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Winning is defined differently through the annuls of our time.  I mean Chuck Sheen uses it because winning is banging a gaggle of porn stars. Winning in fantasy baseball is fake, but it really isn’t.  It’s getting with the trends and knowing when to throw out your IOU sweatshirts because Champion ones are cool now.  Winning NSVH and straight holds leagues is no different.  Follow winning trends.  Look at the schedule, who plays Miami or Houston.  What bullpens have been cold blooded, or just be lazy and ask me.  I have useless amounts of brain… wait check that.  I have a dwindling amount of brain cells at your disposal. So go with the trends of who is garnering holds, and don’t be afraid to add/drop a ton, they are only RP, a new one comes up every other week that gets 3-4 holds in a week then fades into the blue like the end of “Shane”.  So enjoy the week to come and good luck.

 

Trevor Rosenthal – When you walk past a lingerie store he is the image you expect to be wearing that lacy goodness.  Great K numbers, stunning ratios, an acumen for fine ports and tasty cheeses.  Well, the reason I am mentioning all this is because no one recognizes the nerdy hot chicks in the background. Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness,  and, to a lesser degree, Randy Choate and Sam Freeman are straight BMF styling right now. They are so good in fact that, minus Rosey, they are unscored upon in their last 24 innings pitched over the last 14 games.  Combining for 8 holds, as compared to Rosenthal’s big fat Greek 0.

Ronald Belisario – LA is, as my grandma would say, “cooking on all jets”.  She is a lovely lady with a firm grasp on messing up cliches.  Ronald is the under-noticed member of the Dodger BP, as he was there when the League thing went down and Kenley jumped in.  Over the last 30 games he has 8 holds — only Tyler Clippard has more with 9 — and has been in a flip flop scenario with Paco Rodriguez.  Which, for a team that wins a lot, is muy bueno. Funny but true story, his name translates to buy Sario, so if you needed more gusto to add him the language says it all.

Brian Duensing - I wish he factored into the hold situation more, but he is a fantastic vulture that has a lot of sneaky value for this late in the year.  All because he has dual eligibility.  Guys like this are a fantasy cog, that makes Spacely Sprockets jealous.  Games started start to dwindle, so why not just load up on a wake of vultures.  Dunce has won 4 games over his last 30, and has a ridiculous K/BB rate of 17.  Yeah, for the end of the year grab-and-go special, invest in RP with some SP love.

 

PLAYER HOLDS Appearances
With Lead
Inherited
Runners
Inherited
Runners Scored
Joel Peralta 31 43 22 2
David Robertson 30 39 8 3
Tyler Clippard 26 36 9 2
Trevor Rosenthal 25 38 16 5
Tanner Scheppers 22 32 13 3
Luis Avilan 21  30 24 6
 Jake McGee 21 35 30 13
 Jared Burton 21 35 10 2
 Scott Downs 20 30 35 9
 Matt Belisle 20 31 12 1
 Tim Collins 20 29 31 5
 Junichi Tazawa  20 34 27 8
 Aaron Crow 19 25 39 13
 John Axford 19 26 19 8
Joe Smith 19 40 20 5
 Darren O’Day 19 35 25 6
 Matt Thorton 19 26 33 8
 Ryan Cook 18  31 21 8
 Sean Doolittle  18 36 19 2
 Ronald Belisario 17 27 36 13
  1. J Money says:
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    3rd in saves in my roto league by a fair amount but I am trying to push for 2nrd (7 out)
    I currently have Perkins, Gregg, and Farquhar. Would you drop Gregg for Hunter or hold?

    I’d pick up Hunter but I just do not have the roster space right now.

    • Smokey

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      @J Money: I dont think Hunter is there forever but Gregg is no easy save but has the role. I would hold.

  2. nice, smokey. thx, glad to see Siegrist gets some print. Picked him up 3 weeks ago for peripherals, been a fun ride.

    Some other names to keep an eye for those in deeper HOLDS leagues:
    JJ Hoover (cin)- Brox is toast, and he’s leaped LeCure. Think he’s 8th inning guy (and Chapman’s cuff) for immediate future. like Siegrist, seeing his role grow as season goes on.
    Chris Withrow (lad) – along with Paco and pretty Bellisario, been pitching better lately. Has good power stuff (touches 97-98 mph) and seems to be working his way into 7th inning role.
    Cody Allen (clev)- been pitching well for rookie arm, closer of future in Clev. little wild, but a lot to like.
    Nick Vincent (sd)- like Withrow above, 7th inning role. doesnt’ have the power arm, but little better command. pads are always sneaky source of holds cause their SP are garbage and don’t last long…
    Drew Storen (was) – called back up last weekend, already has 2 holds and may have righted the ship. despite awful early season numbers, at least worth watching to see how he’s utilized going forward. looked decent in AAA too.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @EL Burro: Anything for you El Burro. All good names have like Hoover all year long until Goldy took him deep this week. Storen is the good wildcard in the bunch.

  3. stinky_llama says:
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    u think rosenthal or frieri, RoS? id really like to see mujica blow up and have rosey run with the baton…but i think frieri (recently dropped) might have got his shit together and be given his closer role back….

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @stinky_llama: Frieri will be back in the role soon i think. Have to see what’s going on with Mujica and how he deals with the soreness in hi shoulder.

  4. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Please rank Rosenthal, Tommy Hunter and Rex Brothers ROS.

      • troy says:
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        @Smokey: really even after another blown save from betancort? seems like to me only a matter of time before brothers is closing again and he has great k rate and low era to make for a top 15 closer imo

        • Troy says:
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          @troy: brothers instantly jumps to the front of the pack and If by some chance he is on waiver wire instant grab

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @troy: Brothers jumps all now answered well before injury and blown save happened

  5. Hi Smokey — Rosenthal’s gone in the league where I most need saves (5×5, roto) but Hunter’s available. Would you take him over any of Frieri, Dane De La Rosa, Ziegler, or Gregg? Or hold tight?

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Enrique: over DLR, who in all his effective greatness has only 1 save

  6. The Red Cyclones says:
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    Mujica says he’s pitching though the shoulder thing, right? Is this a ticking time bomb?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @The Red Cyclones: It could be, but unfortunately we won’t know until it goes Plouffe

  7. The Thumb says:
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    Aaron Crow, Joe Smith, Darren O’Day, and Jake McGee are all available in my sv+holds league.

    Are any worth the add over Walden and Ziegler? Thanks!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @The Thumb: Nah you good. All lateral to negative adds.

  8. MPC says:
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    Smokey, I have to drop a closer to take Jennings off the DL. Who gets the ax in my closer du jour?
    brothers, perkins, moujica,farquar, melancon

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @MPC: melancon will lose job with the impending return of grilli, the others won’t.

  9. Mitch says:
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    Betencourt with another blown save and was pulled with elbow injury. My guess is he’s back to the DL. Either way, Rex back in after 2 blown saves.

    Dropping Betencourt. Better pickup: Putz, Dane DeLaRosa, or Chia-pet Lo

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mitch: not very enticing… Lo

  10. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Lengthy question:

    I’m in second place in saves in my roto league and the guy ahead of me is about 35 saves ahead right now (who just dropped Gregg, leaving him w/3 closers) while the guy behind me in rankings a mere 8 (with 2 closers). I currently stand with 7 closers rostered (Romo, Perkins, Henderson, Ziegler, Melancon-who may be replaced soon by Grilli, Farquhar, and Hawkins) and can start 6 at a time.

    Baring all that in mind, and both Gregg & Brothers available on waivers, how do you suggest I maximize closers to either a) stay ahead of the guy beneath me or b) take a shot at the lead if it’s even possible with a month in the season to go? With injuries to Kendrick, Kemp, and Wright, I could use some bench bats but I’m near the top of those categories currently anyway with my current subs.

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