I am equating this one solely on one thing for the Cubbies… and that term is?  Pseudo-intellectual.  Joe Maddon does everything different and it’s gotta be the glasses.  He makes everyone want, need or have to be involved in his bullpen.  Basically, he is the united colors of Benetton of managers.  His hydra approach at the bullpen is not only bothersome or troubling for the roster-bater in all of us, it’s damn near impossible to roster and guess which guy it will be today.  The trio of Jason Motte, Hector Rondon, and Pedro Strop all seem to play the part of a closer, but get shuffled around like Joe is playing little game in his head.  I get that some situations warrant certain match-ups, but sometimes it doesn’t make any sense to me.  So for those of you that still care about the Cubs and their six save chances combined between all relievers in the last 14 days, I would roster Motte and Rondon equally, and if I had the space, I would roster Rafael Soriano and hold on tight.  Soriano is going to come in like the new city slicker, with a shiny pair of aldo shoes and end up being the cat’s pajamas for about a minute in Maddon’s mind.  Personally, rostering three guys to garner one stat is a crazy, crazy thing to get wrapped up into and is a waste.  If you are rostering one non-closer reliever to help with ratios, where are you making this roster space up from?  Nowhere is the answer, my friends.  So stick to the straight and narrow for saves for now, don’t chase unless a clear situation opens it’s doors and gives out the good candy on Halloween.  Stick around for some tidbits about the world of relief-dom…

  • The Rays are back on the box again.  Not selling newspapers or waxing poetic about the religious virtues of man, but for saves.  I for one back the move as McGee is the LH that the Rays need at the back-end to mix it up with Jepsen, Gomes, and the ilk (who will soon have five relievers with 10 holds on the year).
  • The wayward seamen of the Northwest, captained by the perpetually puzzling loyal Lloyd, seem to be drifting back to the S.S Rodney.  Unbeknownst to them, Carson Smith is and should be more owned fantasy-wide.  I put the ROS totals for the pair at: Smith 12 Rodney 8
  • I am glad Mark Melancon is an avid reader and took what I said previously to heart.  K-rate is up, above 9 for last three weeks and 1 save to boot.  Dahli Smokey has a great ring to it.
  • John Axford on family leave is troubling for someone who seemed to be a nice waiver wire darling.   Kahnle, Hawk and Oberg are the adds in that order which leads me too this weeks sneaky guy to add.
  • Sneaky reliever who doesn’t close (yet) of the week?  Tommy Kahnle.  Worth rostering for rates, K’s and the off chance that Ax is gone for awhile, Hawk can’t watch the nest for too long before getting arthritic.  The Rockies also have a pretty nice schedule heading into the All Star break.


$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. Aroldis Chapman – (J.J. Hoover, Manny Parra)

2. Kenley Jansen — (Yimi Garcia. Joel Peralta)

3. Dellin Betances – (Justin Wilson, Chasen Shreve, Adam Warren)

4. Trevor Rosenthal – (Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness)

5. Craig Kimbrel – (Joaquin Benoit, Brandon Maurer)

6. Greg Holland– (Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera)

7. Drew Storen – (Casey JanssenBlake Treinen)

8. Huston Street – (Joe Smith, Trevor Gott)

9. Glen Perkins – (Blaine Boyer, Casey Fien)



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.

10. David Robertson – (Jake Petricka, Zach Duke)

11. Zach Britton – (Darren O’Day, Chaz Roe)

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

13. Mark Melancon — (Tony Watson, Jared Hughes)

14. Jeurys Familia – (Bobby ParnellHansel Robles)

15. Koji Uehara – (Junichi Tazawa, Alexi Ogando)

16. Jonathan Papelbon – (Ken Giles, Luis Garcia)

17. Francisco Rodriguez, (Will Smith, Jeremy Jeffress)

18. Joakim Soria –  (Joba Chamberlain, Al Alburquerque)

19. Santiago Casilla – (Sergio Romo, Hunter Strickland)

20. Jason Grilli – (Jim Johnson, Brandon Cunniff)

21. Shawn Tolleson – (Keone Kela, Tanner Scheppers)

22. A.J. Ramos – (Carter CappsMike Dunn)



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. Luke Gregerson – (Pat Neshek, Josh Fields)

24. Brad Boxberger – (Jake McGeeKevin Jepsen)

25. Brad Ziegler –  ( Daniel Hudson, Enrique Burgos)

26. Tyler Clippard – (Evan Scribner, Drew Pomeranz, Edward Mujica)



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. Roberto Osuna (Steve Delabar, Brett CecilAaron Loup)

28. Fernando Rodney – (Carson SmithMark Lowe)

29. LaTroy Hawkins/ Tommy Kahnle – (Boone Logan, Scott Oberg)

30. Hector Rondon / Jason Motte (Pedro Strop, Rafael Soriano)

  1. Brian says:

    Javier Lopez is available in my league and Romo is on waivers until Independence Day. However, I’m not really sure I want to drop to anyone for Lopez and/or Romo. It’s an NL Only, 5 OF league where OPS replaces BA. My roster is below. Is there anyone worth dropping for one or both? If so, who?

    C: Grandal
    1B: Todd Frazier
    2B: Josh Harrison
    SS: Tulo
    3B: Arenado
    OF1: Matt Kemp
    OF2: AJ Pollock
    OF3: Andre Ethier
    OF4: David Peralta
    OF 5: Will Venable
    Util 1: Jean Segura
    Util 2: Wilmer Flores
    Bench: Nori Aoki (injured, due back in about a month)
    Bench: Ender Inciarte (injured, due back this weekend)

    P: Stephen Strasburg
    P: Cole Hamels
    P: Francisco Liriano
    P: Gerrit Cole
    P: Jon Lester
    P: Jose Fernadez
    P: Aroldis Chapman
    P: Craig Kimbrel
    P: Brad Ziegler
    P: LaTroy Hawkins
    Bench: Jamie Garcia (possibly injured and if not, will be injured soon)
    Bench: Patrick Corbin (injured, back in a couple weeks)
    Bench: Brandon Beachy (injured, back in a month)

    I was thinking of Beachy or Garcia, but I like them both. Maybe Venable, Flores, or Segura? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Brian: I don’t see a drop that would warrant a set-up option in Lopez who is used wonky as a LOOGY sometimes. I would hold.

      • Brian says:

        Thanks, Happy fourth.

  2. Lville Jim says:

    I’d like to give Joe Maddon a dick punch for all us Rondon owners. The oh so cool manager is a tool.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Lville Jim: He might like it to be honest, but I like your train of thought

  3. Joe Shmoe says:

    I have both Rondon and Motte and at least for now I am getting some wins and saves plus the ratios due to the competition. Motte feels like the easy drop if I need to pick someone else up as no one else wants him… SAGNOF!!!

  4. Racehorse says:


    (dynasty format)

    Yimi Garcia and Carter Capps, who do prefer longterm?

    And, if Jordan Walden and Aaron Barrett return healthy, how would you rank all four of these guys?


    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Racehorse: in a dynasty they are all wonky ranked, I would have them Yimi, Capps, Barrett in a class all by themselves due the youth factor. I loved Walden before the injury and the cards are a freight train of bullpen goodness for fantasy. I would say for this year it would be Capps / Yimi in a close call but monitor the Joel peralta usage. Tehn Walden when he comes back.

  5. Milarky says:

    I know it’s a bit of a crapshoot, but odds that Clippard stays as a closer for the rest of the season? His stats are pretty good, and there are even a few potential landing spots where even if he’s traded he could theoretically stay a closer. I’m trying to decide if I send out a cheeky trade offer for him.

    • seph meier says:


      Good question as I own him I wondering if I should try to sell as a closer. Depends on what team he goes to… Toronto then yes, Washington then no, etc..

      Where are the other potential landing spots?

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:

        @seph meier: Any contender would take him at the right price. Can’t rule out anyone that is in it. I think personally the Twins and Mets should try and get him. Both need established set-up guys.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Milarky: If he gets traded I think he goes to a team and sets up. That’s his strength and a team trading for him knows he has success in that spot. So I am wary of him closing all year whether it be for A’s or someone else. He still will hold value as a setup guy getting the occasional save and giving you good rates though

  6. team Maxwell says:

    Great writing! Who is the better long term keeper potential, Kahnly or Giles.Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @team Maxwell: Giles, better clear path to be the next closer

  7. Osuna says:

    Soria for Tanaka?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Osuna: whats your sp or closer situation look like?

  8. greg says:

    Hope you are still checking this site….

    I’ve got Grilli and Tolleson, but I need one more closer. Have missed all speculative adds. Want to add one more that isn’t closing now, but will have the most saves ROS….bot just spot saving or unlikely to after 7/31….here is who is available:

    Giles, Jeffress, Romo, Motte, Delabar, Scribner, RSoriano, BRondon (Det), JMcGee, AReed (ugh), Mejia, Hawkins, Tazawa, Jepsen, DHudson, Cingrani…..

    I’m thinking Giles is near sure thing, but I don’t trust Phillies mgt. to ever do what’s logical. Wavering between Romo and Motte, with a feeling I should probably get Giles.

    Anyway, THANKS!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @greg: I like Giles and he takes over when Paps gets traded, but the Phillies are an awful team and will be worse when/if they go into trade mode. I think the add for saves now is Motte and then sit on Soriano

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