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05-15

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14

Closer to Me: Week Seven
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Mauricio Rubio

05-06

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5

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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7

Closer to Me: Week Three
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Mauricio Rubio

04-08

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13

Closer to Me: Attrition
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Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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22

Closer to Me: Week One
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Mauricio Rubio

04-15

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1

Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Value in Contract Clauses
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Mike Gianella

01-22

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3

Transaction Analysis: Doing the Lindy Hop
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R.J. Anderson

08-27

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Transaction Analysis: Baltimore Adds Average Joe
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R.J. Anderson

03-12

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6

Collateral Damage: Battle of the Bulge
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

02-07

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7

Transaction Analysis: Guthrie Dealt for Hammel and Lindstrom
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R.J. Anderson

01-26

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17

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Closer Carousel
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Derek Carty

12-09

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27

Prospectus Perspective: A Fresh Start for the Astros
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Bradley Ankrom

06-02

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15

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
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Mike Petriello

04-21

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4

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
by
Mike Petriello

01-12

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16

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

12-30

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9

Transaction Analysis: NL West Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

09-24

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9

Transaction Action: Reds and 'Stros, Brewers and Bucs
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Christina Kahrl

06-15

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11

Under The Knife: Happy Returns?
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Will Carroll

06-10

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1

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

05-25

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6

Changing Speeds: Bounceback Pitchers
by
Ken Funck

04-08

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11

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

04-01

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37

BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

03-18

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4

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Lee Panas

03-10

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28

Fantasy Focus: Closers
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Marc Normandin

03-01

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12

Team Health Reports: Houston Astros
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Will Carroll

02-03

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18

Transaction Action: The 10,000 Arms of Dr. T.
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Christina Kahrl

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: NL Action
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Christina Kahrl

12-10

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23

Prospectus Today: Wheeling and Dealing in Indy
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Joe Sheehan

07-11

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Transaction Action: NL Add-Ons
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Christina Kahrl

03-16

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27

Fantasy Beat: Closers
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Marc Normandin

11-12

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16

Hot Stove Preview
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Caleb Peiffer

04-12

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Easts
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 19-26, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

11-22

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Transaction Analysis: November 17-21
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.
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Christina Kahrl

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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.

Ascent

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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April 8, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Attrition

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Mauricio Rubio

We're just one week into the season, and a host of teams already have ninth-inning concerns.

Reliever volatility is not a new concept. We’re all used to the closer carousel that sustains itself on poor performance and injury as it turns throughout the season. What happened this week, however, bordered on a league-wide implosion of closers. Let’s take a look at who is left standing after the week that was.

INJURIES

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April 1, 2014 6:30 am

Closer to Me: Week One

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Mauricio Rubio

Keeping an eye on the volatile closer situations around the league.

Relievers are a tough commodity to value in fantasy. Their volatility and main carrying stat, saves, make it difficult to project accurate value at the season’s outset. You never quite know where a big-time reliever season will come from in a given year. Koji Uehara was given the job after Andrew Bailey was felled by injury. Kevin Gregg emerged after Carlos Marmol was undone by the Upton brothers. So what I will be doing throughout the season is keeping an eye on the reliever situations around the league and offer my thoughts on guys who are worth targeting/keeping an eye on as the season progresses.

PADRES
Huston Street – This was pointed out on Twitter but Street’s strand rate last year was 99.5 percent. It goes a long way in explaining how Street was able to maintain a decent ERA despite giving up 12 HR in 56 2/3 innings. Street is effective when healthy, but the “when healthy” part is kind of the main concern with him. He’s made four DL trips since 2011, and he already had a groin issue in camp this year.


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April 15, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Value in Contract Clauses

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Mike Gianella

Mike examines whether games-finished clauses are indicative of future save opportunties.

When I was a small child everything I knew about baseball came from either the back of a baseball card or what the local color guys for the Yankees and Mets told me on TV. During this impressionable age, I remember reading about Steve Stone winning the Cy Young Award in 1980 and how he earned a $10,000 bonus for his trouble. As an impressionable lad, I figured that for Stone to have this bonus in his contract he had to be an excellent pitcher. Some superficial research told me that this wasn’t the case at all; Stone was a solid-but-unspectacular pitcher. As I learned from the back of this particular baseball card, the bonus clause was put into the contract, but it was something the Orioles figured he’d never collect.

“It was like an insurance salesman telling you, ‘We’ll give you $50,000 if an elephant falls on you,’ because he knows darn well an elephant isn’t going to fall on you,” Stone said at the time.

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January 22, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Doing the Lindy Hop

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R.J. Anderson

Yet another team gets to dance with Matt Lindstrom's big right arm.

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August 27, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Baltimore Adds Average Joe

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R.J. Anderson

The Orioles add a no-frills starter for their stretch drive, and Matt Lindstrom is moving again.

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March 12, 2012 3:00 am

Collateral Damage: Battle of the Bulge

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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

The Cardinals try to get through spring training with both aces intact despite Chris Carpenter's bulging disc, Kenley Jansen listens to his heartbeat and doesn't like what he hears, and Giancarlo Stanton and Nolan Reimold lose battles with balls.

Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (Bulging disc in neck)
Carpenter has been dealing with stiffness and pain in his neck for about a week and was sent for further tests that revealed a bulging disc. That wasn’t the worst diagnosis in the world, but it could have been better.

There are multiple ways in which a bulging disc can cause pain. The muscles and tissues around the neck can become painful as they strain to stabilize the area and take pressure off the injured disc, and the bulge can be so big that it puts pressure either on the nerves exiting the spinal cord or on the spinal cord itself. By all reports, Carpenter does not have a disc that is bulging to the point where it presses on the nerves. In cases like this, physical therapy focuses on decreasing pain and inflammation as well as strengthening the area. An epidural injection may also be considered to relieve the inflammation, but that does not appear to be in the works quite yet.


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February 7, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Guthrie Dealt for Hammel and Lindstrom

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R.J. Anderson

The O's and Rockies swap starters and a whole lot of former prospects find new homes



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January 26, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Closer Carousel

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Derek Carty

With all of the big-name free-agent closers off the market, how are things shaking out at the end of each team's bullpen?

Now that the Blue Jays have signed Francisco Cordero, all of the legitimate closer candidates are now off the free-agent market. As such, now makes for a good time to check out how things look now that the closer carousel has stopped spinning.

2011-2012 Off-Season Closer Carousel

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