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07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
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J.P. Breen

05-21

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The Lineup Card: 10 Dominant Early-Season Relievers
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Baseball Prospectus

04-22

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Baseball Therapy: The Houdini Hangover Effect
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Russell A. Carleton

03-07

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 9: You Sound How Jesus Montero Looks
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

03-03

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11

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are Smart Teams Spending Money on Relievers?
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Russell A. Carleton

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

12-09

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12

Baseball Therapy: What Happened to the Complete Game?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Dipoto Abandons His Principles, Signs Joe Smith
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Ben Lindbergh

10-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: New Ways to Spell Relief
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Joe Sheehan

10-11

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Raising Aces: Set-up the Fall Guy
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Doug Thorburn

09-16

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11

Pebble Hunting: The 45-Strikeouts, One-Walk Pitcher
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Sam Miller

09-11

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12

Pebble Hunting: The A's and Building a Bullpen By Attrition
by
Sam Miller

08-23

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Raising Aces: The RP-Funk All-Stars
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Doug Thorburn

08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Reliever Value at the Deadline
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Andrew Koo

07-25

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Bullpen Report: On the Grilli
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Mike Gianella

07-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 247: Derek Lowe's Rare Career Path/Matt Garza and the Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-19

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Mid-Season Outliers
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Baseball Prospectus

07-05

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Overthinking It: Getting to Know the New Insane Strikeout Rate Relievers
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Ben Lindbergh

07-03

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot: Reliever Edition
by
Doug Thorburn

06-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Yankees' Post-Rivera Relief Corps
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Josh Norris

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Men in the Middle
by
Mike Gianella

03-01

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Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing the BP Bullpen (Mis)management Tool
by
Ben Lindbergh

02-07

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Skewed Left: Pop Quiz: Throwback Bullpen Guys
by
Zachary Levine

01-18

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A Little Relief
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Jonah Birenbaum

12-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 97: Why Couldn't Koji Uehara Get a Bigger Contract?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day
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R.J. Anderson

11-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-05

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Baseball Therapy: In Praise of the Modern Bullpen
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Russell A. Carleton

10-05

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Overthinking It: Baltimore's Best Bet to Beat Texas
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Ben Lindbergh

09-26

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Pebble Hunting: A Closer Look at Relievers and Leverage
by
Sam Miller

09-21

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7

Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: High-K Closers
by
Doug Thorburn

08-13

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BP Unfiltered: The Mets' Bullpen Doesn't Blow It
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 17: Manny Comin'
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 11: Train Crossing
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 3: Thunder
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-15

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The Stats Go Marching In: Reaching Back for a Little Extra, Part Two
by
Max Marchi

05-25

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Bullpens, Banana Suits, and Ryan Braun
by
Sam Miller

03-23

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Extra Innings Excerpt
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Colin Wyers

03-23

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The Stats Go Marching In: Exploring Starter Conversions
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Max Marchi

03-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: On Runs, Wins, and Two Types of Leverage Index
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Adam Dorhauer

03-12

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Overthinking It: The Once and Future Starters
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Ben Lindbergh

12-30

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Morris on the Ballot, Smith to Close
by
Jay Jaffe

09-20

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13

The Asian Equation: The Future of the NPB Import Market
by
Michael Street

09-01

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Fool's Quest
by
Derek Carty

08-04

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The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
by
Michael Street

06-17

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Divide and Conquer, AL East: Bullish on the Pen?
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Ben Kabak

04-01

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

03-31

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Fantasy Beat: Scoresheet Lineup Tips
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Rob McQuown

03-01

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Fantasy Beat: Reliever Draft Strategies
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Jason Collette

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers

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J.P. Breen

These bullpen arms might not rack up saves, but they can help you pad other categories in Roto leagues.

In non-dynasty leagues, quality relievers who do not rack up saves are often overlooked. If employed correctly, though, they can be pseudo-saviors for two main types of squads: (1) teams who have an underperforming pitching staff and are striving to recover in specific categories in the second half of the season, and (2) leagues that have strict “games started” limits in order to keep teams from simply streaming starters all season.

Teams who have fallen behind in pitching categories can try to cobble together a trade or two, hoping to bolster their pitching staff for a second-half run. However, trades aren’t always possible. And even in the meantime, it can be useful to target specific relievers who can help in desired categories. This article will outline a few relievers who could be useful waiver-wire pickups to aid in WHIP/ERA or in strikeouts. I’m not including pitcher wins because that seems like a crapshoot.

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These bullpen arms have carved up the competition to this point in the 2014 campaign.

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If a reliever gets out of a big jam, is it safe to bring him back out?

Rainbow sprinkles alert: Ben Lindbergh saw this one on Twitter, from currently shelved reliever Peter Moylan, who was traded to the Dodgers in the middle of last year after spending several years with the Braves. Mr. Moylan is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, like everyone else in baseball.

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the best values to help your fantasy squad rack up saves.

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Et tu, Tampa Bay?

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Grant Balfour to be their closer for 2014 (and presumably 2015), committing to pay him $12 million over the next two seasons. It’s not an expensive closer contract, as these things go. But for the cost-conscious Rays, it seemed a little strange. The team also re-signed Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) and traded for Heath Bell over the winter. Another sabermetric darling team, the Oakland A’s, signed Eric O’Flaherty last week and, earlier in the winter, traded for Josh Lindblom and Jim Johnson.

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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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December 9, 2013 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: What Happened to the Complete Game?

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Russell A. Carleton

Should starting pitchers be asked to finish what they started more often?

In 2013, Adam Wainwright led Major League Baseball by pitching five complete games. In 2012, Justin Verlander was much more of an ironman and pitched six. A mere 30 years ago, in 1983, six complete games would have landed Verlander in a tie for 42nd place with such notables as Storm Davis, Bob Forsch, Jim Gott, Ken Schrom, and Bruce Hurst. Even 20 years ago, six complete games would have been good for a tie with David Cone for 15th place in MLB. What happened to finishing what you started?

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The Angels GM doesn't like to give relievers multi-year contracts. Why did he make an exception for Smith?



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An observation about October bullpen usage.

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Joe Sheehan noted that the use of relievers tends to revert in October in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Today" column on October 8, 2004.

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October 11, 2013 10:08 am

Raising Aces: Set-up the Fall Guy

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Doug Thorburn

A tip of the cap toward the effective set-up men who get little publicity unless they implode.

The role of set-up man is a tough gig. Serving as the bridge to the more famous, better-compensated closer, the set-up man carries all of the risks of a late-inning reliever with virtually none of the accolades. A closer who gets his requisite three outs (or more, as often happens in the postseason) might be credited for “shutting the door” on the opposition, but the eighth-inning guy is rarely mentioned in the aftermath of a victory. The only time the name of a set-up man appears in bold ink is when he gives up runs and incurs the dreaded blown save.

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September 16, 2013 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The 45-Strikeouts, One-Walk Pitcher

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Sam Miller

When can you trust a ridiculous minor-league relief line?

Derek Law’s worst outing with the San Jose Giants probably came on Aug. 24, when he was brought in to protect a three-run lead. The leadoff batter in the ninth reached on an error, followed by a double, a single, a wild pitch and, with two outs, a full-count walk to put the winning run on base. Law would end up striking out the side to preserve the lead. That walk wouldn’t come back to hurt him, except in the most trivial way: it was the only walk he allowed in High-A all season.

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