The closer grid is updated below, but first up is your current rankings for 5×5 (W,SO,ERA,WHIP,SV), 6×6 (+HLD) and rate-stat (K/9, BB/9, HR/9, H/9, ERA) leagues using z-scores (rate stats adjusted by IP) for each category. It’s currently sorted by the standard 5×5 format. Scroll to the right for all of the individual z-scores in gray. I highlighted the relievers in green:
Here is yesterday morning’s review of Friday’s games including a grundle-grab reference, Edward Mujica probably sticking at closer, Drew Storen definitely sticking at closer, a White Sox closer swap rewarded with shakiness, and an update on Glen Glen Glen!
Here are tonight’s decisions and notes:
- Mets/Braves: Jenrry Mejia earned his 27th save today against the Braves by continuing to elevate his elite career groundball rate. B.J. Upton flew out, but Simmons, Doumit and Pena all hit grounders (out, out and a single to center respectively). Of the 31 relievers with more than 10 saves, Mejia has the 16th best contact rate (better than McGee, Street, Papelbon, Rodney, Cishek and Perkins) and 8th best grounder rate. The 3.81 ERA/1.52 WHIP is uggly, but the .341 BABIP will certainly regress. The big complaint is the command, but he’s only 24 (the youngest of these 31 RP). I can see his swinging-strike rate and K% jumping about 2% next year, which would put him in Fernando Rodney surface stats territory (2.70 ERA/1.34 WHIP), but BABIP regression and a great groundball rate could keep the WHIP down. I think he’s earned the role going into next year and the Mets probably won’t toy with him starting again based on their all-of-a-sudden depth assuming health.
- Tigers/Royals: It took a Raul Ibanez appearance to ensure a Joe Nathan save. If it was earlier in the season, I would 100% urge you (and then some) to pick up Joakim Soria. Joe Nathan gave up 2 hits, but backing up the grossness, off of his 21 pitches, the Royals swung 16 times. They whiffed only once. Wade Davis pitched a scoreless 9th and struck out two. He’s been unbelievable this year. In standard 5×5 leagues, where he’s not racking up saves for you, he is still a top 45 pitcher based on the lucky wins total and sub 0.95 ERA and WHIP. In 6×6 leagues with holds, Wade Davis is a top 10 pitcher. He’s #11 in if you’re using all rate stats (K/9, BB/9, HR/9, H/9 and ERA).
- Blue Jays/Yankees:I know there was some excitement about Aaron Sanchez consuming high leverage situations, but it was Casey Janssen again for the 2-out 3-run save after a Jeter RBI double off of Brandon Morrow.
- Brewers/Pirates: Andrew McCutchen got beaned by pitches more tonight than I had alcoholic drinks at the Twins game tonight – it was too cold, so I transitioned to coffee. Francisco Rodriguez earned (clean) save number 43 tonight. #2008? That’s a hashtag by the way and not a number/pound sign.
- Phillies/Athletics: Ken Giles finally gets a save chance. Ken Giles averaged 100+ MPH on his fastball. Ken Giles K. Ken Giles Save.
Regarding the grid, I looked up the last three Steve Cishek saves and it basically went Mike Dunn the earliest, followed by A.J. Ramos and then Chris Hatcher prior to Cishek so i’ll keep the MIA line item as such with Dunn omitted.
I will not change the Padres line item nor the D-backs at this time. D-backs situation may be one of situation. Ziegler, Perez and Marshall all make sense. I’ll keep Ziegler depicted in the matrix even though he’s not hurt.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]
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