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April 29, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: NL East U25 Lists

7

Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Bryce Harper and Jose Fernandez lead the way.

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April 22, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Four

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Mauricio Rubio

Updates on all of the notable ninth-inning situations around the league.

New York Mets
We’re all guilty of trying to hold on for too long at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a relationship that should have ended but instead lingered—even though we knew the process and personnel would yield obvious and painful results.

Enter the Mets and Jose Valverde, who finally lost his job after a particularly bad series of meltdowns that led Terry Collins to go in a different direction. I picked up Valverde in a few leagues, so I know the pain some of you are feeling. If we’re being honest, however, we all knew this was coming.


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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Relief Pitchers

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual breakdown of the players at this position and the fantasy categories in which they could help your team.

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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief Pitchers

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

Breaking down the bullpen arms for Scoresheet leagues.

BP Fantasy closes out positions with reliever week, the position pretty much everyone considers a necessary evil. If not just plain evil. In this week’s podcast, linked at the end of the article, we spend some time discussing relievers. Not a ton of time, because there’s really not too much to say. We also take some reader questions. And have a pretty interesting discussion on when (if ever) it is OK to lose a trade, which we think will be worth your time to check out. We also spend some time discussing the lower tiers of starting pitching, which is relevant to your Scoresheet bullpen, for reasons we explain below. We’ve also updated our ranking list for all positions.

Here’s how we rank relievers. And read on for reliever strategy, picks, and more.

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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these closers in your leagues this spring.

At long last, our journey has come to an end.

Over the past two months, we've worked tirelessly (read: written two blurbs a week) to bring you a player to target and to avoid for each fantasy position. We hope our collective experience has helped you recoup some value and avoid some mistakes in your drafts this year, and we've enjoyed the debates that many of the names we've listed have spurred.

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March 6, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 Relief Pitchers

12

Bret Sayre

A long-term outlook on the relievers who could be fantasy assets in the coming years.

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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers

13

Craig Goldstein

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

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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

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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June 21, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The End of a Fun Fact Machine

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Sam Miller

Craig Kimbrel's small margin between best reliever ever and best reliever of right now.

My current favorite fun fact, a fun fact that I’ve repeated in chats, on Twitter, on Ben Lindbergh’s award-winning podcast, and now in an article, is this: In 2012, Craig Kimbrel struck out more batters on three pitches than Justin Verlander did. It’s got everything I like in a fun fact: It favorably compares a player to a more famous player; it compares his accomplishment in one context (in this case, an opportunities-based context) to an accomplishment in a much more favorable context; it uses a statistic that isn’t really a statistic so much as a description and thus has more descriptive impact than a traditional statistic; it’s not an easily dismissed small sample size; its cheats aren’t obvious, if they exist at all; and it captures not just a player but an era, the era of the ridiculous strikeout reliever. It got to the heart of the thing, which was that Craig Kimbrel was so good that you wondered whether he actually posed an existential threat to baseball itself.

Kimbrel has been awesome this year. You could take his pitching line and a time machine back to 1976 and it would look so scary to that generation that the Russians might bomb Huntsville, AL to prevent the Kimbrel from ever being developed. It’s a spectacular line! But it doesn’t take much for a Fun Fact Machine to become just a great player.

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The pitch before the pitch that sent the Dominican Republic to the WBC semifinals.

If you weren’t watching the World Baseball Classic on Thursday night, you missed a memorable moment with one out in the top of the ninth, when Dominican Republic pinch-hitter Erick Aybar broke a 1-1 tie with a single off US closer Craig Kimbrel, driving in Nelson Cruz from third. The go-ahead run proved to be the winning run, sending the 5-0 Dominicans to the semifinals and the 3-2 Americans to an elimination game against Puerto Rico on Friday.

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Stephen Vogt doesn't have a hit, but he has hit.

During the last game of the season, Stephen Vogt hit this ball

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