Any god fearing Jersey-ian grew up with the song of this week’s title track.  It was bred into our systems much like the IOU sweatshirt craze during the same time frame. It’s catchy, is easy to sing, sounds like some sorta bubbles being blown somewhere, and there’s some booty shaking.  Bubbles and booty, what could be better?  Another “B” obviously.  Bullpens!  I am turning this week’s eye to not only Glen Perkins, but the entire Twins’ bullpen.  POerkins has rebounded fantastically from last years injury blip which lead to him being ineffective.  He is the “watching paint dry”, 9 k/9 closer that is doing it well.  His effectiveness, he is 17/17 in save opps.   That is basically like going all Curt Henning on the save department. This time next week he will be climbing the corporate ladder of the save chart, book it. The thing that I love is the set-up chaps that are running-a-muck, in a good way, to completely be crushing the hold department, namely Blaine Boyer and Aaron Thompson.  They have both successfully made their way into the top-15 in holds on the year.  A good bullpen will always, always go a long way to propel a successful team.  It’s just fact, the two don’t usually meet at more then a passing glance from normal fantasy players, because they have their starters, and they have their closers.  The middle is always sketchy, it’s like where certain food comes from… who cares really? Just as long as it is prepared the way you like it before you eat it.

  • Remember what I just said 70 words ago about successful teams?  Well look at the Giants.  They have 19 wins in May, the most in the majors.  Their bullpen’s 14 holds in the month is also the most.  Sergio Romo, yeah, remember that dude? He’s leading the two-week update race with five during the frame, and overall at 13. He just needs to bowl nine more good ones and we can start fantasy bowling.  We can get Sky a sweat bowling shirt (he already has several just needs to know what color).
  • Start the replace Boxberger chants… two blown saves in a row.  The evacuation bus for the close-nami is over there.  Hit the panic button now.  If an owner is leery of his future, go pick him and his 13-K rate up on the cheap.  Tampa pitches ahead a lot and Cash likes to use set guys in key places.  This is bad news for Kevin Jepsen, who was riding a nice wave as the RH compliment to a the returned Jake McGee.
  • I freaking love the Astros bullpen, and they are all clicking at the same time.  Collectively, they have allowed nine earned runs in the last 15 games.  Guess what, Luke Gregerson has allowed five of those.  If this was a sprint or a marathon, I would roster the Kenyan runners known as Neshek Qualls.
  • Everyone is looking for the sleeper of the week or a deep league find, because most holds leagues are deeper than normal.  This weeks hold d’jour is Will Harris of the Astros.  Congrats Will, enjoy these expired gift certificates for Sizzler.
  • Affix your lazy eye in the direction of Carter Capps, as the Marlins closer situation is a rudderless vessel. Wait, what? Ramos is fine, but Capps has been jump hoping for our attention. 12 K’s to zero walks in 7 and a third will do that.

 

Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
 Sergios Romo 13/0 14 15/3
Joe Smith  13/2 16 0/0
Jim Johnson 12/1 15 5/0
Kevin Jepsen 12/1 14 9/5
Pat Neshek 12/0 14 7/0
Tony Watson 9/1 13 7/1
Ken Giles 9/1 15 0/0
Jared Hughes 9/2 15 10/2
Blaine Boyer 9/1 13 11/4
Carson Smith 9/1 11 12/5
Dellin Betances 8/1 13 14/5
Joaquin Benoit 8/2 12 0/0
Zach Duke 8/0 10 9/0
Aaron Thompson 8/1 14 18/7
Junichi Tazawa 8/0 13 7/3
Matt Thornton 8/0 9 15/1
Chad Qualls 7/1 14 4/2
Carlos Torres 7/1 15 11
Aaron Barrett 7/1 10 10/2
Boone Logan 7/2 10 3/1

 

 

 
  1. Moscowitz says:
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    Romo over Yimi for holds ROS?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Moscowitz: Romo, the Giants lead the universe in one run dominance

  2. Grant says:
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    Being from the Minnesota area, got called a massive homer for taking a few twins players in the draft, working out ok for me now. Perkins has been the best. Now just picked up Boyer, which sort of scares me, because of Farquars lack of ability.

    Do you think the Farq will be back soon and better. He was closer in waiting afterall.

    • Smokey

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      @Grant: Farq needs alot of fixing, I hope for the better

  3. WM says:
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    Josh Fields’ numbers are pretty pretty filthy – any chance he gets back into the closing gig for Houston?
    or are Qualls/Neshek too far ahead of him?

    • Smokey

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      @WM: Love Fields stuff but he is clearly behind that duo

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Smokey: he’s just finally started to get a couple of holds, but he’s behind harris and sipp usually too.

  4. Don says:
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    I own Boxberger. I’m not worried about his role right now, but should I roster McGee over Carson Smith?

    • Smokey

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      @Don: tough call because cuffing your self is a great thing but stealing someone else’s goodies is prolly better

  5. JP says:
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    Is Cody Allen in imminent danger of losing his closing gig? And if so, will it be Shaw or McCallister that replaces him? I’m merely looking for you to predict the future.

    • Smokey

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      @JP: Immenent no, the lack of a proven second fiddle gives him a longer leash. I think Zach gets the first look to be honest

  6. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    So do you think Jepsen is a drop from a holds perspective now that McGee is back? I saw that Jansnen is finally pitching in DC, and looks like the new setup guy and was considering a swap.

    • Smokey

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      @Gonzo_The_Great: I was glad to see Janssen in a great spot with positive results, he is a definite add if available. Play the hot hand, pitch 2 games then move one unless it’s a deeper league.

  7. Nick says:
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    Hey Grey , here i am again

    Pitching team revamped after some moves and injuries
    (dropped Shoemaker, TJWalker, Eovaldi, SGreene, Ottavino, Kela)

    SP 1 2 3: Archer Gray Shields
    SP 4 5 : A.Wood Salazar
    RP 1 2 3: KJansen Grilli Tolleson
    RP 4 5 : Cody Allen AJ.Ramos
    Bench and Droppable: Lincecum and Cingrani (for holds)

    i’d drop Timmy after next start sunday
    pick Chavez? Chris Young is yummy (1st Loss –> regression?) Quintana? get back to Greene power?
    Cingrani is doing no good last 2weeks: Romo for holds? or Shaw if Allen is on the “ejectable seat”?
    i’d like to get some share of Andrew Heaney when Santiago implodes, will he be called up mid-june / july?

    Nick the french stick

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Nick: Not Grey but Ill add my two cents, add romo for Cingrani

      • Nick says:
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        @Smokey:

        Sorry buddy
        looks like i wasn’t smoked salmon, but burnt trout yesterday ;)
        sure i was meaning YOU , Smokey Bear

        what about a pick to replace Tim ?
        any idea about Heaney, or should i stash now?

        • Smokey

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          @Nick: Quintana or p;ay match-ups with guys 2 start guys for the next week or something the pitcher-tron likes more than others. Can’t see your league but I will point you how I would tackle it.

  8. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey Smokey –

    Any thoughts on this Oliver Drake character in Baltimore? Have seen him in a couple of high-leverage situations of late and, of course, he has that sweet SP eligibility.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Well, he just walked the first two guys he’s faced in this game lol. Been pretty good otherwise…

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SteveNZ: he was closing in AAA, good revamped guy with mlb type stuff. He should settle in though behind O’day and the like in the O’s pen

  9. Jaymz says:
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    Good post, Smokey. Worth holding onto Cishek in a dynasty league for saves at some point or do you think his role as a closer is gone for a while? Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @Jaymz: Thanks, yes depending on roster size and how much bench you have. He will be back…eventually and prolly not with the Marlins

  10. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    Good writeup i dumped Cishek for Grilli earlier , then Cody Allen for C-Mart, the Grilli For Perkins a few weeks ago. C-Mart and Perkins are killing it I hope it lasts. Of course I just Jinxed myself. I think Cishek will recover

    • Smokey

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      @PeteRosesRevenge: Nice use of moves upward. I think he does also, just not for the Fish

      • PeteRosesRevenge says:
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        @Smokey:

        I won’t bore you with all my bad roster moves!

  11. Maver1ck says:
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    C Janssen, C Capps, T Sipp, B Mauerer, A Torres….. which are best for holds? Not many middle relievers left on our waiver wire…

    • Smokey

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      @Maver1ck: Janssen

  12. Yescheese says:
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    I’m in one of those dynasty leagues with several fixed RP slots, so we are always scrounging for holds that develop into closers. What are your thoughts on Michael Tonkin, Brandon Maurer, Heath Hembree .. are they flashes in the pan or closers in waiting (next 1-2 years)

    • Smokey

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      @Yescheese: Tonkin def has Burdi in front of him, Maurer is now blocked by Kimbrel for at least 2 years and Hembree has looked nothing like what I saw of him in the minors.

  13. JVanSlyke says:
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    Some of my most awkward middle school moments came in the Merry Go Round store at my mall, trying to convince my mom to shell out a ton of cash for a purple IOU sweatshirt with black IOU jeans as displayed on the mannequin. The music in that store was always loud as hell so any conversation sounded like an argument and the girls that worked there were always older and cooler than me so whether we left with or without the outfit I would inevitably lose a ton of dignity and not want to go back until the next season when the staff had completely changed over

    Time, Tome for the Perculator is such an underrated song

    Anyways, I have a great group of holds guys with not a ton of saves. Chapmen Allen Ziegler Ramos Watson & Giles. Should I drop any of these for Mccalister? I’m second to last in Saves

    Great insight as always, thanks Smokey!

    • Smokey

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      @JVanSlyke: Holy hell Merry-Go-Round, music was always way louder than it should be and it stunk like joop. I think you just need some patience Chapman and Allen are tour best bets for quantity, just be first for the waiver when a better sitch comes up than Mc-Allister

      • JVanSlyke says:
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        @Smokey:

        Thanks! Still kicking myself for missing Tolleson

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @JVanSlyke: I told everyone like 2 weeks before it happened man. You missed my one right call for the season. No Cavarricci’s for you.

          • JVanSlyke says:
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            @Smokey:

            Haha, if Tolleson is Cavaricci then I ended up with the Marshalls “irregular” Girbauds in Ziegler

            • Smokey

              Smokey says:
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              @JVanSlyke: Haha, I thought the boot leg Cav’s were Bojo’s. Don’t matter just as long as you are rocking the high top Reebok or travel foxes

              • JVanSlyke says:
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                @Smokey: hahah. I would wear travel foxes today. If the Ewings are coming back then the travel foxes should as well

                • Smokey

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                  @JVanSlyke: that my friend is a statement of truff

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Smokey: TEX did wise up faster than i thought they would about scheppers being trash (not that anybody other than maybe Kela over Tolleson nobody else . Weird one is now Ohlendork is their 8th inning guy. strange times. wanting to actually add Ohlendork (SP eligible too, very nice for holds leagues with X amount of RP slots) feels very odd, but i’ve done it in deeper leagues.

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                      @goodfold2: i meant other than tolleson, only Kela was even a halfway sensible guy to take over for feliz.

  14. Red Barons says:
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    Who has the better chance of getting the closer gig soon and holding onto it, Carson Smith or Giles? I’ve been holding Giles thinking that Paps would have been gone by now, but Ruin Tomorrow Jr. has been all over the map with his comments about trading Paps and I can’t get a read.

    • Smokey

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      @Red Barons: For immediate Smith for saves in july Giles. Amaro is like trying to read the instructions to cook pop tarts. Like really we need instructions for pop tarts.

      • Red Barons says:
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        @Smokey: Ha! But it doesn’t say which tart goes in which slot?!?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Best song ever!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Grey: Yea i think this song was before that awkward slow dance in 7th grade

  16. Andy says:
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    Holds and saves league

    I have
    Wade Davis
    Soria
    Boxberger
    Allen
    Ramos
    Yimi
    Clippard

    Haven’t been scoring too many holds lately
    But some of my closers may get demoted
    What do u think I need more of?
    Cecil is out there so is qualls and Harris?
    Could also trade for janssen, is he worth josh Hamilton?

    • Smokey

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      @Andy: I would hold for now you have the names, just need some stats to break your way.

  17. slimbo says:
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    What’s up

    What do you think of cecil in a 8 teamer that has svs+hlds as one cat?

    Thinking of picking up zach McAllister Jared Hughes or siegrest

    Do I make the switch for any of these guys? Could also drop joe smith or ziegler

    Thanks :)

    • Smokey

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      @slimbo: zach for cecil makes sense to me and his added sp elig would be nice for ya

  18. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Hey smokey- what’s up with the lack of holds for wade Davis since Hollands been back. Isn’t he supposed to be the king of this stuff?

    • Smokey

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      @Gordon Shumway: Well add in the fact that he was closing for 2 plus weeks, and thatKC only has 19 as a team which is bottom 8 in league. I would say that the total Hold situations just haven’t evolved based on the team scoring in conjunction with when he pitches. His other numbers are about right though. K’s appearances etc.

  19. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Smokey,

    To piggyback Gordon’s KC question, in a holds league, would Herrera and Davis be a solid 1-2 for holds, or do you still recommend the swinging gate with Herrera’s spot?

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: I don’t particularly like piggy backing guys from same team, especially one on same team with davis. Herrerra would be the gate for me.

  20. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    wow, capps has that weird jump like walden, except capps’ moves forward too. in one net saves and holds league i have 4 guys on that list, (giles/romo/j.smith/barrett) and 2 closers in britton/a.miller. did good there (altough it’s tempered a bit since i ranked guys by ROS player rater (we drafted 2 sundays back) and thus didn’t adjust that kenley probably should be worth more than a.miller. I simply forgot, ROS rater is not high on guys just after they’ve came back from injuries.

  21. Turn Two says:
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    NL Only 4×4 Roto.. (W,S,ERA,WHIP)
    Looking for a relief pitcher in our dynasty league that will help my whip and era and could eventually turn into a closer in the near future.. who do you like from this list, how would you rank ’em.
    Jeffress, Smith, or Knebel from MLW
    Capps MIA
    Strickland SF
    Grimm CHI
    Treinen WAS

    • Smokey

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      @Turn Two: Capps, Smith, Jeffress, Grimm, Knebel, Strickland, Treinen

  22. True and Correct says:
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    What needs to happen for Carson Smith to get a chance to close. I’m thinking a Brantley home run last night might have done it.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @True and Correct: assuming exact intelligence inflection point for SEA manager is rough work.

    • Smokey

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      @True and Correct: prolly for the manager to realize that Rodney is not the goods anymore, plus Smith has only 30 career innings pitched.

  23. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    with dr.doolittle likely done scribner ascends again before he ever really descended since doolittle never got his leverage innings back and likely wasn’t healthy in the first place. I had dropped Scribner in about half the leagues i had him in when doolittle came back. all holds leagues. now
    1. grab scribner over barrett if my RP guys are allen/miller/osuna/barrett/c.smith/cecil?
    2. if RP guys are ohlendorf (in SP slot, small amount of max innings in this one allow me less real SP and he’s become 8th inning), betancourt/tolleson/ziegler/both NYM torres’ scribner over which? (i’m thinking one of the torres’ but different sites have either as 8th inning man)

    • Smokey

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: 1. Yes, Barrett looks to be behing Janssen now.
      2. The one who doesn’t wear that inflated hat….just kidding. Carlos is the one you want.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Smokey: so keep carlos and drop the one with the inflated hat for scrib’s.

  24. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    fien moved to 7th inning, even though boyer also has no K rate (what is it with MIN and low K RP’s other than perkins? AA ron T/fien/boyer all of them, it’s why i didn’t drop fien for them when he was hurt in one 20 team league, hard to see upside on guys with 5 or lower K rates). only person in entire system with good rates there is pressly.
    20 team dynasty with K/9, holds, relief appearances drop fien (i held him in active slot whole time for him to get demoted, not cool) for rosscup/caminero/broxton (8th inning but garbage)/beimel/hagadone/pressly/putnam/petricka

  25. WalleyWorld says:
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    not sure if you will see this, but wanted the resident bp expert to take a look.

    what are your thoughts on Jacob Lindgren and Cam Bedrosian? I know lindgren vaulted up lots of prospect lists during the offseason/spring. been reading he has closer stuff. hear the same about bedrosian. my current bullpen looks like this.

    Andrew Miller, Betances, Giles, Strickland, Grimm, Capps, Cingrani, McAllister, Maurer. The last 3 occupy SP slots and help me rack up the holds. Can you see dropping anyone for Lindgren? Bedrosian?

    This is a dynasty league, counts holds. Thanks for any feedback, much appreciated.

    • Smokey

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      @WalleyWorld: Love Baby Bedrock long term, he is buried behind the ever efficient Street for at least 2 years. Once he actually settles in to his role he is going to be very special. Lindgren has all the markings of a high leverage guy. He is very similar to how Robertson came thru the system maybe a year faster. Both should be owned in dynasty formats, depending on roster size and such. For usability now I don’t see a drop from the guys listed. I like Lindgren more than Cam if that matters.

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