Much like the famous Doors song that shares it’s name, bullpens are drawing near.  (Minus the Oedipus complex that the song explores.)  I mean, it may… but that is gross and I don’t wanna associate my bullpen goodies to that.  Moving on, shall we?  This year has been the SAGNOF-fest that we always come to expect.  Closers up, closers down.  Trades and attrition.  It happens every single year and it is the reason why the waiver wire is what it is: So we can get the new third closer for the Twins.  The chase for saves never ends, well, I mean it ends for season-long leagues, but for dynasty and keeper leagues, the times never change.  Saves are a category.  A deeply hated and often cursed at category that will always be debated about.  Whether or not to invest earlier picks then normal to get a stud, or just fill in with hope-so’s and also rans.  There unfortunately is no right or wrong answer because both strategies work as long as you are a waiver goblin.  So with the final post of the year, much like the other years that I have done this, we look to next year…  This year’s counting stats and information don’t matter, we want to know what lies on the horizon. So let’s find out!

2018 Projected Guess Closer Chart

American League

Team Closer Sneak Thief
Baltimore Zach Britton Brad Brach
Boston Craig Kimbrel Joe Kelly
Chicago Fernando Rodney Juan Minaya
Cleveland Cody Allen Andrew Miller
Detroit Shane Greene Sam Dyson
Houston Ken Giles Chris Devenski
KC Mike Minor Scott Alexander
LAA Blake Parker Cam Bedrosian
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Gabriel Moya
New York Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances
Oakland Blake Treinen Liam Hendriks
Seattle Edwin Diaz Nick Vincent
Tampa Alex Colome Tommy Hunter
Texas Greg Holland Keone Kela
Toronto Roberto Osuna Matt Belisle

National League

Team  Closer Sneak Thief
Arizona Archie Bradley Jimmie Sherfy
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino A.J. Minter
Chicago Kelvin Herrera Carl Edwards Jr.
Cincinnati Raisel Iglesias Jimmy Herget
Colorado Jeurys Familia Jake McGee
LA Dodgers Kenley Jansen David Hernandez
Miami Juan Nicasio Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Corey Knebel Josh Hader
New York A.J. Ramos Brandon Morrow
Philadelphia Addison Reed Adam Morgan
Pittsburgh Felipe Rivero Steve Cishek
San Diego Brad Hand Carter Capps
San Fran Mark Melancon Hunter Strickland
St. Louis Wade Davis Seung-Hwan Oh
Washington Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson


  1. kenly0 says:

    Wow. Davis to the Cards. And, the Cubs going to KC for their closer again. I like a lot of the predictions though.

    Off topic a little. Who do you like more for next year? A. Simmons or J. Cueto?

    • kenly0 says:

      @kenly0: Also, do you think Hader stays in the pen? I personally believe that he has TOR stuff.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:

        @kenly0: he needs a third pitch imo. But is def a starter until he isn’t kind of deal

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @kenly0: yea why not. Thanks. Simmons.

  2. Steve says:

    Who are your guesses for pitchers with RP/SP eligibility or even starters who are now pitching out of the pullpen who might vulture a win over the weekend?


    Anymore? Need all the help I can get!


    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Steve: ooh tough one. Try to look at teams in playoffs for guys that aren’t part of the playoff rotation. One last appearance type deals.

      • Steve says:

        @Smokey: Albers! Long relief types also work.

  3. Chucky says:

    Worried about any regression for Godley? He’s wore down at the end of the year, but that was kind of expected. Yet still had excellent K/9 rates notwithstanding. The NL W isn’t the worst place to pitch, sans Coors. My question is, is he keeper eligible? Not at the point where I can say Godley or so and so, but is he at least in the keep conversation? 12 keep forever with no contracts 12 teamer.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Chucky: regression sure. He’s pitched better and for more innings than expected this year. With 12 keepers he’s knocking on the door.

  4. ichirosan says:


    thanks for the updates along the year. It didn’t work out this year with my teams, but it never was because of a lack of reliever advice, lol

    Anyway… I’m looking to make a speculative add for one of my dynasty team, having already added Kintzler. Who do you like more: Reed or Minor?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @ichirosan: my pleasure. Reed is going to be looking for a closer job and money. Where as Minir may fall into the job on a rebuilding Royals team. I’d say Minor right now, but I think both have their pluses and minuses as a save gobbler next year.

  5. KMDA007 says:

    Hey Smokey. Just wanted to say thank you for all the bullpen work that you do throughout the year!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @KMDA007: my pleasure. Thanks for the read and kind words all year.

  6. Robert Steinberg says:

    Kintzler back to Minnesota?

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