Choosing the right closer is hard enough when there is only one to choose on draft day.  Tons of factors to guide your hand…  Jump forward 50-plus games and when the situation has multiple faces and not a ton of situations from which to choose: is it worth the squeeze?  The White Sox closer situation has gone from one, to a few, and back again multiple times this year, and now it has swung back to Joakim Soria after garnering the last two saves.  The conundrum here is that Nate Jones had gotten the previous three save chances.  Than if you scroll the calendar even farther, Jace Fry got a save and retread Bruce Rondon also factored in on one occasion in mid-May.  So with a team that only has 13 saves all year, better than only one other team, the Marlins (who are a complete and utter disaster for saves). So when chasing saves, and we all do it, even you, the guy who can’t make eye contact way in the back…  It is part of the FAAB chase and the most alluring I might add and frequent drain of funds. So with a team that has flip-flopped three times in 50 games, with 13 saves and on pace for a MLB bottom-three in save chances, is it worth the headache of this guy or that guy?  I wanna root for the Mexecutioner, and some guy named Nate, but they are basically like part-time lovers, and I would rather stream the spot with great counting stats that matter.  Soria’s K/9 is in the mid-10’s which is admirable, but on a game-to-game basis, the save chase comes down to volume, not the here and now.  Yes, Soria should be owned, and yes Jones should be owned.  But I am just bringing this up for your sake of saves hope.  If you can pair either one of them at the right time, obviously when they are on a hot streak of two saves in 10 days, do so and upgrade your save booty.  Advice over, bits of tid to follow.  Cheers!

  • Archie Bradley is sprinting ahead in Holds with 17.  Three clear of next closest pitcher.  He has 4 holds in last 6 appearances over the Diamondbacks last 11 games.  The goods are him, Hader for K’s, and a Red Sox reliever.  A dream fantasy holds bullpen.
  • As I just mentioned, you need a Sawx reliever for Holds, they have a team combined 23 in last 27 or one calendar month of games.  Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes have 15 of those 23 and they aren’t showing signs of slowing down.
  • Alex Colome likes his new role.  Four holds and 2 saves in last 9 appearances.
  • The Dodgers just lost their bullpen backbone in Tony Cingrani.  He had been lights dimmed, not completely out, but he had gotten a ton of quality high leverage outs for them.  Josh Fields is the add, or a return of Pedro Baez may be a deeper dive.
  • Sneaky good since his return to MLB has been Oliver Perez, who was buried in the minors with the Yankees, released and then landed with the “desperate for bullpen arms” Indians.  His role should be lefty only, but that still gets you a hold… granted he gets that person out.
  • Where has this Steve Cishek been?  Carl’s Jr is still on the mend and See-sheck has a 18 K/9 with 3 holds in last 7 appearances.
  • The Marlins are trying to convert Adam Conley into a Andrew Miller type pitcher.  I tried to turn my turtle into a spaceship when I was five, still have nightmares about that day.  It’s more of a dynasty and more than 15 team move but he has 10 K’s in six appearances with 1 hold.  Temper expectations on the holds the Marlins are in the bottom-eight in baseball.
  • Love me any piece of the Nationals bullpen.  Madson was dinged up and the collectiveness of the pen stepped up.  Sammy Solis, Justin Miller and Brandon Kintzler are all great stream by match-up relievers on days that Roark or Hellickson start.
  • Sleeper reliever of the Week: Reyes Moronta, 3 Holds, 11+ K/9 in last 6 games.  Plus, his name sounds like someone who lies on the last name first, first name last thing.


Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
Archie Bradley 17/2 23 13/3
Matt Barnes 14/1 21 9/0
Juan Nicasio 14/3 22 8/2
Chaz Roe 13/0 17 16/4
Jose Alvarado 12/2 17 19/5
Yoshihisa Hirano 12/1 18 9/0
Brandon Kintzler 12/2 17 3/1
Adam Ottavino 12/1 18 8/0
Tony Watson 12/1 17 3/0
Tony Cingrani 11/2 17 8/4
Chris Devenski 11/1 18 14/3
Michael Feliz 11/2 19 2/2
Joe Jimenez 11/2 21 12/6
Joe Kelly 11/1 20 11/4
Craig Stammen 11/2 15 16/5
Josh Hader 10/1 17 4/0
Will Harris 10/2 17 6/4
Nick Vincent 10/1 14 14/6
Bryan Shaw 10/3 20 13/6
Luis Garcia 9/1 16 18/1
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4 years ago

Smokey, always appreciate your bullpen reports for those few holds leagues. Just wanted to thank you for my pen of Hader, Bradley, Kelly and Winkler!

Alfred E. Naujocks
Alfred E. Naujocks
4 years ago

cingrani down, who’s best out of these in saves + holds as one stat: tepera, rondon, trivino, steck, olson?

Alfred E. Naujocks
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4 years ago

@Alfred E. Naujocks: actually, best two out of those listed and kintzler (i have kinzler but madson’s back)

Alfred E. Naujocks
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4 years ago

@Smokey: yeah h.rondon not b.rondon. so tepera/h.rondon/kintzler

4 years ago

14-team roto 5×5 (Saves+holds)

I own J.Anderson, Barraclough, and Winkler.

Someone just dropped Neris. I also see Joe Kelly, Cishek, Watson, Jimenez, Will Harris, R.Bleier, M.Givens, and Soria on the FA list.

What should I do?

4 years ago

Thanks for the report. But nothing on Hector Rondon/Ken Giles? Color me confused.