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DFS Baseball 101: Bullpen Report April-July

Michael Rathburn

Known as “Rath” in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) community, he has helped run operations for two prominent daily fantasy sports startups. Michael has taken his insider knowledge and expertise in daily fantasy sports to the content side. Rath won the 2016 FSWA "Baseball Article of the Year, Online" award and was a finalist for the FSWA Best Baseball Series in 2011.

Before we get started on this weeks’ article, I would like to let you know we will be moving to NFL coverage next week. This will be the last MLB article of the season, and I wanted to finish it off with the final bullpen report.

When doing your initial hitting research, how often do you consider the bullpens? Or are you just basing your decisions on the starting pitcher? The same goes for your starting pitching decisions. The win is still important enough so you want a pitcher from a team in where if he goes six or seven innings, the chances to nail down the W are high.

How much of an impact does the bullpen make?

Well, bullpen innings represent about 38 percent of the total innings pitched in baseball.

ANGELS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 10 38 8 13 25 3 8 8 1 25 30 6 18
MAY 11 36 8 12 3 5 12 6 11 29 29 7 24
JUNE 5 39 8 3 5 6 5 6 4 21 17 10 20
JULY 25 36 24 26 22 22 23 26 23 14 16 24 15

ASTROS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 6 35 4 6 8 4 5 2 20 29 25 1 6
MAY 12 37 11 17 24 12 4 1 7 16 27 1 26
JUNE 2 42 3 18 7 2 1 1 6 4 14 1 10
JULY 24 39 21 29 30 18 15 8 10 23 29 1 28

ATHLETICS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 13 38 18 17 15 17 20 26 5 13 12 20 5
MAY 15 37 15 27 15 18 17 18 18 9 7 20 8
JUNE 19 39 19 24 29 15 11 10 5 20 22 18 28
JULY 16 34 6 12 18 9 9 3 15 28 21 26 29


BLUE JAYS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 21 39 16 20 21 19 15 16 21 14 17 21 17
MAY 5 42 7 4 6 3 7 4 9 26 28 6 6
JUNE 10 38 1 9 14 1 6 4 7 29 28 6 23
JULY 22 45 18 28 24 15 19 15 11 11 20 22 21

BRAVES

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 17 33 19 19 22 16 17 19 10 12 24 11 23
MAY 16 39 6 16 19 10 22 24 15 7 21 22 17
JUNE 15 36 12 11 13 14 22 26 18 17 10 19 3
JULY 29 37 28 30 25 30 26 20 25 25 24 10 25

BREWERS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 16 41 22 12 12 24 21 20 29 5 8 23 14
MAY 14 40 21 13 5 19 15 19 20 4 2 24 11
JUNE 18 35 9 21 28 22 20 12 30 13 16 15 13
JULY 21 37 27 25 21 28 8 6 22 18 4 8 27

CARDINALS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 29 34 27 26 19 28 29 22 23 26 27 17 26
MAY 19 34 22 24 12 21 14 14 14 28 18 9 14
JUNE 6 38 10 6 16 3 10 18 1 8 18 13 2
JULY 10 34 11 3 3 8 10 11 5 29 18 13 24

CUBS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 9 36 2 5 11 6 10 5 27 21 19 4 15
MAY 10 42 14 8 27 13 10 10 21 5 4 14 18
JUNE 3 37 6 8 8 4 4 3 9 3 9 2 21
JULY 9 39 2 8 4 12 22 12 30 16 19 2 5

DIAMONDBACKS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 12 34 15 21 18 12 9 10 4 9 14 13 29
MAY 4 33 5 3 18 11 6 8 22 3 5 5 16
JUNE 1 34 2 1 2 5 2 11 11 1 1 21 4
JULY 18 33 25 13 14 17 20 23 6 12 17 28 11

DODGERS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 8 37 7 8 4 8 6 7 13 27 21 5 9
MAY 1 39 4 2 14 1 1 3 2 22 16 8 2
JUNE 13 37 4 5 21 7 18 5 12 30 30 4 11
JULY 2 38 1 4 9 1 1 9 2 19 15 4 23

GIANTS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 11 32 17 16 5 20 14 15 18 24 13 9 2
MAY 23 32 23 6 1 25 27 28 24 14 10 25 20
JUNE 29 36 29 30 20 29 28 22 20 19 26 23 22
JULY 23 35 26 15 11 27 24 24 27 20 7 16 12

INDIANS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 4 32 12 2 1 9 4 6 6 4 11 14 11
MAY 2 36 1 1 16 2 2 2 10 17 14 4 10
JUNE 7 40 5 4 9 8 7 7 13 22 8 16 14
JULY 6 34 19 10 10 11 11 21 7 6 3 23 1

MARINERS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 27 37 23 29 20 23 25 25 17 19 20 25 8
MAY 20 42 13 18 29 9 19 22 3 21 24 21 12
JUNE 24 37 11 7 27 10 26 20 21 25 27 27 16
JULY 1 36 5 2 1 7 2 5 20 8 2 12 2

MARLINS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 19 45 11 9 23 13 19 21 22 17 22 24 12
MAY 29 40 26 28 4 28 30 21 29 27 23 18 27
JUNE 9 42 22 13 3 17 8 13 8 15 6 14 7
JULY 28 41 15 17 5 23 29 27 29 24 22 29 22

METS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 28 40 28 25 26 29 18 11 26 20 23 12 21
MAY 28 42 20 25 13 22 24 16 19 30 30 11 28
JUNE 21 36 25 27 25 28 16 8 27 7 19 11 12
JULY 19 37 23 20 13 26 16 14 19 17 14 7 19

NATIONALS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 24 32 25 28 28 22 23 24 3 11 18 22 16
MAY 26 29 29 19 23 27 16 17 8 18 17 29 22
JUNE 25 31 23 22 26 19 25 23 16 16 25 22 8
JULY 17 33 20 24 20 24 14 13 17 9 12 17 8

ORIOLES

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 20 39 24 11 14 25 22 17 25 10 15 27 3
MAY 17 42 27 9 11 14 20 25 4 20 11 26 21
JUNE 28 44 28 20 30 27 29 29 23 9 24 24 24
JULY 3 40 8 7 15 2 3 16 1 1 8 15 17

PADRES

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 22 36 13 24 27 14 16 14 14 23 26 19 24
MAY 18 42 10 22 10 20 21 13 30 15 19 13 15
JUNE 8 39 14 19 24 9 3 2 2 11 11 3 17
JULY 13 41 9 14 27 3 7 4 4 30 30 18 16

PHILLIES

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 23 36 20 22 30 18 13 12 7 28 29 16 19
MAY 25 42 17 23 17 26 29 30 28 8 12 27 5
JUNE 16 36 30 28 6 30 14 14 24 23 5 7 5
JULY 12 35 17 11 8 16 21 17 8 21 27 3 4

PIRATES

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 25 37 29 18 17 26 28 29 8 22 16 26 4
MAY 7 40 24 5 8 15 11 15 6 11 9 19 13
JUNE 11 37 13 16 12 13 12 21 15 6 2 9 15
JULY 7 36 12 5 7 10 13 19 12 7 9 25 10

RANGERS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 14 35 26 23 24 21 11 23 2 2 2 15 20
MAY 27 36 28 29 25 29 26 27 25 6 8 23 3
JUNE 14 39 16 10 15 21 19 16 25 10 13 12 6
JULY 15 33 14 16 16 21 17 10 28 10 11 6 20

RAYS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 18 38 14 10 6 15 27 30 16 15 9 28 22
MAY 22 36 12 26 9 16 23 23 26 12 20 10 23
JUNE 20 36 27 26 18 26 13 17 10 27 12 8 19
JULY 20 33 10 19 17 13 28 29 14 15 13 20 14

RED SOX

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 7 34 3 3 2 2 12 13 24 8 7 8 28
MAY 13 33 18 14 26 6 3 5 1 24 22 3 29
JUNE 4 34 15 2 1 11 9 15 14 12 3 20 1
JULY 8 34 7 9 12 6 12 7 9 26 25 11 6

REDS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 1 48 5 7 9 5 2 3 19 1 1 2 1
MAY 24 41 16 20 21 24 28 29 27 2 3 28 19
JUNE 23 46 24 23 22 23 23 27 19 5 7 25 18
JULY 11 40 13 23 29 14 5 2 13 5 10 9 18

ROCKIES

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 5 39 10 15 7 11 7 9 11 7 3 10 10
MAY 9 34 19 15 20 17 8 11 12 10 6 16 9
JUNE 27 39 20 25 23 24 21 19 26 18 21 26 26
JULY 27 36 29 22 26 29 25 30 24 2 5 19 26

ROYALS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 26 35 21 27 10 27 26 28 30 6 4 29 25
MAY 8 40 25 21 22 23 5 12 13 1 1 15 4
JUNE 12 38 21 12 4 18 15 24 17 2 4 17 9
JULY 5 40 4 1 2 4 18 25 18 3 6 14 9

TIGERS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 30 36 30 30 29 30 30 18 28 30 28 18 30
MAY 21 32 9 10 28 7 18 20 5 23 25 17 30
JUNE 30 36 26 29 19 25 30 28 28 28 29 30 30
JULY 30 35 16 27 19 20 30 28 26 22 23 30 30

TWINS

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 15 40 9 14 16 10 24 27 9 16 6 30 27
MAY 30 38 30 30 30 30 25 26 23 19 13 30 25
JUNE 22 42 17 14 11 12 27 30 3 14 20 29 29
JULY 14 39 30 21 23 19 6 22 3 4 1 27 13

WHITE SOX

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 2 36 1 1 13 1 1 1 12 3 10 3 13
MAY 6 37 2 11 7 4 13 9 16 25 26 12 7
JUNE 26 43 18 17 10 20 24 25 22 24 15 28 27
JULY 26 42 22 18 28 25 27 18 21 27 26 21 3

YANKEES

MONTHRANK%RPAVGERAHR/9WHIPxFIPK%BB%GB%FB%CONTACT%HARD%
APRIL 3 33 6 4 3 7 3 4 15 18 5 7 7
MAY 3 38 3 7 2 8 9 7 17 13 15 2 1
JUNE 17 35 7 15 17 16 17 9 29 26 23 5 25
JULY 4 42 3 6 6 5 4 1 16 13 28 5 7

Elite Bullpens –
Astros, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox, Royals, Yankees

Bullpens to Target –
Giants, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Rockies, Tigers, Twins, White Sox

Most Improved from April to July –
Cardinals, Mariners, Royals, Pirates, Phillies, Padres, Orioles

Biggest decline from April to July –
Angels, Astros, Braves, Giants, Rockies, White Sox

Highest Bullpen Usage
– Marlins, Orioles, Reds, Blue Jays, Padres, White Sox

Lowest Bullpen Usage
– Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Giants, Nationals, Red Sox

TRADE DEADLINE IMPACT

Teams that Improved –
Dodgers, Red Sox, Astros, Nationals, Cubs, Yankees

Teams that Got Weaker – White Sox, Twins, Tigers, Athletics, Mets
The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Michael Rathburn plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: burnnotice, DraftKings: burnnotice, Yahoo: burnnotice, Fantasy Aces: burnnotice, FantasyDraft: burnnotice.