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It’s way too quiet in here… I need a sniper to take out a closer or something. Maybe a team of trained Labrador assassins [Jay’s Note: Everyone knows that Labradoodle assassins are better.], no one would expect that.  The “Seeing Eyes of Terror” would be their name. Speaking of which, I want to concentrate this week on the under-ratedness of Huston Street. The trade that helps him, the new ballpark that allows his team to actually score runs, and the ability to be that close to Mike Trout. So we are going to venture back through time and space, steal some plutonium from some Libyans, and go back to stats for 2012 to the present day. Confused? Good, me too. So, since 2012, Huston St. is top-10 in saves (86), tops in save % with only 4 BS in 3 years, at a 95.3% clip. And he also has had a resurgence in K Rate to push it over 9 K/9, but for a better perspective, he K’s batters at a 26.5% rate. Hold on, I’m not done yet. He is also one of only four RP with a K rate of over 9 and a walk rate under 2.1.  Add all that up, and I love Street for this year, and next year well he will probably be over-drafted based on this post alone. Catch you all on the flip-flip, meaning comments.

Psyche! Before you go further, you should take me on in our Fantasy Football RCL’s for chances at some really neato prizes! (Or commish one for a chance at a Best Buy gift card!)

  • If you want a reliever to trade for, the answer for me for the last month has been Zach Britton. Why? Because it’s like taking confectionery sugar form a human less than two years old. That starting pitcher eligibility is super sexy. So go! Make an offer that’s something stupid, just enough for that owner to say yes. 10 saves the rest of the year out of a SP spot, ummm yes, and please.
  • In a sad case of affairs, Edward Mujica, who was such a pretty handcuff idea this year, notched his first hold of the year. Congrats for being completely useless until last week. I mean really, 39 games and he got his first hold… I understand he has been as useful as a bag of hammers this year, but come on. 39 games… give your game check to charity.
  • Mike Dunn and Tony Watson both lead their respective teams in wins. Somehow their teams are 3rd and 5th in the wildcard standings for the NL. Viva la bullpens.



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 Walden, James Russell, Anthony Varvaro)

2. Kenley Jansen – (Brian WilsonJ.P. Howell, Chris Perez)

3. Greg Holland – (Wade DavisAaron Crow, Jason Frasor)

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

5. David Robertson – (Dellin BetancesAdam Warren)

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

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

8. Glen Perkins – (Casey FienJared Burton)

9.  Koji Uehara – (Junichi TazawaEdward Mujica)

10. Trevor Rosenthal – (Pat NeshekKevin SiegristJason Motte)



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. Fernando Rodney – (Danny FarquharYoervis MedinaCharlie Furbush)

13. Steve Cishek – (Mike DunnA.J. Ramos, Bryan Morris)

14. Rafael Soriano – (Tyler ClippardDrew Storen)

15. Cody Allen – (John Axford, Bryan Shaw)

16. Mark Melancon – (Tony WatsonJustin Wilson)

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

18.  Joe Nathan – (Joakim Soria, Joba Chamberlain, Jim Johnson)

19. Casey Janssen – (Aaron Loup, Dustin McGowanBrett Cecil)

20. Jonathan Papelbon – (Ken GilesAntonio BastardoJustin De Fratus)

21. Jake McGee – (Grant BalfourBrad BoxbergerJoel Peralta)

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

23. Chad Qualls – (Josh FieldsJose Veras, Tony Sipp)

24. Addison Reed – (Brad ZieglerMatt Stites)

25. Joaquin Benoit – (Kevin QuackenbushDale Thayer, Nick Vincent )



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.

26. LaTroy Hawkins – (Rex BrothersAdam Ottavino)

27. Jenrry Mejia – (Jeurys FamiliaCarlos TorresVic Black)

28. Hector Rondon – (Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm)

29. Neftali Feliz – (Neal Cotts, Steve Tollefson)

30. Jake Petricka  – (Ronald Belisario, Javy Guerra, Daniel Webb)

From Around The Web

  1. birrrdy! says:

    Cool, I just traded for Kenley Jansen this week in my NL only 5×5. Along with Papelbon and Mejia, I now have one each of marry, f*ck and kill.

    It’s definitely how I feel about all three when I think about them collectively, and individually. Nice work!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @birrrdy!: and that’s the name of the game, thanks.

  2. Baezaworldseries says:

    Dang!! Robertson at 5? I just traded him to bolster my SP. I ain’t mad though. I nailed Stras in that deal.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Baezaworldseries: Not a huge Stras fan he has been ok. but good value for a guy that has two or three 2 start weeks left

  3. click seeker says:

    C – Suzuki
    1B – Victor Martinez
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Desmond
    OF – Holliday
    OF – Byrd
    OF – Taveras
    UTIL – Freddie Freeman
    Bench – Jordy Mercer
    DL – Cuddyer

    20 team, keep 5 players each year.
    Question, Good idea to move Freeman/Desmond for some SP?
    Tied for last playoff spot with 4 weeks to go.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @click seeker: Do you really think V Mart is going to replicate? He would be my first dispensed good for a top flight starter, followed by Mr. I get by on name alone, Matt Holiday. Just my 2 schillings

  4. hifi says:

    keeper league and have Street at the minimum bid of $1, salary into next season would be $2 (of 200)

    normally don’t keep RP’s but at this price might be nice to have a top closer for pennies.

    question, would you rather use 1 of 10 keeper spots on Street at $2 or Alex Wood at $3? aka: can you compare this here apple, to that there orange?

    • hifi says:

      @hifi: e.g. Jansen’s auction price was $19 to put it into perspective. if that helps.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:

        @hifi: I’d buy that for a dollar….or 2 in your case

  5. Matty says:

    Any chance Papelbon actually gets moved now that he’s cleared waivers? Who do you like to take his spot on that off chance? Stick with Giles?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Matty: There may be someone desperate if an injury hits, he would basically be free in trade and not net much for the Phil’s

  6. No Soup for Yu says:

    Hey Smokey what side of the trade do you like in 10 team h2h categories redraft with OBP?

    Gio, F Freeman or Baez, Arenado, Kluber

  7. Troy says:

    Thoughts on Foltynewicz in Houston?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Troy: don’t know if he profiles as a closer is very erratic. Looks like a power set up guy to me.

  8. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

    NL only with RW/net saves/holds. i have this bullpen
    de fratus/ramos/dunn/chapman/ramirez (DL)/fear the beard/walden. drop either of de fratus/ramos for any of these:

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: copied from bullpen only website (which i know you don’t follow, religiously, anyway) “Cubs will need to see him pitch in big spots soon to help them decide whether they should pick up his $5.5 million option for 2015 or exercise the $500k buyout.” about fuji

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: nothing there better than what u have though Ramos seems to be lost in the shuffle there.

      Cubs wanna see what they have for their dollars.

      Smith is way overworked. Jeffress is all gas with a ten cent head

  9. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

    12 team roto with holds/net saves/k to BB as extra cats.. i used to have too many closers (since i’m in 2nd in net saves with 96, up 11 on 3rd, down 1 on first), now after dropping melancon and nathan i’m down to papelbon/perkins/britton (in SP slot)/casilla. also in other RP slots have morris/clippard/a.miller. tied for 7th in holds (down 19 off of first) with 41. somebody just dropped walden (probably since ATL has been horrible for a while now). drop perkins or papelbon for any of walden/cotts/joba/fien? perkins has been putting quite a few guys on base lately (so has fien) so i’m thinking he would be drop here. my thinking is walden is fine and ATL won’t be this bad forever.

  10. fausto says:

    Romo has been lights out for about a month…. worth a stash or leave it alone? …I have giles as a just in case CL so id be losing him for romo

    • fausto says:

      @fausto: janssen isnt even fu*kable anymore not after lastnight.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @fausto: nah. Doubt they make a switch baring an injury.

      No other push in Toronto but he is def date able but he is def paying for dinner.

  11. Sliver says:

    Odds on Astros 2015 closer:


    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Sliver: qualls to start the year. Signed cheap

  12. fausto says:

    I read Nathan is still the guy even after his last 2 brutal showings hard to believe they stick with him in a pennant race. …. any chance soria(injured maybe) touches the 9th or lose him? I like giles, watson, neshek simply for ratios.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @fausto: Nathan has gotten more votes if confidence then he should have. I don’t know how they can keep trotting him out there in a couple weeks if the royals make more head way in the al central race. Soria may get a look but he hasn’t been awesome either, tigers BP is cursed this year. Watson Neshek Giles for me.

  13. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

    drop ramos or de fratus to activate Ramirez.

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