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It’s the last post before the all-star break and nothing seems more fitting than a Neal Diamond reference.  If you don’t like or appreciate Neal, then we have problems and I challenge you to a duel or whatever the young kids are doing now a days to show dominance.  (Because I know it’s not anything like what transpired in West Side Story.)  Moving on swiftly to the pressing closer news as I get lost in my ole timey spirit…  So the Cardinals have moved away from the Oh and more to the Rosenthal.  Trevor Rosenthal has sorta looked like he did three years ago, which seems like forever ago but really isn’t.  The bad thing is that he and the rest of the save chasers that are in the Cardinals bullpen are pitching blah-squared.  The best pitcher over the last 20 games is Matt Bowman… again.  I said that same statement about a month into the season when Oh originally looked about as shaky as an 11-year-old with his first attempt at using a blow torch.  Over the past 30 games the saves have gone Oh for 3, Rosenthal 1, Bowman 1 and Tyler Lyons with 1 (was a multiple innings save).  Over the past 30 games for a usual dominant bullpen fixture, in terms of fantasy, to post 5 saves (I am not counting Lyons effort) is more condemning than the way they are pitching.  If you are a Seung-Hwan Oh owner, you kinda have to hold the ship until it becomes more of an official thing.  If Rosey is on your wire (55% owned in ESPN leagues) then nab him up.  If you want to roster a RP with appeal, then Bowman is your guy (1.8% owned).  As I can see it, Oh is still the guy but with some daylight for others.  Just be leery that the past 30 days of track record for savedom have not been all that rosey for the Cards.  Don’t frown, we got more goodies and sunshine after the bump.  Cheers!

  • The Rangers pen is i the toilet right now.  Leclerc is the Le-pickup.  Alex Claudio is in the co-pilot’s seat and Matt Bush is asking Clarence for clearance.  Committee’s are never fun unless you add an Airplane,  Keone Kela may be fresh in the Abdul-Jabbar role when he proves that he is healthy after the break.
  • Hey Bud, you’re getting saves again.  Screw Street and Cam.  Norris could finish in the top 12 in saves if/when he finished the year in the role.
  • I have moved Maurer and Knebel up a few ticks…..as well as quiver….Fernando Rodney.  Second most saves in NL and although his ERA is an inflated 4.45, he has only allowed runs once in his last 21 appearances.
  • Sam Dyson went from a DFA’d disaster in Texas, which seems to be a thing right now, to the closer with intrigue with Melancon on the mend.  They aren’t going to rush Melancon back one bit so as long as success is going on ride the Chicken man.
  • Just what the Indians needed another power reliever with a abnormal K/9 rate.  Nick Goody has the second best rate of relievers in the last 15 days.  Over that time 12 K’s in 5 innings.  Yummy.
  • I was going to demote Kenley Jansen from the top spot after walking 2 batters this week.  His first two of the year.  The downfall is coming.
  • Zach Britton is back, got cozy with a warm up job the other day and should coast back into the role.  Brach is not a drop.  i repeat do not drop Brach.  Britton is supposedly on a no back to back thing for a few appearances, even then Brach isn’t the worst ownable RP out there.

 

 

 

$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. Kenley Jansen – (Pedro Baez, Brendan Morrow)

2. Craig Kimbrel – (Matt BarnesJoe Kelly)

3Aroldis Chapman– (Dellin BetancesTyler Clippard)

4. Wade Davis – (Koji Uehara, Carl Edwards Jr.)

5. Greg Holland – (Jake McGee,  Adam Ottavino)

6. Andrew Miller – (Cody AllenBryan Shaw)

7. Roberto Osuna – (Ryan Tepera, Danny Barnes)

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.

8. Ken Giles – (Will HarrisChris Devenski)

9. Alex Colome – (Brad Boxberger, Tommy Hunter)

10. Corey Knebel – (Jacob Barnes, Carlos Torres)

11. Kelvin Herrera – (Joakim SoriaMike Minor)

12. Raisel Iglesias – (Tony CingraniMichael Lorenzen)

13. David Robertson – (Tommy KahnleAnthony Swarzak)

14. A.J. Ramos– (David PhelpsKyle Barraclough)

15. Brandon Kintzler – (Taylor RogersTyler Duffey)

16. Jim Johnson –  (Arodys Vizcaino, Jose Ramirez)

 

Employed

These guys are the men that make the save market go round. They punch in, punch out. Have the job, no real threat to speak of, and are basically just there to collect great benny’s so they can take care of their crippled brother. Who is only really crippled because he is scared of the sun.

17. Zach Britton – (Brad Brach, Mychal Givens)

18. Fernando Rodney  – (Archie Bradley, Jorge de la Rosa)

19. Seung-Hwan Oh – (Trevor Rosenthal, Matthew Bowman

20. Addison Reed – (Jerry Blevins, Fernando Salas)

21. Brandon Maurer – (Phil MatonBrad HandRyan Buchter)

22. Felipe Rivero – (Juan NicasioTony Watson)

23. Edwin Diaz – (Nick Vincent, Steve Cishek)

24.  Bud Norris – (David Hernandez, Cam Bedrosian)

25. Justin Wilson – (Bruce RondonAlex Wilson)

 

 

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.

 

26. Sam Dyson – (Hunter Strickland, George Kontos)

27. Matt Albers – (Enny RomeroJacob Turner)

28. Santiago Casilla  (Sean DoolittleRyan Madson)

29. Jose Leclerc / Alex Claudio / Matt Bush

30. Hector Neris / Pat Neshek / Luis Garcia

   
  1. Stock says:
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    So….who is the closer in Cleveland? Miller or Allen.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Stock: both. Matchup based and frustrating as hell.

  2. ctrengove says:
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    Regarding Fernando Rodney, I see this post was written before last night around midnight ET.

    • Smokey

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      @ctrengove: yea I was on my second REM dream by then. Ignore what I said and change one to 5. Lol

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Re-Pete: no ouch to my dream though. Blondes make the best dreams.

  3. Five-On-One says:
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    Given last night’s games, any updated thoughts on the Cards or D’Backs?

    • Smokey

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      @Five-On-One: oh is and still is the guy. I think thy he just has been prone on back to backs and the save oops aren’t there to go all gaga over. Minute saves to be had from Rosey and Bowman but not really worth chasing to the stars.

    • Smokey

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      @Five-On-One: Rodney should be ok. Only second real hiccup in 22 appearances.

  4. dfrench23 says:
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    14-team 2 year keeper league (5×5 OBP.)

    A guy is dumping 2nd year talent. I’m after Scherzer, McCutcheon and Danny Duffy.

    I am offering 3 – first year guys who each have a $10 salary. Smoak, Alex Wood and Jeff Samardzjia. I threw in a guy who isn’t helping me right now in Alex Meyer since I don’t have a place for him. We are allowed 2 $5 Minors guys. I have Devers and Robles.
    Now he wants Robles. Fair?

    Another guy just offered me his 1st year $32 Stanton along with 2nd year Braun and de Grom for my $2 Bellinger. Hmmmmmmmmmmm… What do you guys think?

    • Smokey

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      @dfrench23: pass on both. Smoak is a good keep and Robles is in top 2-3 of hitting prospects according to some. Hold what you got for now and wait til prices come down.

  5. Sport says:
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    In an AL only league and watching the trade market, but I haven’t heard much talk in David Robertson lately. Would you try to hold Kahnle or Swarzak? I barely have room for one so probably not both.

    • Smokey

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      @Sport: Kahnle. But I can see 2 out of three if not all 3 being traded. Reliever market is a good place to get assets. Especially when they are of this quality.

  6. J-Hova says:
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    thanks Smokey. This and the holds article that you do make me so much better in my 10 team roto. Right now i’m holding Leclerc, Kela and Bush. It’s killing my flexibility but i figure that i need to hold until the situation gets sorted out since i can’t afford to lose saves. If you had to drop one, which would it be? I’m down 100 innings so need a spot to stream. My lean is to keep all three and see what happens unless you thought one would become obsolete soon. Thanks again!!

    • Smokey

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      @J-Hova: I’d wait until the light shines on a nailed on guy. Then when it comes time to you may be able to drop two and stream two spots.

  7. ashtray says:
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    Rivero seems to have some sparkly ratios. Why is he still hanging out in the “Employed” section?

    • Smokey

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      @ashtray: he is very bedazzled. I’m wondering if the Pirates will be sellers or not. Only reason.

  8. sheriff mcrawdawg says:
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    GOOD FUCKING SHIT SMOKEY! who would you say is a better spec for 2nd half saves: Vizcaino, Kahnle or Nicasio? also any chance Familia comes back with any kind of impact this year?

    • Smokey

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      @sheriff mcrawdawg: all three have about same spec ability for saves would take z move to see them in a role of usefulness. Not counting on familia at all.

  9. Gonzo says:
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    what makes you say the downfall is coming for Jansen? just for the lulz?

    • Smokey

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      @Gonzo: def for giggles.

  10. jal179 says:
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    If Ramos gets moved out of MIA, better chance at saves Barraclough or Phelps? Someone else?

    In DET, if J. Wilson gets moved, who is next in line for saves?

    • Smokey

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      @jal179: phelps Rondon.

  11. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    trading Britton bc A. I don’t trust his health ROS and trying to get value while I can…and B. I need an an boost.. you like Ed.Nunez or 40ish games of Trea Turner? Fine in saves Britton is one of 4 Closers and 40 days of Turner could fix my team… also Bellinger or DGordon which side? (Hrs are not an issue for me at all 16points there.). thoughts and thankss

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