. This year, that dance is happening in Arizona. On the plus side, he has converted two saves without blowing one. With that being said, he has allowed runs in two of his three outings, although in one outing the only run he allowed was unearned. Still, he’s an erratic presence in the ninth inning and it’s always easy to envision him losing his job. The issue in Arizona is that there is no clear replacement. I have Tom Wilhelmsen in the second spot for now, although I don’t foresee him being the one to eventually take over for the Diamondbacks. Jake Barrett is on the disabled list right now, but he’s expected back soon and I’d think he’ll be the primary set-up guy at that point. There’s also Archie Bradley, who’s been phenomenal in his new role as a reliever. He’s probably my favorite on this roster for fantasy purposes, but I’m not so sure he’ll get many saves. He can still fill a multi-inning role, and as I said above those guys generally aren’t named closers.

Keep an eye on Texas

It seems like Sam Dyson is always flirting with losing his closer job before he goes on a month-long run in which he solidifies his role. The start of his season was rough, as he allowed eight runs over his first two appearances. He did follow that up with a scoreless outing in a non-save opportunity, but it’s worth watching if this is the time he finally unleashes the job. The good news for Dyson is that he’s being pushed by Matt Bush, who also has allowed runs in two of his three outings. Still, Bush has the better stuff and is worth stashing as a speculative add. For those in deep and/or AL-only leagues, it’s also worth keeping an eye on Jeremy Jeffress. I’d be surprised if he got the gig over Bush in the event of an opening, but he does have experience as a closer.

Quick Hits

• The Athletics continue to have a frustrating closer situation, with Santiago Casilla and Sean Doolittle both getting saves, and Ryan Madson getting plenty of work himself. I’d try to avoid this situation if I could, although I still believe Doolittle is the best of this group and when I’m in doubt I just grab the best arm.

• The Angels, meanwhile, said they were going with a committee but it’s abundantly clear that Cam Bedrosian is the team’s closer. Andrew Bailey could get a few more saves than your typical set-up man, but Bedrosian is the man to own. That is, at least until Huston Street returns from the disabled list. He’s throwing again, but there’s no timetable at this point.

• The Tigers called up Joe Jimenez, who was one of the more exciting minor-league relievers in the game. Francisco Rodriguez should be safe, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jimenez makes his way to the second spot in the pecking order within the next month or two. At that point, he’d just be an injury away from saves.

Roberto Osuna is expected to return to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Joe Biagini and Jason Grilli each allowed one run in three outings in Osuna’s absence, and I’d expect Grilli to remain next in line for Toronto for now.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

<< Previous Tag Entries No More Tag Entries