Not much has changed since we last talked. Only A THIRD OF THE BULLPENS have been drastically altered. The Brain Freeze is Slurpee Big Gulp level this week. At least the dust is starting to settle from the flurricane of activity. Exercise some caution on those new openings. Often the less expensive, less glitzy alternative has the same odds to net some saves.

  • What to say about the Rays other than Cash gonna Cash. Ryan Sherriff became the latest sheriff of the ninth when he earned a save Wednesday. With such ambiguity and other relievers readying to return from IL let’s not waste any more space on a pen that we can’t predict. Sorry if Sherriff don’t like it.
  • The Astros are apparently behind in their Holds league. They’ve consolidated as many bullpens in Highlander fashion as they were able to.
  • Dylan Floro has posted two straight saves for the Marlins. The last one was a tad bumpier with a run allowed. Anthony Bender has been utilized as a fireman to get the important outs in the second half of the game. A trend is forming.
  • With Josh Hader hitting the COVID-IL for the Brewers both Devin Williams and Brad Boxberger have picked up a save. Expect the team to baby Williams just a little after his first half was less than smooth (mostly related to injury).
  • The Cubs haven’t given us a clear front-runner to replace Craig Kimbrel. Kyle Ryan converted the first save and rookie Manuel Rodriguez the next one. Codi Heuer was the return for Kimbrel. Dan Winkler is the low-cost option for a rebuilding team. Let’s see if the front office nudges David Ross in that direction.
  • Allow me to take a dig at the Phillies, as they’re my local obligation. How does trading your top pitching prospect for a short-term closer and SP5 make a lick of sense? Yeah, those were the missing pieces to an assured title run. SMDH.

Short term leave

Josh Hader – COVID List (Devin Williams/Brab Boxberger)

Ryan Pressly – Paternity List (Kendall Graveman/Yimi Garcia)

$12 $16 Salads

You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads.

Liam Hendriks/Craig Kimbrel 

Mark Melancon (Emilio Pagan)

Kenley Jansen (Blake TreinenVictor Gonzalez)

Aroldis Chapman (Chad GreenJonathan Loaisiga)

Alex Reyes (Giovanny Gallegos)


Imagine you’re following a donkey, who’s wearing a wool cap, through a desert for 1700 miles. Why are you following a donkey? Because he promises you something wonderful and you just need to trust him. Does the donkey talk? Yes. Yes, he does talk. So when you and the donkey in the wool cap arrive at his destination, he removes the wool cap to reveal a horn. The donkey is a unicorn and his gift to you for your trust is saves. These closers are Donkeycorns.

Will Smith (Chris Martin)

Raisel Iglesias (Steve Cishek)

Matt Barnes (Adam Ottavino)

Jordan Romano/Brad Hand

Ian Kennedy (Jose Alvarado)

Lou Trivino (Jake Diekman)


These guys are the men that make the save market go round. They punch in, punch out. Have the job, no real threat to speak of, and are basically just there to collect great benny’s so they can take care of their crippled brother. Who is only really crippled because he is scared of the sun.

Edwin Diaz (Trevor May)

Tyler Rogers/Jake McGee

James KarinchakEmmanuel Clase

Scott Barlow/Greg Holland

Paul Sewald/Diego Castillo

Kyle Finnegan (Wander Suero)

Heath Hembree/Amir Garrett

Daniel Bard (Carlos Estevez)

Brain Freezes

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Carlos Marmol– Wait, he just gave up 12 earned runs and hit Castro in the head with a pick-off throw. Brain freeze! Make it stop! Use the following closers at your own risk.

Dylan Floro/Anthony Bender

Matt Wisler/Andrew Kittredge/Drew Rasmussen

David Bednar/Chris Stratton

Manuel Rodriguez/Codi Heuer/Kyle Ryan

Tyler Clippard (Brett de Geus)

Tyler Duffey/Alex Colome

Gregory Soto/Jose Cisnero

Paul Fry/Cole Sulser

Spencer Patton/Joe Barlow

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1 year ago

$16 salads! Haha, inflation! The haves and have nots… Even the Donkeycorn group has some questionable closers.

Thanks for the update.

1 year ago

I’m shocked you’re not higher on McGee. He is the clear cut closer in San Fran and has been amazing as of late and all season for that matter.

In my non keeper I am in first and up 10-0 this week. I got lucky drafting Castillo, Barnes, Reyes, Yimi, and McGee in the later round of my draft and the wire and flipped Reyes with Luzardo and Blackmon for Albies and Luis Roberta believe it or not (essentially Albies since I dropped Luis)

And I recently flipped Castillo and Jorge Polanco for Mullins.

I dropped Yimi for Floro and snagged Nick Anderson and an stashing him.

Sorry for the rant, but my ultimate question is do you believe Anderson takes over the closer job FOR SURE or am I simply wasting an IL Spot?

Would you bet more on Lorenzen in Cincinnati? I could use a 4th closer but it’s not adamant so long as Floro maintains and Barnes and McGee seem great for the long haul on great teams.

Colome is also on the wire but meh.


Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
1 year ago

Is Dick Rod going to compete for some holds in Braves bullpen ROS?