Here I thought the Brew Crew were a dying entity this year with all this talk of punting and trading all their mid-level talent.  For soothe, they have had an impressive last 30 days in the Holds department.  It isn’t just one guy garnering them either…  It is a multi-syllabic hold dragon with three heads.  Each head is completely different and has a really cool story.  The first is the Fresh Prince of Holds, Will Smith. He has basically been what we all thought Jonathan Broxton would be this year, but probably with more success. Over the last 30 days he has 5 holds, 2 Wins, and a K/9 rate over pushing 14.  That is sassy with a Jor and extra emphasis on the dache.  The next is Michael Blazek, who in some weird way is basically Jeremy Jeffress‘s boy by name only.  I will call them Smoke, and yes please.   Common sense is there for anyone who knows dudes history.  He is my honorary hero and on the Smokey hall of fame wall with Lincecum, Chris Perez, and Dock Ellis.  So to their stats before I teeter out from pure excitement…  Blazek and Jeremy have both garnered 4 holds over the last 30 and form a power/finesse RH combo in front or beside Smith, and in front of K-Rod.  With all the trade talk surrounding basically everyone in baseball, it seems if K-Rod gets bounced out I have them Smith and Jeffress in a tie, then Blazek for saves, with Broxton on ready for that veteran preference.   So let’s see what other  bags of factoidal goodness I can come up with and of course the Holds chart for some good toilet reading…

  • As much as we hate Jake McGee for being a cookie stealer from Box, he has 19 straight appearances without giving up an earned run.
  • Carter Capps on a better team is basically Dellin Betances.
  • If you are digging for anything relevant from the end of the season for saves Arodys Vizcaino is a good bet.
  • K-Rod, Papelbon and Andrew Miller are the only three closers with 15 saves or more and no blown saves.  Two of them could be on new teams in a week.
  • Sleeper reliever of the week: Sam Freeman of Texas.

 

Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Joe Smith 22/3 28 4/0
Kevin Jepsen 21/4 30 13/6
Pat Neshek 21/1 28 14/1
Tony Watson 21/2 28 11/1
Sergio Romo 20/0 25 27/6
Justin Wilson 18/1 25 30/6
Boone Logan 17/2 23 13/4
Kevin Siegrist 17/3 30 17/4
Zach Duke 16/0 20 22/4
Blaine Boyer 15/2 24 21/12
Mike Dunn 15/0 19 22/3
Jared Hughes 15/3 24 28/4
Joaquin Benoit 14/3 21 0/0
Dellin Betances 14/2 30 24/8
Wade Davis 14/1 28 4/0
Steve Geltz 14/0 19 20/2
Kelvin Herrera 14/3 23 10/4
Junichi Tazawa 14/1 22 16/5
Matt Thornton 14/1 19 21/4
Jake Mcgee 13/1 19 2/0

 

 

  1. Jack says:
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    If Giles becomes a closer and Clippard and Osuna stay as closers, is this the right rank of the following: Osuna, Giles, Soria, Clippard?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jack: that seems about right. The variance between Giles and Soria is close

  2. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    I’ve had Carter Capps as my holds guy since mid-June, and I am satisfied.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Pouss-Pouss: as you should be, numbers minus holds/saves are phenominal

  3. Scott says:
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    That’s high praise for Capps. Betances is no. 5 on the ROS player rater.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: his wins in relief are what sets them really apart, minus the teams ability. K’s and even ERA and expected ERA all favor Capps.

  4. Scott says:
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    Yahoo says the Cards are shopping Cishek. What’s your take?

  5. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Scott: cards are a smart orginization with good hacking skillz. Cishek would be another RH to throw into the mix with Walden. To be honest they need another RH there would be a good fit and not cost alot

  6. sniff test says:
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    It appears Pomeranz might have lost his holds goodiness in exchange for his starter crapiness

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @sniff test: yea and boo all at once.

  7. Schlurricane

    schlurricane says:
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    who’s next in line in Oakland with Pomeranz starting ROS? assuming he keeps that role…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @schlurricane: they have had minimal holds to begin with, Mujica the other F-rod, and Scribner look like the culprits now in that order for now

  8. Brett says:
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    How do you see walden being used when back? Will he be a solid holds guy?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brett: he will be the Rh setup next to sue grist and now cishek.

  9. M says:
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    Do you think Rafael Soriano eventually moves to the Cubs closer role? Although he’s been good, Motte has about a 5.80 k/9 and Soriano has closed for Maddon in TB.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @M: yes. A week at most.

  10. SF says:
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    Carter Capps is amazing to own in a K/9 league.

    I just wish him and O’Day can get more holds.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SF: yea Orioles for a team with an ok record have very few holds as a team. Blow outs or lose.

  11. goodfold2 says:
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    to replace caminero in 20 team with holds. best option. i have g.holland/wade/familia/hoover/pomeranz/caminero.
    options: vizcaino/dyson/hudson/mujica/tuivalalalala/freeman

    2.should i keep pomeranz over all of these as well?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: holds, net saves over saves, and homers allowed also in this one.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @goodfold2: vizcaino. Pomeranz value as a starter is minimal until he gets stretched out

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Smokey: shortly after i typed the original message vizcaino and bo schultz sucked up. also i don’t want pom as a SP, i wanted him as a holds/saves guy. Grey advises Hudson over Caminero. if you think pom sticks as starter which guy to replace him too?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @goodfold2: Hudson and Mujica seems to be working his way into 7-8th inning sitches.

  12. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Is Yimi Garcia expected to recalled by LA soon? He seemed to have great enough potential that I’m still sitting on him in a Holds league.

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: don’t waste an active roster spot for a dude with a 3.52 FIP who had been regressing for weeks and was sent down since his own team thought they had better options. Even in 20 team leagues you likely can find a guy like that for holds.

        • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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          @Hal Incandenza: how does Tehol put it, you gotta be realistic about these things. it’s one thing to hold, say, wade davis on active slot had he been put on 15 day DL, but we know what he is, and his role and value, and it’s much different than here.

  13. Slimbo says:
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    What’s up buddy. I was sad when Capps never entered the game tonight

    Least the game was not a total wash…yelich made some catches tonight

    Would you drop Tony Watson, Tolleson, Motte or Zeigler for Will Smith?

    Saves and holds as 1 cat

    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Slimbo: no hold. Til the Cubs situation settles down.

  14. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Considering the movement since this post, who would you like more in a 6×6 league that counts Holds, Justin Wilson NYY or Clippard NYM?

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