Having fun chasing pitching yet? At least this short season won’t be boring. There has been no shortage of actionable bullpen moves. They’re not likely to slow down anytime soon. Get aggressive on middle relievers and closer spec plays.

    • Somethings not right with Ryan Pressly. He blew the save in his first opportunity for Houston without recording a shot. Andre Scrubb worked a clean inning and a third before that. Cy Sneed and Blake Taylor gave up a bunch of runs prior to that. We’ll see which way the wind blows next time the ninth comes up with a lead. Brad Peacock is probably worth a stash as he works his way back from arm soreness.
    • The Cardinals are going to need Kwang-hyun Kim in their rotation upon their restart from quarantine. That leaves the closer role open. Giovanny Gallegos should be ready to go at this point. Many fantasy managers have also made a bet Ryan Helsley will get opportunities.
    • Poor, cursed Nick Burdi has been placed on the season-ending 45-day IL with an elbow issue. At least he was able to earn his first career save before being struck down again. Richard Rodriguez should get the ninth until Keona Kela returns shortly.
    • Brad Hand has shown us the rumors of his demise were somewhat exaggerated. He’s notched two uneventful saves this week. I’d still expect Cleveland to try and rest him between appearances when they’re comfortable with James Karinchak handling the ninth.
    • The Angels are an unexpected dumpster fire in the backend of their bullpen. Hansel Robles has washed out as the closer. Ty Buttrey is filling in but has 1 K to 3 BBs in 6.1 innings. Kenyan Middleton is serving up gopher balls. Felix Pena is the only one treading water.
    • Jairo Diaz is cementing himself into the Rockies closer gig. His Ks and ratios don’t blow you away but the job security is nice.

Closers In Waiting

The next men up for the ninth. More saves than ever are going to be spread among trusted arms.

  1. Ryan Helsley
  2. Drew Pomeranz
  3. Jeremy Jeffress
  4. Trevor May
  5. Matt Barnes
  6. Ryne Stanek

K It Up

Get a category enhancer from these high K/9 strikeout artists.

  1. Adam Ottavino
  2. Dellin Betances
  3. Corey Knebel
  4. Tyler Duffey
  5. Jose Alvarado
  6. Nate Jones

Ratio Darlings

These guys may not earn saves, but they can help smooth your ratios.
  1. Seth Lugo
  2. Aaron Bummer
  3. Daniel Bard
  4. Will Harris
  5. Tony Watson
  6. Will Smith

Long Men

Hard up for starters? An effective long man can bridge a gap until you find someone. They’re also ripe to snag a win in relief with starters going fewer innings.
  1. Chris Martin
  2. Chad Green
  3. Matt Strahm
  4. Jalen Beeks
  5. Felix Pena
  6. John Gant
 
  1. Mike Honcho says:
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    What about Rafael Montero in TX?
    Seems to have the stuff w/ no clear standout to take the reins.

  2. William Hung says:
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    I’ve been seeing Romo on Closer Monkey as next in line in Minny? You think it’s 50/50? my league combines SVs+HLDs so I’m tempted to roster both May and Romo like I have Wittgren and Karinchak

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Yeah, I have Rogers/Romo as co-closers. Then May as a possible next in line for Romo’s role.

  3. Michael DePinto says:
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    What do you think of Evan Marshall from the White Sox? I was looking around today at available relievers. Both Marshall and Bummer have crazy K numbers so far. I didn’t realize that the White Sox had such a dynamic pen. Or is it just small sample size? Saves plus Holds league.

  4. Harley Earl says:
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    No mention of Rafael Montero?

    Might want to get him in there. He’s the new closer in Texas. First opportunity and he comes in and mows down the Angels, including strikeouts of David Fletcher and Mike Trout. Something tells me this would have happened anyway because Jose LeClerc just can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. His injury simply made it an easy move. I won’t be shocked if Montero holds onto the job from here out.

    Also, you can forget about Helsley for the Cardinals. He’s got the ‘Rona and that means he’s out for like 1/3 of the season or more.

    Good stuff, as always!

  5. ThePrawn says:
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    Bullpen question: I’ll start by acknowledging that the right answer could be none of these guys should be owned, but I need to drop someone to activate Will Smith in my dynasty holds league.
    Who to drop of Wittgren, Ginkel, Tyler Alexander?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I’d hold Ginkel. Ignore this season’s results.

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