Depending on your league’s lineup configuration and scoring categories, relief pitching is a topic that should get more discussion than it does. It can be a headache; we see closer charts, closers by committee, and a carousel for the ninth-inning role. However, staying on top of relief pitching can be crucial to your team’s success throughout the season. Like stolen bases, saves may be just one category, but if you focus on it, that gives you a great chance to win that category every single week. Personally, I’d rather be confident knowing I’m already going to win a category than have to put in extensive work just to possibly compete in a specific category.

Another important fact that is overlooked about relief pitching is that it...

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