The season to date leader in holds heads to the DL and one of the better bullpens in baseball is in a tailspin… not so fast!  The Rockies have reliable arms that can cement games just as well as Adam Ottavino has done for the year.  With the likes of wily veterans in Mike Dunn, Chris Rusin, and even a little smattering of Jake McGee, the sedimentary bunch is going to attempt to hold down the fort. The comforting thing is that the Rockies lead MLB in holds as a pen, least amount of blown saves and have the most games pitching with a lead with 99 total.  The scary thing with the shoulder injury is that Ottavino is a stash, or a dash, and replace with new military holds parts made from recycled relievers.  Wait a week, see if the 10-day DL stint is a pain in the tuther end, and I can see if you need the space in Holds leagues, the move make sense.  I would most likely grab Dunn, Rusin, and McGee in that order, as the setup game in front of the Dutch Master is going to be pieced together differently than what we saw so far.  No need to panic though, there are tons of saves in the 6-8 innings to go around.  Speaking of which, let’s see what is going down in the neighborhood of hold-dom…

  • Cash rules all the holds around me, 2% milk, Andrew Miller y’all.  Five holds over the last 13 games means the most owned non-closer reliever is paying dividends.  Finally with quantity.
  • With Biagini in the rotation now and Grilli basically sucking like a 40-year-old should.  Joe Smith has emerged as the guy for a team that can generate some holds in a bunch, as witnessed by his 4 in the past 11 games and his almost 18 K/9 rate to boot.  Used to call me Joe Smith now they still call me Joe Smith… or Batman.
  • Remember what I said last week about Marlins relievers?  Forget it.  Zig-Zag has an ERA with 4 numbers and bear claws is poop.
  • Seriously, at what point is Craig Kimbrel in the Cy Young discussion.  Honestly?
  • Taylor Rogers checks none of the boxes for being a dominant reliever.  Except that he is elite in hold sitches.
  • I am fully a believer that if you want to build a solid holds pen, you have one from the best team in baseball.  The Astros are that team and I want one of Harris, Devenski, Gregerson… or if being sneaky, Feliz.
  • Sleeper reliever of the week: Paul Sewald.
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Andrew Miller 13/1 16 12/4
Felipe Rivero 12/0 13 11/2
Taylor Rogers 12/1 16 12/2
Heath Hembree 11/0 13 19/10
Arodys Vizcaino 11/1 12 2/0
Jose Alvarez 10/1 19 19/3
Mike Dunn 10/1 14 12/5
Will Harris 10/1 15 4/3
Alex Wilson 10/1 17 10/3
Matthew Bowman 9/1 11 14/4
Ryan Dull 9/1 12 8/2
Mychal Givens 9/3 14 18/6
Luke Gregerson 9/2 19 1/1
Jose Ramirez 9/3 13 10/1
Fernando Salas 9/1 16 17/5
Bryan Shaw 9/1 14 9/3
Joe Smith 9/0 13 9/4
Carlos Torres 9/2 17 9/3
Shane Greene 8/1 214 23/5
Danny Farquhar 8/1 13 18/5
Daniel Hudson 8/0 10 7/3
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Clive
Clive
5 years ago

Knebel or J Wilson ROS? Thanks!

MIkeinKC
MIkeinKC
5 years ago

Would you add Hoyt (Hou) to that holds list? Seems like he’s getting more late game action with the lead. Looks to have a good K rate.

Sport
Sport
5 years ago

A guy in my 16 team dynasty really wants Kela. He is offering Pazos and even dangled Zych some. Ramos is my only closer and my real concern is who is the future closer of those three. I feel I can always find a holds guy somewhere.

Who do you like most of Kela, Pazos, and Zych for now and future?

LarryA
LarryA
5 years ago

Is Justin Wilson gets hurt or is traded, Is his bro Alex the guy? He seems a bit risky due to his no strikeout ability, no?

e
e
5 years ago

Dunn has been very bad since returning from his dl stint (back). Should I consider his recent performance, or pick him up because the other options in that pen are Qualls and Lyles?

joemorganhair
joemorganhair
5 years ago

You taking any of these over Addison Reed?

Harris, Smith, Vizcaino

Biff
Biff
5 years ago

Smoke, just added Strahm and Kela in my holds league. They appear to be trending up and the ratios are very nice. Thoughts?