Much like an actual brasier, that’s used to store live coals, relievers get hot at certain times of the season. Perhaps we’re about to embark on just such a hot streak for some guys. Maybe one is actually named Brasier. Let’s take a look at the bullpen news of the week:

    • A fresh Ryan Brasier looked sharp earning a save in his return from the bereavement list. Could this be a sign of things to come? The Red Sox would love it if he could do the job they ticketed him for this season.
    • The Reds desire to use Rasiel Iglesias in other innings has popped back up. David Bell called on Iglesias in the eighth two straight days, giving Michael Lorenzon back to back saves. You haven’t been thrilled with the production from Iglesias this season so here’s some poop icing on your crap cake.
    • Ken Giles doesn’t expect to miss more than the minimum ten days on the IL. It is elbow soreness, however. More often than not that doesn’t just go away and is indicative of worse things to come. I’d hold the backups in Daniel Hudson or Joe Biagini if your spent FAAB on them. For a week or so, just in case.
    • Craig Kimbrel is making rehab appearances in Iowa. He’ll be in Chicago sooner than later it seems should all go smoothly.
    • Wade Davis has had an eventful return from the IL. He blew a save early in the week and had a bumpy conversion Wednesday night with a solo homer and base runner stranded on second. We’ve been through this with him before. Part of owning Davis is taking some midseason lumps. I’m holding Scott Oberg in the event another IL stint is needed.
    • Roberto Osuna blew a save Wednesday, as well. He’s not unaccustomed to the occasional hiccup. This isn’t a thing unless more blow-ups happen close together.

Bull Durham

No other baseball movie paints as full a picture as Bull Durham. The creators got everything right about the world of minor league baseball. Plus peak Susan Sarandon.

The Sandlot

A very dependable film. It takes you back to childhood and puts you out there with Small and Benny and Squints and Ham. You’re happy to turn it on any time.

Major League

Despite being a personal favorite, it does lack substance. Plus the lead character is Ricky Vaugh, who has no control. Sometimes that’s good. Other times…

Trouble With The Curve

You can totally judge pitching by just sound. That’s a real thing. Also, prospects entire careers are decided in one impromptu batting practice all the time.

  1. EB says:
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    Help me Roto-Wan, you’re my only hope…So here’s the thing I have a competitive team but closers are hoarded and most wont even consider trading a mid to low level closer for a decent arm like E-Rod, Sonny Gray, etc. in my 10 team HTH 5×5 OBP/QS league. This is my current pitching staff:

    SP Cleveinger
    SP Boyd
    SP E-Rod
    SP Buehler
    SP S.Gray
    SP Flaherty
    SP Soroka
    SP Woodruff
    SP Canning
    RP Diaz
    RP Iglesias
    RP I. Kennedy

    I feel like I need a forth closer to compete in the Saves category, however my waiver choices are :S.Kelley, Elias(who seems to be getting all the chances in Seattle) at least until Strickland returns, H.Strickland(would have to roster now IL spots), or one of Alvarado/Castillo. I dont have a bat to drop as I only keep 1 bench bat and he’s on the IL but on my active roster(As again I dont have an open IL spot with Correa and Kluber occupying them). So even though you have the TB trio listed the highest I need someone getting the lions share of the chances.

    Would you stand pat, or drop an arm for one of the available closers, and if so which arm? Thanks in advance!

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Let me start by asking why you’re rostering Sonny Gray in a 10-team with that staff? Send his ass packing for Castillo. I’d also prefer Alvarado over Kennedy (hopefully he’s rested upon return). That way you get most TB saves and quality Ks.

      • EB says:
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        Ha, fair enough… I added Gray when Clevinger was still on the IL and he had a few decent starts with good K’s, I had thought about dropping him for a closer but E-Rods up and down nature along with young arms like Woodruff, Canning, and Soroka potentially having innings limits gave me pause. I had been considering Gray as the drop for S.Kelley seeing as Leclerq refuses to reclaim the role, but I can see how owning the TB duo might be a better option. Thanks for the reply.

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          Honestly, I would even consider dropping ERod for Kelley in addition to that. Bank some saves while you can. There will always be a streamable starter in a 10-team.

          • EB says:
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            Very true, thanks again for the reply!

  2. EB says:
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    Forgot to mention theres a lot of secondary candidates like Brasier, Hudson, Biagini, Oberg, etc. available as well but not sure any are worth dropping a starter for.

  3. BH says:
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    Is Alvarado the clear favorite in Tampa once he returns? Have him stashed in my “N/A” spot right now.

    Thanks

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I wouldn’t expect their roles to be any different than earlier this year. Both guys will be used in the ninth depending on varying factors.

  4. carter franz says:
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    Can you give a short list of closers who you think will be the main closer after the trade deadline

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Hard to say who will be sellers with the playoff format. The shortlist of candidates would be Will Smith, Sean Doolittle, Rasiel Iglesias, and Shane Greene. Teams have learned not to overpay for a rental closer for the most part, too.

  5. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team Saves+Holds league.

    I’m stashing LeClerc due to his cheap $6 salary and potential. Is he worth the stash?

    I’m starting Brad Hand and just picked up Brasier.

    Blake Parker, Tony Watson, Diego Castillo, Chris Martin, Joe Jimenez, Archie Bradley, Shawn Kelley, and Sergio Romo, Swarzak, and Liam Hendriks are available.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I’d roster Kelley at the least, while you wait on Leclerc. Castillo or Parker would be good if you can fit em.

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        OK, thanks!

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