The Hold Up 8/1: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham ranks the top pitchers to own for holds.

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  • The Red Sox relievers came out of the deadline as one of the biggest winners, as Boston failed to add any help to a bullpen that is currently dead last in Major League Baseball in save rate (52.5%). While the team waits for Nathan Eovaldi to figure things out, it looks like it will continue to be Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman in the eighth and ninth innings in save situations for the time being.
  • After a great start to the year, Ty Buttrey has … Ryan Pressly landed on the IL with a recurring back injury earlier this week, but it seems like he will only about 2 weeks of action. Being one of if not the only holds option you can trust in four categories, he isn’t someone you should just drop. Amir Garrett is looking at a lengthy suspension for his part in the Pirates/Reds brawl Tuesday night and likely will see the harshest punishment of those involved. That said, I’d expect a five- to seven-game suspension at most, given what’s been handing out in the past for similar instances.

  • Nick Goody has pitched his way into a setup role since being called up in June and looks like the Indians’ setup man to own at the moment. He finished the month of July with five holds in 12.1 IP, while not allowing a single earned run and allowing just three hits and three walks to go with 13 strikeouts. Owning Colin Poche sure seems like it’s going to be a roller coaster ride this year, but the young, talented lefty put on a clinic this past week with eight strikeouts, zero walks, and only two hits allowed while earning three holds. I’m not saying that Joe Biagini is this year’s Pressly, but I can’t wait to see what they are able to get out of him this year. He’s got the talent to really succeed there, as does Aaron Sanchez if he winds up in the bullpen. With Trey Wingenter being sent to Triple-A last week, the door has been opened for wunderkind Andres Munoz to step into more of a high-leverage role. I just hope the acquisition of Carl Edwards Jr. doesn’t change things (although I’m also excited for Edwards moving forward as well).

Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

2 responses to “The Hold Up 8/1: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. JK says:

    Where does Strickland stand in Washington’s bullpen? Do you think he will be the 8th inning setup guy?

    I am trying to figure out whether I should hold onto him, or drop him for a Stammen or Will Harris. Would you?

  2. knuckleheads says:

    Lots of bites of the apple to go in that Houston bullpen. Before adding those Jays only Pressly and Will Harris earned consistent holds. Houston starters go deeper than most and when you combine that with their terrific offense I am not sure Biagini is going to grab that many opportunities. When healthy Pressly owns the 8th so the other guys have to move around in front of him. I guess the injury gives Biagini a shot…

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