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So team success helps everything, from team building exercises to a secret program that siphons money into a bank account at fractions of a penny at a time.  Whatever works, works, but at the end of the day the stats are what matters.  Take for example the Texas Rangers’ bullpen. The trio of Neal Cotts, Tanner Scheppers and Jason Frasor are getting it done minus the flair.  They have combined for 17 Holds in the last 30 days and are tied for the AL lead in Holds with 50.  Earlier in the year, I was asked the best strategy for NSVH, and I said the best way is to grab a top 10 closer and 2 middle relievers from the same team. This is why this theory makes all the sense.  Take a resurgent Cotts, who has dominated batters to a BAA of .187. “It’s Murda.” Thanks Ja Rule, for having nothing else to do.   Throw in Scheppers and as of late a rejuvenated Frasor and you have a nice drunk punch of goodness for a Holds factory.  Holds are a streaky stat, take a look at Mark Melancon, he is still leading MLB in holds only because he had 14 thru the first 30 days.  The leader since then? Hmmm, I betcha I just mentioned him above… Tanner Scheppers with 8.  Enjoy the week to come.

 

Aaron Crow – The Crow, more like the vulture.  Over the past 30 days, or basically the last time I wrote about MR ( I know, I am a slacker), he has won 4 games, garnered 4 holds and K’d 13 in 10 innings.  Sad trombone just came by and kicked me in the shins for not mentioning he also had 2 losses.  Nuttin’ says companionship like getting shinned by an emotional brass instrument.

Craig Breslow – I know, FFS, but in all seriousness.  Ignore the ERA and stats that suck.  Andrew Miller and this guy were the lefties in the Sawx pen.  Miller fell down and broke his crown, and Breslow is the lone lefty reliever.  Barring a trade which is most likely coming, Craig is it.  So if I could quote Friday, “Come on Craig.”

J.J. Hoover – It is just amazing to me that the Reds band-aid bullpen is keeping the team in games.  No Marshall, no Broxton, no problem.  The group of Hoover, Manny Parra, Alfredo Simon, Sam LeCure and Logan Ondrusek are unscored upon in there last combined 29 innings.  Stat wise they suck all the yellow off a Lemonhead, with only 1 hold in the group during that time.

 

PLAYER HOLDS Appearances
With Lead
Inherited
Runners
Inherited
Runners Scored
Mark Melancon 24 30 0 0
Joel Peralta 22 33 15 1
David Robertson 21 27 7 2
Trevor Rosenthal 19 28 12 3
Jesse Crain 19 21 20 7
Tanner Scheppers 18 26 11 2
Jake McGee 17 28 21 9
Scott Downs 17 23 26 6
Matt Thornton 17 28 21 5
Junichi Tazawa 16 24 15 3
Tyler Clippard 15 24 8 2
Jared Burton 15 27 3 2
Ryan Cook 14 24 11 3
Dale Thayer 14 22 18 1
John Axford 14 18 10 1
James Russell 13 31 26 7
Darren O’Day 13 26 17 5
Antonio Bastardo 13 22 12 2
Luis Avilan 13 19 19 3
Aaron Crow 13 17 35 11
  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    ITS MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURDA

  2. tank1 says:
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    In a league that counts holds, I’m currently using P. Rodriguez and J. Walden. Other solid options include: McGee, Downs, Cook, Crow, Tazawa, Avilan, Doolittle, Cotts and Frasor. Any of these guys an upgrade over my current group? Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @tank1: Downs, McGee, Crow all over Walden

  3. sfsf2109345 says:
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    I have a trade offer.

    20 team league (32 total players per team) with only 1 SP and 3 RP slots daily.

    Trade Hyun-Jin Ryu for Edward Mujica?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @sfsf2109345: well ill take the saves compared to every 5th day, depending on who else you got in the RP slots

  4. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    What’s your feeling on Peralta vs. McGee vs. someone else next year? Who wins that cage match?

    I need some perspective brah!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @jaywrong: Looking at it right now I would say Peralta, but Maddon has a tricky little way of making rehash projects look fantasy awesome. So it may come down to who the acquire at deadline or offseason.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Smokey: Gotcha. Thanks brotha!

  5. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Who’d you start tonight? K. Janson vs. Rockies or Rafael Soriano @ philly? I Badly need a save and start Matt Moore and Erasmo so have only one RP spot. Janson pitched two innings last night I don’t know if that will have an impact on tonights possible playing time. Thanks.

  6. Tom Thumb says:
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    Hey all,

    Trade question. In a keeper league I am in second and trying to win (obviously). I have been offered my McCutchen for his Liriano, Carlos Gomez and Cuddyer. I wanted to keep McCutch but I have options. We keep 5. My team is:

    C- Rosario
    1B- Crush Davis
    2B- Profar
    3B- Miggy
    SS- Peralta
    IF- Rendon or Gyorko or Lind
    LF- JUpton
    CF- McCutch
    RF- Heyward
    OF- Puig
    Util- Eaton or Rajai

    DL- Kemp

    SP- Gio, Greinke, Scherzer, Jose Fernandez, Cashner

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Tom Thumb: Pass for me, i think you can stream SP and get the results from Liriano. And Cutch is a def Keeper for ya.

      • Tom Thumb says:
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        @Smokey: thanks! That’s exactly what I was thinking.. Good to hear it from a pro

  7. Sniff Test says:
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    I have to drop one holds guy, brothers or Thornton. It seems like brothers but Thornton has been shaky, is on a bad team and could get traded.

    • Smokey

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      @Sniff Test: brothers for me. Thornton being traded to a contender helps his value to me

  8. Doc Ellis D's says:
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    Streaming a SP…. Would you rather start gaudin @petco or Hefner against the bucs tomorrow?

    Danks, Pettibone, Joe kelly also options but I think Gaudin/Hefner would be my best bet. Thanks for the help brother.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Doc Ellis D’s: Hefner. The Giants can’t hit for shit right now

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Smokey: Hefner plays against the pirates. Your answer seems to be recommending a SD pitcher not mentioned in the question. I agree that anybody playing SF or SD in SD is a decent stream option though.

  9. Ferga says:
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    Looks like Soria will be a big late inning guy for Texas in second half. Already has 2 holds. Will he take over Scheppers role?

    • Smokey

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      @Ferga: I don’t think he’ll replace Scheppers but will play a big role.

  10. magpipes says:
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    So I was offered Justin Verlander for Fernando Rodney. Normally I would do that in a second, but something is telling I shouldn’t. Rodney’s been awesome. What should I do?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @magpipes: Depends on need. Do you need starting pitchers or saves?

      • magpipes says:
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        @Smokey: I could use both. but really I just want the better player. do you see a turnaround for Verlander?

  11. MB says:
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    who will i end up regretting dropping more in a holds league? Axford or Tazawa, or better yet whom do I keep and let go for fat adams?

    thanks

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @MB: when F-Rod gets flipped, Ax goes right back to set up, but on shitty team. Tazawa plays on better team but Bailey could either get closer or set up job at some point, either way it would move Tazawa out.

  12. SteveNZ says:
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    Any thoughts on Sonny Gray? Any Holds potential there, or just a mop-up guy until he’s ready for the rotation?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And this time to subscribe to the post…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SteveNZ: He’s destined for starting rotation.

  13. Titan says:
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    6×6 holds/ops league – 12 team weekly HTH with categories

    I have Gregerson now.

    Who are your top 3 of this bunch and do you prefer them over Gregerson for Holds/ERA/Whip help? I also have Street and Wilhelmsen and may cut 1 or both of them and punt saves each week to improve the ratios that those 2 are killing.

    I’m in the final playoff spot as of now…need to improve in those 3 cat in 2nd half.

    McGee
    O’Day
    Crow
    Storen
    Axford
    Bastardo
    Scheppers
    Cotts

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Titan: I like Scheppers, Bastardo and McGae over Gregerson.

  14. The Thumb says:
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    What’s with Delabar? In a sv+hld league and I’ve been wanting to pick him up for the longest time but he has 5 in 41 innings!

    • Smokey

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      @The Thumb: Toronto is in the bottom five for holds as a team. That should explain it. His ratios play better in a league that doesn’t count holds.

  15. Compy says:
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    Wanted to know if you think Oliver Perez will take over the closer spot in Seattle?

    • Smokey

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      @Compy: I think it’s his turn now yes

  16. Allen says:
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    Alright Smokey — crystal ball time.

    My closers are: Reed — Holland — Chief — Benoit — Parnell — Soriano. I’m up pretty comfortably in saves at the break but I picked up Ziegler in case one of my guys gets traded to a non-closer roll. Am I paranoid? Who should I worry about?

    I know the NSA is reading this blog ….

    • Smokey

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      @Allen: def paranoid ur stellar at saves my friend

  17. Hey Smokey -

    Sergio Santos update? This is last I heard — http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/392208/sergio-santos

    I play in a 14 man, 30 man roster, 6×6 (holds), mixed, redraft league. My RP has been decent – we can start up to 6 every week. Right now, this is who I’m running out there:

    Saves Guys – K. Jansen, S. Cishek,
    Holds Guys – J. McGee, J. Tazawa, J. Soria (seems to be destined for 8th inning shortly), C. Furbush,
    Bench – B. Parker (hoping he becomes a closer if/when Gregg is traded)

    I’m thinking Santos could make for a prudent bench stash for me right now, if he is indeed activated right after ASB. Only guy I see I could drop would be Furbush. Would you do that or just sit tight?

    thx

    • Smokey

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      @EL BURRO: santos for Furbush makes sense

      • @Smokey:

        thanks for prompt reply — once Santos is back and healthy (big assumption), is that TOR pecking order more of a committee or is the Swedish Meatball still at top? I imagine it looking something like this, would you agree?

        Co-Closer: Janssen
        Co-Closer: Santos
        8th inning: Delabar
        -7th inning: Cecil, Oliver, Loup (match-up dependent)

        • Smokey

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          @EL BURRO: it’s Janssens job until something happens. Santos is a great complimentary piece but won’t jump right into the gig.

          • frozenballz says:
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            The Jays have all stars in Cecil and Delabar behind Janssen and the best stuff on their entire pitching staff has returned from 5 years of so many shoulder surgeries I’ve lost count.

            Dustin Mcgowan is back and somehow, I’m not sure myself, he’s still filthy. Dusty is throwing 97 and 98 with the four seamer. He’s got so much movement with the two seamer, slider and changeup. It’s almost unfair. The most impressive inning of pitching I’ve seen all year was him facing Hunter, Cabrera and Fielder he struck out the side. His 89 mile an hour pitch dove downward underneath Fielder’s bat. It was a changeup. Fielder looked at him shook his head and said wow.

            It’s far too small of a sample size, but in 11.2 innings Mcgowan has given up 2 runs has 15ks a whip of .86 and opponents are batting .146 off Mcgowan. He gave up those 2 runs in the first 3 innings back pitching meaningful baseball after 5 years.

            I’d put Mcgowan on my roster before Santos. If you’re a fan of the game and have MLB TV and you notice the jays are in 7th or later with Mcgowan into the game it’s worth a look in just to watch him pitch..

  18. Nate says:
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    Wilhelmsen blew up again last night… grab Perez as a hand cuff or will he be moved? Thoughts?

    • Smokey

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      @Nate: yes and deeper speculation Cartr Capps

  19. KW says:
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    I have Betancourt and and extra bench spot. Is it still worth handcuffing myself with Brothers or should I pick up a solid set-up guy like Crain or Delabar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Delabar

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