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)

  • SDP: Robert Suarez, Dinelson Lamet, Pierce Johnson, Emilio Pagan, Luis Garcia, Austin Adams
  • SEA: Drew Steckenrider, Paul Sewald, Diego Castillo, Ken Giles, Andres Munoz
  • TBR: Andrew Kittredge, Pete Fairbanks, Matt Wisler, Brooks Raley 레일리
  • WAS: Kyle Finnegan, Tanner Rainey, Steve Cishek, Sean Doolittle
  • CIN: Lucas Sims, Art Warren, Luis Cessa
  • CHC: Rowan Wick, Mychal Givens, David Robertson, Chris Martin
  • BAL: Tyler Wells, Cole Sulser

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 he 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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