Tap on the shoulder, now tap on the other shoulder.  Swords and knights yadda, yadda.  Pun joke and title inclusion over.  I could probably draw it out to upmost degree, but I’ll just end it and rip the bandaid off and jump into the welcome back Kotter bullpen of Philadelphia.  If the collective bullpen in Philly isn’t called the Sweathogs, they are doing something wrong.  The Vinnie Babarino that is emerging as the future leader is most definitely Seranthony Dominguez.  Dude set a record with hitless streaks to start the year for a rookie and is now the go to, end all be all holds guy for the Phillies.  His arsenal screams future closer, but Kapler’s fear of commitment and Neris owning pictures of some relative of his.  Dominguez is the guy, for now and for later.  With 5 holds and 1 save in his last 6 appearances, he is involved in almost every winning game the Phillies are.  He checks all the proverbial boxes that we have previously discussed when looking for a reliever to roster.  Plus he has the save appeal, which is similar to curb appeal, minus the fact that you don’t need shrubs or a Chinese maple tree to accent how dominant he has been. Holds for now, saves for later for the Sir of the Cheesesteak. Roster with confidence as his results are great, but be patient as Kapler is a mad scientist with his bullpen decision making skills.  Holds week brings the best out of all of us, because you play in a league with holds.  That’s why we are fake internet friends.

  • The Blue Jays are going to be in flux again, all that Clippard FAAB money could be washed away into a committee.  Tepera and Oh are the spec adds for some consistency North of the border.
  • Still love me some Dan Winkler and his stats aren’t anything to dump, unless the allure of saves is what you are chasing.  0.89 ERA and 12 plus K-rate are sexy as all get out.
  • If and when the Tigers do punt Joe Jimenez is still the roster, for deeper leagues where you can wait on him he has been sneaky good in front of Shane Greene.  4 holds and 14 K/9 over his last 6 appearances.
  • With Raisel Iglesias hitting the DL, it opens up a chain of relievers to come.  Amir Garrett was going for the multi-inning save and gave a homer, only to leave the game and Jared Hughes getting the save.  The order is still mucky because what if Amir didn’t give up the homer.  Hughes and Garrett should both be owned if chasing the save dragon.
  • Juan Nicasio is the butterface of holds guys.
  • Will Smith is getting some new love,  NOT by his new rapping though, but in the SF pen. Just starting to get some high leverage stuff after 11 appearances.  Which is good for hold chasing on the cheap.
  • The dominance in the Astros rotation is leading to a lot of right-handed LOOGY love for Will Harris, 4 holds in last 2 weeks of play.  Crazy deep pen the Astros have.
  • Sleeper reliever of the Week: Lou Trivino, K/9 approaching 10 and the A’s need a stand-up guy in front of Treinen.


Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Juan Nicasio 14/2 19 3/0
Archie Bradley 13/2 18 10/3
Jose Alvarado 12/1 16 18/5
Matt Barnes 11/1 17 6/0
Adam Ottavino 11/1 16 5/0
Chaz Roe 11/0 14 14/4
Michael Feliz 10/2 17 2/2
Brandon Kintzler 10/2 14 1/1
Bryan Shaw 10/3 18 12/5
Craig Stammen 10/1 12 15/4
Chris Devenski 9/0 13 13/2
Luis Garcia 9/1 14 17/1
Yoshihisa Hirano 9/1 13 6/0
Joe Jimenez 9/2 15 10/6
Ryan Tepera 9/3 15 5/0
Shane Carle 8/1 12 12/3
Carl Edwards 8/0 11 4/3
Dan Winkler 8/0 13 16/2
Jake McGee 8/1 13 6/2
Tony Cingrani 8/2 14 7/4
  1. LenFuego says:

    Any insights into the post-Colome Tampa Bay bullpen situation? Will Romo go back to the closing role, or Alvarado, or a wild card?

    • Alfred E. Naujocks says:

      @LenFuego: guess like the monkey says, alvarado with some chance of committee that includes romo. but romo and roe have been a bit worse than alvarado all year.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @LenFuego: Alvarado Roe than Romo is my guess.

  2. Alfred E. Naujocks says:

    AL only. nicasio losing value. 4 RP slots i have leclerc, nicasio, brach, kelvin. drop nicasio or leclerc (appears back to 7th inning with martin back, even though leclerc’s stats are better) for any of (or just who’s best 2 out of all of these): romo (committee the monkey is speculating might be the case), roe, the putting challenge lou trevino (OAK, appears to get the most holds there), casilla, duke, j.anderson, rondon, givens. with casilla out i added trivino over nicasio, see what you think. the putting challenge was already getting the holds over casilla, but casilla would get the off day save. now i’d guess it’s just his 8th inning for sure.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Alfred E. Naujocks: Nicasio is so frustrating but I like your move to Trivino

  3. coacher says:

    14-team 5×5 roto (Saves+holds) league.

    Who are the top 3 from this list? I picked up Rodney for my bench.

    I have Alvarado and Joe Kelly who has been really good in the last two weeks.

    Kintzler, Barnes, Roe, Jimenez, Winkler, W.Smith, W.Harris, M.Feliz, Tepera, B.Shaw, Stammen, Givens and Nate Jones are available.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @coacher: winkler Tepera Kintzler

      • coacher says:

        @Smokey: Thanks!

  4. Mike says:

    Time to drop andrew miller? I hate to cut him loose, but I’ve got no DL spots for at least a few more days.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Mike: I guess. He is all types of not good right now.

  5. snarky anklebiter says:

    Follow up to Miller question. Innings cap, saves only league, would you drop Miller or Melancon for either Jimenez or Richard Rodriguez?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @snarky anklebiter: saves only Both are gambles. But I would gamble on. Jimenez at some point. Maybe just not yet.

  6. luvdarooks says:

    who do you see closing games NEXT year for

    THAnks !!!

  7. Papa Jean Segura says:

    I just saw Felipe Vasquez left with forearm discomfort. Who do you think steps up? Richard Rodriguez or Edgar Santana?

  8. M says:

    About time the Astros give up on Giles & give Devenski the closing gig

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