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The Braves add depth to their rotation with Gavin Floyd, and the Dodgers (J.P. Howell) and Astros (Matt Albers) bolster their bullpens.



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January 8, 2013 11:35 pm

Transaction Analysis: Hoping for a Berkmanlike Effort

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R.J. Anderson

Texas signs Lance Berkman, the Dodgers add J.P. Howell.

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The Rays' bullpen, to put it kindly, is off to a rough start on paper. What is wrong with what was a perceived strength of the club coming into the season?

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March 11, 2011 9:00 am

Team Injury Projection: Tampa Bay Rays

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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

Is the majors' most injury-averse team of 2010 primed for another year of good health?

Team Injury Projections

The Team Injury Projections are here, driven by our brand new injury forecasting system, the Comprehensive Health Index [of] Pitchers [and] Players [with] Evaluative Results—or, more succinctly, CHIPPER. Thanks to work by Colin Wyers and Dan Turkenkopf and a database loaded with injuries dating back to the 2002 season—that's nearly 4,600 players and well over 400,000 days lost to injury—we now have a system that produces injury-risk assessments to three different degrees. CHIPPER projects ratings for players based on their injury history—these ratings measure the probability of a player missing one or more games, 15 or more games, or 30 or more games. CHIPPER will have additional features added to it throughout the spring and early season that will enhance the accuracy of our injury coverage.

These ratings are also available in the Player Forecast Manager (pfm.baseballprospectus.com), where they'll be sortable by league or position—you won’t have to wait for us to finish writing this series in order to see the health ratings for all of the players.

TAMPA BAY RAYS
Team Audit | Depth Chart
 

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1st in AL East
27 entries
12 DL trips
               
667
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667
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4th
 
25
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981
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16th
 
34
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1043
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24
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816
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30
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21st

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April 1, 2010 8:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers

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Lee Panas

Lee Panas looks at the bullpen situations in Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and Texas.

With Kerry Wood out for six to eight weeks due to a strained muscle in his back, Chris Perez is the new Indians closer.  The rest of the bullpen will also take on a new shape from the set-up man down.  Jensen Lewis is a fly ball pitcher with a 1.2 HR/9 rate since 2007.  However, he also owns an 8.2 K/9 rate and has experience in high leverage situations having been the Indians closer in 2008.  Heater Indians writer Brian La Shier believes that Lewis will be the set-up man in Wood’s absence. 

Joe Smith has a 67% ground ball rate and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings since 2007.  However, he gets hit hard by left-handed batters making him unsuitable for a full-time set-up role. Southpaw Tony Sipp boasted a 2.92 ERA and struck out 48 batters in 40 innings as a rookie reliever for the Indians in 2009.  Sipp pitches equally well versus left-handed and right-handed batters but has struggled this spring as evidenced by his 2.29 WHIP.  Smith and Sipp will pitch in high impact situations versus right-handed and left-handed batters respectively when Lewis is unavailable.

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October 30, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: The Champions

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Joe Sheehan

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the World Series as they started it: by outplaying and outmanaging the Tampa Bay Rays.

Baseball is just fine. Rain, cold weather, long games, late games, poor TV ratings, worse umpiring... none of it matters. Nothing that makes this many people this happy is ever going to go away.

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October 21, 2008 1:11 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Penning a New Recipe

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Jay Jaffe

The Rays' relief rebound ranks as the most profound pen improvement on record.

You wouldn't know it given the way that their bullpen pitched at times during the latter portion of the American League Championship Series, but the Rays likely wouldn't have reached this year's World Series without the remarkable turnaround achieved by that unit. By a couple of measures, the performance of the Tampa Bay bullpen qualifies as historically significant.

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September 24, 2008 11:36 am

Fantasy Beat: Sweet Relief

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Marc Normandin

Finding it is fleeting, which suggests strategies for when and who to draft.

Drafting the right relievers presents an annual problem for fantasy owners. Sure, you can always take a look at their saves totals-or holds, if that's part of the game in your league-but this often ends with a few owners getting the shaft and drafting closers who have poor peripherals that drag down their other categories, just for the sake of picking up extra saves. If you overdraft for a guy guaranteed to get you saves rather than some of the poorer options that are picked up towards the back end of the draft, you may miss out on important contributors elsewhere. Today we're going to run a little exercise using WXRL, in order to see how often top relievers replicate their success, and whether it is worth it or not for you to spend (or waste) high draft picks on them.

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February 6, 2008 12:00 am

Building a Better Bullpen

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Caleb Peiffer

After a historically awful season, the Rays are about to turn the corner with this unit, as with several others.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays existed for 10 seasons-the club exorcised the Devil this past November-and have been plagued for most of that decade by an inability to put a decent bullpen together. Consider for a moment that in five out of 10 years, Tampa Bay's firemen combined for a negative Adjusted Runs Prevented (ARP) total.

What exactly is ARP, and why is it used here rather than another bullpen metric, such as WXRL? ARP is a pure context-free measure of pitcher effectiveness that doesn't take into account the leverage of the situation; a counting stat that compares a reliever's performance to how an average (not replacement-level) relief pitcher would have performed in the same situations. In other words, if you are looking simply for how many more runs a bullpen prevented or allowed than average, regardless of the timing of the relief work or how it impacted the game, then ARP is your stat. It boils away luck and any statistical advantage (or disadvantage) attained from pitching well (or poorly) in more important situations to get at the bare-bones underlying performance, which is what we want to evaluate in looking at past bullpen work. As Keith Woolner explained in a 2005 mailbag:

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It's Superior Circuit Transaction Action for all you fellow moves junkies.

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Christina finally catches up and reviews the rosters in the two divisions that always seem to get the most attention.

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June 22, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: June 20-21

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Christina Kahrl

Though the majority of recent moves have involved shuffling role players around, there's still plenty to talk about.

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