All this talk about the Blue Jays offense is completely detracting from the fact that their bullpen to date has been mediocre-to-awful for most of the year.  The additions they have made, namely Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins, are a future holds market band-aid.  The one true positive addition for the back-end of the pen is Aaron Sanchez.  He comes in with filthy stuff, isn’t afraid to pitch inside, and gives them a hard throwing right-hander, which they’ve been lacking.  The Blue Jays, to date, have the fewest saves (19) namely because they do one of two things that both involving blowing.  (It’s either a blow-out or a blown save.)  It’s a miracle that they are where they are record-wise with the amount of blown saves they have (it’s 17 and counting).  But the team is setup to win, and they are going to score a ton of runs, so from a fantasy holds perspective, anyone outside of Sanchez is a fool’s chance at holds gold.  With 13 games remaining against front-running New York, the schedule isn’t on their side as the slugging they do takes away from the bullpen allure.

  • Until his run given up on Tuesday, Hunter Strickland has been money.  He was a disaster in last year’s playoff, allowing 7 earned in 8 innings.  But he only has allowed 6 runs on the year in 29 innings.  Between him and the infusion of young bullpen arms coming up for the Giants, they are going to be good for years at the back end.
  • Looking for a team to ride for holds for a bit?  Look at the Cubs.  Three guys with 3 or more holds in last 14 days, and the most as a team over that same span.  I would look at either Grimm or Strop for the K’s and hope for the holds.
  • The Cardinals in a few days are going to be lethal after their starters.  Jordan Walden returns to an already stacked pen.  If he hasn’t been picked up you may want to stream him for a bit.
  • The one reliever I can see possibly being moved on a waiver trade is Joaquin Benoit.  he seems to be trying to pitch his way away from all the sailors or the creepy guys who live in So-Cal to the north. In the last 14 games, he has 7 appearances and 7 holds.  Basically, if he pitches, they are winning.  Coming soon to a contender…
  • Sleeper reliever of the week? I’ll give you two, because you’re all so nice: Ryan O’Rourke (because everyone loves a LOOGY Irish lad) and George Kontos, who may be the least heralded reliever in SanFran and sports in general.

 

Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Tony Watson 25/2 33 13/1
Pat Neshek 24/1 31 17/1
Joe Smith 24/4 32 6/1
Sergio Romo 23/0 31 30/6
Kevin Jepsen 22/4 31 14/6
Jim Johnson 20/5 35 11/3
Joaquin Benoit 19/3 26 0/0
Jared Hughes 19/3 28 35/5
Zach Duke 19/1 26 23/4
Boone Logan 19/2 27 23/6
Kevin Siegrist 19/3 33 19/4
Justin Wilson 19/1 28 32/7
Mike Dunn 17/0 22 27/4
Pedro Strop 17/2 29 16/6
Dellin Betances 16/3 35 28/9
Wade Davis  16/1 30 6/0
Blaine Boyer 15/2 24 22/12
Seth Maness 15/3 30 37/9
Jake McGee 15/2 23 2/0
Steve Geltz 14/1 21 20/2

 

 

  1. Clint says:
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    Who would you trust more for a Sunday start in a h2h points league, Smokey:

    Bartolo at Tampa Bay (if it matters, I have Archer starting)
    or
    Bassitt vs Houston

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clint: Bassit

  2. Scott says:
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    I’m not in a holds league, but could use some help with my ratios as my starts run out. Does this list hold (sic) true there. Are there any standouts where ratios are concerned?

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      Smokey says:
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      @Scott: i would need a list of who is avail to guide you a little easier. Look for guys with K rate over 12 and xFip under 3 over the last 30 days. Start there and by all means hit me with some available guys

      • Scott says:
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        @Smokey:Siegrist, Sanchez, Romo, Neshek, Herrera, Jepsen, Feliz, Brooks

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Soria or McGee for holds going forward?

  4. Slimbo says:
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    What’s up buddy

    Jays Jays Jays! Love watching my boys of summer. Every game feels like a playoff game

    Is kahlne worth holding onto in a shallow (8 teamer) saves+holds league? Wanna stream that spot and maybe pickup walden

    Of this bunch who would be your top 3 ros? Zach duke, Logan, strop, Casey janssen, will Smith, Hawkins

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Slimbo: Sup kid…No on Tommy K. Grab a chicago guy Duke or Strop

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Smokey:

        Would you grab motte over duke or strop?

  5. Is Osuna set as Jays closer for now at least.

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      @Dnut eastwood: seems to be, got the off day yesterday as he pitched 3 in 4 and threw a bunch of pitches.

  6. Daniel says:
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    How do you feel about Nate Jones who just returned for the white sox? I liked him a couple of years ago before he got hurt and now he’s hitting triple digits.

    • Smokey

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      @Daniel: Nate was always a thrower, his velocity is usually over 96 plus. Control will be the telling point.

  7. Brett says:
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    Smokey

    For holds Sanchez or Capps when he is back

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      @Brett: Sanchez by a hair and more games with leads

  8. Blint says:
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    Excellent thanks

    Just picked up Grimm

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    hey Smokey, i’m in a very deep (30 man league with 25 minor league spots) league, with holds. who are some nice deep hopefully unowned names, i remember a post a while back that named all those ARI guys. barrett/bracco owned here, just trying to figure some more names, i’m at the last round of minor league midseason bidding time. i thought there were like 5 guys at ARI that will all likely be very good bullpen pieces eventually.

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      @goodfold2: opps, the biggest ARI name is unowned (so don’t mention him here just in case), but that leaves 1 or maybe two guys other than these 3. s.simmons/locante/fleck/munson are the 4 names other than the one i know is better.

      • Smokey

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        @goodfold2: House, Zach Weiss from other teams. I assume you are referring to ZC or NS. We will keep it initials. Let me know

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          @Smokey: i was referring to JS, being unowned at ARI. so you’d rather have A.House OAK or Z. Weiss over JS ARI? A.House OAK is only House i can find in fantrax, other than t.j. house. There’s 2 Weiss’ there, but from depth charts it appears to have to mean the CIN one. ZC i found (but didn’t know it’s who i was looking for), but i can’t find anybody with initials NS on ARI, either in fantrax or in depth charts. From top 20 lists (and baseball america book) i’m assuming JS is ranked better than House or Weiss, just seeing which you like best.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: i got jimmie sherfy, who i’m hoping you’re higher on than A.House OAK and Z.Weiss CIN?

            • Smokey

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              @goodfold2: Sherfy looks more like a set-up guy as it is right now but things develop. Still an excellent get

  10. Dom says:
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    What current middle relievers have the best chance to close in 2016?

    • Smokey

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      @Dom: Storen, Soria, Carson Smith (kinda closing now) Sneaky guy is Shae Simmons with ATL

  11. Johnny says:
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    What do you think are the chances that Doolittle is a closer by mid-September (my H2H playoffs)? I have already qualified for a 1st round bye so I wouldn’t need him until the 9/14. I know this might sound stupid, but what do you think of droping one of my current closers for him based on their schedule for the playoffs? I don’t care what these guys do until 9/14. Below are their schedules. I was thinking I might drop Giles because I may be rooting against him because he goes against WAS 6 times (and I have Strasburg, Zimmermann and Gio) and MIA 3 times (I have AJ Ramos).
    Giles (3vWAS, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])
    Ramos ([email protected], [email protected], 3PHI, 3vATL)
    Doolittle ([email protected], [email protected], 3vTEX, 3vSF)

    • Smokey

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      @Johnny: Cant drop Giles, makes no sense. Even if he is going against your starting pitcher he gets stats that aren’t because of them, things haooen in games middle relievers blow games etc. I think the A’s see if Doolittle has anything to end teh year, they have nothing to lose

  12. Mobin Couldn't Hack It says:
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    i’m reading that nate jones is back throwing 100, and may is now 8th inning in MIN (MIN finally decides to use somebody that issues strikeouts often in late innings, hmmmm, on, what, the 124th day since the start of the season, so they’re learning!).
    so either of jones/may/j.miller over any of
    1. dunn/petricka (keeper but few enough that they won’t involve RP)
    2. janssen/dyson (dynasty)
    3. lowe/walden (dynasty). lowe has been great, but he’s not in 8th inning at TOR. I probably shouldn’t drop walden in a dynasty of course (esp since may likely goes back to starting next year)

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