Fantasy baseball closer report: The role of BABIP in your bullpen

Chicago White Sox right-hander Alex Colome has posted a scorching-hot BABIP so far this season. Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

One way to evaluate pitchers is to check out their collected batting average on balls in play, or the BABIP. Since relief pitchers generally participate in a fraction of the innings of starters, the BABIP against can be misleading and, at times, it might not normalize. After all, crazy things can happen over just a 50-inning sample. Still, as someone who aggressively recommended Texas Rangers right-hander Jose Leclerc for 2019, I admit his .211 BABIP against from last season was something I