The damn is breaking on many bullpens, with holes springing in a good amount of others. If you landed a top tier arm consider yourself immensely lucky. The rest of us schmoes will be in the bullpen garbage heaps looking for a few cans to trade for a nickel. The tiers are GIF themed this week, so no one has to think too hard.

  • Sean Newcomb has transitioned to the bullpen well. He’s ditched his changeup in favor of his wipeout curveball. If he limits the walks he will get opportunities to close. Especially with groundball pitcher Luke Jackson finally running into so bad luck on balls getting through the infield. Managers usually feel like extreme groundballers are better eighth-inning options.
  • The Rockies will have to promote someone with Wade Davis hitting the IL. Scott Ohberg has been pretty good since last season and figures to be the fill in. Remember that logic doesn’t always apply when guessing at manager decisions, though. Bryan Shaw and Carlos Estevez have both closed before. They could be worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
  • All signs were pointing to Jose Leclerc returning to his closing role. Shawn Kelley came off the IL and spit in the face of those hoping for a Leclerc save, closing out two straight. For what it’s worth Leclerc was warming up a few nights ago when Chris Martin got in trouble. Still, if Kelley is getting it done they may see where he takes them.
  • The Nationals bullpen has turned into a plague ship ever since signing Trevor Rosenthal. Coincidence?
  • Boston is ready to throw in the towel on Ryan Brasier as closer. They can’t seem to find any to replace him. This is obviously because Matt Barnes insulted Alex Cora’s mother. Someone named Marcus Walden blew a save Wednesday. Brandon Workman notched a save Monday but was then used in the middle innings the rest of the week. I added a couple of Workman shares since his 13.3 K/9 is stellar and the BB/9 has been better in May.
  • Steve Cishek has done a bang-up job since Pedro Strop hit the IL. Between that and Strop’s history as a setup man, Cishek may be the guy for the foreseeable future. Sorry, what’s that? They still have Brandon Morrow? I can’t hear you over my own roaring laughter.

 

Excited Frank.GIF

A great GIF to express all-around excitement.

 

Chang Allows It.GIF

Nothing flashy, just a solid everyday GIF.

 

Wynonna Does Math.GIF

I want to convey profuse confusion.

 

Dumpster Fire.GIF

When something is on the level of the contents of a garabage receptacle, except set on fire.

 

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LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

Shit I have two dumpster fires and only one hose………

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
3 years ago

so Newcomb came in early and gave up a run
it’s my fault (sorry)

Jackson was saved and then used like he’s still top doggie

this Kimbrel news from Harely Earl is very interesting

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Slappy Jack
3 years ago

I think Jackson holds the bigger share of saves if he remains effective but Nek can siphon some.

Grey
Admin
3 years ago

Nice on the GIFs!

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Agree with Grey

Danny
Danny
3 years ago

WHo for net svhd’s, and nice k’s/ratios?
Pick 2
A.miller, Romo, Givens, neshek, oberg, crick, wittgren

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Danny
3 years ago

Ohberg, Crick or if you still have any faith in Miller.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Just to follow up on this comment on Kimbrel.

I know a scout for the Atlanta Braves. He recently told me that as soon as the MLB draft is over, you can expect the Braves to sign Kimbrel. Right now, there is only two weeks until the draft and no point in signing him when that mean losing your #1 or #2 draft pick for next year. All teams are waiting on the draft to be over before talking to Kimbrel. Braves scout says they are the favorite and expect to sign him.

183414
183414
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

Braves, Phillies, RedSox, Twins should all be in on Kimbrel. Braves’ scout has no clue what those other clubs are willing to spend for the chance to win a World Series.
I just hope he’s healthy, because I’ve stashed him since the draft, twice, and one of the above mentioned teams, there is still time left for 30 saves.

183414
183414
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

He may just take a 1 yr. deal; continue on his path to the most saves in history; and sign a nice 3 year deal after the season.

Prog Nation
Prog Nation
3 years ago

No questions.

Just wanted to say I love the gifs, especially the Winona one. She needs to see Danica McKellar for math lessons.

I have Workman for holds. But will take saves too.

And still no Kimbrel.