Bullpen arms and anti-regression velocity

In a post yesterday, I pondered relief pitchers like Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Jake McGee who have unexpectedly increased their fastball velocity with age. Their careers piqued my curiosity. And so I took a look at pitchers who have pitched in relief since 2010 and if their velocity has regressed or not. Let me share what I have discovered.First, let me disclaim a few things...
Via The Flagrant Fan
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros get best of Yankees, improve to 2-0

The Astros’ war cry this winter was a promise the bullpen would be better. If nothing else, they would fix the worst relief corps around. Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Yankees was the first full-length test. Four relievers — Jerome Williams, Kevin Chapman, Matt Albers and Josh Fields — backed up starter Jarred Cosart, who looked excellent early before his pitch count...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen arms with velocity increasing with age

Was there ever an age when so many different bullpen pitchers pitched with such high velocity? Nowadays, it seems that every bullpen has three to five guys who can throw the ball 95 MPH or higher. It's crazy. I happened to think of this last night while watching Chad Qualls and Matt Albers of the Astros pitch. Both pitchers came in throwing gas. Qualls averaged 94.8 MPH on...
Via The Flagrant Fan
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Closer by Committee in Houston

Astros Manager Bo Porter announced he will begin the season with a closer by committee. The committee will include Chad Qualls, Josh Fielders and Matt Albers. We at FFLockerRoom have felt all along that Qualls would be given the first crack at save opportunities simply based on his experience and success last season. That being said don’t be surprised to see the 28 year old Fields...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Preview: Houston Astros

Last season the Houston Astros moved to the American League West from the National League Central in a move designed to give both leagues 15 teams each. Things didn’t go well for the Astros in their first season in the American League as they stumbled to a 51-111 record. Additions: Matt Albers, Jesus Guzman, Chad Qualls, Scott Feldman, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Bass, Jesse Crain and...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to know about the Astros

Five things to know about the Houston Astros as they start spring training: SPENDING MONEY: The Astros put some money into the major league team after several years of focusing on restocking their once-barren farm system. They had the lowest payroll in the majors last season at less than $30 million and it lost a franchise-worst 111 games. Houston signed Scott Feldman to a three...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' farm system ranked No. 1 by ESPN

With seven of the top 100 Minor League prospects in's rankings, the Astros have compiled the best farm system in baseball, according to rankings released Tuesday by's Keith Law. The Astros have stockpiled talent by trading away veterans for multiple prospects and securing the top pick in the Draft for the last two years (they'll pick first again this...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Relievers The Houston Astros Should Consider Signing

Yes, I know. The Houston Astros have already improved their bullpen a tremendous amount from last season. Trust me, I absolutely love it, but I don’t want them to be finished quite yet. When the Astros entered the offseason, they knew that fixing the bullpen was high on their priorities list. Going out and signing Matt Albers, Jesse Crain, and Chad Qualls will do wonders for the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Astros' Acquisitions

In the past three seasons, the Astros have combined to lose a total of 324 games. That's an average of 108 losses per season.  Do you remember when they were swept in the 2005 World Series? Yes, the Astros competed in the World Series nine seasons ago. They even last had a winning season in 2008. Yet from 2011-2013, they posted marks of 56, 55, and 51 wins. Their payroll in...
Via The Sports Post
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros, Albers complete $2.45M, 1-year deal

The Astros have finalized a $2.45 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Matt Albers. The 30-year-old Albers gets $2.25 million next season under Tuesday's agreement, and Houston has a $3 million option for 2015 with a $200,000 buyout. He 6-2 in 119 appearances over the last two seasons with a 2.77 ERA, including 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 56 appearances for Cleveland...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB News: Matt Albers signs with Houston Astros

Amid a busy two days in Cleveland Indians free agency news, one 2013 pitcher officially left as well: Reliever Matt Albers has reached a one-year deal with the Houston Astros, as first reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal is worth $2.25 million with a $3 million option for 2015 and a $200K buyout. The soon-to-be 31-year-old earned $1.75 million last year with the Tribe...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Reports: Astros add Chad Qualls, Matt Albers to bullpen

The Astros have reportedly made a pair of moves aimed at improving the bullpen. First, they agreed to terms with right-hander Chad Qualls to a two-year, $6-million deal, and then, as Ken Rosenthal of reports, they locked up right-hander Matt Albers with a one-year pact worth $2.45 million. Qualls, 35, last season pitched to a 2.61 ERA and 2.58 K/BB ratio in 62 innings...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros sign Matt Albers to one-year deal

The Houston Astros have signed relief pitcher Matt Albers to a one-year deal. Albers began his career with the Astros and is coming off a strong season with the Cleveland Indians where he compiled a 3.14 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 56 games. The 30-year-old Albers should begin the season in a set-up role for the Astros. He will make $2.25 million in 2014 while his contract includes an...
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Indians Matt Albers could be the next member of bullpen to leave

Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that several teams have shown interest in free agent Tribe right handed reliever Matt Albers. Hoynes believes one of the teams strongly interested in the 30 year old rihty could be division rivals Detroit Tigers or the Chicago White Sox. Albers made $1.75 million in his only season with the Tribe after coming over from Arizona...
Via Waiting For Next Year
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Albers could be next bullpen defection for Indians

The Indians could be on the verge of losing another pitcher from their bullpen. Several teams have asked about free agent right-hander Matt Albers and at least one has reportedly offered him a two-year deal. One of the teams interested in Albers is believed to be an AL Central rival of the Indians, perhaps Detroit or Chicago. The Indians and Albers have talked mostly about a one...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

What the Indians Need This Winter: Bullpen

Overall, there aren't a ton of exiting free agents this season for the Indians and most have internal replacements that played at least some during 2013. The bullpen is a little different story, however. The Indians top reliever for the past four years, Joe Smith, is a free agent and could easily out-price himself out of an Indians return. Rich Hill is also a free agent and shouldn...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Would A Joe Smith Reunion Be Smart For The Mets?

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Indians are not expected to retain a quarter of their pitchers — Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Matt Albers, and Joe Smith. The Indians have varied levels of interest in each player — but there seems to be a gap to fill. The name that I thought the Mets could really work with is Joe Smith. Smith, as most of you know...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians rumors: Cleveland likely to lose four pitchers to free agency

Despite making the $14.1 million qualifying offer to starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, the Cleveland Indians may very well lose the right hander — as well as three more pitchers from their staff — to free agency. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reports that Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Joe Smith, and Matt Albers are all seeking multi-year deals, more than the team is willing...
Via MLB Injury News
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Antonetti talks Indians offseason on Sirius XM

Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was on Sirius XM earlier this afternoon to talk about the team’s upcoming offseason. You can listen for yourself on this SiriusXM link for a 3.5-minute portion of the entire interview. Per Twitter, other topics mentioned: Asdrubal Cabrera’s offseason training regimen, Trevor Bauer’s rocky 2013 and Danny Salazar’s unrestricted...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Rumors begin swirling at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario

This is when everything gets all kinds of hectic here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. This is the time of year when the names start flying around at a fever pitch as possibilities for the Indians to sign or trade for or re-sign or send down or give a chance to or find a platoon for or, well, you get the point. It’s actually kind of funny when you really think about it, because...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Re-Sign Matt Albers?

Matt Albers was an interesting case in 2013, finishing the year with a 3.14 ERA in 56 games. Despite this perceived success, he was almost never used in significant situations. He came into just 15 games when the Indians were tied or had the lead and just 23 games that were within two runs. Albers was most often brought into the game during the sixth through eighth innings, when...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Changes on tap in the Indians bullpen

A lot of the early offseason discussion has revolved around what the Indians are going to do with their starting rotation or how they can improve the lineup. We know the challenges the Indians face to keep Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez next year, not to mention Justin Masterson the following year.  The team’s struggles at third base and right field offensively have had...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

The IBI Awards: Most Valuable Reliever

The 2013 season proved quite successful for Cleveland as the team completed a 24-win turnaround and made the playoffs with a 92-70 record. As a part of recapping the year that was, IBI is once again giving out some year-end awards. Unlike last year, we will be focusing only on Cleveland-centric awards. Today we unveil IBI's Most Valuable Reliever: Rank Name Points ...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Indians in Review: The Bullpen

The Indians wild ride has come to an end. The 2013 season was one that nobody expected. A 96 loss team turned into a 92 win club that advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona helped changed the culture of the organization and has our baseball team on the rise. There is a buzz in the city about the Indians again. It was...
Via Waiting For Next Year
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Ranking the final 2013 Cleveland Indians' roster: Part two

Playoff baseball returned to Cleveland this year as Terry Francona and company surged to a 92-70 record and a berth in the wild card playoff game. That berth makes 2013 a success for Cleveland, even though the team lost in the one-game playoff. Given where this team was at the end of last year, the turnaround is just tremendous. As I do at the end of every year, here is part two...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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