The first installment of The Hold Up was a more of a discussion but this time we’re providing straight up rankings. Holds are a lot more spread out than saves so the shift in value as you move down isn’t too steep. Tony Watson led the league last season and could very well rack up 40+ this season as well. Betances and Miller, assuming Andrew’s bum wrist doesn’t hurt his defense to the point where the ratios take a hit, are closers in setup roles. Absolutely in love with Strop-Kela, but things don’t get iffy until the 30s. Unless you’re talking about one of the top 20 or so guys you shouldn’t be too attached.
Probably better off focusing more on depth than locking up top tier studs in hold leagues. Fill your RP and P slots with middle relievers to lock up holds and drag down ERA and WHIP. Plus you can always cut loose a backend setup man if you need to stream. Unless it’s a shallow league, every extra dollar other teams spend on holds gives you more relative value to stack your bats and staff. I’ll be updating this list every Tuesday through the season, so check back each week to stay on top of the competition.
Here are the Top 50 relievers for Holds entering Opening Day:
17. Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles)
19. Yimi Garcia (Los Angeles Dodgers)
24. Seung Hwan Oh (St. Louis Cardinals)
25. Bryan Shaw (Cleveland Indians)
28. Stephen Geltz (Tampa Bay Rays)
31. Pedro Baez (Los Angeles Dodgers)
42. Trevor Bauer (Cleveland Indians)
46. Oliver Perez (Washington Nationals