What I particularly like about relievers is versatility.  The situation in San Diego is the one in particular I want to discuss.  We were all lured into the Carter Capps preseason love, and I was on the wagon driving the horses as well, but his injury and the results that we expected aren’t coming as fast as we hoped.  He isn’t bowling over anyone in the minors, sporting a 6-plus ERA, and the obnoxious K-rate hasn’t materialized.  Now onto the major league roster which isn’t lighting any fires.  They are second from the bottom in bullpen ERA, have only 12 holds on the year, and now their closer has hit the skids.  He being Brandon Maurer.  Enter who I think should, could be the next man up while we wait (forever) for Capps.  Brad Hand offers that former starter turned good.  I may just call him the Vigilante of holds and possibly saves very soon.  He has the K-rate, the BAA and the moxy to do the job… it is just a matter of if SD is ready to pull the trigger on something because Maurer looks cooked.  Regardless of his situation moving forward or your league perimeters, Hand is worthy for a spot because of speculation and the K’s that he will produce.  This is the bullpen report for this week, so let’s see what’s happening in the setup game and the hold chase…

  • Don’t look now, but the bullpen hipster that is Joe Maddon has been relying on Carl Edwards a lot over Uehara, Rondon and Strop recently in the 8th inning.  He hasn’t let you down with 9 K’s in his last five appearances either.
  • Love me some Keone Kela.  Jumps past Jeffress and is sitting in the bushes waiting for a welcome mat to close.
  • Three of the top-20 Holds leaders are now closers.  Just saying.
  • Darren O’Day should be rostered, in the event that Brach falls off.  Which has already started.  Just in case you were also wondering, Mychal Givens has more holds then anyone over the last 30 days.  They are sick with good relievers.
  • The White Sox and Phillies have zero Holds over the past 14 games.  Not good for those of you holding Swarzak.  Nate Jones can’t get back from the DL soon enough.
  • Sneaky set-up guy of the week, Jose Alvarado of the Rays
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Adam Ottavino 12/1 15 7/2
Taylor Rogers 10/1 13 9/2
Matthew Bowman 9/0 10 12/2
Ryan Dull 9/1 12 8/2
Mike Dunn 9/0 10 7/2
Heath Hembree 9/0 9 16/2
Felipe Rivero 9/0 10 8/1
Matt Belisle 8/1 12 4/1
Danny Farquhar 8/0 12 12/3
Mychal Givens 8/2 12 13/4
Daniel Hudson 8/0 9 4/3
Andrew Miller 8/0 11 8/3
Jose Alvarez 7/1 14 15/2
Joaquin Benoit 7/2 11 1/0
Luke Gregerson 7/1 15 1/1
Will Harris 7/ 11 4/3
Hector Rondon 7/1 10 6/2
Bryan Shaw 7/0 10 5/1
Carlos Torres 7/2 14 3/1
  1. Micah says:

    Is it worth holding any SEA RP not named Diaz in hopes of saves or am I better off rostering Kela?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Micah: Roster Kela, its a shizz-aster in Seattle. Diaz hopefully will be Diaz again soon

  2. Elwood Blues says:

    Chances Jake Barrett becomes AZ’s closer at some point this season?
    Chances he holds onto it into next year too?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Elwood Blues: 20%, needs some quality MLB innings first before we can assume anything

  3. ChrisL says:

    Great article. Pick 4 — Saves + holds 12 team:

    A. Wilson
    M. Minor
    Edwards Jr

    Thank you!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @ChrisL: Law, Givens, Bush, wilson

  4. Brett says:

    Joe Kelly? Is he heading to being the 8th inning guy in boston? Him or Will Harris?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Brett: Harris for now, Barnes still ahead of him

  5. Matt says:

    So, at this point, is Capps worth holding on to? He seems to have hit major set-backs in his rehab. I have him burning on of my four DL slots in a dynasty points league, and my roster has been ravaged…that slot would be nice!

    My DL guys include long-termers like Gray, Freeman, Taillon, and Finnegan along with Capps and Polonco (already had to throw back Semien). Should I just drop Capps to free up the DL slot for Freeman or is he worth the wait?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Matt: I have dropped in similar situations, too many DL guys

  6. JakeTPE says:

    Hey Smokey,

    Thoughts on Nicasio, who helped me this weekend with two holds? I dropped Bowman who hadn’t done much for a couple weeks in that department for him. It’s tough when you have a good pitcher rostered but his team isn’t providing hold chances or the manager is going with other guys.

    I think it’s close, but do you like Kela or Soria more for holds coming up?

    Thanks for the post as always. Oh, Benoit did get one hold this week. ;-)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @JakeTPE: Guys like Nicasio are hot/cold stream guys. Kela. the Rangers need to start turning things around and I think they will get more situations

  7. Five-On-One says:

    Please rank for Saves only: Kela, O’Day, Kelley, Pazos.

  8. Swfcdan says:

    Taylor Rogers now has more holds (11) than K’s (10)!!! Is it just a pure fluke thing this, after all shows he can’t be very good with so few K’s and I can’t imagine this continues with him as a leftasauraus.

    Is he worth using in holds leagues over Zych, or J Ramirez? I keep staring at those 11 holds on the wire and can’t understand why he’s not been added by someone, but then I remember he’s Taylor Rogers on the Twins.

    Missed out on Kela, another under the radar high K holder to add who has just returned lately?

  9. Brian says:

    Is Capps or Nate Jones a better DL stash for potential saves?

  10. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:

    unless swarzak blew some (i think he did blow one) nate jones wouldn’t have gotten any holds either over that time frame (not inpuning jones, he’s awesome)

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