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12-14

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Rubbing Mud: Sano's Strikeouts
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Matthew Trueblood

11-16

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive
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J.P. Breen

11-13

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-12

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: The General Landscape
by
Greg Wellemeyer

10-26

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6

Rubbing Mud: The Contact Play
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Matthew Trueblood

07-06

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What You Need to Know: July 6, 2015
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Ian Frazer

07-01

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What You Need to Know: July 1, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

03-23

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21

The Darkhorses: Wins and Strikeouts
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BP Fantasy Staff

12-03

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Relief Help
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Keith Cromer

09-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Strikeouts
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J.P. Breen

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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Jason Wojciechowski

07-23

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

06-11

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Overthinking It: The OTHER Way We Could Move the Mound
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Ben Lindbergh

04-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 431: The Rising Strikeout Rate Symposium
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Ben Lindbergh

03-27

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The Darkhorses: Strikeouts
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BP Fantasy Staff

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5
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Zachary Levine

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Zachary Levine

07-05

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

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 233: Munenori Kawasaki and Clubhouse Chemistry/The Tigers, Strikeouts, and Defense
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-20

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Pebble Hunting: Extreme Strikeout Matchups
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Sam Miller

04-23

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Fantasy Beat: Hisashi Iwakuma and Better Stats
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Paul Sporer

02-21

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Skewed Left: Arizona's Extreme Strikeout Makeover
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Zachary Levine

01-15

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Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?
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Ben Lindbergh

09-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 52: Oakland's All-Rookie Rotation/Baseball's Ever-Rising Strikeout Rate
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-28

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BP Unfiltered: The Week of Setting Strikeout Records
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Ben Lindbergh

09-27

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BP Unfiltered: Jeff Ballard Award
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Geoff Young

09-21

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Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: High-K Closers
by
Doug Thorburn

08-31

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week (Yu Darvish Edition)
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Sam Miller

08-23

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BP Unfiltered: Double Double, Arms in Trouble
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Geoff Young

08-14

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Overthinking It: Anthony Gose is Not Ready Right Now
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Ben Lindbergh

07-06

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Overthinking It: A Prospect Named Shaq, a Streak of 16 Strikeouts, and the Pain of Playing Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh

06-05

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Overthinking It: Derek Lowe's Deadball Era
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Ben Lindbergh

05-23

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Overthinking It: Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer are Striking Out Everyone
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Ben Lindbergh

04-12

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 11
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Kevin Goldstein

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
by
Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

01-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Money Poorly Spent, Now and Then
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John Perrotto

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

09-30

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Fantasy Beat: Interview with Tout Wars NL Champ Steve Gardner
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Jason Collette

07-07

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The Asian Equation: The Decline of NPB Pitching Imports
by
Michael Street

05-06

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Rotation
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Bill Baer

05-03

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Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars FAAB Update, 5/2
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Jason Collette

04-29

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Fantasy Beat: Give Me Something!
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Jason Collette

03-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: How Much Control Do Hurlers Have?
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Voros McCracken

01-17

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Ahead in the Count: Situational Pitching
by
Matt Swartz

09-24

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Ahead in the Count: Predicting Strikeouts with Whiff and Swing Rates
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Matt Swartz

03-29

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Baseball Therapy: Credit Where It's Due, Part 1
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Russell A. Carleton

03-08

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39

Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitchers
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Marc Normandin

02-10

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Introducing SIERA
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Matt Swartz and Eric Seidman

09-29

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Changing Speeds: Situational Pitching, Part 3
by
Ken Funck

09-17

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Changing Speeds: A Situational Pitching Hotfix
by
Ken Funck

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December 14, 2015 8:18 am

Rubbing Mud: Sano's Strikeouts

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Matthew Trueblood

Will the Twins rookie be undone by his contact issues?

Miguel Sano had a thoroughly impressive rookie season for the 2015 Twins. In almost precisely half a season, Sano slammed 36 extra-base hits and drew 53 walks. He posted a .314 True Average and was worth 1.9 WARP, even as a relatively heavy-legged DH. Those encouraging stats, though, can’t erase the one that threatens to define Sano’s future—his 35.3-percent strikeout rate.

It’s possible that Sano can outslug his vulnerability to whiffs, of course, but he’d be the first player ever to do so. He’s not going to have substantial (positive) defensive value, he’ll never add runs with his legs, and in time, his BABIP skill is going to erode; it does so for everyone. There’s just one good reason not to worry too much about Sano’s strikeouts, and to believe he’ll rein that whiff rate in enough to sustain his rookie showing: the pitchers he faced while fanning so often in 2015.

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November 16, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive

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J.P. Breen

Examining possible under-the-radar strikeout sources heading into 2016.

As the Fantasy Team continues to roll out our new Fantasy Categorical Breakdown series, it’s time to dive a bit deeper into the fantasy depths to locate some mid- to lower-tier guys who could offer a healthy number of strikeouts. Inclusion in this piece should not be construed as an endorsement of these players. However, these are a handful of names that fantasy owners should consider when seeking strikeouts on draft day.

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November 13, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: Over/Underachievers

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Wilson Karaman

Examining the pitchers who bested and fell short of expectations in the K department during the past season.

Yesterday, Greg Wellemeyer gave you the lay of the land about strikeouts in the majors, and the punchline for those of you who may have been trapped under something in a dark room for the last several years is that strikeouts have gone way, way up over the past decade.

I’m not going to spend time on the guys who broke out into the top tiers of bulk strikeout accumulation simply by virtue of pitching more big-league innings this year (unless that leap came out of nowhere). And on the flip side, I won’t talk about the guys who “disappointed” simply because they missed time with injuries. Especially with pitchers, that’s not a particularly notable development in most cases. Instead I’m going to focus here on the players who demonstrated a skill change, for better or worse, in striking guys out and see if we can figure out what happened to drive the change in their performance.

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November 12, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: The General Landscape

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Greg Wellemeyer

There's no reason to believe the recent uptrend in Ks will reverse in 2016.

You’ve spent the last three days reading about home runs, everyone’s favorite fantasy category. J.P. had the landscape covered on Monday, with George and Bret covering standouts in shallow and deep leagues on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is my pleasure to kick off our coverage of the strikeout category today, and in keeping with our new categorical retrospective format, you’ll get some player-specific nuggets tomorrow. Monday that won’t just be a trip to memory lane, but will provide you with some useful information to carry into preparation for next year.

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October 26, 2015 8:10 am

Rubbing Mud: The Contact Play

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Matthew Trueblood

Is the Royals' success a sign that teams should spend on hitters who put the ball in play?

For the second year in a row, the Royals are in the World Series. The Royals have had the lowest strikeout rate of any MLB team over each of the past two seasons. These aren’t unrelated facts, but the correlation is certainly very loose. Ten years ago, this fact would have been noted, but with a shrug. Thirty years ago, it would have borne mention, but it would have been presented as an inevitability. That’s the way we understood baseball in those days, and to a large extent, that’s the way it was played.

Obviously, the evolution of the game in recent seasons—pick any number of seasons, really; the rate of change in basic gameplay at the MLB level only seems to be accelerating—has changed what we identify as the crucial elements of a winning team. It’s also changed the dynamic of every conversation about winning teams that we have, especially winning teams like the Royals. There’s a tension here, a tension that wouldn’t have existed in those days when strikeout rates weren’t at the top of everyone’s keyword list. Contact rates have been not only exalted as the key to winning playoff series and the last bastion of the old way of doing things, but tied (implicitly and explicitly) to other traits that help shape the narrative of a winning team. So it is with the Royals, whom Adam Kilgore recently presented as the newest practitioners of Moneyball. They’ve focused on defense and contact, Kilgore said, and that’s allowed them to avoid the pitfalls associated with chasing homers and high-octane pitchers on the open market. The theory is that contact is cheap. Gloves are cheap. It’s the big hitters and the big-name hurlers who lead free-agent teams astray. Teams can solve a lot of problems, under this theory, by embracing the need for more contact and addressing their whiff issues.

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July 6, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 6, 2015

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Ian Frazer

The Cardinals' offense is struggling, but keep an eye out for a record-setting Chris Sale.

The Weekend Takeaways
I went to my aunt and uncle's house for dinner on Saturday. My uncle is a huge Cardinals fan, and it's probably because of him that I'm a baseball fan myself and currently writing these words for your eyeballs. While we sat on the back deck, sippin' on some beverages, he complained to me about the Cardinals. What?! The nerve, to be dissatisfied with a team six games up in its division, with the best record in baseball by five wins. But then I thought about the specifics of the Cardinals' situation, and his frustration made more sense.

This team could be entering the post-offense phase of its season. Those alarm bells sounded in early June, when Matts Adams and Holliday went down with quad injuries. But the Cardinals' June wasn't much worse than May, from an offensive standpoint, as hot months from Yadier Molina and Jason Heyward buoyed the team.


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July 1, 2015 12:26 pm

What You Need to Know: July 1, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Chris Sale keeps doing Sale things, the Pirates and Tigers go deep into the night, more from yesterday, and what to watch tonight.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Another start, another double-digit strikeout collection for Chris Sale.

The White Sox lefty continued his march into the punch-out history books by fanning 12 Cardinals in eight fantastic innings last night. Sale allowed only one run—a Randal Grichuk solo shot—while limiting the Redbirds to just five other hits and one walk.


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March 23, 2015 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Wins and Strikeouts

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BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy gang picks the pitchers it believes could lead the league in these two categories.

The goal of this series is simple: We’re telling you who, in our estimation, has a reasonable shot at topping the fantasy charts in a specific category despite not projecting as a top-10 finisher before the season begins, per PECOTA.

If you remember this exercise from last year, there are a few more changes, which I’ll pull directly from Bret Sayre’s email to the fantasy team outlining this series:

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December 3, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Relief Help

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Keith Cromer

These pitchers might not rack up saves, but they could still hold considerable fantasy value.

From my perspective, it’s never too early to begin speculating about teams’ bullpens during the offseason and researching who could make a fantasy impact the following year. Playing fantasy baseball for as long as I have has taught me that finding those hidden reliever gems can be the difference between hoisting a trophy and waving the white flag in July. Spending time studying every arm in all major-league bullpens is a staple of my pre-draft routine, and just as important as the homework done for position players, starting pitchers, and impactful rookies.

Please note I am not talking about closers, but rather those reliable bullpen arms that have impressive peripherals and produce in high-leverage situations, not just save situations. These pitchers have earned the trust and confidence of their managers and will continuously be given the opportunity to pitch in similar future situations that could result in wins, holds, and potentially some saves. Even in deeper AL- and NL-Only leagues, the value of these relievers is sometimes unappreciated, despite how they can offset bad performances by starting pitchers in any given week.

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September 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Strikeouts

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J.P. Breen

If your fantasy squad needs some late-season Ks, J.P. has you covered.

As we move to the closing weeks of the season, fantasy owners in the championship hunt are forced to chase specific categories. Realistically, only a category or two leave room for fluctuation with so few games remaining, so any late-season waiver pickups tend to relate to those specific needs.

In this article, I want to focus on little-owned starting pitchers who could help rack up the strikeouts down the stretch. Most leagues have moved beyond the trade deadline; thus, any potential additions must come from the waiver wire. All ownership statistics are from ESPN leagues, but one can reasonable assume that Yahoo! and CBS ownership rates would be roughly equivalent.

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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014

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Jason Wojciechowski

Major strikeout happenings in Queens, the rest of the day's action, and what to watch tonight, including possible major strikeout happenings for Cleveland.

What’s a good way for a pitcher to try to wrap up his league’s Rookie of the Year award? How about starting a game with eight consecutive strikeouts to tie a record previously held by Jim Deshaies? That’s the route Jacob deGrom chose.

The game began strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, as deGrom’s opponent, Jarred Cosart, punched out the first two Mets who batted, too. But the next three all reached, and a Wilmer Flores double gave deGrom a 2-0 lead.

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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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