Welcome to your first Bullpen Report of the season. How’d day one of your season go? You know, besides losing two top 30 players moments before lineup lock. Unfortunately, that’s more likely to be the norm than the exception. If you didn’t already (you donkey), build any flexibility into your fake teams that you can. On the pitching side that means having a reliever that can juice a category for you when a body is needed in a pinch.

    • The big free agent this week was Zack Britton with Aroldis Chapman hitting the COVID-IL. If you missed out on him I’d suggest considering Adam Ottavino. Britton is getting the first call but I wouldn’t be shocked if Ottavino gets a look if Boone feels the matchups favor him.
    • Kwang-Hyun Kim is being anointed the Cardinals closer. I’m holding my breath here. It’s hard to trust someone who’s never pitched an inning stateside to immediately walk into the closer role. To me, it feels more like they’re set on the injured Giovanny Gallegos and don’t want to disappoint Ryan Helsley with a demotion this early.
    • I’m targeting the options behind Kyle Crick as the Pittsburgh closer. Just a gut feel that Crick can’t hack it in the ninth. Richard Rodriguez and Nick Burdi get much more swing and miss with their stuff.
    • Yoshihisa Hirano is another COVID delayed player of the early year. That may give Matt Magill enough leash to take over the closer gig in Seattle. It was kind of his last year. He was kind of going to close this year. Now he can at least win or lose it on his own merit.
    • Let me remind you that Corey Knebel has nasty movement on his off-speed stuff. He’ll need to find his fastball velocity with reports of it in the low 90s thus far in summer camp. If he can get that up a few ticks he could immediately figure into the ninth for the BrewCrew.

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. Kevin Ginkel
  4. Michael Lorenzen
  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. Jose Quijada
  5. Nick Burdi
  6. Blake Treinen

Ratio Darlings

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

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. Matt Strahm
  2. Chris Martin
  3. Chris Devenski
  4. Jesse Chavez
  5. John Gant
  6. Chad Green
 
  1. RICE says:
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    Any idea what’s going on with Melancon? Yahoo has a “DTD” status, he hasn’t pitched yet, and I can’t find news on him anywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s hurt, back issue

    • ozone ranger says:
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      Back tightness warming up yesterday. Read he could pitch tonight if need be.

  2. JC says:
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    What about Will Smith (Atl)??

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Injured I believe.

    • ozone ranger says:
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      Covid. Pitched bullpen session today. Could be activated by Friday.

  3. Rick Brown says:
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    Ken Giles is dtd with elbow soreness.Is either Anthony Bass or Rafael Dolis worth picking up or should I look elsewhere?
    Thanks,RICK

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Bass is who I have as the next in line. He’s no one special so if you get a different read I wouldn’t fight you.

  4. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    My current closers are a bit of a mess – Neris, Leclerc & J. Jimenez. Which two would you fill out your bullpen with for potential saves while also helping other pitching stats?

    Gott, Burdi, R. Rodriguez, Magill, J. Alvarado, Helsley, Dolis (Giles hurt today).

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Magill has the best odds for saves. Alvarado may have the best stuff.

  5. Curious George says:
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    Knebel worked between 93-95 today and touched 96.

    Treinen looked nasty in some highlights.

    Leaning one way or another between these two in a svhd league?

    • Curious George says:
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      Betances, Castillo, Alvarado, and karinchak also available

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        Betances could be pretty busy with Diaz being the bad Diaz.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Knebel has less competition for opps. Both were targets of mine.

      • Curious George says:
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        Knebel above all guys I mentioned?? Thanks for your thoughts!

  6. hal_incandenza says:
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    Thoughts on G. Holland’s outing and outlook?

    6×6 Roto w/OPS and Holds. I’m considering claiming G. Holland and Givens as adds.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Anytime Holland gets a save it’s troubling. On the surface it looks like they used the arms the trust more first. It could be a total non event. Or Holland or Rosenthal could have become the closer and Matheny just neglected to mention it.

  7. thorbs says:
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    Lorenzen…forearm tightness and then gets hammered his first two appearances. Too soon to worry? I’m in a NS+H dynasty league and have an extra RP rostered so I can just outright drop him (I have JV so I need a lottery ticket SP (-_-))

  8. Matt K. says:
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    Drop Alvarado or Karinchak for Bass?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I think you have to on shear numbers. Alvarado would be my drop. Hand already looks shaky.

  9. William Hung says:
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    I’d have more confidence in Knebel seeing saves if the Brewers weren’t throwing him out there so early in the game

    • William Hung says:
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      Magill also pitched like the 5th or 6th inning today – seattle had some odd usage

  10. Diane Connors says:
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    Back to Will Smith. My real question is whether he will ultimately be the Atl closer or does Melancon keep it.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I think Melancon gets 3 out of 4 opps all things equal.

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