Everyone knows I like me some middle relievers, especially in roto leagues that use an IP cap. It’s a great way to reduce your ERA and WHIP and give your team a bump in the K department. Plus in deeper leagues, if you want the next closer-to-be, you have to play the guessing game. Who is going down first? Billy Wagner, Rafael Soriano or Frank Francisco? One of them is getting hurt, that is a million dollar guarantee. In the sexy cool Blog Wars league, you wont be able to pick up the understudy when one of them goes down, they’re 3 of 30 middle relievers that are already rostered. 30! I love it. The other 27 MR are:
Pat Neshek, Rafael Betancourt, Trever Miller, Kevin Gregg, Neftali Feliz, J.J. Putz, Ryan Madson, Joba Chamberlain, Matt Thornton, Mike Adams, Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Romo, Matt Guerrier, Luke Gregerson, Michael Wuertz, Brad Ziegler, Takashi Saito, Brandon Lyon, Jason Motte, Brandon League, Scott Downs, J.P. Howell, Chris Perez, Franklin Morales, Daniel Bard, Jenry Mejia, Sean Marshall
Some are substitute closers, some are sitting on their managers bench, some will be dropped like Joel Zumaya was today, but a few will end up getting Saves and they will likely be loved and adorned by their manager. There are only 3 of the 15 teams that are not rostering a Middle Reliever (Eno Sarris, Fantasy Baseball Sherpa, FantasyPros911.com).
I am very proud to commish a league that does not use the Holds stat, but yet 30 Middle Relievers are rostered. I’m like one of those moms with the “My Kid is a A Honor Roll Student” bumper stickers. This lets me proclaim the following: if Ryan Franklin loses the closer job, Trever Miller is getting Saves baby!!! F Jason Motte!!! F Kyle McClellan!!! Miller is a vet (Tony LaRussa loves his vets) and he has been great since he joined the Cards (0.96 WHIP, 2.06 ERA, more than a K per Inning in 2009). It likely will not happen, being that Miller is a Leftie specialist, but I have dreams ya know. I don’t care if he gets Saves or not, I’ll ride that 1.00 WHIP all the way to funky town. Other Middle Relievers on my Watch List:
Tyler Clippard, Jeremy Affeldt, Darren Oliver, Nick Massett, Sean Burnett, Ronald Belisario, Dan Meyer, Juan Gutierrez, Brendan Donnelly, Jesse Crain, Sammy Gervacio, Joe Smith, Matt Daley, Dan Runzler, Joel Hanrahan, Joel Zumaya, Ryan Perry, Manuel Corpas, Chris Ray, Phil Coke, Peter Moylan, Jim Johnson, George Sherrill, Jose Mijares, Pedro Feliciano, Brian Bruney, Kris Medlen