2020 MLB Draft Guide: The Importance of Middle Relievers
Ivar Anderson explains to fantasy baseball owners just how important middle relievers can be when working those late rounds of your draft and tending to those pitching categories.
The value of middle relief pitching has been growing over the past several seasons in baseball, and that carries over to the fantasy side of the sport, too. The role of those pitchers who are called upon to replace a struggling (or perhaps injured) starting pitcher has grown tremendously over the course of the last few years, especially. A relief pitcher that can jump in and work effectively to shut down the opponent’s hitters, thereby keeping his team in a position to come back and scratch out a victory has become an essential tool for every winning manager and MLB team.
One major impetus for teams rostering shut-down middle inning pitchers has to do with the reduction in starting pitcher inning loads. In three of the past four seasons, there were only 15 starters that have accumulated 200 or more innings, and 2018 saw just 13 starters eclipse that barrier during the course of the campaign. This is opposed to 2015 when we were graced with 28 such starters, and even more in the...