Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Top 10 for Holds: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings


By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Top Ten in Holds for 2014

If a starting pitcher can pitch well enough to maintain a lead, the middle relievers will be given the responsibility of keeping the lead. The hold is a deceptive statistic. It can be obtained any time after the starting pitcher has exited the game as long as they exited with the lead. While the hold is not dependent on the final result of the game as long as they had a successful appearance; a good closer will keep their setup relievers out of the closer role. A good offense and the chance to win will all be important for the predicted top ten in holds to succeed.

 

1. Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals (38)

By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsWith the strong, young starting rotation on the Washington Nationals, expect this consistently effective reliever to be among the top middle relievers in holds. Since joining the Nationals, Tyler Clippard has been one of the most consistent and reliable relief pitchers in the game. Last season, the Nationals offense was hurt by injuries but Clippard was among the leaders in holds. He has had some success as a closer in 2012 but Rafael Soriano is an effective closer and will be setup for success in the National League East by Tyler Clippard.

 

2. Joel Peralta, Tampa Bay Rays (35)

This veteran in the Tampa Bay Rays has been the most relied on reliever in this American League East team. He showed up in 80 games in 2013 but also put up a great ERA and the Rays continue to be a strong contender in the American League East. Over three seasons with the Rays, Peralta has nearly 100 holds. Along with Jake McGee, they are two of the more dependable late-inning relievers that are expected to tally up the holds.

 

3. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates (34)

After struggling during his years with the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates, Mark Melancon found a home with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Wild Card-winning Pirates got a career-best year from Melancon and got 26 holds out of him. Not many players improve upon a season like his but with the confidence and strength of the Pittsburgh Pirates; expect Melancon to have another great year as the setup man for closer Jason Grilli.

 

4. Jake McGee, Tampa Bay Rays (32)

The flame-throwing lefty in the Rays bullpen has been a reliable presence that manager Joe Maddon could turn to and count on to get the job done. In his two full seasons as the primary lefty, he’s gotten at least 20 holds. If you can pitch with your left, you’ll find a job. Jake McGee certainly has done that and will continue to be an effective force in the Tampa Bay bullpen.

 

5. Brian Wilson, Los Angeles Dodgers (29)

“The Beard” is starting his first full season in Dodger Blue and he has accepted the eighth inning role. With Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke anchoring the rotation and Kenley Jansen shutting the door, Brian Wilson should see numerous opportunities to assist in a win. The offense is still strong for the Dodgers and Brian Wilson still has closer stuff. The Dodgers are expected to contend for the West and Wilson should help get them there.

 

6. Junichi Tazawa, Boston Red Sox (28)

In a full season with the Red Sox, Tazawa showed he has the talent to hold a big spot in the major league bullpen. Bridging to fellow countryman Koji Uehara, Tazawa will continue getting better as he gets more major league experience. Tazawa has electric stuff, a potent offense and one of the best rotations in the game. He will get opportunities and as he gets better with time, he will get more holds and continue to get them in dominant fashion. Look for him to be a regular great in the holds category.

 

7. Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics (26)

The master of the inherited runner situation is bound to be a great candidate for holds. He may not put up outstanding numbers but a lefty that can strand inherited runners is a valuable arm to have in the bullpen. If Doolittle can maintain his consistent ability of bailing out a starting pitcher in hot water, expect him to get numerous holds in some high leverage situations.

 

8. Luis Avilan, Atlanta Braves (26)

The Atlanta Braves are always known for their excellent pitching staff. This year is no different. There are some more injuries than could have been expected but Luis Avilan has proven to be a dependable member of the bullpen bridge to Craig Kimbrel. Being a left-handed pitcher, he’ll likely be expected to get the likes of Ryan Howard and Bryce Harper out on more than one occasion. If he is called on for one lefty or one inning, Avilan will get the job done and pass the game on successfully.

 

9. Shawn Kelley, New York Yankees (25)

The question the baseball world constantly asks is “Who will replace Mariano Rivera?” The truth is no one can but David Robertson will do his best to fill the gap of one of the greats. The real question is “Who will replace David Robertson?” Enter Shawn Kelley, a pitcher of similar approach as David Robertson. He uses a low 90s fastball and a strikeout slider to put away opposing batters. He will be put into a situation of higher intensity than he’s used to, but with the added offense and veteran rotation, Kelley will see multiple opportunities to be the bridge.

 

10. Santiago Casilla, San Francisco Giants (22)

The offense is still unproven as dependable and the rotation has to prove that last year was a blip on the radar. The addition of Tim Hudson will fortify the rotation and add a veteran leader on the staff. Santiago Casilla is an improving reliever that handles the late-inning duties along with veteran Javier Lopez. Sergio Romo has been solid since receiving the closer’s role in the 2012 postseason. Casilla will continue bridging winning opportunities to Romo and his sweeping slider.

 




More Recent Articles

 

Week 12 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


Colts Conundrum: What To Do With Marlon Mack Hurt

Hello, my name is Eric Samulski, and I spent all my FAAB on Brian Hill last week. Phew! I’m glad we got that out of the way. Now that that’s on the table, we can talk honestly about this week's biggest running back decision: How the Colts will replace Marlon Mack, who just underwent surgery on... Read More


NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 12) - Targets and Avoids

Sunday was one of the worst Sunday's Vegas has had all season and remaining entrants in survivor pools nearly had the same fate. However, the Vikings rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit, the 49ers scored late, and the Cowboys win was much narrower than it should have been. The Saints, Bills, and Ravens took care... Read More


Offensive Line Rankings Analysis: Week 12

Apologies for not making it out last week. I welcomed my daughter into the world, and while I would have loved the distraction of looking at the ability of offensive lines, that wasn't going to happen. Moving onto Week 12, the outcome of your season-long leagues is now taking shape and you know if you... Read More


Fantasy Football Disaster Recovery: Kenny Golladay

Welcome to Disaster Recovery, where each week I'll examine why your studs played like duds. This isn't a place to find out why you should have sat a player for somebody else on your bench. Disaster Recovery is here to examine the guys who you didn't think twice about starting and to help you decide if you should... Read More


Wide Receiver Leaderboards Entering the Final Stretch - NFL Next Gen Stats

We've consumed our first "double-digit week" set of games. That means we've entered the final part of the season and, in fact, the fantasy football playoffs are closer than you may realize. There are just three more weeks to go until we hit Week 14 and celebrate our presence in the run for the chip,... Read More


Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Jeff Driskel, Deebo Samuel, Kenyan Drake

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More


Deeper League Free Agent Pickups for Week 12

Rotoballers, if you're not active on the waiver wire this time of year, there are only two reasonable explanations: 1) You're sitting at 3-8 (or worse) and don't find it enjoyable to play spoiler to your league mates, or 2) You're 8-3 (or better) and have nothing but matchup-proof studs on your starting lineup and... Read More


FAAB Bidding - Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More


Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

This could be the most exciting installment of waiver wire adds in a while. Not that any of these choices are necessarily league-winners but at least we have a bunch of new names to ponder. Bye weeks are nearly over but this one will be particularly tough with the high-scoring Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, and Cardinals... Read More


Week 12 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Almost out of time to make that last push for the playoffs--no time like the present to squeak out a win because you picked the right defense. Below are RotoBaller's Week 12 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 12 of the NFL and... Read More


Week 12 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

It's Week 12, and the fantasy football playoffs are just around the corner. Teams are jostling for playoff position both in the real world and the fantasy world. You gotta have the right kicker at the right time in the right matchup, and it matters now more than ever. The margin for error in these... Read More


Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered the planning process for Week 12. Some of you are concentrating on building lineups that will commandeer a spot in the fantasy playoffs, while others are making slight adjustments to teams that have already secured their place in the postseason.... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

Week 11 is behind us and we're getting closer and closer to the end of the fantasy regular season. For some of us, Week 12 represents the final chance to get into the postseason, while for others we have another week or two left. Here, to help you get ready for the playoffs, is a... Read More


Week 12 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

With fantasy football leagues only a couple weeks away from their playoffs, this is not the time for teams to be short a tight end. Not only do fantasy footballers have no Travis Kelce or Hunter Henry during this crucial week in their fantasy seasons, they do not get to take advantage of using a... Read More