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Blown saves suck, but thankfully for some, not all, that stat doesn’t count.  I mean it does affect you in some regard but 1 inning of bad numbers is far better than a SP taking a steaming dump on your ERA over a 5-inning debacle. The past weeks of Mo and Jim Johnson have given us zero to look forward to from either guy, but Johnson has been doing this all year long.  That’s why I am here to say that K-Rod is going to be getting more looks going forward (or so I think).  Johnson leads the league in saves but also leads the league in Blown Saves.  He offers little to no K value and his team is in a pennant chase.  Now play manager for a second, go get your little outfit, whistle if you think it’s necessary, and let’s go manage.  You want  a guy who is getting it done, and is best for your team.  Not whether I have to start getting ritualistic mani/pedi combo because you start chewing on your digits… all 21 of them.  It won’t be a foreva-eva type thing in Charm City but I bet my Omar whistling down the street ringback that it’s going to happen.  Enjoy the week to come and good luck as the playoffs for you H2H peeps creeps closer.

 

$12 Salads

You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads.

1. Craig Kimbrel – (-) (Jordan Walden, Luis Avilan, Scott Downs)

2. Kenley Jansen – (+2) (Paco Rodriguez, Ronald Belisario, Chris Withrow)

3. Joe Nathan (-) – (Tanner Scheppers, Joakim Soria, Robbie Ross)

4. Greg Holland (+1) (Kelvin Herrera, Aaron Crow, Tim Collins)

5. Mariano Rivera – (-3) (David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan)

6. Aroldis Chapman – (-) (J.J Hoover, Jonathan Broxton, Sam LeCure)

7. Grant Balfour – (+1) (Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle)

8. Glen Perkins – ( -1) (Jared Burton, Casey Fien)

9. Koji Uehara (+7) (Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow)

10. Addison Reed (-) (Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom)

11. Sergio Romo – (+1) (Santiago Casilla, Sandy Rosario)

12. Edward Mujica – (+1) (Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness, Randy Choate)

13. Rafael Soriano – (-4) (Tyler Clippard, Ian Krol)

 

DonkeyCorns

Imagine you’re following a donkey, who’s wearing a wool cap, through a desert for 1700 miles. Why are you following a donkey? Because he promises you something wonderful and you just need to trust him. Does the donkey talk? Yes. Yes, he does talk. So when you and the donkey in the wool cap arrive at his destination, he removes the wool cap to reveal a horn. The donkey is a unicorn and his gift to you for your trust is saves. These closers are Donkeycorns.

14. Jim Johnson – (-4) (Francisco Rodriguez, Darren O’Day)

15. Fernando Rodney – (-) (Joel Peralta, Jake McGee)

16.Jonathan Papelbon – (-4) (Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman)

17. Joaquin Benoit – (+4) (Jose Veras, Drew Smyly, Bruce Rondon)

18. Chris Perez – (+2) (Cody Allen, Joe Smith)

19. Mark Melancon – (+3) (Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Bryan Morris)

20. Casey Janssen – (-3) (Sergio Santos, Aaron Loup)

21. Huston Street – (-2) (Luke Gregerson, Dale Thayer)

22. Steve Cishek – (+1) (A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn, Chad Qualls)

23. Jim Henderson – (+1) (John Axford, Brandon Kintzler)

 

Brain Freezes

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Carlos Marmol– Wait, he just gave up 12 earned runs and hit Castro in the head with a pick-off throw. Brain freeze! Make it stop! Use the following closers at your own risk.

24. Brad Ziegler – (+1) (Heath Bell, J.J. Putz, Joe Thatcher)

25. Rex Brother – (-) (Matt Belisle, Wilton Lopez)

26. Danny Farquhar – (-4) (Yoervis Medina, Oliver Perez, Carter Capps)

27. Kevin Gregg – (-1) (Blake Parker, James Russell, Pedro Strop)

28. LaTroy Hawkins – (-10) (David Aardsma, Scott Rice)

29. Dane de la Rosa – (-) (Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen)

30. Chia-Jen Lo – (-) (Josh Fields, Josh Zeid, Kevin Chapman)

From Around The Web

  1. FredaFelcherFromCranston says:
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    Thoughts on picking up Paco Rodriguez for my playoffs? Starts next week

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @FredaFelcherFromCranston: Aren’t you the one who got banged by Lloyd Christmas? If speculating for saves nah, if want some ratio help definitely

      • FredaFelcherFromCranston says:
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        @Smokey: Don’t tell Harry!

  2. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you rather roster K-Rod or Dane DLR?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Wilsonian: K rod, the Angels BP is dreadful

  3. Chris Mal says:
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    Going WAY out on a limb here, but if LaTroy Hawkins blows a couple more, what about Carlos Torres as a stop-gap closer? The guy has great stuff. Maybe not enough of a varied arsenal to succeed as a starter, but he looks really good since being moved to the pen. Since being moved to the bullpen he’s pitched in 9 games. 10 IP, just 7 H, only 1 BB, and only 1 ER. ERA = 1.00, WHIP = 0.700. He’s only K’s 5 in those 10 IP, but against only 1 BB, that’s not bad.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chris Mal: Could be. Almost anyone in there would be a crap shoot… how about Gonzalez Germen?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Smokey: esp with last night’s 2 inning fill in for the groined hawkins save.

  4. Scott says:
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    My league needs 3 closers. I have Henderson, Perkins and Ziegler. My bench has Frieri and DeLa. Do you think I’m safe there????

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: yea ur good i don’t see Zeigler 0r Hernderson losing job unless injury happens or a case of ineffectiveness

  5. Club Sauce says:
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    Any dang word on Bobby Parnell? I keep waiting for any sort of update but don’t want to waste time rostering him with the playoffs quickly approaching….

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Club Sauce: It’s not looking great to honest. They are waiting for the shot he received in his neck to either help or not. He could be donzo.

      • Club Sauce says:
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        @Smokey: Geez… thanks for the info, though.

    • Tio says:
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      @Club Sauce:

      What is this I hear LaTroy doesn’t want to close? Doesn’t he realize closer contracts are the highest overrated contracts in baseball?

  6. JFK says:
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    W/Gomez going down, I’m in need of SAGNOF – the king is available, but my only droppable players are closers (we can play four, but they’re gold in our league).
    Who goes given the options?
    Johnson, Reed, Farquhar, Brothers, Hawkins

    • Smokey

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      @JFK: hawkins

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Are Farquar, Brothers, De la Rosa and J-Lo all worth holding onto? Who if anyone would you cut if you needed room.

    • Nate says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’m pretty much in this scenario too, my closers are Farq, Hawkins and Brother (lol) — are any of them worth dropping for a handcuff option (like K-Rod?)

    • Smokey

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      @TheNewGuy: DLR is awful.

  8. The Thumb says:
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    In a saves+holds league where i also need strikeouts, would you rather have KRod, McGee, or Walden? And in what order? Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @The Thumb: Walden K rod McGee. Would def want Walden out of the three

  9. Joey B. says:
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    Better bet for saves rest of season: De la Rosa or Brothers?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Joey B.: brothers all depends on Betancourts effectiveness when he returns. DLR is not a closer and will take a dump on ur stats.

  10. Phatboy71 says:
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    Great as always Smokey……Would you dropFarquhar for K-Rod ? Thanks

    • Smokey

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      @Phatboy71: no. saves in the hand now are better than a speculative save later.

  11. Alan says:
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    Which 3 RPs do I go with this week in 5×5?

    R Soriano, Friei, Romo, Koji

    Gracias

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