Archive for Bullpen Banter

Bullpen Notes: June 16, 2018: Next Up Clarity, No Clear Closer For Toronto & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Bullpen Notes: June 14, 2018: Clarity For Some Questionable Closers, Legitimate Concerns For Kimbrel? & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Expedition Saves: Identifying Two Under-the-Radar Candidates To Rise Into The Closers Role

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For those who missed the introduction to Rotoprofessor’s Reliever Reliability Quotient (RRQ) from last season, I recommend that you check it out by clicking here.  As a quick refresher, this was my first attempt at a Rotoprofessor exclusive statistic.  We all know that one bad outing can significantly skew a relief pitcher’s ERA and WHIP while camouflaging what may be an extremely effective reliever.  The goal of RRQ is to move beyond the “traditional” statistics, creating a score to determine the actual skills of a reliever and if they have the stuff to thrive late in games.

Remember ability is only half the battle, and just because someone has the desired skill set doesn’t mean that they are a lock to be successful (or the opposite, just because a pitcher doesn’t have the skill set doesn’t mean that they can’t get the job done).  The skills/metrics used in calculating the RRQ are:

  • Line Drive Rate
  • Groundball Rate
  • Fly Ball Rate
  • Popup Rate
  • Strikeout Rate
  • Walk Rate
  • O-Swing%
  • SwStr%

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few under-the-radar relievers who should hold value and could rise into late game roles: Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 13, 2018: Could Change Loom In Pittsburg/Los Angeles (AL), Emerging “Next Up” Candidates & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Bullpen Notes: June 12, 2018: Making Sense Of Houston (Giles Back?!), Hicks/Dominguez Rising & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Closer in Waiting Power Rankings: June 12, 2018: A New #1 Emerges, Devenski/Hader Remain On Radars & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all statistics are through Sunday, unless otherwise noted):

 

1) Jordan Hicks – St. Louis Cardinals (NR)
Current Closer – Bud Norris

Norris has been in a tailspin of late, though that’s something we’ve been expecting to come.  He’s allowed runs in three of his past four outings (including 2 blown saves), and if you go back to May 23 he’s now allowed 6 ER on 9 H and 0 BB over 6.0 IP.  Maybe he has a little bit more rope, but one more hiccup could lead him to being yanked from the role. Read more