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.

  • Edwin Diaz (Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman) – Diaz may have moved to Queens but he’s still the ninth inning King. His velocity was more dialed in last year, improving his effectiveness.
  • Roberto Osuna (Ryan Pressly, Hector Rendon) – I rank stats, not morals.
  • Blake Treinen (Fernando Rodney, Joakim Soria) – Oakland’s been a great fit. They aren’t afraid to mix options and that’s benefitted Treinen.
  • Jose Leclerc (Jesse Chavez) – The Rangers have given him the closer keys to start the year. He was a buzzsaw to end last season.
  • Kenley Jansen (Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez) – I expect Jansen to manage his heart condition during the offseason and be good to go when the spring rolls around. He probably can’t afford to lose much more velocity, nevertheless.

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.