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Everyone knows about the top prospects getting called up. The Singleton’s, Tavares’, and Springer’s get all the pub, as they should.  Hitters that actually hit the ball only need to be successful 3 out of 10 times, and they are considered fantastic… even all-stars.  Now a pitcher gets 3 out of 10 wins, he’s a bum of the highest order, like a bum that can’t play an instrument, but has a puppy for sympathy change.  We all know that guy.  So the rookie RP getting called up around this time may stick with their respective teams, and they may not.  The three in particular I am referring to are Cam Bedrosian, Shae Simmons and Corey Knebel.  Bedrosian’s numbers in the minors are crazy unimaginable, and he could find himself in a great situation once he gains the trust of the bullpen-opath in Scoiscia.  The latter two are prolly not really factors, just yet as Simmons is blocked by the current GOAT at the position, and Knebel, albeit the first 2013 draft pick to make the majors, is going to be a bit-player until next year unfold’s.  I just wanted to point out that bullpen only-guys that get promoted need some love, it’s not like they smell like that musically challenged, puppy wielding guy from previous.  These adds are more of a deeper league or keeper league adds now, though I have speculated on Bedrosian in a 16-teamer with a deeper bench.

  • Anyone have any Pirate relievers rostered?  I guess it’s rhetorical, cause you really can’t answer me.  Anyway, they have 20 holds over the last 14 days.  For counting purposes, that is more than the Cardinals, Yankees, Brewers, Tigers and Nationals combined.  That was combined, not the farm version.  Tony Watson paced the way with 6 Holds during that span to take the overall lead in the stat. Oh, Melancon and Justin Wilson each had 4 a piece.
  • Jake McGee has been a great ratio saver so far this year, if no one noticed.  Hasn’t been scored upon since April, has a K-rate north of 10, only sad trombone is the Rays only have 16 Holds all year.  That’s awful.  Like failing gym-class, I mean really.
  • Jonathan Broxton seems to be settling in to the set-up role in Cincy.  Despite missing time for Hold chances as the fill-in closer and injury, he has amassed 7 Holds, 6 of which have come in the last 2 weeks.  Only thing missing from the guy are K’s, and the milk he forgot to pick up for me for my Boo-Berry.
  • Just a quick hmmmm?.  What do Jonathan Papelbon, Grant Balfour and Carlos Torres have in common over the last 14 games?  If you said one save, hooray for you. You prolly cheated cause Google is your homeboy.  Grant, Johnny, you’re both on notice.  You’re messing up people’s universes.

 

 

Player Holds/BS Appearances with Lead In. Runners/IR Scored
Tony Watson  15/2 17 7/2
Brett Cecil  13/1 18 17/4
Brad Ziegler  13/2 15 9/1
Steve Delabar  12/0 16 17/2
Will Smith  12/2 20 18/3
Carlos Martinez  12/5 19 18/2
Kevin Siegrist  12/0 14 9/2
Joba Chamberlain  11/1 19 5/0
Tyler Clippard  11/2 14 3/0
J.P. Howell  11/0 15 16/2
Mark Melancon  11/2 24 0/0
Adam Ottavino  11/1 16 10/3
David Carpenter  10/2 15 8/2
Aaron Loup  10/2 19 28/5
Joaquin Benoit  9/0 14 3/2
Ian Krol  9/1 17 21/8
Casey Fien  9/0 13 8/1
Yoervis Medina  9/1 12 6/1
Jeremy Affeldt  8/1 14 10/3

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  1. Moscowitz says:
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    I own Betances as my only source for holds and that says alot about my sorry state in that special cathegory. I cant drop him though, the guy is a blessing to my ratios. What do you think? Aside form Watson everyone else is available in my 8 teamer. Should i keep Betances and enjoy the limited number of holds that come my way every once in a while or drop him for someone like Chamberlain?

    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Moscowitz: well if your sorta punting now but getting great rates and k’s why change it up and still lose with only one guy prolly not making hay in the stat anyways.

  2. Grant says:
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    I have Krol as my holds guy at this time, things started well, he has gotten me 1 in the last couple weeks. I like the young guns, this Bedrosian guy, do you think he will get enough holds chances to replace, or will the Tigers get back on their holdy ways soon. On a side note, if you could pick a guy to get a ton of holds who is not in top 10-15 right now, who would that be?

    • Smokey

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      @Grant: bedrosian just needs opportunities. He has unhittable type stuff and elite k numbes. Broxton is a guy who isn’t in the the top 20 that could be in the top 10 by years end

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Limited moves (15 left this yr) shallow 10-tm 10×10 H2H holds league. I like to carry 2 holds guys as that gives me the advantage most weeks. Had Siegrist and Allen, but Sieg got hurt and Allen seems to have graduated. So i dropped Siegrist for Delabar, who proceeded to cool off–1 HLD and 6 ER the last 2 wks.

    So now I’d like to use a move (bye, Gyorko!) to grab another MR, but it has to be a long-term play. Pick 1:

    Watson
    Ziegler
    C-Mart
    Siegrist (close to return?)
    Ottavino
    Joba
    Howell
    Broxton
    Machi

    Also note it’s a Net SV league, so C-Mart’s 5 BS hurt in 2 categories.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @HOLDS ARE F*CKING STUPID: Is the Steve Stevenson you know a registered sex offender in 3 states, and a registered sex god in the other 47? If so, that’s not me.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: where did that joke come from, i’ve heard it before

          • Steve Stevenson says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Joke?

            No idea, though I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of stolen jokes are lodged in my memory rather than stuff I’m supposed to know.

  4. Adam says:
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    I own Bautista and need some help in pitching. I currently have the following offers sent my way. Would you jump on either of these?

    Bautista/Teheran for Kershaw/Altuve
    Bautista/Eovaldi for Darvish/Daniel Murphy

    I’d appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

    • Furious says:
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      @Adam: If you can take the hit in the power department I think both deals are good. I think this one comes down to personal taste for the players. I’d rather keep Teheran so I would move Eovaldi.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Adam: I’d like a mix of both trades to make me happy. Darvish and altuve. Bautista makes me watch the blue jays so I’m jaded. I’d hold until it’s a you can’t say no deal

  5. Clint says:
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    I had McGee for a day until Nathan fell on his face again so I dropped him for Joba Fett. What’s up w/Nathan’s peripherals, if anything, to indicate whether this is it or what’s going on, Smokey?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Clint: Velocity drop.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clint: Nathan is a 2 week old half drank bottle of soda. He is just flat and old. He had 9 consecutive unscathed saves before this last 6 garbage so he seems to be tired. Maybe a second case of dead arm like he had in spring training.

      • Better stash@Smokey: Think Hanrahan will be in the mix once he’s ready?

  6. Alex says:
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    Man if the rays were any good balfour would have lost his job by now but they suck so who cares

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Alex: agree totally.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Alex: LOL! Exactly. He is luckey there arent any save situations for him to blow up. I bet he is sitting there hoping for the Rays to win or lose it 6-0.

  7. Wash Heights says:
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    I’ve heard Broxton is a good spec for saves/ to be traded to a contender, agree? And if so, worth dropping Chisenhall for him? Desperate for saves and have Ryan Zimm and Pedro Alv. But I just can’t see myself dropping a guy hitting .361 and playing everyday. Is there any indication Chisenhall will lose playing time now that Santana is back?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Wash Heights: well any contender would most likely have a closer already or in theory. i think Santana will eek into his playing time, try a trade route for chis first.

  8. goodfold2 says:
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    it’s not papelbon’s fault that he didn’t get any saves (unless he blew some). yeah balfour sucks. torres isn’t even a closer so why is that weird that he only has one?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @goodfold2: i think i was just playing on the fact that you drafted them as 1-2 closer type guys and they have as many saves as a non closer

  9. Eric says:
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    Hey Smokey! I actually really appreciate your middle reliever report. I don’t even play in a holds league but I use it to pick up my stud relievers since I’m punting saves. Thanks!

    In a 12 team Yahoo League who do you think are the top 3 relievers to pick up to help me in ERA, WHIP, and Ks (not factoring in holds or future save opportunities) besides Betances, Wade Davis, and Will Smith? I’m trying to run out 6 relievers every day to get me ace numbers every other day. What do you think?

    E.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Eric: thanks for the read. I like the strategy i use it often. Those would be my top 3 for all around goodness.

  10. Eddy says:
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    With you on Cam Bedrosian. He got on my radar earlier this year when he had something like 24 Ks in 10 IP.

    That said, he went from deep sleeper to deeeeeeeeeeep sleeper after today.

    0.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 BB, o K.

    May not see him in games with a lead for a while.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Eddy: yea not so good. Hope he bounces back.

  11. de nachos says:
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    Bedrock’s kid! The original fear the beard! Sorry I just had a Philsgasm.

  12. Eric says:
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    @Smokey: haha I want to add 3 more relievers on top of those 3, who in your opinion are the next 3 middle relievers in terms of era, whip, and k

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @Eric: Neil Ramirez, Joaquin Benoit, your pick of Jake McGee, Andrew Miller, or Tony Watson

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Eric: Watson McGee and ur pick of a number of other good options I’m sure. Carpenter, Delabar Ramirez miller

  13. Nasty split fingers says:
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    I picked up Motte thinking he would get holds. Time to drop him and get someone else?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Nasty split fingers: yea too many better guys ahead of him for holds. Siegrist Martinez

  14. nightpandas says:
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    Keep a eye on our forests Smokey!

    thoughts on Grilli ROS? I was offered him and a pick for R Zimm. I’ve got two other bench bats (Polanco,and Jennings – 15 team league).

    I have another offer of Yady Molina for my Chapman. Yady seems like a nice upgrade over Ramos (OBP league) so Grilli could fill in.

    Or just stand put with Chapman and Ramos.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @nightpandas: id rather have chapman. And has to be a comfy medium between Ramos and Yadier avail.

  15. peejer says:
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    I get C allen and shelby miler for Zimmerman (p)—5×5

    I have ballasario and ruosenthal and rodney plenty to be nervous about in the saves category

    do it?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @peejer: hells yea

  16. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Appreciate the set up men write ups since I in a couple leagues that will with Holds. Who would you prefer ROS for Holds in a deep 16 team league…Alburquerque or Medina? They seems fairly equal…I think AL prob gets a few more k’s, but seems like Medina is preferred 8th inning option and seems like he may get more Hold opps. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Man, I really butchered that post, but hopefully you can read through that gibberish…guess I need more coffee…ha.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @JoeMorgan’sMustache: completely legible. I’d go Medina but wouldn’t feel comfy with either guy so be ready to jump ship quick for a hot arm.

  17. Ted says:
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    Hi — 5×5 NL-only roto: worried about losing Samardzija and have decided I want something for him before he gets traded to the AL; and I need saves. What say about Samardzija and Gyorko for Marco Estrada and Dee Gordon?

  18. Ted says:
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    Sorry, that should read that I need steals, not saves. Hence getting Gordon. Duh.

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