Whatever your cultivation of choice may be, go with it.  Oscar Gamble was, and is still a pimp in social culture, as is California sensemilia.  So whatever your subset of life is, that’s cool with me.  My obsession is a little of column A, a lot of column B, and I incorporate column C.  Column C being my love and passion for the deliverance of the most finite bullpen jargon on the web.  Go look, there isn’t anything better than me.  I checked, if I added a pretty colorful chart with catchy funny names, then I would literally have to kick my own ass.  So here we sit, and look at what the Rangers are doing.  They have been doing, in the last 30 days what the Cubs did over the first 30.  They are, in no large part, being buoyed by a stout bullpen.  Their starters are all hitting the DL and fast.  The trio of Matt Bush, Jake Diekman, and Sam Dyson are about as tight as a bullpen can get, and the best group I have seen since the Isley Brothers concert Prospector Ralph and I went to see.  I have talked about Dyson and Diekman on separate occasions this year.  So no, it’s the one without voting privileges turn.  Bush has basically been a la machina since promotion on May 12th.  He has appeared in 13 games for the Rangers to date, and his usage has only recently spiked having pitched in 13 of the last 22 overall for the Rangers.  His 10-plus K-rate over that time is coupled with an ERA under a buck and his xFIP is basically what David Phelps is giving you.  Who, in most hold leagues right now, is pretty much a must own and isn’t a guy you yawn at in mixed company leagues either.  Bush is a feel good story that I think can continue as long as the Rangers can duct tape their starting rotation together long enough to maintain their AL West dominance.  He should be rostered in most leagues going forward for his usage potential as the remaining Rangers starters, minus Cole Hamels, average less than 6 innings per start.  So head for the mountains and roster some Bush.  Stick with me for some other diatribes of greatness…

  • Next week when the reliever rankings come out, there will be a new king, and I don’t care who knows it.  Zach Britton is the kitten with silk mittens for me. He K’s 31% of the batters he faces and then gets 80%, an absolutely ridiculous 80% GB rate!  He has given up 6 fly balls all year in 114 batters faced.  He is the human buzz saw.
  • Hey Jason Motte, it is not 2012 Pete’s sake.  For all the alcoholics in the room, that is sake not Sake. Motte with 5 holds over the past fortnight leads the way.
  • Kyle Barraclough is basically the non-latino Dellin Betances.  Check the past 30 days, but the past 14 are just as nice.  Seven appearances, 11 K’s, 5 holds ties him with the apple sauce giant in Motte.  On the year he is on pace for 70 appearances, 120 K’s and 30 Holds for a wildcard bound Marlins team.
  • Not a bullpen note, but interesting none the less…  The Astros have the lowest average velocity as a staff, but the most K’s for an AL team.  But that in your stat grinder and smoke it geek!
  • The Tigers have the other, other Rondon and he is throwing gas.  Back to the form that made him a great bullpen prospect two years ago. Second highest fastball avg (Chapman) in MLB since his return to MLB action.  No leverage situations just yet but they are coming.
  • Looking for a great team to stream for relievers look no further then the Padres, they are so hit and miss with splits and lead MLB bullpens in K’s by a relief corps.
  • The Reds have two pitchers with 5 wins on the year, Blake Wood and Ross Ohlendorf.  Neither has started a game for them this year.
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Kelvin Herrera 19/2 26 8/2
Dellin Betances 17/1 21 12/3
Jake Diekman 17/0 26 11/3
David Phelps 17/4 30 7/1
Kyle Barraclough 16/1 21 7/1
Neftali Feliz 16/2 22 17/3
Nate Jones 16/3 22 10/1
Will Harris  15/0 21 4/1
Addison Reed 15/2 24 12/2
Xavier Cedeno 14/3 17 13/3
Boone Logan 14/0 20 22/2
Josh Osich 14/2 22 32/2
Felipe Rivero 14/1 23 18/4
Pedro Strop 14/2 26 12/2
Daniel Hudson 13/0 19 8/3
Brandon Maurer 13/4 18 7/3
Hector Neris 13/1 20 14/4
Seung-hwan Oh 13/1 16 7/2
Junichi Tazawa 13/1 22 14/8
Tyler Thornburg 13/3 21 7/0
 
  1. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Would you drop Tony Watson for Kyle Barraclough at this point? Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Gordon Shumway: Yes, K numbers are too big to ignore add in that Feliz is getting his fare share ahead of Watson

  2. Bill says:
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    Too many walks for me.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Bill: it’s less then some elite names, and he has more K’s then some elite names.

  3. Roolhaas says:
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    ROS: Doolittle or Madson (dynasty, holds league)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Roolhaas: Madson, though I think he could get traded

  4. Rocky says:
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    Oh or Seigrist as a speculative pickup with Rosenthal’s job looking in doubt?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Rocky: Oh for me

  5. Chucky says:
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    Saves and Holds as two separate categories in a weekly H2H. 3RPs are rostered weekly. Some use 2 closers and one setup, others 2 setup one closer,, still others either all closer or all setup, punting either one of the two categories. Had the final nail in the coffin with the Rabbi last night, not only blowing the save but killing the other counting stats.. Cingriani is the only closer available, so Ill just go 1 closer Dyson with 2 setups in Uhera and who? The list of eligible include, Watson, Jones, Benoit, Phelps, Harris, Reed, Strop and the entire SF pen minus Casilla and Strickland. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Smokey

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      @Chucky: You are in a good position there with having Dyson at least. I would go Harris, but don’t get too attached to Koji. Equally as good options on wire for Holds Reed is a worlhorse for the mets, Osich, even Jones is good when the Sox are going well

  6. Adam says:
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    Would u drop profar to pick up AJ reed?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Adam: if he hits at a corner slot like he possibly could yes.

  7. billiejak says:
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    I’m looking at at picking up someone to park in an sp slot for Ks and possible holds –
    Jesse Chavez? Edwin Diaz? any other suggestions? I’ll likely be dropping Cingrani.

    • Smokey

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      @billiejak: Diaz is a good one as he is ascending the priority list in Seattle, I am guessing guys like Phelps are gone. Sneaky shout to Joe Blanton and Brad Hand

      • billiejak says:
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        @Smokey:Thanks! Middle relief is my favorite. Phelps is long gone. Blanton also gone. Hand is available, so I’ll keep an eye on him. I’ll go with Diaz for now.

  8. My Thread Count Is High says:
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    Hey Smokey I own Estevez, he’s been solid, until the last few nights. I have McGee on the DL, would you just hold, or dump Estevez now for Oh?

    • My Thread Count Is High says:
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      @My Thread Count Is High: Forgot to mention this is a Saves only league…ESPN HTH 12 team with OBP and QS.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @My Thread Count Is High: I would hold onto McGee in the DL spot if possible but Oh needs to be owned especially with Matheny saying he has no commitment to Rosie

        • My Thread Count Is High says:
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          @Smokey: Thanks Smokey!

  9. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    hells yeah britton is good, in a 16 team dynasty with up to 6 RP slots and net saves and holds instead of saves, K/BB added some twit showed up to ask for britton, clearly aware of his top 50ish (overall player) rating in that league. when i told him the cost is a similar valued SP (salazarish level, he has 3 guys in that range) he shut the F up. thought i was some twit that would sell him low

  10. NRC for life says:
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    Who are the top 3-4 middle relief guys with SP eligibility? I’m looking to plug a couple into my SPs slots to help lower my ERA (my worst cat).

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @NRC for life: Phelps, Jesse Chavez, Travis Wood and Edwin Diaz

  11. Hand of SAGNOF says:
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    Just out of curiosity opinion on this. I traded Matz for casillia while I could still get something for Matz. Good move or bad move. He looked great against atl for 4 innings then he looked hurt. Thoughts.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Hand of SAGNOF: Yea in a non keeper Matz is a sell for me, getting a closer for him is a decent get

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