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It’s just sad when you watch what should be a fluid situation turn out to be a fiery car wreck.  That’s what the bullpen situation with the Angels is like.   Just awful to think about, watch and….yikes, to even be immersed in their roster purgatory is just dreadful.  Their bullpen is like the Swamp of Sadness in The NeverEnding Story.  Atreyu (Mike Scoiscia) leads his horse, Artax (Ernesto Frieri) there, and the horse gets swallowed up with despair (your roster).  The only bad thing is that Fred Savage isn’t in the Angels pen. Instead, we are stuck with Joe Smith, Ernesto Frieri and the schloo of underachieving or unproven arms that they have to offer.  I for one would like them to just settle on a guy, who cares if he fails 5 out of 10 times.  I was just informed that this is exactly what has happened already.  In all seriousness, roster Joe Smith, bench Ernesto.  Monitor everyone else, but don’t hold out hope that a luck dragon is going to come swoop in and save the situation, or your team if you got pot committed to the situation there.  Stick around for some random tidbits of mental masturbation…

  • It’s really a shame the Phillies are just plain mediocre.  Their bullpen, however, has been near the top all year in bullpen ERA. For the last 30 days, their ERA is a nice ‘n tidy 2.11, second highest in MLB behind the Mariners (1.78), with a top-3 overall K% for bullpens as well.  Some good daily fliers on guys like Justin de Frautus, Ken Giles, Mario Hollands and Antonio Bastardo could always help out your ever fluctuating peripherals.
  • Pat Neshek looks like he has buoyed himself into the setup role based on injuries, but not because he hasn’t deserved it.  He has posted a minute BAA of .129, and has even garnered two oft-chance saves. Couple that with a 31/4  K/BB, that makes Pat not only a great signer through the mail, but a deeper league add for all around goodness.
  • Very quietly, Aroldis Chapman is destroying K rates.  He has struck out 61.7% of batters he is facing over the last 30 days, or basically when he came of the DL.  The next closest closer on the list is David Robertson at 47.9%.  Umm I suck at math and am worse with numbers, but that’s awesome.

 

Marry

What’s better than having the comfort of having a great stand-by at home? Nothing. It helps you, it lives for you and gosh darn’it, you can do with it as you please, under the jurisdictions of the law. It’s got a nice pre-kids body and a penchant for baking. So we have the roster stalwarts that you want to have and hold for this season forward.

1. Craig Kimbrel – (Jordan WaldenShae Simmons)

2. Kenley Jansen – (Chris PerezBrian WilsonJ.P. Howell)

3. Greg Holland – (Wade DavisKelvin HerreraAaron Crow)

4. Aroldis Chapman – (Jonathan BroxtonJ.J. Hoover)

5. Koji Uehara – (Junichi TazawaEdward MujicaAndrew Miller)

6. Glen Perkins – (Jared BurtonCasey Fien)

7. Trevor Rosenthal – (Pat Neshek, Seth Maness, Jason Motte)

8. Sergio Romo – (Jean MachiSantiago CasillaJeremy Affeldt)

9. Huston Street – (Joaquin BenoitDale Thayer)

10. David Robertson – (Dellin BetancesAdam WarrenMatt Thornton)

 

F#ck

These guys are fun, and maybe some day you’ll want to marry them, but right now they have their flaws and you’re not sure if you wanna take them home to mom. So you give them the special booty-call ring designation on your phone, and you get everything that marriage can’t give you. Stats are the important thing here, and lots of them, no obligations. No alimony attached, just straight unadulterated stats.

 

11. Francisco Rodriguez – (Will SmithBrandon Kintzler)

12. Sean Doolittle – (Luke Gregerson, Danny Otero, Ryan Cook)

13. Fernando Rodney – (Danny FarquharYoervis MedinaCharlie Furbush)

14. Rafael Soriano – (Tyler ClippardDrew Storen)

15. Steve Cishek – (Mike DunnA.J. Ramos)

16. Cody Allen – (Bryan ShawJohn Axford)

17. Zach Britton – (Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day)

18. Joakim Soria – (Jason FrasorNeal Cotts)

19. Casey Janssen – (Steve DelabarBrett CecilAaron Loup)

20. Jonathan Papelbon – (Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Frautus)

20. Mark Melancon – (Jason GrilliTony WatsonJustin Wilson)

21. Addison Reed – (Brad ZieglerJ.J. Putz)

22. Chad Qualls – (Kyle FarnsworthJosh Fields)

 

Kill

Should be self-explanatory. There is no comfort in this grouping, along with the fear of looking suspicious when buying a new shovel and some lyme when all that you wanna do is plant a new butterfly bush. The jib? The newly injured replacements are here or just they’re just the unproven. All should be laid to rest, unless desperation or injury becomes you. Don’t get comfy, death or stat-suicide may be closer than it appears.

24. LaTroy Hawkins – (Rex BrothersAdam Ottavino)

25. Jenrry Mejia – (Jeurys FamiliaCarlos TorresVic Black)

26. Hector Rondon – (Neil RamirezPedro Strop)

27Joe Nathan – (Joba Chamberlain, Al AlburquerqueIan Krol)

28. Ronald Belisario – (Zach PutnamDaniel WebbJake Petricka)

29. Jake McGee / Joel Peralta / Kirby Yates / Juan Carlos Oviedo – (Anyone but Grant Balfour)

30. Joe Smith – (Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen, Mike Morin)

  1. Clint says:
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    Do you see Hanrahan making a run at Nathan’s job if he proves healthy? Ausmus seems to be favoring vet experience in the role and he definitely has that.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Clint: That’s a crowded pen. It’d have to be a deep-ass league for Hanrahanananananan to be rostered. Joba and Al Al haven’t really done anything to lose next in line status.

    • Smokey

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      @Clint: I don’t actually see Joel there. It’s going to be tough for him to supplant Nathan barring an injury.

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Smoke, saw Chappelle last night and Donnell Rawlings opened, which reminded me of good ol’ Smokey. Shallow 10-tm H2H, limited moves (13 left this yr, which is more than most of my competitors, but I like to stockpile for the playoffs). Have Frieri as 3rd closer, yet still comfortably in 1st. Use a move to dump Ernesto for Britton or Qualls, or hold and see if the Sciosciapath changes his mind again?

    • Smokey

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      @Steve Stevenson: if move for Britton. Ahh good Ike smokey, those days were fun. Ahhhh

  3. Connor says:
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    Rather have Allen or Melancon ROS? Nervous about both’s job security

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Connor: Melancon–better pitcher. But you’re right, it’s close.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Connor: Allen. Melancon got the it’s only temporary type motivation from the skipper.

  4. Negatto says:
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    Any setup guys to pay attention to due to some trade deadline closer trades?

    Trying to pick up one more closer after the Nathan disintegration. Thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @Negatto: tough to say with a lot of teams still in hunt. Ziegler comes to mind.

    • Goose says:
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      @Negatto: One sleeper would be Ken Giles on the Phillies if Papelbon is dealt. Young dude throws 100 and has impressed. There’s also DeFratus and Diekman there too. (Phils pen has some sneaky solid arms, randomly enough…) Doubt they’d make Bastardo the closer.

  5. Steve says:
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    Frieri got hung out to dry by Joe Smith today…all 3 ER scored off a base clearing double that Smith allowed. Confidence and consistency has been vaporized in the Anaheim bullpen.

  6. Cheese says:
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    Closer A:
    ’13 – 2.33/1.08/34/74
    ’14 – 1.93/0.98/18/43

    Closer B:
    ’13 – 2.30/0.93/36/77
    ’14 – 3.34/1.14/19/42

    Closer C:
    ’13 – 2.54/1.08/38/58
    ’14 – 4.75/0.99/25/22

    Closer A is Glen Perkins, closer B is Steve Cishek, and closer C is Sergio Romo.

    Why exactly is Perkins 10 spots higher than Cishek based on the numbers alone? Very similar across both years.

    • Cheese says:
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      @Cheese: No response?

    • Smokey

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      @Cheese: I’m going to be honest. I find Cishek the hardest ugh to rank due to my lack of confidence in Mia to be irrational. Sorry wasn’t ignoring ya.

  7. Brett says:
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    Who is the 8th inning guy in St. Louis for holds with Martinez now in the rotation?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: think it’s a miss mosh of Neshek freeman maness motte. Until siegrist gets healthy.

  8. Abdoozy says:
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    What does Doolittle have to do to get you to marry him?

    His K/BB ratio is at historic levels. Last time I looked, this season: 52 Ks, *one* walk. Unlike Romo, he hasn’t blown up once this season. Unlike Koji or Perkins or Street, he pitches for a team that wins a lot of games. More wins = more save ops. Is it the A’s run differential that limits his save ops that prevents you from taking him down the altar?

    • jt says:
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      I really dont understand the lack of love for Doolittle. You would seriously take Rosenthal, Romo, Street, and Perkins over him?

    • Smokey

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      @Abdoozy: the run differential thing is a tiny factor. The save the date cards have been sent out.

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    even though de fratus has been the tits, he’s not getting leverage innings right now. he has 1 hold on entire season. even hollands has more. gregg has def moved ahead of ramos at MIA, and maybe even dunn at this point.
    1. in 20 teamer keep up to 25 per year i held kelley and walden (thank god walden’s come back finally strong after 2 horrible innings post DL). Kelley has certainly moved behind all of betances/warren/thornton. this league has holds/K per 9 / RW. should i drop Kelley for any of giles/de fratus/morin/freeman/thielbar/gregg (seems to be 8th inning man now)

    • Smokey

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      @goodfold2: none of the guys you listed have ooh holds appeal. Is prolly roll with Gregg or Giles that his role expands.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Smokey: i’m going with gregg for now, but freeman has become the lefty holds guy at STL.

  10. tank1 says:
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    Which guy in Tampa bullpen would you rather own – McGee or Peralta? Thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @tank1: I still believe Peralta is the better option, but McGee will see some chances

  11. Tyler says:
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    Who do you see as the Angels closer at the end of the season?

    Still Joe Smith? Perhaps Cam Bedrosian or RJ Alvarez?

    • Smokey

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      @Tyler: is it still too early for a Frieri return. Lol. No but seriously it will probably be him.

  12. goodfold2 says:
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    now that frieri has no value at ALL (PIT isn’t stupid, and have probably 4 other guys they’d make closer ahead of frieri). in 14 team roto with holds/K to BB/ RW/net saves and only 24 moves left for year who’s best out of medina/freeman/benoit/bastardo/dunn/r.webb/gregg (just became set up ahead of ramos for sure and maybe dunn also)/farquar. rest of bullpen is joba/smith/k-rob/w.davis. i have room for another RP on top of frieri replacement, but i want to keep up in projected innings before i do that, and we have a lot of innings allowed (1750)

    • Smokey

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      @goodfold2: don’t see the value in Freeman when Siegrist eventual makes it back. I may sit on Bastardo until news that Giles maybe the guy or not

  13. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    quick WSOX needed info. can probably only pick one and will get beat to the others. i would think putnam, like you show. but other sites have petricka since he just got today’s save. ventura in past also kept his best pitcher for 8th (jones last year, also crain)

    • Smokey

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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: just watched him and if liked like the save was in the 8th inning. Zach facing the meat of the order Reyes Cabrera Encarnacion. The actual save may have been in the 9th but after Belisario pitched they went best option left. My gut says Putnam.

  14. Oz says:
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    With Frieri traded away (traded garbage for garbage) do you like Joe Smith more as the Angels closer for the rest of 2013?
    Btw, the funniest thing was how the Sciossapath kept saying he’d go back to Ernie when he “worked things out” but GM Dipoto was like “Nope.” Lol. Its funny cuz this is hardly the first time Dipoto has overruled Sciossa (fired his hitting coach who was Sciossas BFF) a couple years ago too.

    • Smokey

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      @Oz: I like Dipoto cause he is from Jersey. Grilli has to be a factor there evenetually

  15. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    just joined a dynasty league with room for 5 RP a day. it has holds and saves. i have 5 closers, F-rod/smith/reed/perkins/rodney and on bench ottavino. am i right in dropping ottavino for 1 of 1. medina/farquar/strop/walden/oday. and then grabbing putnam (in order to trade other closers). also my starting pitching is weak for a dynasty 12 teamer (large benches)
    dickey/kluber/kazmir/bauer/cain/elias/garza/hutchison/richards/cashner (not on DL yet)/skaggs (DL)/pomeranz (DL)/holland(DL)/paxton (DL)/n.jones (DL)
    2. which closer should i try to trade first. reed?

    • Smokey

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: Drop Ottavino, are there any other options besides what you have. Def grab Putnam. I would try and trade Rodney first then Reed.

  16. Brett says:
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    Smokey

    Need some help I am in a 12 team league with categories for saves and for holds.

    My pen is rosenthal melancon mejia clippard joe smith grilli.

    My question is would you keep both smith and grilli to secure the angels closer and 8th inning guy possibly or would you cut grilli for Jake McGee?

    Thanks

    • Smokey

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      @Brett: If your league didnt have holds then I would say cut Grilli for McGee. You are stacked as is in saves and need a better holds guy so I would hold Grilli, but McGee needs to be owned somewheres in that league

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