All in all, this was a relatively calm week on the bullpen front. At least by 2020 standards. That’s always a good time to go find the next man up and consider being a week early on a buy. Even better if they can provide an extra service like strikeouts or ratios in the mean time.

    • The Mets are right on schedule with the disaster that their rotation typically becomes. That’s required Seth Lugo to be transitioned from the bullpen to a starting role. On top of that they’re game Thursday was canceled due to COVID concerns. If they get back on the field soon expect Edwin Diaz to split closing duties with Dellin Betances. Jeurys Familia is a dark horse to mix in.
    • Hector Neris is lucky the Phillies have no one behind him to threaten his role. He blew another save Thursday. David Robertson has clawed his way back from injury and is close to pitching in the MLB again. You’d expect it to take a while to return to form for him. The threat is out there to Neris, though.
    • Color me unimpressed by Craig Kimbrel’s save this week. Rowan Wick had pitched back to back days. Kimbrel’s fastball is still not getting by anyone. The bottom of the Cardinals order was fouling off every two-strike fastball he fired. Better hitters are taking it yard.
    • Zack Britton is hitting the IL just as Aroldis Chapman makes his return. That’s one closer role that should sort itself out naturally barring Chapman being unable to shake off the rust quick enough.
    • Even as a skeptic of Nick Anderson’s role I’m starting to feel frustrated with the Rays. They’re costing themselves games at this point. Stop trying to be so smart and just save your best reliever for the ninth. It’s not like there aren’t other good pitchers in their pen.
    • Jairo Diaz has fumbled the Rockies closer gig into a committee. Carlos Estevez notched their last save. I have very little faith Estevez is the guy. Maybe if Daniel Bard continues to deal he’ll get the job.

Closers In Waiting

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

  1. James Karinchak
  2. Ryan Helsley (COVID-IL, set to return)
  3. Trevor May
  4. Matt Barnes
  5. Tommy Hunter

K It Up

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

  1. Adam Ottavino
  2. Dellin Betances
  3. Tyler Duffey
  4. Devin Williams
  5. Tanner Rainey

Ratio Darlings

These guys may not earn saves, but they can help smooth your ratios.
  1. Evan Marshall
  2. Daniel Bard
  3. Will Harris
  4. Tony Watson
  5. 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. Chad Green
  2. Matt Strahm
  3. Jalen Beeks
  4. Felix Pena
  5. John Gant
 
  1. Matty says:
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    Who do you prefer for saves in the short term between Gallegos and Miller?
    Should I expect anything else meaningful from Jeffress?

    Do my questions give away the fact that my RCL bullpen has been a serviceable hodgepodge that is constantly running the risk of never get another save?
    For laughs- 16 saves so far, current bullpen is Gallegos, Miller, Nick Anderson, Buttrey, Rosenthal, and Jimenez.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, all pens are a mess — I’d forget Gallegos and Jeffress

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry, didn’t realize this was Rotowan’s post — carry on!

        • Matty says:
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          No worries.
          We’ll see if the bullpen expert agrees with FML.

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        Grey, this is fantortious interference and I demand satisfaction. But yeah, Jeffress is buried until they give up on Kimbrel. The vibe I get on Gallegos is that someone must not think he has the mental makeup to close. Has the stuff and the opportunity. At least Jiminez is murdering your ERA in blowouts…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1,000 apologies

        • Matty says:
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          Thanks.
          Jimenez is the platonic ideal of a closer on a trash team.
          There isn’t much bullpen competition so the job is secure, when their team wins it’s usually close so the opportunities exist sometimes; on the flip side they trot him out to stretch his arm when they’re on a long losing streak and sometimes he rewards you with four ER in 1/3.
          Forget the unwritten rules about swinging on 3-0 counts, we need one that says you shouldn’t blow up fantasy baseballers ratios by scoring insurance runs against closers who are only pitching the 9th in a losing effort to give them something to do.

          • Roto-Wan

            Roto-Wan says:
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            Yes! No hitting against closers getting work.

  2. Chris says:
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    Josh Staumont for the Royals will also help your K/9.

    Triple Digit Fastball with a low 80’s curve. Yikes!!

    • Chris says:
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      Also can someone explain to me the difference in benefits between the Patreon and the $24.99 MLB Deluxe package?

      I figured I’ve been mooching off you all for long enough and its time to support the cause.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Patreon gets an extra pod/week and Buy/sell a day early

  3. toolshed says:
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    Do you the minter will be on the mix for saves this year? He seems like he’s healthy and looks better than last year (small sample). Thx

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I think he has a long way to go to get the team’s trust fully back. Luke Jackson also seems to be next in line ahead of him.

  4. Brendan says:
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    Josh Staumont earning a shoutout in this space yet?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Yeah, he’ll likely be included in two weeks if he keeps it up. This is definitely not an all encompassing post.

  5. Sagacious Sally says:
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    Jordan Romano?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Might have something if he can keep the ball in that ballpark.

  6. Chris says:
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    Thanks Dad! I’m thinking I will eat PB&Js all week and just buy both with the allowance you give me.

  7. gino napoli says:
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    Hmm … Why no love for Jonathan Hernandez or Lucas Sims? Both have Whip less than one with greater than 11 kip.

    I own the two of them in leagues where pitching is scarce.

    25.2 ip 34 K 8 BB 10 Hits 7 R 4 ER … and …. 4 WINS !!!!!

    That’s a cy young candidate y’all.

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