Closer news is nice, but how much fluctuation is really happening in the first eight games of the year?  Zero is the answer… but what about Kenley Jansen?  If you drafted him, you are riding that gondola to closer purgatory as his draft slot is an inexcusable smorgasbord of devilishness.  In layman’s terms?  You are burnt.  So like closers, I also cover their well being of your local neighborhood holds guys too.  Early season patterns of usage are a key to early season effectiveness.  Managers stick with guys early that have had a good spring and can be relied on to get tough outs. It is no different than later in the season, but some of the faces change because of poor spring, injury returns, and dreaded attrition factors that all relief pitchers battle.  The role of the relief pitcher is completely expanding,  as more former starters are being used in multi-inning appearances.  Would it completely blow your mind if I said there have been more multi-inning appearances of four strikeouts than there have been starts with seven-plus innings?  Boom, mind blown.  The Peacock effect is in full bloom.  Following the Devenski Effect of a year ago, the multi-inning reliever is going to become a hot commodity fantasy-wise… hopefully by Wednesday.  The K-factor, the “free inning” factor, and the way you can time a relief pitcher on a down starting pitcher day is the exploitation factor that can vault your rates into the next level.  It happens subtly and takes diligence on the wire, but two-3 K’s and rates per day at the cost of merely a few innings (as compared to a starter maybe going 5 innings and throwing 85 pitches) makes me wanna puke.  Thanks Gabe Kapler.  So keep an eye out for multi-inning relief cave dwellers and the goodies that they supply.  Or just stick around here and learn about everything else that is happening around the bullpens around fake baseball!

  • Remember what I just said about multi-inning, former starter guys? Keep an eye on Robert Gsellman.  Swarzak is in the oblique corner of the world and innings need to be eaten up.  P.S., he may acquire dual eligibility for added flavor.
  • Keeping with the Mets for a team perspective, they have the highest K% at 35% the lowest ERA at 1.13 and the lowest BAA .157.
  • Adam Ottavino is shining for the RockiesBryan Shaw and Jake McGee were all more heralded preseason by me and that may hold true later, but 2 holds,  24.00 K/9 and zero BAA against is an awesome start.  Colorado is sneaky good relief wise.
  • With all the struggles and save speculation with the Angels Blake Wood and Jim Johnson (yeah, that Jim Johnson) has been their best relievers, not kidding.
  • Archie Bradley is better as a setup guy for the D-Backs.  Shame we all drafted him as a closer, you… not me.
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Archie Bradley 3/0 3 3/0
Juan Nicasio 3/0 3 0/0
Matt Barnes 2/1 4 0/0
Blake Wood 2/0 4 0/0
Michael Feliz 2/0 3 0/0
Ryan Madson  2/0 2 2/1
Tommy Kahnle 2/1 3 3/2
Jake McGee 2/0 3 0/0
Alex Claudio 2/0 2 4/1
Josh Hader 2/0 2 0/0
Justin Grimm 2/0 2 1/0
Matthew Bowman 2/0 2 2/1
Adam Morgan 2/0 2 2/0
Nick Vincent 2/0 2 0/0
Craig Stammen 2/0 2 0/0
Bobby Poyner 2/0 2 1/0
Dovydas Neverauskas 2/0 3 2/1
Jorge de la Rosa 2/0 2 2/0
Andrew Miller 1/0 1 0/0
  1. mthom42 says:
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    Thoughts on McHugh for a H2H S+H league? Assuming you like Gsellman more? Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @mthom42: I do like Gsellmen more less multi inning guys in his way. McGufg isn’t a bad consolation type prize depending on league depth etc.

  2. Scott says:
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    Do you expect pagan to get holds. I was high on him due to his bat missing ability and elite control. He seems to be lower in the pecking order. Do you think he will work his way into higher leverage situations? I lnow its early. Also, minter is not missing any bats and has zero k so far? Any word of injury on him? Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: eventually yes. Pagan stars are a marathon approach. Minters droo in velocity is worrisome. K’s will come just haven’t heard anything about an injury. Could be s warm weather guy.

  3. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Hey, Smoke.

    Is Minter the set-up guys and main hold-getter for Atlanta? I can’t figure out how they’re using him. Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Pouss-Pouss: in theory he should be but Dan Winkler is getting the most appearances that matter lack of chances for actual holds are also at play here. Be patient.

  4. Brett says:
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    Do you think gsellman can be Archie Bradley of this year? A sp who can get a lot of holds and ratios? Who is ahead of him in the Mets pen?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: he can, but with tempered expectations a little bit. I just like him because he is going to gain Sp/RP eking and that’s useful and the Mets pen is dealing

  5. b the esq. says:
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    Are there too many arms in the NYY bullpen to rely on Betances for holds?

    Could get Gsellmen be more Gbuymen and get moremholds, while also freeing up a RP spot?

    • Smokey

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      @b the esq.: def. Ks and questionable to start ratios are nice. But you want consistency in hold situations.

  6. Kyle Eberth says:
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    What about Tyler Glasnow? I can throw him in an SP slot and dude has been striking guys out over multiple innings. Any chance for holds?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Kyle Eberth: fits same type of category as Gsellmen

  7. Brian says:
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    Okay Smokey, figured if anyone would know this it would be you. Jake Thompson came in the Philly vs Miami game in the 7th inning when the score was 19-1 pitched 3 innings and got the save? How does that work?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brian: pitching three innings is a save qualifier if you get final out.

  8. Kyle Antonson says:
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    Drop Blake Parker? 12 team holds league.
    Bedrosian, J Johnson, B Parker to name a few on WW

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Kyle Antonson: who would you pick up in his steed

  9. tank1 says:
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    Is Jansen a viable trade target? Maybe for Giles and Green? Thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @tank1: I’d probably hold the pair. I’m worried about Jansen velo

  10. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    1. You like Greene, Barnes, or Brach better for Saves?

    2. I currently have Box, Hand, and Holland coming back tomorrow for saves—I only have Archie right now for holds. Should I look to get another holds guy like NIcasio or Gsellman and hold on getting a 4th saves guy from the pool above?

    thoughts?

    thanks smokey!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @ryanoger: Brach and Greene about equal to me. Yea I would concentrate on a Nicasio top holds guy instead.

  11. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Who’s more likely to take over if Colone loses the job? Thanks!

  12. SF says:
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    Do you like Ottavino, Givens, or nicasio ROS for holds and some potential W’s? Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SF: like all three but if looking for quantity Nicasio, Otta than Givens.

      • SF says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks!

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