This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
The following article, looking at bullpen constructs for the coming season, appeared in the 2018 Rotowire Fantasy Baseball magazine, which hit newsstands in January. As you might expect, with the season now upon us, several bullpens have become more settled, but there are still many that could offer significant fantasy value in the coming weeks. Therefore, updating those potential opportunities will be our focus for this edition of Mound Musings.
Baseball has long been a sport interwoven with tradition. There are actually quite a few ingrained tendencies in the game that date back to very near its beginning. While new faces arrive regularly, most seem to prefer maintaining the traditions while resisting – at least nominally – change. Yes, traditions do die hard in baseball, but they do eventually give way, grudgingly perhaps, as the sport evolves. Bullpens are currently at the forefront of that evolution.
Obviously, it's not just the bullpens going through changes. In the offseason, the Los Angeles Angels signed 23-year-old Japanese superstar, Shohei Ohtani, and the word is he could eventually become a two-way player – serving as a designated hitter a couple of times a week (he also has experience in the outfield) and taking his blazing fastball to the mound every sixth day. That's right, every six days, which will undoubtedly keep his innings well below 200 by season's end. You may have noticed, not many starting pitchers make 40-plus starts, or hurl more than 300 innings any longer. Those days are long