A’s reliever Jake Diekman finally allowed his first earned run of the year, giving up a home run to Edwin Rios in the 8th inning of last night’s game. It also snapped a streak of 5 straight games with a hold for Diekman (he did pick up a win) in the process. It’s been an impressive season for the veteran lefty, albeit a lucky one (.194 BABIP), but impressive as he leads the league in holds with 12. His 36.8% K rate ranks 14th amongst all relievers this season, while his 14.5% BB rate also ranks 15th highest (or lowest I suppose). He’s allowed only 8 hits all year, reminding me a lot of Brandon Workman‘s 2019 season. While it’s been a great 2020 for Diekman, and I’m sure he has won some people some leagues, beware of the inevitable regression that will come next season.
- After a very slow start to the year, Will Smith now has 4 holds over the past two weeks and is back on the fantasy radar for the last weekend of the season as the Braves host the Red Sox. I still like Chris Martin a little bit better as he has rattled off 16 straight innings without allowing a run.
- The Angels bullpen has been on fire to start the week, with Mike Mayers (listed with the closers), Matt Andriese, and Felix Pena totaling 7 SV+HLD’s over the first 3 days of the week. The team gets a tough matchup this weekend with the Dodgers, but all three are still worth considering for those looking for holds.
- The Phillies have struggled to find consistency in their bullpen all season long, but may be turning a corner here as Tommy Hunter has pitched well in his past 5 games and figures to finish the season as the team’s top setup option in front of closer Hector Neris.
- Jonathan Hernandez has had a great season for the Rangers, but ending the season with a 4 game series against the Astros isn’t exactly ideal. Hernandez and Rafael Montero‘s seasons have two of the positives in a dismal Rangers season, and with Jose Leclerc returning next year, this bullpen could be a real strength for them.
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