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Craig Kimbrel will be the first reliever taken in all fantasy leagues this year. Jonathan Papelbon will probably be the second.
And we have him ranked 171st overall! WTF! Unfortunately, relief pitchers lose a ton of value because they only pitch about one-half to one-third the innings of starting pitchers, and unless they have sparkling ERAs that resemble 1-point-something or WHIPs that start with a zero, they’re just not able to overcome the massive drop in workload.
But it’s not like Papelbon is only good for saves. He struck out 92 batters last year, about 25-30 more than most rosterable relief pitchers, which is the same number of strikeouts that makes Matt Cain a fantasy ace and Johnny Cueto more of a number two. And Papelbon does put up very good ratios in about 70 innings of work.
In fact, according to Baseball Professor’s PSR formula, Papelbon’s projected 2.62 ERA over 69 innings in 2013 is just as valuable as Brett Anderson‘s projected 3.27 ERA over 140 innings and Hiroki K...
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Darin Ruf could get the opportunity of a lifetime with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is one benefit in today’s baseball. Do you think he’ll make the cut, or be the right-handed solution behind Ryan Howard?
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The Philadelphia Phillies have continued to be tied to outfielders and other potential roster upgrades, but yesterday general manager
Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the team is likely “going with what we’ve got,”
reports Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The GM did not eliminate the possibility of a veteran
addition for the outfield, but admitted within his current...
While the Philadelphia Phillies could be done making moves for the winter, there continue to be reports of their interest in adding a
right-handed-hitting outfielder to their mix of in-house candidates. The
Phillies continue to “look at all options,” including Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso
Soriano, Los Angeles Angels’ Vernon Wells and free agent Scott Hairston, according
Is Brown, Ruf, and Revere enough?
On Philly.com, Matt Gelb spoke with Ruben Amaro about the direction of the Phillies outfield heading into the 2013 season. Amaro was frank in saying they will likely go with what they currently have due to the monetary restraints in front of them.
“We’re likely going with what we’ve got,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
“There’s some risk in...
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