Roto Roundup: Mariano Rivera, Jurickson Profar and a Brian McCann Rant

Mike Stobe

Ray highlights some of the top fantasy performers from Thursday night's roto action, including his thoughts on Brian McCann, Jurickson Profar, Mariano Rivera and others.

Prospect Evaluations: Age vs Level

Brian Creagh will be moving over to the prospect coverage joining Jason Hunt, Andrew Ball and Kevin Nielsen this offseason, and he wrote this piece linked below discussing at what age and level is a prospect's performance of the extraordinary variety. Read on.

Prospect Evaluations: Age vs Level

Finals Week

Daniel Kelley is in the finals of his primary home league, a league which he has never won. As he states, he is the Buffalo Bills of his home league, coming in second place NINE times. Read about the emotional ups and downs from the last month of action.

Fantasy Finals: It's a gamut of emotions

Mariano Rivera: Say good bye to the best closer ever

While writing the Closer Reports this season, one of the closers who stayed in the top 5 or 6 all season was Mariano Rivera. Sure, guys like Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman were more dominant over the past few seasons, but neither has had the career that Rivera has had. Not even close.

Rivera is the only closer that I can think of that you could draft and know that, although he may blow a few saves, you knew what you were getting with him. This season, his last before he is voted into the Hall of Fame, he saved 44 games, with a 6-2 record, 2.11 ERA, 3.04 FIP, 3.09 xFIP and a 1.05 WHIP. He will finish his career with at least 652 saves, a 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 1,115 appearances. He owns all kinds of records, which I won't go into here, but one that stands out for fantasy owners is his nine seasons with 40+ saves, and two seasons with 50+ saves. Another that jumps out at me is his eleven seasons with an ERA under 2.00.

Most closers don't last more than 2-3 seasons in the closer role, Mariano lasted 17 seasons. 17 seasons!! Amazing!

For more on Rivera and the Yankees, visit Pinstriped Bible, SB Nation's Yankees fan site.

A Brian McCann Rant

I have to say ever since I saw the replay of Carlos Gomez pimping that home run he hit off Paul Maholm, and Brian McCann blocking him from crossing home plate, I have been fuming. And not at Gomez. I cannot believe Brian McCann feels that it is his job to let someone know he dissed his starting pitcher by watching his home run just a bit too long for his liking.

A few weeks ago, Jose Fernandez was having fun on the mound vs the Braves like he usually does with every team he faces. The kid is an ace, and he likes to have fun on the mound while he is pitching. He smiles every now and then. Some teams, read BRAVES, don't care for that. Well, they started yelling at him while he was pitching. Fernandez did not throw at a Braves batter in retaliation. Instead, he hit a home run and he took the time to enjoy it. Was he wrong for doing so? Sure. But, then again, he was having fun. The Braves told him so as he ran around the bases. But McCann had other thoughts. He put on his policeman's badge and berated Fernandez as he was crossing home plate. The benches cleared and that was that.

Spin forward to Tuesday night, with Carlos Gomez at the plate and Paul Maholm on the mound. A few months back, Maholm hit Gomez in the leg/knee causing Gomez to miss a few games. On Tuesday night, Gomez was still upset about that HBP. In addition, I read, but cannot confirm that McCann had words with Gomez as he was walking up to the plate in his first at bat last night. Gomez proceeded to deposit the second pitch he saw from Maholm in the left field seats, many of which were unoccupied, which is another story. After swinging and making the hard contact, Gomez posed and watched the ball land in the seats in a slow trot, resulting in McCann began barking at him to get running. Then Maholm got into it, Then Freeman got into it. Well, McCann didn't stop there, he was so unhappy that Gomez pimped after hitting the home run, that he decided he wouldn't let Gomez cross home plate. He walked up the third base line and began yelling at Gomez to the point where Gomez had to stop, and the two began arguing.

What resulted was another brawl caused by McCann feeling like he needed to take action against an opposing player who watched his home run ball a bit too long for his liking.

Whatever happened to the pitcher taking care of the retaliation? It used to be that pitchers would retaliate by throwing at the hitter's legs or rear end, or throwing one high and inside. Then pitchers began throwing at hitters heads. I am looking at you, Ian Kennedy.

But, McCann has taken it to a whole new level. He is now what my buddy John Ross called The Enforcer. Before Tuesday night, enforcers were only used on the ice hockey rink. Now, McCann is the "unwritten rule" Police Chief.

After the game Tuesday night, Gomez apologized for his actions. He manned up. And HE got suspended for his actions. I assume it was due to his participating in the brawl that McCann started. Was he wrong for pimping the home run? Sure.

Brian McCann? Nah. We still haven't heard from him. Actually, I take that back. We did hear from him. He left Thursday night's game with a strained right abductor. The following tweet was the best response to that news:

What a great response. Sorry for the rant, but I had to get it off my chest.

Gomez has still not touched home plate.

For more on the McCann-Gomez confrontation, make sure you check out Baseball NationTalking Chop and Brew Crew Ball, SB Nation's Braves and Brewers fan site.

Round'em Up

The Twins may have found their future starting catcher in Josmil Pinto. Pinto, batting fifth in the Twins lineup last night, went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI, and is now hitting .333-.383-.560 with 4 HRs, 10 runs, and 12 RBI in 75 at bats since his call up. With Joe Mauer suffering from concussion symptoms, it behooves the Twins to move him to first base in 2014.

One hitters who quietly had a very good season at the plate this season is White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza. After hitting just 9 home runs last season, De Aza has almost doubled that total with 17 HRs this season, to go with a slash line of .264-.323-.406 with 84 runs, 60 RBI and 20 stolen bases. I am writing a piece on hitters who made the 20 home run, 20 stolen bases club this season, and he just missed out.

Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar was supposed to fare much better than he has this season. Profar was the #1 prospect in baseball at the beginning of the season, but he has failed to reach the high expectations many out on his this season. Then again, he is only 20 years old. Profar will never forget last night's game though. He hit a walk off, game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Rangers 6-5 win over the Angels. Profar is hitting .235-.309-.337 with 6 HRs, 30 runs, and 26 RBI in 285 at bats this season. I just wonder if he is just going through the normal learning curve that so many young prospects go through at a young age. Remember Mike Trouts dismal performance in his cup of coffee in 2011? It happens.

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