Teams with playoff aspirations are setting their bullpen roles for October. Guys like Johnny Venters have gained a ton of value in holds leagues. Who can you trust for high leverage roles? Let’s jump in and see.

  • With the veteran arms Oakland brought in struggling, Lou Trivino has reemerged as a daily threat to get a hold. The A’s gained faith in him through the first half. He’s back in the circle of trust with nice Ks and ratios. It helps that he pitches for a competitive team.
  • A rogue save went to Ryan Pressly when Roberto Osuna and Hector Rondon were unavailable. That illustrates the faith A.J. Hinch has in him. Pressly has as many holds (7) as anyone the last 30.
  • As a 28-year-old journeyman reliever, there were not many expectations for Richard Rodriguez coming into the season. He didn’t make the big league roster. Ray Searage saw something and turned Rodriguez into his latest reclamation project. To quote Searage on Rodriguez even demeanor, “Maybe because he’s been punched in the face so many times that he says, ‘What the hell, what do I have to lose?’” He certainly hasn’t lost the strike zone with a double-digit K/9 this season, 18 K/9 the last 14 days. When in doubt, bet on a Searage project.
  • Brad Ziegler has thrown his name into the HAGNOF circle. With the Diamondbacks having ninth-inning issues, he could be a SAGNOF candidate soon, too.
  • Apparently, the Braves also acquired a time machine in addition to Johnny Venters. He’s slotted right back into his old role in the Atlanta pen and chalking up holds at a stellar rate. You won’t get many Ks from him these days, but the ratios don’t hurt.
  • Your weekly update on the Cleveland closer see-saw is that Allen got a couple saves this week. I still think he’s more likely to see a hold than save, but it’s a coin flip.

Below you’ll find notable SVH performers…

Name Team SV HLD BS SO K/9
Brad Ziegler Dbacks 0 7 0 5 6.75
Lou Trivino Athletics 0 5 0 9 12.79
Joakim Soria Brewers 0 5 0 6 10.8
Justin Anderson Angels 0 4 0 4 8.31
Ryan Buchter Athletics 0 4 0 2 5.4
Jonny Venters Braves 1 4 0 5 7.94
Oliver Perez Indians 0 3 0 9 17.36
Jose Alvarez Angels 1 3 0 6 14.73
Ryan Pressly Astros 1 3 1 10 15
Richard Rodriguez Pirates 0 3 0 10 18
Scott Oberg Rockies 0 3 0 10 10.38
Ty Buttrey Angels 2 3 0 5 8.44
Koda Glover Nationals 0 3 0 3 4.26
Jose Alvarado Rays 2 3 0 6 20.25
Zach Britton Yankees 0 3 1 4 6.75
Justin Wilson Cubs 0 3 1 7 12.6
Hector Rondon Astros 0 3 0 5 9.64
Yoshihisa Hirano Dbacks 1 3 1 9 10.57
Jordan Hicks Cardinals 1 3 0 7 12.6
Collin McHugh Astros 0 3 0 12 19.06
  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Roto-wan!

    Great stuff, man.

    a. Whatever happened to that guy named Tayyron something on the Marlins? I thought he was in the same class as Rodriguez – i.e., a reclamation project with good K/9 this year out of nowhere.

    b. With all these bullpen games being so popular, are you able to see who is out there with value like a Yarbrough-type? He has 14 wins this year!!!

    c. Watched the beginning of the Solo – A Star wars story. It’s really good.

    May the force be with you and have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @Ante Galic: Yep, Tayrin Gurrero. He has one hell of a fastball, but has also gotten hit around. They’ve used him late in games, so keep an eye peeled in 2019.

      I don’t think bullpen games are predictable enough to hunt for wins. Maybe in a league with weekly lineups.

      I liked Solo better than Rogue One. The franchise needs something, though. Originality, perhaps.

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        @Roto-Wan: *Tayron Guerrero

  2. Prog_Nation says:
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    Thanks for the advice Roto-Wan. Diamondbacks have a brutal schedule coming up. I have the Boxman for saves, but he’s been horrible. Should I drop him for Ziegler, or look elsewhere or hold?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @Prog_Nation: Saves only?

      • Prog_Nation says:
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        @Roto-Wan: League has saves and holds, but already up 4 to 0 on my opponent in holds this week, so need saves. Other RPs I have are Cody Allen, Pressley, Fry, Hicks and Rondon.

        • Prog_Nation says:
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          @Prog_Nation: Those not owned who have had saves the past month, include Bud Norris, Wily Peralta, Greg Holland, and Steckenrider. Our league also has WHIP, K/BB,K/9 and OBPA.

          • Roto-Wan

            Roto-Wan says:
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            @Prog_Nation: @Prog_Nation: Allen and Hicks. Maybe Fry. Only add I’d make for saves is Peralta.

            • Prog_Nation says:
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              @Roto-Wan: Thanks. So you would drop Boxberger for Peralta for saves?

              • Roto-Wan

                Roto-Wan says:
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                @Prog_Nation: with so little time left, I don’t think it’s a bad idea.

  3. Count de Monetball says:
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    Loving the job you’re doing Roto! Do you have any relatively low owned middle relievers you like for possible vulture W’s here on out?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @Count de Monetball: Thanks! Oh man, wins in relief are super unpredictable. If you want to attempt it my approach would be with guys on teams with mediocre starters and plus offensive environments. So the Rockies or Brewers for example.

  4. dave anchovies says:
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    sweet monopoly reference! [and column]

    -dave

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