A bunch of bullpens have undergone reseeding after a flurry of deadline moves. It’s not a bad time to grab a speculative arm in an uncertain situation. As the ultimate standing climber, Petr Baelish, once said, “Chaos is a ladder.” Just be careful who you trust your ratio’s with…

  • The Cubs bullpen is a smoldering dumpster. Not on fire yet, but on notice. Craig Kimbrel needs an IL stint where he’ll join Brandon Kintzler. Steve Cishek gave up two more runs than outs in his last appearance (3-1). Pedro Strop was activated but won’t be used in save situations, apparently. That makes David Phelps the technical favorite?
  • Jose Leclerc is getting yet another shot at regaining his closer role with Texas. I’m not holding my breath. Shawn Kelley just came off the IL and will be ready to fill in if/when Leclerc has his usual control issues.
  • We’re finally getting Archie Bradley the closer. He’s earned two straight saves after the team designated Greg Holland for assignment. I’d be cautiously optimistic as a Bradley holder while keeping one eye on Yoan Lopez and Yoshi Hirano.
  • Nick Anderson seems to be settling in as Tampa’s setup man, to the chagrin of Deigo Castillo owners. It’s the Rays, so we need more of a signal before knowing the hierarchy with better certainty. If you paid for him last week it’s encouraging that he’s in the mix, though.
  • The Mets trade of Jarred Kelenic looks worse every day. Edwin Diaz is struggling again. Robinson Cano’s leg fell. Seth Lugo is about to be the interim closer. I’d suggest contracting the Mets if their comedic relief were so enjoyable.
  • The Brewers are playing all kinds of musical chairs since adding parts at the deadline. Drew Pomeranz still looks solid as a reliever while Freddy Peralta has stumbled lately. Matt Albers was the only option available Tuesday night and picked up a save. It’s nice to have options but at some point having a role helps a reliever. Let’s see how the Brew Crew define things going forward.

Closers In Waiting

The next men up for saves. One break just needs to go their way.

  1. Ty Buttrey
  2. Seth Lugo
  3. Yoan Lopez
  4. Craig Stammen
  5. Kyle Crick
  6. Nick Wittgren
  7. Reyes Moronta

K It Up

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

  1. Nick Anderson
  2. Andres Munoz
  3. Adam Ottavino
  4. Matt Barnes
  5. Giovany Gallegos
  6. Tayron Guerrero
  7. Robert Stephenson

Ratio Darlings

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

Long Men

Hard up for starters? An effective long man can bridge a gap until you find someone.
  1. Chris Devenski
  2. Jesse Chavez
  3. Robert Gsellman
  4. John Gant
  5. Chad Green
  6. Michael Lorenzen
  7. Freddy Peralta
  1. LenFuego says:

    I am a little mystified at Ty Buttrey being listed as the top Closer In Waiting. In his last five appearances, he has given up 8 runs, all earned, on 10 hits and 3 BBs in just five innings. And in his previous five innings he gave up another 3 earned runs on 8 hits.

    Meanwhile the closer there, Robles, has given up only 4 runs in his last 24 appearances, and never more than one run in any appearance since May. Sure, three of those runs came in his last 5 appearances, but come on, the guy has earned some runway with his performance this season and there is no way they are looking to hand over the ninth inning to Buttrey, right? Or is there actually some scuttlebutt indicating otherwise?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      I feel like that’s all from a bad week at the end of June, but he could probably come down a spot or two. We’ll find out soon if it was a blip or something more.

      • LenFuego says:

        Just a bad week at the end of June? You mean Buttrey? Mmm, no … here are his last five appearances:

        7/25 1 inn, 3 hits, 2 ER
        7/27 1/3 inn, 2 hits, 2 ER
        7/29 1 inn, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 3 ER
        8/3 1 2/3 inn, 1 hit, 0 ER
        8/6 1 inn, 2 hits (1 HR), 1 BB, 1 ER

        Basically, he has been a dumpster fire the past two weeks. And like I said, he wasn’t very good the previous couple of weeks either.

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:

          His previous 5.2 innnings yielded 4 hits, 1 ER, 7 Ks?

          • LenFuego says:

            Yes, but if you extend that by just a single inning to his previous 6.2 innings, they yielded 8 hits and 3 ERs.

            I am not saying Buttrey is terrible — he’s not. And sure, if Robles got hurt, the closer job would highly likely go to him, so from that perspective, he is just “one break” away. But if you compare his status to, for instance, Lugo (who may already be at least sharing the closer role with Diaz), or Yoan Lopez (who might be a mediocre outing or two from Bradley from getting a shot), it just does not seem Buttrey is anywhere as close to getting his shot.

            • Roto-Wan

              Roto-Wan says:

              I see where you’re coming from.

  2. Edgar Gonzalez says:

    How efficient do you think both Josh Hader and Brad Hand will be? Both top 5 the rest of the season? Or will either regress a bit?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      I don’t see any reason to expect regression from either. Both have an occasional hiccup but who doesn’t.

      • Edgar Gonzalez says:

        Thank you very much.

  3. Danny says:

    Petit or Pagan, SVHD league. I’ll have the guy I pick for 2020 too


    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      Pagan will get more opportunities.

  4. Roto – best handcuff for my bully is?
    Liam Hendriks (Treinen unavailable)
    Carlos Martinez
    Taylor Rogers
    They’ve been good up to this point but…

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      You want the handcuff for those guys?

  5. Garrett says:

    In a deep league current closers are :


    Workman is on waivers. Drop Giles for Workman or hold?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      I’d stay away from that Boston situation. As low as I am on Giles he’s been fine. The arm issue is scary but they seem intent to let him pitch through it.

    • bigbear says:

      Yes, I’d grab Workman. He seems to be the guy in Boston. Fine to drop Giles.

  6. johnnyhobbes says:

    Archie Bradley over Liam Hendricks?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      Total coin flip. Bradley has slightly less threat to his role I guess.

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