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Bell Rings True

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

  The Padres’ Heath Bell has converted 40 consecutive saves, a streak that goes back to May 29, 2010.  Bell’s streak of save conversions is the fifth-longest of all time. Bell is tied with Dennis Eckersley and Trevor Hoffman who also had 40 consecutive saves.  He is within one save of Rod Beck’s 41 straight.  Brad Lidge had 47 consecutive saves in 2008 and 2009.  Tom “Flash” Gordon had 54 consecutive saves with the Red Sox fin 1998 and 1999. In one of the leagues that I play in, it uses net stolen bases; meaning, stolen bases minus caught stealings.  I have long thought that saves should be handled the same way–saves minus blown saves.  If that category were used in your league, Heath Bell is the guy you would...

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More Fantasy Baseball King Advice: April 29 Mailbag

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

Jonathan Papelbon fantasy baseball Editor’s Note: The Fantasy Baseball King normally digs into our mailbag and provides some of the best fantasy baseball advice online each Wednesday. He had so many great questions this week, however, that Ballpark Bob and BeeZee felt a second post from the mailbag was in order. If you have any questions for the team at Fantasy Baseball Dugout or the King, please email fantasybaseballdugout [at] gmail [dot] com. Fantasy Baseball Question 1: I’m in talks with another league owner who would like a bat plus a closer for me to acquire Jonathan Papelbon. I currently have 6 closers and have been attempting to pull off a 2 for 1 deal in order to get safer, better option. He has Mariano Rivera for whom I offered Broxton + Axford, an offer which was promptly rejected....

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Blown Saves May Reach 100 in April

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

Jose Contreras of the Phillies is the latest closer to go down and end up on the disabled list and Ryan Madson is the closer, at least until Brad Lidge returns from the DL. It has been an especially brutal April for Major League closers with over 80 blown saves thus far.  If the trend continues, there could be over 100 blown saves in April for the first time since 2003.  It’s gotten so crazy that even Mariano Rivera has struggled.  The future first ballot Hall of Famer blew back-to-back saves for the first time in four seasons. The Los Angeles Angels are another team that wasted no time in swapping out closers this season.  It only took Fernando Rodney four games to lose the closer role for the Halos to rookie Jordan Walden. The Twins demoted long time...

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Closers Going Down: Get Ahead of the Curve

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

Major League managers have a lot less patience with their closers than they used to.  And, there’s already been a few closers casualties already this year with Ryan Franklin getting booted in St. Louis and Joe Nathan getting the thumb in Minnesota. But, by the time you got this information, it might have been too late to pick replacement closers Mitchell Boggs (Cardinals) and Matt Capps (Twins) off of your free agent list.  That’s why today we are getting you ahead of the curve so you can pick up these guys before everybody else knows about them. Matt Thornton Headed for Middle Relief In Chicago, you have to wonder how much longer Ozzie Guillen is going to go with Matt Thornton as his closer.  Thornton, who had only 17 career saves prior to this season, has been consistent in 2011–consistently...

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Franklin, Nathan Out as Closers

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 2 comments

It’s only three weeks into the 2011 MLB season and already managers are losing patience with their closers.  Tony LaRussa has announced a closer change in St. Louis and Ron Gardenhire has done the same in Minnesota. Boggs New Closer in St. Louis Ryan Franklin has somehow done a very good job the past three seasons in St. Louis with anything but overwhelming stuff.  Frankling amassed 82 saves in those three seasons despite a lifetime ERA of 4.07.  His only impressive season from an ERA standpoint was 2009 when he had a 1.92 ERA. Franklin this year was simply awful.  In 5 save opportunities, he saved only 1 game and he was on the wrong side of an 0-2 record.  Franklin’s ERA is at 9.45 and batters have only swung and missed 4 times all year.  Franklin has never been...

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Internet Sightings Of Brian Wilson

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Baseball News, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

In case you hadn’t noticed, Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants has become a bit of a pop culture star since he stopped shaving and the Giants won the World Series last season. He and Giants outfielder Cody Ross recently filmed a video with YouTube star Keenan Cahill. Check it out… He got off to a rocky start to begin the year, but he’s shut the door on his last four save opportunities. He’s struck out 5 in those appearances and only allowed one hit during the stretch. If you ever considered benching the guy who is very close to being the no. 1 closer in all of fantasy baseball – well, you’re dumb. But it seems like Wilson is back to his must-start status and should once again approach his league leading save total of 48 from...

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