Beat the Shift Podcast – Relief Pitcher Episode w/ Greg Jewett & Eric Samulski

The Relief Pitcher Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guests: Greg Jewett & Eric Samulski

Strategy Section

  • General 2022 closer landscape & draft strategy
  • FAAB capital vs. Draft captial for closers – which is more efficient?
  • Holds / Saves+Holds leagues
  • Closer Handcuffs for 2022
    • Giants
    • Padres
  • Reuven’s Closer Questions
    • Should you choose closers that are on good teams?
    • Pick closers based on skill?
    • Avoid closers who could be traded?
    • Avoid closer by committee situations?
    • Avoid certain teams all together with lousy players?

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

Bullpen Situations Discussion

  • Orioles
  • Marlins
  • Red Sox
  • Blue Jays
  • Tigers
  • Kenley Jansen
  • Nationals
  • Phillies
  • Cubs
  • Reds

Dark horse closer candidates

Indications for possible future closers


  • Stacking in Holds + Saves leagues
  • Middle relievers for holds & great ratios

Injury Update – Reuven gives us the injury updates.


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