Stop me if you’ve heard this before: plenty of bullpens arms are hurt or performing poorly. That’s always kind of the case but the baseball gods seem intent on cramming in the usual amount of reliever chaos in the shortened season. It was a good year to invest lightly in saves. They are there for the taking on your wire.

  • With the Cardinals set to play a breakneck schedule, there will be all kinds of creativity going on in the bullpen usage. Add in that they have no defined closer and saves will be very cheap. Giovanny Gallegos will get some, sure. Andrew Miller already earned one with the right match-ups due up. John Gant is also a name being whispered as part of the committee. He’s absolutely an arm they trust and should see save chances on busy days.
  • Poor Kirby Yates was cursed with the burden of being one of the top closers drafted this year. That obviously meant he would have things go very wrong and burn drafters. We aren’t allowed to have nice closers. Those are the rules. Drew Pomeranz was picking up some saves and already owned many places. I’m also adding Emilio Pagan as the right-handed complement who should also see save opps.
  • Raise your hand if your ERA got got by Trevor Gott. Cinderella always turns into a pumpkin at midnight. That’s how the saying goes, right? Tony Watson and Tyler Rogers may be asked to handle things for a while. At least until Gott has a scoreless appearance in a lower leverage spot.
  • In a rare bright spot, Aroldis Chapman looks set to return from his COVID stint. We may see one tune-up inning but he needs less to get ready than most relievers. Zach Britton may still get the call over a back to back ask of Chapman for some time.
  • Remember when everyone pushed up Washington’s Trea Turner and Victor Robles because you had to get steals locked in this year? They’ve given you zero. It’s worrisome they’ve only stole 4 as a team. It’s not like they haven’t faced the Mets yet. We’ll see if this is just randomness or a more problematic organizational philosophy shift.
  • It’s a good thing Max Stassi is hitting home runs. He’s allowed 20 steals to only 3 caught stealing this year. That’s kind of bonkers. If you’re rabbits are getting LAA anytime soon (SFG, OAK) get em in the lineup.
 
  1. C says:
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    Oscar Mercado demoted.

    Fuck.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Honestly might be the best thing for him. Let him figure some things out without the pressure on.

  2. scoboticus says:
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    SF playing LAA this week. Thinking of picking up Mauricio Dubon. Lose Gimenez or Cronenworth for him?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Gimenez might see lass PT with Cano coming back. Though if speed is what you need, he’s the hold.

  3. ANDREW SOWA says:
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    Lugo or Wick for this week?

  4. Warlord says:
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    Lugo or Wick for this week?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I’d take Wick. Slightly better grasp on the role, imo.

  5. Philip says:
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    Thoughts on Devin Williams in MIL? He’s killing it like Karinchak.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Young man is turning heads. He’ll have some climbing to do but that bullpen is always starved for a reliable righty.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      phelps been better and used closer to hader a few different times.

  6. scoboticus says:
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    Edman’s another guy that’s supposed to give me steals and hasn’t yet.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      To be fair, he did lose a week of PT. Still stinks for you, though.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        wasn’t it about 17ish or so days here, right in the 2.5 week range.

  7. Dude says:
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    I get that he’s been out for a while, but any thoughts why Alex Reyes wouldn’t be closer in STL?

  8. Nightpandas says:
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    Which guy would you suggest for best chance at saves?

    Romano
    Watson
    Jeffress

    Thanks

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      watson/jeffress/romano from usage and how the guy in front is doing. if holds league reverse this though for skills so far. but jefferess/romano a near tie for that anyway

  9. jeffries or K Keola (pitt) ?

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