The All-Star break seems to have helped some folks but wasn’t enough of a break for others. Let’s see who’s working to earn your trust back.

  • The Edwin Diaz implosion continues. He’s blown two saves this week while Trevor May has picked up two saves.
  • The break did Aroldis Chapman some good. His velocity was better and he got the save Tuesday despite giving up a solo homer. Keep your finger on the eject button if he wears out again soon.
  • Heath Hembree seems like the only righty the Reds can trust at the moment. He’s likely to earn the bigger share of the saves until the Cincy bullpen upheaval.
  • Tyler Wells has worked his way into the mix for the ninth in Baltimore. The mountain of a man brings big K numbers but is also volatile.
  • The Pirates DFA’d Kyle Crick after some blowups. That makes David  Bednar the top option if Richard Rodriguez gets traded.

$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.

Josh Hader (Jake Cousins)

Craig Kimbrel (Andrew Chafin)

Liam Hendriks (Aaron Bummer)

Kenley Jansen (Blake TreinenVictor Gonzalez)

Ryan Pressly Ryne Stanek)

Mark Melancon (Emilio Pagan)

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)

Brad Hand (Daniel Hudson)

Raisel Iglesias (Tony Watson)

Matt Barnes (Adam Ottavino)

Richard Rodriguez (David Bednar)

Jordan Romano (Adam Cimber)

Ian Kennedy (Josh Sborz)


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.

Tyler Rogers/Jake McGee

James KarinchakEmmanuel Clase

Scott Barlow/Greg Holland

Edwin Diaz (Trevor May)

Lou Trivino (Jake Diekman)

Hansel Robles/Taylor Rogers

Kendall Graveman/Paul Sewald

Diego Castillo/Peter Fairbanks

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.

Yimi Garcia (Anthony Bender)

Heath Hembree/Amir Garrett

Jose Alvarado/Ranger Suarez/Hector Neris

Joakim Soria (Noe Ramirez)

Daniel Bard (Carlos Estevez)

Gregory Soto/Jose Cisnero

Paul Fry/Cole Sulser/Tanner Scott/Tyler Wells

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1 year ago

You think Hand and Trivino will still be closing games after the trade deadline? I ask because I traded them both away because I’m not so sure they will be.

1 year ago

Better pickup – Bednar or Wells? Have Kimbrel, Romano, and Suarez so could use a few more saves. My league also counts Holds if that matters