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

05-25

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5

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
by
Max Marchi

03-13

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

03-12

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7

Overthinking It: The Once and Future Starters
by
Ben Lindbergh

12-30

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41

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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8

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?
by
Ben Kabak

04-01

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7

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
by
Jason Collette

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January 18, 2013 5:00 am

A Little Relief

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Jonah Birenbaum

Rafael Soriano is off the market, but there are still some potentially useful bullpen arms to be had.

Earlier this week, Jon Heyman tweeted a short list of free agent relievers who could be a reasonable fit for the back end of the Blue Jays’ bullpen. Whether you credit Heyman with clairvoyance or good contacts, it just so happened that one of the names conspicuously absent from that list was Rafael Soriano. Hours later, the 33-year-old right-hander became a member of the Washington Nationals, signing a two-year, $28-million deal with a vesting option for 2015.

In snapping up Soriano, the Nats removed the best available free agent reliever from the market, but they left an assortment of lower-tier options for teams still looking to bolster their bullpens. Ken Rosenthal later listed several teams still interested in picking up a reliever, identifying the Rays, Tigers, Mariners, Marlins, and Mets as potential suitors. Here are some of the options they can consider:

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Ben and Sam discuss Koji Uehara's signing with the Red Sox and attempt to figure out why he doesn't make more money and high-leverage appearances.

Ben and Sam discuss Koji Uehara's signing with the Red Sox and try to figure out why he doesn't make more money and high-leverage appearances.

Episode 97: "Why Couldn't Koji Uehara Get a Bigger Contract?"

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December 6, 2012 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day

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R.J. Anderson

The Cardinals lure Randy Choate out of Los Angeles, while the Angels sign Sean Burnett away from Washington.

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Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

Episode 81: "The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies"

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November 5, 2012 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: In Praise of the Modern Bullpen

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Russell A. Carleton

Sure, there might be better ways to construct bullpens than the way teams do it now, but change might not be as easy as you think.

The construction of the modern bullpen is silly. It starts with a junk stat (the save) and works backwards from there. There’s an anointed “closer,” his deputy (“the set-up guy”) who pitches the eighth inning, a couple of “match-up” relievers for the seventh inning, and some middle and long-relief guys who suck up innings four through six, as needed. In a close game, the relievers on the team with a lead are generally deployed in the (perceived) reverse order of their effectiveness as the innings unfold, with the apparent aim being to slowly choke off the other team’s chances of winning as the game goes further along. And to record a save.

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October 5, 2012 12:00 am

Overthinking It: Baltimore's Best Bet to Beat Texas

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Ben Lindbergh

If the Orioles want to extend their surprise season beyond the wild-card game, they should make the most of what got them there.

An Orioles fan might put money on the O’s to win their wild-card play-in game against Texas tomorrow night, but a betting man wouldn’t, at least with even odds. Then again, by now the betting man may have already gone broke backing Baltimore’s opponents.

The Orioles have spent the whole season surprising people. First they flouted the expectation that they couldn’t compete in the AL East, then the near-certainty that they couldn’t sustain their early-season success (or, for that matter, their success later on in the season). To reach the Division Series, they’ll have to have one more surprise in store.

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September 26, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: A Closer Look at Relievers and Leverage

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Sam Miller

Which relievers were added to or removed from the managerial circle of trust between April and September?

On April 29, Bud Black summoned Dale Thayer from the bullpen to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning against the Giants. The Padres trailed by three runs and were already 98 percent likely to lose. It was, for Thayer and the Padres and the Giants and Bud Black, a very low-leverage situation. Just three times in his big-league career had Thayer pitched in even an average leverage situation. Every other time, it has been something more like mop-up work. Thayer threw a bunch of strikes and had a perfect inning.

Now skip ahead to September, and here are the situations in which Thayer has been called on:

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Strikeouts are up this season, and this quartet of untouchable closers is driving the trend.

The evolution of pitching in the 21st century has trended toward increased specialization, to the point of eight-man bullpens and strict pitch counts for starters. The complete game has all but vanished from the baseball lexicon, and most pitching staffs are now structured with the goal of getting through six innings with a lead before handing the ball to the bullpen. Frequent pitching changes have been unkind to the hardcore fan base, slowing the pace of the game when the drama is at its peak, but the stats reflect the advantages that are gained through the tireless recycling of arms.

Major League Baseball has witnessed a historic trend toward increasing strikeouts, with 2012's league-wide K rate of 19.7 percent (through Wednesday) representing the highest figure of all time. The 1.1-point jump in strikeout percentage from 2011 is the largest season-to-season gain in 25 years. Interestingly, we are not in the middle of some historic home run binge, and the 300-K starter has gone the way of the dodo in the span of about 10 years. Mere memories remain of the exploits of Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez, while 2011 strikeout kings Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw hit the ceiling at 250 strikeouts, a level that no pitcher is likely to crack this season. The 300-K starter has been replaced by the 100-K reliever.

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The Mets beat the Braves on Sunday night, but as often happens, their bullpen almost blew it.

This is exactly how the Mets drew up the top of the ninth inning on Sunday night:

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Ben and Sam discuss Manny Machado's surprising promotion to the majors and Roy Oswalt's tumultuous transition to the bullpen.

Effectively Wild Episode 17: "Manny Comin'"

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Ben and Sam reevaluate the NL West after the deadline and take stock of this season's converted starters.

Effectively Wild Episode 11: "Train Crossing"

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It's time to talk about the Texas Rangers.

Effectively Wild Episode 3: "Thunder"

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