It’s telling over a period of time, taken into account the teams success rate naturally, how well their bullpen is performing. Take a look at the Texas Rangers over the last 30 days.  They are a 19-10 and steaming toward playoff relevance… maybe.  During that time they had 17 save/hold situations.  Those of you that can’t count well, that is a lot. Leading the charge for them has been bullpen recall and future closer dubbed by me Keone Kela, who over that same 30 day period is contributing a hold basically every third game with 8.  As a team, they have 28 team holds which is more than the White Sox, Orioles, Phillies, Athletics and Mets… combined.  So basically they are the Costco of holds for those who like to buy in bulk.  Kela isn’t alone in his fantasy hold-em,  Sam Dyson has kicked in 7, Jake Diekman 6 and Sam Freeman with 4.  The best part of this whole thing is that the latter three guys were not on the roster to start the year.  I love that kind of stuff, that’s like wearing matching t-shirts with your friends whether it be on purpose or not.  Awesomely awkward.  Stick it here for some more bullpen tidbits and a fancy chart with gadgets and numbers that show an order.  Cheers!

  • What the crap has Joe Blanton been eating?  He has more wins in relief this year, check that the last 30 days then he has won the last 3 years as a starter. He also has 21 K’s in 16 innings pitched.  That just feels like a stat that some high pitched guy would yell out on a certain TV show. So you’re welcome.
  • I liked the debut of Ryan Dull.  Looks pretty effective, minor numbers are there too.
  • I am worried about the Cardinals bullpen usage, three of the top top appearance leaders are from the Cards: Siegrist, Maness and Choate.  Choate is the epitomy of Loogy existence.  63 games and 24 1/3 innings that’s a frothy bullpen guy.
  • Sleeper of the week: Mychal Givens of Baltimore.


Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Tony Watson 32/2 43 20/4
Joe Smith 29/4 38 12/4
Pat Neshek 28/1 36 21/1
Sergio Romo 28/0 36 36/6
Joaquin Benoit 25/3 32 0/0
Pedro Strop 25/2 37 19/7
Kevin Jepsen 24/4 38 14/6
Jim Johnson 24/4 41 14/3
Kevin Siegrist 24/4 41 19/4
Justin Wilson 23/1 33 37/7
Zach Duke 22/2 31 28/6
Dellin Betances 21/3 42 35/10
Mike Dunn 21/1 28 36/7
Jared Hughes 21/3 32 42/7
Steve Geltz 19/3 28 26/3
Kelvin Herrera 19/5 32 15/7
Boone Logan 19/3 28 29/12
Jeremy Jeffress 18/2 27 28/10
Bryan Shaw 18/2 27 36/13
Keone Kela 17/3 28 24/4
  1. Clint says:

    Is there a way to use Holds data for any other success if you don’t have that category in your league? I.E. do holds and wins have any correlation Rudy’s found?

    I ask because I haven’t seen anything that can get someone ahead in wins for roto besides luck in formulating your pitching staff. Right now, I’m rolling with 7 SP’s and 6 RP’s that are closers (although I have a few donkeys in there) and seem to be gaining in the saves category but notsomuch in the wins as a result. So, should I stay the course or is there any way to balance the RP’s to gain in wins at the same time?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Clint: relief wins are totally lucky and wonky. I stream 2 RP that arent closers that are usually MR guys only and they have gotten me 13 wins so far this year in one league with similar settings to your bigger roster

    • generally, high-leverage middle relievers are slightly better candidates for Wins than relievers b/c they are more likely to enter tie games. but it’s a crapshoot. if you aren’t hurting for Saves, i’d consider dropping a donkey if there are good middle relievers on free agency. but i’d only do that if the middle reliever has an advantage in either ERA/WHIP or K-rate.

  2. Scott says:

    when I look at sneaky Wins by a reliever, I see Caminero near the top. I never see him here though. what is he missing?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Scott: well he has only 4 wins he is far from sneaky, but he pitches before the Watson/Melancon gropup and Pitt has a great pen

  3. Scott says:

    also, ESPN seems to think that Colome will end up being closer for TB. you?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Scott: Last time I trusted ESPN for anything was never. Boxberger has done really nothing wrong but be messed with as the closer he has 30 plus saves on a team under 500

  4. Scott says:

    Smokey, you gonna do an updated K9 repair kit?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Scott: I can work it into next weeks

  5. Scott says:

    dodgers bullpen sux. should Baez be closer?

    • The Harrow says:

      @Scott: remember back at the start of the year when they were actually good, joel peralta was around and healthy, paco/howell were doing ok, yimi was not getting hit; now they went bargain basement hunting out of 2 ATL losers, and everybody but kenley sucks. they’ll likely go out of playoffs same way DET has last few years, bullpen blowups.

  6. Pete says:

    What SP eligible RP do you like better for Holds in a H2H 7×7 – Hochevar or Colome? I have Wade Davis, so does that factor? Time frame is playoffs over the next 3 weeks.

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