Roto-Wan is at the Jersey Shore this week, home to the iconic reality show of the same name. Much like that cast of misguided Jerseyites our MLB season is already riddled with disease. I won’t depress you with talk of how this kind of travel and interaction is a slap in the face of a contagious virus. COVID will do that enough. I’m here to try and catch up on the widespread bullpen carnage of this very early season. Hopefully, you heeded my advice and discounted closers in your drafts. Now’s the time to plug those holes. You’ve got plenty of options. Unlike the guys that settled for going home with Snooki.

  • It sounding like Ken Giles season may be in doubt, or at least a good chunk of it. Anthony Bass is next on my depth chart but he’s not a good enough pitcher to have all that much confidence. Rafael Dolis is the other name to mention.
  • What can I say? Rays gonna Rays. Oliver Drake got the ninth in the first save opp for Tampa Bay. Nick Anderson was given the eighth and came away with the win. Drake racked a second save when Anderson was required to get the final out of the seventh against the heart of the Braves order last night. Tampa was always going to be progressive with their bullpen deployment. Drake’s worth an add but don’t go nuts.
  • Kansas City is hard at work on a couple of career revivals. Greg Holland got the save in extra innings. Trevor Rosenthal was the talk of their spring training and pitched the inning prior. I’m sure both will be great and not burn you at all. Yes, I also put claims in for them.
  • Atlanta is in need of fill-ins for the ninth. Mark Melancon and Will Smith are both ailing. They turned to ground ball machine Luke Jackson for the final two innings in their last save opp. A.J. Minter worked a clean inning, as well. I’m sure Atlanta would love for him to rebound into the closer they hoped he could be.
  • With the bullpen being called on for six innings San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler got a little creative. Trevor Gott was the one getting the ninth and converting a save. I’d tread very, very lightly with that entire closer committee.
  • Kyle Crick is hitting the IL. Fireballer Nick Burdi notched the first save chance in his stead. That Burdi pitched so few innings last year with a major injury and the team still trusts him enough to get a save opp says something.
  • Someone named Cole Susler of Baltimore earned a two-inning save against Boston, giving up only one hit. It was the 30-year-olds seventh MLB appearance. I don’t know what to tell you there. Anything is possible in Baltimore.
 
  1. KB says:
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    Somebody oddly dropped Workman in our league. Would you drop Burdi or Hudson to scoop up B-Work? Thanks!

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      That’s a real Burdi’s choice. Burdi could lock down that job without much challenge. Workman had nice surface numbers but questionable underlying metrics. Doolittle also seems to be in a funk. Hudson isn’t great but they resigned him for a reason. So Burdi for upside. Hudson next for being on a better team.

  2. Matt says:
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    Should I drop Holland, Bass, or Leclerc for Burdi? Or hold should I hold?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Leclerc may be dealing with an injury so he’s a candidate.

  3. ESB says:
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    I dropped Ian Kennedy for Daniel Hudson(in anticipation of him being used to close over Doolittle), my other two closers are Melancon(who picked up a save) and Bradley. Hopefully I don’t regret it. Our roto league doesn’t count Holds and we only have 3 bench spots with smaller rosters but Nick Anderson was dropped his on waivers but I’m not sure it’s worth it to put in a claim…thoughts. Literally all the “new” closers are gone, Burdi, Bass, Drake, etc.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Who are your other closers that you’d be dropping for Anderson?

      • ESB says:
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        The only closers I have are Hudson, Melancon, and Bradley. Otherwise Id have to drop an SP, of which I have Clevenger, Woodruff, Singer, Musgrove, Houser, Canning, & Keller…just not sure if it’s worth dropping a starter for Anderson with the way the Rays use closers tbh. Im in a 13 team roto league and we dont count winsor holds just WHIP, ERA, SV,K’s, & IP with a 74 games started limit. But I’d definitely be interested to get your thoughts.

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          I’d think Anderson over Melancon would be a move you wouldn’t have blinked at two weeks ago so it’s ok to do if you want the K upside.

  4. TedG says:
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    How would you rank these three closers, short and long term?: Kimbrell, Burdi, Hudson

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Hudson, Burdi, Kimbrell for both.

      • TedG says:
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        Thanks!

  5. Rooster says:
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    Is it worth keeping closers or dropping them for starting pitchers?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Any specifics?

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