A timely excerpt from the 2011 Hardball Times Annual
How Brett Myers will do as a closer and how valuable he is to the Astros in that role is not the question for this space. Just the fastballs. Let’s take a look at some quick-and-dirty numbers (four- and two-seam fastballs all together; age determined by season year minus birth year—neither precise nor seasonal). If […]
Tyler Clippard has one of the best fastballs in the league. What makes it so effective?
Reliever usage over the last five seasons
Keep an eye on these rookie pitchers.
When a good portion of Tampa Bay’s bullpen qualified for free agency this offseason what’s a small yet competitive club to do? Luckily, Friedman and co. have been down this road before…
On January 7, 1982 Francisco Rodriguez—K-Rod to his fans—was born. This is just one of the historically important closer births this week.
TUCK! brand toons every Monday and Thursday throughout the offseason. Except this week.
By churning pitchers the final week you can squeeze an extra 30 innings above your league’s innings cap, enough to pick up a few extra wins a couple dozen strikeouts.
A tale of regret
It’s time for a lunar landing on the 1980 Topps set.
Reliever rides the slider to success in the San Diego bullpen
There’s no free lunch with a side of Frasor.
On March 10, 2009, the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic squad lost its second game to the unheralded Netherlands, knocking the Dominicans out of the tournament. But all is not lost for the DR, as this week Richard looks back at the best pitchers to come from the country.
Toronto is choosing among three relievers with ties to the North Siders
Hunting for bullpen help in minor league starting rotations
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Reliever man meets Retrosheet meticulousness meets recent metric.
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