The news that Hunter Strickland has fallen down and needs a time out for punching a door has sent a reliever ripple effect down the closer ranks. Since this is the Holds week and this is the most pertinent info going, I figured we would roll with anyways. So roll with the suspenseful animation of holds love and glory for a little bit, and while you are at it, temper your expectations of reliever-dom as we dive into the Giants reliever sitch. So Strickland got all mad, punched a door, broke his hand. The Giants are not short of ex-closers that have had time in the limelight. Sam Dyson gets the first look as expected, because Mark Melancon is not ready for prime time… yet. Dyson got the first save chance, nice! Smooth sailing. Then on Thursday? Yaks up 2 runs and gets yanked for a guy I just brought to light in Reyes Moronta. The story isn’t that intriguing as I wish there was some Usual Suspects twist where Mark Melancon was Bruce Bochy all along and he just uses the nickname ‘Verbal’ from his me-ma. Dyson seems to be the guy, until the trust level is at a reasonable level of fortitude for the previous 52 million dollar man in Melancon. The Giants aren’t going anywhere fast, so involving assets of tradeability like MM and Dyson are a boon to not only your fantasy team, but real life baseball. So the Giants may start to implore an Oprah approach to saves. You get a save, and you get a save, and you get a save! The save chase is great and fun until you are on the losing end of it. So enjoy the stat heist that you may have with Dyson, soon to be Melancon, and eventually everyone. More saves and holds goodies after the bump. Cheers!
- Kelvin Herrera is the early bullpen addition that most teams want to do but are afraid to add for the price. Fortunately for the Nationals the price wasn’t so steep, and the addition of Kelvin to the collection of Nats bullpen options surely doesn’t hurt. It does hurt if you were rostering Kintzler, Madson, or Solis though.
- The lost name in the Giants shuffle above is Tony Watson, who besides Strickland was the most valuable Giants reliever. Hold firm as his role is firm in holds, and you could see 2-3 save chances in the next coming weeks.
- Screw Jordan Hicks, I raise you Austin Gomber. Doesn’t throw 200 MPH but has 5 holds in last 13 Cardinals games to pace the usually steady Holds club.
- Will Harris is sorta back afteer a strong fortnight. Astros are going to be adding an arm in the pen, they have to. But Harris is the glue from years past that is a steady presence ther.
- Sleepy reliever of the week: Randy Rosario 5 innings pitched, 3 holds and all quality for a Cubs bullpen looking for the guy to go with Cishek and Strop.
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