Eno Sarris

Saves and Steals

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


 

Tier 5: Rollercoaster rides (5) (AKA: The "St. Louis Cardinals" Tier.)

 

Sergio Romo (first chair), Javier Lopez (second chair), Santiago Casilla (third chair), San Francisco Giants
Glen Perkins (first chair), Jared Burton (second chair), Minnesota Twins
Frank Francisco (first chair), Bobby Parnell (second chair),  Jon Rauch (third chair), New York Mets
Luke Gregerson (first chair), Dale Thayer (second chair), San Diego Padres

 

You might be surprised that the Cardinals find themselves in the postseason right now, but it's amazing what $25 million can do if you spread it around at a bunch of positions. Then again, Carlos Beltran is hobbled, Rafael Furcal is probably out for the year, and Lance Berkman's career might be over. So there's a little juice left for this team if they make it.

 

Glen Perkins got the save Tuesday night! He's probably the closer in Minnesota! It was the first save since the eighth of the month, and just the second since the 26th of August. Hey, desperate times, desperate measures. This is not to say Perkins isn't a good pitcher, just that the Twins aren't a good team right now.

 

Otherwise, this is just your average grab bag of platoon closers or iffy dudes on iffy teams. I've actually seen these guys available in some of my competitive mixed leagues, though. Might want to take a turn through your wire if you're hurting for saves or thinking about going reliever-heavy in your head-to-head matchup this week.

 

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Injured

 

Sergio Santos (shoulder), Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Capps (shoulder), Minnesota Twins
Huston Street (calf), San Diego Padres

 

Huston Street is still on the DL? What's going on? Matt Capps is throwing, yes, Kenley Jansen is off this list, but there's Huston Street. Still gimpy. Health is somewhat of a tool, so you gotta give him a demerit in that category going forward. A fifty-inning closer at most at this point. Oh look, he's supposed to be activated today. We'll see.

 

The Deposed

 

Jordan Walden, Los Angeles Angels
Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox
Brian Fuentes, St. Louis Cardinals
Javy Guerra, Los Angeles Dodgers
Sean Marshall, Cincinnati Reds  
Henry Rodriguez, Washington Nationals
Brandon League, Seattle Mariners
Rafael Dolis, Chicago Cubs
Ryan Cook, Oakland Athletics.
Santiago Casilla, San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Broxton, Cincinnati Reds

 

Jonathan Broxton is back on the list, just because. Chapman's breathing down his neck.

 

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The Steals Department

 

Wow, the "start anyone against Pittsburgh" strategy worked wonders on Tuesday night. Here are the guys that stole bases against the Bucs: Norichika Aoki, Ryan Braun (three), Rickie Weeks, Carlos Gomez and… Jonathan Lucroy. If you missed the boat on Aoki, then look ahead to the weekend and pick up Jose Altuve if you can. Hey, this is the shallow league portion of your Steals Department, so you might as well reach for the stars. Cleveland is giving up stolen bases like candy on Halloween, too, so Alcides Escobar is your shallow league consolation prize.

 

Deeper leaguers should think about Royals newcomer David Lough. The Royals face Cleveland, who is terrible at throwing out basestealers, and Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) and Jarrod Dyson (lat) are done for the season more or less. Sure, Dyson can pinch run, but he won't swing the bat for a week or so, and that's all we have left. Lough doesn't walk a ton, and is too old to be a prospect (26), but he's already got a highlight-reel catch in center field, can steal a base (26 against four caught stealing in Triple-A this year), and doesn't strike out much. The Royals can always learn from auditions late in the season, and Jason Bourgeois is a righty that can only hit against lefties, too. He's a decent short-term pickup in a short-term part of the season. Jimmy Paredes, who's awkward as heck on the field and can really only hit righties, gets Pittsburgh over the weekend, so he's your deep league consolation prize.



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