Scott McCloy - RotoBaller

As we head into the first week of May in the 2014 baseball season, we are seeing changes happening in the late-inning roles across baseball.  Whether due to injuries or failure, we here at Rotoballer will keep you up to date so that you can plan accordingly and adjust your rosters if need be.   Looking... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Pedro Strop will very likely be the new closer for the Cubs, at some point, after the demotion of Jose Veras. For now however, he seems to be splitting time with Hector Rondon. Both Rondon and Strop have a save each, since the removal of Veras, although Rondon's save has... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Cubs manager Rick Renteria has stated that he will use a committee of Pedro Strop, Blake Parker, and Hector Rondon to close after the removal of Jose Veras. Although Rondon is pitching the best of the bunch, you get the feeling that Strop is next in line. Since Veras’ demotion,... Read More

  Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups - NL Only Leagues We are already into the third week of the baseball season, and the surprising starts continue from many players who weren't drafted and, in many cases, are probably still unowned. If you're in an NL-only league and not sure what moves to make on your... Read More

  A Closer Tried Called Quest First off I would like to dedicate this article to one of most underrated rap groups ever, A Tribe Called Quest.  As a youngsta, wanting to be a gangsta, I used to listen to almost every gangsta rap cassette tape available.  Yeah, notice I said cassette tapes which means... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy Analysis from April 3rd's Action The Marlins, yes those Marlins, in that ridiculous stadium with 20 foot walls and fishtanks and the obscure statue in centerfield...they are 3-1. Not only are they 3-1 but they are hitting on all cylinders. Casey McGehee, hitting behind Giancarlo Stanton has a Major League... Read More

  MLB Roundup & Fantasy Baseball Analysis Isn’t April baseball a thing of beauty? We see it all in the early weeks of the season; blown saves, walk-offs and extra-inning games. Players like Emilio Bonifacio get nine hits in two games, we see the new challenge system taking hold (and working well might I add),... Read More

MLB Closers & Saves: Week 1 Updates Before the season gets into full swing on Monday, I’d like to briefly examine the updated closer news or perhaps give you a closer recap around the league.  There has been a decent amount of news, injuries and updates that need to be mentioned before the season gets... Read More

1. “Elite” Tier, aka the Kate Upton Tier Kate Upton embodies all that is amazing about everything. Like these closers, she is, quite simply, the best, in every way. Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen, Greg Holland, Aroldis Chapman, Joe Nathan In some cases but not all, size does matter and yes when I mean size I mean the large amount... Read More

The time to prepare for the 2014 fantasy baseball season is here, and that means getting ready for the draft. There are many different forms of drafts, from the traditional roto to points leagues and the increasingly popular head-to-head format. This article addresses getting ready for head-to-head leagues, which requires daily rosters transactions to ensure... Read More

We've looked at all the other closers across baseball so far.  Now let's take a look at some NL Central closer situations.   National League Central Bullpens   St. Louis Cardinals If I had to choose one young slinger to become an elite closer in 2014, my choice would be Trevor Rosenthal.  The hard, snowball-throwing... Read More

The offseason is winding down, which means it’s time to evaluate which teams made the right moves and which ones got caught sleeping. Although there are still some big names out there that could help some teams whose rosters are lacking, let’s take a look at which NL Central teams will improve upon their 2013... Read More

Many of you may be surprised to read that the 2013 Chicago Cubs starting rotation ranked 15th in baseball in ERA, 16th in strikeouts, and 9th in WHIP. It was a sneakily effective bunch, led by fantasy super-unknowns Travis Wood and Scott Feldman, while also receiving small contributions from Matt Garza and Jeff Samrdzija’s strikeouts.... Read More

There's no position in baseball subject to more volatility from year to year than the closer role. It's rare for players not named Mariano Rivera to remain dominant in that position for more than a year or two. In fact, it's not uncommon at all for a top closer to lose his job just a... Read More

In a continuation of my last piece on the Houston Astros offense, today I'm going to examine the current pitchers on the Astros roster for the upcoming fantasy season. In case you don't like reading, though, here's the readers' digest version of this one: none of them are draftable in 2014 fantasy baseball leagues, and I mean... Read More

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