So with the festivities of All-Stardom concluding, thus comes the second half.  It’s an inevitable thing, you eat half a cookie the other half remains.  So this week I am going to run down a list of the closers for the remainder of season.  So sorry for not doing salads with donkeys this week, I felt this was more noteworthy since we are about two weeks from the trade deadline in real and fake baseball life (in some leagues).  The closer rankings that I came up with will be based off of a few things: saves (no durrr), team success, likely hood to remain a closer, and peripheral stats.  So we lump all those together and we get the ROS STSLRCPS.  Which basically looks like a pretty good scrabble deck.  Bare with me, it’s a busy time of year, and for those in the know, Fantasy Soccer is live and in full effect.  Go check it out, it’s fantasy baseball with an accent.  So now onto the closer ranks for the rest of the 2015 campaign…

Note: If you notice there are more than 30 closers listed, because injuries and trades can make it a multi-headed monster for saves.  Excess is good though gives you more options and more for me to write.

1. Greg Holland  – The Royals won the All Star game for themselves, or that’s what the guy at my favorite BBQ place told me today.

2. Kenley Jansen – An ice devouring save tornado.  Padres/D-Backs/Rockies both fading into nothingness and their remaining schedule opp winning % is under 470

3. Andrew Miller – I am going to suspend the reality that he doesn’t get hurt again, if he does I also ranked Dellin so just switch the two spots.

4. Drew Storen – Nats are going to get better and gel in the second half.  The rest of their division is a number seven with snap peas.  Or as we say in Jersey: ordinary.

5. Mark Melancon  – The last five closers are all awesome and I would take any of them as my RP-1.  Pirates are coming on and Mark has 1 ER given up since May.

6. Aroldis Chapman  – Here’s for the K’s, sir.  All the talk of him being traded wouldn’t hurt his value at all.

7. Cody Allen  – Steady, the Indians pitching starters are decent enough to keep them in the race for awhile allowing Allen to keep rolling.  He is unscored upon since 5/20.

8. Huston Street – K’s are up and that was really his only bad trait.  Wait the Angels are really battling the Astros, thought I woke up and had a tumor.

9. Glen Perkins – Could be a first half darling but stat wise he is maintaining.  Twins don’t have the SP firepower that others in division have but arguably are scrappier than everyone else.  Scrappiness should have been a stat factor.

10. David Robertson – Is there a more boring closer? There’s never anything bad to say about the guy.

11. Zach Britton – Ridiculous stat: Britton has allowed seven fly balls all season.  Orioles look to be a contender to me, and have the goods to fix any hole they have via trade.

12. Jonathan Papelbon  – I have Papelbon higher than he normally would be ranked because it’s not if but when he is traded.  He is going to a contender and he has decent stats with a crap Phils team that will be extrapolated on a better one.

13. Trevor Rosenthal – Rosie has me a little worried about his usage and his arm weariness, if you own him a cuff of Siegrist or the return of Walden may be in order.

14. Craig Kimbrel  – The padres are just not a good team its like they have all the pieces to a lego set of the U.S.S Intreped but no instructions.  Stat wise he is still the goods but quantity isn’t there.

15. Jeurys Familia – Mets need to trade for a hitter or all the pitching goodness is for not.  By the way that group of Mets starters needs a nickname collectively.

16. Francisco Rodriguez – I see him getting traded to a contender or cusp contender.  His value stays the same because he will choke your dad if he doesn’t close for that new team.

17. Santiago Casilla –  Giants, one run ball games, success rate google that.  Oh throw in Steve Perry singing 7th inning stretch.

18. Koji Uehara – No starting pitching make Uehara sound like one of the best lines from Apolalypse Now.

19. Shawn Tolleson – The Rangers aren’t that far from the wildcard spot, and are starting to get alot of SP back healthy.  Keep an eye on his FB% if it gets to 50% jump to number 33

20. A.J. Ramos – The best from the worst teams already eliminated from playoff contention.

21. Joakim Soria – If Tigers are in it, yay for you.  If they fall anymore than the 9 out and…. Deion Sanders is in punt formation.  He will be in the mix for saves if traded so holds some value.

22. Dellin Betances – He is vying for the Wade Davis relief pitcher non-closer of the year.  I was just informed that Wade Davis is still alive.

23. Luke Gregerson  – The Astros are really going to make a push with Luke.  I don’t buy it.

24. Brad Boxberger – The me and Bobby McGee factor is worrisome, but he puts up good numbers.  His dad the diving judge would be proud.

25. John Axford – Was the closer for a last place team, excellent resume builder type material.

26. Tyler Clippard – I think he is the first closer to be traded, yes, before Pap.  Goes to a team to set-up garners 4 saves the rest of the year and raises free range alpacas because there price per pound of hair is greater than that of sheep.

27. Jim Johnson – He isn’t long for the role in my opinion, add is the fact that the team looks destined for about 30 more wins.  Split evenly amongst the 10 living bullpen members.

28. Roberto Osuna – He is in the right place just at the wrong time.  Veteran preference is going to have to take over.

29. Ken Giles – the closer in waiting no more. Will get his chance once Paps gets the gate and will be a top-15 closer next year.

30. Fernando Rodney – The current closer is about as useful as a Nintendo game without blowing into it first.

31. Brad Ziegler – Gets traded, D-Backs turn to a cavalcade of youngsters. See number 33.

32. Rafael Soriano – He’s coming.  Who knows when and in what role but boy am I excited… Woo!

33. Carson Smith – Rodney is yesterday’s blue plate special. Carson needs to shine in primetime, freaking Lloyd.

34. Enrique Burgos – It could really be any number of fells to get the 9th.  The d-backs have a scary group of upcoming relief pitchers.  Hudson, Chafin, Delgado could all gets a looksie, Burgos is better fit.

35. Jake McGee – Is like the kid reaching into Brad’s cookie jar.  Stupid cookie stealer.

36. Aroyds Vizcaino – If the Braves go see what they got, and by got I mean not finish behind the Marlins he may get a peek as the closer.

37. Keone Kela – The in case of Tolleson break glass security blanket.  Is the goods just nobody watches enough Texas Ranger baseball.

38. Jason Motte – Soriano is due back eventually which gives him some time to garner so save totals.  All saves counts.

39. Bruce Rondon – If the tigers fall out of the race in 2 weeks and somebody says hey we want Soria you think they say no.  Neftali Feliz is also a factor here but Rondon is more fun.

 

 

  1. Jj says:
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    What is the deal with H.Rondon. All he’s done is put up closer numbers even since he’s been moved from the role. He’s been wasting a space on my bench with the hopes that Masson will come to his senses and put him back in. Do you think he gets the gig back? Or should I just outright drop him.

    • JJ says:
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      @Jj:
      Maddon*

      • Sherm says:
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        @JJ: +1 on H. Rondon. I picked him up over Giles just because I don’t see the Phils getting a lot of save chances, and Maddon’s got to come around, right?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Sherm: I don’t see them going back there unless Motte and Soriano flop

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jj: I don’t think he does Maddon is kinda bullpen crazy and has a history with Sori.

  2. Jeff P says:
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    Familia needs to be higher on this list. Mets are going to win a ton of 3-2 type games, and Collins will pitch him until his arm falls off. He might finish with over 50 saves with good peripherals.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jeff P: and whom would you take him over in the top 14?

  3. G says:
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    12 team h2h category league. My current closers are kimbrel, clipped, and axford. WAny to upgrade on saves (unless you think otherwise) and thought of following trade. Pederson can be kept as an 8th rounder next year so that’s the kick bit could use a boost in speed, average and obp also,

    My pederson and one of axford/clippard for gardener and Kenley Jansen.

    Another team has indicated he would probably give me either dozier or votto straight up for pederson, which would def give me a boost in power and obp and speed if it’s dozier. Votto could be Kept as 3rd rounder next year and dozier a 4th.

    So I guess hold all together, or one of those trades. Thanks in advance

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @G: Pederson the last 30 days has been bad, not good. I would want gardy and Jansen

  4. Vogt or Die says:
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    The Mets starters I call them the Flushing Arm-ada. But who gets the saves in Oakland once clip gets dealt?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Vogt or Die: That’s a good one. I liek the super heroes theme actually Thor, Dark Knight

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Vogt or Die: best guess likely pom and/or mujica

  5. Dash says:
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    You mentioned that it’s only a matter of when before Papelbon gets traded, but no mention of Ken Giles even in the next up 33-38 range?

    • @Dash: Also curious about your take on Giles. I grabbed him just in case.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Hugman: sorry deleted him in final edit added back, needs to be owned one of the better cuffs for the next 2 weeks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dash: Yea I bonked totally and must have deleted him going through the list he’s in there now

  6. Scott says:
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    Are you giving up on Hector?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: Yea I have, numbers are there but the stat that matters isn’t if you have Motte/Sori and wanna roster him for counting stats he is still pretty decent

  7. Fastfrog says:
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    No Jeffress? More save ROS him or Hudson or Burgos?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Fastfrog: I think the Brewers go with a mix up approach and not one guy sticks out. With Smith, Knebel and some youngsters on the farm (Damien Magnifico awesome closer name). I like Jeffress as a use and then drop guy for when he pitches on the road

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Smokey: in a 20 team dynasty H2H league with holds and K/9 and relief wins and relief appearances i was just able to trade jeffress for kela str up to an owner, basing it on the idea that jeffress would likely be closing if/when k-rod gets flipped. i have tolleson/giles/k-rob/melancon and simply don’t want another closer. but i am TEX, and would love having their closer of the future. earlier in year i dropped kela when he wasn’t doing well and wasn’t even in the 7th inning lock at the time.

  8. Natty Boh says:
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    Give Encarnacion, Jose Fernandez, Craig Kimbrel. Get: Goldy, Teheran, Santiago Castilla. Which side you taking? Any concern w/ Castilla losing his job?

    • Smokey

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      @Natty Boh: i like the E5 side. Goldy might get avoided in second half no one else in that lineup that scares people, plus Edwin is no slouch. Fernandez is a better bet than Teheran second half and I have Kimbrel ahead of Casilla by a few spots.

  9. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Franco (phil) and pick up Schwarber(Cubs)
    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mike: I wouldn’t but not knowing who your catcher is or who would replace Franco to sway my answer

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Mike: another fear, so far schwarbs not pitching for 2/5 of lineup. 40% of the time not playing is not cool.

  10. JG_ism says:
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    Would you do
    Brantley for Familia
    Brantley for Robertson?

    Need svs badly

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JG_ism: either realy Brantley is blah, stat wise he is worse than Kevin Pillar

      • JG_ism says:
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        @Smokey:
        thanks

      • JG_ism says:
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        @Smokey:
        Actually just snagged Holland for Brantley and I already have Davis in case. Win win

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @JG_ism: nice, name still has value good for ya

  11. Hot Rod

    JimmyBond says:
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    Is there somewhere you are grabbing the ‘remaining schedule opp winning %” as referenced in the Jansen post? would be good to know for Vegas world series odds betting, thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JimmyBond: I read it on twitter from a beat writer for the dodgers, but use baseball remaining strength of schedule I found some good results

  12. Sweeny says:
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    What kind of closer could I target with Russell Martin? Is street a stretch?

    • Smokey

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      @Sweeny: a little, think lower Uehara range

  13. John says:
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    Hey man, I have Ramos, Osuna, Davis, and McGee on my roster. Carson Smith and Giles are on the waiver wire. Clearly I crapped the bed on closers this year. Either Smith or Giles (or both) worth rostering in place of my current stable?

    Thanks, appreciate the help.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @John: if strictly a saves league Giles needs to be rostered for the in case trade moment

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Smokey: wouldn’t smith and giles be over mcgee and davis (assuming wade davis) for saves alone? but any league in which giles and esp c.smith aren’t owned you might be able to wait to hear about news on this. it’s not as if the other 11 owners are on top of much of anything in that one. unless you only have like 2 RP slots per team and you’ve just stashed backups.

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