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08-09

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8

Baseball Therapy: The Case of the Missing Fireman
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Russell A. Carleton

06-29

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Running Relievers Ragged
by
Rob Mains

06-22

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6

Flu-Like Symptoms: Giving 'Em LIP
by
Rob Mains

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Next Five Relievers
by
Matt Collins

05-16

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3

Closer Report: Week 7
by
Matt Collins

04-27

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12

Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin’ in the Wins (Part 2)
by
Rob Mains

04-17

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9

Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin' In the Win
by
Rob Mains

03-09

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12

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 75 Relievers
by
Bret Sayre

09-28

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7

Painting the Black: Osuna or Later
by
R.J. Anderson

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Relievers, Left and Right
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Matthew Trueblood, Jeff Long, Dustin Palmateer and Kate Morrison

06-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Chasing Chasen
by
Nick Shlain

07-23

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

05-21

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10

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

04-22

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8

Baseball Therapy: The Houdini Hangover Effect
by
Russell A. Carleton

03-07

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7

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

03-03

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13

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-27

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

12-18

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

12-09

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12

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

11-25

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3

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

10-14

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

10-11

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2

Raising Aces: Set-up the Fall Guy
by
Doug Thorburn

09-16

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11

Pebble Hunting: The 45-Strikeouts, One-Walk Pitcher
by
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
by
Doug Thorburn

08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Reliever Value at the Deadline
by
Andrew Koo

07-25

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Bullpen Report: On the Grilli
by
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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6

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

07-03

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5

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

06-18

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

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Men in the Middle
by
Mike Gianella

03-01

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12

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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3

A Little Relief
by
Jonah Birenbaum

12-07

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

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day
by
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
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-05

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13

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

10-05

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7

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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6

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

08-09

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3

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

08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 11: Train Crossing
by
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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2

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
by
Colin Wyers

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Who's to blame for the disappearance of the multi-inning reliever? Tony La Russa? Dennis Eckersley? Goose Gossage?

What if Goose Gossage showed up at a team’s spring training camp. Not the 66-year-old, still fabulously mustachioed version of Goose Gossage. Imagine if Gossage stepped out of a time machine from, oh, let’s just say 1978, and reported with the rest of the pitchers and catchers on a February day. The Gossage who was quite happy to work multiple innings to pick up a save. And he was pretty good at it. He is, after all, in the Hall of Fame.

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Does using a reliever in high-leverage innings one year affect performance the next?

Last week, I introduced—OK, made up—the LIP Index as a way to measure wear and tear on relief pitchers. The LIP Index is simply the product of innings pitched and the average Leverage Index during a reliever’s appearances. It measures both the volume of a reliever’s work (innings) and the pressure he faces during his games (leverage). The LIP Index leaders last year were Sam Dyson, David Robertson, Steve Cishek, and Dellin Betances.

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How worn down are worn-down relievers after all?

On June 13, Andrew Miller relieved Trevor Bauer with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning of the Indians' game against the Dodgers, tied at 2-2. He struck out Yasiel Puig to end the inning and retired all three batters he faced in the seventh. In the top of the eighth, though, he allowed a home run to Cody Bellinger and a single to Yasmani Grandal. He was pulled in favor of Bryan Shaw. Miller took the loss.

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June 9, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Next Five Relievers

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Matt Collins

Felipe Rivero, Archie Bradley, Joe Smith, David Phelps and Will Harris deserve your attention.

Last week, our fantasy team handled the task of re-ranking every position for fantasy for the rest of the season. I handled the reliever rankings, which can be found here. In them, I ranked the top-40 relievers, which gives a good base of all of the closers around the league with a few primary setup men thrown in there. That covers most fantasy leagues, but a few of the deeper leagues could be looking for more names. So with that in mind, and with another week of baseball in the books, let’s look at the top five relievers for fantasy purposes who did not make last week’s list.

Felipe Rivero—Pirates

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May 16, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 7

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Matt Collins

Nationals bullpen returns to chaotic normalcy.

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. It was another busy week in reliever land, with injury after injury, after return from the disabled list, after injury. This might be (probably is) recency bias, but it seems as if there are more injuries to closers this year, a trend that likely is, at least partially, due to the new 10-day disabled list. Either way, you can keep up with all of these injuries and any other movement on the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the news.

Nationals Bullpen Back at Full Strength, As Confusing as Ever

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April 27, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin’ in the Wins (Part 2)

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Rob Mains

What kind of team allows a lot of blown saves?

Last week, I looked at teams that are charged with two or more blown saves in a game. The conclusion was that the number of games with multiple blown saves is increasing, and that increase is largely due to more relievers per game (currently averaging over three per team), creating more opportunities for blown saves. (There, I just spared you reading 1,300 words).

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April 17, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin' In the Win

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Rob Mains

If a blown save is bad, what about two or more?

Something odd happened during the Giants-Diamondbacks season opener. No, not Madison Bumgarner hitting two home runs. And not the Giants losing a game they led entering the ninth inning, making Bruce Bochy think he’s living out Groundhog Day or something.

Rather, it’s something related to the scoring of the game. Here is the MLB.com box score for Giants pitchers in the game:

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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 75 Relievers

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Bret Sayre

Here come the closers to finish off the dynasty rankings. Stick around for the post-game fireworks.

We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about closers, potential closers and middlemen for a while now (three days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2016 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats.

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September 28, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Osuna or Later

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R.J. Anderson

How Roberto Osuna has had success at such a young age, and where he might go from here

Over the weekend, the Blue Jays clinched their first trip to the postseason since 1993, and in the process positioned themselves to claim the division title in the coming days. Both feats appeared to be beyond the Jays' wingspan in mid-July, when their playoffs odds were closer to slim than certain. In some ways, though, Toronto was always the team most likely to go on a torrid run because this squad, more than any other, is a study in improbability.

Think about all the unlikely developments that had to occur over the years for Toronto to reach this point: Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion had to turn into middle-of-the-order threats at ages 28 and 29; Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, and David Price had to be made available through trades, each at prices that didn't prohibit the Jays from getting involved; Marcus Stroman had to heal from a spring knee injury at a superhuman pace; and so on, until R.A. Dickey, Russell Martin, Marco Estrada, Chris Colabello, and the half-dozen other key figures in this implausible season have their far-fetched background stories told and marveled at.

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The Twins, Blue Jays, and many others stock their bullpens for the stretch run.



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June 8, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Chasing Chasen

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Nick Shlain

Two AL relievers worthy of your attention, including Yankees southpaw Chasen Shreve.

Here are two non-closer relievers who have caught my eye this week for use in deep AL-only leagues.

Chasen ShreveNew York Yankees

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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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