Welcome in save chasers! The closer landscape is taking shape and while Craig Kimbrell remains a free agent, most of the other dominoes have fallen. As it’s a new season, I’ll be rolling out new titling for the tiers. This week’s feature four popular 7-Eleven offerings.

 

Big Gulps

The crème de la crème of convenience offerings. Is there any mountain an entire liter of caffeinated beverage can’t help you climb? These hurlers get you going just like that literal pound of sugar juice.

A Bag Of Chips

A totally solid snack option. Nothing spectacular here, but fulfilling. You’re going to get what you pay for with these guys.

 

Crappy Coffee

It might taste burnt and stale, but the part you’re after is the caffeine bump. There’s usually a trade-off in life. Your ratios ballooning might be the one here.

 

Day Old Hot Dogs

You’re drunk, but you’re hungry. This meat tube stares at you from the roller it’s sat on for a day or more. Should you roll the dice on something just as likely to make you sick as it is awful tasting? The things we do for the love of saves.

 

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Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
3 years ago

NL-only 5×5 keeper, keep $2 Vizcaino or $7 Minter? FWIW there’s a strong possibility I don’t come out of the auction with another closer, and pickups are limited (you pretty much have to have a guy hit the DL or get sent down to make a move).

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
3 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: alternatively, i can keep both but it’d require throwing back a $3 luis castillo, $1 freeland or $3 bader (in which case i’d also only be keeping 3 bats)

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
3 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: I’d take the savings with Viz and cross your fingers.

zuleta
zuleta
3 years ago

Gotta list Jeffress for Brew Crew.

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  zuleta
3 years ago

@zuleta: he’ll be in there next go round. The Brewers line got deleted in the initial post because I have fat fingers.

Curious George
Curious George
3 years ago

Love the post. In a league of 2sp, 2rp, and 5p (10 team h2h categories w, qs, k, k/9, era, whip, hr, sv+hld) how many RP would you draft? What tiers would you target or what rounds? Happy to hear any razzballer’s thoughts too

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

@Roto-Wan: other managers carried anywhere from 2 to 5 RP last year. TBD on their plans this year as many were left looking for RP help last year and may make an adjustment. With the shift in mlb strategy giving us fewer true closers, im half tempted to punt saves and focus on high upside arms with good shots at holds or occasional saves. Something like Leclerc, Allen, Miller, and Barnes.

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

@Roto-Wan: since it’s saves+holds? Not sure. Running a mock now to see where that puts me relative to the pack.

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Curious George
3 years ago

@Curious George: holds come less frequently than saves. If you want to go the route of set up men you might need five. If you get daily lineup changes that’s easier to do.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
Reply to  Curious George
3 years ago

@Curious George: I play in a league w/ a similar format and have done well going RP heavy (and spending almost all of my early picks on bats) for years. Depending on bench size and move limits (daily v weekly or, in the case of my league, severely limiting annual pickup restrictions), you could do well having all of your P slots occupied by RP on a daily basis. The idea is you put yourself at an advantage in 5 of 8 pitching cats pretty much every week, and because you’re mostly drafting bats while midlevel SPs and fancy closers are going off the board, you also have a sick offense. So my roster will typically have 1 decent closer (someone from the back end of the top 10 who I think has a shot at ending in the top 5), 2 cheap closers, 3 awesome setup men, 1-2 strong SP, and then the bench is filled out w/ midlevel SP from the mid-late rounds for streaming, etc. (because as everyone else is filling out their offense during that time you can just draft SP after SP and still have your pick of good setup men in the late rounds).

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
3 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: I usually do this in one league each year. It can be tight, but it’s usually effective.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

@Roto-Wan: Yeah. H2H categories is the perfect format for it, though. Assuming the same # of hitting cats, it’s not hard to build an offense that’s pretty dominant in at least 5 cats if that’s all you’re really worried about for most of the first 9 rounds or so.

Ken plane
Ken plane
3 years ago

BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!
One of the best blurbs in Razzball history, and you change it! No it is $12 Salads, Donkeycorns, Employed, and of course Brain Freezes starring Carlos Marmol. C’mon Man

Ken Plane
Ken Plane
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

@Roto-Wan: Ah newbie, newbie, those were Grey’s original tiers.

Bill
Bill
Reply to  Ken Plane
3 years ago

@Ken Plane: salads etc were tired 3 years ago!

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Bill
3 years ago

@Bill: don’t worry, we’ll have fun with it.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

I’m pretty off Osuna. The K rate took a dive as the whiff percentage on the fastball cratered. His K rate wasn’t that high earlier in his career anyway. Presley is sitting right behind him too. I won’t own him this year.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

@Roto-Wan:

I hear you, but if he tanks, they’ll make a change. If Pressley is anything like last year he’s a premium option

Jon
Jon
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

@Roto-Wan:

Who are your top 5 non closers?

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Jon
3 years ago

@Jon: Betances, Andrew Miller, Pressly, Ottavino, Nate Jones, Jose Castillo. Roughly in that order.

Drew
Drew
3 years ago

So, is Jeffress in a setup role for the Crew? He was pretty good before the playoff meltdown, especially while Knebel was in AAA. Could he vulture some saves?

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

Fixed

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

No problem

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

I’ve been reading as much Boston media as I can on the shituation there. I’m getting the vibe that they believe Barnes can do the job. Had a better K rate than Kimbrel. Almost identical BB rate so you know their ok with a little wildness in their closer. Nearly twice the GB rate and a lower HR%. Lower FIP and xFIP. Was a little unlucky with his BABIP.

Heard Cora on multiple occasions add the narrative of post season pressure success. He was the first person on Dombrow’s list when he said who was in the running. A chance for them to reap some reward from a former top SP prospect. Brasier’s number and track record give no reason for confidence. They’re saying they absolutely will not go over the luxury tax so they are not signing Kimbrel. My guess is they give Barnes the job early to see what they have there. If they absolutely have to address it later they’ll go the trade route.

I don’t know exactly how Tampa will handle their pen but from a skill set perspective I think Alvarado ends up in the Big Gulp tier. Went down to the minors, came back with a ridiculous cutter. K rate was 14+ with about a .5 FIP in August and September with the cutter. Triple digit heat. I think he’ll get to 25 saves and 100 Ks.

Grey
Admin
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

I believe in Barnes