Roto-Wan is recovering from the toddler flu. I’m his semi-conscious fantasy lobe here to deliver you the best closer rankings I can with the limited blood sugar I’ve been able to hoard. Tiers will be sick day daytime TV-themed.

  • The Rays were finally forced to call on Jose Alvarado Wednesday. He had barely pitched the last two weeks. That seemed like a pretty clear injury signal. Then they go and use him for 1.1 innings. That doesn’t seem like usage of a pitcher you’re worried may be hurt. It could have just been arm fatigue. We’ll continue to monitor the situation in Tampa with a puzzled look.
  • Some owners may have prematurely jettisoned Matt Barnes when it looked like he was going to handle the tougher stretch of batters in the seventh or eighth inning. Ryan Brasier is having some struggles, however. That’s led to some Barnes saves and waiver wire dashes. I’d usually prefer the better reliever in a timeshare and that’s no different here.
  • Julio Urias got the call for the ninth when Kenley Jansen had pitched three straight days. Urias goes straight to the top of my closer-in-waiting speed dial. Jansen seems right currently but 2018 was a bumpy ride for the reliever. Urias excellent velocity and swing and miss stuff makes him a natural replacement at closer. That’s especially noteworthy with Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez being career setup men.
  • The Mariners may actually miss Hunter Strickland. Every week seems to bring another challenge at the end of their bullpen. Anthony Swarzak is currently working his way out of save opportunities by blowing three of his last six. If Strickland was cut in your league he’s as good of a stash as you’re going to find.
  • A bullpen role has suited Junior Guerra well. The Brewers will look to find a right-handed complement to Josh Hader for saves somewhere. Doubly so with Hader showing his mortality lately. Guerra picked up his second save of the season. His role is far from set in stone with Jeremy Jeffress still working back into form. Junior could get looks in the ninth as the season wears on, though.

The Price Is Right

The King of all daytime TV. The Bob Barker version was better, but Drew Carey is a decent host. TPIR is a perfect blend of low-level thinking and moderate excitement.

Syndication Pick’em: Friends/How I Met Your Mother/Futurama

It’s familiar, formulaic, and comforting. The kind of background noise that’s great for napping to.

Anything On Food Network

There’s little chance you’re applying anything from a cooking show in your state. Still, it’s comforting to know that Alton Brown can electro-fry a turkey using jumper cables clamped to the breasts.

HGTV

Why would you want to watch someone else argue with their spouse about home repair?

 

  1. LadyScorpio says:
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    Hi Roto Wan,

    Good article. But isn’t Jeurys Familia on the IL? I just picked up Elias Roenis. I wasn’t aware that he’d pitched poorly during the few times that he’s closed. I’m in a 10 team roto, saves+holds league. Should I drop Roenis for Julio Urias instead? Please advise.

    Thanks,
    LadyScorpio

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I did miss that. I would hold Elias in the short term and if he’s not of use in a week or two you could consider Urias if there aren’t other options. Urias isn’t likely to see saves outside of days Jansen has pitched back to back.

      • Long Balls says:
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        The closer guy isn’t up to date on closer news?

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          No, I just missed editing the setup guy for the most stable closer in baseball. Thanks for busting my normal length balls.

  2. zach jany says:
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    Drop robles and pick up alvarado?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      That’s a tricky one. Robles is seeing save opps and Alvarado has some question marks. Two weeks again this would have been a silly question. Is Robles your only drop?

      • zach jany says:
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        W. Davis
        B.parker
        Robles

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          You have a decent base for saves with Davis/Parker. I think the long term upside of Alvarado is a worthwhile gamble.

  3. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    Which two for saves?

    Diego Castillo, Elias, Kintzler, Cody Allen

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Castillo and Elias, though Kintzler is intriguing.

  4. Drew says:
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    Would you drop JA Happ (he’s my SP 6) for Guerra?

    • Drew says:
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      Btw: 16-team keeper that counts sv+holds

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        16 teams is deep. Guerra won’t have the prettiest ratios or the most Ks but could have a role. I’d be looking to swap Happ for solid RP at some point anyway.

  5. toolshed says:
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    Do you think urias will generate a good amount of holds? He qualifies as a starter so that is gold in s+h league. Thanks

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      It’s a possibility. I’d guess that Kelly and Baez are pretty dug in as veteran setup men, though. Holds can happen more erraticly which helps.

  6. Mike says:
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    Why are lefty relievers so harshly discriminated against? Hader is as good as any closer in baseball, yet for some reason they need to find a “righty compliement” to him?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      It doesn’t really make sense. Some teams do it though. To be fair, Hader’s had some hiccups lately so it could benefit him. I think every bullpen should be modeled the way the Twins have. Late inning options from both sides.

  7. im jose canseco says:
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    Is it time to move on from Minter?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Might be. What alarms me is he started the year with should soreness. This is probably related.

  8. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Hey Roto-Wan,

    Nice article. Currently running NO closer and I’m second in the league overall, but I want to stream one guy to try to steal the saves category currently tied 0-0.

    Do you know what Alvarado’s possible injury might be? Can’t find anything on it anywhere.

    Available: Castillo, Rogers, Barnes, Robles, C. Martin.

    Leaning towards Castillo but wanted your opinion

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      esp. with alvarado having pitched recently, I think they go with Castillo for the next save opp

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        Can you afford to grab a few of those? The first 3 make a decent fantasy pen. What are the other lower saves totals you’re chasing? Rogers will protect the ratios the best out of the group, imo.

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          Sorry – I’m assuming you’re asking about saves totals from the other matchups? It’s been less than 3 saves per week for like the last 4 out of 5 weeks.

          SPs are: Marquez, Nola, Buehler, C. Smith, Weaver, Ray, Gray, Quintana, Montas, Peacock, Miley, M. Perez.
          Only two hitters on bench: Torres, Dahl

          Dropped Miley and can drop peacock but I want Perez’s start against Det tmw. My biggest reservation about having 3 closers is I have no stream spot then for SPs and there are some nice streamers available. Peacock has a nice start Mon v Det.

          • Roto-Wan

            Roto-Wan says:
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            You can still cut an RP to stream an SP. I’d try to grab two or three and see if you can land some saves to win the cat. Either Astro is a drop and stream, not sure which Gray but I’m ok dropping either as well. I also don’t trust Montas all that much.

            • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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              Sorry…Jon Gray.

              Yeah I agree on all fronts…going to drop both ‘Stros and scoop Diego and either Rogers/Barnes. Thanks for the advice!

  9. EB says:
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    Like many, Im having the worst luck with closers lol. Im only in a 10 team HTH league but closers get scooped up on draft day and most good teams have at least 4. My closers are Diaz, Iglesias, Leclerc, and Ive recently added Chris Martin (because Leclerc has sucked, and Kelley went to the IL, but Im hesitant to just drop Leclerc) and Barnes of the Redsox….Robles is still on the wire as well.

    The proplem is its a QS league and Im struggling with starting pitching in ERA, WHIP, and QS so Im stuck between adding SP’s and dropping the struggling/fringe closers like Martin/Leclerc/Barnes, and just keeping Diaz and Iglesias while adding a few of the following SP’s in their place: Folty(recently dropped), Canning. Woodruff or Gibson. My current staff is below… any insight on who to keep and/or drop would be appreciated.

    SP Joe Musgrove
    SP Jack Flaherty
    SP Mike Soroka
    RP Chris Martin
    SP Matthew Boyd
    SP Kyle Hendricks
    RP Edwin Diaz
    RP Raisel Iglesias
    RP Jose Leclerc
    SP Walker Buehler
    SP Eduardo Rodriguez
    Corey Kluber(IL)
    Mike Clevinger(IL)

    • EB says:
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      Forgot to add RP Matt Barnes to my current staff above…

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      You’ve just had crap luck I think. I’d prefer Robles to Martin, but that’s about it. Leclerc should get the job back if he can get right.

      • EB says:
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        Thanks for the feedback, last question, if you’d be so kind, would you still rather want Robles over Martin while holding Leclerc or Drop Martin for Folty and hope he returns to form?

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          I don’t think you need Folty.

          • EB says:
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            Ok thanks, losing Clevinger and Kluber have me feeling like my staff isnt as good as it needs to be, so I appreciate the outside perspective.

        • EB says:
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          *rather have

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