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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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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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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
by
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
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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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
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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
by
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
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Sam Miller

09-21

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Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: High-K Closers
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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
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-15

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

05-25

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Bullpens, Banana Suits, and Ryan Braun
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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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The Asian Equation: The Future of the NPB Import Market
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Michael Street

09-01

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Fool's Quest
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Derek Carty

08-04

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The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
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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
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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
by
Jason Collette

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September 11, 2013 6:00 am

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

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Sam Miller

Why do teams pay for relievers? Because picking them up for nothing is an awful lot of work.

The other day, Ben Lindbergh and I were bantering about relievers who are all of a sudden awesome. Will Smith, Louis Coleman, Neal Cotts, some other guy whose name I have already forgotten. (Ed. note: Kevin Siegrist.) And Ben asked, as somebody always will, why teams still pay for relievers when there seem to be an infinite number of humans capable of pitching like Jonathan Papelbon for a year.

The A’s don’t pay for relievers. Their top seven this year are making about $8 million and cost almost nothing in talent to acquire. The A’s also have the second-best bullpen FRA of the post-expansion era, behind only this year’s Braves. They make it look so easy! But this incredible success is also the answer to Ben’s question. Teams still pay for relievers because the A’s way of doing things takes so much friggin' effort.

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August 23, 2013 7:17 am

Raising Aces: The RP-Funk All-Stars

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Doug Thorburn

A close look at four relievers who benefit from funky mechanics.

Starting pitchers tend to receive most of the attention devoted to pitchers, both in Raising Aces and within the general community of baseball evaluators. Yet some of the most intriguing pitchers in the major leagues hail from the bullpen. Starters tend to adhere to a prototypical build designed for stamina, but relief pitchers come in all shapes and sizes, often earning their roles as a direct result of the perception that they cannot withstand the rigors of a 200-inning season or a seven-inning appearance.

There are a multitude of reasons why a pitcher might be assigned to relief work, including body type, pitch selection, and/or mechanical trends. When it comes to mechanics, a pitcher with a funky delivery can be sent to the pen just as quickly as one whose motion is perceived as dangerous. These attributes can be intertwined, as the same elements that make a delivery look goofy can also present the risk of injury. Other times, a pitcher's mechanical approach is geared toward deception, creating strategic angles that are designed to exploit platoon splits or to exaggerate downhill plane.

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Do teams tend to overpay for bullpen help at the deadline?

Baseball lore preaches that a team “can never have enough pitching,” but we rarely hear the same thing said about hitting, perhaps because of a sister proverb, “Baseball is 75 percent pitching.” Pitcher fragility plays a big part, of course. But sometimes one poor start or relief outing will cause a team to press for more pitchers: a marginal arm blows up, and suddenly the team needs assistance. When a hitter goes 0-for-4 or 1-for-5, on the other hand, the line is common enough that we don’t bat an eye.

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July 25, 2013 6:00 am

Bullpen Report: On the Grilli

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Mike Gianella

Mark Melancon and Rex Brothers take over for Jason Grilli and Rafael Betancourt, respectively. More on that, plus the updated rankings and earnings lie within.

Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

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Ben and Sam try to figure out why more pitchers' careers don't look like Derek Lowe's, then talk about the latest Matt Garza trade rumors.

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July 19, 2013 6:00 am

Mid-Season Outliers

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Baseball Prospectus

Summing up the seasons of some of the catchers, DHs, and relievers who've surprised so far.

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Ten relievers who've racked up the strikeouts in the majors for the first time this season.

Here’s a stat about strikeouts: The percentage of 50-plus-inning relievers who struck out a batter per inning in 1990 was lower than the percentage who struck out 12 per nine innings in 2012. Remember the Reds’ “Nasty Boys” bullpen of Rob Dibble, Randy Myers, and Norm Charlton? They were three of only eight relievers with a K/9 of at least 9.0 in 1990. Relative to average, Dibble’s 12.5 K/9 that season was more impressive than, say, Aroldis Chapman’s league-leading 15.1 in 2013. But 15.1 is such an astounding number that it commands the attention anyway. Strikeout rates are rising too fast for the baselines in our brains to keep up.

Every season, a new crop of relievers arrives and astonishes us with their strikeout prowess. Some are promising rookie relief prospects who throw a million miles per hour and were expected to miss many bats. Others are rookies who’ve exceeded expectations, and still others are veterans whose latent strikeout powers were never suspected before they surfaced this season.

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July 3, 2013 5:22 am

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot: Reliever Edition

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Doug Thorburn

The nastiest fastballs and sliders seen out of the bullpen this season.

The halfway mark of the season is a natural point to stop and reflect on the remarkable performances of the baseball calendar to date. We reviewed the best stuff among starting pitchers at the quarter-season mark, so let's now turn our attention to the guys who come out of the bullpen.

Relievers’ stuff tends to be even more electric than that of their starting counterparts, given the sprinter-like nature of the job in addition to the fact that a less-varied repertoire is par for the position. With this in mind, we’ll delve into the fastballs and sliders that define the reputations of some of the game's most electric arms. Once again, we kindly ask the readers to add their own opinions to the mix, voting for one hurler from each category to represent the best stuff in baseball for the first half of the 2013 season. Please cast your votes in the comments section. (All stats are through games of July 1.)

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The Yankees haven't produced many successful homegrown starters, but they have been churning out a wave of cheap relief arms.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Josh Norris has covered the Trenton Thunder and the Yankees farm system for The Trentonian for the last six seasons and spends his free time filming prospects in plush locales like Scranton, Allentown, Wilmington, Lakewood and Staten Island. Previously, he covered the Eugene Emeralds for Scout.com and Oregon club baseball (before NCAA baseball returned) for the Oregon Daily Emerald.

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April 22, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Men in the Middle

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Mike Gianella

Relievers like Matt Belisle and Darren O'Day may not get save opportunities, but they can still help your team, especially in deep leagues.

Last week, one of the commenters on my article on FAAB spending suggested that it’s doubtful that middle relievers make that much of an impact, even in deeper fantasy leagues

Even in an only league, someone's not likely to keep $15 earner Darren O'Day in their lineup weekly if he's not getting save chances.

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Providing every team's bullpen picture at a glance.

Bullpen management: it’s one of the areas in which a major-league manager can make the most difference, and it’s also one of the areas in which we’re least likely to be satisfied with his work. But before we can pass judgment on a manager’s use of his bullpen, we have to know how he used it, and not just on an anecdotal level (although we agree that he made a mistake that one time your team lost a tie game on the road without using its rested ace reliever). On our Manager Pitching report, you can see how many relievers each manager used, and how many of those relief outings ended without a run being allowed. But that report won’t tell you who those relievers were, or when they were used.

That’s where BP’s new Bullpen Mis(management) Tool comes in. The BPM, which was inspired by this article, is the latest cool toy produced by Dan Brooks, the mind behind Brooks Baseball who also brought us the PITCHf/x Pitcher and Hitter Profiles, the PITCHfx Matchups Tool, and the PITCHf/x Leaderboards. It allows us to see the average Leverage Index when entering the game for all members of each team’s bullpen, both for a full season and over time.

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February 7, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: Pop Quiz: Throwback Bullpen Guys

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Zachary Levine

On the late Dan Quisenberry's birthday, Zachary looks for the closest thing to him today.

Quick, find the Hall of Famer here. This is obviously very easy, since one reached 75 percent of the vote and the other scored 3.8 percent on his first ballot and was never seen again.

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