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Pittsburgh Pirates: Surprisingly, Juan Cruz toed the rubber in the ninth to earn the save for the Pirates Tuesday night. Initially there was no word as to the why. Eventually, we heard that Joel Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring on the last pitch of his outing against the Giants on Sunday. Hanrahan says he’s not going to be able to go until Friday or Saturday, at which point he could be put on the DL retroactively until Sunday. Cruz could find his way to a few save chances in the interim and there’s certainly potential for this hamstring issue to linger. For a nano second, circa 2008, Cruz was one of the better relievers in baseball but injuries and walks got him down in a major way. So far this season, Cruz is flashing a great K-rate and has limited his walks. If he can do that, he’ll remain a solid reliever. Evan Meek came in for the hold in the seventh so there appears to be no short term plans for the Pirates to use him to save.

San Francisco Giants: For some time, it appeared Santiago Casilla would be the closer in Brian Wilson’s absence and he got the first chance and didn’t disappoint, with Sergio Romo getting the hold. Casilla is a fine reliever who walks a few too many batters to be an incredibly comfortable ninth inning guy. Still, he has the job and it’s possible the Giants prefer to have Romo used in higher leverage spots throughout the game. I’m not rushing to get Casilla in a trade or if there are any FAAB bids/waivers still remaining though. For one reason, there’s Heath Hembree who was drafted and groomed to replace Wilson. Hembree has posted impressive K-rates in the minors, but has paired them with somewhat high walk rates. Still he has far better stuff than Casilla and isn’t the future always now? If you’re scoring at home: Casilla has decent stuff, but walks a lot of guys, the Giants have a closer prospect waiting in the wings, and Sergio Romo is really good .

Houston Astros: No matter what they say, it’s a matter of when, not if, Brett Myers is traded. As attrition and injuries mount, many teams will need one of those newfangled reliever-starter hybrids. He won’t command much, but any sort of prospect/money back is worth dealing him for. In Myers’ first save of the year, Wilton Lopez pitched most of the eighth. Lopez is off to a fine start, not walking a guy in 7.1 IPs, and is a great long term handcuff. He has exhibited solid control (1.69 BB/9 rate in the majors) and K-numbers. He’ll be good for a 3.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 50 K’s the rest of the way.

Minnesota Twins: Presumptive closer, Matt Capps, hasn’t looked great. Meanwhile, “closer-in-waiting” Glen Perkins was shut down due to a forearm issue. He had an MRI on Monday which showed only inflammation. Reportedly, his forearm feels better and he could rejoin the Twins any day now. That said, his absence has given Capps a little rope and we can’t be sure Perkins will remain healthy. He is still a handcuff in leagues where every single save matters, but in shallower leagues, it’s best scouting for saves elsewhere.

Chicago White Sox: Grey is all about Hector Santiago losing his job, and quickly. With anymore outings like Santiago’s last save opportunity (he allowed two homers and a walk), Grey could be right. That said, Santiago has a fine WHIP (1.25), has recorded six K’s in four IPs, and has only walked one batter. In addition, Robin Ventura had this to say: “But you know, the way I look at it is how he bounces back. I have confidence in taking him right back out there and letting him do it (Tuesday) night.” Ventura has staked one of his first “major” decisions on Santiago and will be slow to give up on the experiment. Meanwhile, Jesse Crain has pitched a ton in the eighth inning lately, with Addison Reed and Matt Thornton working the seventh. If you’re handcuffing, Crain looks like the next in line.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Javy Guerra finally blew his first save of the season, he’s now 5/6 in save opportunities. He has walked three batters in 6.1 IPs while striking out 6. With so few innings, it’s hard to judge whether he is taking a step forward in K’s, taking a step back in control or both. I’ve never believed in the underlying skills and know Kenley Jansen is the far better pitcher. What’s nice about Jansen is that he doesn’t have to get saves to be valuable in most any format, so rostering him for the long haul works. If you desperately need saves, it’s going to take a few more disastrous outings from Guerra to get Jansen close to closing, so you might need to look elsewhere. And, even if there are some disastrous outings, if he keeps saving at an 80% clip, I doubt he’ll lose the job.

Miami Marlins: Two times the finally in Thursday’s review, as Heath Bell finally recorded a save. His ERA sits at 9.00 and he has a 2.75 WHIP, but he has a one in the save column. He’ll have to be horrendous for about a month before a phantom DL stint removes him from the closer role.

Washington Nationals: I’ve nothing to add to Grey’s Buffy Fan Fiction: “HanK-Rod has a zero ERA and strikes out everyone; Lidge puts runners on every game and it gets harrowing!”

42 Responses

  1. wynams says:
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    Capps actually nailed a save opportunity in Yankee Stadium last night (4/18)

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @wynams, Nailed is an interesting way to describe it :-). he did give up a long hoomer

      • wynams says:
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        @Albert Lang, was commenting on article “Presumptive closer, Matt Capps, hasn’t had a save opportunity in nearly a week.” being incorrect, but whatever floats your boat mang

        • Albert Lang

          Albert Lang says:
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          @wynams, Right, well, yeah sometimes these things get turned in a tad early….didnt realize that’s what you were commenting on, thought you were commenting on my saying he hasnt had a clean inning in a save chance in awhile.

  2. EK says:
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    Pls rank:

    Capps
    Aceves
    Casilla
    H Rod

    • EK says:
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      @EK, pls throw in Rodney & J. Johnson as well.. thx

      • Albert Lang

        Albert Lang says:
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        @EK, Johnson, Capps, H Rod, Casilla, Aceves, Rodney (the last three are very close).

  3. Albert Lang

    Albert Lang says:
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    Heard somewhere in the twitterverse that Perkins is good to go this weekend, we’ll see if he can pitch an inning without giving up a run though.

  4. Ralph says:
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    How concerned should I be about Nathan? He’s given up some runs, but his FIP and K/9 are right in line with his pre-2010 form. How would you rank him compared to Santiago?

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @Ralph, thought about including him, but decided against it, then he looked a tad suspect last night and got bailed by the old line-out double play.

      I think Nathan is safer than Santiago. I believe in the underlying performance of Nathan (the only time he has been bad as a reliever was when he rushed back from surgery). Ideally, i’d love to have both Nathan and Santiago.

  5. EK says:
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    Pls rank these SPs 5×5 roto:

    Vogelsong
    Buehrle
    McCarthy
    E. Santana
    Bard
    Danks

    Thanks

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @EK, Santana, Danks, Buehrle, McCarthy, Vogelson, Bard

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha bet you love having the closer assignment piece this year Al, what with all the closer shituations going on.

    Guy in my leagues just dropped Jonny Broxton and his big ass, you trust him going forward? Could drop a bench bat (Torii) to put a claim on him, or could even drop a semi-closer in Lidge (Hank rod getting the job permenantly you reckon?) or a crappy one in C Perez (wish I hadnt drafted that schmohawk).

    Would you claim Brox and if so, who ya dropping?

    Thanks

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @TheNewGuy, It’s been fun, man I wake up and check the wire every morning and then by the time I’m done checkign all my leaguemates have grabbed the guys!

      I do trust broxton going forward. He hasnt beenm that bad and velocity is in line with previous years. It seems like they want to see if they can squeeze some trade value out of him.

      I do think Hank Rod will get it eventually but I’m not confident in that.

      I would claim Broxton and i’d drop Hunter, he’s replaceable and what, he plays one game a week for you?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Albert Lang, Yeah pretty much. I drafted him as my 5th OF but have been rolling with Greys boy Reimold now…plus there are replacement level OF’s like Scott/Boujos/Wells etc on the wire anyway (only 10 team league).

        Think I’ll try and claim Big fat Brox for Torii then. Holland’s still out there on the wire too so should I be keeping an eye on him- much chance they make a change anytime soon?

        • Albert Lang

          Albert Lang says:
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          @TheNewGuy, In most leagues, Hunter is a replaceable commodity, solid closers arent.

          unless Broxton gets hurt or traded, they wont change roles, imo.

  7. Giacomo says:
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    Which side do you like better? Hanley / Josh Johnson or Andrus / Haren?

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @Giacomo, Hanley/Josh Johnson. I dont like Josh Johnson, but i love Hanley. It’s a close trade, but I’ll take the superstar.

  8. Ned Shakeshaft says:
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    From what I’ve seen of Nathan he looks like Dead Closer Walking. Adams almost had to come in last night to save ol’ Joe from his latest Kazaam.

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @Ned Shakeshaft, I hear you, but he’s not walking anyone, striking out a ton of batter, and his velocity is right back up where it use to be.

      basically it’s just been some unlucky innings. Obviously those can snowball quickly with a reliever, but given his underlying numbers and the way the Rangers go about their business, I’m buying Nathan.

  9. Deadwoods says:
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    Which closer would you drop based on their skill and chances to close: Aceves, Sean Marshall, Blafour, Jim Johnson or Casilla. Thanks.

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @Deadwoods, why would you drop any of them? they’re all closers. i guess i’d drop casilla, but it’s close between him and aceves

      • Deadwoods says:
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        @Albert Lang, Here’s my dilemma. I’m in a 10-team points-league and I used auto pick during the draft because I was away. But I somehow told Yahoo not pick any pitchers, so all my pitchers are off waivers. I’m getting hammered in the pitching categories and have, for the most part, been streaming pitchers weekly, especially decent two-start pitchers

        So my question is: do I carry five closers or drop one so I can stream more pitchers? Or do I keep the closers and drop a couple hitters so I can stream more pitchers? My lineup is below (it doesn’t help that half my hitters are in a slump!) Thanks.

        * C – Chris Iannetta
        * 1B – Eric Hosmer
        * 2B – Ian Kinsler
        * 3B – Álex Rodríguez
        * SS – José Reyes
        * LF – Ryan Braun
        * CF – Adam Jones
        * RF – Nelson Cruz
        * Util – Jay Bruce
        * Util – Brandon Phillips
        * BN – Zack Cozart
        * BN – Billy Butler
        * SP – Brandon McCarthy
        * SP – Kyle Lohse
        * RP – Jim Johnson
        * RP – Grant Balfour
        * P – Philip Humber
        * P – Ryan Dempster
        * P – Matt Harrison
        * P – Jonathon Niese
        * BN – Alfredo Aceves
        * BN – Santiago Casilla
        * BN – Sean Marshall

        • Albert Lang

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          @Deadwoods, I’d get busy dealing. Offer closers paired with anything to get SPs. Don’t be afraid to lose trades either. I cantimagine given how many closers you have that others aren’t hurting. I’d try to move cozart ASAP as well. Keep up the streaming and just make offers. When you do a 2-1 that’ll create a roster spot for you to stream. I wod start as many RPs as you can also, so be wary of dealing RPs that are SP eligible.

          Sound good?

          • Deadwoods says:
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            @albert, Great! Thanks a lot!

  10. Real McCoy says:
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    Real serious offensive issues here. 10 team H2H and only have 47 runs, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 1SB, .280 AVG after 2 weeks (pitching is keeping me in it)

    Cozart, Aybar, or Furcal rest of season??

    Also have Berkman who is out AGAIN!! Options to add (Reimold, Schafer, Scott, D. Young, JD Martinez, Jon Jay, Shane Roberson, Bourjos, Rios, Wells, Torii Hunter)

    Which 2 would you immediately plug into your starting lineup?

    • Real McCoy says:
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      @Real McCoy,

      Also Ramos, Iannetta, or AJ for rest of season?

      • Albert Lang

        Albert Lang says:
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        @Real McCoy, Well its really early, so there’s no need to panic. Aybar will be the healthiest and best.

        add Rios, then Reimold

        Ramos for catcher

  11. jabroni says:
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    CBS points league– with the top waiver spot tonight do I go Luke Scott or Justin Smoak?

    Also, which catcher: Ramos, Thole, Lucroy, Hundley, or Suzuki?

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @jabroni, Scott. Hundley

  12. in need of a spot sp this weekend. couple guys dangling on the wire. any of these worth picking up/losing zack c. for (only guy id risk losing right now)

    drabek v kc
    niesse v sf
    gee
    zito v nym
    lilly v hou
    harrison v det

    westbrook, happ. cahill….phew.

    thanks as always.

    anchovies

    • Albert Lang

      Albert Lang says:
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      @anchovies, Lilly, Cahill, Gee, Niese, Zito, Westbrook in that order…

  13. Fenway Parkes says:
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    I’ve been holding Farnsworth on my roster (Carpenter’s taking up my DL spot), and I’m thinking of dropping him for Hen-Rod or Jimmie Johnson. Thoughts please?

    • Albert Lang

      albert says:
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      @Fenway Parkes, drop Carp, DL Farns. Pick up Johnson. Henry Rod should be owned also

  14. radiohead says:
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    What do you think of dealing Minor, F. Francisco and Helton for Holliday? 10 team NL-only and I can pick up Harang and Burnett after the deal.

    • Albert Lang

      albert says:
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      @radiohead, its a great deal for you. You’ll have to find 25 saves somehow but the offensive gains offset that. I jump at that chance

  15. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey Al if you’re still answering questions got one more for ya.

    Currently have Dunn and Gaby platooning at CI (10 team, OBP league). Do you see Dunn turning things around and at least providing 25+ homer pop?

    If not theres a team in my league who’s shopping Goldschmidt and Freeman and said he could use a closer, I was considering entertaining a deal like S Santos for Freeman.

    • @TheNewGuy, I think it’s a tad early to give up on Dunn, but it’s not looking good. Personally I didnt draft him because I didnt want to deal with a slow start. Freeman, oddly, doesnt have Dunn’s ceiling, but his floor (18 HRs ROTW) is far higher than Dunns (10 HRs ROTW)

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Albert, Ok thanks. Will give it a little while longer, but if he doesn’t show any signs of recapturing his power stroke, does Freeman for Santos sound ok to you (or Motte if he won’t take Santos)?

        As well as I’ve started in this league, do feel you need a decent 1B (have EE at 1st currently….I know but the rest of my lineup rocks). And I have 4 closers currently (with a claim in on brox thanks to you).

        • @TheNewGuy, Oh, that’s a fine and equitable trade. The value of closers is so fluid and different in many leagues. I see little difference between santos and motte.

          Check the stats on May 1, see where you are and then determine. you can easily win most leagues with lackluster 1bs.

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Albert, Thanks man. Always get a good detailed response from you, it must get a little lonely around here, you deserve more questions than you get (Grey’s great too but his posts seems to pull in all the crowds).

            Great call telling me to drop and forget about Melancon a while back too! After I dropped him one guy claimed him in my league…and had him active for that abomination of a performance against the Rangers…ouch :)

            • @TheNewGuy, Appreciate the kind words! My questions definitely do fluctuate more than grey’s, but had 100 or so for the column last week, which is hard enough to handle!

              Re: Melancon: I’m as guilty of this as everyone. We all looked at Bailey, knew he would get injured and then Melancon would get the chance. I bet if Melancon was the guy we also would have said he was a candidate to lose his job — his stuff jsut isnt AL East type stuff, certainly not like Sergio Santos. We all just kind of glossed over that. Whoops!

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