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For some strange reason, I have the great Willie Nelson song in my head… On The Road again.  Why, you ask? Because I am out perusing the great country of ours and doing fantasy football’s 32x32x32 with Nick.  I may be thinking football, but my heart is in San Francisco… rather bullpens.  So it was all quiet on the savedom front til recently, when some usual save stalwarts stubbed some toes.  While some repeat offenders… yeah you Joe Nathan just continue to lull us into a state of perpetual eye-rolling… all of these issues are no bueno for the push to make playoffs in some formats, or those pining for the stat push in point leagues.  I am personally not too worried about the married guys, they are there for good reasons; they do it all year and you have them for saves or to save not.  I am more throwing my ire towards those middle guys, the Steve Cishek‘s and Rafael Soriano types who have  given us decency all year and then have recently given us both ERA’s over 7 a piece the last 2 weeks.  So buyer beware at this point for stat purposes with these guys they aren’t going to be replaced but the production is on the level of a doozer on light duty. Stick around for some tid-bits of knowledge or  stay to just say high. [Jay's Note: Oh... I get it.]

  • The top guy who also said he is a little tired (which is scary…but not really) is Greg Holland.  Garnering 8 saves in 14 days and looks every bit the part of his top-2 status… K’s are there, team is winning, and he has just and awesome follow through to the plate that makes people born on a hill take notice.
  • Hector Rondon is getting some nice burn recently, 4 saves in the last 6 games played, as the Cubs are showing signs of a pulse recently.  Not just on Jake Arrieta day surprisingly, which in my head is everyday, as I sit in the tree outside his house stealing his wi-fi as I type this post. Shhhh, I’m in camouflage.

 

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 Walden, David CarpenterJames Russell)

2. Greg Holland – (Wade Davis, Kelvin HerreraAaron Crow)

3. Kenley Jansen – (Brian WilsonJ.P. Howell)

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

5. David Robertson – (Dellin BetancesAdam Warren, Shawn Kelley)

6. Huston Street – (Joe SmithKevin 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 Neshek, Carlos Martinez)

 

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. Fernando Rodney – (Yoervis Medina, Danny FarquharCharlie Furbush)

13. Steve Cishek – (Mike DunnA.J. RamosBryan Morris)

14. Rafael Soriano – (Tyler ClippardDrew Storen)

15. Cody Allen – (Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski)

16. Mark Melancon – (Tony WatsonJustin Wilson, John Axford)

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

18. Casey Janssen – (Aaron LoupDustin McGowanBrett Cecil)

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

20. Jake McGee –  (Brad BoxbergerJoel Peralta)

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

22. Addison Reed – (Brad ZieglerMatt Stites)

23. Joaquin Benoit – (Kevin QuackenbushDale ThayerNick Vincent )

24. Chad Qualls – (Josh FieldsJose VerasTony Sipp)

25.  Joe Nathan -  (Joba Chamberlain, Al AlburquerqueJim Johnson)

26. Hector Rondon – (Pedro StropJustin Grimm)

 

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.

27. LaTroy Hawkins – (Rex BrothersAdam Ottavino)

28. Jenrry Mejia – (Jeurys FamiliaCarlos TorresVic Black)

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

30. Jake Petricka  – (Ronald BelisarioJavy GuerraDaniel Webb)

  1. Justin Lipson says:
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    Drop Mejia for Quackenbush? Familia is already taken.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Justin Lipson: def, Benoit looks likely for DL

  2. Jimmy says:
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    Rosenthal still in your top 10? He has been bad lately.

    • Smokey

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      @Jimmy: still gets in and out fo trouble fairly well and is piling up stats while maintaining a 3.6 ERA, whip another story but his FIP says he is being affective at 2.83

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Smokey: wow, hard to believe somebody with that walk rate has that FIP.

  3. Gweilo says:
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    After four months, I came back to see this same crap.

    Your categories are juvenile and offensive, and I get better info at Rotoworld.

    Love the Grey, but I’ll be checking out this space next year.

    • Jay says:
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      @Gweilo:
      Troll

      • 6 Fingers Johnson says:
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        @Jay: No, he’s not a troll. He obviously reads regularly and chooses to comment on the ridiculous categories of this closer report.

        I 100% agree with Gweilo about how juvenile and offensive it is. It is far below the creative humor normally associated with Razzball. What a shame.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Gweilo: Peace out……and don’t be mad cause you drafted Mauer instead of listening to Grey….

      SMOKE THE GREEN!!!

    • barker says:
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      @Greyismyhero: @Greyismyhero: @Gweilo: PC police on a fantasy baseball site, is nothing sacred anymore , and its offensive how exactly?

      • 6 Fingers Johnson says:
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        @barker: Are you really that blind? The categories are taken from a juvenile game that ascribes one of three options for any girl. The third option is KILL, for god’s sake. Isn’t that clear why it is offensive? It implies violence towards women.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @6 Fingers Johnson: i’m pretty sure it’s a joke about battering women. in either case there are places for people scared of words or ideas. i’m sure you’ll be welcome there, or if not create a religion. those guys love preying on fear. i would say good luck, but A. human nature tells us you won’t need it and B. every decent thinking human tends to want to eradicate these types. or at least tip toe past them like walking around dogshit on the sidewalk.

  4. Clint says:
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    The Brewer fan in me’s happy Matheny continues to trot Rosey out there to walk batters daily, increasing the chances the Cards fall out of contention, but the fantasy owner in me wishes he’d take his rose-colored glasses off & put Neshek in there already.

    • Smokey

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      @Clint: i hear ya, I love Neshek as a player and person. I dont think they turn away from Rosey unless it gets really ugly or uglier

  5. SmoketheBanditDammit says:
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    Great work as always Smokey…

    Just an observation I wanna make — Cody Allen needs some love.
    I picked him up on a whim even though I had 2 closers already (because who can have too many closers, amirite?) and he’s been solid
    Really solid K rate and good stuff to boot
    Just hasn’t had many opportunities because of the team he’s on.

    He could be a really solid closer pick next year

    • Smokey

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      @SmoketheBanditDammit: def has top 10 appeal for start of next year, we love young closers with jobs that flash a fancy K rate

  6. Cutch's Dreads says:
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    Hey Smokey, love the column!!

    I am in a Holds and Saves (not to be confused with Holds + Saves) league. Am I better off cutting bait with Feliz or Petricka and trotting out Quackenbush?

    The rest of my pen is: Nathan, Cishek, Melancon, J. Smith and Doolittle

    Even if Benoit comes back from the DL during the playoffs, Quack should be the primary setup man so I’d still get holds out of him.

    What are your thoughts?

    • Smokey

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      @Cutch’s Dreads: the news on Benoit is weird they say he is hurt then say he is shaking some aches out. I would stick with Feliz and Jake only because you know what your hgetting there, Quack might just be a every 3-4th save chance, which in sd is hard enough

  7. papasmurf says:
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    Why’s Rosenberg in the top category?

    Between Melancon and Rosie, I think most would choose the former.

    Things not looking great for Benoit… SD downplayed the shoulder but he’s gotta be hurting pretty bad.

    • Smokey

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      @papasmurf: Rosey is grinding right now and the cards are still in contention and I believe he will see more chances ROS.

      yea Benoit is a enigma right now hurt then says he is fine. We will see next time he pitches which might be friday or saturday

  8. Jay says:
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    Smokey!! Hey man it was great meeting you and nick today.
    Am I safe with Casilla as my 2nd closer ROS? Also Perkins and rondon.

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: *also have Perkins and rondon.

    • Smokey

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      @Jay: The way that Rondon has been pitching it might be safe to say that Casilla and Rondon are a lot closer then it appears. Def great meeting you man, we will have to meet up and go get a beer at Mason St or go get some legs and eggs at Smiles…lol

  9. really tight race says:
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    who gets more than 25 saves next year
    thayer or quackenbush (whataname)

    soriano storen or clippard

    will Giles get 20 ????

    • Smokey

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      @really tight race: Well Benoit will still be in SD for some of next year barring injury or off season trade. The Padres also have options in their minors that I believe may get a look next season one of which is Johnny Barbato. Quackenbush gets first look, then prolly a younger guy like Barbato.

      Soriano has a team option for 15 that automatically kicks in at 120 games finished in 13-14 combined he is at 100 right now so it’s going to be close. Storen is starting to make a ton of money for a set-up guy and Clippard is just consistent. Storen gets traded, Clippard gets a nice extension to become closer and Soriano becomes free agent and signs elsewhere.

      Giles def gets 20, Paps is gone in the offseason if they can find a suitor.

  10. fausto says:
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    Quackenbush the guy in SD?….BENOIT says he’s feeling better I just dropped my mejia/familia combo bc they were just getting annoying, mejia needs to be shut down.

    • Smokey

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      @fausto: Mejia does need to be shut down, Quack is the guy I would target if we get a straight answer from Benoit after his next appearance

  11. Cranz says:
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    Romo or Cecil a better grab? Not looking for saves – need holds, k’s, etc.

    Thanks Smokey!

  12. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    putnam back and looking good, also back to set up duty, he’s ahead of everyone but petricka.

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