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So, the eventuality of Chris Perez’s return to the back end of the Indians bullpen has hit a not foreseen bump in the road.  I bet he blames this on his dog also.  I mean it had to be Fido getting lit up in the minor leagues and Fido’s fault for his shoulder to not be up to snuff after his stint on the DL.  I mean everyone has blamed their homework on the poor species, but now…well you get the gist.  So Vinnie and the Italian Jets are in a hold mode on your roster; is it just me or does Perez’s return feel like opening a present on Christmas and you already got it from someone else.  I mean, who needs two Blu-Ray copies of Mannequin 2?  So I am predicting a semi longer DL stint for Perez and then a return, followed up by another DL stint.  Predicting is fun, especially when you get judged by a group of your peers, persecuted for it, and then banished to the basement with no food or drink for a week.  Enjoy this week’s tidbits.

 

Tom Wilhelmsen – I only used his name to grab your attention, are you jostled? No? Well how about this fun factoid about the Marginers bullpen.  Of the 7 (Medina, Capps, Furbush, Luetge, Beavan,Perez, Noesi) guys currently occupying jobs there in the land of Pearl Jam, the bartender has the lowest K/9 out of any of them. Weird considering his K/9 last year was a whole 3 strikeouts higher.

Brett Cecil – Starting isn’t for everyone, and I still love the glasses. His niche seems to be in the bullpen, or at least the stats and performance over the past month back it up.  2 wins, 3 holds and a K/9 over a dozen —  and hasn’t been scored on in a month.  Janssen’s  shoulder seems to be fine but with no other viable options beside Delabar, a good add for ratio help can’t be all bad.

Tommy Hunter – “Big Game” has been stellar in the Holds department over the last month, garnering 7.  Which, if your counting, is second during that time to Kenley Jansen.  Hunter has at best paralleled O’Day in the set-up regiment for the O’s.  Oh, and for the few people that care he has SP eligibility in the relief role.

Glen Perkins – I would hate to be a reliever for the Twins, I mean that literally not in a “I used to mow the lawn at a battered woman’s shelter, if you know what I mean” type way.  Minny-soda’s starting pitching has a league-worst OBP and Slugging against; the bullpen on the other hand has the league best in both categories. Just in case you needed more, they are top 5 in both ERA and Holds. That subtle finger is from Glen P and the boys, go lick your palms Pelfrey.

PLAYER HOLDS Appearances
With Lead
Inherited
Runners
Inherited
Runners Scored
Mark Melancon 21 26 0 0
 Jesse Crain 18 19 20 7
 Trevor Rosenthal 16 25 11 2
Joel Peralta 17 25 13 1
 Kenley Jansen 16 22 10 2
Matt Thornton 15 19 23 3
David Robertson 14 19 7 2
Dale Thayer 14 21 18 1
Jared Burton 13 22 3 2
Tanner Scheppers 13 20 8 1
Hector Ambriz 12 18 19 4
Aaron Crow 12 14 24 6
Scott Downs 12 18 22 5
Koji Uehara 12 20 16 4
Sean Doolittle 11 21 12 1
Darren O’Day 11 23 15 4
Travis Blackley 11 14 24 5
Luke Gregerson 11 20 7 0
Jake McGee 11 20 11 4
Brian Matusz 11 20 24 2
  1. scott says:
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    Henderson or Rodriguez more saves ROS?
    And I can only keep 2 – Henderson, Rodriguez, Gregg.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @scott: Henderson. Dor-k can’t last and it seems like a milestone / show off for trade deadline type scenario

  2. Pager24 says:
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    who do like better benoit or pestano ROS?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Pager24: Benoit. Only because his path to becoming closer hinges on I effectiveness not an injured guy. But ask me again in 2 weeks when Perez has done something significant

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    TELL ME K-ROD IS THE CLOSER

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: in certain situations he is. I don’t see it lasting.

  4. Shake N Bacon says:
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    What % chance would you give Wilhemsen for retaining the closer’s gig before the end of the season?

    Depending on the answer to the above question: In a league with NO holds, should Wilhemsen find himself on the waiver wire? Even if Saves are hard to come by?

    Drop Wilhemsen for Cecil?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: I’d hold Tom until he either lands on Dl or is completely replaced y the manager. He seems to be going thru exactly what Axford was going thru earlier in the year. Tipping Pithes or just gassed but he isn’t the same pitcher he was a month ago.

  5. Clint says:
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    So, considering Bailey is “for now” the closer in BoSox Nation but his velocity is down and he’s getting beaten like a rug on a clothesline, is Tazawa the better speculative pickup or Uehara when the holds are factored in if Bailey keeps the job?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clint: I wouldn’t peg either and wouldn’t be surprised to see Andrew Miller get some type of shot. But picking up right now I like Uehara more than Tazawa.

      • Sniff Test says:
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        @Smokey: Would they do Aceves again?

  6. That's What She Said says:
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    Currently have Balfor and Romo in appoints league with two rp spots
    Should I pick up Frieri and try to deal romo or Balfour?
    Or sit tight and ride my Frisco Bay $12 salads? (That’s what she said)

    Thanks

  7. Sniff Test says:
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    Do Sergio Santos or Frank Francisco or Joakim Soria have any shot at saves this year? I’m looking for saves in all the wrong places…but some times that’s how you get saves laid.

    • Sniff Test says:
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      @Sniff Test: Rondon too.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Sniff Test: all tertiary choices. Rondon has best shot I think out of the three

  8. stinky_llama says:
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    ahhhhh….an anthony jeselnik punch line (no joke i used that SAME line last nite!) AND valuable ball info all on the same page?!? i must be unconscious…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @stinky_llama: love Jeselnik. Saw him recently live and he destroyed it.

  9. Mariner Mike says:
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    In leaque where holds count. Who do you like need two Downs,Storen,Crow,Ross Avilian,Ambriz,Thornton,Delabar and Tazawa? Thank you for your thoughts!!

  10. Sniff Test says:
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    My prediction is that Axford gets the gig instead of Henderson. I get made fun of regardless because I’m a nobody reader/annoying commentor.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Sniff Test: I love Axford and have preached him too many times.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Sniff Test: hahahahaha what a sad comment. I value you, Sniffy.

  11. John Mycell says:
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    Here is the deal I have on the table:

    Harvey, Wheeler, Cishek, Utley, Vmart for Adam Jones, Carlos Santana, Greg Holland.

    Which side?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @John Mycell: it’s a ton of sp. I’ll take the Adam jones side tho

  12. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    So Axford was dropped a while back I had picked him up as a stash but had him on my bench but for about a month and a half I think wasn’t counting I’ve been starting him and he’s been good ratio help any chance he gets back to being the closer?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: I’m hoping he does. It looks bleak but maybe as a boost of confidence they may try spartically to get him in there

  13. ferris says:
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    based on what you said above, it seems like you would advocate dropping wilhelmsen in leagues where closers occasionally become available and benches are thin (if axford is his upside, i’d rather not hold)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @ferris: crappy closers with questionable jobs absolutely. He fits both categories. If there are guys on the waiver actually getting save opps then yes

  14. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Bailey to pick up KROD?
    Thanks!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mike: no it’s a swap of meh for meh. I’d rather have Bailey.

  15. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Shallow league, limited moves (10 left this season), SV and HLD count. I like to have 3-4 closers and 1-2 MRs. With Wilhelmsen and Valverde down, I’m at 2 closers, 1 MR plus whatever they are. Thinking hold Wilhelmsen since even if he loses the job for good he’ll probably get holds, but should I dump Valverde now, or not bother using a move on it? “Closers” on the wire are Gregg, Cishek, Putz and Tazawa.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Gregg and Putz should be on a roster

  16. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    Bailey’s out as Boston’s closer. Tazawa gets the first shot, right? Just like before?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: don’t think it’s that clear cut this time around. It’s going to be a mix and match until someone jumps out or Farrell commits to one

      • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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        @Smokey: I totally understand that sentiment. I just wonder if this will be another of those “he’s good in the 8th, we’re keeping him there” situations. Oh, and I picked up Tazawa so that’s why I’m standing in his corner. haha

        • Smokey

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          @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: both guys are completely effective everywhere. I just think Koji has the leg up in experience and Tazawa in stuff, which is saying a lot because Koji is nasty at times. Miller has been dominant as well. So it’s a guessing game not short of great choices.

  17. ns says:
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    you said earlier that you liked uehara over tazawa; why?!

    • Duke says:
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      @ns: Trying to figure out who’s it gonna be, Tazawa, Miller, Uehara. Drop Kluber, Parker, Medlen, Teheran, or Benoit? Yeah friday night!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @ns: just like his experience in late innings better.

  18. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    Chris Perez or JJ Putz RoS?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mike: tough one. I hate Perez so I’ll go Putz

      • Mike says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks Smokey!

  19. rolo says:
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    In a league that combines saves + holds to one category, which two of the four would you chose:

    Delabar
    Walden
    Chris Perez (available)
    Bentacourt (available)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @rolo: walden and I would wait on and grab Betancourt

  20. JS says:
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    In an 12 team AL only league, how would you rank chance of picking up some saves at some point: Allen-CLE, Cook-OAK, McGee-TB?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JS: like you have them listed

  21. Shake N Bacon says:
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    If the Cubbies trade Gregg, do you think Russell gets the first shot at the closer gig? Everyone else in that bullpen looks awful. Villanueva was listed in your closer report as a possible replacement. Who would you stash as a handcuff?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Russell should get first shot but team is going to wanna see what they have long term. A minor leaguer named frank Bautista may get a shot.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Smokey: Nice! I’ll keep my eye out for Franky B while stashing Russell for now. You’re a wealth of knowledge Smokey.

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