Over the last eleven days, I have given a list of players that can help you in a given category.
Today we are on to another reader request. This time the reader requested category is holds. Here you go Chris!
Since a large number of ESPN leagues do not count holds, it is hard to get an accurate availability number on these bullpen aces. So instead of providing a list of holds guys for each type of league, I will simply list the players who have the most amount of holds on the season and over the last two weeks. From there you can make the decision whether to add these guys or not.
Pitchers with ten or more holds so far this year:
Brett Cecil, Blue Jays: Cecil has 13 holds, three saves, and a 13.50 K/9 ratio. The 3.80 ERA does leave something to be desired though.
Brad Ziegler, Diamondbacks: Ziegler has 12 holds and a solid 2.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
Carlos Martinez, Cardinals: Martinez has 12 saves out of the Cardinal bullpen, but still projects as a starter long term. He is one injury away from joining the rotation.
Steve Delabar, Blue Jays: Delabar has racked up 12 holds to go with three wins. His 4.29 ERA makes him a bit of a risk though.
Kevin Siegrist, Cardinals: Siegrist went on the DL with a forearm strain last weekend, and will miss at least a couple of weeks. When healthy, he did have 12 holds and a 12.15 K/9 ratio.
J.P. Howell, Dodgers: With all of the big names in the Dodger ‘pen, Howell is leading the team with 11 holds. He is also sporting a 2.04 ERA and 10.7 K/9 ratio.
Tyler Clippard, Nationals: Clippard has 11 holds, and has not been scored upon in the month of May. His season totals of 1.54 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 11.96 K/9 make him valuable in a lot of leagues. Oh, did I mention that he also has four wins?
Adam Ottavino, Rockies: It has been Ottavino, not Rex Brothers, that has shone in the late innings as a setup man to LaTroy Hawkins. Ottavino has 11 holds, a 1.52 ERA, and a sterling 0.76 WHIP. If you are looking for the guy to own in case Hawkins keeps struggling, look no further.
Tony Watson, Pirates: Watson is the primary left-handed reliever for the Pirates, and has excelled in that role. He has 11 holds, a 1.16 ERA, 11.57 K/9 ratio and five wins. He can help out in most standard leagues as well.
Will Smith, Brewers: Smith has been dominant all season long, as shown by his microscopic 0.38 ERA. He has added 11 holds, a save, and a 12 K/9 ratio.
Joba Chamberlain, Tigers: Remember him? Well, Joba has resurfaced in Detroit with ten holds setting up Joe Nathan, and has also posted a solid 2.95 ERA and 10.55 K/9 ratio. He could be next in line if Nathan gets hurt.