It’s been a busy few days for bullpen shuffling as I try to keep up from my vacation at the shore. Injuries are popping up. Ineffectiveness will also be tolerated far less. Each week of the season is roughly ten percent of it. You’re already running out of time to adjust. Since I’m not into contagious viruses I won’t be partaking in the usual boardwalk indulgences. Therefore, the tier themes will have to do.

  • Jose Leclerc was placed on the 45-day IL with an arm strain. It’s a pretty wide open competition between Jesse Chavez, Nick Goody, Edison Volquez, and Jonathan Hernandez. Rafael Montero and Joely Rodriguez are dark horses when they get healthy. So put some names on a dart board I guess. Montero was a preseason interest of mine if he can get healthy.
  • Oliver Drake went and blew his first save since people blew FAAB on him. Nick Anderson has been getting the fireman treatment so far. I’ll keep blindly hoping that Anderson gets his proper due after a goofy first week.
  • Matt Magill has been a no show so far. He’s in the committee at best. I guess the MASH unit that was the Mariners 2019 bullpen was what elevated him to ninth. Now he’s lost in the shuffle. Yoshihisa Hirano is probably the only one who can consolidate the closer role.
  • Brandon Workman had a shaky save this week. He hasn’t earned a ton of leash with only a partial season as a closer. Matt Barnes or Heath Hembree could eat into his opps with any more struggles.
  • We’re back where we left off with Brad Hand. He looks good one day and can’t get an out the next. In fairness, it was a back to back appearance and three out of four days. Nevertheless, that could lead to a righty like James Karinchak getting some of the opps.

Ice Cream/Frozen Custard: There’s hardly anything more satisfying than a rich, cold treat on a hot day. The chocolate dipped is my go to.

Salt Water Taffy: It’s always a solid sweet to have around. Brought down slightly by the licorice flavored filler.

Caramel Cooked Popcorn: It’s a volume game here. Housing half a bucket of sugar covered air isn’t half bad.

Snow Cones: If you settle for a cup of ice with a squirt of artificial flavor when there’s a kingdom of treats at your disposal you may be a sociopath.

 
  1. scoboticus says:
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    FYI, Gallegos is not on IL (activated Wednesday)

    Assuming Kimbrel is just rusty, would an upgrade from Jeffress to Barnes be in order?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I’m playing fast and loose with the term IL. Some of them are just not pitching at the moment. If your league uses saves solo I might hold Jeffress until Kimbrel strings a couple of clean innings together.

      • scoboticus says:
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        Cool. Only reason I mentioned because I have Gallegos. Trying to get more Caramel Popcorn so I can lose the Snow Cone Kintzler whos on PPD “quarantine.”

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          Closers are hit harder than anyone by a team-wide quarantine.

  2. BadFantasyManager says:
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    I am in a league where we have Saves and Holds separately, I need one player for holds. Who do you believe have the most opportunities between Phelps, Helsley, Tommy Hunter, or Chaz Roe?

    Also, what is your opinion on Robles and Buttrey? They began really slow? I have Hendriks and Taylor Rogers as my other closers, and Special K may save some too. So, I don’t know how long should I hold them for?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Robles is so much better than Buttrey. Middleton is the real threat there. I’d back Helsley as the most talented of the bunch.

  3. Philip says:
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    Roto-Wan, if you were in early stages of your dynasty rebuild, who would you consider most expendable: Karinchak, Graterol, Ginkle, Knebel, Vesia? Thanks!

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      To be honest, I’d trade most of them in a rebuild if you get a decent price. Karinchak and Graterol are the best of the bunch with roles coming.

  4. Brett says:
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    In a league with categories for saves and holds. Current relievers are (sp eligibility allows me to play an extra reliever) Lugo Nick Anderson workman hendriks burdi.

    Would you replace any of these with these options on waivers?

    Melancon
    Hudson
    Pressly

    • Brett says:
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      So sorry part got cut off

      In a league with categories for saves and holds. Current relievers are pomeranz (sp eligibility allows me to play an extra reliever) Lugo Nick Anderson workman hendriks burdi.

      Would you replace any of these with these options on waivers?

      Melancon
      Hudson
      Pressly

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        I’d drop Workman for Hudson (may not have the gig to himself) or Melancon (been injured a lot).

  5. Oriole33 says:
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    Where is Trevor Gott in your opinion?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      An option if you’re desperate. We’ve rode the Kapler rollercoaster before and it’s not fun.

  6. Rich C. says:
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    Desperate to pick up a (any?) closer. How would you rank these guys (guesses?) for getting the job? Jon Hernandez, Nick Burdi, Karinchak & Drake? Tanksalot.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Burdi may already be the guy so he’s the priority. Karinchak is also getting looks with Hand getting overworked.

  7. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    I’m using three roster spots to speculate on saves and hoping to come away with a closer or two. Drake and Estevez are available (Davis hit IL). Do you like them over any of the following:

    Gott, J. Hernandez, Middleton

    • Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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      Estevez no longer available.

      Drake, Sulser, Altavilla, Kennedy, Rosenthal are available.

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        Gott/ Rosenthal/Drake/Middleton in that order for me.

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