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Bullpen Notes: June 15, 2018: Closers Potentially On The Hot Seat, Big Name To Monitor & 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: May 2, 2018: Clarifying Situations in Minnesota & Detroit, Jansen Struggles Again & 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: May 1, 2018: Barraclough Time Grows Near, A Surprise Entrant At #4 & 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) Kyle Barraclough – Miami Marlins (2)
Current Closer – Brad Ziegler

It looked like the Marlins had finally made the change, with Barraclough getting a save on Saturday in impressive fashion, but we learned after the fact that Ziegler was banged up and unavailable.  The latter was back out there on Sunday, locking down a save, so for now we have to handle this the same way we have been.  Ziegler has always felt like he’s had one foot out the door, as a “non-traditional” closer with impressive flame throwers pitching ahead of him. Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 20, 2018: Change Coming In Detroit & Minnesota, Is Kela In Trouble? & 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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Draft Day Decision: Has The Time Come To Ignore Greg Bird? Unfortunately…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Yankees’ Greg Bird has been getting a lot of hype entering the season as a “lower-end” first base option.  Why?  No one is going to doubt the potential and he was being viewed as an “overlooked” left-handed hitter who could help to break up the righty heavy lineup featuring Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez.  He also figured to get ample opportunities to produce, with opponents hoping not to let the “Big 3” beat them.

Yesterday came the news that everyone feared possible, though, as Bird appears to once again be battling foot issues.  After missing most of ’17 due to surgery this tweet from the New York Yankees is going to open some eyes:

Update on 1B Greg Bird: Results from an MRI and CT scan taken earlier today revealed right foot inflammation. Bird is scheduled to be evaluated by foot specialist, Dr. Martin O’Malley, on Monday in New York. Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 First Baseman: Carpenter Out, But Who’s In & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Matt Carpenter looking likely to miss Opening Day due to a back injury it’s impossible to keep him ranked among the Top 15 options at first base (though that’s partly due to the depth at the position).  When healthy his outlook remains high, especially with the potential to regain multi-position eligibility (there’s a chance he settles in as the starting third baseman).  With Carpenter out, let’s take a look at how the rankings currently look:

1. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
3. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
4. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
5. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
6. Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
7. Edwin Encarnacion – Cleveland Indians
8. Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers Read more