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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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9

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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3

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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July 18, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Relievers for 7/18/12

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Dan Mennella

This week's VP finally finds some resolution in the Minnesota and Milwaukee bullpens and examines the aftermath.

Arrivals
When we look back on closers at the end of the season, there’s no denying that the high rate of early-season turnover will dominate the discussion. But a less discussed angle is that of the struggling closers whose respective teams stubbornly refused to shake things up. One such example is John Axford of the Brewers, who has gotten a ton of leash in 2012 but mostly failed to reward his team’s faith. Now, after seeing Axford post a 5.35 ERA and blow six of 22 save chances, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has finally turned elsewhere.


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The simplest fix isn't always correct.

Everyone on the outside wants to analyze pitching coaches, yet nobody can. Not knowing the coach’s instructions to his staff leaves an information gap between the numbers and anecdotal evidence. In return, there are two choices for evaluating a pitching coach: defer to the organization or take the anecdotal evidence at face value. The problem with anecdotal evidence is how it tends to pop up post hoc. Whenever Leo Mazzone turned a journeyman hurler into a quality pitcher, the explanation bordered on circular reasoning.

Beyond banality, this information doesn’t do much for analysis. There is no incentive for pitching coaches to make their tweaks public, and that leaves the knowledge-seeking public to scope out every aspect of the latest breakout, in hunt of the fix. Often, the answers are unsatisfactory. Ryan Vogelsong went from forgotten journeyman to legitimate major-league starter, and the best reasoning out there is that he realized he needed to pitch inside. The simplicity of that fix borders on inanity and that’s what makes it so good. The best fixes are the most obvious ones, the ones that everyone sees, but only a trained eye observes.

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January 20, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Notes from Vegas

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Derek Carty

Which players are some of the top expert fantasy players selecting in the early rounds of their drafts?

I spent this past Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association winter conference. (Well, to be more accurate, I spent the entirety of Monday in multiple airports after delays, cancellations, and lost bags, but that's beside the point.) During the FSTA conference, there was an experts draft held and broadcast live on SiriusXM's fantasy channel. I'm not sure where the official draft results can be found online, but there was a huge draft board that was displayed throughout the conference, and a few selections stuck out to me, so I wanted to discuss them today. Keep in mind that we're dealing with a standard 5x5 mixed league with 23-man active rosters and 13 teams.

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October 8, 2011 10:31 pm

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Five: Brew Cruisin'

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Derek Carty

The Brewers advance to the NLCS with an extra-inning game to remember

If you didn’t catch tonight’s NLDS finale between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, you missed quite the game.  Framed as a potential pitchers’ duel between Ian Kennedy and Yovanni Gallardo, the two starters didn’t disappoint.  Each went six innings, pitching well enough to maintain the pitchers’ duel pretense but allowing enough action to keep the fans excited—a perfect blend.  The announcers commented during the game that every base hit is a rally in the playoffs, and while that might be a bit of an exaggeration, it definitely felt like it in a back-and-forth game like this.

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April 4, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Closer Carousel

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Larry Granillo

Blown saves in the early going recall the turbulent recent track records of closers in the NL Central.

By the close of baseball business on Friday, when all thirty teams had finally had a chance to start the season, the state of the National League Central's closers looked like this:

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March 17, 2011 9:00 am

Team Injury Projection: Milwaukee Brewers

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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

The Brewers' stars stayed on the field in 2010, but will their luck hold after they upped the ante in the NL Central this winter?

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.

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results

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Jason Collette

Jason took part in a slow mock draft with other fantasy experts and is now here to share what he learned from the experience.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a slow—and I mean slow—mock draft over the past four weeks with a few of my friends and colleagues in the fantasy baseball industry. That group included most of the mlb.com folks, Fernando DiFino, and the legendary Joe Sheehan. The draft started on February 17 and survived a few lost weekends, DiFino’s nuptials (congrats!) and several copy and paste issues from some of us that are still using not-so-smartphones.

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Evaluating Rick Peterson's claim that premier pitchers release the ball within the horizontal dimensions of the strike zone

At a recent promotional event for the Bloomberg Sports Front Office 2011 professional product, Rick Peterson analyzed the mechanics of John Axford and discussed how he helped Axford move toward the center of the rubber to improve his results in 2010. You can see a video of the Bloomberg event here, courtesy of Kerel Cooper.

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February 21, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Closer Rankings

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Mike Petriello

Our relief pitcher Value Picks expert pinch hits in order to bring you the bullpen rankings.

These are the closer fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and catcher installments.

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The Brewers' closer discusses his path to the majors, film, and social networking.

When most baseball fans think of John Axford, they think of a hard-throwing right-hander who came out of nowhere to replace Trevor Hoffman as the Brewers’ closer last season. Many also look at him as the guy with the cool mustache, but there is far more to Axford than the 24 saves and the facial hair that is approaching cult status. A 27-year-old native and resident of Ontario, Canada, Axford teetered on the brink of baseball oblivion before making his mark in Milwaukee. He underwent Tommy John surgery while earning a film degree at Notre Dame, and subsequently found himself going from indie ball in western Canada to a minor-league stint with the Yankees, who released him after just one season. Signed off the scrapheap by the Brewers in 2008, he is now a bona fide big-leaguer and burgeoning online sensation.


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January 13, 2011 9:24 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers

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Mike Petriello

Mike Petriello looks at two seemingly unimportant moves that may pay off down the line.

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September 29, 2010 11:41 pm

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers

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Mike Petriello

Which relievers came out of nowhere to provide value this season? Find out here.

Last week, in which we looked back at relievers with high expectations, was kind of a bummer. Who wants to talk about disappointments when we can talk about unexpected surprises? That's today's task, as we round out the Value Picks season by looking at bullpen arms who performed far past what we thought they would, and seeing if they're good bets to keep it up in 2011.

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