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Closer Encounters: 2023 First Impressions
54 days ago
Ryan Rufe takes an early look at bullpens around the league. How worrisome is Emmanuel Clase's shaky start?
Closer Encounters: 2023 Closer Rankings 2.0
80 days ago
Ryan Rufe shares his updated closer rankings, with Josh Hader taking the top spot following Edwin Diaz's knee injury.
Closer Encounters: 2023 Closer Rankings
123 days ago
Ryan Rufe shares his 2023 closer rankings and breaks down his favorite targets as well as the relievers he's avoiding.
Closer Encounters: 2022 Saves in Review, Part 2
230 days ago
Ryan Rufe recaps the saves landscape in this year's NFBC Main Event and shares his own hits and misses from this past season.
Closer Encounters: 2022 Saves in Review, Part 1
236 days ago
Ryan Rufe recaps this past season's saves landscape. Just how many teams preferred closer committees over the conventional approach?
Closer Encounters: The Home Stretch
265 days ago
Ryan Rufe highlights bullpens to avoid down the stretch as well as a few names to target. Could Raisel Iglesias claim the closer role in Atlanta down the stretch?
Closer Encounters: Hader Saves His Season?
276 days ago
Ryan Rufe discusses Josh Hader's turbulent recent stretch and analyzes a handful of bullpens that are currently in flux.
Closer Encounters: A First Look at Closers for 2023 Drafts
286 days ago
Ryan Rufe breaks down the 2023 closer market before taking a look at a handful of closer situations that are currently in flux.
Closer Encounters: Trade Deadline Upheaval
304 days ago
The trade deadline has left closer situations in flux around the league, but Ryan Rufe is here to break it all down.
Closer Encounters: Relief Market Primer
312 days ago
Ryan Rufe breaks down the relievers who could be on the move in the next few days as well as their potential destinations.
Closer Encounters: Midseason Closer Rankings
333 days ago
Ryan Rufe gives a tiered ranking of his top 70 closers for the rest of the season, with Clay Holmes jumping up near the top.
Closer Encounters: Closer Infirmary Adds Another
342 days ago
Ryan Rufe breaks down the latest closer news around the league, with one of the top closers of this generation landing on the injured list and another nearing a return.
Closer Encounters: Committee Time in Philly
350 days ago
Ryan Rufe tracks the latest closer developments around the league, with a new committee in place in Philadelphia.
Closer Encounters: Closer in Waiting Rankings
359 days ago
Ryan Rufe explains the thought process behind his Closer in Waiting Rankings.
Closer Encounters: Hader's Gone Streaking
June 4, 2022
Ryan Rufe recaps the bullpen developments in May as Josh Hader is streaking in Milwaukee.
Closer Encounters: Holmes Stepping Up for Yankees
May 28, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes the latest bullpen happenings around baseball, including in New York where Clay Holmes is dominating.
Closer Encounters: Pen Woes in Philly & Boston
May 19, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes two struggling bullpens, including the Phillies, who have one of the highest ERAs in baseball.
Closer Encounters: Pressly Nearing Return to Astros
May 4, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes the latest happenings in bullpens around the league, including in Houston where Ryan Pressly looks ready to return.
Closer Encounters: Leveraging WPA & gmLI to Identify Potential Closers
April 27, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes applies a couple of advanced stats to analyze bullpens across the league. Is it time to give up on Jake McGee in San Francisco?
Closer Encounters: Struggling Hendriks Causes Concern
April 20, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes closer situations around the league, including in Chicago where Liam Hendriks has struggled early this season.
Closer Encounters: Clarity, Chaos in First Week
April 14, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes what we learned about closer situations in the first week of baseball, including how southpaw Taylor Rogers is fitting in in San Diego.
Closer Encounters: Kimbrel to the Dodgers
April 2, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes the Craig Kimbrel trade to the Dodgers and other happenings in bullpens around baseball.
Closer Encounters: Spring Developments
March 31, 2022
Ryan Rufe checks out closer scenarios around the league, including in San Francisco where manager Gabe Kapler named his man for the ninth inning.
Closer Encounters: 2022 Closer Rankings 2.0
March 24, 2022
Ryan Rufe updates his closer rankings as fantasy drafts hit the home stretch. How much does the needle move on Blake Treinen?
Closer Encounters: Diving Deeper in St. Louis & Atlanta
March 4, 2022
Ryan Rufe analyzes various closer situations, including in Atlanta where proceeding with caution might be wise when it comes to Will Smith.
Closer Encounters: Buyer Beware
February 17, 2022
Ryan Rufe pumps the brakes on several relievers, including the Dodgers' Blake Treinen, whose pathway to saves is not as clear as it might seem.
Closer Encounters: 2022 Closer Rankings
February 2, 2022
Ryan Rufe ranks this year's closers and includes relievers to target and fade. Find out why he is so high on Edwin Diaz.
Closer Encounters: The 2022 Saves Landscape
January 25, 2022
Ryan Rufe reviews last season's fantasy saves landscape with an eye toward the 2022 season.