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05-15

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Closer to Me: Week Seven
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Mauricio Rubio

05-06

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Closer to Me: Week Six
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Mauricio Rubio

04-22

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Closer to Me: Week Four
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Mauricio Rubio

04-15

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Closer to Me: Week Three
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Mauricio Rubio

03-27

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations
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Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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9

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-13

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BP Unfiltered: John Axford Tips Well
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R.J. Anderson

12-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 351: Life-Changing Lessons from Recent Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Another Smart St. Louis Signing, Another Typical Cleveland Closer
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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

04-28

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 28, 2013
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Clint Chisam

01-09

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/9/13
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Dan Mennella

08-01

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Value Picks: Relievers for 8/1/12
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Dan Mennella

07-18

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Value Picks: Relievers for 7/18/12
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Dan Mennella

04-17

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5

Painting the Black: Occam's Rubber
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R.J. Anderson

01-20

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16

Resident Fantasy Genius: Notes from Vegas
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Derek Carty

10-08

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15

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Five: Brew Cruisin'
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Derek Carty

04-04

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Closer Carousel
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Larry Granillo

03-17

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Team Injury Projection: Milwaukee Brewers
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

03-15

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44

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results
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Jason Collette

02-23

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11

BP Unfiltered: Do Premier Pitchers Release Within the Zone?
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Mike Fast

02-21

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21

Fantasy Focus: Closer Rankings
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Mike Petriello

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
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David Laurila

01-13

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

09-29

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

09-10

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On the Beat: Going Out with Class
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John Perrotto

06-17

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

06-10

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

06-03

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

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May 15, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Seven

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league to help you find saves.

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Toronto Blue Jays:
Casey Janssen was activated from the disabled list on May 11, which will help stabilize a Jays bullpen that has been little more than a rotation of names trying to close out games and failing all the same. Santos provided the ultimate case study in how sustainable a horrendous BB% can be if you supplement it with a tremendous strikeout rate (the answer, not very). Aaron Loup tried his hand at closing and was spotty and unspectacular. Bret Cecil earned three saves but his walk rate was only slightly better than Santos’. Essentially, the Blue Jays bullpen was proficient at doling out The Three True Outcomes between Santos (8.3 BB/9 and a 2.3 HR/9), Loup (4.9 BB/9) and Cecil (6.6 BB/9). Janssen will provide consistency and control to a unit that desperately needs it. He’s a must-own at this point and will get the saves in Toronto.


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May 6, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Six

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Mauricio Rubio

Updates on the ninth-inning situations around the league.

White Sox
Nate Jones is going to miss a chunk of time to recover from back surgery. By this point, you know the story with Jones; he was tabbed to assume closing duties for the White Sox but after a fuzzy spring Matt Lindstrom was named the closer on Opening Day and Jones never quite got on track. He has yet to record an out this season and has already allowed four earned runs. In his stead, Lindstrom has performed the closing duties fairly well, as he’s riding a streak of 11 innings over which he’s only given up two earned runs (all in one appearance, April 25 against the Rays), and he’s picked up three saves along the way.

The White Sox bullpen was a mess last time we discussed it. It’s done better of late as Ronald Belisario has righted the ship since the bullpen wide implosion on April 17 against the Red Sox. Zach Putnam has been a revelation of sorts since he was brought up from Charlotte on April 17, and we’ve already touched on the resurgence that Lindstrom has experienced of late.


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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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April 15, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Three

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Mauricio Rubio

Updates on the ninth-inning situations for the White Sox, A's, Cubs, and Astros.

White Sox
I’ve written about the White Sox a lot for two reasons: 1) I have access, and 2) their closer situation is tumultuous. Matt Lindstrom gave up another lead on Sunday. It wasn’t all Lindstrom’s fault—Jose Abreu made an error that started the rally—but Lindstrom’s profile doesn’t allow for many defensive mistakes behind him. Lindstrom’s stuff is contact-oriented for a reliever.

This all comes with the caveat that it’s early but Lindstrom has thrown a total of 91 pitches this year and has generated five swings-and-misses. For contrast, Daniel Webb has thrown 112 pitches and has generated a swing-and-miss 13 times. That doesn’t seem like a big difference in the raw, but essentially, Webb is doubling Lindstrom’s whiff rate. It fits both players’ profiles as well; Webb is a player who has swing-and-miss stuff, as he utilizes a mid-90s fastball and power slider to induce those empty swings that a high-leverage reliever needs when his defense makes an error behind him.


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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations

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Mauricio Rubio

A rundown of the ninth-inning candidates in Houston, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

Closers are the most fungible commodity in fantasy baseball. Predicting saves is a quixotic quest that frequently ends in heartbreak and confusion.

You don’t need to search long to find examples of how volatile the saves market can be. Kevin Gregg was a discarded reliever when the Cubs reached out for his services in the ultimate act of desperation. Carlos Marmol had imploded and their in house options were either hurt or ineffective. Gregg, who was unable to survive spring training with the Dodgers, ended up accruing 33 saves before being released in a much-publicized spat with management.

So if you have Chapman on the DL or you were just caught off guard ahead of a massive closer run and are in need of saves don’t fret. I’m here for you, friends.

Let’s take a look at three situations in which a closer could emerge from the shadows

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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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The Indians closer was telegraphing his pitches.

John Axford had a tipping problem, according to John Lott's latest. In his first day with the Cardinals following a late-season trade from the Brewers, the coaches took him aside and revealed to him how he'd been telegraphing pitches. They then worked with Axford to make "one little adjustment." That little adjustment worked wonders. After posting a 4.45 ERA and 2.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 62 appearances with the Brewers, Axford compiled a 1.74 ERA and 3.67 SO/BB with the Cardinals and improved his whiff rate on sliders. The Indians were impressed enough by his strong finish to add him this winter as their new closer.

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Ben and Sam discuss recent trades and signings, focusing on moves by the Indians, White Sox, and Diamondbacks, Kevin Towers' changing approach to building a bullpen, and the reliever market.

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The Cardinals add even more depth with Mark Ellis, the Indians make an Indians-esque signing with John Axford, and the Pirates bring back Clint Barmes.



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April 28, 2013 8:45 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 28, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 28, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for April 28, 2013

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January 9, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/9/13

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Dan Mennella

The Minnesota and Milwaukee bullpens are examined in this week's Reaper.

Glen Perkins | Twins
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Fringe
AL-only (60 Keepers): Yes
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

Twins lefty Glen Perkins isn’t one of the first closers who comes to mind when thinking of keeper candidates, but he probably should be. After bouncing between the bullpen and rotation during his first few seasons in the majors, Perkins has settled in nicely as a high-leverage reliever over the past couple years. He got a shot at closing in 2012 and, in news that could only draw the attention of dorks, by season’s end had eventually earned the confidence of his manager and GM to be the team’s long-term answer in the ninth inning.






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August 1, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Relievers for 8/1/12

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Dan Mennella

Only one closer was traded at yesterday's deadline, but there are still plenty of situation's in flux in this week's VP.

Arrivals
Of the 18 earned runs Orioles closer Jim Johnson has allowed this season, 13 of them have come in the past 16 days. Sprinkled into this hellacious stretch was a five-run clunker on July 16 and a six-run disaster on Friday. It has not been pretty for this Jim-John (yes, Jim-John) owner. So what’s to blame for the slump? Whenever there’s a stark downturn like this, injury is a concern, but I’ve read nothing to this effect. Correction is possible, too; Johnson misses far too few bats to think he was going to sustain a sub-2.00 ERA all season. But the fact that he absorbed all of this correction (and then some) in such a small window is worrisome nonetheless.


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