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I know bad raps can make a career… I mean Shaq made his secondary career off of them, but Joel Peralta is really getting one.  Everyone loves change, and the whole shiny new toy factor associated with bullpens, but I’m here to learn you something about guys that have been drafted, dropped, and then added and dropped twice over this year.  The Tampa Bay bullpen, and starters for that matter, are just bad this year. But, in the last 30 days, Peralta has lowered his ERA by 3-and-half runs.  That’s not exactly easy, especially on a team 15-plus games below .500. Also, he has more K’s, same ERA, and more Holds than the now more-coveted  Jake McGee during the last 30 days. Better pitcher all year, McGee, better lately? Peralta (but he burned us, so we give him the finger).  Just me giving my two cents.  I mean fluctuation, and “oooh that guy looks good in macrame shorts” are a blinding factor for rostering fringe bullpen guys.  Stick around for some cool bullet points shaped like baseballs… neat.

 

  • The ATL bullpen in front of Kimbrel is looking like a shiny new penny, thanks to Shae Simmons.  Over the past 14 games, or two weeks, for you shorthand peeps, he has 5 holds to pace the league.  It’s always nice to be the guy who valet’s a Ferrari.
  • Just in case you wanted to know, Mark Melancon is the bee’s pajamas or whatever that expression is when it comes to NSVH, which in case you were wondering, who is at the top, with 20.
  • I like the retread starters, some leagues, it helps more than others.  Dustin McGowan has found a home as the power swing guy in the Blue Jays pen since being demoted.  In 12 appearances he has 6 Holds, 1 Save and a K/9 rate higher than his SP rate.  He also has allowed zero inherited runners to score which is mucho important.
  • In a rare feat of justice, the Cubs have led the league in Holds since the last post 2 weeks ago, with 14.  That they arguable the worst team in baseball and to accomplish this is like the day I progressed from velcro to laced sneakers.

 

Player Holds/BS Appearances with Lead In. Runners/IR Scored
Tony Watson  16/3 20  7/2
Brad Ziegler 16/4 21 15/6
Will Smith 16/3 26 20/4
Tyler Clippard 15/2 19 3/0
J.P. Howell 15/0 20 21/2
Brett Cecil  14/1  21 18/4
Mark Melancon 13/3 27 3/1
 Joba Chamberlain  12/2 22 5/0
Wade Davis  12/2 16 4/2
Steve Delabar  12/0 16 20/3
Aaron Loup  12/2 21 34/5
Carlos Martinez  12/5 19 20/2
Casey Fien  11/0 16 11/2
Adam Ottavino  11/1  17  12/4
Adam Warren  11/2 18 17/5
Ryan Webb  11/0 11 14/2
Brian Wilson  11/1 20 5/3
Jeremy Affeldt  10/1 16 10/3
Joaquin Benoit  10/0 16 3/2

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  1. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Best S+H option going forward? S Simmons, Mejia, T Clippard, McGowan Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @No Soup for Yu: clippard Simmons(until carpenter comes back) then McGowan

  2. MB says:
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    Think Jordan Walden can pass Shae for that 8th inn?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @MB: if Simmons stays the course prolly not but braves will wanna limit his usage a little

  3. geegee says:
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    wade davis or will smith in a holds league

    • geegee says:
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      @geegee: there are 9 P slots, should i start both to lock up holds?i win that cat 50% of the time just with smith. altho my pitching is solid and only need help in era, so one less mediocre starter would help .

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @geegee: both are stellar options so add both

  4. sniff test says:
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    Do you think Mejia keeps the job all season? Do you think N. Ramirez in CHC gets the closer role? Both guys have SP/RP which enable me to have 5 closers. I am hopeful but it could just crap all over my chest.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @sniff test: no and yes. Mejia is practically out the door sorta, but the mets are a mess. Ramirez seems to be the flavor of the week in Chicago and I like him as a better long term option then Rondon.

  5. Jackie seagers says:
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    After another blown save for Frieri, should I drop him for Simmons or McGowan? Saves plus holds league that also has K:BB.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jackie seagers: yea angels pen is a roster wreck

  6. Brett says:
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    Grilli is he done? Getting killed by long ball

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: fly ball rate is def up. I don’t think he is completely done. Not the best bullpen option in Pitt but still their closer for now.

  7. I Be Teheran it up! says:
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    What is up with Frieri? Cant stay away from the long ball. I have 4 other closers (Kimbrel, Doolittle, Soria, Perkins) so Im done with him. Too many negative pts in my H2H pts. League.
    Rotoworld is calling Danny Duffy a must own after his outing today. He also has RP eligibilty which is always good. Any thoughts?

  8. Robert says:
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    I’ve had Frieri from day one and I can’t take it anymore. I have Holland, Soria, and Britton. Does the Angels closer situation look like it is going to be a mess for awhile?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Robert: it’s a mess has been. You should be ok with the 3 you have.

  9. jim says:
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    I’m in a really deep league with four spots for RP and both holds and saves as cats. Only closer i have is rondon and no closers are available on the wire so i need to pick up two holds guys. I’m looking to pick up two holds guys who have good ratios with the potential to close in the somewhat near future. Available on the wire are: ziegler, neshek, broxton, casilla, chamberlain, o’ day, and storen. which two would you pickup and why? Thanks in advance for the help.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @jim: Zeigler and chamberlain for now

  10. Goodwill Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    10 teamer i have frieri/mejia/soria/k-rob. i’m pretty sure rondon still has that job over ramirez but drop any of my people for familia (probably 2 more blown and he’s in right)/smith (bedrosian ain’t getting this if frieri loses it again)/ramirez? looks like a hold for now spot (with 2 guys dangling on ledge)
    2. holds and saves. best 4 of mcgowan/j.peralta/leone/neshek/tazawa/gregerson/chamberlain/r.webb/otero/shaw/rondon/fien/ramos.
    3. K/BB instead of K’s. A. if mejia loses job to familia, familia or rondon?
    B. any of these over either of walden (finally looked good)/fien. mcgowan/simmons/tazawa/r.webb/fear the beard (good lately)/howell/frasor?

  11. goodfold2 says:
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    drop frieri for nathan in 12 teamer, where rondon is also free.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @goodfold2: def grab Nathan.

  12. Kerry K says:
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    If you could drop Drew Hutchison–who would you drop him for (if anyone) in a SV+HLD league: Machi, Howell, J Peralta, N Ramirez?

    • Kerry K says:
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      14 team mixed league with quality starts…if that makes any difference.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Kerry K: howell

  13. gordon shumway says:
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    Hi Smokey- thanks for the holds report. I always look forward to this. I dropped Delabar, who has been stinking things up lately, when he got demoted, for Loup. It seems he’s just been recalled after two days. Kevin Siegrist, who looks to come back from the DL soon, is also available, as is Peralta. Who do you like best out of those guys if I’m not concerned about saves ? Thanks a lot!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @gordon shumway: well if you can stash Siegrist on DL do it then add Peralta for awhile. If not just add Peralta.

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @Smokey: ok, cool.. thanks for the advice!

  14. Smitty says:
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    I just got offered Betances for Springer in a non-keeper holds league. Leaning towards pulling the trigger. What do you think?

    • Smokey

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      @Smitty: it looks like weird trade and Dellin is a stud for ks and periphs. I’d want Springer.

  15. matlock says:
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    for holds league, choose 1: simmons,walden,peralta,brothers,delabar,duke

    thanks in advance!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @matlock: Peralta or simmons

  16. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Walden got the hold tonight and shae has pitched (excellently) in several non-hold situations lately–Walden taking back the job? Or was Simmons just getting a day off?

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Smokey: who would you rather have going forward for holds? Walden, Simmons, or maybe McGowan?

  17. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Is Melancon the closer in Pittsburgh yet? Need saves. Drop Frieri for Melancon?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @malamoney: should be def the better pitcher.

  18. Louis says:
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    Thoughts on Cam Bedrosian? Still closer potential, even with all his recent struggles? It was interesting that he’s gotten TWO save chances already, and of course, he’s blown both.

    Thanks Smokey!

    • Smokey

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      @Louis: stuff is there just angel bullpen is a jinx it’s like mush from Bronx tale bet on it.

  19. JG_ism says:
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    Doolittle or Melancon ROS??

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JG_ism: Doolittle

  20. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Take 1 for ROS:
    Hector Rondon
    or
    Joe Smith

  21. Tim says:
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    Who is the best bet for holds in St. Louis? Motte/Neshek/Freeman/Siegrist/Martinez

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Tim: Neshek until Siegrist returns

  22. goodfold2 says:
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    dropped frieri for nathan yesterday but then melancon goes and gets closer job. now i have melancon/nathan/papelbon/perkins/soria/clippard. wish this was saves + holds league (those seem the best), but this is only holds/net saves league. worried i only have 1 holds guy now instead of 2 good ones. other closers are free agents in this league (rondon/frieri/belisario). i am 2nd in net saves already and tied for 2nd in holds (from just melancon/clippard, pretty sick) should i either
    1. wait to see if this “arm slot” nathan stuff is for real (since a DET closer would get a lot of saves)
    2. drop one of these guys (and which if so) now for one of these holds guys: K/BB in this league as well. fear the beard/tazawa/frasor/peralta/medina/bastardo/ramos/otero/loup/strop/storen/farquar

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @goodfold2: hold. Having too much isn’t an awful thing

  23. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Varvaro got the 8th inning call last night and then Walden got the hold after Kimbrel blew it.. Simmons had had at least one nights rest, so what’s up with that? Indicator Simmons is out and Walden back in?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: fredi said Simmons and hale were both unavailable post game. Walden was as well but needed a vet to finish gane off

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Smokey: so keep holding Simmons instead of Walden? Also got Benoit and McGowan…Ziegler, Warren, Walden, Siegrist are out there…

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