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Well, last week I said the Boston situation would go swimmingly, results so far have been 2 drowning victims and an all-Asian rescue team.  First, Andrew Bailey went down with triceps injury, then Joel Hanrahan said, “anything you can do I can do better,” and has a forearm strain.  Now, I’m no doctor, I pretend to play one at 2 AM and it’s last call, different story, but you get my point, but isn’t it only one arm, not fore?  So to the rescue in their tight red water panties are the best combo since Chico found the man, Koji and Junichi.  The eighth and ninth innings for all games on NESN now will be in full anime, and Rem-Dog will be eaten.  I fully expect Tazawa to be the focal point of save situations until either Bailey or Hanrahan return.  He was closing for a tick last year at Pawtucket, which is like me fishing and saying I’m Gordon’s fisherman.  The numbers this year are pretty outstanding (18 K’s in 14 In) so he has momentum, his only flaw is he is a fly ball pitcher and that tends to bite ya in the oshiri… sometimes.  Stay tuned to see what else I see/saw or foresee coming up in the world of conclusionary pitchers and the gents that set them up.

Heath Bell – With Putz dealing with a an arm ailment, got the save on Tuesday night.  Matt Reynolds and David Hernandez are both capable of converting saves in the desert as well. Heath looks like he has the leg up based upon previous closing experience, so does a door hinge, but have you ever seen a door hinge throw — it’s awful.  I saw it at Burning Man, with John Deere and Sadie Hawkins. I personally would avoid adding Bell if saves weren’t so alluring as I think David Hernandez takes the job eventually.

Brandon League – The end is nigh.  Abandon the league.  He has pitched twice in the past week, neither were save situations and completely sucked.  Though, in his defense, if your going to suck do it all at once and give up homers.  Kenley Jansen should be already owned everywhere, if not your league is garbage, and you should do better for yourself.

Kyuji Fujikawa – Is on assignment, word is he looks fantastic in skinny jeans and is a huge fan of Kenny Rogers’ chicken.  At least that’s what I got from his interpreter.  Should be back in a week, and looks to be a set-up candidate for Kevin Gregg so that basically kills his value for now, or if you have a DL spot stash him there, or don’t.

Vinnie Pestano – Will be sidelined with an achy elbow macaroni, the same injury that has bothered him at some point during the last two years.  Fusilli Jerry told him he needs to use his other arm to use that huge wooden pizza spatula. Deeper leagues looking for an interim fill-in can look at Bryan Shaw.

James Russell – In the crazy but strangely true stat category, is tied for the lead in WAR for RP with Sergio Romo and 3 others, yet has zero saves and zero wins in relief.  Congrats on being completely non-stat relevant.

Ryan Madson – Is getting close, the stash time has prolly just about runneth its course.  Frieri hasn’t really done enough wrong, nor really seen enough chances, only 5 save chances through the first 32 games.  So expect to be possibly whelmed if not slightly underwhelmed for immediate results.

Casey Janssen – Has continued where he left off last year and put up some sneaky great numbers so far this year.  He has 13 K’s and his next walk will be his first of the year, and has allowed 3 hits all year. All this while throwing 12 pitches on average an inning.  Sergio Santos shakes his fist, hey not your middle finger, I said fist.

As usual with every other week I included a Holds running list of the top 20 guys by stat this year; this is a mixture of fact and my opinion right now based on people looking for Holds and bullpen tendencies.

PLAYER HOLDS Appearances
With Lead
Inherited
Runners
Inherited
Runners Scored
MarK Melancon 12 14 0 0
Eric O’Flaherty 11 13 6 2
Junichi Tazawa 9 11 11 1
Matt Thornton 9 10 11 1
Jesse Crain 8 9 8 5
Trevor Rosenthal 8 12 6 2
Koji Uehara 8 10 7 2
Luke Gregerson 8 11 6 0
James Russell 7 11 13 3
Tony Watson 7 10 5 0
Matt Belisle 7 10 8 1
Jared Burton 6 9 1 1
Kenley Jansen 6 8 0 0
Joel Peralta 6 10 5 1
Tanner Scheppers 6 9 3 0
Jon Axford 6 9 3 0
Brian Matusz 5 8 12 0
Santiago Casilla 5 6 19 3
Darren O’Day 4 10 9 1
Sean Doolittle 4 8 7 0

74 Responses

  1. Matt says:
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    Good stuff here. Doolittle, Marshall or Mike Adams for holds + Rates ROS

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Matt: I’d go with Doolittle, the fact that guys are hitting barely over a buck against you is always a good thing. Adams, then Marshall.

      • Matt says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks man

  2. Prezii says:
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    Roll it…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Prezii: Sure. You wanna sit in on it?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Smokey: got a backwood..

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Prezii: Rum or banana flavored?

          • Prezii says:
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            @Smokey: sweetttt aromatic! Keep it simple..

            • Smokey

              Smokey says:
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              @Prezii: wurd

  3. Clint says:
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    Sveum’s obviously learned a lot from his Milwaukee managing days of “If one closer’s crappy, keep inserting crappy closers until you get more than 3 saves in a row and that’s your permanent crappy closer.”

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clint: His name sounds like Danny Noonan’s girlfriend in Caddyshack taking about swimming.

  4. jimbo says:
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    Guess my league is garbage…

    Not desperate for saves, but assets are assets.

    Drop Hammel or McCarthy for Jensen?

  5. jimbo says:
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    Meant Jansen…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @jimbo: We still cool Jimbo, McCathy is a match-up type SP for me, So lose him for the saves lottery ticket.

  6. Stantonovation says:
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    Besides kenley, could you rank the top 3 holds guys?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Stantonovation: Melancon, O’Flaherty Gregerson

  7. Krypt says:
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    Would you trade Holland for Mark Reynolds?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Krypt: Who are your other save guys? CI guys?

      • Krypt says:
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        @Smokey: I have Gregg.. i’m dead last in saves with little of hope of gaining even 1 pt in the category. My other CI is Yonder Alonso.

        • Krypt says:
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          @Krypt: Sry, should have elaborated, I have Ortiz at 1st, Freeze at 3rd, and Yonder in my CI slot.

          • Smokey

            Smokey says:
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            @Krypt: I never like punting a stat category and Reynolds while on a decent stretch is going to hit about 250 the rest if the way. Counting stats will be in your favor but the AVG may kill ya. I would hold, for now unless you get something a little more concrete of an offer than Reynolds.

  8. Jeff says:
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    Should I keep plugging away with D. Hernandez as my #2 holds guy or hit the waiver wire?

    –Jeff

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jeff: I would hold, Hernandez may gain value soon if Bell does what we all know he is capable of.

  9. Frank says:
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    Snagged Madson off the waiver in a 20 Team redrft last week – what’s the feeling he retakes the CL job in Ana.?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Frank: The Angels are scuffling as evidenced by their record so they have only had 9 total save opportunities to date. Frieri isn’t doing anything wrong but one slip up on a hot team(when they get hot obviously) and Madson should slip back in there.

  10. Gareth says:
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    Parnell, Bell, Tazawa, and League are all available in the free agent pool in my league.

    Any of them upgrades over Frieri, Betancourt, Street and G. Holland?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Gareth: Nope, escape goat is better…lol

  11. Jon says:
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    I have a ton of relief pitchers and i need your advise on who to trade based on potential value and who to keep, also if you have any suggestions on the ideal number of players i should have for position players and how many of each of StartingP, Closers, and Setup pitchers i should have on my roster. my league has 24 players total players you can own. i only have 2 bench options for position players and i currently have way to many pitchers; 14 total pitchers (5 SP, 5 Closers if bailey remains, & 4 set up men).

    I have Papelbon, League, Gregg, Bailey, and Valverde for closers
    I have Jansen, Herrera, Robertson, and Brothers for Setup

    I can’t just drop these players because they all have considerable value but i need to open up some roster spots for position players and maybe a spot starter each week (i have 8 roster moves per week)

    Thanks for any feedback

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jon: I would try and trade any of Gregg or League while they still have a job and some value. You have League’s cuff so your set there upon his demotion from the role. I think you can also do better than Herrera, as I think he is all smoke right now. I love his talent but there are so many arms in KC ‘pen he is going to get lost me thinks.

      • Jon says:
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        @Smokey:

        thank you

  12. Ferga says:
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    Falling behind in holds so far, even though I thought I was strong in the cat. Have O’day, Cook, Burton and Pestano. Stand pat or make some moves?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ferga: Well Pesano is DL’d so don’t know how many DL spot u have. Who are some options avail. O’day and Burton are great starts. Give me some names and I can advise further.

      • Ferga says:
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        @Smokey: Of the top of my head…Drew Storen and Joe Smith are out there. Most are rostered. No dl spot available, so Pestano is on my bench, hoping he gets back next week.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Ferga: I think your ok just some bad luck so far, hold for now

  13. Pope says:
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    A guy just dropped Jansen and he cleared waivers…. 12 team H2H. Based on your advice I want to pick him up, but I don’t know who to drop for him. Help please?
    S. Perez, Goldy, Cano, Beltre, Castro, Desmond, Arenado, Ethier, Cespedes, Bruce, BJ Upton, De Aza, Choo. Bench: Konerko, Dee Gordon
    Hamels, Cain, Darvish, Morrow, Grilli, Cobb, Parnell, Cahill, Tazawa, Tillman.

    I’m thinking obviously Tillman, but then who do I drop to stream starters?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Pope: Tillman would be the drop but you dont really have anyone else unless its Dee Gordon. As you have Castro and Desmond. Tough call.

      • Pope says:
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        @Smokey: Well I went ahead and dropped Tillman, I just can’t let Jansen sit on the wire. Maybe I can ship Konerko and Dee off or something. We’ll see. Thanks Smokey

  14. JohnnyFive says:
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    Drop Hanrahan in a keeper? Not sure he’s even going to get that job back IF he returns after hitting the 60 day DL.

  15. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Hey Smokey, appreciate the Holds chart. Hanrahan on the 60-day DL and meeting with Dr James Andrews tomorrow. UH-OH.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @The Guru: Yea that is like going to see that crazy aunt that kisses way too wet and has a fuzzy upper lip.

  16. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    I pick up League in a multi-player deal, and the next day Mattingly speaks some Stengelese which seems to indicate that Kenley is the man. I drafted Motte and the next day read that he was hurt, which Grey successfully projected was the end of the road for the year. I have the creme’ de la creme’ in Kimbrel, and he is pitching like Frank-Frank in the last week. Smokey, please pray to the fantasy gods to have pity on a fellow Razzball author…Give Jobu a gallon of the very best rum while you are at it.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: our father who out in yadda yadda yadda

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks, Smokey. I’m certain that your higher power of choice will honor my plea. 8 players on the DL thus far, and the season is about 20% over.

  17. Jeter's Gift Basket says:
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    In a saves+holds league,

    Drop Kevin Gregg for James Russell or Matt Thornton?

    Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jeter’s Gift Basket: As long as you have 2 better options then Gregg, I would be ok with a swap for Thornton. It’s a even swap in my eyes.

  18. big bats says:
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    hey,

    im in a 12 team keeper league 5×5. receive dickey and andre either and send adam jones?

    thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @big bats: i’d want jones, Dickey’s numbers are capable of being filled in by streamers.

  19. Dylan says:
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    I have Arcia on my minors roster and am thinking of calling him up, but once up he can’t go back down. Do you think he’s a better option ROS than any of the following OFs? McLouth, Dunn, Victorino, Viciedo, Reddick, Hart. I am in need of BA help most of all.

    Thanks for all the great work you guys do!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dylan: If he stays up he will prolly mimic Victorino’s numbers, so why do it if you don’t have too.

  20. papasmurf says:
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    I know O’Flaherty has put up strong stats in recent years, but to me he is misused. He would be a dominant LOOGY. I am not saying he’s bad, but I don’t think he’s a dominant setup guy.

    Hernandz had his first 123 outing in quite a while. Hopefully he’s over whatever he was dealing with in the last month.

    I really like what I’ve seen from Tazawa so far (I think he’s a better pitcher than O’Flaherty). But he might be too homerun prone to keep that closer gig.

  21. Joakim Dead says:
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    Carlos Martinez…sneaky holds gatherer from the SP spot or not worth it…Anderson and Beachy coming off dl have Thornton and Rosenthal.

  22. ShaneO says:
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    What are your thoughts on Chapman for the rest of the season? I was offered Chapman and Shelby Miller for Hamilton. My closers are Wilhelmsem, Bell with Baily, Hanrahan and Putz on the DL. Looks like ill be cutting Hanrahan and Putz this week.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @ShaneO: Hamilton is boom or bust so keeep an eye on him for the next 2 days. Do u need a SP like Miller also?

      • ShaneO says:
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        I have a pretty solid staff: Darvish, Moore, Iwukama, Cingrani, Ryu, T Hudson, Niese, Morrow so I don’t really NEED Shelby. If I trade Hamilton ill have… C: Arnecibia. 1st: Freeman. 2nd: Rutledge. SS: Rollins. 3rd: M Cabrera. OF: Harper. OF: Choo. OF: Cuddyer. UTL: McLouth. And I have Heyward ready to come off the DL soon hopefully. Thanks for the help

  23. Schlurricane

    schellinky says:
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    I have to pick up an RP to replace Putz. Am I better off dropping Putz, Revere or Delmon Young in a points league?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @schellinky: You can straight drop Putz

  24. Titan says:
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    Great article. I play in a 12 team weekly HTH 6×6 league (OPS x Holds).

    Currently have: Wilhelmsen, Street for saves (all closers are rostered) and D.Hernandez for holds. Had Pestano then cut for Herrera now onto Hernandez.

    You prefer Crain, Gregerson, O’Day, Fujikawa, Burton, Herrera or Thornton for steadier weekly ratios and a hold or occasionally two per week?

    Thinking of cutting Estrada

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Titan: Gregerson, depending on where the Padres play. or O’ Day same scenario.

  25. Mack Brown Eye says:
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    Heyyyy, been using the RP slots for SP’s so far (Miller, Cingrani, Cashner) but there’s a few (semi-) decent closers available in my league so I’m thinking about getting in on Saves. Of these, which 2 would you grab (Or would you? I would drop Cashner and Dee Gordon)?

    Henderson, Valverde, Street, Frieri, Gregg, Parnell, Jansen.

    Many thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mack Brown Eye: Street and Valverde or Jansen.

  26. Stashio says:
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    Who do you think gets more saves rest of year, Madsen or Putz? Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Stashio: Madson

  27. Dirtyd says:
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    Shallow league. So maybe not total garbage. But D Hernandez and K Jansen are available. Who is the better grab for saves? Tend to favor long term saves more.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dirtyd: Hernandez until Mattingly pulls his head out is arse

  28. Ben says:
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    Who do you like more right now for holds, Matt Reynolds or Watson?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ben: Reynolds

  29. Smokey -

    in a deep, 14 team, weekly h2h, 6×6 league (with saves and holds) as categories:

    Current RP staff: Jansen, Gregerson, Casilla, Sean Marshall, Jake McGee, and Al Alburquerque
    Bench – Madson

    Question: Given Valverde’s return, Benoit has seem to take control of the 8th with Coke and AL AL handling random 7th inning. In light of that, would you drop Al Al for any of the below guys:

    Mike Dunn –
    Carlos Martinez –
    Stephen Pryor – currently DL’d, but love his stuff. What’s his ETA from DL?

    Thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @EL BURRO: Al Al’s numbers are pretty redonkulous, his K numbers are legit enough to warrant a spot and a hold here or there. Pryor is about 2 weeks away from coming back.

      • @Smokey:

        Thanks.

        No interest in Carlos Martinez yet? Do you just think there is too much depth in the STL pen for him to work late innings in the near future? I know Boggs has been much better in AAA the last few weeks (not sure what that means), but warrants mentioning.

        As for Pryor, he’s coming off a torn lat – or at least a big strain, so Im weary. Although, I love his stuff and he figures to slide in ahead of CAPPS when he’s back.

        All things being equal and everyone healthy, do you still rank them:
        1) AL AL, 2) PRYOR, 3) MARTINEZ?

        Thanks

        • Smokey

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          @EL BURRO: Not yet on Martinez, way too many arms there, Boggs is coming around you’re right 5 consecutive scorless innings. I would have them as you ranked them until Pryor proves otherwise.

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