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Like typical closenado news and happenings, it comes in spurts.  The White Sox, Giants, and the Angels all made changes this past week.  All changes were needed, but only one team, the Giants, look like they will try something new and not return to the original status quo.  Sergio Romo is a proven and decent closer, but he’s overused, predictable, and doesn’t throw very hard.  The change to Santiago Casilla and the cast of Affeldt, Machi or any other Giants RP seems to be temporary.  Casilla has done well in the past with 25 saves in 2012, and a shiny ERA that hasn’t eclipsed 3+ since 2010.  Consistency makes you reliable as a relief pitcher.  I stole that from a German beer ad, or at least I think I did…it was in German and me no sprechen di lingie.  So to continue the look down the road, take a look at the SF bullpen picture for next year and you’ll notice that Romo is a free agent.  So the point is: either Santiago Casilla is the answer there for a one-year stop gap, or should they look to, what is IMO, the best relief pitching group of prospects in baseball.  They have three guys who look to be ready (dynasty leaguers go get a pen!): Stephen Okert, Heath Hembree, and my favorite, Ray Black (public advisory over drop pens). So sit on Casilla if you grabbed him.  It could be a long ride, but big head Bochy, and the monsters of the SF bullpen have a proven closer that will, for all intents and purposes, be back…maybe.  It’s more fun to leave it suspenseful, like Murder She Wrote.

  • If there was a prize in the Angels bullpen for usability, it has to go to Kevin Jepsen.  With all the shuffling around and exporting of Frieri and the importing of Grilli, Kevin has a 10/0 K/BB rate and has gobbled up 3 Holds in the past two weeks.   Remember a pat on the back is only 3 inches away from kick in the ass. [Jay’s Note: Uh, what?]
  • If it isn’t too late in some leagues, I suggest you picking up Ken Giles. Numbers are good, but watching him is better, so go look under the cushions for loose change and go to a Phillies game or pony up for a TV package. Kid is first chair if/when Papelbon takes the short bus off a short pier.  Though I think I messed that up somehow.  Stats you want, stats you get: 8 games 13 K’s, BAA .120 or for all you math heads: 3 hits in 28 batters faced.
  • In a cool state of facts and stats, Dellin Bettances is on pace for 145 K’s as a reliever in 90 innings pitched.  With any luck he can break the top mark in the last 10 years held by the guy that was destroyed by Albert Pujols, Brad Lidge, in 2004 with 157.
Player Holds/BS Appearances with Lead In. Runners/IR Scored
Will Smith 21/4 32 23/4
Tony Watson 20/3 26 8/2
Brad Ziegler 20/4 25 17/6
Tyler Clippard 18/2 23 3/0
J.P. Howell 18/0 23 22/2
Joba Chamberlain 15/2 25 7/1
Wade Davis 15/2 19 5/2
Brian Wilson 14/1 24 5/3
Joaquin Benoit 13/1 19 3/2
Mike Dunn 13/1 16 16/4
Casey Fien 13/1 19 12/2
Luke Gregerson  13/6 27  19/8
Adam Warren 13/2 22 20/5
Jeremy Affeldt  12/1 18 13/4
Aaron Loup 12/2 23 42/7
Yoervis Medina 12/1 16 9/1
Adam Ottavino  12/2 19 7/5
Jake Diekman 11/2 18 21/6
Jean Machi 11/0  19  21/7

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  1. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Nice write up. I’ve been waiting for the S.F. closer gig to straighten out as Cassilla is a F.A. in my league but S.F. hasn’t had a save situation in a week. kind of odd.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Yea regardless of saves Casilla should be owned

  2. uncdrew says:
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    Anything new on CWS closer shituation?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @uncdrew: Putnam looks like the guy from my pov

  3. Steve says:
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    Reed got the vote of confidence, do we see a change this weekend?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Steve: it is Kirk Gibson though he does look like a man of his words. History however says that’s a bad thing. Monitor Ziegler’s usage.

  4. J Boy says:
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    Thinking of dropping Peralta or Frieri for Giles to get ahead of a possible Paps trade. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @J Boy: Frieri has little value in Pitt, I like it

      • Steve says:
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        @Smokey: Giles and not Bastardo?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Steve: Philly is mired in slumsville. I think they go to they kid to see what he’s got

  5. bossmanjunior says:
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    Romo was dropped in my RCL league, should I pick him up in hopes he gets the gig back? Right now I have Robertson, Balfour, Mejia, Petricka. I would be dropping Petricka for him. This is also my streaming spot.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: romo for petricka seems like the move

  6. matlock says:
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    lookin for holds and/or saves…dunn,giles,loup,deikman,varvano,jepsen,guerra,herrera,duke are the types that r available..who do i grab?

    thx!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @matlock: Dunn while Ramos is dl’d

      • matlock says:
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        @Smokey:

        what r your thoughts on david carpenter?

        thx!

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @matlock: I think when he comes back he is behind walden.

  7. dirtyd says:
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    Who is the better pick up for holds Brian Wilson or Gregerson?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @dirtyd: Wilson, the A’s run differential scares me away from fringy guys

  8. your mom says:
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    Was offered alex wood and a 12th round pick for my 2nd round pick next year. 20 team h2h keep 8. Accept or not? Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @your mom: tough to say don’t know other keeper options, but Wood is in the like column for me for ROS and next

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    oh hell yeah, as a STL person that was really cool when pujols broke lidge’s brain for 2 plus years.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @goodfold2: i still remember Andy Pettitte’s face and words after he hit it. Priceless

  10. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    NL only with RW and holds. pick one from fear the beard/bastardo/ollie perez. bastardo gets a lot less holds than those other two, in last month anyway.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: hard to believe but bastardo only has 6 saves on YEAR! adams must’ve taken a bit of those when he was healthy

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: Phillies are dead last in holds as a team with 27 and he has 6 in comparison thats a ton. I’d grab the beard.

  11. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    guessing i’d rather have shaw than gregg in 20 teamer with holds and K/9 right? shaw just dropped, probably due to lack of holds lately.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I don’t think Gregg is a great option for any long period of time.

  12. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey Smokey – hope you’re still checking in. Wondering what you thoughts are on O’Flaherty? Got the Hold for the A’s today and was nails for the Braves before he got hurt.

    Should see plenty of opps – is he worth a grab in a Holds league? Or would you go for Abad or Otero before him?

    (I also have Gregerson in this league)

    Thanks!

    • Maxi says:
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      @SteveNZ: I think he’s worth picking up and am considering doing so myself in my Holds+Saves league, but I also can’t decide if he’s a better pick-up than Otero. I think O’Flaherty will see my hold opps than Abad just because Abad is Melvin’s go-to get a tough-out LRP.

      My relievers are Doolittle, Perkins, Balfour and Grilli…would you drop Grilli or Balfour for O’Flaherty/Otero?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Maxi: I dropped Grilli yesterday, as I hadn’t really been using him – mainly because I don’t trust him all that much. So I’d probably drop him for O’Flaherty.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Maxi: Grilli for o’flahery is a lateral move but don’t see anything wrong with it

        • Maxi says:
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          @Smokey: I just picked up O’Flaherty for Grilli and now I’m thinking of dropping Balfour, do you like Boxberger, Jepsen, Otero or Putnam?

          they might all be lateral moves, but I want guys that will at least keep my ERA/WHIP intact

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SteveNZ: I like o’flahery as the other lefty besides Doolittle.

  13. Endershadow says:
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    Drop Machi for one of Dunn/Farquhar/Walden? K/9 is a cat

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