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06-22

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6

Flu-Like Symptoms: Giving 'Em LIP
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Rob Mains

06-09

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3

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
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J.P. Breen

05-21

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10

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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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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39

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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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
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-19

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Mid-Season Outliers
by
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
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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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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
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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5

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

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

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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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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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