The deadline will have past by the time you’re reading this, so I’m sorry that I can’t meet or exceed all those expectations. What I can do is give you the in’s and out’s of middle relief. Wait, why did everyone just get up and leave? There is punch and pie at the end! So is everyone else confused on what to do with Will Smith?… yeah, me too. He’s been getting beat up lately needs a vacation. Smith leads the league in appearances, is the leader in appearances with the lead by a non-closer (41), and has pitched an amazing 17 times on consecutive days. He has rewarded you with 19( albeit painful) NSVH, but his recent implosions may lead me to think there could be a better option for the time being. His BB/9 over the last 30 screams bad news, (P.S., it’s in the seven’s). I mean, I know the 24 Holds this year is all good and looks like a Canal St. watch, but if you have someone that just reads stats and doesn’t read between the lines of fantasy too well, see if they give you a name you like better. My best advice is pull a Judas Priest and run for the hills. Stay tuned for some charts and fun words and sentences that lead to abbreviated paragraphs. Good luck in the week to come.
- A surging team produces all the goodies… Brad Boxberger has shined in the set-up role in front of Jake McGee and in the absence of Joe-L. He has lead the MLB in holds over the last two weeks with 5, and posting a not so bashful K rate of 19.5 over that span. I like the shape of that… where’s my clown horn? Oh, I forgot, I pawned it.
- Wherever he lands, I like what Neal Cotts may bring a team the ROS. He has nothing great that screams “oohh I want it”, and you fold over his page like it’s the Sears catalog. The honest reason is– the Rangers starters are just awful every non-fifth day or Yu’s day. Which sounds like Tuesday, but isn’t. He is going to go to a contender and settle down in front of the team’s closer, and do what he’s been doing all year, but get noticed like a HS girl that first summer after she grows you know what.
- The once promising arm of the Braves penner Shae Simmons has fallen down and went looking to buy even more consonants for his first name. He is hurt, basically, and his numbers before DL’ing showed it. Jordan Walden is the guy to own here, with a sprinkle of David Carpenter. Walden’s last 14 games: 3 Holds with a K an inning, and he’ll get better with no one else in the high leverage chair for Holds.
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