Imagine a world without Greg Holland.  Okay, got it… because it’s here… sorta.  There would be no tulip or windmill jokes and Wade Davis would basically be the freaking mac.  I was interested to see what his numbers really were, since he basically became a full time reliever towards the end of the 2013 season, and up to this date thus far in the season. So over the 89 innings of relief work, he has allowed 42 hits, 9 ER, and K/BB rate of 124/28.  I don’t curse very often, but holy sh*t.  The best thing about him is that he doesn’t have to be all-pressured to be the closer if he doesn’t want to.  Kinda like the cool kids in school, they sometime bring books to class or they just punch a juke box and say words that word normally sound like a euphemism for IBS.  I am by no means wishing Greg an injury-riddled year because, irregardless, Wade is going to do what he do.  He is far and away the most important reliever in baseball, argue that if you want… you will lose, but it’s fun to argue.  Enjoy the week’s closer updates and rankings…

  • What is wrong with Mark Melancon? That seems to be a popular question I am fielding around the way.  His velocity is down and his release point is way off.  He has notoriously, throughout his career, been a slow starter, but the drop in velocity and pitch technique is a real worry sign.  He just got the proverbial pat on the back from his skipper, which is basically a kiss of death.  If he gets removed, I see it as anyone’s game there with Tony Watson, Jared Hughes and the second best name ever Arquimedes Caminero all looking like possibilities in a rotating situation.  For those inquiring, Rusty Kuntz is the first all-time name.
  • My preseason love for Brad Boxberger has not disappointed.  The unfortunate thing for that is every prom king has to give his crown back, hence the freeze tag still.  He doesn’t deserve it, but with McGee in rehab and his return prolly a week to 10 days away, it is time to start hoping for saves now and looking elsewhere for quantity later.  He is not a drop though as he’s still a ratio booster and is that great first BP arm that you use on a daily basis.
  • It is becoming a Dick Gregory type buffet at the salad department.  As the group is down to two members for the moment.
  • Happy trails Joe Nathan.  Anyone wanna put a number on his career saves from this point on?  10 O/U?
  • I know it’s extremely early, but is anyone else noticing that the Nationals bullpen is pretty meh?  With extra emphasis on mmmm and a little side eye towards eh.  They lead the league in blown saves.  in fact they have more blown saves then both New York teams, STL, Tampa, Texas, White Sox, Philly, Milwaukee and the Giants combined.  I am not saying there is a panic session going down at the Capitol Grill, but for a team that has the markings of contender it’s a lot a sloppy.

 

$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. Craig Kimbrel – (Joaquin Benoit, Dale Thayer)

2. Aroldis Chapman – (Jumbo Diaz, Tony Cingrani)

 

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.

3. David Robertson – (Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, Zach Duke)

4. Andrew Miller – (Dellin BetancesDavid Carpenter)

5. Trevor Rosenthal -(Jordan Walden, Matt Belisle)

6. Huston Street – (Joe Smith, Cam Bedrosian)

7. Jonathan Papelbon – (Ken Giles, Jake Diekman)

8. Fernando Rodney – (Danny Farquhar, Carson Smith)

9. Drew Storen – (Aaron Barrett, Blake Treinen)

10. Zach Britton – (Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter)

11. Glen Perkins – (Casey Fien, Tim Stauffer)

12. Francisco Rodriguez, (Jonathan Broxton, Will Smith)

13. Koji Uehara – (Edward Mujica, Junichi Tazawa)

14. Hector Rondon – (Pedro StropJason Motte)

15. Cody Allen -(Bryan Shaw, Scott Atchison)

16. Wade Davis– (Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson, Greg Holland (INJ)

17. Jeurys Familia(Carlos Torres, Alex Torres, Bobby Parnell (INJ))

 

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.

18. Mark Melancon -(Tony Watson, Jared Hughes, Arquimedes Caminero)

19. Joakim Soria – (Al Alburquerque, Ian Krol, Joba Chamberlain)

20. Santiago Casilla – (Sergio Romo, Jean Machi)

21.  Steve Cishek – (Mike DunnA.J. Ramos,)

22. Luke Gregerson – (Chad Qualls, Pat Neshek)

23. Miguel Castro – (Brett Cecil, Roberto OsunaAaron Loup )

24. Jason Grilli – (Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Brandon Cunniff)

25. Adam Ottavino – (Boone Logan, John AxfordRafael Betancourt)

26. Neftali Feliz – (Shawn Tolleson, Tanner ScheppersKeone Kela)

27. Addison Reed – (Brad Ziegler, Evan Marshall)

 

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. 

28. Brad Boxberger – (Jake McGeeKevin Jepsen, Ernesto Frieri)

29. Tyler Clippard – (Dan Otero, Fernando Abad)

30. Joel Peralta – (Chris Hatcher, J.P. Howell, Yimi Garcia)

 

  1. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Any chance it’s Delgado when Reed has h is eventual implosion?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I think the d backs when the time cones look to Marshall or start the closer youth movement with Enrique Burgos.

  2. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great writeup! Currently rostering Wade, but staring at Castro on the wire. Hold Wade until Holland is back and closing, or drop for Castro and the possibility of a longer tenure at CL?

    • jal179 says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:

      I’d want both Castro and Wade– Castro doesnt speak english, has no idea he’s even in the big leagues and look outstading.

      Any bench bats u could drop?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @jal179: I hate saying LOL, but that’s exactly what I just did.

        It’s a tight bench + having any more than 3 closers puts a crunch on SPs. Already have Storen and Rondon, so really only looking to have a 3rd… Completely agreed with you on Castro though, he looks nasty.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @jal179: Totes dropeed Ichiro back in 2004 due to the language thing. Speak english we can’t understand you!!!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: yea both need to be rostered. Just for the sake that you don’t want other guys getting them.

  3. DUbba Dubs says:
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    Do you still project K.Jansen as a $12 Salad when he returns?

    • Smokey

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      @DUbba Dubs: probably top of the DOnkeys to start. Gotta build some trust with health.

  4. jal179 says:
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    Holland owner here. Other closers are Miller, Rondon, Cishek. 10 teamer h2h

    Any chance Holland loses his job even if regains his health? I’m thiking 20% chance?

    Is Holland a healthy 12$ salad?

    • Smokey

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      @jal179: healthy easy 15 dollar salad with inflation. Less then 20.

      • jal179 says:
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        @Smokey:

        Nice firgured. Hoping he gets his man tit strength back

  5. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    How is Melancon not a brain freeze? He’s hurtin’ my melon big time!

    • Smokey

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      @Chuckles Tiddlesworth: yea he’s still got the job. I think he figured it out if it’s mechanics and not an injury of course. But I def hear ya. Id rather start a melon Baller right now.

    • uncdrew says:
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      @Chuckles Tiddlesworth:

      Looks like he just got a clean save this afternoon. He’s back!!!

  6. chief says:
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    I realize that since I own him he’s twice as valuable but don’t you think Alls in the Familia needs to be climbing the list? His name is Jeurys after all. the Amazin’s are famous for strange plays but I don’t see anyone taking this guys job any time soon and he’s lights out right now. Watching him pitch, it looks consistently down at the bottom of the zone and its hard with late life.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @chief: he jumped like 12 spots in a week. That’s significant movement. Stats are glowing though because Mets are hot. Which isn’t going to be all year.

  7. Tom says:
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    Shoulder issues with pitchers can be a little tricky. What are the chances that Doolittle doesn’t come back to close either because he is not as effective as Clippard or left handed or both?

    • Smokey

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      @Tom: clippard hasn’t been awesome by my eyes but that’s just me maybe. Doolittle is the guy there, might not get first save when back healthy but he will get every chance to get the majority

  8. JFK says:
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    Jim Johnson seems to have reverted to his 2014 form.
    He had inherent value in my 7×7 H2H league with holds and saves as categories, with the anticipation that he might take over as the closer if/when Grilli gets traded, but thinking he’s just going to drop into obscurity at this point.
    Is Avilan the next man up, or does Martin leapfrog him with the way he’s been pitching?

    Also, Siegrist looks to have regained his 2013 dominance – do you see him moving past Belisle/Choate/Maness to take a more prominent 7th/8th inning role?
    Considering him for holds + ratios.

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JFK: the braves are tough to finger. Avilan is seeing a lot if the high leverage hold stuff. Martin is def someone to eyeball but I agree Grilli may get flipped eventually and that leaves Johnson most likely to save it up.
      Love Siegrist and I think he is in that Rh/Lh pre set up role begore Walden.

  9. phil says:
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    What are the chances of seeing Broxton being the Closer any time soon?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @phil: eventually sure. But needs the opp with injury or k-rod craptitude.

  10. Jim says:
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    My Cespedes, Danny Santana and Hughes for his Jose Reyes and Phil HUghes? I have Russell so I could stand pat and hope he performs well. I do have a 5 capable OF’s though, Upton, Cespedes, Heyward, Martin, Poloanco. The trade would alleviate the logjam I have in the OF.

    Standard scoring in 12 team league.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jim: hold

  11. Jim says:
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    oops, typo, Cespedes/Santana/Hughes for Reyes/McCarthy

  12. Swfcdan says:
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    So is T-Wats the guy now after his save last night?

    • Smokey

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      @Swfcdan: not officially and Melancon got save today already

  13. with Farquhar being FarFromQuality (DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE!!??!!) and Rodney seeming totally entrenched… is he worth holding on to as a future closer?

    • Smokey

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      @The Bandit: if a better cuff becomes available go ahead. Farq isn’t a guy you roster constantly but rotate based on games pitched and such.

      • @Smokey: What do you look for in games pitched? If he pitched a bunch the week before you try to play him?
        This is a weekly league. I generally look to quality of opponent for determining which non closer guys to start.

        • @The Bandit: I meant you try not to play him if he pitched the week before.

        • Smokey

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          @The Bandit: opponent schedule, games where they are pitching in the lead, and usage over last 7 games

  14. tgk says:
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    Man I’d be willing to bet all my worldly positions on the under for 10 more saves for Joe Nathan. Dude is toast that’s been left in the toaster a year too long.

    • Smokey

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      @tgk: is it still classified as toast then

    • Area51 says:
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      You could set the total number of saves that Nathan will get from now until the end of time at ZERO and I’d still put everything I have on the under.

        • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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          @The Bandit: yeah it’s way more likely he gets exactly 0 saves, not under 0, for basic math updates.

  15. Scott says:
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    Is Cam Bedrosian related to Steve Bedrosian?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Scott:

      Son

  16. Swfcdan says:
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    Why is Rodney ranked 8th after stinking so far. Do you see no chance one of the other bullpen guys gets a shot? Because of Mclendons dumbness?

    • Smokey

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      @Swfcdan: there streakiness is there to hold him there for another 2 weeks.

  17. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    Betances was just dropped in my 10 team. Closers are Robertson, Box, Storen, Castro, Reed. Drop any of them for Dellin?

    • burningbridges247 says:
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      @Mes to the Rocco: I’m in a saves/holds league, and someone dropped him. I couldn’t scoop him up fast enough. The way he has looked as of late can really help your ratios and Ks, if you have the room. Problem is, you are getting saves at the moment from ALL those guys. Reed makes my stomach hurt after owning him for two years of owning him, so if you part with one, that would be my choice.

    • Smokey

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      @Mes to the Rocco: id rather own him over Reed not in a non saves league though.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Smokey: this had to mean non-holds league right?

  18. Joeg414 says:
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    R.Soriano :Not so much when , but Where does everyone think he’ll go ?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Joeg414: pass no news is bad news.

  19. Paz says:
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    i think the o/u for nathan should be somewhere right around 0.5….

    • Smokey

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      @Paz: haha it looks that way. Tough way to go out though

  20. Don says:
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    I feel like Ottavino should be much higher.

    • Hot Rod

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      @Don: agree totally. Swap him for Cody Allen who blew a nice game for Bauer. 2 of 6 games as losses.

  21. Scott says:
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    I’m partial to Samuel Tuivailala. Sounds like the start of a French ditty.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: he’s a Polynesian sex therapist.

  22. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I thought I had such a coup when I nabbed Chisek. I really believed the fish would swim upstream this year.

    Now I’ve got a guy who just sits there and gets put in once a week because it’s not like they’ve got any save situations to save him for.

    • Smokey

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: it’s sad. He will come around though buck young man.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: he’s had 3 or so good innings in a row.

  23. slimbo says:
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    What’s up…

    Saves/holds league and could use all the pitching help I could get

    Current guys are boxburger/watson/joe+carson smith/Grilli/davis/garcia

    Would you drop any of them for barrett/harris/jepsen/shaw/tazawa/hatcher/Cecil or siegrest

    Thx pal :)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @slimbo: nah ur good.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Smokey: my assumption being he’s talking about l.garcia PHI, you’d keep him over barrett/jepsen/cecil? really.

  24. Schoolboy P says:
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    Any insight you can shed on the Miguel Casto or Tyler Clippard situations?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Schoolboy P: like what? Castro was born the son of a plumber on the eve of st marguerites day.
      Clippard likes to collect stamps and his uncle was the first person on the tv show hoarders.

      • dizzystpizzy says:
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        @Smokey: ha!

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Schoolboy P: Castro is your closer for the Jays for the rest of the season unless he sucks bad enough that they have to remove. He could lose it, but nobody is gonna take it from him IMO.

        @Smokey: Close, but I think Jesus was a Carpenter, not a plumber soo….

        • Smokey

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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Hey wait Im a carpenter, yup I am Jesus

      • Schoolboy P says:
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        @Smokey:

        Cute. I know it was complicated. I was actually curious if you thought Cecil was pitching well enough to re-take the job or if Doolittle was showing enough in his rehab to expect him to bump Clippard upon return.

        • Smokey

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          @Schoolboy P: sorry was in a goofy mood agree with Hill on Castro. Doo is going to be eased back in and then take over barring a set back injury

  25. SallyCips says:
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    I think the brain freezes are not so much bf’s just lame ducks. Box and Peralta have been fine, Clippard OK. They’ve been better than others on the list. Win now with them over others. Who knows what the situations will be down the line or even next week.

    • Smokey

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      @SallyCips: Ohh totally agree. It’s just that Peralta has been ok and is a placeholder, same with Box and same with Clip. That’s the reason for the hate, or dislike, hate is a strong word. its just sad when you roster a great cuff like Clippard or Box they start getting saves and they become set and forget options on your team…then they go back to being ehh.

  26. rapscallion13 says:
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    Did I see a “Better Call Saul” reference in the employed description? I like it.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @rapscallion13: maybe….wait who’s Saul?

  27. Au shizz showers says:
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    I just flipped grilli & Castro for Kelley Jansen… Which frees up a spot which I plan on using to grab ottavino who was dropped when an owner scrambled today to pickup Guerrero. Will put me with Jensen, rosenthal and McGee for my RP. Seems to be a big 2 thumbs up right?

    • Au shizz showers says:
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      @Au shizz showers: and ottavino assuming my waiver claim isn’t beaten

      • Au shizz showers says:
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        @Au shizz showers: and shit while im here homie, where would u slide in McGee once healthy on your list…figure mid corn?

        • jal179 says:
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          @Au shizz showers:

          I doubt McGee gets the job back– Box is boss

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Au shizz showers: looks solid to me, great consolidation of parts

  28. slicke5 says:
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    Given the Nats bullpen strugs, what are your thoughts on Rafael Martin? Maybe sneak into high leverage 7th/8th ?

    • Smokey

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      @slicke5: he might but I fully expect the Nats to be contenders and do what they need to do with trades so their guy might not be on roster yet

  29. Ante GALIC says:
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    Smokey!!

    Great work, man! Really appreciate. In a SUPER shallow league, I dropped Allen after his second blowup to pick up Storen in one league and Miller in a second league. Any drop to improve one’s current status is okay, right?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Smokey

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      @Ante GALIC: absolutely the shallower the league the header the play for daily stats

  30. Swfcdan says:
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    Man closers…

    Im still not sold on Castro despite owning him, the phrase “the harder they throw the further it goes” comes to mind. Do you think Osuna would be next in line if he falters, worth hedging with Castro?

    And Melanhead still got the save despite his stuff looking impotent. Watson’s gotta be the stash right? Can’t even be bothered to talk about Axford getting the save, but it sounds just like Otta wanted the day off which is a relief.

    • Smokey

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      @Swfcdan: Watson for sure is the cuff. Otta was bothered by an arm injury, but Ax looks like the second fiddle. The blue Jays will be a wait and see, it’s easy to guess at it and say Osuna, but Cecil is still there and could be thrust back in.

  31. sniff test says:
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    Now that Despaigne is in the bull pen…do you view him as a candidate to get holds in the SP slot? I currently have Cingriani as my holdgetterfromtheSPspot person but he hasn’t pitched in awhile.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @sniff test: Is it bull pen or bullpen?

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Swfcdan: no space.

    • Smokey

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      @sniff test: if he has the elig its always a possibility, look for a good stretch to try it out, preferably a 6-7 game strecth at home or in a favorable matchup on the road.

  32. burningbridges247 says:
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    Aight, Smokes- I am in a saves/holds league. 10 team. Should I drop Castro for either Tolleson or Ziegler? Castro is straight up FILTHY, but I think he doesn’t even know where that ball is going sometimes, and Tolleson and Ziegler look like some tasty ratio/holds guys that could possibly close. Decisions, decisions! Keep up the awesome work. Thanks!

  33. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Love your work. Who do you like best in a holds league: Giles, Strop, Tazawa?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Pouss-Pouss: Strop, Giles is figuring stuff out and the Saxw pen and team is blah right now.

  34. JD101 says:
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    Is there something wrong with Octavvio since Axford has the last two saves? Is Axford a viable options now that he’s been reinstated?

    • Smokey

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      @JD101: little arm twinge, should be ok in a few days

  35. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    quackenbush over putnam in dynasty? holds/K per 9, K to BB

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: clearly putnam has more short term value being listed (and used yesterday, went just after k-rob in the 10th, petricka went later) as 8th inning man for now in depth charts.

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