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So down goes a top ten guy in an off week where I talk about set-up guys.  Jason Grilli is beset with a forearm strain and up steps the league leader in Holds, Mark Melancon.  Melancon has been spooktacular this year, and if wasn’t owned prior to the injury then your league is hot garbage.  Sorry, but truth is truth.  So the pecking order in the ‘Burgh now reads like this, which really isn’t devoid of good RP this year.  I see Tony Watson and Justin Wilson splitting the left-handed set-up duties and Bryan Morris and Vin Mazzaro to continue their RH dominance. If given the opportunity, Victor Black could be brilliant, so keep an eye on him. Not one guy is going to run away and garner the hold chances that Melancon has gotten to date this year so it is going to be a mish-mosh of hold chances.  Also factor in that the Pirates are in some trade rumors for some end game help and the rosterability of all these guys is tough to call until we know how long Grilli is under the weather.  Enjoy the week to come.

 

Casey Fien -  Now heaven say Casey, you’re a Fien relief guy.  Whata lot of holds you can bring.  He kicked “Levar” Burton off the rainbow and has now planted him self in the first Holds chair in Minny.  His stellar last 30 days includes 5 holds, an ERA under a buck and alleged pocket full of Kryptonite.  That is alleged and my source is busy in Otisville, so confirmation is upcoming.

John Axford – I know he burned you like a jalapeno sun tan lotion but hear me out for a second or don’t and skip.  With the trade of K-Rod to Charm City and the promotion of Hendo the wunderkind to the closer role, he again is thrust into a prominent role at the back end of the Brewers bullpen.  Just for stat sake let’s take a look.  Since May 14, so 3 months and 25 appearances, he has surrendered one earned run.  Top that off with a shiny BAA of .165, 9 Holds and 4 wins in relief.  I mean I know we hate the guy but he is still an effective BP option.

Tyler Clippard – The reliever that saved many teams last year, literally.  Has been showing more of what he did last year in the past 30 days.  He leads all of MLB in holds, with 7, 15/4 K/BB in 13 innings and a BAA of .043.  Yea that’s a zero in front as in he gave up 2 hits while facing 47 batters. I mean you could be dong worse, like watching Police Academy 5 on continuous loop.  Yea that’s the one on Miami.

Fernando Rodney – Gotta throw at least one closer in here or I get bored.  Nando crooked hat and all was awful or at least was bad enough to speculate about being replaced.  First 40 games of season 5 BS, since his last there ain’t been none, a perfect 15/15.  I said that with a piece of straw in my mouth for effect, unfortunately for you the internet machine saps all that away.

 

PLAYER HOLDS Appearances
With Lead
Inherited
Runners
Inherited
Runners Scored
Joel Peralta 26 37 20 1
Mark Melancon 26 33 0 0
David Robertson 23 30 7 2
Trevor Rosenthal 23 32 12 3
Tanner Scheppers 19 27 11 2
Jesse Crain 19 21 20 7
Matt Thornton 19 23 31 7
Jake McGee 18 31 21 9
Junichi Tazawa 18 27 20 6
Scott Downs 18 25 30 8
Tyler Clippard 17 26 8 2
James Russell 16 34 33 9
Dale Thayer 16 25 21 1
Luis Avilan 15 21 20 3
John Axford 15 20 13 3
Aaron Crow 15 19 37 13
Sean Doolittle 15 27 19 2
Darren O’Day 15 29 20 5
Antonio Bastardo 14 23 13 2
Matt Belisle 14 24 10 1
  1. Tommy Gunn says:
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    What current non closers become closers after the deadline? Name your top 5 stashes in order please! You the man.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Tommy Gunn: gregerson bastardo strop anyone else is kind of a wait and see right now.

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Smokey: Big fan of this comment and that it’s near the top, thanks smokey.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Smokey: i thought most people round here had parker ahead of strop?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: that may have been before strops arrival or before the comments by Svuen that he likes Strops stuff and could see him as the closer

  2. Clint says:
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    It’s sad to say but if it weren’t ‘Mo and the Yankees, any other team would be dealing Rivera at the deadline and sticking Robertson in the 9th inning, wouldn’t they? The Yankees seriously need to offload all those methusilahs already if they’re ever gonna go back to their 3 titles in 4 years stuff again. Not that this Brewer fan’s complaining watching them burn for it.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Clint: Why would any team be trading their elite closer when they’re 3 and a half games out of the wild card spot with 60+ games to go?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: esp when the entire baseball universe knows the guy is retiring after the season.

  3. Mike says:
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    If you had to drop a pitcher ros who would it be?

    Cain or samardjza?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mike: it’s a what have you done for me lately type question. Cain has looked awful but so has samardzija. I’d say Cain but its a bitter pill to swallow

  4. FMFBL says:
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    Holds league, what’s your take on LeCure?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @FMFBL: Marshall and broxton aren’t coming thru the door soon so him Hoover and Parra are manning the ship quite nicely.

  5. Wake Up says:
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    Closer question…Kyra Sedgwick or Julia Roberts?…it’s tough because I could use the horse teeth but the crazy coo-coo also get me going…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Wake Up: it comes down to superfluous info with those too. Kevin bacon and higher movie salary. I’ll take the money and run.

  6. Goose says:
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    Gotta think Paco/Belisario are the main 8th inning guys in La-La-Land… but what do you know about this guy Withrow? 11 Ks in 8 IP since call-up – plus a couple days back, in the 9th of a tied game on the road vs. the Nats (usually closer territory), he went in against the 2-3-4 hitters. Rendon – ground out, Zimmerman – fly out, Harper – strike out looking. Not too shabby…

    Plus – just look at the guy:
    http://imgur.com/0xWxwQK

    That is one legit-closer-looking dude.

    Also just wanted to add that teams are looking at Brian Wilson. He might be back in the mix in the not-too-distant future…

    • Smokey

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      @Goose: nice pic. He looks gnarly looking. Like Witheow as a post hype guy. He was getting lots of good pub as a starter a few tears back and seems to be settling into the relief role nicely. Brian Wilson wasn’t he in the beach boys.

  7. brick says:
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    Thoughts on the O’Day holds situation with K-Rod now in Baltimore? He seems to have Buck’s trust as he usually gets the rock when Johnson’s unavailable. WIll K-Rod take this role over?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @brick: still like him in hOlds because he has trust. K rod will inch his way into setup if not more

  8. nathan says:
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    what is your opinion on pedro strop?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @nathan: good cuff right now for trade speculation.

  9. josh says:
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    H2H Keeper(keep 12) 10-team,
    Just traded Cuddyer for Rizzo and Chapman. My only concern is Chapman as of late, and if Rizzo will ever wake up. Thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @josh: you done good

  10. JoeG says:
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    Cook or Strop for the ROS; can only keep one. I already have Frieri, Cishek,Mujica and just traded for Melancon . I could use more Saves(who couldn’t), but who would give the best overall numbers the rest of the way? deep dailey mixed 6×6 roto.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JoeG: Strop if you wanna speculate for saves and saves only. Cook in every other scenario

  11. Nick says:
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    Hey guys love what you do, keep up the good work.

    Just made a couple trades in my two leagues and wanted some feedback.

    The first trade in league 1 is:
    Asdrubal Cabrera & Chase Headley for Doug Fister

    Fister’s second half number are great and I never played Cabrera or Headley because I already have Longoria, Seager, Hanley, and Andrus available for 3B and SS. Plus I needed some starting pitching.

    The second trade in league two is:
    Todd Frazier & Starling Marte for Alex Gordon & Wilin Rosario

    I really needed a catcher b/c Salvador Perez just wasn’t getting it done. Plus Alex Gordon has really turned in on in the second half the past few years. I have plenty OF (Cespedes, Puig, Bourn, Heyward, Yelich) so I was okay with losing Marte.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: H2H non-keeper 12-team leagues

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Nick: both look good based on your needs. Good luck

  12. royce! says:
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    Hey Smokey- 14 team h2h, counting regular 5×5 plus holds and K/BB, which two would you most like to have?:

    Bastardo
    O’Day
    Alex Torres
    Soria
    Justin Wilson
    Delabar
    Paco Rodriguez
    Doolittle
    Watson
    Ross
    Collins
    Fien
    Manness
    Cotts

    League has 2 SP, 4 RP and three P spots. I’m currently playing Holland, Benoit, Soria and Bastardo. Everyone else is a free agent, which should give you an idea of how sought after holds guys are (or are not, as it may be).

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @royce!: tough list to narrow down. Lots of guys I like in there. Bastardo and Delabar seem like the 2. But I really like the Pirates duo in there and Fien has been tremendous yet unnoticed. Stick with the bastardo and Delavar combo until the stats stop flowing.

  13. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Thinking about dropping Parker for a bat. But then started thinking about picking up Thayer and dropping Parker. Gregerson’s stats look good, but it seems like he chokes under pressure quite a bit. Maybe because I decided to put him in my lineup today and he gives up a run in a third of an inning. I’m grumpy!

    • Smokey

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      @Shake N Bacon: I agree that Gregerson is a different pitcher in the 8th then the 9th. Thayer is a great cuff if Sd sells the back end of their pen off. Grumpiness is contagious Sony got it from someone. Just find someone to blame.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Smokey: I’m not grumpy anymore, after Bryce Harper hit that game winning homer :) How is he only 20 years old?

        Yeah I have an inkling that is Huston Street is traded and Gregerson stays, Thayer may end up with more saves over the remainder of the season. Maybe I’m just crazy!

  14. tank1 says:
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    For holds only, whose the best pick-up:

    McGee
    Fien
    P. Rodriguez
    Doolittle
    D. Hernandez
    Bastardo

    Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @tank1: McGee

  15. hey there Smokey … do you think any of Gregg, Gregerson, Downs, Russell, Blake Parker, or any understudy in Houston or Minnesota are a better bet than Bastardo or Axford? I’m desperate for saves and have been holding onto that duo (I also have Ziegler) but want to be sure I have the two best options.

    Also (I already mentioned this in the comment section from Grey’s column), a streamer idea in return for you advice on the question above: after the back-to-back blowups from Soriano and Storen, and with a double header on tap for Washington Friday, Clippard may be a good RP to stream for a vulture save.

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @Enrique: I mean Gregg is closing currently. So him until further trade notice. Thanks for the stream tip

  16. Lando87 says:
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    Keeper League being offered Matt Moore for Matt Garza and Wil Myers. I currently have Myers in my prospects pool (once he hits 200 AB I have to call him up) with Rios, Marte, Hunter and Gattis in my OF already. Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Lando87: I’d pass. It’s essential a Moore for Myers keeper trade.

  17. Willy says:
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    Should i bench Corey Kluber anainst the Rangers?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Willy: I’d start him

  18. B says:
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    No Rex brothers love? Guy is lights out, 25, and with a 38-yr-old, injured, soon-to-be free agent closer in front of him. He ranks below gregerson,

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @B: there is plenty of Brothers love. He is currently closing so it slipped my mind as someOne who could be an option, though Betancourt might not make it back until after deadline.

  19. Anthony says:
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    Keeper league which side ya got? Votto/Cespedes/Hill or Agone/Bruce/Phillips? How close? Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Anthony: Votto side.

  20. FilthyRich says:
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    Which RP for ROS: R Soriano, CIshek or Uehara?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @FilthyRich: Soriano is fading fast. Cishek team is meh and Uehara has been in the role a minute. I’d say Soriano based on career but I’m going to say Uehara today if the red sox don’t add a high profile closer

  21. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Need to pick up some holds, primarily for next week but also ROS–since it’s a limited moves league whoever I grab will be around a while: Fien, Axford or Bastardo? Could also grab Strop since he’s been on fire and the Cubs have 8 games next week, but he could also be the closer by Wednesday.

  22. Titan says:
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    6×6 weekly HTH 12 teamer. Cook or Strop for Holds/ERA/WHIP – I know Strop could become a closer within a week but that doesn’t really matter to me too much.

    I’m holding down the last playoff spot and need to keep my ratios in check in a weekly league

    • Smokey

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      @Titan: go with Cook

  23. Alex says:
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    How you rank these four holds guys? axford, tazawa, doolittle, thayer?

    I current have the first two, just wondering if it is even worth it to drop one for the other 2. Only have 9 moves left this season

    Seems Ax and Tazawa have been more hittable lately

    Thanks

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: Please throw Ryan Cook in there too

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Alex: with limited moves left I would hold for now.

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