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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains why elite middle relievers haven't climbed his tiers, before revealing the latest edition of those tiers and the updated dollar values.

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.

Last week, one of my readers wanted to know why I didn’t have a middle reliever in the top tier. Although middle relievers are integral in some leagues, I have not been ranking them due to the fact that their value is vastly different depending upon each league’s rules. In leagues that use holds as a separate category, non-closers carry a great deal of value. In standard mixed leagues with no start limits, you might not feel the need to carry a middle reliever on your staff at all. My goal is to take a cursory look at a handful of valuable middle relief arms in a non-holds, deeper-league, standard Roto format.

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May 9, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Boston Blues

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Mike Gianella

The debut edition begins up in Boston, where a spate of injuries has thrust an unexpected candidate into the ninth-inning role, before traveling around the league.

Welcome to the first installment of the Baseball Prospectus’ Reliever Report: Fantasy Edition. This is a fairly standard article in the fantasy community, so a long, drawn-out introduction is unnecessary. The focus every week will be on:

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April 22, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Men in the Middle

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Mike Gianella

Relievers like Matt Belisle and Darren O'Day may not get save opportunities, but they can still help your team, especially in deep leagues.

Last week, one of the commenters on my article on FAAB spending suggested that it’s doubtful that middle relievers make that much of an impact, even in deeper fantasy leagues

Even in an only league, someone's not likely to keep $15 earner Darren O'Day in their lineup weekly if he's not getting save chances.

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June 20, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Relievers for 6/20/12

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Dan Mennella

Glen Perkins and Greg Holland make their VP bid this week.

Departures
I had such high hopes for Pirates swing man Brad Lincoln (Yahoo! 6%, ESPN 2%, CBS 9%), but his past three outings have been starts, and the results have been ugly: 11 2/3 innings, 13 earned runs, 10 strikeouts, 23 hits (!), and four walks. It’s time for the Bucs to mercy-kill this experiment and return Lincoln to his rightful place as their long reliever. He’ll serve the team—and fantasy owners—far better in that role.


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July 2, 2010 7:27 am

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating

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Christina Kahrl

A management purge in Phoenix, landing a young gun while accepting risk in San Francisco, plus other NL activity.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned RHP Carlos Rosa to Reno (Triple-A); recalled RHP Barry Enright from Mobile (Double-A). [6/30]

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June 9, 2010 7:00 am

Transaction Action: Youthful Orient-ation

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Christina Kahrl

Talent arrives on Eastern division rosters in both circuits, but it's the Fish and Nats who are feeling good about it.

BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned RHP Scott Atchison to Pawtucket (Triple-A); recalled OF-L Josh Reddick from Pawtucket. [6/5]
Placed RHP Jonathan Papelbon on the Family Medical Leave List; activated RHP Boof Bonser from the 15-day DL. [6/7]

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May 27, 2010 4:42 pm

Transaction Action: Senior Circuit Shakeups

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Christina Kahrl

The nature of the catching shortage, bungee-cord DL moves, TMI on Tony Abreu, and more.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Placed INF-S Tony Abreu on the 15-day DL (sprained wrist), retroactive to 5/24; recalled INF-R Ryan Roberts from Reno (Triple-A). [5/25]

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May 21, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers

6

Bill Baer

Which available starting pitchers may be able to provide a spark to your fantasy baseball team?

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Brandon Morrow: Morrow can hit 100 MPH with his fastball. As you may expect, he racks up plenty of strikeouts -- 54 of them in 41 innings, a league-leading rate of nearly 12 per nine innings. "Great, where do I sign up?" you ask. As I am not a used car salesman, I must warn you about his control problems. He is averaging nearly six walks per nine innings this year, a problem he has had throughout his professional baseball career.

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May 14, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers

6

Bill Baer

Which starting pitchers can help you jump ahead in your fantasy baseball league?

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Craig Stammen: Stammen displayed great control in his brief time in the Majors with the Washington Nationals. In 142 and two-thirds innings, Stammen walked 32 batters, a rate of just over two walks per nine innings. However, he possesses below-average strikeout stuff. Stammen should help your ERA and WHIP stabilize, but you should look elsewhere if you are looking for punch-outs. If your league uses strikeout-to-walk ratio, he becomes an even better value as he should fall somewhere in the 2.5 area. Additionally, he does not have a platoon split, so he is someone you can feel confident starting him against anyone (except the Phillies, to whom he has allowed 11 runs in six and one-third innings this year).

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April 15, 2010 1:08 pm

Transaction Action: Senior Shuffle

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Christina Kahrl

Feliz Caridad, no more good face, and take your Suppan and like it. 8:45 PM Update

CHICAGO CUBS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Placed RHP Esmailin Caridad on the 15-day DL (strained forearm), retroactive to 4/12; recalled RHP Jeff Gray from Iowa (Triple-A). [4/14]

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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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March 22, 2010 7:26 pm

Transaction Action: Weekend Mayhem Edition

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Christina Kahrl

The new Super Joe, worthy of the price, plus the full slate of roster churn as cuts get tough.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned LHP Wilfrido Perez to Bowie (Double-A). [3/19]
BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned LHP Felix Doubront and C-R Mark Wagner to Pawtucket (Triple-A); signed LHP Alan Embree to a minor-league contract. [3/20]
Received Rule 5 pick 3B-R Jorge Jimenez back from the Marlins. [3/21]

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