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March 7, 2014

TTO Scoresheet Podcast

Relief Pitchers

by Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss


BP Fantasy closes out positions with reliever week, the position pretty much everyone considers a necessary evil. If not just plain evil. In this week’s podcast, linked at the end of the article, we spend some time discussing relievers. Not a ton of time, because there’s really not too much to say. We also take some reader questions. And have a pretty interesting discussion on when (if ever) it is OK to lose a trade, which we think will be worth your time to check out. We also spend some time discussing the lower tiers of starting pitching, which is relevant to your Scoresheet bullpen, for reasons we explain below. We’ve also updated our ranking list for all positions.

Here’s how we rank relievers. And read on for reliever strategy, picks, and more.

Rank

Age

Team

Player

1

26

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John Carter

I have long advocated keeping a reliever or two who qualifies as a starter. Over the years, there have been fewer and fewer pitchers of that type. Whether it is because Scoresheet's Barton brothers have been stricter about it or the Major League pitchers have more tightly defined roles (or both) is besides the point. This year the American League is down to one really good 100% healthy such reliever - and he plays for San Diego: Alex Torres. You have Torres ranked 63rd, which makes sense strictly as a reliever. But, with starter status, he was drafted as a top 15 reliever (top 7 in the A.L.) in both of my leagues - round 19. I am wondering if that is worth bumping Torres that far up. Perhaps, these teams plan on using him as a 5th starter and use their real 5th starter as a mop up man.

Mar 08, 2014 09:56 AM
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IanLefk
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A good point. We talked about this on the podcast somewhat. It's never a strategy that we've pursued, and I feel as though the spring draft is a difficult time to implement it. I'm sure you know this, but by the time the supplemental picks roll around, it's more likely for good relievers to have starter eligibility, even in deep leagues. Then, you also have to draft a bunch of relievers or 6th starter types to eat the innings--again, it's doable, but I'm not usually comfortable coming out of the gate with this strategy.

With Torres specifically, it's hard for me to shake seeing him get battered around the ballpark yesterday. He's likely to be great, but with those occasional control issues, he's no sure thing to repeat his value even in PETCO. I'm not sure I'm comfortable building a draft strategy that's reliant on one player who isn't a star. As you implied, in the NL, where you have Carlos Martinez, Will Smith, Chris Withrow, Josh Collmenter, and Casey Kelly, it's easier. I'm sure you've noticed Neftali Feliz, but let me also recommend Jesse Chavez as a deep sleeper if you're pursuing this strategy, I like the odds he shaves half a run off his ERA this year.

Mar 08, 2014 11:28 AM
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steve08

TTO Scoresheet is the only podcast that I listen to. Great job guys.

Mar 08, 2014 14:41 PM
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doublesteel

Gents, your March 7th TTO SS podcast focused on relievers was quite useful to me in a year when I was Flat-Stanley-thin on picks, and I'm still studying your rankings against other indicators to weigh options at the tail end of my AL-only draft. The way you looked at thinner pens, whether guys are out of options, and that kind of thing for SS ranking purposes, with an eye to how those factors influence the oh-so-crucial IP counts, was outstanding. And it was fun to realize that one of you did Buddy Groom a favor by helping his wife avoid the embarrassment of failing to sell his cleats at that silent auction (for, as you put it, a steal of an opening bid). And, as I see he's left a comment here, I might as well thank John Carter for the great tips he shares with us on his Scoresheetwiz page.

Mar 20, 2014 01:01 AM
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John Carter

Thanks.

It's at: www.scoresheetwiz.com

Mar 20, 2014 10:15 AM
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MaineSkin

It looks like Gonzalez Germen is now setting up Parnell who I think is broken. What's his success as a closer?

Mar 27, 2014 00:59 AM
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