When your team is battling for a playoff spot, what’s the most important thing? Winning. Winning out of the bullpen is a thing that is not predictable, I get it, but when your team goes 7-0 from the bullpen in the last 14 games, that is just a damn near beautiful thing if you love bullpens as much as I… I mean, you may not, but that’s cool (maybe). You have your love interests… invested in beanie babies or all your Gregg Jefferies’ rookie cards that your whole childhood fortune is invested in… Just saying, you should probably move out of your mom’s basement or branch out from the family business for a bit. As a whole, the Pirates are a top-3 club for bullpen ERA, and are led by the king of Holds currently: Tony Watson. Him and his merry men of “set-uphood” have completely just wrecked shop out of the pen lately, their ERA is 1.21 and they have allowed just a measly 34 hits in 52 innings. Take it from me, that is getting the job done. The addition of Joakim Soria has lengthened their bullpen to the point where Jared Hughes, Joe Blanton, and Arquimedes Caminero are in prime win plucking spots. Yeah, I just used Joe Blanton in a fantasy write-up, and no it’s not 2000-never. So stick around as I wax symbolic about other bullpen situations arising as we stream towards the fantasy baseball playoffs.
- Drew Pomeranz looks like a guy who could be a closer, but he also looks like a guy who could be a great set-up guy too. When Doolittle actually gets back, it will be interesting to see. Drew got the last save for the A’s, which was the first in 11 days though… yikes.
- Congrats to the Indians for having zero holds the last 14 days, and for the Cody Allen owners, I am sure you are thankful for that one whole save.
- The Rays over the last 15 games have 5 BS and only 4 saves. They are so good, they blow twice. They do have a useful 10 Holds during that time lead by Steve Geltz with 4.
- Sleeper reliever o’ the week: Fernando Salas of the Angels. K/9 over last 7 is over 15.
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