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

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

Guest: Greg Jewett

Strategy Section

  • General closer landscape
  • Optimal closer strategy last year
  • Is a closer who gets a half a year’s worth of saves a successful draft pick?
    • Closers who are traded mid-season
  • General closer draft strategy
    • Is drafting a 2nd round closer cost prohibitive for the rest of your roster?
  • What is the best way to throw a cheap closer dart?
  • Is it worth buying split closer situations?
  • Is it worth skipping out on reliable closers and acquiring saves in-season via FAAB?
  • Should we purchase middle relievers in drafts?

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

MLB Bullpen Analisys

(A look at every major league team’s closer situation)

  • BAL
  • NYY
  • BOS
  • TOR
  • CLE
  • HOU
  • TEX
  • ATL
  • WAS
  • NYM
  • MIL
  • PIT
  • STL
  • COL
  • SD
  • SF
  • CIN
  • TB
  • MIN
  • KC
  • SEA
  • CHW
  • DET
  • LAA
  • OAK
  • MIA
  • PHI
  • CHC
  • ARI
  • LAD

Injury Update


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