Many relievers make their exit from the list, but Mike introduces a fantasy rarity: the non-closing reliever worth owning
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but every week in this space I search for hidden saves to help fantasy players win their leagues, all the while knowing that in the real world, the save is a basically meaningless stat that has often caused managers to improperly use their best relievers. There’s no better example of this than the fact that the two teams with the highest save percentage as of Wednesday are the Phillies and the Dodgers, despite each team being on at least their third closer due to injuries and ineffectiveness. Still, this was a good week for
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Mark Melancon and Vicente Padilla are too popular to remain on the list, but Mike has found new relievers for you to keep an eye on
We all got a little spoiled last week with Vicente Padilla and Mark Melancon each suddenly ascending to fantasy relevance--it's a little thin this week as far as new closers go. Still, if you look hard enough, there are a few names of interest out there for your fantasy bullpen.
The Yankees look to get back to yet another World Series while the Rangers are in uncharted territory.
From 1996 through 1999, the Joe Torre-led Yankees and the Johnny Oates-piloted Rangers faced off in three American League Division Series, the first three times the latter franchise had ever reached the postseason. The Yankees won nine of those 10 games, holding the Rangers to a lone run apiece in their 1998 and 1999 sweeps. Times have changed, however, and while the Yankee machine has simply kept rolling, racking up four pennants and two world championships while missing the playoffs just once since their last meeting, the Rangers endured a dark decade before reemerging as AL West champions thanks to the shrewd deal making of general manager Jon Daniels and the fruits of their well-stocked farm system.
Taking a look at disaster starts from many different angles.
Going into Monday evening's game against the Blue Jays, the Yankees had every reason to feel good about themselves, having come from behind the night before to secure a stirring 10-inning victory over the Red Sox. With one more win (or a Red Sox loss) they would clinch a spot in the playoffs. Alas, by the third inning Monday night, it was clear the Yankees would be uncorking no champagne, as starter A.J. Burnett dug them a 7-0 hole by allowing two homers, seven hits, and seven runs while retiring just seven hitters. Had the Yankees been at home, Burnett would have been booed off the mound by the Bronx faithful, but as this was a road game, Yankees fans were left to hurl rotten tomatoes and blue epithets at their TVs.
The Yankees best the Rays in a pivotal American League East game on an emotional night in the Bronx.
Last week's three-game series between the Yankees and the Rays in Tampa Bay featured three rather thrilling one-run contests played in an electrifying, playoff-like atmosphere. Given the apparent tension of the seesaw battles, one could be forgiven for thinking that the games were do-or-die, with their outcomes having a strong bearing on which team would play into October and which would be consigned to an early start to hunting season.
Who will round out the rotations of the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins?
Mitch Talbot has spent seven seasons in the Minor Leagues and his hard work has finally paid off. He spent most of 2009 and all of '08 and '07 in Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, where he has shown steady improvement. Talbot has shown good control and an above-average ability to strike hitters out; the question now is whether or not that can translate to the Major Leagues.
The 2007-09 stats on Talbot's line above only include his nine and two-thirds innings at the Major League level with the Rays in '08. I think it is safe to say that that can be ignored. As far as projections, PECOTA's seems realistic except it may be underestimating the amount of innings he will be pitching in Cleveland. I would expect a WHIP between 1.3 and the low 1.4's as opposed to the 1.5 PECOTA expects simply because he is a control pitcher who has held Triple-A hitters to a 1.36 WHIP in 376 innings.
With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 14 American League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members. National League lineups are here. You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.
The Game One showdown between star southpaws, and tonight's matchup features a recently phoaled Phillie.
In yesterday's chat, Bronx Banter's Alex Belth asked me, "Is there any particular pitching matchup that you are looking forward to in the series?" I responded that the matchup I was most looking forward to was between CC Sabathia and Ryan Howard, particularly given the prospect of the big man pitching three times for the Yankees in a seven-game series, and the slugger's less-than-sterling reputation against southpaws. "I think that matchup will tell us something about what's going to happen over the next four to seven games," I wrote.
BP's Fantasy Scoresheet League is back for another year. Today, the participants outline their strategies and draft results.
Despite that snafu, I'm pretty happy with the end result of my team. I have a better pitching staff than last year, and a number of good prospects getting closer to being able to help me. And since I'm not in Nate's division, I'll have an opportunity to contend.