The Hold Up 8/22: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday
- The Mets bullpen has been in turmoil as of late, with Seth Lugo replacing Edwin Diaz in the closer role for now. The team has stated it wants to get Diaz out of high-leverage situations in order to get him right, which makes sense for now. Right in the middle of a playoff race, and with few relievers they can truly count on, the team will need Diaz to get back on the right track as soon as possible. He was fine in two innings pitched this week (one hit, a walk, and three strikeouts), so hopefully that’s a small step in the right direction. The other reliever in New York surging up the depth chart is Justin Wilson, who could mix into some ninth inning situations with Lugo. He’s been a sneaky contributor in ERA, strikeouts, and holds this season.
- Another NL East bullpen that is trying to figure itself out is based out of Atlanta, with Mark Melancon currently the favorite for saves. That could change in a week, as both Shane Greene and Luke Jackson pitched well this week, but for now, the three are interesting last reliever on the roster types for those in SV/HLD leagues.
- Mike Morin is the next man up in the Phillies’ quest to find a setup man to work in front of Hector Neris, with the results encouraging for the time being. He hasn’t allowed a walk in more than a month and now has four holds over the past two weeks. Andres Munoz continues to flash his immense potential and this week was able to pick up two holds. Here’s to hoping he carves out a setup role in front of Craig Stammen and Kirby Yates the rest of the season. While he hasn’t been contributing in the holds department quite yet, Joe Kelly has quietly figured things out and is currently on pace to have the best season of his career. Over the last two months, he holds a 23:4 K/BB rate while allowing just 12 hits over 17.1 innings.