The changing parabola that is the saves game is taking over the first “S” in this weeks post.  Steaks are boring, throw rocks at them.  The “saver stitch” has changed in several different destinations, and the funny thing is, I just wrote about closing situations two-and-half-days ago.  Strange days indeed, my friends.  The closer in the Desert, the Beantown, and now, the City of Angels, is possibly up for grabs.  Check the bottom for the first two, as I would like to concentrate on Huston Street.  He pulled up lame on Sunday and with the All-Star break here, we will anxiously await his massive 5.7 K/9 rate.  The rumor mill was already circling for Street to be a trade candidate in a few weeks, now the possible injury puts a dent in the already dented can.  The adds for the Angels are a yuck Joe Smith, who if possible, has been equally as bad as Street.  My speculative pick if Street is more injured than it appears is Deolis Guerra for a bit, before seeing what Cam Bedrosian has.  Baby Bedrock was a tout of mine a few months back and stumbled.  Guess what?  He is back, but no one cares because the Angels are bad and not anything or anyone watches except the cast of Angels in the Outfield.  So those looking for a speculative add for the boring non-three days of fantasy, check the stacks of Angels and be ahead of the curve, instead of having trouble with it.

Jose Peraza – Was earning and burning some playing time with the Reds, now that Brandon Phillips has a fracture in his hand that could see an upswoon in his AB’s.  Has two in the past week in only 11 plate appearances.  Previous problem was timing, his appearances in the line-up, but now all of that looks to be changing a bit.

Travis Jankowski – Another week, another 3 SB’s.  I don’t see it stopping as he gets on base at a healthy .364 clip.  Other stats may be empty, but don’t blame him, he can’t hit himself in from second.

Nick Franklin – Since being promoted, he has practically played every game for the last two weeks.  He can play all over the field, which helps him as a more waiver wire add than, say, Jankowski.  His legs will never be his biggest tool for you, but he did steal 8 in the minors before getting recalled.  If his .380-plus OBP is there by next week, he will be on 16-team radars and start to get more love down the pipe.

Koji Uehara – With Kimbrel now dinged ’til August, the Sawx acquired Brad Ziegler from the desert.  This muddles the situation in Boston more than does it in Arizona.  In Boston, it’s Ziegler, than Uehara for saves.  Koji got two cheapies while B-rad was still getting his chowda on from the Quincy Mahket.

Tyler Clippard – Is the veterans preference for the Snakes? The manager is on record saying it’s a sharing-type situation.  I was calling for a Hudson takeover a month ago, and he has hit some rough patches.  Confidence comes from having a high pressure job.  Clippard gets 60% of the save chances and Huddy will get the other 40%.

Ryan Dull – Got the “our loser has sucked and we need to see if he can do it save” on Saturday.  Madson has been spotty at best the past few outings.  A change isn’t coming tomorrow, but tomorrow may be another disaster for Madson.  Dull should be added anyways because of the ratio help, but just in case people are on snooze control go grab him… he might like it.

  1. JoeG414 says:
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    Ziegler or Dull for Saves ?
    You think Clippard gets traded ? Back to being a set up guy .
    Mixed 6×6 roto

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JoeG414: It will be close in total saves both prolly get a few, but I will say Zeigler. I think Madson needs a break.

      Clippad should be traded he still has value in the set-up game

  2. JoeG414 says:
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    A follow up , as Ziegler , Mauricio Cabrera are on waivers and Jim Johnson are free agents. I picked up Dull last night.
    Which two do you like the most of those four for the second half for Saves ?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JoeG414: Ziegler for now with Dull, Cabrera down the trough

  3. knucks says:
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    1) Just to clarify, you’re def adding Bedrosian before Deolis right? I’ve had Bedrosian for about a month and I don’t recall him giving up runs. Its just the Scioscio-path not giving him the chance with Smith and Salas in the way.

    2) Would you mind picking a side between CIN/COL for ROS saves?

    RIglesias / Cingrani / Estevez / Ottavino

    I own three (Ott/Estevez/RIglesias) right now, but can flip Estevez/Ott for Cingrani as part of a bigger trade (where I give up Villar and get C. Seager in return, wooooo!)

    I realize Ohlendor is there, but I can pick him up later, as no one is gonna add him from the pool in this league. I’ll have an open roster spot after this potential deal goes through and can add someone from waivers anyway.

    3) Last question, who would you want to own out of these guys below, with ROS saves potential in mind…

    Thornburg / WSmith / TWatson / FRodney / Trevor May / Jim Johnson

    Thanks Smokey!

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Dammit, the dreaded double post (see below). Sorry Smokey. Please dismiss one of my comments. Don’t worry about the extra names I threw into the post below (Feliz/Benoit/MCab).

    • Smokey

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      @knucks: Guerra for an immediate fix, Cam for long run

      Cingrani seems to be doing a decent job, Iglesias is quoted as saying he wants to close, I can say I wanna be a smurf doesn’t always mean anything. Otta is the guy just when

      If that deal is Estevez/Otta. Villar for Saeger and Cingrani you make that trade

      Thornburg and rest are a ways off with too may ifs in front of them to be closers. IE trades, injury. Jeffress is ripe for a trade to a contender I believe and Thorny is the next guy IMO

      Damn double posts!!!

  4. Jiggy Nits says:
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    nick hundley vs jose peraza NL only roto ROS

    • Smokey

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      @Jiggy Nits: Hundley is your back-up and you most definitely have someone better, shit Tucker Barnhart is better I think. So Peraza, he will get more playing time as they wanna be sure he is the future

  5. Ryan says:
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    Smokey, In a saves+holds league, who do you want: romo, osuna, brach, Giles, or diekman? Whip is important. Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ryan: Brach

  6. knucks says:
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    I typed a post out, but I’m not seeing it. Lost in cyber space perhaps, but if it pops up, sorry for the double comment.

    1) Just to be clear, you’re adding Bedrosian before Guerra right? I’ve owned Bedrosian for a while now and don’t recall him giving up runs. Just that the Sciosciapath was rolling out Smith/Salas while Street was down for a while.

    2) Can you pick a bullpen for ROS saves between COL/CIN? I currently own 3 of the 4 arms below (RIglesias/Ottavino/Estevez), but could get Cingrani back in a larger trade if I want to move Ottavino/Estevez for him. (Full trade is me getting back Corey Seager for my Villar).

    Cingrani / RIglesias / Ottavino / Estevez

    3) Can you pick one for ROS saves spec? Maybe rank the top three, if possible…? I may have a roster spot to p/u one of the guys below, then hold until the trade deadline. Thanks for everything Smokey! Great writeup, as usual.

    TWatson / Nef Feliz / Benoit / Thornburg / WSmith / FRodney / Jim Johnson / MCabrera/ Trevor May

  7. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Man oh man Sir Smokes-a-lot, this has been a real “there’s a reason they make them play the games” season for my team. Last year, I dominated holds/saves with the combos of Street/Smith and Perkins/Jepsen. Nabbed all four guys again this year and thought I could put my relievers on auto-pilot, halfway through the season I’ve dropped all of them. What a world…

    • Smokey

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: well thank god we will be back next year…win some lose more…great philosphy

  8. Scott says:
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    Peraza over Merrifield?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: Peraza, its close but I think Peraza really gets pressed into lineup

  9. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    I don’t know that the situation in Boston is entirely muddled, it was at first but then the Red Sox specifically said that Uehara will close – there was a quote on Rotoworld about that: “Koji’s our closer” said Farrell, “On days when he isn’t available we’ve got Brad to turn to”.

    • Smokey

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      @Jimmy Bond: Oh I hear ya but Koji is 41 and just 2 years ago wasn’t being in back to back affairs so Zigs will get a few chances. Muddled was maybe the word but proportioned is probably a better fit

  10. sh says:
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    Smokey what are the chances that Will Harris remains the closer in Houston and than mauer closes games for San Diego.

    • Smokey

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      @sh: Good and he will get glipmses

  11. Db says:
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    Dropped all the weak ass starters on my team and added all relivers now what reliver do I drop
    Hold and saves league
    Estevez
    Gomez
    Edwin Diaz
    Maurer
    Kinztler
    Nate jones
    Guerra

    • Smokey

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      @Db: well Guerra is purely speculative so he would be first to go followed by Kintzler if a better hold guy is on the wire

  12. sh says:
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    Smoke so my plan to pick up Harris has back fired , a guy picked him up just before I could he had a higher claim. What do you think of Kintzler of Minny for the year.? Also my league is a 12 team head to head dynasty. I have a offer for my Andrew Miller for Profar and Severino would you pull the trigger on that one.?

    • Smokey

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      @sh: I mean Kintzler is employed, but not great at quantity but still gets the chances. No on that trade NY media is all over Chapman to Cubs today and Miller would be dynamite in closer role. Severino is broken badly right now and Profar is a man w/o a spot. Both are young though so I can see the temptation

  13. Dhouse42 says:
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    Jankowski rules

    • Smokey

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      @Dhouse42: Not on the same level as O’doyle but he is a the new one trick pony and this years Billy Burns

  14. SF says:
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    My pitching is all sorts of whack.

    My current RPs: Street, Maurer, Herrera, Neris, Bedrosian

    Putting in a claim for Ottavino (dropping Carlos Rodon)

    I really wanna let go of Street to pick up some better set-up man (Thornburg or Diekman maybe) but I’m hesitant about dropping a closer. I should probably just punt Saves and go all in on Holds though given the set-up of who my RPs are. Should I do that? Or keep trying for a decent mix

    • Smokey

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      @SF: Yea I hear ya, but don’t drop Street just yet. Punting is definitely a good idea though so its a coin flip in my head

  15. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Smokey, curious as to your thoughts – I need a closer. Can you rank the order that you prefer these guys off the wire for ROS?

    Kintzler
    Maurer
    Cingrani

    Also, who would you drop out of Giles, Rodney, McGee or Ziegler?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Skeezix: Cingrani, Kintzler Maurer. McGee is the misplaced man in colorado him first then Rodney

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks Smokey! Out of curiosity, why do you prefer Cingrani over Kintzler? We have limited waiver claims, so I want to be as selective as possible here since my closers have taken a beating.

        Appreciate the response!

        • Smokey

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          @Skeezix: I see more chances for Cingrani, and at some point they are going to just say its all yours kid. Minnesota Kintzler isn’t the long term answer and I can see them looking to the youth to see who has the balls to do it

  16. Peugeot says:
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    In a svs/hlds league with era whip k/9

    Blanton over Madson?
    Blanton over kelley?

    Guy looks like a machine this year

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Peugeot: Blanton over Kelley

  17. Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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    I’ve got Betances, Herrera, Dyson, Will Harris, and Ryan Dull as my relief corps in a holds league. Ottavino, Bundy, and Zach Duke available on waivers as most intriguing arms.

    You moving Ryan Dull for Benintendi and snagging one of those arms? Limited keeper league, but won’t be keeping any of the people I mentioned so just consider it redraft. K/BB also a category, H2H

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Dude you’re stacked up hold. Benintendi needs to be added immediately somehow some way so losing Dull is a good idea

      • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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        @Smokey: pretty much my thoughts too. Herrera moving to closer and pulling the trigger on the trade now leaves me with just Betances for holds though. Who would you pick for holds now?
        Ottavino, Duke, Treinen, Osich, and Hudson look like the best bets out there

        • Smokey

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          @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Herrera will be back in the Holds role soon though. Hudson or Duke for short term fix

  18. Brian says:
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    In an NL Only league where OPS replaces BA, would you drop any of the following for Peraza or Jankowski (likely Jankowski, since it’s OPS)

    Wilmer Flores
    Kolten Wong
    Adam Ottavino

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brian: well owning both Wilmer and Wong seems anti productive lose one for Travis

  19. danny almonte says:
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    In a NSVH league, Koji or O Day?

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