So I was semi-bored this week, only semi, because I am a guy and porn still does exist.  I was looking at the save totals this year as compared to last year, so I went to my local library and to my surprise it still exists, although I had to google directions on how to get there.  So, the numbers this year through Tuesday — that’s 8/26 for all of you keeping score on your watch calculator — are as follows:  there have been 1971 games played, 1971 wins and losses  (if they don’t equal then something is wrong) and the total saves for MLB to date is exactly 1,000.  You’re asking yourself how does this help you?  Well this is a numbers game where the games left play against you in order to move up in the standings.  So, if save totals are averaging at 50.8% of the wins, and this number is fairly consistent (2012: 51.4, 2011: 51.1), and there are 459 (there are 2,430 wins and loses every year, minus rain outs) wins left to garner a save in, that gives you  233 saves left to collect in your league.  That may look like a lot but you prolly only have anywhere between 2-4 closers on your roster, so the accumulation for your gain may be slim.  Stick around for some opines on some closers,  I can’t promise there won’t be anymore numbers though.

Greg Holland – Is just sik wit it.  Slang intended. To think he was demoted from the job for nearly 2 weeks earlier in the year.  Yeah, I know he is a top 5 closer, but statistically he is on par or better than some of the popular favorite closers who get smoke ritualistically blown up their you know whats.  K/9 better than everyone not named Chapman. BB/9 better than Kimbrel, and the best xFIP among all closers.  I am not saying he is the best, but merely reflected and letting some numbers hit ya.

Tyler Clippard – If he isn’t owned go get him, the Soriano ship is sinking and word through the grapevine is he may be on the outs.

Addison Reed – If you haven’t noticed, if you play in H2H leagues Reed basically has won you the last 2 weeks prolly all by himself.  With 8 saves in as many chances he is making a push to be tail end of the top 10 closer pond based solely on quantity.  He doesn’t woo you with the sexual K chocolates that others offer but he has the job until he sucks.  Now if the pale hose get some decent SP next year look out.

Rex Brothers – As the burial at sea of Rafael Betancourt commences, Brothers takes the reins and is going to run into next year’s little orphan awesome.  I wish Rafael the best of luck and hope that Splinter still allows him the occasional pizza.  Brothers has the goods, K/IP over 1, a nice fastball and a decent put away slider.  He is going to be a highly thought of fantasy option next year, because I say he is.


$12 Salads

You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads.

1. Craig Kimbrel – (-) (Jordan Walden, Luis Avilan, Scott Downs)

2. Kenley Jansen – (-) (Ronald Belisario, Paco Rodriguez, Brian Wilson)

3. Greg Holland – (+1) (Aaron Crow, Kelvin Herrera, Tim Collins)

4. Joe Nathan – (-1) (Tanner Scheppers, Joakim Soria, Robbie Ross)

5. Aroldis Chapman – (+1) (J.J. Hoover, Manny Parra, Sam LeCure)

6. Mariano Rivera – (-1) (David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan)

7. Addison Reed – (+3) (Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal)

8. Grant Balfour – (-1) (Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle)

9. Koji Uehara – (-) (Junichi Tazawa, Matt Thornton, Craig Breslow)

10. Glen Perkins – (-1) (Jared Burton, Casey Fien)

11. Edward Mujica – (+1) (Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness)

12. Sergio Romo – (-1) (Santiago Casilla, Sandy Rosario)



Imagine you’re following a donkey, who’s wearing a wool cap, through a desert for 1700 miles. Why are you following a donkey? Because he promises you something wonderful and you just need to trust him. Does the donkey talk? Yes. Yes, he does talk. So when you and the donkey in the wool cap arrive at his destination, he removes the wool cap to reveal a horn. The donkey is a unicorn and his gift to you for your trust is saves. These closers are Donkeycorns.

13. Joaquin Benoit – (+3) (Jose Veras, Drew Smyly, Bruce Rondon)

14. Fernando Rodney – (+2) (Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, Alex Torres)

15. Jim Johnson – (-1) (Tommy Hunter, Francisco Rodriguez, Darren O’Day, )

16. Jonathan Papelbon – (-) (Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman)

17. Rafael Soriano – (-4) (Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen)

18. Chris Perez – (-) (Joe Smith, Cody Allen)

19. Mark Melancon – (-) (Tony Watson, Bryan Morris, Justin wilson)

20. Casey Janssen – (-) (Sergio Santos, Aaron Loup, Brett Cecil)

21. Jim Henderson – (+2) ( John Axford, Brandon Kintzler)

22. Rex Brothers – (+3) ( Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino, Wilton Lopez)

23. Huston Street – (-2) (Luke Gregerson, Dale Thayer, Nick Vincent)

24. Danny Farquhar – (+2) (Yoervis Medina, Oliver Perez)

25. Steve Cishek – (-2) (A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn)


Brain Freezes

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Carlos Marmol– Wait, he just gave up 12 earned runs and hit Castro in the head with a pick-off throw. Brain freeze! Make it stop! Use the following closers at your own risk.

26. Brad Ziegler – (-2) (Heath Bell, WIll Harris, Joe Thatcher)

27. Kevin Gregg – (-) (James Russell, Blake Parker, Pedro Strop)

28. LaTroy Hawkins – (-) (Gonzalez German, David Aarsdma, Robert Carson)

29. Dane de la Rosa – (-) (Ernesto Frieri, Michael Kohn, J.C. Gutierrez)

30. Chia-Jen Lo – (-) (Josh Fields, Josh Zeid, Kevin Chapman)


  1. Elwood Blues says:

    Would you trust Parnell coming back strong from the start next year? Or coming back at all?
    since he keeps putting off surgery.

    I have an offer to send Street $20 for Parnell $1 from a contending team in need of saves. I am strictly looking at next year.. NL Only 4×4 12 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      I’d take Parnell there, but I don’t have high hopes for him… Just seems like a slam dunk for the possibility at $1

  2. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:

    Should I hang onto Melancon a while after Grilli returns or grab Clippard or Kelly Gregg right away? Dropping Brothers after Betancourt’s first save back’s giving me a red patoot for all the kicking myself I’m doing now.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Clint (aka Pablo Death): Melancon is rosterable in any format saves or not, but if chasing saves I would wait a week before dropping him for some with stat fortitude

  3. YoAdrian says:

    Am I crazy to consider keeping Kimbrel and Jansen in a five-player keeper league? Goldschmidt, Encarnacion and Kipnis are just about locks. Last two I’ll be choosing from Longoria, Dom Brown and the two stud closers. I always choose bats over arms which is why I’m not even considering keeping Wainwright. But starting my team out with two superstud closers is extremely intriguing. Anybody have any thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @YoAdrian: It would be ballsy, and ur set at the power spots. If you do it keep me updated.

  4. patoman says:

    In a 19-team league and I have Berkman on the DL, though I don’t really have a spot for him in my lineup when he comes back. Today being the trade deadline I was offered:

    Blake Parker & Pedro Strop
    for Berkman

    Your brain freeze section makes it look like Russell’s next in line, but what are the chances Parker/Strop step into the closer spot? Does Gregg keep the job ROS? I’d only do this trade if Gregg has a chance of getting waived or Cubs management want to see some younger guns close.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @patoman: No one knows what the Cubs will do. That deep of a league would you want an occasional bat or a losing teams bullpen. Tough call

  5. SteveV says:

    Yahoo format with 3 rp roster. I have Perkins, Mujica and Hawkins with Ziegler on my bench and Grilli on the DL. H2H playoffs are next week. Would you feel safe? I”ll keep on eye on Clippard but who should go from this group?

    • SteveV says:

      I like to keep a rp on the bench for the Monday and Thursday day offs or when a rp has 3 straight days.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:

        @SteveV: your good, good strategy also

  6. Casey says:

    I am currently sitting at 4.5 out of 12 in my Roto league for saves. I have Hawkins and Zieglar, should I drop both of these guys for middle relievers with good K potential or go get Clippard and save the other?

    P.S. my other 2 closers are Benoit and Jansen.

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