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The worst news in terms of closers, especially in a situation like Philadelphia, is the word: committee.  I mean, it is kind of like getting free tickets to see the Village People, hell yes they are the Village People.  But do you wanna be known for knowing more than two of their songs?  Nope, not me.  So look at this way, Pat Neshek got the save the other day after Gomez and Mortecia Neris had their turns at the gig.  Now this isn’t a Pat on the back (pun intended for Neshek), because it is still a full blooded committee for a team that ranks in the bottom six in all of MLB in saves, save opportunities, and relief appearances with them having the lead.  Add all that up and it goes back to what I was spitting a few months ago, are saves really worth the rigmarole of dumpster diving for futility?  The problem with that whole “rostering multiple guys for a chance at a save” is all well and good if you are able to roster both or even three guys… and that is the dumbest thing I have ever typed out.  Who in here has a Philly reliever let alone three?  Show of hands?  Yeah, you shouldn’t.  So Neshek is worth a grab while they showcase him for trade value, and Neris is a hold because who knows when a last place team tries to keep it real? Let’s hop on the good foot and see what’s going down with the late-gamers…

  • Roberto Osuna is desperately waiting for the halfway to St. Patrick’s day celebration, but in the mean time he has been putting Kimbrel’s on people.  Seven saves in the last 13 games for the ornithological northerners.
  • Anyone into sport fishing?  Good, well A.J. Ramos has been reeling in some whopper of saves lately.  Five in last six appearances and that is more then he had in his first 17.  Confidence is riding high in the albacore free zone of Savedom.
  • As Grey alluded to the other day, the funeral procession is set up for Tony Watson.  The Felipe Rivero vulture is hovering him and his impressive 0.58 ERA and even better .155 BAA.  Yeah, he should have been rostered already but those who make their livings on cuffing cuffs, Hudson and Nicasio are in the ready five position.  I still have Watson listed as the closer, because no word has been given as of writing this.
  • Craig Kimbrel hit a distinctive mark in his career, he has 276 more strikeouts then base runners allowed.  Just think about that stat for a bit, because it’s crazy.
  • Ken Giles has allowed runs in his last three of four appearances.  Just saying.
  • Stand firm Brandon Maurer owners. Four saves since Hand last got one, he is back in the role or roll for the Portuguese fantasy players.
  • Yet another set back for Cam Bedrosian.  Taps is being played for his fantasy season being a breakout.
  • The Mariners, Rangers and Phillies hold the distinction of being the only teams that have more blown saves the actual saves.
  • Expanded the Salad menu this week because the cream is set in stone in a lot of places.  Plus, we need to shift guys up the table to make it all gel together nicely.  Enjoy!

 

$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, Josh Fields,)

2. Craig Kimbrel – (Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly)

3. Dellin Betances – (Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren)

4. Wade Davis(Hector Rondon, Carl Edwards Jr.)

5. Greg Holland – (Jake McGee,  Mike Dunn, Chris Rusin)

6. Cody Allen – (Andrew MillerBryan Shaw)

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.

7. Ken Giles – (Luke Gregerson, Chris Devenski)

8. Seung-Hwan Oh – (Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist)

9. Mark Melancon(Derek Law, Hunter Strickland)

10. Roberto Osuna – (Joe Smith, Ryan Tepera)

11. Alex Colome – (Danny Farquhar, Jose Alvarado)

12. David Robertson(Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak)

13. Kelvin Herrera – (Joakim Soria, Mike Minor)

14.  Koda Glover – (Shawn Kelley, Matt Albers)

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

16. Matt Bush – (Keone Kela, Alex Claudio)

17. Raisel Iglesias – (Drew StorenMichael Lorenzen)

18. Bud Norris – (Blake Parker, David Hernandez)

19. Corey Knebel – (Jacob Barnes, Neftali Feliz)

20. Brandon Kintzler – (Taylor Rogers, Matt Belisle)

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.

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

22. Edwin Diaz – (Nick Vincent, James Pazos)

23. Brad Brach – (Darren O’Day, Mychal Givens)

24. Justin Wilson – (Alex Wilson, Shane Greene)

25. Addison Reed – (Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins)

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. Tony Watson – (Felipe Rivero, Juan Nicasio)

27. Fernando Rodney  – (J.J. Hoover, Archie Bradley)

28. Santiago Casilla  (Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull, John Axford)

29. Brandon Maurer – (Brad Hand, Ryan Buchter)

30. Hector Neris / Pat Neshek / Jeanmar Gomez

   
  1. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Phelps, Bradley, Nicasio, Norris

    How would you rank these SP eligible RP in a s+h league?

    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: Nicasio Norris Phelps Bradley

  2. Richard Nelson says:
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    No Will Harris?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Richard Nelson: yea don’t ask how I missed him. My b. Would be right behind Giles

  3. AntBanks says:
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    Slowly but surely coming around on Iglesias.

    Back-to-back Saves this week.

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @AntBanks: Finally Razzballers! I’ve been preaching on this blogpost about Iglesias (ha, pun) for a little while now, and am finally happy to see that Smokey has moved him to Donkeycorn status. Seriously folks, this guy is legit and should have some leash from the club given the last 2 months of solid performance.

      I understand the caution with his unorthodox style, but he can hit 100, and knows how to keep it low in the zone on his other pitches. Very effective so far…

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @birrrdy!: he’s starting to get volume which helps his cause. 2 saves a week is a good pace

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @birrrdy!: cough

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @AntBanks: slowly.

  4. Clive says:
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    Who do you think has the best chance of taking over a closer gig this year? Bradley, Rosenthal or Harris?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clive: well all appear to be next. So basically it’s the first if the three to get an injury/surplant a failed closer. So it’s really a dart throw because you can’t predict an injury. Dart landed on Harris.

  5. The Biz says:
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    12 team roto 5×5 mixed, drop Cam? Have held all year. No DL spots and holding Trout and Freeman.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @The Biz: yea as long as you have 2 other closers

  6. ChrisL says:
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    Smokey…
    Which of these 4 do you like for the long term in 12 team Saves+Holds:

    Matt Bush
    Alex Wilson
    Mike Dunn
    Maurer
    Kela
    Casilla
    Gregerson
    S. Greene
    Givens
    Rosenthal
    Salas

    Thank you!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @ChrisL: Bush Kela Wilson Dunn

  7. ty says:
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    Dropped Herrera because he’s just been killing me. Picked up Knebel. Did I panic too soon?

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @ty: knebel’s done better than kelvin anyway, so not too early. if you are in a league where people just don’t own closers always own the better ones if their jobs are safe, and even if not if guys like knebel aren’t owned. that’s a very shallow league if knebel isn’t owned, this isn’t like a league where last year jeenmar wasn’t owned, he was awful closer, that’s at least somewhat understandable.

  8. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    earlier with this team
    20 team dynasty with holds/QS/k per 9/relief wins/relief appearances.
    we start 7 RP (team is based around TEX and needs minimum number of them at all times, i meet the minimum for now)
    RP -giles/jeffress/fields/hembree/phelps/hoover/kela

    you said you’d rather have fields than hembree. so that deal i had of my hembree for law/leclerc was good but i shouldn’t drop fields. well if i don’t drop fields then the question becomes who do you see having a better future (specifically at TEX) leclerc (good stats but really small sample doesn’t seem to be used much), or jeffress (used to be good at MIL, hasn’t been since). i need a min number of TEX guys overall, so breaking even here (if i keep leclerc over jeffress) OR maybe i could do the law + draft pick (for at least trade value) for hembree rather than leclerc. yeah i agree, fields stats say he’s the best guy possibly in my whole pen (giles/kela probably close). i’m forgetting phelps in that, as he should be starting over there (and probably would be except for how awful bearclaw/zig have been for a while)

    other than the leclerc vs jeffress question

    2. if i could just do a hembree for leclerc or law you’d you have. obviously could possibly drop jeffress and keep the others.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: leclerc. I don’t see Jeffries with Texas beyond anything soon.

      I would try to get the extra piece in that trade because team specific guys like leclerc are much important.

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