Stop being shellfish...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

Well, I guess enough was enough in Detroit.  It’s always nice to waltz around with a security blanket like Linus, and have the ability to add a closer to back-up a closer that is making 10 mil a year.  Joakim Soria walks into the room dressed like Lloyd Christmas and is all tops and tails.  Great starting pitching and an actual winning team that he can back up.  For the Rangers this year, he had 17 saves for a 40 win club.  Turn that around, and he went from being on a 21-games-under-.500-team to a 14-games-over one.  His only problem is that he is flirting at the Sadie Hawkins dance with the date that Brad Ausmus brought, and Nathan has a some pull there.  My take is it’s not going to be long before the settle in on “The Mexicutioner”.  So I have them ranked mid-table until the dust settles and we see what’s what. I mean, all Soria has to do is show some kind of consistency, and boom, you have a top-8 closer for the rest of the year.  You can think what you want, but Detroit is a 90 win team all day and a bag of chips tomorrow, however that expression goes…  In Texas, Neal Cotts and Neftali Feliz as of now look like the two heads of the class for minimal save value in Arlington.   So the closer-thon to cure save depravity has begun, adjust your rosters, operaters are standing buy to take your recent waiver wire donations.

 

  • The White Sox closer situation is about as confusing to understand as a shouting contest between Ronnie James Dio and Rob Halford.  Jake Petricka seems to get a save every week and makes us question why we are owning Zach Putnam.  Well listen up while I lay it down, guess who is coming back soon? Matt Lindstrom.  If you have a DL spot, need saves, require penicillin, and are a gluten in world of save-dom (only 3 out 4 are required for acquisition)…  then by all means be first to the wire and add him.
  • Santiago Casilla has taken the closer reigns in SF and run with them.  He is unscored upon since May 16th, spanning 15 appearances.  Since taking over for Sergio, he has compiled a 0.00 ERA, 5 saves, and if you wanna knock him on anything besides too may vowels in his name, he doesn’t K as much as we would like.  He does, however, like hand-holding, so hooray for PDA.
  • I still think Huston Street is a marry candidate, and going to a better team only increases his save value.  Joe Smith, while at closer, accumulated 10 saves, compared to only 4 for Street.  Better team, more wins, more stats in your favor.

 

 

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 DavisJason FrasorAaron Crow)

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

5. Koji Uehara – (Junichi TazawaEdward MujicaAndrew Miller)

6. Glen Perkins – (Casey Fien, Jared Burton)

7. David Robertson – (Dellin BetancesAdam WarrenMatt Thornton)

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

9.  Huston Street – (Joe Smith, Kevin Jepsen)

 

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.

10. Trevor Rosenthal – (Pat NeshekKevin SiegristJason Motte)

11. Francisco Rodriguez – (Will SmithBrandon Kintzler)

12. Fernando Rodney – (Danny FarquharYoervis MedinaCharlie Furbush)

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

14. Rafael Soriano – (Tyler ClippardDrew Storen)

15. Cody Allen – (Bryan ShawJohn Axford)

16. Mark Melancon – (Tony WatsonJustin Wilson)

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

18. Joakim Soria/ Joe Nathan – 

19. Casey Janssen – (Aaron Loup, Brett Cecil)

20. Jonathan Papelbon – (Ken GilesAntonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus)

21. Santiago Casilla – (Sergio Romo,  Jeremy Affeldt, Jean Machi)

22. Chad Qualls – (Jose Veras, Tony Sipp, Josh Fields)

23. Addison Reed – (Brad Ziegler, Matt Stites)

 

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. Joaquin Benoit – (Dale Thayer, Kevin Quackenbush)

25. Jake McGee – (Grant BalfourBrad Boxberger, Joel Peralta -DL)

26. LaTroy Hawkins – (Rex BrothersAdam Ottavino)

27. Jenrry Mejia – (Jeurys FamiliaCarlos TorresVic Black)

28. Hector Rondon – (Neil RamirezPedro Strop)

29. Neal Cotts / Neftali Feliz

30. Jake Petricka / Zach Putnam (Matt Lindstrom)

From Around The Web

  1. Gonzo_The_Great says:
    (link)

    I hate having to deal with closers. Every year I draft two (and a setup guy who should become a closer by season’s end) and every year because of injuries and unreliability I end up with one and having to decide whether I should punt saves.

    How good are we feeling about Papelbon or Benoit being moved? Both should, but I don’t trust the Phillies to make reasonable decisions when it comes to trades or that the Padres will ship off two closers in the same season.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Gonzo_The_Great: I thought papelbon was looking like a clear candidate to deal until this past 2-3 games. Only one team I think would want him at 12 mil for basically the next 3 yrs with his options. I think Benoit gets dealt

    • PBMax says:
      (link)

      @Gonzo_The_Great: You could try drafting 3-4, and then moving 1 or 2 early on for a hitter. Closers have the most value going into the season(pretty sure I read that on this site). I drafted 4 this year(meant to draft 3), and moved my best one (Holland) for Rizzo(when he only had 1 HR).

  2. Tom says:
    (link)

    Your ranks say Benoit > Feliz, but you’re assuming a 2 headed committee in Texas even though Ron Washington said Feliz is the closer for now. Let’s say Feliz is the closer should I drop Benoit (who might be traded to a non closer situation) for Feliz in that case? If someone else picks up Feliz and Benoit gets traded only Quackenbush, Thayer, Cotts, Putnam, Petricka, or Soria would be left on WW.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Tom: it’s a gamble but if still sit on Benoit over Feliz for now, then try and deal with the fallout of ww guys later.

  3. Anthony says:
    (link)

    Casilla is available in my league. Should I drop Soria for him? Thanks as always!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Anthony: yes

  4. gareth says:
    (link)

    Haha. I have 5 KILL category closers.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @gareth: cereal save artist

  5. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
    (link)

    well i went from a nice closing staff of rodney, nathan, and joe smith. than trades happened now i have benoit, rodney, nathan, and had to drop a pitcher and get putnam hoping benoit and putnam can get what joe smith did for me in a month i had him. now the tigers made that trade and my nathan confidence is low. i mean he is lucky to only have what 4 or 5 blown saves with a sub 6 era, but hes gotten me 20 saves. now that era might come to haunt him, but hopefully it pushes him to keep his job and blow the doors off like the ol days (which wont happen).

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: it’s a tough for Tigers to ignore that and not use their shiny new toy in the closer role. Nathan is a vet who is loved by his manager so it may not happen tomorrow or at all but Soria will get a few saves. This may be the fire under Nathan that he needs.

  6. Steve says:
    (link)

    What would you do with Romo? Think he ever gets another shot? He’s squatting in one of my RP slots and I already have Casilla but can’t pull the trigger on cutting bait.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Steve: Casilla is cruising right now, Romo is very irrelevant in that pen until he fumbles

  7. Stan says:
    (link)

    By my calc, McGee is the highest-scoring H2H closer over the last month. Variations for scoring obviously, but he’s certainly top-5 in any system.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Stan: I hear ya, I just hate the way he is used by Maddon. His last 10 appearances are littered with holds and saves and a non save situation. I understand in the real game that the “save” is in the 8th, but for stat fise and fantasy wise saves are what we want. Give it another 2 weeks and he will be climbing, I was slow on Doolittle too and he showed he belonged with time.

  8. Stan says:
    (link)

    20 K, 1 BB in 12 IP over that span

  9. Chris says:
    (link)

    Hello Smokey,

    Currently trying to better my team to get a shot at the tittle. H2h league, Mix. 3 keepers.
    Currently in 4th, but only 10 games from 1st place. From 1st to 6th is tight.

    Have the following trade porposal:
    Stanton and Lee for Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Hamels.

    If so, my keepers for next year would be: Edwin, YU, and Pujols.

    Should I make the trade? I currently need offense with Edwin on DL, and Arenado slowly getting back into form, + Andrus and Pedroia sucking.

    Also, should I drop Hawkins and add Feliz?

    Thanks…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Chris: Really bad catch 22, win now and sacrifice or have Giancarlo. I don’t love the trade to be honest too much frailty coming to ya. Edwin will be back in a week, I say piece it together until then. Hawkins and Feliz are on the same level so it would be a lateral move, I would hgamble on Feliz cause of the K’s

  10. Mordacious Levator says:
    (link)

    2 separate bullpen questions. i asked mike earlier but since then rondon just got dropped.
    1. have one open roster spot and joba in holds/K to BB/RW/net saves 14 team roto. anticipating joba’s value to lessen here unless Nathan gets kicked out of 8th and 9th innings. while i wait to see more from liriano/santiago/hendricks/minor/heaney (if/when he returns), with 15 pickups i’ll grab one bullpen guy and later drop joba (likely) for one of those starters.
    which one: rondon/fields/boxberger/miller/storen/jumbo D/morris. i already have feliz/robertson/w.davis/j.smith/joba. don’t know if rondon (getting as few saves as he does) would be worth more than some of these others.
    2 putnam to DL in 20 team keep up to 25 per year league. i already have obv kept players on 5 DL slots (d.holland/gyorko/ plus by the time he gets back lindstrom will have job back anyway. any of these over putnam? holds/k to 9/RW as extra categories.
    duensing/kintzler/edgin/hardy/defratus/tolleson (moving up in world)/bueno/believeau/thayer/brach/rasmus/boyer/yates (man these guys are pretty deep)

    • Mordacious Levator says:
      (link)

      @Mordacious Levator: other 3 taking up DL slots, profar/fielder/avisail

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Mordacious Levator: 1. Fields, I think Qualls is the next BP guy traded, Fiuelds may be the let’s really see what we got candidate for the stros.
      2. Again specualting, Thayer. Benoit is or should be traded,

      • Mordacious Levator says:
        (link)

        @Smokey: guessing you also think HOU gets more save opps than CUBS going forward then, since you’d grab him over rondo (or maybe you think rondon eventually loses job to strop or ramirez.or it could be since fields is K’ing 2 guys per inning over last 9.

        • Mordacious Levator says:
          (link)

          @Mordacious Levator: just now on rotoworld there’s a blurb about HOU “not trading qualls”. you simply don’t believe that, maybe.

            • Mordacious Levator says:
              (link)

              @Smokey: you mean other teams will demand so much for qualls that HOU would eventually be fools not to take best offer. (and likely that comments like “we’re not trading qualls” are intended to incite those offers)

              • Smokey

                Smokey says:
                (link)

                @Mordacious Levator: I mean Qualls isn’t a long term piece there and look at what SD got for Street, I am not saying he is the same talentwiose as Huston but could net them a future MLB piece

                • Mordacious Levator says:
                  (link)

                  @Smokey: probably right, and if fields keeps going on how he has last 10 innings or so will help out even if he doesn’t close right away.

  11. Wacha Wacha says:
    (link)

    Hiya Smokey

    S+H League I currently have Z Britton, C Allen, Bentaces, T Watson, and J Mcgee
    Should I drop any for any of these free agents? Joba, Walden, Jepsen, Neshek, Clippard, O’Day, Qualls

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Wacha Wacha: Nah you good. You have 4 guys over 20 NSVH for the year and Bettances is the K glue you need. Can’t get much better of a group, I mean you can but….you get the idea

  12. Cutch's Dreads says:
    (link)

    Evening Smokey! Pick 2 (holds and saves league so they’re both equally important).:

    Giles
    Petricka
    Feliz

    Thanks!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Cutch’s Dreads: Petricka and Happy. Love Giles but Philly is trending wrong direction

      • Cutch's Dreads says:
        (link)

        @Smokey:

        Just made the switch from Giles to Petricka. I have no idea how many closers and how many setup men I have. This is my Pen right now:

        Nathan
        Melancon
        Cishek
        J. Smith
        Doolittle
        Happy
        Petricka

        Either way, should have the holds and saves cats locked down, haha!

        Thanks Smokey!

  13. No Soup for Yu says:
    (link)

    Hey Smokey thanks for the report! Thought I would change it up and ask your opinion on a non closer related topic. Which side do you prefer in each of these trades in 10 team h2h categories redraft?

    I give Pujols and Calhoun I get Kershaw
    I give Pujols and Calhoun I get King Felix
    I give Longoria I get Rizzo

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @No Soup for Yu: barring who u have at replacement for pujols and Kole, I would take the kershaw, felix and Rizzo side

  14. SoSayethI says:
    (link)

    14 team 6×6 with k/9 as the extra stat. Wondering if I should drop Joe smith for a replacement level streamer if you think he will vulture enough saves and wins along with the ERA/WHIP/K9 to make him more valuable than a streamer. I already have Holland and Perkins but in general I like to roll with 3 closers.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @SoSayethI: I think it’s safe to drop smith if no holds.

  15. David Niven says:
    (link)

    Hey man, as always appreciate the good work.

    Am I dumb to package Soria and Petricka for K Jansen, Allen, Robertsen, Holland or Perkins?

    I’d have one of Soria/Petrik on the bench so looking to maximize the roster spot. Or should I hold tight and see how things play out. I got 4 points in steals and 5-8 are about 10 steals ahead of me, so I gotta start making ground. Also need the ratio help.

    Thanks for your time man.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @David Niven: I like the idea for ur team. But how about going after Zach Britton instead. He has sp elig in almost all leagues. Just if I was trying to make up saves ground that’s the route I would take.

      • David Niven says:
        (link)

        @Smokey: @Smokey: Hey thanks alot Smoke—and good idea.

        As always man, really appreciate your good work and thanks for your time. Have a great weekend man.

  16. David Niven says:
    (link)

    Sorry, 4 points in saves.

  17. David Niven says:
    (link)

    Sorry. 4 points in saves I meant.

  18. geegee says:
    (link)

    Benoit will kik arse
    he’s the next Sean Doolitles

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @geegee: ehh his control isn’t Doolittle-esque. But he is a very good seasoned pitcher. I think he gets dealt personally.

  19. Big W says:
    (link)

    Hi Smokey,

    Soria owner here…

    I picked up Neftali as soon as I heard a deal was close. Everywhere I’m seeing that Neftali will be the most probable to get the closer job in Texas, but you seem to be putting Cotts ahead of Neftali. Just wondering what makes you think Cotts is ahead of Neftali?

    I know Grey the other day was routing for Cotts because he owns him, but he did confirm that if both were available he would go for Neftali…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @Big W: wrote this before neftali got the nod officially. I put a slash thinking it would be either. Happy is the own in Texas for the time being.

  20. SteveNZ says:
    (link)

    Hey Smokey – not sure if you’re still checking in, but any intel on Morris who’s setting up for the Marlins at the moment?

    Great numbers of late and a bunch of Holds – worth adding in a Holds league?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
      (link)

      @SteveNZ: For you always, Dunn has looked weary lately and i think it’s a timing of hium pitching well and the team winning at the same time. Sneaky guy moving forward with limited potential because of the Marlins. What else is available for better determination?

      • SteveNZ says:
        (link)

        @Smokey: I actually grabbed him even though I’m pretty well stocked in my Holds league:

        Walden
        Siegfrist
        Giles
        Gregerson
        Davis

        I just like to keep an eye out for guys that can run off a few weeks of Holds goodness – and he’s certainly been doing that. Top available guys from the last 14 days appear to be:

        Cotts
        Duke
        Jepsen
        Storen

        Jepsen has been the most dominant of those I guess – do you think he still gets plenty of use after the Street trade? I actually owned him until a couple of days ago and then dropped him for a piece I needed for my matchup this week.

        Also – thoughts on Sanchez from the Jays? Has that sweet SP eligibility…

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
          (link)

          @SteveNZ: Jepsen has been getting the chances before Grilli in the few games I saw. You are stacked up fairly well. Siegrist is a holds beast and will have his moments but is a perfect LH complement to Rosey. Sanchez looked decent today, I think he got a look because Loup pitched an extended inning the day before and Cecil blew the save. But they need a RH compliment there ahead ofJanssen so he could settle in.

          • SteveNZ says:
            (link)

            @Smokey: Nice one – thanks!

          • SteveNZ says:
            (link)

            @Smokey: You got Sanchez ahead of McGowan?

Comments are closed.