Along with this week’s tiers and the updated dollar values, Mike reveals the skills he looks for when evaluating closers.
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.
Ron Washington, Joe Nathan, and the best time to use your closer.
Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen is among the numerous ninth-inning men who moved down a tier in this week’s update.
Both Brian Wilson’s beard and Fernando Rodney’s bow and arrow can trace their origins to the same source.
Does the stress of pitching in high-leverage spots wear closers down over time?
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.
Jim Leyland’s comments before and after ALCS Game Two reveal why we don’t see closers by committee or relief aces more often.
Ben and Sam catch up on the Yankees-Tigers ALCS and Ben’s beat-writing adventures, then talk about why players and stats disagree about the difficulty of pitching on short rest, and Jim Leyland’s comments about closers.
Closers are unusually erratic when they’re faced with an unexpected save situation, but are they any less effective?
What happens to closers when they don’t know a save situation is coming?
Are teams asking the right questions about pitcher injury prevention, or are they just guessing along with the rest of us?
Is Kenley Jansen ready to close? Sam analyzes his incipient save celebration’s suitability for the ninth inning.
The woe of Boston’s bullpen, and debating whether it’s important for a closer to have ninth-inning experience.
How did closer usage end up where it is now? And is it truly benefiting the game of baseball?
It takes more than one type of Leverage Index to determine when to use your best reliever and pinch hitter.