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  1. Kudos for not splitting the relief pitchers up into NL vs. AL lists. Hopefully FanGraphs will start doing it this way for starters as well. It’s really helpful to see how guys like Bard and Robertson stack up against all the NL setup guys.

    I’m in a mixed league with 5 SP and 5 RP, scoring on holds, saves, ERA, WHIP, K’s, & wins. I have 3 closers and 2 set-up guys (Bard & Adams). I dropped Clippard when Andrew Bailey came off the DL because I thought he was going to be a time bomb – somebody else picked him up, so I hope he goes off :-)

    Comment by JKB — July 13, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

  2. Clippard has had a heavy workload the last couple years and his changeup is his favorite offspeed pitch so I dont think you should worry about him breaking down like the slider heavy relievers (Gregerson, Alburquerque, Wuertz). Im surprised you outright dropped him. I would think in your league he would have great value.

    Also since he pitches more he lends more weight to your ratios. I am sure you will miss the K/9 and WHIP help Clippard provided. The dude is an absolute stud.

    Comment by Atari — July 13, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

  3. Is Uehera ranked low because of the quality of his rate stats, or lack of opportunities? Because he’s been pretty darn solid. Except the occasional HR..

    Comment by Max — July 13, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

  4. Lack of opportunities. The Orioles are so bad right now.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — July 13, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

  5. why is jim johnson ranked above him then?

    Comment by duffman — July 13, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

  6. Because Jim Johnson pitches all the freaking time.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — July 13, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  7. without taking wins into account he’s pitched 12 more innings for 2 more holds and 17 fewer strikeouts with a 1.18 whip. are the 2 holds really worth it?

    Comment by duffman — July 13, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  8. Yo Mike – just wondering why no Joe Nathan on the board? since coming off the DL he’s got 5 holds in 6 opps.

    Comment by Eitan — July 13, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  9. Atari –

    I’m in one of those leagues where nobody trades, despite my best efforts. It’s 10 teams and we have Holds as a category, but most people stocked up on closers or extra SP instead and don’t want to drop them. To give you an idea of what the waiver wire looks like, most of the players in Tiers 2 (e.g., Robertson) and beyond are available, as well as Betancourt and Chapman. When rosters expand it will get even better, and I’m in first place, so not stressing right now.

    Good point about Clippard’s change-up, I just took a look at his pitch type values and that looks like a new plus pitch this season. I was weighing his July from last year I little too heavily I think. Zips ROS predicts a regression in ERA and WHIP, but not sure how that will play out with the improved change-up now. As it stands I’m kicking myself for not keeping him, but no too hard.

    Comment by JKB — July 13, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  10. You forgot about LaTroy Hawkins who has has been hot in the holds department.

    Comment by NLFantasyBB — July 13, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

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