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

Rick Graham ranks the top pitchers to own for holds.

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  • Among the biggest risers this week, Yusmeiro Petit is finally getting a much-deserved bump into Tier 2. Although the veteran right-hander may not stuff the stat sheet in the strikeout column (his 11% swinging-strike rate is actually his highest since 2014), he has been rock solid for ratios (2.55 ERA, .83 WHIP) and holds (20) this season. It looks like Nick Pivetta has worked himself into a setup role in the Phillies bullpen, and so far, the results are encouraging. In 11.2 innings as a reliever, he has a 2.32 ERA and.94 WHIP to go with a 15:2 K/BB ratio.
  • He’s only made three appearances with his new team so far, but Hunter Strickland is looking like a quality addition to that Nationals bullpen. Fernando Rodney has been on a heater of late, but I’ll still take my chances with Daniel Hudson and Strickland before riding the Rodney roller coaster. Kyle Ryan has been one of the Cubs’ most consistent relievers as of late, working his way into more high-leverage work the past few weeks. In a bullpen that continues to battle numerous injuries, Ryan should continue to see plenty of SV+HLD chances in the near future.
  • Brewers relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Freddy Peralta each had a tough week, and now their roles in that bullpen are completely up in the air. Jeffress hasn’t really been able to put it all together for any stretch of time this year, and while his numbers aren’t terrible (4.86 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 12 holds, 42 strikeouts), it looks like there are better options to chase at the moment. Peralta’s stock had some helium two weeks ago when he came in for a save chance, but he continues to struggle with command issues that have plagued him all season long. Expect the Brewers to mix and match multiple relievers in front of Josh Hader the rest of the way.

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.

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

  1. Kurt Seiberling says:

    Aaron Bummer, Kyle Ryan or Michael Lorenzen? Need help with ratios.

  2. Chucky says:

    Time to pimp off Vazquez? Pirates haven’t won a game or had a save opportunity since Hector was a pup. Pirates teetering on the Marlins/Orioles plateau.

  3. hardcourt says:

    Biagini is not a good source for holds any longer…

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