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Well, the demise of the active leader in career saves has happened. I can remember the days when he burst on the scene all wide-eyed and rally monkey backed.   That, unfortunately, was a dogs age in closer years.  Hell, most closers now a days are judged by weeks instead of years.  I personally don’t wanna think that he is completely done closing, but I think that he is done closing with the tigers (barring an injury or three).  So now it is the Justin Wilson show.  He is no stranger to high-leverage spots as he has been a critical holds guy for the past three years.  For comparison’s sake, think Tony Watson type of reliever… they even came up together with the Pirates to boot.  So the main question is will Wilson continue as such as the Tigers closer?  I say why not.  Joe Jimenez isn’t ready for prime time yet, or they don’t wanna throw the reigns on him yet.  The team has looked mediocre, and sorta old.  So alleviating Wilson to the closer role does two things: Makes their best reliever in the bullpen the closer, and it gives him even more trade value should the Tigers fall out of the race and eventually sell of some pieces.  Saves are ownable everywhere, and this doesn’t appear to be a committee type thing, so if you own him good on ya.  Let’s see what else is going down on Save Street lately…

  • A clot takes down the Familia.  Reed-ing is fundamental again.
  • Zach Britton is down again.  Brad Brach should be the go to man there with Darren O’day and Mychal Givens maybe getting mixed in now and again.  Brach has the reliever goods and should be a top-15 closer ’til Zach is on the attack again.
  • Similar thing in the land of Giants.  melancon is on the DL, but not as long as Britton.  So insert a committee of Derek Law and Hunter Strickland.  Law saw his first taste as the closer not go so well as he allowed 2 ER and didn’t look very confident.  It is going to be a this or that type switch there, both guys are ownable in the Zelda type quest for saves.
  • Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover race to get healthy and insert themselves into the Matt Albers, Enny Romero and Blake Treinen mix.  Dusty is going to Dusty.  I am recommending avoid the Nats closer switch until further notice.
  • Seung-Hwan Oh has settled in.  Breath.  Though we could do with more K’s fool!
  • The A’s seem to have put the cap more on Santiago Casilla then anyone else.  Rendering all others is useless.  Just for giggles, keep an eye on the usage of Bobby Wahl.
  • Reliever of interest this week is Josh Fields for the Dodgers.

$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. Kenley Jansen – (Sergio RomoPedro Baez)

2. Aroldis Chapman – (Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard)

3. Craig Kimbrel – (Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes)


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.

4. Ken Giles – (Luke Gregerson, Chris Devenski)

5. Cody Allen – (Andrew MillerBryan Shaw)

6. Greg Holland – (Adam Ottavino, Mike Dunn)

7. Wade Davis(Hector RondonKoji Uehara, Pedro Strop)

8. Edwin Diaz – (Nick Vincent, Dan Altavilla)

9. Seung-Hwan Oh – (Trevor Rosenthal, Matt Bowman)

10. Kelvin Herrera – (Joakim Soria, Mike MinorMatt Strahm)

11. David Robertson(Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak)

12. Alex Colome – (Danny Farquhar, Chase WhitleyAustin Pruitt)

13. Matt Bush – (Jeremy Jeffress, Keone Kela)

14. Roberto Osuna – (Jason Grilli, Ryan Tepera)

15. A.J. Ramos– (Brad ZieglerKyle Barraclough)

16. Tony Watson – (Juan NicasioFelipe Rivero)

17. Brad Brach – (Darren O’Day, Mychal Givens)


These guys are the men that make the save market go round. They punch in, punch out. Have the job, no real threat to speak of, and are basically just there to collect great benny’s so they can take care of their crippled brother. Who is only really crippled because he is scared of the sun.

18. Jim Johnson –  (Arodys Vizcaino, Jose Ramirez)

19. Brandon Kintzler – (Ryan Pressly, Matt Belisle)

20. Neftali Feliz – (Corey Knebel, Jacob Barnes)

21. Brandon Maurer (Carter Capps – DL, Ryan Buchter, Brad Hand)


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.

22. Justin Wilson – (Alex Wilson, Shane Greene)

23. Addison Reed – (Hansel RoblesFernando Salas)

24. Bud Norris – (Blake Parker, David Hernandez)

25.  Hunter Strickland /Derek Law 

26. Hector Neris – (Joaquin Benoit, Edubray Ramos)

27. Santiago Casilla  (Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull)

28. Shawn Kelley / Blake Treinen / Matt Albers / Koda Glover

29. Raisel Iglesias – (Drew Storen , Michael Lorenzen)

30. Fernando Rodney  – (J.J. Hoover, Archie Bradley)

  1. AntBanks says:

    Is Iglesias’ ranking based only on him not being a traditional closer? He’s been awesome and should get 25ish saves this year.

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:

      @AntBanks: it’s from the assumed lack of saves chances and he often doesn’t go back to back days, which has yet to yield storen much saves at all yet, showing how often they’ve gotten chances.

  2. Pousse-Pousse says:

    Dude, Iglesias is killing it and is a top-10 closer

  3. Need More Bangers says:

    yeah also really curious why iglesias is in the lowest tier haha. he is the #8 RP on the player rater in ESPN.

    • Pousse-Pousse says:

      @Need More Bangers: With three starters in front of him cross-listed as “RPs.” So, he’s really top 5.

  4. William Hung says:

    I’d argue Brach has been a Brain Freeze the past week

  5. J-Hova says:

    Thanks so much Smokey

    Quick favor, getting killed in a holds league. Bush becoming a closer and harris’s lack of opps.

    Do you value Kahne, Bowman, Fields, Dull, barnes as must owns or should i stream between the group? I own Kahne now and would hate to drop him, have someone else grab & see he become a Knebel


  6. SheriffMcRawDawg says:

    good ish smokey! finished NFBC with only Robertson and Feliz… but then backed it up with Nate Jones (sucks for now), Knebel, Justin Wilson, and Cedeno (also sucks right now), and Lorenzen, so still feeling alright.

  7. Fister Furbush says:

    Do you like O’Day more than Givens? I don’t have a preference to either, but I’m going to pick up one of them in a league that counts holds & saves.
    Who do you think has more value for my leagues format?


  8. Philomath says:

    Why no love for A.Reed? Is it the low win End up the Mets will likely end up with?

    • Philomath says:

      @Philomath: stupid auto correct. I’m staring at Ramos on the waiver wire. It’s a points league where relief pitchers are kicker-esque a la fantasy football. Is grabbing Ramos a no brainer over Reed?

  9. Bill says:

    Thanks Smoke, great work as always!

  10. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:

    NL only redraft with saves and holds sold separately. i have benoit/neris/ramos/knebel. earlier i thought it wise to have both PHI guys to lock up a 2nd closer, but now benoit is so bad it’s not looking possible that neris loses that one. kelley was just dropped, and these others are around (rank top 2 or 3):
    fields (moving up at LAD, straight up sick K rate)
    nicasio (moved to 3rd in line)
    blevins (the boring old white man version of rivero at NYM)
    drake/c.torres (probably not here)
    dunn (we probably have a 2nd place here)
    george of the roses (albeit i already have bradley in a SP slot on hope he gets back to SP, but with godley also looking great doubt it, (wink i also added godley yesterday)
    my guess is this goes kelley/dunn/the viz
    i went dunn, just seeing who you would’ve gone, this was from last post.

  11. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

    20 team dynasty with holds, K/9, relief wins, relief appearances. 7 RP slots
    grilli/hembree/fields/giles/jeffress/kela (finally not being jerked around by the team and looking good too)/hoover and barrett in NA slot.
    drop grilli for any of: drake/duffey/nicascio (can’t believe he’s out here and he seems an easy yes, moved ahead of hudson)/barnes (TOR)/pazos/

  12. jason batteiger says:

    best 2 for holds:
    bradley/hoover/bearclaw/dunn/rogers/farq/koji/vizcaino/hernandez (LAA)/blevins

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