Just for reference, as I was out and about, the “cult” classic by Lisa Lisa was on.  Now you can admit it or you can lie about it, but if you hear this song on in the privacy of your own aloneness, and you turn the radio up.  I’m sorry but it’s true.  If not, it is completely just me and I have some severe music intangible listening ability that is slightly off.  Where was I?  Bullpens you say, bullpens I say.  The first real bullpen post after the trade deadline is always a tough tell.  The good contending teams basically stack up the depth of their pens and make the most unique and usable reliever an after thought, or a “questionable” own in holds leagues.  I hate that this happens, because you roll along all season with a set it and forget it holds option and poof, they go to a contender and now are fourth fiddle.  And nobody remembers the fourth fiddler in the Charlie Daniels’ band.  If you do, climb out the basement and stare at the sun awhile, you two have missed each other’s company.  So if you are sitting on names that changed to a contender that are now tertiary in line for a hold, move on.  Grab a first-chair guy maybe on a lesser team, or even from that guys old team.  This time of the year, if trying to capitalize on the utmost hold capabilities, there can be no allegiances.  No saluting your past accumulation and move on.  I am adding in a chart this week that shows holds and chances for the last 30 days to lessen the load on your research ability.  After all it’s Friday, you ain’t got no job, why not stay and hang out with Smokey?

  • Last night the Yankees bullpen basically imploded, allowing more ER in the first two days of August as they did in the previous 15 games.  Team ERA is still a league leading 3.13, but got exposed by the hot Red Sox bats.  Hang onto Green, Betances and Robertson for now.  But if you wanna go all House of Pain and jump around blessing given.
  • Matt Barnes is en fuego, he shouldn’t be unowned in any league right now. 19+ K-rate and the Sox aren’t losing many games, so he is the comfy foot bridge from starters to Kimbrel.  Hembree is the own over Kelly also.
  • The Oakland bullpen is just a sneaky great place to find value.  Treinen, as I have said, is mint. Trivino is a putting genius and now we get to see what the preseason love from me was all about with Yusmeiro Petit gaining form.  Not seeing the holds, but quality of innings is there and vulture boy for wins.
  • Seung-hwan Oh looks like the final boss from a few years ago in the last few appearances.  not going to get the upmost holds because of Ottavino, but is better than anyone else in that pen right now.
  • Sleepy Reliever of the week, Ray Black of the Giants.  Dude was a great bulpen prospect then got lost, and hurt.  SF has nothing to do but try some interesting pieces.  He is one.

 

Holds Chart Last 30 Days:

Player Holds/BS App with Lead K/9
Edgar Santana 8/1 11 9.24
Adam Ottavino 7/0 12 11.57
Alex Colome 7/0 9 13.50
Seung-hwan Oh 7/0 11 7.71
Archie Bradley 7/1 9 12.10
Matt Barnes 6/0 9 19.85
Jose Leclerc 6/1 8 13.50
Scott Alexander 6/1 10 10.95
Tommy Hunter 6/1 8 4.50
Lou Trivino 5/1 9 12.38
Kyle Crick 5/0 8 9.82
Reyes Moronta 5/2 9 11.12
Carl Edwards Jr. 5/0 7 11.88
Jeremy Jeffress 5/1 8 10.95
Heath Hembree 5/1 8 13.00
Jake Diekman 5/0 9 10.97
Drew Steckenrider 5/2 7 7.84
Justin Wilson 5/0 7 9.39
Jordan Hicks 5/1 8 6.92
Yoshihisa Hirano 5/2 7 7.71
  1. Brett says:
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    If you were to trade a closer who would it be between boxberger Yates Osuna Cody Allen will Smith I am mostly in need of k’s and good ratios

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: Allen trade best to get maximum return. Target a ahahd owner.

  2. Chud says:
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    Thanks Smokey!

    I need a RP in a saves/holds league with ratios to boot.

    Who would you add from the Available arms: Will Smith, Jose Leclerc, Joe Jimenez, Collin McHugh, Scott Alexander?

    Who would you cut of the following: Devinski, Giles, Kela, Peacock, Familia?

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chud: Leclerc for Peacock

      • Chud says:
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        @Smokey: thanks! W Devinski on the DL swap him out instead of Peacock?

        • hal_incandenza says:
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          @Chud: Seems McHugh should be owned, too.

          • Smokey

            Smokey says:
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            @hal_incandenza: definitely should be but once Osuna comes in pushes everyone down a peg. Needcounting hold stats don’t know how many to go around.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Chud: sure. Need bodies not DL’d relievers

  3. FrankGrimes says:
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    Thoughts on Wade Davis?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Excuse me, I’m trying to stare into the abyss!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: he’s shaky as all get out. If Otta is on waivers, which he shouldn’t be I’d own him for all the good stuff. He will be closer today.

  4. Chalky White says:
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    What is David Robertson’s role now in that Yankee pen. Drop him for Alexander or Edwards? Holds/saves league

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chalky White: Boone flip flops guys a ton in roles. I’d go where the countung stats are either Alexander or CJ are good calls can’t go wrong.

  5. Luvdarooks says:
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    Will fry be a closer soon? And will Doolittle ever come back ?

    • Smokey

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      @Luvdarooks: the White Sox are playing mix match sox instead of going with one guy. Not fun for Fantasy.

  6. Chucky says:
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    Did I make a monumental mistake in discarding Boxberger over Davis? With Ottavino in the wings….how long is Davis leash? Clearly a dog like Wade Davis needs a leash. Is he rabid?

    • Smokey

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      @Chucky: not monumental. He has a leash, but it’s getting shorter by the blown save.

  7. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Smokey,

    If you’re still checking in, your quick take on Milwaukee pen please? Knebel’s last three appearances have been non save situations (with Jeffress getting the one chance last week). And today it looked like he was getting work in in the 6th or 7th. It’s perplexing to say the least.

    Are we in a committee mode now? I’ve backed up Knebel with Jeffress but it could be Soria, too. Anything to indicate Knebel has lost the gig (other than recent usage)?

    Thanks, man. Community Shield today. And so it begins!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JakeTPE: counsell is using matchup based save stuff,and with Knebel looking just ok it means that Jeffress and Hader and Soria all could see chances. Back your self up as much as you can with out strangling your roster. It looks like a committee to me. Go on Chelsea!

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks for that, Smokey. I’ll keep Jeffress and just hope for the best. Lost Soria to trade but gained Leclerc (save on Saturday) and somehow didn’t lose Romo. Who’d have thunk pre-trade deadline that Davis and Knebel would be my iffy guys at the moment. It’s a weird game!

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @JakeTPE: closers are a crazy business

  8. Mr. A Knife says:
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    AL only (but we don’t lose a guy’s stats midseason when traded away), holds and saves sold separately so nobody is happier about doolittle’s foot than me. have kelvin, brach, j.anderson, alvarado, romo, when skaggs/happ are back i gotta drop one of these: who’s the first to go? alvarado has the handcuff value of course and rarely gets his own saves anyway. anderson also gets innings like that (even more rarely).

    • Smokey

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      @Mr. A Knife: gotta be Alvarado tough choices though in al only.

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