The Mariner bullpen has basically been that round-up ride at your local carnival.  It doesn’t look that bad until it totally messes with your vertigo and you end up spewing up kettle corn and other assorted goods for two hours there after.  Last year, the Mariners bullpen had a 2.60 ERA, good for tops in the MLB.  They also saved 51 games to only 11 blown saves.  They were all comfy and coozy like footed pajamas last year, and basically everyone could rely on the decent value of return from drafting Fernando Rodney.  Then the year changes to five and the ship went askew.  Their bullpen ERA is over 4.30 and are on pace to accumulate 45 saves, and, to date, have already blown 18 saves (behind only three other teams for worst).  So let’s just run down the year so far: Rodney was the closer, then he wasn’t the closer, Carson Smith took over, and now it seems as though they are reverting back to 2012 in hopes that Tom Wilhelmsen can right the ship of battered and injured bullpen dreams.  Stick around for some tid-bits and bullpen ranks…

  • Be nervous if you are a Greg Holland owner and not a Wade Davis cuffer.  Holland’s cranky arm isn’y going to get better by rubbing dirt on it.  ROS saves prediction: Davis 8, Holland 2.
  • Has Brad Boxberger had the quietest 30 save season ever or what?
  • It is funny to think about Hector Rondon, but take this on.  He didn’t get a save opportunity for 35 games as he was replaced as the Cubs closer.  He is on pace to have more saves than both Holland and Chapman.  Man I love the closer carousel.
  • Lots of shuffling around, and the DonkeyCorn group is a tight battle with it being a close enough from 15-22, all having their say in some way shape or form.


$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, J.P. Howell)

2. Craig Kimbrel – (Joaquin Benoit, Shawn Kelley)

3. Trevor Rosenthal – (Kevin Siegrist, Jonathan Broxton)

4. Aroldis Chapman – (J.J. Hoover, Jumbo Diaz)

5. Mark Melancon — (Joakim SoriaTony Watson)

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

7. Andrew Miller– (Dellin BetancesJustin Wilson)



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. David Robertson – (Nate Jones, Zach Duke)

9. Jeurys Familia – (Tyler ClippardBobby Parnell)

10. Jonathan Papelbon – (Drew StorenCasey Janssen)

11. Zach Britton – (Darren O’Day, Brad Brach)

12. Glen Perkins – (Kevin Jepsen, Trevor May, Blaine Boyer)

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

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

15. Ken Giles– (Luis Garcia, Justin de Fratus)

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

17. A.J. Ramos – (Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris)

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

19. Roberto Osuna – (LaTroy HawkinsAaron Sanchez)

20. Brad Boxberger – (Alex ColomeXavier Cedeno)

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

22. Shawn Tolleson – (Keone Kela, Sam Dyson)

23. Brad Ziegler –  (Daniel Hudson, Andrew Chafin)



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.

24. Luke Gregerson – (Pat Neshek, Josh Fields)

25. Arodys Vizcaino – (David Aardsma, Edwin Jackson)

26. Bruce Rondon – (Alex Wilson, Al Alburquerque)



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. Sean Doolittle – (Drew Pomeranz, Edward Mujica)

28. John Axford– (Tommy Kahnle, Scott Oberg)

29. Tom Wilhelmsen – (Carson Smith, Logan kensing)

30. Junichi Tazawa – (Jean Machi, Alexei Ogando)



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7 years ago

Thanks Smokey!
If you can only grab one KRod backup, who you grabbing out of Smith and Jeffress?

7 years ago

Just picked up Jeffress and Smith, banking on one being a starter.

Reply to  Scott
7 years ago

@Scott: CLOSER

7 years ago

What is your percentage guesstimate that jj Hoover closes next year ?

7 years ago

Today’s KC stats:
Wade Davis: 1 IP (8th), 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Greg Holland: 1 IP (9th), 3 H (2 2B, 1 1B), 2 ER, 1 K

Methinks Holland’s shoulder is still cranky and Davis should be 100% owned in all formats at least until Holland proves to be healthy. Best case you get a top 5 closer, worst case a lights out ratio-helper.

7 years ago

Brain Freeze from Bruce Rondon today, or Kazaam.

7 years ago

Earned a first round bye so I really only have 2 weeks (9/14-9/27) I have to worry about ROS. I have 3 Nats SP’s which is good because they have Philly for 6 games and the Marlins for 4 games during my playoffs. But I also own Giles & Ramos which is bad for the same reason. There are 3 options on the waiver wire. Wade Davis is there but I also have 2 SP’s from on the Indians.

So….given my situation and the schedules shown below (remember, especially in Doolittle’s case, these games are 3 weeks away) for the following closers. Pick pick 2 out of 5 :

Doolittle 13 games ([email protected],[email protected],3vTEX,3vSF)
Wade Davis 13 games ([email protected],[email protected],3vSEA,3CLE)
Rondon 13 games ([email protected], 3vKC, 4vCHW, 3vMIN)
Ramos 13 games ([email protected], [email protected], 3vPHI, 3vATL)
Giles 12 games (3vWAS, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])

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Reply to  Smokey
7 years ago

@Smokey: rondon is on lower tier of expected saves even though he’s on the pace he’s on without being closer for 35 days? is this due to the schedule here?

7 years ago

Hey buddy

Would you roster Wilhelmsen in a 8 team svs/holds league?

Could drop Aj Ramos, nate Jones or strop?


7 years ago

I am currently rostering both C.Smith and S.Doolittle although Doolittle is still in my DL slot. Is it time to drop Smith and activate Doolittle? Or should i drop them both and grab Tazawa.