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The season to date leader in holds heads to the DL and one of the better bullpens in baseball is in a tailspin… not so fast!  The Rockies have reliable arms that can cement games just as well as Adam Ottavino has done for the year.  With the likes of wily veterans in Mike Dunn, Chris Rusin, and even a little smattering of Jake McGee, the sedimentary bunch is going to attempt to hold down the fort. The comforting thing is that the Rockies lead MLB in holds as a pen, least amount of blown saves and have the most games pitching with a lead with 99 total.  The scary thing with the shoulder injury is that Ottavino is a stash, or a dash, and replace with new military holds parts made from recycled relievers.  Wait a week, see if the 10-day DL stint is a pain in the tuther end, and I can see if you need the space in Holds leagues, the move make sense.  I would most likely grab Dunn, Rusin, and McGee in that order, as the setup game in front of the Dutch Master is going to be pieced together differently than what we saw so far.  No need to panic though, there are tons of saves in the 6-8 innings to go around.  Speaking of which, let’s see what is going down in the neighborhood of hold-dom…

  • Cash rules all the holds around me, 2% milk, Andrew Miller y’all.  Five holds over the last 13 games means the most owned non-closer reliever is paying dividends.  Finally with quantity.
  • With Biagini in the rotation now and Grilli basically sucking like a 40-year-old should.  Joe Smith has emerged as the guy for a team that can generate some holds in a bunch, as witnessed by his 4 in the past 11 games and his almost 18 K/9 rate to boot.  Used to call me Joe Smith now they still call me Joe Smith… or Batman.
  • Remember what I said last week about Marlins relievers?  Forget it.  Zig-Zag has an ERA with 4 numbers and bear claws is poop.
  • Seriously, at what point is Craig Kimbrel in the Cy Young discussion.  Honestly?
  • Taylor Rogers checks none of the boxes for being a dominant reliever.  Except that he is elite in hold sitches.
  • I am fully a believer that if you want to build a solid holds pen, you have one from the best team in baseball.  The Astros are that team and I want one of Harris, Devenski, Gregerson… or if being sneaky, Feliz.
  • Sleeper reliever of the week: Paul Sewald.
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Andrew Miller 13/1 16 12/4
Felipe Rivero 12/0 13 11/2
Taylor Rogers 12/1 16 12/2
Heath Hembree 11/0 13 19/10
Arodys Vizcaino 11/1 12 2/0
Jose Alvarez 10/1 19 19/3
Mike Dunn 10/1 14 12/5
Will Harris 10/1 15 4/3
Alex Wilson 10/1 17 10/3
Matthew Bowman 9/1 11 14/4
Ryan Dull 9/1 12 8/2
Mychal Givens 9/3 14 18/6
Luke Gregerson 9/2 19 1/1
Jose Ramirez 9/3 13 10/1
Fernando Salas 9/1 16 17/5
Bryan Shaw 9/1 14 9/3
Joe Smith 9/0 13 9/4
Carlos Torres 9/2 17 9/3
Shane Greene 8/1 214 23/5
Danny Farquhar 8/1 13 18/5
Daniel Hudson 8/0 10 7/3
   
  1. Biff says:
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    Smoke, just added Strahm and Kela in my holds league. They appear to be trending up and the ratios are very nice. Thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Biff: always a Kela fan. Texas is getting hot. KC as well, but will they score enough runs consistently is the problem. Don’t grow attached and prepare to move on

  2. joemorganhair says:
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    You taking any of these over Addison Reed?

    Harris, Smith, Vizcaino

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @joemorganhair: the saves make Reed look shinier then he is. But the fact of the matter is he’s the best bullpen arm the mets have and will get tons of chances even if the Mets are abysmal

  3. e says:
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    Dunn has been very bad since returning from his dl stint (back). Should I consider his recent performance, or pick him up because the other options in that pen are Qualls and Lyles?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @e: he’s been spotty but I still like him over almost everyone else

  4. LarryA says:
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    Is Justin Wilson gets hurt or is traded, Is his bro Alex the guy? He seems a bit risky due to his no strikeout ability, no?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @LarryA: very similar to Rogers but he gets leverage situations so not all bad.

  5. Sport says:
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    A guy in my 16 team dynasty really wants Kela. He is offering Pazos and even dangled Zych some. Ramos is my only closer and my real concern is who is the future closer of those three. I feel I can always find a holds guy somewhere.

    Who do you like most of Kela, Pazos, and Zych for now and future?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Sport: kela. Think he has the best makeup to be a usable non closer in most formats.

  6. MIkeinKC says:
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    Would you add Hoyt (Hou) to that holds list? Seems like he’s getting more late game action with the lead. Looks to have a good K rate.

  7. Clive says:
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    Knebel or J Wilson ROS? Thanks!

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