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07-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadlines and Systems of Thought
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Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-31

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trending Prospects and Big Leaguers
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-30

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Dynasty Dynamics: Who We're Selling at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-29

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Daily League Strategy: Stacking Lefties
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Paul Sporer

07-29

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Deep Impact: Week 17
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Ben Carsley

07-29

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The Stash List: 15th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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J.P. Breen

07-28

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Interleague Report: Week 18
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Jeff Quinton

07-28

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Closer to Me: Week 18
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Mauricio Rubio

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Daily League Strategy: (Alex) Wood is Good
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Paul Sporer

07-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis
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Jeff Quinton

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-23

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The Stash List: 14th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
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J.P. Breen

07-22

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Daily League Strategy: Two Servings of Flande
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Paul Sporer

07-22

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My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later
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Bret Sayre

07-22

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Deep Impact: Week 16
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Ben Carsley

07-21

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The Buyer's Guide: Jason Kipnis
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J.P. Breen

07-21

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Interleague Report: Week 17
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Jeff Quinton

07-21

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Closer to Me: Week 17
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Mauricio Rubio

07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers
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Mike Gianella

07-18

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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Wilson Karaman

07-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Chris Davis
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Craig Goldstein

07-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Midseason Keeper League FAAB Strategy
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Jeff Quinton

07-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-17

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All-Star Week
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Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-16

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Dynasty Dynamics: Top 50 Jumpers
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: 10 Crazy Predictions Fantasy Writers Should Have Made
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Mike Gianella

07-15

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Deep Impact: Week 15
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Ben Carsley

07-14

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Interleague Report: Week 16
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Jeff Quinton

07-14

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Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre

07-14

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Closer to Me: Week 16
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Mauricio Rubio

07-14

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The Buyer's Guide: Howie Kendrick
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J.P. Breen

07-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Charlie Morton
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Wilson Karaman

07-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: What to Expect From Jimmy Nelson
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Craig Goldstein

07-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: League Norms and Trade Markets
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Jeff Quinton

07-10

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Crossover Season Begins
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget About Me
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J.P. Breen

07-09

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The Stash List: 13th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-09

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Two
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-08

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Deep Impact: Week 14
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Ben Carsley

07-08

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Daily League Strategy: Cutting to the Chase
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Paul Sporer

07-07

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Interleague Report: Week 15
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Jeff Quinton

07-07

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Closer to Me: Week 15
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Mauricio Rubio

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadline Edition, Sellers
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Mike Gianella

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July 24, 2014 10:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

From the Astros draft saga to the Scoresheet mistakes, the Outcomes devote this week's podcast to what's gone wrong.

This week on the podcast, we tackled topics concerning failure. We did our part to run in circles around the Astros draft saga and also answered some reader questions. We also spent some time considering and discussing our collective failures as Scoresheet owners in 2014. One of the things we’d like to do is setup a framework for analyzing teams that underperform, in order to identify potential improvements, patterns of mistakes, or other ways that we could have done better on draft day.

The first step is to gather information and data, including the draft day valuations, the real life MLB performance of players to date, and the Scoresheet performance of players to date. The Baseball Prospectus Team Tracker is a helpful tool to get this information, and the remainder can be found on the Scoresheet league pages. Be careful when analyzing team-level results, especially if you’ve made personnel changes (i.e. traded away short term value), because they may not be indicative of mistakes you made on draft day, but the aftermath of going Full Rebuild (tm?).

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis

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Jeff Quinton

Outperforming your competition year after year requires not only improvement but also staying a step ahead.

While I have been providing mid-season strategy articles of late, I came across the Red Queen effect the other day and began thinking about its impact on fantasy baseball. As a result, this article holds relevance throughout the entire season (maybe more so in the offseason), but does not hold specific relevance to this point in the season.

I am most likely a better fantasy baseball player today than I was two years ago. You are most likely a better fantasy baseball player than you were two years ago. Anyone who has been playing fantasy baseball for some amount of time is probably better now than they were before. If we are all improving, then getting better is helpful in that we do not fall behind, but it does not necessarily get us ahead. And that, kiddos, is the kicker. In other words, improving yourself and gaining an advantage are two very different things. In order to consistently succeed, we need to both improve and gain an advantage, but competition makes this inherently difficult. We will take a look at why it is difficult to sustain success and if anything can be done to overcome those difficulties.

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 17

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worthy pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Running down a half-dozen hitters and pitchers you might want to consider acquiring before your league's trading period ends.

The trade deadline happens soon. This means that if you’d like to change the personnel on your team without utilizing the waiver wire exclusively, you’ll need to make a deal before the deadline passes, in many leagues. Weird how that works, we know.

While the deadline is a crazy time in leagues of every composition, they’re especially hectic in dynasty formats. Good teams are often willing to go all-in, as winning a dynasty championship is a difficult feat to accomplish. Mediocre teams generally break one way or the other. And even teams who are out of it have every incentive to be quite active, as there’s always 2015 and beyond.

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: 14th Edition

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Bret Sayre

The bad news for Mookie Betts is that he's back in the minors; the good news is that puts him atop the list.

The Graduates: Dillon Gee (1), Kevin Gausman (2), Arismendy Alcantara (3), Jimmy Nelson (5), Danny Salazar (7), Brett Anderson (17), Josh Reddick (21), Joe Kelly (23)

This is what happens when you take a week off in mid-July. Gee and Gausman are both back in their respective rotations and should be stalwarts in most leagues down the stretch. There’s always the chance that the Orioles will do something dumb with Gausman, but here’s hoping we’ve seen the last of their roster games. Alcantara was only scheduled to be up for a couple of days initially, but he’s shown enough for the Cubs to DFA Darwin Barney this week. In fact, he’s doing almost exactly what he was doing in the minors, hitting .286/.316/.543 with six extra-base hits and three steals in eight games. Jimmy Nelson got shelled in his first outing, but it’s safe to say that the second one went better, throwing a quality start against a depleted Reds lineup on Tuesday evening. Unless the Brewers end up being a surprise player for a starting pitcher at the deadline, Nelson should hold off the banished Marco Estrada.

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers

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J.P. Breen

These bullpen arms might not rack up saves, but they can help you pad other categories in Roto leagues.

In non-dynasty leagues, quality relievers who do not rack up saves are often overlooked. If employed correctly, though, they can be pseudo-saviors for two main types of squads: (1) teams who have an underperforming pitching staff and are striving to recover in specific categories in the second half of the season, and (2) leagues that have strict “games started” limits in order to keep teams from simply streaming starters all season.

Teams who have fallen behind in pitching categories can try to cobble together a trade or two, hoping to bolster their pitching staff for a second-half run. However, trades aren’t always possible. And even in the meantime, it can be useful to target specific relievers who can help in desired categories. This article will outline a few relievers who could be useful waiver-wire pickups to aid in WHIP/ERA or in strikeouts. I’m not including pitcher wins because that seems like a crapshoot.

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The Nationals face a rookie pitcher at Coors Field, so Paul has two of them in his recommended lineup.

The $400,000 Midsummer Classic takes place on Tuesday over at DraftKings.com. With DK’s acquisition of DraftStreet, I will now be using that site to select my players of the day.

PITCHING

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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later

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Bret Sayre

Checking in on how the fantasy staff's ideal rosters have fared to date.

During the last week of March, the BP Fantasy team set out to complete a fun exercise that I set out for everyone. Using Mike Gianella’s pre-season bid limits from March 21, all nine members of the team at the time completed a 23-man roster for $260. It sounded like such a fun idea that soon-to-be Editor-in Chief Sam Miller and pitching mechanics guru Doug Thorburn decided to submit entries. And finally, I received a very well thought out e-mail from reader “Cronfordox” (otherwise known as Scott) with a team of his own, which I included to bring us to an even number of 12 entries. We understand 12-team leagues. It makes sense.

If you want to go and read the explanations of the teams we created at the time, here are all of the links in one place, but for this piece we’re going to concentrate on how our individual teams have fared. So you don’t have to start clicking around, here were the parameters:

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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 16

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Why you gotta be so cruel? Don't you write bad intros, too?

Ben Paulsen, 1B, Rockies
In a shocking twist of fate that few could've seen coming before the season began, Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list, this time with a neck injury. Morneau had been enjoying a very nice year in Colorado, but given his propensity for missing games, you should've been keeping stock of his replacements all along. Many assumed Kyle Parker would eventually get the call for one-half of the former "M&M boys," but instead it's the relatively unknown Paulsen who gets the nod.


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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jason Kipnis

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J.P. Breen

The Indians' second sacker hasn't lived up to expectations in 2014, but is a turnaround in store?

Prior to the season, the upper fantasy echelon of the second base position appeared to be a rather precarious investment. Robinson Cano inked a mega-contract with Seattle, which made many fantasy owners nervous that his power numbers would spiral down the drain. Dustin Pedroia saw his power production drop precipitously in 2013 and had finally found himself on the wrong side of 30. Ian Kinsler compiled rather pedestrian (for him) numbers a year ago and was transitioning that performance to a more pitcher-friendly environment in Detroit.

The traditional fantasy stalwarts at second base were vulnerable. It seemed a changing of the guard could occur and other guys could step into the limelight—and in some ways, that’s exactly what has happened with Dee Gordon, Jose Altuve, and Anthony Rendon asserting their fantasy dominance in the first half of the 2014 season. After the season, perhaps we must re-evaluate who can now be labeled as “elite” at the position.

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 17

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Dominic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

Last Week

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 17

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

I wrote about the fantasy angle on the Huston Street trade here. There are a few ancillary angles we can talk about regarding the Padres bullpen, however, as they are left with Joaquin Benoit, Dale Thayer, Kevin Quackenbush, and someone I figured would make a run at the job in Alex Torres. Thayer and Quackenbush are clearly in front of the erratic Torres. I’ve long thought Torres had closer stuff but not closer command. It’s holding true to this point.

San Francisco Giants

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