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It's Vinnie Pestano doing his best Luigi as a baseball player impersonation.
It's Vinnie Pestano doing his best Luigi as a baseball player impersonation.

Every week I take a look at the going's on in the life of relief pitching in fake baseball. These excerpts are a pretty good indicator of who has been getting it done and who has wasted your roster space. So have a gander at the goings on in the world of relief pitching.

  • Oakland closer Ryan Cook, has been getting beat as of late, he has allowed ER's to score in 5 of the last 7 appearances. Even worse are his numbers since the AS break. A robust 6 ERA and 4 blown saves. Now I am not saying he is Cooked, but owning Balfour or even Doolittle isn't a bad idea if you have the space and are chasing saves.
  • Drew Storen is back. Well he was good for the save yesterday. Tyler Clippard has been good, a bit shaky and then good again. It's Storen's job next year but we are playing now and I can see a pick your poison type situation for the remainder of the year. Both guys should have already been owned but just in case go check.
  • In the it's too little too late category of news, Andrew Bailey looks primed for a return to the majors. He seems to be almost over his ailments that have derailed his year. It really won't matter for this year but for stashing purposes next year he should be good to go until he gets injured again.
  • If you didn't know already Aroldis Chapman is pretty good. The past 30 days of closing he is a perfect 16-16 in save chances. Add in a K/9 rate over 18 for that time and it doesn't get much better than that.
  • In Toronto, the very unheralded fill in closer Casey Janssen has been doing remarkable. He has allowed a hard to believe but true 4 ER's since April 28th. As a waiver wire pick-up or late round stash he has gone above and beyond the value that could have been expected.

In a new look I wanna show you what relievers are getting done, not just by general stats alone. The charts below consists of some important reliever stats that fly under the radar, but prove the reliever's importance.

AL/NL Batting Average Against leaders for relievers

1 Charlie Furbush Sea .147
2 Ryan Cook Oak .149
3 Vinnie Pestano Cle .164
4 Steve Delabar Tor .170
5 Grant Balfour Oak .171
6 Fernando Rodney TB .176
7 Joel Peralta TB .185
8 Casey Janssen Tor .187
9 Pedro Strop Bal .188
10t Jared Burton Min .192
10t David Robertson NYY .192
12 Darren Oliver Tor .193
13 J.P. Howell TB .195
14 Tim Collins KC .198
15 Octavio Dotel Det .205
16 David Phelps NYY .209
17 Alexi Ogando Tex .209
18 Jordan Norberto Oak .210
19 Wade Davis TB .211
20 Tom Wilhelmsen Sea .212
1 Craig Kimbrel Atl .120
2 Aroldis Chapman Cin .129
3 Kenley Jansen LAD .143
4 Ronald Belisario LAD .168
5 Tyler Clippard Was .169
6 Jason Grilli Pit .171
7 David Hernandez Ari .186
8 Jason Motte StL .189
9 Joel Hanrahan Pit .190
10 Jose Arredondo Cin .201
11 Jon Rauch NYM .213
12t Sean Burnett Was .214
12t Rafael Betancourt Col .214
14 Brad Ziegler Ari .219
15 Jared Hughes Pit .219
16 Steve Cishek Mia .220
17 Clay Hensley SF .224
18 Chad Durbin Atl .225
19 Mitchell Boggs StL .225
20 Brad Brach SD


And a little something extra for those effective yet unheralded middle relief guys

AL Inherited Runners Scored % Leaders

1 Cody Eppley NYY 4.8%
2 Andrew Miller Bos 10.%
3 Lucas Luetge Sea 11.4%
4 Vicente Padilla Bos 11.5%
5 Brian Duensing Min 15.0%
6 Clay Rapada NYY 15.8%
7 Darren O'Day Bal 16.7%
8 Jordan Norberto Oak 17.4%
9 Phil Coke Det 18.5%
10 Joe Smith Cle 18.8%
11 Robbie Ross Tex 19.4%
12t Troy Patton Bal 20.0%
12t Cory Wade NYY 20.0%
14 Luis Perez Tor 20.8%
15 Boone Logan NYY 21.6%
16 Jeff Gray Min 22.2%
17 Steve Delabar Tor 25.0%
18 Jake McGee TB 28.9%
19 Alex Burnett Min 29.0%
20 Charlie Furbush Sea 31.8%

NL Inherited Runs Scored % Leaders

1 Eric O'Flaherty Atl 4.8%
2 Jared Hughes Pit 5.0 %
3 Brad Brach SD 7.1%
4 Logan Ondrusek Cin 7.9%
5 Joe Thatcher SD 9.4%
6 Mitchell Boggs StL 12.9%
7 Javier Lopez SF 14.3%
8 Jose Veras Mil 15.0%
9 Bryan Shaw Ari 16.0%
10 Tim Byrdak NYM 17.1%
11 Chad Durbin Atl 18.8%
12 Fernando Rodriguez Hou 18.9%
13 Fernando Salas StL 19.0%
14 Tony Watson Pit 19.5%
15t Sergio Romo SF 20.0%
15t Marc Rzepczynski StL 20.0%
15t Clay Hensley SF 20.0%
15t Sean Marshall Cin 20.0%
19 Jamey Wright LAD 22.7%
20 Josh Roenicke Col 23.8%

Definitely some interesting names in both groupings that are going very unnoticed in fake baseball. Most of the guys that are surprises are mostly unowned even in Holds leagues, though they still hold their value just not in a statistical kind of way. Questions, comments are always nice, so be nice.