As the season draws nigh, and it comes to the point in the season when we here at Razzball use words like nigh, verisimilitude, or even rancorous.  Don’t ask me what the meaning is, because I could barely spell them without my handy speak and spell.  The whole gist of this discussion is to basically look at our roster and think diversification.  Look at the bullpen pieces that currently occupy one or several of  your pitcher spots.  I say this because we all want counting stats at all times, and in a manner… this is why come the end of the year, it is very sexy to have guys who have multiple pitching eligibility for the off chance your don’t have a starter going in a spot or on an innings limit.  These fellas help out in K’s, rates, vulture wins, and since we are here for the holds, they do them too.  Listen, this isn’t a new thing or a crazy theory that I concocted in my basement after painting too man model airplanes.  Though, the thought process after that is kinda cloudy and sorta fun? So here is a rundown of the guys with some dual eligibility late in the fame to aide in your fantasy quest. Cheers!

  • If you think about the best pitcher all year for the Padres, who comes to mind?  Could it possible be Brad “Mr.” Hand, well, it should be.  He doesn’t get saves, doesn’t start games either, he just vultures wins and gets you moderate holds for a losing team. 18-plus K-rate in the last 14 days.
  • Displaced as a starter with tons of promise coming into the year, Luis Severino has seemed to find his power arm niche in front of Clippard and Dellin.  Throw out when he was still stating, those days are gone,  appearances in last week? 6 innings pitched 6 K’s and a hold.  K-potential is bound to get way better.  Stuff plays up out of the pen.
  • Chris Devenski for the ‘Stros is the least unheralded guy thee with tons of owned arms ahead of him… Neshek, Harris, Giles.  Check the last six appearances: 9 innings pitched, 9 K’s, 29 batters faced, two hits allowed good for a .069 BAA… yikes!
  • The Twins Taylor Rogers was rolling for a bit as a set-up guy with promise, that was unfortunately two weeks ago.  He still is high in the minimal hold potential pecking order though.
  • Chris Rusin in the Rock pile has basically doubled his career K-rate in the last week as a bullpen only piece now.  The eligibility is there and he is cemented as the other LH behind Boone.
  • Joe Kelly to me always had the makings of a bullpen arm.  Makes bold predictions and has an easy name to spell.  Multiple K’s in 3-out-of-5 unscored upon appearances.
  • Others of Note: Michael Lorenzen, Brad Peacock, Paul Clemens, Shane Greene, Felix Pena, Brent Suter
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Addison Reed 39/3 47 32/12
Neftali Feliz 29/2 41  30/7
Hector Neris  28/3 43  19/4
Nate Jones  27/9 46  34/6
Kyle Barraclough  26/4 38  18/3
Joe Blanton  25/1 37  23/10
Jake Diekman  24/1 44  21/9
Kelvin Herrera   24/2 43  12/3
Boone Logan   24/2 37  43/9
Felipe Rivero   24/2 42 27/6
Zach Duke   23/3 37 45/13
Justin Wilson   23/5 44 19/9
Brad Brach  21/4 38 23/1
Bryan Shaw   21/3 39  21/5
Pedro Baez   20/2 35 26/12
Tyler Clippard   20/2 34 15/6
Xavier Cedeno  19/5 30 23/7
Joakim Soria   18/6 36 13/4
Matt Bush   17/3 31 14/4
Jason Grilli   17/3 31 9/3
  1. G says:
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    Hey Smokey. Have my bye this week and prepping for next week of playoffs against a team with strong relievers. We count Holds and Saves. I have Kelvin Herrera, Blanton, Nerris and Rondon for holds. Drop any of them for the above Neftali Feliz who was just dropped and whose injury status is still cloudy? Drop any of them for Devenski or Rogers if I cant get Feliz?

    Another quick question – do you think Bailey is going to exclusively get saves for Angels? I have a couple hitter injuries and need to make a pickup but have no one to drop except Bailey (my other saves guys are Melancon, Thornburg, Madson), one of the above holds guys, or two of my SPs Tyler Anderon or Jon Gay (both who have good matchups next week).

    Thanks in advance

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @G: I would stand pat no saying Mr. Happy is truly healthy. with the three closers i think you can survive the 1 maybe 2 saves Bailey may get

  2. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    In the short term (last 2 days of my round 1 H2H points league playoff matchup) do you think Joe Colon from the Indians has any value? He seems to throw the hot fire and I need K’s, no ERs, and a vulture win badly.

    Thanks for the content, it’s been stellar all season!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: well considering he pitched yesterday i don’t think he gets in until tomorrow or after. 5 k’s in 5 and 25% K rate is decent. Seems like your banking on a sunday inning, I would think there maybe a better option

  3. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Smokey!

    Which 4 SP would you recommend me starting this week to go along with
    Carrasco @ CWS, vs Det and Syndergard @ Wash?

    Pick 4
    G Cole @ Phi, @ CIN
    Pineda vs LAD
    Salazar @ CWS
    I Nova @ Phi @ Cin
    C-mart vs CHC
    Finnegan vs PIT
    Fulmer vs Min
    T Bauer @ CWS, vs DET

    The guy I’m playing has two 2 start pitchers this week if that affects your choices at all.

    Thanks!

      • Bill says:
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        @Wacha Wacha: Fulmer has been moved back to the end of the week against Clev.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: Cole, Nova, Bauer (as long as you can stomach the ERA hit a bit) and Fulmer

  4. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Who is getting the most saves ROS for SF? Between that person and Maurer, who gets the most ROS? My season is coming down to this category in my home league.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: it should be close between them, but since committee I would say Maurer

  5. Joeg414 says:
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    Need to cut either Herrera or Miller ( for a bat )
    non hold 6×6 daily roto
    Which one ? Coin flip ?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Joeg414: definitely a flip. Tough for either one, let me know if it was heads or tails

  6. Scott says:
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    Oh is DTD. Who is next up for STL?

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