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Hot teams equal scorched buns, no that’s not right.  Hot teams are where holds go to fall in love, it’s like the Sadie Hawkins dance or the Enchantment under-the-sea thingy.  The ATL is hot for holds right now, win streaks are a harbinger of fantasy goodness.  Stat wise, the team is 15-3 since the AS break, producing 2 guys with 7 holds — Jordan Walden and Luis Avilan (whose name sounds like the Feliz Navidad song if you sing it.) That’s a crazy amount for one guy, let alone 2 guys.  To put that in better perspective, they Each (emphasis on each) have more Holds than 12 other teams. More than 3 freaking first place teams to make you feel better in case I missed your favorite tickle spot.  I mean, Atl is looking awfully tough right now so why not get on the stats that mean something.  Enjoy the week to come.

Danny Farquhar – I like good stories and a guy traded by a team then re-acquired by a team (the same team), then getting waived and going back to that first team all in the span of 6 months.  Come on… you’re foolin’ me.  This is an after school movie with Meredith Baxter Birney as the divorced mom whose son Danny makes the best of the least when his family could only afford a blue bike when all the kids got red ones.  It will be fun while he is there, but saves are saves..some K’s wont hurt either.

A.J. Ramos – Speculating is fun, speculating in Miami is more better.  The nice weather, hot pieces of dime pieces waltzing around and for ..cough..saves/holds.  Ramos is the heir apparent in an otherwise doomed fantasy environment.  Since June 18th, so basically 60 days or the gestation cycle of an Otter, 1 ER, BAA of .145(that’s stupid low) 3wins and a partridge in a bear tree.  Yeah, a bear tree, it’s my story, I’ll write how I want.

Joe Smith – Used to call me Joe Smith now they call me Batman.  I was waiting to see who was the beneficiary of Vinnie getting whacked.  Joe looks like he has the head above Allen in the Injuns bullpen.  Has as many holds in the same time as the guys I spoke so glowingly in the header about.  Oh, and what a coinky-dink, the Indians are hot.  Standings, where would we be with out you.

 

PLAYER HOLDS Appearances
With Lead
Inherited
Runners
Inherited
Runners Scored
Joel Peralta 28 39 20 1
David Robertson 25  32  7  2
Trevor Rosenthal 25 35  16 5
Tyler Clippard 21 30 8 2
 Luis Avilan 20 27 24 6
 Jake McGee 20 33 26 11
 Scott Downs 19 28 34 9
 Tanner Scheppers 19 29 13 3
 Junichi Tazawa 19 30 25 8
 Jesse Crain 19 21 20 7
Matt Thornton 19 26 33 8
 Jared Burton 18 31 10 2
Darren O’Day 17 32 22 5
 James Russell 17 36 37 11
Dale Thayer 17 28 25 3
John Axford 17 24 17 7
Ryan Cook 16 28 15 5
Sean Doolittle 16 31 19 2
Aaron Crow 16 22 39 13
 Tim Collins 16 24 29 5
  1. JoeG says:
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    Looks like Nate Jones-CWS has set up as the 8th inning go to guy. Alot of K’s.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JoeG: not many other good options left there but yea could be sneaky source for 1-2 a week.

  2. Mitch says:
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    been chasing saves. picked up both aardsma and hawkins. looks like hawkins is the guy. safe to drop ardsma or keep holding for continued committee?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mitch: just listened to Collins the other day on the radio about the closing situation in Ny. Hawkins can’t go more than 2 out of 3 days so Aardsma and Rice would still factor in. Sad thing is managers lie.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Smokey: yeah, cause the mets EVER get three save chances in any 3 out of 4 days.

  3. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Gregerson pooped himself under pressure again…This time he was in my lineup. At least I traded Wilhemsen at the perfect time.

    I would have more fun watching Marlins games if they spent half of the game just scanning the crowd for those “hot pieces of dime pieces”. Between Giancarlo’s at bats and when Jose Fernandez isn’t pitching, just do that. Commentary on that would be good too.

  4. Doorstop says:
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    Latroy Hawkins the closer?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Doorstop: it’s looking like he is the best option there.

      • HandOfGaudin says:
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        @Smokey: thats pretty sad for NY..

  5. Hey Smokey –

    who has more value ROS – Farquhar or Betancourt (or does Rex Brothers keep the gig..)?

    thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Sheriff McRawDawg: the Rockies have a weird decision at the end of the year with the option that Betancourt has. So I think they keep Brothers there and ride it out. So brothers to me has a slight edge.

  6. The Red Cyclones says:
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    So I guess there’s no concern for Lincecum owners that he returns to the pen after his recent good streak? Which starters do you see being sent to the pen by September?

    • chunk says:
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      @The Red Cyclones: I like this question. An SP-eligible RP is real nice in my league.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @The Red Cyclones: @chunk: Was going to get into this a little more in depth next week, its tough to figure out for sure who will be there right now and if they make enough appearances to qualify as a RP. Guys that I have grown to see are returning from injury like a Kyle Drabek or maybe a Neftali Feliz (If his rehab goes ok). Then you get guys on contenders that may just get shoved there for be worse than what the team has Capuano or Charlie Morton (When Wandy/McDonald comes back). Will have a greater grip on it as Sept grows closer

        • Doorstop says:
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          @Smokey:
          Wheeler?

  7. future11 says:
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    you still believing in Frieri? He was sent to my WW and im wondering if I should grab him

    • future11 says:
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      @future11: would be dropping hawkins*

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @future11: i would like him a little better than Hawkins, the Angels BP is awful

  8. Shitbird says:
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    @smokey: got a team name for you next year: Asche Larrys

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Shitbird: That’s a good one

  9. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    15 team roto with these holds and K/BB and net saves, amongst bullpen stats. my inherited team leads league in net saves but is last in holds and pretty bad at era/whip/ and K/BB. if these are my RP after dropping and trading some guys.
    veras/cook/frieri/holland/collins/fien/herrera/hoover (until broxton gets job back, but this guy’s been better anyway)/parnell(DL)/delabar (DL)
    1.should i drop any of those for any of ramos/furbush/ondrusek/rice/dunn/carpenter/strop/parker/maness
    thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: all those guys are less to me then what you own already. So hold

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Smokey: even frieri? ok.

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    similar question, different league. are fien/wilson better than any of herrera/collins/ramos/strop/carpenter/furbush/de fratus/russell?

  11. Frank White says:
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    Sup man… Why is Mujica coming in in the 8th inning?? He’s still a closer right??

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Frank White: rosenthal’s looked like shit and he came in to protect a 2 run lead. Other late inning options for cardinals besides rosenthal have also looked like shit lately as well. Rosenthal basically gave away yesterday’s game.

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