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Mound Musings: Checking in on the Bullpens – AL

Brad Johnson

For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.

I feel like pitching has become the favorite experiment of baseball, and bullpens are the chemistry sets of my youth. Mix a little of this with a lot of that and a pinch of something else, pop on the goggles and see if it explodes. The Rays have Sergio Romo in their “rotation,” while a collection of arms try to pitch the innings between the start and some point in the end game generally reserved for a closer. That may or may not work for them, but on those days, there won’t be a quality start, and predicting wins is still difficult, negating much pitching fantasy value other than a possible save. Then there’s the ongoing rise of the “super reliever” as teams turn to a top-shelf relief pitcher to bridge between short leash starters and the more traditional set-up guys and closers. Pitchers like Andrew Miller, Chris Devenski and Archie Bradley generally have some fantasy value, but their contributions can be erratic and hard to predict.

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