Shaba Antone in the know knows that I am all about Jamaica.  Love to visit the place.  I also have several friends that reside on the isle and like to partake in the national festivity of… well, you know, don’t make me say.  The Dodger pen has been a flux of capacitors all year, and I think at some point I’ll bet a sixer on the leading hold leader from them being someone who may have contracted a melanoma.  Enter Joe Blanton.  The resurrection project of all resurrection projects.  Not only has he flourished in the role of set-up to the stars, but he doesn’t seem to have any competition to say the opposite.  In his last 30 days, minus a week off for the All-Star break, he has a one-off the pace total of 7 holds, a K/9 rate of above average, and an ERA of two bills.  All this for a team that has lacked stability setting up the dude who sounds like someone you would rent a kickboard from in Jamaica.  Now, he isn’t the only reason for the Dodgers having a top-5 bullpen ERA in the last 30 days, but he isn’t not-not the problem.   He is someone you may need to own though, add in the fact that in some leagues, I have SP eligiblity, and he looks even sexier.  So now that we have got the lede out the way, let’s get to the milk and cookies of the bullpen report.

  • If you are a Brad Brach owner and relying on his effectiveness, pray for an O’day injury again.  K-rate off the roof and leads everyone in holds the last 30 games.
  • The Giants have the most holds since before the All-Star break, and yet don’t have a guy in the top-15 in the cumulative stat.
  • The Yankees have 36 innings pitched over the last fortnight and have allowed 4 runs, good for a 1.00 ERA.
  • Tony Watson and Neftali Feliz are straight killing it in the land of the Jolly Roger, 7 combined holds over the last 12 games.

 

Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Dellin Betances  24/3 30 14/5
Neftali Feliz  21/2 30 24/7
Kelvin Herrera   21/2 30 8/2
David Phelps  21/6 36 9/1
Tony Watson  21/2 30 4/1
Addison Reed   20/2 29 16/2
Jake Diekman  19/0 30 14/4
Nate Jones   19/5 30 18/3
Kyle Barraclough   18/1 25 10/1
Brad Brach  18/3 31 19/1
Zach Duke   18/3 29 28/10
Josh Osich   18/3 28 40/2
Justin Wilson    18/3 31 12/5
Hector Neris   17/2 27 16/4
Tyler Thornburg  17/3 25 9/0
Ken Giles  16/3 25 11/5
Boone Logan  16/1 25 32/4
Andrew Miller   16/1 27 3/1
 
  1. Mike Schenk says:
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    I’m targeting Thor, cueto or J-Fer. I’ve got peices to offer like cespedes, Longo and Steven wright. Of the 3 targets, who do you think I should make an offer for and what should I pony up? I was thinking cueto for a cespedes/wright combo. You think that’s fair?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mike Schenk: J-Fer would be my first target, then Cueto. Any offer is a good offer until they say no but if you need a SP1 may have to go all out as the names are harder to deal for later in the year

      • Mike Schenk says:
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        @Smokey: with fulmer and Velasquez on my roster and their innings capped, I’m trying to bolster my pitching for a last season run for a playoff spot.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Mike Schenk: I hear ya, maybe look smaller if those fail, guys with decent K numbers but not super…Shoemaker, Robbie Ray maybe even Waino. Good luck let me know how ya makeout

  2. kmda007 says:
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    Thoughts on M. Montgomery moving to KC?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @kmda007: I presume you mean the Cubs? he will be the LH version of Adam Warren there, which the Cubs have been missing after Wood

      • kmda007 says:
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        Sorry, I did mean ChC…

        Who gets the slot in 12 team holds league
        Montgomery
        E. Diaz
        Justin Wilson
        Adam Liberatore

        • Mordacious Levator says:
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          @kmda007: diaz.

  3. omar says:
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    Which side in roto?

    Machado / L. Martin

    Or

    Trout / Ryon Healy

    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @omar: Trout/healy side

  4. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Smokey MR guru,

    Blanton was good for me for a stretch. I’ve been cycling holds guys in and out of my lineup this season. Right now, I’ve got Watson and Gregerson getting me holds.

    Would you take Duke, Hochevar or Tazawa over either of my guys (prob Gregerson but he’s righted the ship and getting some 8th innings to set up Harris)?

    Thank you sir.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Nah you good with Gregor and Watson, both guys teams are doing well enough to get them in games frequently

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Smokey: OK thanks for the confirmation. {thumbs up}

  5. Brian says:
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    In an NL Only League, would you drop Tyson Ross for Mauricio Cabrera, Adam Ottavino or Tyler Thornburg? If so, which one?

    For context, my closers right now are Jeanmar Gomez and Trevor Story and my SPs are Strasburg, Lester, Cole, Velasquez, Gray, McCarthy, Delscalfini, Liriano, Homer Bailey, and Tyson Ross.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Brian: thornburg

  6. Brian says:
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    Trevor Story is DEFINITELY not one of my closers. But Jeffress is.

    -Brian

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brian: you are stacked at SP, so losing a maybe coming back Ross on a bad Padres team that will have traded alot of assets versus grabbing a spec saves guy seems like a no brainer, Grab Thornburg to cuff with a Jeffress trade just in case and if he isn;t shuffle the spot amongst other guys at least you will have flexibility

      • Brian says:
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        Done and done. Thanks.

  7. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Hey Smokey,

    I picked up Clippard hoping to poach some cheap saves, and of course he’s biting me in the ass since I’ve grabbed him. In a 12 team H2H, standard 5×5 I have Maurer, Jeanmar and Clippard (with Kimbrel on the DL). I’m thinking I’d rather push my luck with saves and go for better ratios after having Clippard busting my balls the past 2 weeks.

    Who would you prefer out of these waiver grabs to get me through until Kimbrel makes his way back?

    Gregerson, McGee, Estevez, Cingrani, Herrera, Jones, Phelps, Barraclough, Siegrist (there are others, including 3 of Grey’s buys from Friday – Barrett, Jim Johnson and Cabrera)…

    Any help is always appreciated!

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @NickfromtheRoc: since estevez and cingrani are closers who’ve actually been doing well this seems pretty obvious.

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