Welcome to my first regular season post of the year 2016. I’m moving in a different direction this season, as I wanted a new challenge and got burnt out doing the same thing every year. You gots to diversify! This will be my first season where I get to talk about pitching, but not just any pitching, bullpens! I love the pen, always have. As a kid, the Goose was one of my favorite players and seeing a game get closed out was the best feeling as a fan. Even as a kid I wanted the ball at the end of games. From age nine ’til 16, I was a solid back end option [Jay’s Note: I like your mom’s solid back end option] to take the mound and finish a game. On the unfortunate flip-side, I couldn’t start a game to save my life. I don’t even want to try and remember what the ERA difference was, but it was somewhere in the fourish range. You might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with SAGNOF? Only to show you how much passion I have for the bullpen. This year I’ll be doing my best week in and week out to bring you the top speed and saves plays. For those that remember my Sunday content for the past two seasons, Creeper of the Week, this will be similar to that, with the focus going solely to SAGNOF. Unless of course I can’t resist a batty call plug that hasn’t been mentioned on the site. Hey, I’m working through creeper withdraw. I wonder if they make an alternative to help me get my fix… Mendozadone!

With your drafts in the book, you should already own some early season SAGNOF. Under-owned names like the King of SAGNOF Rajai Davis, sneaky dark-horser Jonathan Villar, and my personal favorite, Cesar Hernandez, should be employed if you go the SAGNOF route. By the way, what is the SAGNOF route? In reality, its a life philosophy that trickles into fantasy. You see, when you are not in a committed relationship and instead choose to go hunting/fishing every night, then you are living the SAGNOF life. Don’t worry, I think married guys have it too. If you happen to be in a committed relationship and you have to mix up the boredom with purchases, then the “S” stands for sales/stuff. Do you look forward to the Sunday Best Buy ad, or in my case, the Big 5 ad? Then you are a married SAGNOFer. Aneeeeedahoo, let’s get to some profiles for week one ownership…

Sam Dyson, P TEX

All offseason it was looking like Shawn Tolleson was going to get moved. I heard more rumors about the Texas closer than Kanye feuding with (insert name). He doesn’t have the normal flash of your elite game stoppers, instead using control and a good mix to go along with that deceptive delivery. I only call it deceptive because it looks like the ball jumps out of his hand and appears faster than it is. Dyson, who is the next in line, sorry Kela fans, averages 95 on the gun and has a sinker that gets comped to some of the best in the game. When you look beyond the stat line, you see an arm with a high SwStr%, low contact rate, and an amazing 68.8% GB rate. He even limits hard contact to just 17.8% and with two plus pitches and its easy to see why. If for any reason Tolleson falters, which many believe he will, then Dyson is the own. So why not own him now if you have the space? Stay ahead of the game instead of scrambling when Tolleson blows his first save. If you are worried about losing your 7th starter, then you aren’t playing with Rudy’s tools. Those little toys of his make it feel like you have a co-owner with you every day. Seriously, buy them, so worth it.

Dalier Hinojosa, P PHI

This should feel redundant at this point, but in case you have been living under a rock or stuck at home watching the Rock, (the movie not the wrestler turned actor), then this is for you. In ESPN leagues, he is owned in just 2.4% where in our RCL’s the ownership is much higher. He had an up and down spring, but was talked about a lot to get a chance to close and that is good enough for me. If you are in camp, David Hernandez, then it might be good to know that in 40 career save opportunities, he has converted only 21 of them. He barely passes at 50% and you want to hand him the ball? This sh*t-uation is so in the toilet, that the winner of this “title” reminds me of presidential elections when our choices are likened to deciding between Dominoes or Papa John’s. They both give you gas and never deliver on the promise that their pizza politics are good. As of now, no closer has been named and like many of these situations go, the first one to keep recording saves or at the very least pitching well when handed the ball will ultimately hold the job. I believe the Andrew Bailey factor is for real but since he got sent down we will have to wait for his return. Hold Hinojosa for now, but not too tight. If you are good in saves and want to grab a hot hand, then do it, but if you are starving and will take the saves crumbs, then give Dalier a look.

Carl Crawford, OF LAD

I’m digging with this call because he’s only 2% owned in ESPN leagues. This is where opportunity meets match-ups and can make you look like a crazy genius to your leaguemates. According to Rudy’s weekly hit planner, Crawford is set to face five right-handers and it wouldn’t matter if it was three. Knowing he will get the starts and most likely bat lead-off is good enough for SAGNOF. In an injury plagued 2015 Crawford was still able to swipe 10-in-12 attempts all while only having 193 plate appearances. I think Van Slyke is on the other side of the platoon, only being deployed to face lefties, but keep an eye out for Austin Barnes as they like his bat and have talked about giving him outfield reps to try and find ways to keep him around even after Grandal returns. I have a feeling that the Dodgers scrap it together through injury approach will lead to lots of batty calls for the first few months.

 

 

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  1. knucks says:
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    My first thought after reading the title, before getting into the article was “Because he’s riding the bench on the DL” !!! This prob has to do with my need for speed over steal ATM.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @knucks: I had to have a little fun with everyone by talking about the reliever Dyson. I hope you found a speed replacement

      • knucks says:
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        @J-FOH: hah thoroughly enjoyed the piece and def thought there was a heavy chance that you were having your fun. Good stuff J-Foh keep it up brutha

        • J-FOH says:
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          @knucks: glad you liked it, I’m still playing with how I want this to go but each week you will see anywhere from 2-6 players being talked up

  2. Cohen says:
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    J-Foh,i have Tolleson,the only guy i can drop for Dyson is Benoit,should i drop him for Dyson or hold?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cohen: I would, Benoit has back issues and with Zych in Seattle I think Benoit could get bypassed if Cishek falters. I like to cuff my closers if there is any doubts that way you ensure yourself the Texas saves. Plus Dyson’s numbers as a non-closer will be better than Benoit.

      • Cohen says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cohen: no prob. Good luck

  3. G says:
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    Hey J-FOH. Who would you rather own between Dyson and Jumbo Diaz? My league counts K/9 instead of Ks. I only have room for one and not sure who has better shot at saves. Not sure if their k/9 difference plays into the decision either. Thanks man.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @G: Dyson, i’m not a Diaz fan and think the Reds will be awful this year so opps will be limited

  4. Bye Felica says:
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    I traded desmond for giles. Now giles is the 8th inning guy.

    Still gotta hold right

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bye Felica: I’d hold. Worst case scenario is he’s wade davis from last year and that was pretty damn valuable. High k rate double digits saves vulture wins. Don’t drop yet

  5. papasmurf says:
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    Oh yeah, I am on the D train. Definitely was targeting him. Since my league counts holds too I was too happy to lock him up.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @papasmurf: he’s a solid arm in holds leafues. Well done

  6. griff says:
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    I only have one open spot and will need saves. Which is the best to own Dyson, Zych, or Hinojosa?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @griff: Dyson

  7. Scott says:
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    Would you advise dropping Benoit or Farquhar (with extra chutzpah) for Dyson.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: Benoit

      • Scott says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks JFOH. May your beard be long and prosperous. Or something to that effect.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Scott: it hasn’t made me a dime but a lot of feels from the ladies

  8. J-Hof if I made it to the show, I’d be on the creeper list for my entire career…
    When I was a kid my mom would always tell me ” there’s always always one weirdo on the buss that you got to watch out for, but I’ve never seen him”

    actully my mother never told me that, some comedian from the late 80’s is where can I say sampled that from. So if your out there reading razzball blogs, I would love to give you the credit you deserve who ever you are unknown comedian

    Regards Dnut Eastwood

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: I’ve never found that weirdo either, so strange how that works

  9. And right on cue, Hernandez comes out in the 8th. Just grabbed Hinojosa. Thanks for the tip!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Lucky Dog: haha, I havent been able to watch even one play today. Glad to hear Hernandez sucks….still

      • @J-FOH: his line: 0 IP, 3 R. 3 ER. INF INF

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Lucky Dog: that’s awful

  10. And Hernandez loads the bases without recording an out. Wow.

  11. howtathor says:
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    Dropped Gregerson last night for Hernandez. Wouldn’t you know that Hinch woke up this morning and annointed him the closer. After all the hype that came with Giles!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @howtathor: feel your pain there, I dropped Greggy last week. Talk about a fantasy kick to the nuts

  12. Jvanslyke says:
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    Great write up. I just grabbed Hinojosa. I’m in a holds league and am a Giles owner. Dyson is held but Zych is available. Should I drop any of these for Zych?
    Benoit
    Farquhar
    Strickland
    (Also own krod, McGee and Giles so my bullpen isn’t completely lost. )

    Thanks!!

    • Jvanslyke says:
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      @Jvanslyke: and now Hinojosa

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jvanslyke: Zych over Benoit, its early but its a gut call

        • Jvanslyke says:
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          @J-FOH:

          I like it! Thanks!!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jvanslyke: sweet. See you here next week

  13. BD says:
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    Thanks- love that these are so deep-league. Loving it, keep ’em oming.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @BD: No prob, I prefer deep leagues so this is easy. Glad you enjoy

  14. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    Should I drop Joe Ross for Dyson? Have four closers already but others have four closers and will probably take 5 in order to win saves? After I get a big lead in saves will probably sell closers.

    Pitchers are Strasburg, Britton, David Robertson, Raisel, Rodon, Matz, Taijuan Walker, Yordano Ventura, Luke Gregerson, Jeremy Jeffress, and Lance McCullers on the DL

    • Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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      @Baseball Fan 2000: Also if not Dyson, then Vizcaino?

        • Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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          @J-FOH: Thanks! I actually did drop Joe Ross, but for Aaron Sanchez. He put on muscle over the offseason and threw hard tonight against the Rays. His changeup looked like Tanaka’s splitter at 90 mph.

  15. OJ Simpson says:
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    In a keepr, picked up stephenson for the spot start, but i need a closer and dyson is available.
    i also have nicasio
    who do i drop?

    SAGNOF !

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