Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – Relief Pitchers

Feb 25, 2008

Here are some relievers who should bounce back from down years. 

Eric Gagne (4-2, 16 Saves, 3.81 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .245 BAA)
Gagne was awful for Boston.  He makes the switch back to the National League.    He also makes the switch back to closer.  He did well in that role in Texas last year.  He just struggled in his 7th inning duties in Boston.  I expect his saves to go up and his ERA to come down.   

Brad Lidge (5-3, 19 Saves, 3.36 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .219 BAA)
Playing in Philly will be tough becasue it’s a launching pad.  However, Lidge moves back into the closer role so he should pile up the saves.  He did re-injure his knee so I’d temper your expectations initially.

Troy Percival (3-0, 0 Saves, 1.80 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, .171)
Perhaps the only numbers that Troy will show improvement on are Saves and Strikeouts.   He was very effective for St. Louis last year, and could approach 30+ saves for the first time since 2004. 

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Mariano Rivera (3-4, 30 Saves, 3.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .248 BAA)
These aren’t bad numbers, they just aren’t the kind of numbers we’ve come to expect from Mo.  I’d expect him to get his save up into the mid-thirties or beter, with a much lower ERA and BAA. 

B.J. Ryan (0-2, 3 Saves, 12.46 ERA, 2.54 WHIP,  .333 BAAA)
B.J. missed most of last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.  Provided that he’s healthy, there is no way he doesn’t improve in every category.

Rafael Soriano (3-3,  9 Saves, 3.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, .181 BAA)
Soriano will be thrust into the closer role.  Obviously I believe his save totals will go up.  I think is ERA will go down.  Unfortunately I see his WHIP going up, though his BAA could remain unchanged.

Hudson Street (5-2, 16 Saves, 2.88 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, .190 BAA)
Hudson’s averages (ERA, WHIP, BAA) will likely be similar.  I just expect about twice as many saves this year from Street.

Kerry Wood (1-1, 0 Saves, 3.33 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .207 BAA)
It’s a big if, but if Kerry can stay healthy he should thrive in this role for Chicago.  That said, Kerry could break a rib sneezing.

Joel Zumaya (2-3, 1 Save, 4.28 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .189. 
Here’s another guy that will have a great year should he bounce back from injury.  He’s not going to rack up saves, but he should pick up more wins and strikeouts.  Just keep Guitar Hero away from him.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Campy
    February 25th, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Hey bigs, these bounceback articles are great. For those of us gearing up for a baseball draft are you planning on doing a ranking, or top players by position?

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 25th, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks Camp. I’ve got some more stuff like this in the works.

  3. Big Denny
    February 25th, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

    The Twins need Jesse Crain and Juan Rincon to return to form.

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