Step right up folks, only $5 waiver wire bucks gets you the admission of a lifetime!  It brings you wonderment beyond compare, unfulfilled roster spots with the snap of a finger, and most of all, it gives you zero return on your initial investment sometimes.  Yes, that’s right gents (and gals too!), it’s the ever growing laundry pile that sits in the corner, but without the physical stench its the bullpen keystone capers.  Key the music!  The Blue Jays started the year thinking the man with the poor eye sight would be nice a cozy in the head bullpen chair.  Unbeknownst to them, he sucked and failed at his job and was demoted to a set-up role.  Fast forward two and half whole weeks, and he is somehow back to being the man again.  Did he develop a new pitch, started throwing with his feet? Nope, he is still the same ole Brett Cecil.  He isn’t throwing any harder and didn’t change his wind-up.  He is just the next man up after Miguel Castro went all bay of pigs, making us all buy into him, and then poof went the dynamite.  I personally didn’t think it would be a forever type scenario, and as far as I’m concerned, Cecil isn’t the man either as he sits right now.  That just opens the door for possiblities… a trade (Papelbon perhaps), a free agent signee off the street (Rafael Soriano), or eventually going back to Castro or letting Roberto Osuna get a shot at the title.  My answer is yes to all the above.  I think it takes another failure by Cecil for the contending Blue Jays to realize that they need to shore that thing up.  So in a month we could see a whole new bullpen there, and no, I am not kidding.  So now that the team beyond the wall is taken care of this week, let’s peruse what else is happening around the league in bullpen situations.

  • The lincoln log of a bullpen that the Dodgers have strung together has been quite, well for lack of a better term, completely terrible.  No one expected it to be a revolving door of Winnie the Pooh that Mattingly seems to miss-match and mold into brown colored Play-Doh.  Fortunately for him, Jansen is working his way back and looks to be three weeks away. Until then, it’s the Yimi Garcia show.  The only thing that worries me about Yimi is that I think he gets totally over-worked as a setup option when Jansen comes back, which sucks, because he has the goods to be a 12-plus K guy and a hold monster.
  • I really hope, well not really because I own him universally, that Jordan Walden‘s arm stays attached long enough for him to continue to do what he is doing.  He is a horse in front of Rosenthal this year, having already appeared in 11 games for the Cards.  He is on pace for 111 games pitched.  Crazy.  Crazy effective, it’s like a magical fairy dust being in that bullpen.  Year after year, they finish in the top-ten in ERA, Holds, and Appearances with the Lead, and over the last five years aggregate, they have the highest leverage situation.  If I made you crossed eyed there, those are all good things.
  • Raise your hand if you are sick of the Steve Cishek thing in Miami….  Yeah, me too. He looks to me as to be flinging more then pitching this year. The time to roster A.J Ramos and Mike Dunn is probably now, even if they sit there and do nothing to be first.  For those in way deeper leagues where both are gone, look at a guy named Nick Donatello, (Splinter is sold separately).
  • For those of you worried about Dellin Betances having value in any league, check out his last five appearances. 17 consecutive batters faced, 17 consecutive outs.  Oh, and you should also throw in 10 K’s in that span.  That is front line porn star stuff… think Johnny Wad, Chestor Copperpot, or for fun, tell me what your porn star name would be.  Take your first pet’s name plus the street your grew up on… put it in the comments.  Mine is Chipper St. Charles. [Jay’s Note: Mine ended up being Lady Sakina. I’m so exotic!]
  • Jared Hughes is the co-leader (Walden, Johnson) in the clubhouse right now, 20 games into the season in the Holds category.  The Pirates have 11 wins and Hughes has appeared in 9 of those wins, good for 7 holds this year.  Mix that in with what Watson is eventually going to do by years end, and the Pirates are contenders just on bullpen goodness.
  • The news on Adam Ottavino is not looking good.  Which moves everyone up the line in Colorado, so extra rocky mountain oysters for all.  Look for Brooks Brown, Boone Logan, Rafael Betancourt and Christian Friedrich to keep doing what they do in front of John Axford.  I would pick them up exactly how I listed them.  Oh and Colorado still has more holds as a team (23) as the bottom six teams in the league do combined.

 

Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Jared Hughes  7/1 9 6/1
Jordan Walden  7/0 8 4/0
Jim Johnson  7/1 9 5/0
Brooks Brown 6/0 6 2/0
Dellin Betances   5/0 5 6/1
Casey Fien   5/1 6 2/0
Boone Logan   5/1 7 1/1
Pat Neshek   5/0 6 2/0
Sergio Romo   5/0 5 5/3
Joe Smith   5/1 6 0/0
Matt Thornton   5/0 5 12/1
Pedro Baez   4/1 6 4/0
Joaquin Benoit   4/2 8 0/0
Ken Giles  4/0 6 0/0
Carson Smith   4/1 6 9/3
Kevin Jepsen   4/0 5 3/1
Junichi Tazawa   4/0 7 0/0
Rafael Betancourt   4/0 7 2/0
Seth Maness  4/0 6 7/2
Cody Martin   4/1 6 6/1
Carlos Torres   4/0 9 8/0

 

 

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  1. PistolofPete says:
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    Just traded Familia and Liriano for Puig in a 10 team h2h points league. Thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @PistolofPete: You got the best player, as long as you have 2 other closers you good

      • PistolofPete says:
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        @Smokey:

        just traded bruceee and rondon for holland. needless to say, i think i’ll be ok with holland, k-rod and allen

  2. Ryan says:
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    who is first for MIA, Ramos or Dunn?

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @Ryan:
      Maybe Morris

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Ryan: it’s ramos here. even if it might’ve been committee dunn’s been bad so far.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ryan: It’s Ramos for me, i don’t like what I am seeing out of Dunn

  3. CL says:
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    I have Axford & Betancourt. Saves only. Would you hold both or dump one for Ramos (or someone else?)?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @CL: Betancourt for Ramos

  4. slimbo says:
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    What’s up

    In a saves and holds league would you drop carson smith for brooks brown or caminero?

    • burningbridges247 says:
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      @slimbo: I watched Caminero pitch to the Cubs last night. When he is locked in, he is almost unhittable. He had a little blow up the last time he saw the Cubs, but even the Cub’s announcers were saying he looked like a different pitcher. I went and picked him up immediately. I think he has an excellent amount of value in a holds league, plus he will give you tons of Ks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @slimbo: Id hold for now, but watch Smith’s usage. If he doesn’t get another hold in a weeks time or in his next 2 appearances dump for Brown

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Rosewood Lollipops!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Grey: that’s epic!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Grey: Judge Reinhold from Beverly Hills Cop?

  6. Chrisso says:
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    Cheeky Burrabirra!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chrisso: Can’t be true that is epic with latino flavor

  7. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Benji Walker in the spot

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Sounds like a dog who drives in fast and the furious

  8. Robbie Mack says:
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    Bobo Flintrock. I think I have the hillbilly market cornered.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Robbie Mack: Anything Bobo screams pick-up truck and a famitly tree that goes straight up and down.

  9. I read something somewhere that the Jays were considering moving Sanchez back to the pen. Any thoughts on that? As he has been a meddling starter on my bench I would love the move.

  10. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Another option for Toronto is to move Sanchez to the pen and slide Estrada into the rotation. Oh, and my porn name would be Bruiser Maple. WHO WANTS SYRUP?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Holy Vermont… Yea Toronto is becoming a blah reliever situation after a preseason of Cecil hype and the Castro hype. Hype all around north of the border typical JV America

  11. Scott says:
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    Yeah, Mutt Cherry doesn’t sound too appealing.

    • Cimme says:
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      @Scott: too bad your first pet name wasn’t something like Rosie or Precious….or something

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: haha sounds like a band

  12. Tehol Beddict says:
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    I want Castro flogged in public!!! #Disgrace

    • pbmax says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I am NOT happy he made me pick up Cecil

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: you want first swing?

  13. Griff says:
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    Smokey,
    Which of the following do you believe will most likely end up with a closer gig: AJ Ramos, Tony Watson, Brad Ziegler? Looking to pick one of them up for future saves and need most bang for the buck.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Griff: Ramos, but the situation changes with every crappy appearance

  14. gobiggreen says:
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    Skipper Morningview….i feel like i saw that guy near the playground

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @gobiggreen: that is awesome. I would legally change my name to that.

  15. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    holds/whip/k’s and BB’s in this league, not ERA though. Best overall guy here not just most holds. fien injury, add one of these
    scribner (now 8th inning man, cook back into 7th so far)/sipp (wonderful, but behind a few guys)/COL guys not named betancourt/c.smith/caminero/siegrist/osuna/a.torres

    scribner and a.torres have picked up holds in a short amount of time, scribner since moving into 8th. a.torres is listed as 7th, but he’s been much better than c.torres and could move up more.

    ottavino is still with the team too, and no matter what his quotes say they don’t usually do that with guys who they think are really badly injured.

    • Smokey

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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: I am feeling Siegrist. I think Walden’s usage has to come to a medium soon

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Smokey: i hope so too, like you said above, i have walden in some leagues, i think mostly dynasties, so i don’t want him going the way of those ATL guys from a few years back. all of them still out of baseball.

  16. pike says:
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    Spicy Granada….

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @pike: Great Caribbean restaurant name

  17. Jake DuBois says:
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    Thanks for your article. I generally love your perspective, but as a Dodgers fan, I do have to refute your claim that the Dodgers’ bullpen is “completely terrible.” As of last week, the bullpen has actually been the best in all of baseball (by FanGraphs WAR); far from any type of a disaster. Here’s two articles to support that:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-dodgers-bullpen-as-a-roadmap/
    http://dodgersdigest.com/2015/04/23/that-quietly-great-dodger-bullpen-is-getting-national-attention/

    Anyway, I know this is a fantasy site and there hasn’t necessarily been fantasy value here, but to call it terrible is completely inaccurate.

    • Smokey

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      @Jake DuBois: I am calling it terrible strictly on a fantasy front. Baez and the like that are pitching “adequate” do you really predict that to last. It’s never great for fantasy when the only guy I would put on any one of my rosters is on the DL

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Jake DuBois: i know even hatcher’s FIP is great.

  18. Cimme says:
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    Charlie Brown Snow…wow

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Cimme: Peanuts meets game of thrones

  19. James V says:
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    Gotta disagree with you on the Dodger bullpen.

    They rank first in the majors in many categories. Their 30% K-rate is tops in the majors, ahead of the torrid starts of the Betances/Miller tandem in New York. K-BB% is also league leading; so is their xFIP. Their BABIP and strand rates are normal, which don’t point to good luck.

    A couple guys (Hatcher and Baez) are unheralded as bullpen arms because they’re relatively new position player conversions. They’re still young and come with question marks but that seems to be a prerequisite for any dynamic, cost-controlled bullpen. I’d keep an eye on them along with Paco Rodgriguez and Adam Libertore. As a Dodger fan, I’m thrilled that we’re taking chances on these guys rather than overpaid ex-closer retreads.

    • Schlurricane

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      @James V: I gotta agree with you on this one. Friedman is the master of finding bullpen arms and he seems to have greatly transformed that pen immediately. Plus I like how Mattingly has managed the pen so far. Mostly all new guys as you mentioned and so no defined roles with Kenley out. He’s letting them all have an open audition while keeping everyone from being overworked.

    • Smokey

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      @James V: I am strictly thinking and speaking from a fantasy rosterability standpoint. IO get that they lead in this and that but the guys have 10 innings under their belts this year and have no proven track record. A team with a 230 million dollar payroll should have addressed this better thats just my opinion

  20. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    That Jays roundup sounds about right to me. If you wanna know what happened to Castro just look at how much they worked him. Kid is 20 years old and he was leading the majors in appearances!?! Does anything about that sound like a wise managerial move? He’ll be back closing soon enough I think.

    I’ve gotta switch my porn name around from pet/street to street/pet, which makes it Plains Bonkers! If only I had lived on Plain Road instead of Plains!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: It’s going to change 2-3 more times and it’s now a complete roster avoid for me. plain bonkers sounds like a clown you hire to do a kids party

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Smokey: i would think osuna’s retained solid holds value during the entire time, and still seems to be. also he could be next one up for saves (i’m certainly not behind my 2nd statement as much as the first)

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @A Wesley Snipes Life: Osuna holds value same right now, maybe more of a positive because if Cecil fails again they arent throwing Castro back.

  21. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    Whiskey Linden!

  22. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    best pitcher pickup in 30 man league with holds. c.whitley/dyson/tonkin/boyer (i have fien and both of these guys should move up at MIN, some depth charts have boyer in 8th). i have 5 RP leone (not deserving that contract i gave him so far)/al al (same thing)/melancon/hatcher/furbush, and 5 SP quintana/liriano/c.anderson/sale/j.chavez with Erv Santana suspended (but i still get to pay for him since fantrax isn’t like real life where MIN got their money back)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life:Aaron Thompson avail, I like him better than Tonkin or Boyer

  23. Nick says:
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    yeah ;) picked up Walden previously and he’s sufficient for holds

    waiting for KJ to come back from DL as i (we) lost Otta this week,,,

    now the question is : i had TJWalker on my team , dropped , and now he’s looking fine (Better)

    my spare parts would be :
    Captain Eo(valdi) 1W 3NoDecision 1QS
    Shoemy 8IP 5K
    SuperGreene!? 3W 2L in a row

    and “nice add” avb pitchers are : Chase Anderson , TJ and Cecil

    my RP are Allen Walden Grilli … so Cecil could be a nice add waitingfor KJ

    DL spot : would you go Moore, Minor, Cliff Lee instead of Otta?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Nick: Capt EO is a streamer for me. Moore

  24. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    My first start after trading Robertson for deGrom and he had a no hitter going until Flores royally pooched the easiest double play ever. Now deGrom is falling apart. Lucky to get out allowing only 3 runs despite only one hit allowed.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Hate when defense kills ur game or day for fantasy

  25. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Runt Sheriff. DOH!!!

  26. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    1)Nice article as always Smoke, particularly enjoyed the Splinter bit (Haha!). The Marlins’ closer role is a shituation of the highest order. It seems wise to hedge your bets on Ramos, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them mix and match Dunn and Ramos, as they’ve done in the setup roles for at least the past couple seasons.

    2) I think Osuna (or Big Pitch Bob as I like to call him) is the best thing going in that Jays pen, and will eventually get a shot, but as you stated, Cecil will have to falter.

    3) As I recall , you are a fellow Blue. Let’s wrap this thing up on Sunday!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: Come on Chelsea. Come on Chelsea!!

  27. Chrisso says:
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    Appreciating all your work Smokey…

    Looking at overhauling my middle relief corp. After reading your article I’m thinking of switching out Cody Martin, Jesse Chavez and Farqhuar for Walden, AJ Ramos and Jared Hughes who are all available. Does this sound ok? I’ve a solid rotation but obviously keen to better ratios and grab a few k’s here and there plus thinking that adding a few closers in waiting wouldn’t hurt…
    thoughts?

    Cheers

    • Chrisso says:
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      @Chrisso: 14 team Yahoo Roto league i guess i might add…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chrisso: Yes to all three adds

  28. gordon shumway says:
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    Hey Smokey… would you drop Farquhar, Giles or Watson for Hughes? Thanks as always!

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @Smokey: much appreciated!

  29. Five-On-One says:
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    Hey Smokey – Who is in line to replace Reed as Arizona’s closer. Reed has looked.. well.. a lot like Reed.

    • Smokey

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      @Five-On-One: I think it’s Reed until they realize they aren’t in a race and then a youth movement. Burgos is the first guy I expect to see get a shot from minors. Ziegler or Stites might get a look as the vet preference, though I think Zieglar gets traded as well eventually

  30. Lovedarooks says:
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    I have Castro and Giles—really do neeD a closer. Do I dump Castro for Ramos -soriano-osuna-Ziegler ?
    What order

  31. Lovedarooks says:
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    What do u think if I give up c Davis and Zimmerman (P)
    For
    Kluber and betancis
    5×5
    Who wins?

  32. brett says:
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    Smokey

    Need holds: Cingrani or Tazawa? If it is close Cingrani’s SP ability is a bonus.

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