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04-01

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22

Closer to Me: Week One
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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

05-30

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Bullpen Report: Movin' on Up
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Bullpen Report: Introducing Tiers
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Mike Gianella

01-22

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/22/13
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Dan Mennella

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: Soriano Finally Gets Paid
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R.J. Anderson

11-01

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Transaction Analysis: The League of Extraordinary Salary Commitment
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R.J. Anderson

10-26

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Overthinking It: Predicting the First Offseason of Qualifying Offers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 42: Breaking Down Baltimore's Latest Extra-Inning Win/Should Rafael Soriano Opt Out?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-28

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The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, August 28
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Matthew Kory

05-09

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, May 9
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Daniel Rathman

02-06

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18

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls
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Jay Jaffe

07-19

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30

The BP Broadside: Joe Girardi's Comfort Thing
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Steven Goldman

04-06

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40

The BP Broadside: Thanks to Soriano, CC will Finish with 299 Career Wins
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Steven Goldman

04-01

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7

Divide and Conquer, AL East: The Pen's the Thing
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Ben Kabak

01-26

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Expanded Horizons: No One Man Should have All that Glower
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Tommy Bennett

01-19

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Spinning Yarn: Rafael Soriano in King Mo's Court
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Mike Fast

01-14

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39

Transaction of the Day: Soriano in Stripes
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Christina Kahrl

01-13

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4

Free Agent Bargain Bin: Relief Pitchers
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Dan Wade

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Short Stack
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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7

Checking the Numbers: Braves Bullpen Makeover
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Eric Seidman

04-01

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4

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Lee Panas

03-25

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Team Health Reports: Tampa Bay Rays
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Will Carroll

12-22

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34

Transaction Analysis: The Vazquez Trade
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Christina Kahrl

12-09

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13

Transaction Action: Winter Meetings Activity, NL plus Something Pettitte
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Christina Kahrl

12-08

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20

Prospectus Today: Arbitration Ambush
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Joe Sheehan

12-08

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On the Beat: Day One of the Winter Meetings
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John Perrotto

11-25

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So You Need: Firemen
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Jay Jaffe

07-10

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Prospectus Today: Breaking From Fashion
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Joe Sheehan

02-18

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Team Health Reports: Atlanta Braves
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Brad Wochomurka

12-23

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28

Prospectus Today: Free Agent Dragnet
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Joe Sheehan

07-18

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Under The Knife: The Ten Hurts that Hurt Worst
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Will Carroll

07-11

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Fantasy Focus: Closer Attrition
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Jeff Erickson

06-19

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Under The Knife: Back Mysteries
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Will Carroll

06-09

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Under The Knife: Brown Lessons
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Will Carroll

04-28

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Under The Knife: Quick Work and Gray Braves
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Will Carroll

04-16

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Under The Knife: Too Many Pitchers
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Will Carroll

03-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Joba and the MISERs
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Jay Jaffe

10-31

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

09-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man
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Dan Fox

08-02

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 2nd
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Jay Jaffe

07-31

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Will's Mill: The Mill Closes -- 5:00 P.M.
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Will Carroll

03-20

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2006--Setting the Stage
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Jonah Keri

12-15

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Prospectus Today: Meetings Wrap-Up, NL
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Joe Sheehan

12-14

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Transaction Analysis: December 7-13
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Christina Kahrl

05-06

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Breaking Balls: Sixteen Innings of Bliss
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Derek Zumsteg

02-16

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Prospectus Roundtable: The Rodriguez-for-Soriano Deal
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Baseball Prospectus

01-09

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

12-22

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

12-11

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

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Managers often find themselves seduced by the lure of high save totals and set roles, but it's to their own detriment.

Today’s sermon was inspired by a discussion about politics, but it is not about politics but managers. In this blog post, noted scholar-of-virtually-everything Garry Wills relates the current ideological inflexibility of one of our political parties to a practice in Britain known as “instruction,” in which candidates for office ran for office having sworn to maintain certain positions. As Wills points out, this was problematic:

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In which lovers of individual pitcher wins insist that CC Sabathia do something violent to Joe Girardi in order to get that all-important W.

This morning finds me a bitter man, because I watched last night’s Yankees game. My sermon will be short and have the flavor of fresh almonds and peach pits. My anger comes in three varieties: I am vexed at Joe Girardi that Rafael Soriano, perhaps a grudging set-up man, was in a sleepy 4-0 game; I am vexed at Soriano himself for doing his Eddie Cicotte ’19 impression in the game; most of all, I am vexed by those reactionary boneheads who believe that pitcher wins can tell us a damnable thing about a pitcher’s quality.

For those who didn’t watch the action, a quick recap: CC Sabathia started for the Yankees, Brian Duensing for the Twins. The Yankees quickly got to the Minnesota lefty, scoring three in bottom of the first on Mark Teixeira’s fourth home run of the season and tacking on another in the next frame on an Andruw Jones solo shot. The Yankees stopped hitting after that and Duensing was able to get through seven innings, uncharacteristically striking out seven batters, but it seemed as if the four runs would stand up thanks to Sabathia’s dominance.

No matter how many innings you put on Sabathia’s bulky body, he never seems to falter. Granted, the 2011 Twins may present about as much of a challenge to a top pitcher as the 1911 Senators would, but he showed Gardenhire’s lads something extra on Tuesday. He allowed just two hits, both in the top of the second, and no runs, walking one and striking out six in seven innings. It was an ace-quality start from an ace pitcher.

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The AL East crown could come down to which teams can't get no relief.

In each of the past five seasons, the American League East team featuring the bullpen with the highest WXRL has emerged the division champ. While starting pitching always dominates the conversation, the late innings could hold the key to the outcome of what figures to be another competitive race for the playoffs.

Nonetheless, the AL East bullpens—always a point of volatility—remain in flux. Last year's division winners have seen an entirely new cast of characters take up shop down the line in Tropicana Field, while the Yankees have added to their strengths and the Red Sox have loaded up on closers. With the back ends of Baltimore's and Toronto's bullpens still works in progress, it would hardly come as a surprise if the final standings shake down in order of bullpen efficiency once again.

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January 26, 2011 2:21 am

Expanded Horizons: No One Man Should have All that Glower

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Tommy Bennett

Do teams tend to overvalue the man charged with nailing down saves?

Did you hear the one about the relief pitcher at the bar the night before the game? (One?) The guy is putting back his fair share of adult beverages when someone at the bar recognizes him.

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January 19, 2011 12:00 pm

Spinning Yarn: Rafael Soriano in King Mo's Court

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Mike Fast

With the addition of Soriano, the Yankees have another hurler with a strong cut fastball.

Rafael Soriano has a reputation as a power arm out of the bullpen. For example, Bob Klapisch recently remarked about pairing Soriano’s “power fastballs” with Mariano Rivera’s “historic cutters.” However, as we'll soon see, the repertoires of the two pitchers actually have much in common.

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January 14, 2011 11:15 am

Transaction of the Day: Soriano in Stripes

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Christina Kahrl

Bronx-bound to join the Bombers' bullpen, the Rays' former closer knows the set up of setting up.

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January 13, 2011 9:00 am

Free Agent Bargain Bin: Relief Pitchers

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Dan Wade

Though five ranked free agents are still looking for homes, teams are still wary of giving up compensation picks.

Relief pitchers and designated hitters have more in common than it appears at first blush. Sure, when they face off they are tasked with opposing goals, but at a basic level both are asked to sit for large sections of the game, then hop up to ply their trade at a moment’s notice.

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December 29, 2010 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Short Stack

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Christina Kahrl

Sorting out what's shaking in the AL West.

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April 16, 2010 11:00 am

Checking the Numbers: Braves Bullpen Makeover

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Eric Seidman

The Braves took on greater risk but spent less money in building the back end of their bullpen.

As spring training came roaring to a close, it was impossible to discuss the Braves without mentioning Jason Heyward’s emergence or the team’s final season with Bobby Cox as manager. Earlier in the spring, however, conversations about the Braves tended to focus on the acquisitions of Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito and the departures of Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano. In what felt like one fell swoop, general manager Frank Wren essentially swapped late-inning relievers. The four relievers were similar, having experience closing games out and spending their faire share of time on the disabled list, with both Wagner and Gonzalez undergoing Tommy John surgeries in the last four years.

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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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March 25, 2010 6:20 am

Team Health Reports: Tampa Bay Rays

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Will Carroll

The Rays earn high regard, but have had to deal with expanded expense and risk.

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December 22, 2009 6:14 pm

Transaction Analysis: The Vazquez Trade

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Christina Kahrl

An old friend returns to the Bronx as the Yankees and the Braves hook up in a pitching-packed exchange.

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Acquired RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan from the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino, LHP Mike Dunn, and OF-S Melky Cabrera; signed C-R Mike Rivera to a minor-league contract. [12/22]

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