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07-21

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16

Closer to Me: Week 17
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Mauricio Rubio

07-14

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Closer to Me: Week 16
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-07

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7

Closer to Me: Week 15
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-30

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5

Closer to Me: Week 14: Closer Swap
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-23

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2

Closer to Me: Week 13
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-16

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5

Closer to Me: Week 12
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-09

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11

Closer to Me: Week 11: The Ballad of Kevin Gregg
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-02

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9

Closer to Me: Week 10
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-28

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Closer to Me: Week Nine
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-22

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5

Closer to Me: Week Eight
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-19

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: My Closer Lost His Job and Now I Hate Everybody
by
Mike Gianella

05-15

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14

Closer to Me: Week Seven
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-06

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5

Closer to Me: Week Six
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-29

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5

Closer to Me: Week Five
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-22

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9

Closer to Me: Week Four
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-15

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7

Closer to Me: Week Three
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-08

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13

Closer to Me: Attrition
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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22

Closer to Me: Week One
by
Mauricio Rubio

03-27

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations
by
Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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12

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Relief Pitchers
by
Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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6

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief Pitchers
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

03-07

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9

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-06

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6

Tale of the Tape: Joe Nathan vs. Sergio Romo
by
Wilson Karaman

03-06

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12

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 Relief Pitchers
by
Bret Sayre

03-05

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13

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
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Craig Goldstein

03-05

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13

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

03-04

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8

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers
by
Paul Sporer

03-03

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11

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-03

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7

State of the Position: Closers
by
Ben Carsley

02-27

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: The Rising Cost of Pitching
by
Mike Gianella

09-19

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Bullpen Report: Looking Back, Looking Forward
by
Mike Gianella

09-12

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Bullpen Report: Looking Ahead
by
Mike Gianella

09-06

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7

Five to Watch: Would-Be, Could-Be Closers
by
Craig Goldstein

09-05

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Bullpen Report: Examining Trends
by
Mike Gianella

08-30

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Raising Aces: A Closer Look at Relievers
by
Doug Thorburn

08-22

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12

Overthinking It: Scouting Closers in the Batter's Box
by
Ben Lindbergh and Jason Parks

08-22

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Bullpen Report: Farquhar Rises to the Top
by
Mike Gianella

08-15

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8

Bullpen Report: Mo Moves Down
by
Mike Gianella

08-12

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8

Baseball Therapy: Using the Closer to Keep a Deficit Small
by
Russell A. Carleton

08-08

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9

Bullpen Report: Meeting the Criteria
by
Mike Gianella

07-25

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Bullpen Report: On the Grilli
by
Mike Gianella

06-13

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12

Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Closers and Extra-Inning Games
by
Russell A. Carleton

06-06

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4

Bullpen Report: A Test of Wil'
by
Mike Gianella

05-29

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Your Annual Reminder: Don't Pay for Saves
by
Jason Collette

04-09

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7

Baseball ProGUESTus: Where the Crazy Closer Comes From
by
Matthew Callan

12-10

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Baseball Therapy: Do Closers Age Differently Than Other Relievers?
by
Russell A. Carleton

11-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-17

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16

BP Unfiltered: Jim Leyland, Jose Valverde, and Why We're Stuck with the Conventional Closer UPDATED
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Ben Lindbergh

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

08-20

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Baseball Therapy: Are Closers Worse When They're Surprised?
by
Russell A. Carleton

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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers

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Craig Goldstein

Projecting the ninth-inning stoppers from 2014 through the end of the 2016 season.

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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects

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Ben Carsley

From true relievers to starters who might convert, a look at the arms that could rack up saves or holds down the road.

Nope. I'm not doing it. I'm not dignifying the reliever position with an introduction.

To warrant inclusion here, every pitcher has to a) project to have at least eighth-inning upside, b) project to reach the majors by 2015, and c) project to have a huge impact in either strikeouts or WHIP.

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March 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers

8

Paul Sporer

Breaking down the position, from the top-shelf closers to the setup men who might be on the cusp.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers

11

BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the best values to help your fantasy squad rack up saves.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

State of the Position: Closers

7

Ben Carsley

Breaking down the ninth-inning stoppers by league for the present and future and examining the optimal mixed-league strategy.

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February 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Rising Cost of Pitching

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Mike Gianella

Examining the reasons why pitchers are costing more in auctions this year.

Last week, CBS Sports held their NL-only and AL-only expert league auctions (I participated in the NL auction while Paul Sporer represented Baseball Prospectus in the AL auction). While the League of Alternate Baseball Reality (LABR) and Tout Wars are better-known expert leagues, CBS has been running their expert leagues in an auction format since 2008. Questions of stature or importance aside, these auctions happen before the LABR and Tout Wars auctions do so they give us the opportunity to look at some early spending trends. Many home leagues are influenced to at least some degree by how owners spend in the expert leagues.

The first thing I noticed is that pitching prices are up this year.

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September 19, 2013 6:00 am

Bullpen Report: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Mike Gianella

In the final installment of the year, Mike reviews how closers performed relative to pre-season expectations.

This is the final installment of my Bullpen Report series for 2013 and, in fact, my final column during the regular season in 2013. Don’t worry; I’m not going anywhere. In fact, I’ll be using the next week to get ready for my series on how players did in 2013 versus what our expectations were for them entering the 2013 season.

With this in mind, instead of my usual ranking of relievers by tier, below is a brief flavor of what you’ll be seeing from me this offseason. We all know what the best relievers are doing this year, but do we remember how the expected closers did in 2013?

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September 12, 2013 6:00 am

Bullpen Report: Looking Ahead

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Mike Gianella

As the 2013 season winds down, Mike examines the contract statuses of current closers to evaluate their odds of retaining their jobs in 2014.

With the season winding down, instead of going through the usual exercise of rating relievers by tiers, I thought I would take a look at all 30 closers in Major League Baseball through the lens of their contract statuses. This exercise isn’t intended to offer any predictions on what each team might do this winter, but rather is presented to offer information to keeper league owners who are looking ahead to next year.

The contract information below has been culled from Baseball Prospectus’ contracts database.

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September 6, 2013 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Would-Be, Could-Be Closers

7

Craig Goldstein

A look at five pitchers who could be in line for save opportunities in future years.

Joe Borowski, Brandon League, Todd Jones, Kevin Gregg, Frank Francisco, Billy Koch. No, I’m not working on a baseball version of We Didn’t Start The Fire (that you know of). These are all relievers who have ascended to the closer role, whether they deserved it or not. They acquired the closer mystique that allowed them to beef up their earnings and hold on or land jobs long past when they should have. To be clear, I’m of the mind that it’s often helpful to have a Gregg or a Koch at the back of the bullpen—someone who is competent enough to finish most games and allows the use of a more efficient or dominant reliever, a fireman, to enter into the higher-leverage situations.

That opinion belongs to the baseball analyst in me, though, not the fantasy analyst. As a fantasy owner, I’d rather see the most talented bullpen option in the closer role because then I don’t have to roster nincompoops who destroy my ERA and WHIP, all while chasing the dragon save. Of course, being blocked by an incompetent colleague is not the only reason that pitchers get denied coffee. Injuries, a couple of poorly timed blow ups, or a lack of experience can also cost a reliever a shot to use SemiSonic as his entrance music as well. The point of this article, then, is to shine a spotlight on some guys who would be closers, but for a minor flaw, be it in their game or their situations. These are players who could be elite-level fantasy closers if they are presented with the opportunity. The key is identifying them before the opportunity arises.

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September 5, 2013 6:30 am

Bullpen Report: Examining Trends

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Mike Gianella

Mike unveils his updated closer tiers and identifies a few setup men who could help your fantasy club down the stretch.

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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August 30, 2013 8:38 am

Raising Aces: A Closer Look at Relievers

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Doug Thorburn

Mechanical analysis of three of the AL's dominant closers.

Relief pitchers have been in vogue lately, whether carving out air time on TINSTAAPP or funking up Raising Aces. The RP-Funk All-Stars may have all hailed from the senior circuit, but some of the most impressive performances of the season have come from the American League. Ninth-inning relievers have been dominating hitters and shortening games all across the AL, as no fewer than five different closers entered Thursday's action with an ERA under 2.00. Although he falls just short of inclusion to that particular club this season, we start the show with none other than the greatest stopper of all time.

(all stats through 8/28/13, PITCHf/x stats are courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net)

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Ranking closers based on how bad they've looked at the plate.

On Wednesday night, Aroldis Chapman entered an 8-6 game in relief of an injured Jonathan Broxton, who faced two batters in the top of the eighth before his elbow cut his outing short. It was the first time Chapman had been asked to get more than three outs all season. And because a “distraught” Dusty Baker screwed up the double switch, Chapman also made his first major-league plate appearance in the bottom of the inning.

Chapman got a standing ovation from a super-excited Cincinnati crowd when he came to the plate. And unlike some closers who rarely hit—and whose health is much more important than the outcome of any one plate appearance—he wasn’t instructed not to swing. Chapman, who played first base in Cuba before he pitched and showed a decent swing, ran the count full and took two big cuts en route to a predictable strikeout. And then the fans sat back down.

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