Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – National League
Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – National League

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

At this stage of the season, the saves category is often a primary target for adding points and moving up in the standings. Having passed the non-waiver trade deadline, some closers have moved on to contending teams – often having been relegated to a set-up role – while their former teams scramble to find the guy who can adequately protect a lead in the ninth inning. Some role changes could be fairly obvious, but more often, there are several arms with at least some chance of claiming the job.

When your bullpen goes sour.

Bullpens are changing the fabric of the game. Saves are a scoring category in most leagues, but the lack of quality starting pitching has impacted the scoring strategies for many fantasy owners, and relievers are becoming more relevant, including some nonclosers. Quality starts, and wins, are becoming less predictable.

You've reached the end of our free article preview.

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only MLB Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire MLB fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
MLB Barometer: Two-Year xwOBA Leaders
MLB Barometer: Two-Year xwOBA Leaders
SXM Highlights: Should Severino Worry Us?
SXM Highlights: Should Severino Worry Us?
Collette Calls: NL Central Bold Predictions
Collette Calls: NL Central Bold Predictions
Baseball Draft Kit: Gaining an Edge in the NFBC
Baseball Draft Kit: Gaining an Edge in the NFBC