The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 1031 – Relief Pitcher Preview


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The Best (3:45)

The Trusted Studs (10:00)

The Shaky Studs (12:00)

The Fireman Closers (19:00)

The Stud-if-Traded… big IF (29:36)

The Old Reliable! (35:25)

The Good-but-Not-Locked (38:00)

The More-Stable-Than-We-Think? (44:00)

The Desperation Move (1:02:37)

The Open Situations (1:03:47)

Note: I forgot Boston! I thought I had all 30 teams accounted for, but it wasn’t until I was about to post that I realized there was no Matt Barnes! Barnes goes in the “More-Stable-Than-We-Think?” group because while I think Garrett Whitlock could be a stud closer, they seem committed to expanding his role, even if it’s not into a true starter. Whitlock could eventually find his way back to the late-innings, but for now appears set to get multi-inning outings and might eventually become a true starter if it is successful. Barnes wore down after a brilliant start to the season, allowing nearly as many earned runs in August (10) as he had in the first 4 months combined (11). Darwinzon Hernandez isn’t a real threat until he gets his walk rate down quite a bit from his career 18%. In fact, that’s a major issue for most of the guys who would challenge Barnes: Jake Diekman, Hirokazu Sawamura, and Eduard Bazardo.

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Paul is the Editor of Rotographs and contributes to ESPN's Daily Notes. Follow Paul on Twitter @sporer and on Twitch at sporer.

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8 months ago

I just can’t get on the Gallegos train, I really think they prefer to keep him in the fireman role that he has, same with Treinen, they brought in Hudson and his contract has games finished incentives- $100,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, I feel like they prefer the 1 close 1 fireman type situation. Meanwhile I am really banking on Jansen’s walk rate to go down this year. 6.87 bb% and a 39.69k% from his first August appearance through the playoffs, about a 35 2/3s inning sample size, seems like he finally got into his new mechanics/delivery and figured something out.