The Hold Up 5/9: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday
- It was tough finding a place to rank Jose Leclerc as his long-term value is certainly greater in saves-only leagues. He’s looked much better in his first two outings since being removed from the closer role and should work his way back into the ninth inning eventually.
- Junior Guerra is currently Josh Hader’s top handcuff, and he’s been a welcome surprise to a Brewers bullpen that’s struggled for much of April. I still see Jeremy Jeffress as the guy once he gets back up to full speed as the team seems to be taking things slowly with him.
- Brandon Workman has worked himself into the Sox secondary setup role in front of Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes and could have a ton of value. I’m skeptical that the ratios will stay anywhere near this low, especially given his walk rate, but he’s getting holds at a high clip right now with his four in the past two weeks first in baseball.
- Carl Edwards Jr. is back with the Cubs, and the time couldn’t have been any better with Pedro Strop landing on the IL with a hamstring strain. The closer role figures to go primarily to Steve Cishek with Brandon Kintzler and maybe Brad Brach mixing in, but it should open up some hold opportunities for Edwards right away. He picked up the win in last night’s 11-inning affair with the Marlins, as he worked a perfect top half of the inning while adding two strikeouts.