I figured out the best concoction for delivering fantasy baseball…  First, go to liquor store and grab your consumption of choice.  Next, convey your thoughts about fantasy bullpens to the masses in a cognitive and fluid way that makes sense to… the masses.  Mission One: check, Mission Two: to be determined.  This week, I wanna touch base on the neophyte in Seattle’s Edwin Diaz, the once highly-touted starting pitcher prospect that is now occupying the first chair in Seattle.   He is sorta the new kid in class, and the trust level to let him borrow a Nintendo game just isn’t there yet.   The stats will speak differently though.  Check the rhythm of the rhyme I wrote and while I got a chance here, let me clear my throat.  For the last month, he has been chipping away at the Benoit salad in Seattle’s pecking order.  Well, now he is the goods by setting up a Cishek.  Cishek in this case is Swahili for “not for long”.  Over the last fortnight, he leads all of baseball in holds with 5, and his 20.57 K/9, which is basically unparalleled by anyone.  Listen, Cishek has the job and he isn’t getting shipped anywhere while the Mariners are in a wildcard hunt.  But isn’t it fun to own the guy who is sexy now before you start seeing kids in the mall all wearing him like he is the new Cavaricci?  Diaz is his name and RP satisfaction is his game, green is his color… blue is the other.  So hop on the good foot and add the sure thing.  While you’re at it, check some other delectable sundries that I have in the shape of bullpens and their place in society…

  • I used to date a girl named Addison… no not Reed, but she still was giving me the same returns that the Mets pitcher is giving. 16-plus K-rate, and is the new glory hole for Holds in the Metropolitan stadium.
  • Has Nate Jones gotten enough holds love from me this year? Honest question…
  • If Adam Ottavino is available in your league, go add him, only if you are looking for saves and holds though.
  • The Mr. Happy party is diminishing this past week as Tony Watson makes his push to be relevant again in the holds game.
  • Ryan Dull, who doesn’t make the list below, has 36 inherited runners and zero scored.  For those not in the know, that is sexy awesome.
  • At some point, Dylan Bundy is going to have tons of mixed league appeal.  His K-rate alone is sexy, when he walks into the room sporting dual eligibility I lose my mind.  Tupac said it best, “All Eyes on Me”.
  • If and when Arodys Vizcaino is no longer a thing, Mauricio Cabrera is the guy.
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
 Dellin Betances   21/2 26  14/5
 Kelvin Herrera  21/2 29 8/2
 David Phelps  20/5 34 7/1
Jake Diekman  19/0 30 14/4
Addison Reed  19/2 28 15/2
Neftali Feliz  18/2 27 21/5
Nate Jones  18/4 27 16/3
Kyle Barraclough   17/1 23 7/1
Josh Osich  17/3 27 35/2
Tony Watson   17/2 26 4/1
Zach Duke   15/3 26 24/8
Daniel Hudson   15/0 22 8/3
Boone Logan  15/1 23 29/4
Pedro Strop  15/3 29 15/5
Tyler Thornburg  15/3 23 7/0
Justin Wilson   15/3 28  12/5
Brad Brach  14/3 27 19/1
Xavier Cedeno  14/4 20  17/6
Cody Gearrin   14/3 28 17/6
Ken Giles  14/3 22 7/2
  1. Slimbo says:
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    love me some diaz!

    what tier would you rank shawn kelley in for holds?

    would you drop him for one of ottavino, dull or bundy? ERA WHIP K/9 also count

    thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Slimbo: kelley is mid second tier. Drop for Kelley? No You are getting quality K’s, save potential and Periphs from that group

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Smokey:

        Safe to drop Madson for ottavino, dull or bundy, Matt bush or blanton

        Madson has been poop and I can afford to give up a few saves/holds as I have davis, Britton, miller, dyson, osuna, diaz, rondon and kelley

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Slimbo: never drop a closer. Unless he sleeps with your sister

  2. Foster Furbush says:
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    So glad you brought up Diaz. Mariners fan forever and he will be the closer of the future. His stuff is straight FILTHY!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Foster Furbush: word. He’s the future in Seattle that Ciara wishes for

  3. Chris says:
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    I own darnaud & realmuto. I am projected to be short games played at C. Would you cut one of them and add Edwin diaz. We don’t count holds, but we have an innings cap and I need K and ratio help. I don’t need saves. Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chris: If not two catcher league yea D’Arnaud is the drop

  4. SteveNZ says:
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    Thinking only of Holds, Ottavino or Joe Smith?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SteveNZ: Ottavino, Smith has looked very ordinary

  5. Oranje says:
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    Not a reliever question but if you were going to trade away one of the following contracted young pitchers…which one would you trade?
    Matz–$7 (3 year contract)
    Urias –$0 (4 year contract)

    I would be giving up one of them, along with some picks for Cole and Bumgarner. Should I hold and try to find another way?
    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Oranje: Matz, the replacement of Cole and Bum outweigh his 3 year contract. Flags fly forever and Bum and Cole will get you there now

  6. Bubba says:
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    Now that it’s not Ziegler is it Hudson or Clippard? Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Bubba: Starts as Clippard, with Hudson mixing in

  7. Brett says:
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    Bush or Romo

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: Romo, Bush has too many guys there taking chances away from him.

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    clippard or buchter.,thanks for the great work

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Clippard based on previous experience

  9. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Hey Smokey,
    12 team ESPN 5X5 head to head; we count saves NOT holds. Start 4 RP’s. Drafted Britton as my #1, was fortunate to draft Cishek and Colome late, and picked up Dyson and Oh off waivers. Also have Pomeranz and Velasquez who have RP eligibility. My bullpen has gone from what looked like a weakness at beginning of year to a strength. Out of the 5 closers (Britton, Cishek, Colome, Dyson and Oh) who are the two that have the greatest chance of losing their jobs? I’m looking to trade two for one safer option. Thoughts?? Thanks in advance.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dr. Sauce: try and package Colome/Cishek with Oh aim for a top 7 guy

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Smokey:
        Thanks … would you trade any 2 of those 3 you mentioned for Chapman?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Dr. Sauce: yes him plus the player you add in the extra roster spot make it worth it

  10. P0rk burn says:
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    Sp question: drop odorizzi or Moore for Pineda? Rest of season has Pineda above both with Moore being the lowest. It’s a 15 keeper dynasty league so potential upside for years to come is a factor.

    Cheers.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @P0rk burn: Pineda numbers are better under the surface and probably is best pitcher there. Only problem is I watch him a ton and he is frustrating as hell. So I am going to say Moore and just be different as I wouldn’t want Pineda on my team

  11. a fellow in my league had Jansen and Kimbrel and needs SP. IF I WHERE TO Dangle a SP of that who.
    DelScalafini
    Fulmer
    CMARTINEZ
    Pomeranz
    Duffy
    Gialito
    Moore
    Moore or Gialito I guess would be the only ones I would be willing to part with doubt if he would take it.

  12. Huh says:
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    10 team keeper league. What side would you prefer:

    $10 Julio urias, $10 jay Bruce, $10 Jean segura, $10 Aaron judge

    for $11 marcel ozuna, $13 nomar mazara, $10 James taillion, $10 dee gordon (or $10 schoop), $10 Matt Harvey.

    We can keep 6 players/ year. Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Huh: give me the second side, Mazara is 2 years younger then Judge Ozuna is better then Jay Bruce and the rest are equal to or better then Urias and Segura. Waiting on Harvey is the only meh

  13. Chucky says:
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    Drop Uehera for Oh? Saves and Holds separate cats, so that’s irrelevant. Looking at the peripherals

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Chucky: yea Oh is the goods and his stuff plays to lower periphs

  14. Brian says:
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    I have Ryan Butcher and Jake McGee in my NL Only league. Both Adam Ottavino and Mauricio Cabrera are available. Drop one? Both? If one, in what order? Thanks in advance for any help.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brian: McGee for Otta first. Cabrera is a bit of a ways away but he’s capable of value in NL only so it’s a good speculative get so him for Buchter second or simultaneously

  15. Jake DuBois says:
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    Points league and I need to replace Kimbrel for a while:

    Gregerson, Brach, Reed, Rodney, or Jones ?

    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jake DuBois: Jones or Brach

  16. Ryan says:
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    Hey smokey, would you rank for remainder of season in league with SV+holds, as well as whip and K/BB?

    Nate jones
    Sergio romo
    Alex colome

    I need the saves/holds and whip is important, too.

    Thanks!

    Ryan

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ryan: I think I have exactly the way you listed

  17. SF says:
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    H2H league with SVs and HLDs as seperate cats. and we also have K/9 instead of Ks.

    How would you rank: Ottavino, Neris, Diekman, Bedrosian, Thornburg

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SF: Diekman, Ottavino, Thornburg, Bedrosian Neris. All really close though in value

  18. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    I need to drop one of my relievers as Colome has to be activated or cut as we can only have 3 active relievers.

    I have:
    AJ Ramos
    Will Harris
    Edwin Diaz
    Colome

    Is it crazy to drop Colome? I see nice upside the rest of the year with the other 3, and Diaz gets a bump as we get 2 points per K, and saves are only worth 3 (holds are 1, walks are -1). I also worry about Colome getting dealt into a setup role.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: It’s not crazy as the K points favor Edwin and you still have 2 closers garnering points that way

  19. Brett says:
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    Bush or Giles for holds? Is it close?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: Giles is pitching awfully sexy lately

  20. LightBlack says:
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    Hey Smokey.

    Doing some RP shuffling. See I drafted Giles 11th round this year and was my only real major busto early in the draft. I just added e.diaz,Romo(who i orginally)drafted last round) and dropped Rodney. Saves/Holds league.

    Current RP
    Dyson
    Phelps
    K-ROD
    Colome
    Diaz
    Romo
    N.Jones.

    Three RP spot….three P spots. First 4 I start. Since Sp have been meh after top 2 spot ive been going RP ape shit. Giles and Ottavino is still on ww.

    Am I fine with what I have or shouldxI switch someone out for the ww guys. Prolly gonna package a few for a back end starter eventually.

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