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June 30, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30

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Daniel Rathman

The new Nate Freiman, the improved Clayton Kershaw, the red-hot Jose Altuve, and more from the weekend, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
When the A’s boarded their flight to New York last Sunday, they’d lost back-to-back games just once since the end of May. But after the Mets served them their second losing streak of the month with a 10-1 beating in the first contest of a nine-game road trip, it seemed that Bob Melvin’s squad might take a small stumble as it reached the halfway mark of the regular season on the Atlantic seaboard.


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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Saves

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BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy crew runs down the relievers it expects to beat their PECOTA projections in saves.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’re taking a look at pitching this week, following our run on offense a week ago. To read the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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March 6, 2014 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Joe Nathan vs. Sergio Romo

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Wilson Karaman

The first-year Tiger has a longer résumé in the ninth inning, but is he a better value than the bearded Giant on draft day?

It happens in every draft. That moment when, despite your best intentions to avoid forking over a draft pick for a closer, you realize you’ll probably need to at least be somewhat competitive in saves if you’re going to make a run at your standard league title. And while I prefer waiting and speculating on saves as much as the next guy, there’s very definite value to be had in grabbing an established closer to anchor your bullpen in these formats. When that moment comes, and you’re actually going to sacrifice a pick to make this scenario a reality, it’s really important that you come through with the safest option possible to bag you the saves you need.

So, let’s take a look at a couple of the “safer” proven-closer types you’re likely to encounter around the middle rounds of your draft. In one corner, Joe Nathan, the newly signed and minted closer for the Detroit Tigers. In the other, Sergio Romo, another veteran coming off of his first full season saving games in San Francisco. Nathan is currently the seventh closer going off the board in NFBC drafts, with Romo following as the ninth closer about two rounds later. Over in Paul’s astute breakdown of relief pitcher tiers, Nathan checks in as a four-star option, while Romo leads the pack of three-star options. Let’s take a look at how they stack up, and see whether Nathan is really worth the slightly higher price on draft day.

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January 15, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants

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Mike Gianella

The pitchers are the headliners on Bruce Bochy's club, but there are several valuable bats in the lineup, too.

It was an odd-numbered year, so it only stands to reason that the San Francisco Giants didn’t win the World Series (like they did in 2010 and 2012). Instead, the Giants put up an underwhelming 76-86 record, good for a third-place tie in the NL West with the San Diego Padres. Michael Morse and Tim Hudson were brought in via free agency, but for the most part San Francisco is relying on a return to form and good health by a cast of steady and reliable veterans.

Projected Lineup

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August 29, 2013 6:00 am

Bullpen Report: Oh, Brothers

5

Mike Gianella

Rex Brothers resumes the ninth-inning gig in Colorado, plus other closer-related notes, and the updated tiers and dollar values.

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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August 22, 2013 6:00 am

Bullpen Report: Farquhar Rises to the Top

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Mike Gianella

The latest fantasy-relevant news from all the bullpens around the league, along with Mike's updated tiers and dollar values.

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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April 13, 2013 1:42 pm

Overthinking It: The Year's New Pitches

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Ben Lindbergh

A look at some of the promising new offerings that pitchers have unveiled this month.

Every year, a few pitchers add a new pitch to their in-game arsenal after working on it over the winter or in spring training. Sometimes, the new pitch goes nowhere: it doesn’t produce results and is quickly abandoned, or it lingers but fails to make an appreciable impact. Other times, it helps a pitcher achieve some specific goal, like limiting opposite-handed hitters, but it doesn’t propel him to much greater heights. And every now and then, a new pitch transforms a pitcher into something far superior to what he was before, like Mike Scott’s splitter, Esteban Loaiza’s cutter, or, more recently, Jason Hammel’s sinker, which he added to great effect in 2012.

According to the custom, PITCHf/x-based pitch-type classifications provided by Harry Pavlidis of Baseball Prospectus and Brooks Baseball, five pitchers have already unveiled new offerings in 2013. It’s too soon to say for sure whether they’ll all be successes, but a small sample can often reveal more about a single pitch than it can about a player’s overall performance. Here’s an early assessment of each one.

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The silliest-looking swings at outside pitches, and the pitchers who induce them.

I was watching the end of Monday night’s Giants-Rockies game, savoring the last few outs of live baseball before the scoreboard went blank for another night, when I saw this swing:

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Which players will be staying at home this year who should be playing in Kansas City?

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Giants vs. Brewers, Monday, May 21st.

The bottom of the eighth inning starts with a man in an orange tuxedo.

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Sergio Romo should never not be pitching.

Since 2011, the left-handed pitchers who have faced the highest percentage of left-handed batters: 

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Which individual player tools are favorites of the BP staff?



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