Closers wear many hats, many outfits, and work their way up to that garnered closer spot.  Now that Hunter Strickland is there, established and doing work, what will become of him if/when Mark Melancon returns… eventually?  Melancon is scheduled for a bullpen session this weekend and he was previously scheduled for a throwing session a few days before, but instead played catch.  Was his dad in town and they wanted to reminisce about the days of yore?  But back to the guy in the seat in Strickland, him of the plus 9 K/9, 7 saves in 9 chances and .170 BAA.  Those are all numbers for a closer that makes you comfy and cuddly in a “set it and forget it” kinda way. Though in all fairness, you should never remove your closer from your starting roster.  So how long, or better yet, do we trust that Melancon just walks in like Wooderson from Dazed and Confused with ‘This is the story of the Hurricane’ playing behind and retakes his job?  I am leery that he even makes it through his bullpen session.  Kinda serious, but… kinda serious.  The people that drafted Melancon aren’t losing anything but a DL slot.  The people that own Strickland via FAAB or waiver wire pick up deserve him keeping the job.  I am fighting for the common man here!  The everyday waiver wire warrior.  So rooting for Strickland now is a thing, I am going to get some foam fingers made that have some catchy quote on them.  So if you are a Strickland owner, it is a firm hold and hope the MM never makes it back.  For the Melancon owners… sorry.  Hope he falls down and breaks his crown.  Closer report, rankings, and musings heading your way.  Cheers!

  • I have officially removed Kenley Jansen from the salad menu, he is now in the farm fed donkeycorn category.  Velocity isn’t back, blew his second save…  K’s are down, confidence looks shaky.  He basically sounds like the opposite of a hype song by Eminem.
  • The Angels Keynan Middleton has hit the 10-day DL opening up the door for everyone with a Halo to try and get a save.  Justin Anderson is the sleepy man’s choice.  But Scioscia is gonna look like a monkey humping a football with this anyways.
  • Corey Knebel is making his way back soon, he started a minor league assignment yesterday.  No worries Josh Hader owners, he still has value…but only slightly.  And I am slightly being sarcastic.  He is on pace for a Mike Marshall-type strikeout season and is on pace for 2 bills of them.  Just for annoyance, Jeffress has gotten the last 2 saves.
  • I have moved the Astro’s closers up, but without anyone knocking themselves out to take the job they are still a damaged group collectively.  Individually would be fantastic.
  • Jeurys Familia two blown saves in last 10 games is not good.  The Mets overall have not been good from the pen since I wrote about them in Week 2.  Curse.
  • The Orioles seem to have swayed to O’Day’s direction.  You think he is Harry Belafonte’s favorite reliever?
  • Sleepy Reliever of the week: Tayron Guerrero.  maybe a week too late but last week’s choice of Richard Rodriguez is doing just as nice.

 

$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 –  (Joe Kelly,  Matt Barnes)

2. Edwin Diaz – (Juan NicasioNick Vincent)

3. Aroldis Chapman – (David Robertson, Dellin Betances)

4. Wade Davis – (Adam OttavinoJake McGee)

 

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.

5. Roberto Osuna – (Ryan Tepera, Seung-hwan Oh)

6. Cody Allen – (Andrew Miller, Tyler Olson)

7. Kenley Jansen – (Josh FieldsPedro Baez)

8. Felipe Vazquez – (George KontosMichael Feliz)

9. Brad Hand –  (Craig Stammen, Tyler Yates)

10. Sean Doolittle – (Ryan MadsonBrandon Kintzler)

11. Raisel Iglesias – (Jared Hughes, Wandy Peralta)

12. Brandon Morrow – (Carl Edwards Jr.,  Steve Cishek)

13. Kelvin Herrera – (Brian Flynn, Brad Keller)

14. Jeurys Familia – (A.J. Ramos, Robert Gsellman)

15. Alex Colome – (Jose Alvarado Sergio Romo)

16. Blake Treinen – (Liam Hendriks, Santiago Casilla)

 

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.

17. Brad Boxberger – (Archie BradleyYoshihisa Hirano)

18. Arodys Vizcaino – (A.J. Minter, Shane Carle)

19. Hunter Strickland – (Tony WatsonCory Gearrin)

20. Keone Kela – (Kevin JepsenAlex Claudio)

21. Shane Greene – (Alex WilsonJoe Jimenez)

 

 

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.

22. Bud Norris  – (Greg Holland, Tyler Lyons)

23. Chris Devenski / Ken Giles / Brad Peacock

24. Hector Neris – (Adam MorganEdubray Ramos)

25. Fernando Rodney – (Addison Reed, Zach Duke)

26. Darren O’Day – (Brad Brach, Mychal Givens)

27. Josh Hader / Jacob Barnes / Jeremy Jeffress

28. Cam Bedrosian / Justin Anderson / Blake Parker

29. Brad Ziegler – (Drew SteckenriderKyle Barraclough)

30. Joakim Soria Nate Jones

  1. Roger Anderson says:
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    Even after STL higher-ups said Norris has the job, and Holland stinks, you show no love for Bud Norris?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Roger Anderson: I’m aware that Holland stinks. But I want some kind of consistency in the role before moving to employed. At this point he is the best of the worst which still says something as there are useful names in there

  2. Count de Monetball says:
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    Just curious do you have still a lot of faith in Alex Colome? Dude has been awful so far…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Count de Monetball: I wouldn’t let him babysit my kids, if I had any. Yea he’s so up for three good games than 3 bad.

  3. David says:
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    In dynasty, in a vacuum, who are you taking, Buehler or Hader? Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @David: Buehler. But I freaking love Hader

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        @Smokey: wonder how close this would be if MIL was smart enough to have him start already.

  4. Eng says:
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    Hey Smokey, thanks for the write up.

    Any chance Guerrero or Rodriguez get the closing gig? Who would you lean towards and do you prefer either to Justin Anderson ?

    Finally, Addison Reed still worth holding to see if he gets Rodney’s job or is there more chance Brandon Morrow’s arm falls off?

    Thanks!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Eng: Guerrero maybe. Right driguez is blocked thoroughly. Anderson for immediate hope.

      Both could happen but I’d still hold Reed unless you have a better cuff on the wire.

  5. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Is the return of Yimi G something we should be keeping an eye on? Went straight into a pretty high leverage situation tonight…

    • Smokey

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      @Stephen Lyon: depends on how deep the league but yea he’s in the hold crew for the Dodgers.

  6. who will have more saves by year end—- Devenski or Edwards ?

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      @lovedarooks: devenski easily, he might have more right now than the sandwich king might end with. other than a morrow injury, i’d probably lay like 6-1 on this.

    • Smokey

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      @lovedarooks: Devenski, Edwards needs something to happen where as Devenski is in the thick

  7. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    May 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm (link)
    for some weird reason casilla has no holds. dull got an 8th inning (a kimbrel as well) yesterday. but casilla is actually the best RP on OAK all year (well 2nd best behind the mastermind of the putting challenge, with a 2.09 FIP). in AL only, 10 teamer with holds and saves sold separately i have kelvin (best season ever thusly, shame his team is shit or he’d honestly be a top 3 closer or so right now), brach (lost job big time, not even leverage innings anymore, pitched 2 innings while losing in the 6th yesterday), j.anderson (first mis step today), nicasio.

    lose brach for maybe j.anderson for any of: casilla, leclerc (best FIP on team RP, moving up in hierarchy slowly, today didn’t help), diekman, roe (awful pitching, but holds), venters (MIGHT eventually move up a lot here), dull, duke, j.johnson, mccarthy or hill (gotta be moving up as nobody else on KC doing any bit well), olson (ERA luck near worst in league, FIP under 3), kelly (might have the 8th back again, way better FIP than i’d believe), givens

    brach actually isn’t doing badly (3.49 FIP) so anderson might be the only drop here if brach gets his high leverage stuff back.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Better Call Limehouse: that’s lose brach OR j.anderson for any of those listed, i have both.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Beware the Shit Rope: if no limit moves than it’s an easy dance to anyone listed. Oak is low in holds as a team

  8. SF says:
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    Hi Smokey,

    Points league where RP’s earn stats for Wins, Saves, SO, Holds, and lose points for BB, ER, Hits. Looking to add another RP for holds and to vulture some Wins.
    My options are between K. Yates, Kelly, or Alvarado. Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SF: I like Yates out of that group for a temporary. But wouldn’t fall in love with him for ever and move to another.

      • SF says:
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        @Smokey: Got it. Thanks!

  9. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    14 team with saves and holds (separate stats). have kimbrel/hand/madson/nicasio/j.barnes. drop barnes for any of: fields, yates

  10. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    16 teamer with net saves, and saves + holds (so saves worth more, assuming they don’t blow them): have j.barnes/roe/j.anderson/boxy/greene/nicasio and a.miller on DL (back in less than a week supposedly). somebody just dropped kelly, seemingly back into 8th at BOS. who are my 2 drops for miller/kelly, gotta be 2 out of anderson/roe/barnes.

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