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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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38

Baseball Therapy: Why Are Smart Teams Spending Money on Relievers?
by
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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12

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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16

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

04-08

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7

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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48

Overthinking It: Ranking Rivera
by
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
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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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7

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
by
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
by
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
by
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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11

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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63

Prospectus Roundtable: Analyzing RoboPitcher
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Baseball Prospectus

12-11

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9

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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39

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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The Mets beat the Braves on Sunday night, but as often happens, their bullpen almost blew it.

This is exactly how the Mets drew up the top of the ninth inning on Sunday night:

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Ben and Sam reevaluate the NL West after the deadline and take stock of this season's converted starters.

Effectively Wild Episode 11: "Train Crossing"

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June 20, 2012 5:00 am

The Platoon Advantage: Venting About Bullpen Woes

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Cee Angi

Fredi Gonzalez's bullpen usage has had a major overhaul, but one reliever is resisting the change.

Fredi Gonzalez swore he would change, and he has. Dusty Baker never learned to love Mark Bellhorn, and Joe Torre never became a young player’s manager, but Gonzalez took the bullpen pedal off the floor. The Braves' manager started the 2011 season racing his bullpen around every turn, and by September the team was left with bald tires and in need of a pit-stop just sort of the finish line, blowing an eight-game lead to lose the wild card to the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the biggest collapse in National League history. When the season ended, Gonzalez promised that next year would be different, and he changed… but perhaps he isn’t the only Brave who needs to adjust his strategy.

Gonzalez’s mantra in early 2011 was win early and win often, seemingly viewing nearly every game as an opportunity to use one of his big relievers Jonny Venters, Eric O’Flaherty, and closer Craig Kimbrel—a three-headed, three-armed force of despair and dashed hopes for a comeback. If the Vikings sacked villages and carried off its riches, the VOK-ings sacked opposing hitters and carried off their manhoods. Gonzalez went to them even if the situation didn’t follow the conventional wisdom as to when a manager should deploy his best relievers. This resulted in an unrealistically heavy workload for the trio, with the number of one-run games the Braves had in the first half (24) only serving to exacerbate an-already unrealistic pace for the pitchers.

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Dusty Baker feels that Aroldis Chapman's best use right now is as Cincinnati's closer, and a conversation with Jesus Montero.

When Sparky Lyle strode from the bullpen the mound at Yankee Stadium during his days as a premier relief pitches in the mid- to late 1970s, organist Eddie Layton would play "Pomp and Circumstance." That probably wouldn't work as a ballpark song these days, but to hear Dusty Baker tell it, perhaps the traditional graduation accompaniment should be played on the sound system at Great American Ball Park when Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman takes the hill.

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Giants vs. Brewers, Monday, May 21st.

The bottom of the eighth inning starts with a man in an orange tuxedo.

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In a game you can't predict, which early-season statistics seem the most unpredictable?

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Umpires shouldn't settle for "close enough" when it comes to perfection.

The Weekend Takeaway
Did he go? That was the question percolating through every baseball fan’s mind after the White Sox’ Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in major-league history against the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.

Brendan Ryan, who pinch-hit for Munenori Kawasaki, worked the count full, fouled off Humber’s first payoff pitch, and then either swung or did not swing at a slider that broke well off the plate outside. But did he go?


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The Red Sox bullpen put up yet another horrific performance yesterday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
In yesterday’s What You Need to Know, I wrote about the stellar performance by the Rangers bullpen over the first 10 games of the season. The Red Sox relief corps, on the other hand, has been as shaky as it was during the team’s September collapse, and its weaknesses were thoroughly exposed in last night’s 18-3 rout.

After Jon Lester was knocked around for seven runs in two awful innings, manager Bobby Valentine asked Scott Atchison to eat some frames in a game almost certain to end in defeat. Atchison did his job for four innings, and Matt Albers chipped in a solid seventh, but then Mark Melancon—who entered with a 22.50 ERA—decided to turn the eighth into a home-run derby.


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April 15, 2011 9:00 am

Expanded Horizons: Relying on Relievers

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Tommy Bennett

Teams that live and die by their bullpens tend not to succeed, which doesn't bode well for the Yankees and other teams that have eschewed their starters in the early going.

The Heath Bell Curve

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The Padres’ array of inexpensive and effective relievers offer a course in Bullpen 101.

Several months ago, Tommy Bennett penned a paean to the economy and efficiency of the Padres’ bullpen. In retrospect, his choice of topic seems particularly prescient, given that the Padres had played all of three games by the time his article appeared. 135 games later, San Diego’s relief unit has outperformed even Tommy’s lofty expectations, supplying league-best performance at a fraction of the costs associated with other teams’ firemen. Despite their recent 10-game losing streak, the Padres sport a 78-59 record and the best run differential in the National League, and much of the credit for their success must go to the relatively unheralded men who compose their relief corps.

The Padres’ offense, while not quite the utterly anemic attack that Petco Park makes it appear, still rates as something less than a strength: the team’s .258 TAv ranks 13th in the NL. San Diego’s .02 PADE qualifies as an asset, but not a spectacular one, ranking fifth in the NL, and while the Friars have performed well on the basepaths, their speed hasn’t been a major factor behind their success.

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April 6, 2010 10:38 am

Expanded Horizons: Closers To The Edge

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Tommy Bennett

The Padres would have an effective—and cheap—bullpen even if they traded Heath Bell.

Bullpens sometimes get a bad name. Although by some metrics, elite relievers can be worth more than five wins to their squads, other metrics value the best relievers at no more than three wins. Because nearly all pitchers improve their rate stats (strikeout and home run rates in particular) when moving from the rotation to the bullpen, there is a common mood among the sabermetric community that relief pitchers are overvalued, overpaid, and that they should speak only when spoken to. I think the problem of reliever valuation is extremely tricky and I shout my ignorance of the answer from the rooftops. But I do have two basic observations:

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National League projected rosters

With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 16 National League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members. Keep in mind these are projected rosters and subject to change.  American League lineups are here.  You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.

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