The change in Texas has reverbed into the Holds ranks as well.  Tolley was the guy, now Frank Perdue’s arch-nemesis Sam Dyson is all comfy in the save bird seat.  The best part of this whole deal is that Jake Diekman is reaping all the benefits from a fantasy hold perspective.  This is a coup for the people who listened to me early and figured him to be the lefty-version of the lock-down pen arm in Arlington.  All Jake has done on the year is garner 13 holds with 11 plus K/9 and a HR/9 just a smidge over one.  We in the fantasy community rely on such precise words as smidge, scoonch, pinch… and I’m throwing prolly in there because some people like it and it doesn’t get more accurate than that.   So the main question is, can Diekman be the man and continue to be the man?  Absolutely.  He is thriving in a role that he started when he was with Philly.  The Rangers, also if anyone is paying attention, aren’t a half bad team and are fairly solid with or without Tolleson closing at the end.  So let’s take a look at what else has happened in the fortnight of games since the last bullpen lowdown, or ho-down.  Depending on how strong your hold pimp hand is.

  • The window to buy low on Ken Giles is about a week away from sailing.
  • Felipe Riviero seems to be the flavor of the last few, winning games for the Nationals.  Shawn Kelley seems to be pitching in less leverage situations in the bridge to Pap.
  • Carlos Estevez looks to be a decent piece for a usually un-hold worthy team in Colorado.  Three holds in last few games helps put to rest that sham of a film Men at Work.
  • I know its not a great thing to roster all the time, but Carlos Villanueva and Brad Hand are making great long men in the Land of Fathers.  Both have that cheeky SP eligibility, so it makes them really sexy in leggings.
  • I know Wade Davis and Kelvin Hererra get all the juice in KC, but check out Luke Hochevar stats with inherited runners it’s pretty sick and a good trend to stream on.  Because like me, he is reliable.
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Jake Diekman 13/0 17 7/1
Will Harris 13/0 13 4/1
Dellin Betances 12/1 15 9/1
Kelvin Herrera 12/1 18 6/2
Hector Neris 12/0 15 11/4
Zach Duke 11/2 18 14/5
Neftali Feliz 11/1 16 10/1
David Hernandez 11/1 14 3/2
Nate Jones 11/1 15 6/1
Joel Peralta 11/2 16 5/3
David Phelps 11/1 19 4/1
Pedro Baez 10/1 12 9/6
Brandon Maurer 10/3 13 3/0
Koji Uehara 10/1 14 1/1
Tony Watson 10/1 14 4/1
Justin Wilson 10/1 17 6/3
Matt Albers 9/1 14 12/5
Ken Giles 9/1 13 6/2
Luke Hochevar 9/2 13 19/1
  1. JakeTPE says:

    Hey Smokey. Great read. Like 3 up, 3 down in the bottom of the 8th of a 4-2 game.

    Here’s my scenario: I was speculating on Benoit because Cishek had a rough patch, but he’s had a couple of clean outings since, so maybe there’s nothing there quite yet. I got Giles back due to Gregerson’s iffy-ness and he looks good for the 7th. So, if we’re looking at Holds primarily, the options this week are:

    Burns (Tex – Dyson insurance)
    Rivero (Wash)

    Who do you like? Thanks and have a great Memorial Day weekend, sir!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @JakeTPE: riviero

      • JakeTPE says:

        @Smokey: Done. Thanks!

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:

    great work boss,thanks

  3. Roger Anderson says:

    The offer is Wright (BOS) for Street (LAA)
    10 team H2H
    I have Davis, Britton, Melancon, Tyson
    I like carrying 5 RPs if I need to run the RP Only Gambit, since my SPs are WEAK
    VV, Ross, Karns (Can stream that spot) Urias (Ouch).
    I like Wright but he also has Carrasco on the DL who I would prefer to have.
    Pass, ask for Carrasco or get it done so I have Wright for the Monday start?

    • Roger Anderson says:

      @Roger Anderson: Giles is available on the waiver wire so I could grab him for a potential 5th RP.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:

        @Roger Anderson: Carasco would be the target for me but don’t know if street would get it done. Can’t hurt to ask though. I would grab Giles if that doesn’t go through

  4. Scooter G says:

    Which two do you like going forward between J Gomez, krod and osuna? Right now I have gomez and osuna but krod was dropped. I have the #2 waiver right now so is it a big enough upgrade to drop one of them for krod?
    There are only two RP slots per team and it’s a ten team league so no sense in owning all 3.

    Thanks for your input!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Scooter G: stick with what ya got.

  5. Big league choo says:

    10 team league h2h 6×6 OBP / QS league

    My Jo-fer/votto for cueto/kris Bryant

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Big league choo: cueto side but it has its pluses for either side

  6. Dunedin says:

    Doolittle got the save opp tonight over Madson… Any chance Doolittle takes over as the primary option?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Dunedin: don’t think so. The save was in the 8th with Madson facing JD, Miggy and Vmart. But he’s been pitching great over the last few outings

  7. Robert says:

    Do you think Boxberger reclaims the closer role? If so could you rank my closers: Kimbrel, Jeffress, Cishek, Dyson, Boxberger.

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