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Circling the Bases: Messy Bullpens

Ray Flowers

Ray Flowers

The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: M-F at 5-8 PM EDT), Ray Flowers has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. You can follow Ray on Twitter (@BaseballGuys), he never sleeps, and you can also find more of his musings at

Messy Bullpens

Bullpens are a continual source of frustration for everyone this year, and the situation in Boston is a prime example of why we might want to consider changing the way that we view the closers role in fantasy baseball.

Red Sox Bullpen

Joel Hanrahan had 76 saves the past two years, the fifth best mark in baseball. He was brought to Boston to close. Hanrahan is four for six in save chances this season, a passable early season mark, but his performance has been dreadful. His K/9 rate is down three and a half batters from normal, but worse yet he's walked more guys than he has struck out. He's also allowed four homers in 7.1 innings. He allowed nine homers the past two years over 127.2 innings. Oh yeah, he's also been hurt, twice (he's now dealing with forearm tightness). It sounds like a DL stint is likely.

Andrew Bailey stepped in the first time that Hanrahan was hurt, when his hamstring flared up, and he was fanta

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