The save buffet line in Minnesota is becoming a tiresome “wait-and-see who gets the chance today”.  We all sit there and wait to own all the bullpen condiments that they offer, whether it be Brandon Kintzler, Fernando Abad, Trevor May, Kevin Jepsen, or Michael Tonkin. Including Glen Perkins, those are the names that have been gifted a precious save chance for the occupants of the Twin Cities.  A save opportunity total that is second to last in the league (18), in front of a surprise first place team in the Cubs.  The Cubs are only there because they are beating everyone up and don’t have the late-inning chances that other losing teams do.  So back to the Twinkies… they have the least amount of saves, holds, and have the least amount of appearances by relievers with the lead.  All those things are so bad for roster space that you are speculating it to get you a save. They are on pace to average less than 3/4 of one whole save a week.  But if people want to keep roster shuffling, looking for the odd save here or there, who am I to judge?  I mean, some people say cucumbers taste better pickled.  The fortunate thing for you is that I am here to guide that steady hand and give you astute advice for a nominal (not nominal, it’s free) fee.  So here the rankings of closers for week 11, now with more added snippets of goodness!

  •  I mentioned Fernando Rodney  a month ago, and that he hasn’t allowed an earned run up since Sept of last year, well… it’s still intact almost 40 innings strong.
  • Good riddance to bad boxes, Alex Colome has the most saves over the past two weeks with 7.
  • The Papelbon injury makes the Nats depth in the pen look meh.  Shawn Kelley is the guy after getting the official pat on the back from Dusty.  The Nats need to add more depth for a team in first, but that’s just me not getting a pat anywhere from Dusty.
  • Darren O’Day is still no where to be found in his return from a hamstring injury.  Givens and Brach still hold the fort in front of arguably the best closer in baseball.
  • Tony Cingrani seems to be the guy for the Reds.  Which is like being the last guy in line at the DMV.
  • Martin Sheen’s other, other son has the reigns in the rock pile until McGee gets back… or maybe longer.

Closer d’Etat  (Top set-up guys next up for saves)

A new feature that I have been looking to add is the top set-up guys who are either pitching well or are right behind the closer.  Getting the off day save for a shaky closer or someone who can jump in for a downed king of saves.  Never hurts to bag an extra reliever for your bench at best they either don’t play, you bench them or the do well.  No one ever does bad for someone we all roster…

$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 – (Pedro Baez, Joe Blanton)

2. Zach Britton – (Mychal Givens, Brad Brach)

3. Wade Davis – (Kelvin Herrera, Joakim Soria)

4. Aroldis Chapman – (Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances)

5. Jeurys Familia – (Addison Reed, Jim Henderson)

6. Craig Kimbrel – (Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa)

7. David Robertson – (Nate Jones, Matt Albers)

 

Donkeycorns

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.

8. Hector Rondon – (Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm)

9. Mark Melancon – (Tony Watson, Neftali Feliz)

10. A.J. Ramos – (David Phelps, Kyle Barraclough)

11. Cody Allen – (Bryan Shaw, Zach McAllister)

12. Francisco Rodriguez – (Justin Wilson, Shane Greene)

13. Trevor Rosenthal – (Kevin Siegrist, Seung-hwan Oh)

14. Fernando Rodney – (Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer)

15. Ryan Madson – (Sean Doolittle, John Axford)

16. Roberto Osuna – (Jason Grilli, Joe Biagini)

17. Santiago Casilla – (Cody Gearrin, Hunter Strickland)

18. Will Harris – (Ken Giles, Pat Neshek, Luke Gregerson)

19. Huston Street – (Mike MorinFernando Salas)

20. Sam Dyson– (Jake Diekman, Matt Bush)

21. Jeremy Jeffress – (Will SmithTyler Thornburg)

22. Jeanmar Gomez – (Hector NerisDavid Hernandez)

 

Employed

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.

23. Alex Colome – (Xavier Cedeno, Enny Romero)

24. Steve Cishek – (Joaquin Benoit, Joel Peralta, Nick Vincent)

25. Brad Ziegler – (Daniel Hudson, Tyler Clippard)

26. Arodys Vizcaino – (Jim JohnsonHunter Cervenka, Alexei Ogando)

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.

27.  Shawn Kelley – (Felipe Rivero, Blake Treinen)

28. Carlos Estevez (Boone Logan,  Jason Motte)

29. Brandon KintzlerFernando AbadRyan Pressley

30. Tony Cingrani – (Ross Ohlendorf, Blake Wood)

  1. Harper'sBetterThanTrout says:
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    I’m in big need of saves and have three offers on the table:

    My matz for his Harris and Dyson

    My matz for his Davis and one of Osuna or Colome

    My Heyward for his Dyson or Harris.

    I’m leaning towards accepting the first or third. Can you please suggest?

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Harper’sBetterThanTrout: didn’t you ask this yesterday? I told you to take the 1st offer and run with it. Dyson alone is a top closing option the fact that you’re also getting Harris just makes the deal that much better. What are you waiting on? For Matz to get hurt again or give up 7 earned runs? Smh

    • Sam says:
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      @Harper’sBetterThanTrout: I’d take that first deal provided you’re not in rough shape starters-wise as well. I think Dyson is for real and will be a top 15 closer by year’s end and that Harris holds the role ROS. Both have good ratios and decent K-rates

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Harper’sBetterThanTrout: why would you even entertain 1 when 2 is on the table? you get davis. 2 sounds like an offer you sent that got declined so you asked for 1 later.

  2. Charlie Hustler says:
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    I’m not a fan of Heyward and with Baez filling in all over the place I’m not sure he’s that valuable outside NL only. I’d do Harris in a New York second. Harris has always been the best of the bunch in that particular ‘pen and now he will run away with it, IMHO.

    Trout is better than Harper, so take my opinion with that in mind.

  3. Jim says:
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    Need a little help w Alex Bregman info please?
    What do we expect from him if he is called up? Like him better than Baez or Semien?
    Thank you

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jim: I think Bregman gets called up in Sept, he is the future 3b there. Think Moose Tacos with better BA. Yes better then boith guys

  4. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    Grammar police here….Should have gone, not should have went..I’m last in my league, first in English class

  5. Jim says:
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    Any concern that Rondon could lose his job since Cubs have been talking to Yankees about relief pitchers?
    I’m assuming Miller or Chapman would become the closer in Chicago if a trade happens?
    Thanks for the article and your thoughts on this

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jim: depends on who they bring in there, but for quanity the Cubs closer is just ok not great

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Jim: being from STL, i had no idea why CUBS didn’t outbid STL on final boss (or stone buddha) in the first place in preseason, like they did with lackey.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Mordacious Levator: I agree that they didn’t add to pen. Oh would have been perfect. It’s the first thing they address though in the next few weeks.

  6. Slick says:
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    Yusimero Petit got the save yesterday for Washington. Any chance he can elbow his way into the role?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Slick: Kelley worked 3 of last 4 games and went an inning and a third in one of them just usage issue. I don’t see Petit jumping in there

  7. EazyE says:
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    Traded Fulmer, Polanco and Jose Ramirez for Arenado. Did I win?
    12 team h2h points keeper league

    • Jason E. says:
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      @EazyE: I think you know you won. If you don’t, well I don’t know what to say.

      • EazyE says:
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        @Jason E.: lol yeah but sometimes it’s good to hear. Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @EazyE: you got the best player for 2 waiver wire guys and polanco…yea you won

  8. Adam says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Salazar, Carrasco, Lester, Cueto
    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Adam: Cueto, Carrasco, Salazar Lester. I like Cueto best there clearly the other three are interchangeable and similar in value with plusses and minuses for what they offer for value

  9. Josh Freeman says:
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    Help. I need saves now that Papelbon is down.

    Take his replacement (Kelley) or
    Jeanmar
    Rodney
    Jeffress

  10. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    Jeffres rodney then Jeanmar, but none of those guys should be on waivers

  11. Cousin Vinny says:
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    Archer/Matz/Desmond too much for Bryant?

    Thanks

  12. Matt says:
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    Is it bad that the only 2 semi-closers I own are in the Brain Freeze category (Kintzler, Kelley)? lol.

    Thought I had finally found 1 decent closer in Will Harris—but then I got offered a trade for him I couldn’t refuse (Harris + A. Sanchez for Giancarlo Stanton) so, just like that, I was back to nothing.

    H2H league so I can manage for now…..You listing the set up guys next for saves has been helpful in reminding myself who I need to be keeping my eye on.

    • Cousin Vinny says:
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      @Matt:
      Can’t resists that buy low on Stanton.

      Guys can jump up to respectable quickly from Brain Freezes I think, Kelley and Estevez both good options to have.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Matt: not bad, when you can get a guy like Stanton, although he is struggling you do it.

  13. Jim says:
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    Smokey
    You are the best, thank you! .
    Please let me know why Kelley is in the “brain freeze” section. His era is 2.5, whip under 1 & k/9 is well over 9. Are you expecting regression?
    I have him in one league which I don’t really need him maybe I should be selling high.?
    Thanks again.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Jim: yeah, and he has a top 7 in all of baseball RP FIP. these are ROS rankings here, and papelbon will likely be back. dusty’s so stupid he actually had treinen doing higher leverage innings well into may over kelley, even as kelley had zero ER and at the time the BEST FIP of ANY RP.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jim: Kelley only has the job for a minute and Pap will be back. Nats need another arm and it will be better then Kelley when they do so he will fall even further down the pecking order. Def sell high while he is getting stats that count

  14. Bobby C says:
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    Should I grab Siegrest or Oh to stash….

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Bobby C: it’s not the worst idea I have heard today

  15. Brett says:
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    Who do you prefer for holds cedeno in Tampa or bush in Texas

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: Bush

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