Finding a reliable source of saves is as tough as it’s ever been. Only 22 pitchers reached 20 saves in 2019 and only 11 pitchers reached 30 saves. More managers are opting to go with a committee to close out games instead of just one ace reliever. That’s why true closers are rarer than ever this year.
The Nationals did it. They did the unpredictable (although our very own Johnnie Black predicted it prior to the season, so ask him for the lottery numbers) and won their first World Series. They overcame every obstacle imaginable to do it, from starting the season 19-31 to winning the Wild Card game in come-from-behind fashion against Reliever of the Year Josh Hader to beating the extremely tough competition in the Dodgers and Astros in seven games, and more. So how did the Nationals overcome all the odds (0.1% chance to win the World Series in May) to win it all? Let’s get further into their season. Continue reading →
Everybody’s looking for an edge in their fantasy baseball leagues. You want the one thing that will take you from the middle of the pack to fantasy greatness. Well, over the years, I’ve found that streaming starting pitchers in-season is an effective way to help give you an edge in leagues with daily lineup changes. Eventually, though, I’ve found myself running into pitching limits, especially in ESPN leagues, where there is a starts limit of 200 in season. So what’s the best way to combat this? You have to attack how you plan to use your innings in the draft.