Well we weren’t talking about deep fried empanadas. We were talking about the retro-chic lads from that Navy town of San Diego… Yes, those Padres of the last place origin. The ones with 16 whole wins in their favor on the year. Sneaky Hold situations make my world go round. Which, in turn, makes me spurn to you on the recycled tip of the serving platter from a fantasy analyst. Over the last 14 games, the Padres have endured some good fortune in the reliever ranks, namely Brandon Maurer. Maurer has netted himself 7 Holds over that time, or in fantasy bullpen coverage terms here at the Razz-nation, a hold the fort(night). Maurer is the 8th inning guy and if you are in a holds league, then he is probably taken. Him of the 14-plus K-rate over the last 10 games and because they strung a few victories in a row, boom! Stats. But we all know how many holds he has in the last umpteen days… because we can all read stat lines and understand that one plus the previous amount equals today’s total. Math catch-up lesson over. The Father’s depth in the pen doesn’t just end with Brandon. Take a look deeper and we will come across not the candlestick maker, nor the baker, but the Butcher. As in Ryan Butcher. While Maurer seems to get all the decent looks in the 8th for the beloved hold, Butcher seems to latch onto him like a paramecium in heat looking for a Padres win. Averaging over a K per inning, and duly entrenched as the bridge to the bridge to Fernando Rodney (which probably really isn’t much of a bridge of at all, but just a rope with board entwined with hope aspiration and tears), so with this brief biopic on the San Diegans bullpen fellas, lets look at what else is bouncing around in the world of set-up, set-up to get beat down. I get nothing but a hold.
- A braves reliever suggested by me?… no the heck way. Check out Hunter Cervenka‘s stats. Batters are 1-23 against him on the year. Yeah, the stat lines are empty, basically because the Braves are awful at bullpen goodness. Deeper league? You need this guy as a ratio boost, and smaller leagues? Stand idly by.
- Joel Peralta turns 40 and makes us remember when he was 35 and a bullpen asset, instead of just an ass. K-rate over 18 in his last 14 games… seems to have found the Viagra for his fastball.
- Go to your wire, if Trevor May or Sam Dyson are there, leave your league, form your own league, and win that league all by yourself.
- Remember last year when Cam Bedrosian was a thing? Well, he is soon to be a thing again. The Angels aren’t going any-wheres fast, and will be testing the square pegs in the round holes real fast.
- I don’t get the Hector Neris is bound to fail eventually because of (insert random bad statement of fantasy goodness). He is a better pitcher long term than Gomez, there, I said it.
- Congrats everyone who brought in Caleb Cotham on the save speculation thing. 10 earned runs over 5 innings pitched works wonders for the overall morale of your fantasy team. Cingrani was the add in closer bingo for the Reds. For the next week at least.
- Stay patient with the Tigers bullpen, Justin Wilson and Mark Lowe will settle down their collective ERA is over 13 for the last fortnight and it won’t stay there. If you are a nervous Tiger owner of the Siegfried and Roy persuasion, Alex Wilson seems to quell all ills currently. They still have quantity in their favor, so please for the love of all that is Grey, be patient.
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