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
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Diane Connors
Diane Connors
2 years ago

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

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

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
William Hung
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Magill also pitched like the 5th or 6th inning today – seattle had some odd usage

Matt K.
Matt K.
2 years ago

Drop Alvarado or Karinchak for Bass?

thorbs
thorbs
2 years ago

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 (-_-))

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
2 years ago

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
Reply to  hal_incandenza
2 years ago

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.

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

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
Curious George
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

Betances, Castillo, Alvarado, and karinchak also available

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

Betances could be pretty busy with Diaz being the bad Diaz.

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

Knebel has less competition for opps. Both were targets of mine.

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

Knebel above all guys I mentioned?? Thanks for your thoughts!

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Hyun-Jin & Juice
2 years ago

Magill has the best odds for saves. Alvarado may have the best stuff.

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Rick Brown
2 years ago

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.

JC
JC
2 years ago

What about Will Smith (Atl)??

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  JC
2 years ago

Injured I believe.

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
Reply to  JC
2 years ago

Covid. Pitched bullpen session today. Could be activated by Friday.

RICE
RICE
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  RICE
2 years ago

He’s hurt, back issue

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
Reply to  RICE
2 years ago

Back tightness warming up yesterday. Read he could pitch tonight if need be.