Unveiled last update, the setup men consistency rankings are turning into an interesting read. It’s easy to see at a quick glance that there are eight players who are consistently in these rankings.
I was going to include the ranking in the score given (based off holds this season, in the last month, the last week and recent overall performance) to the relievers ranked below, but it seemed to skew the rankings too much.
The player that caused my concern was Clay Hensley. Yes, I recommended him last week as the top setup guy to Leo Nunez, but this week Hensley only had one hold with a 13.50 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP.
Adding in the consistency ranking, thanks to his top-4 performance last week, Hensley would have moved into the top 15. The point of these rankings is to let you know what players are performing well while getting holds. Hensley hasn’t shown he can do that consistently. He’s still the setup guy in Florida, but doesn’t deserve to be ranked this week.
As usual, the number next to the player name is his ranking score. The number in parentheses is their rank last update. If a player has an MO next to their name it represents a must-own player based on consistency rankings.
The top setup men in fantasy baseball in 2010
1. Luke Gregerson, 6 (3) MO — What is there to say? He’s been in the top five for the last five updates. Gregerson is tied for the league lead in holds and is a K machine.
2. Tyler Clippard, 13 (11) MO — He’s been among the top two setup men in three different updates this season. The only other player that can say that is Gregerson. Clippard tied for the league lead in holds this week and, like Gregerson, strikes out batters at a high rate.
3. Joba Chamberlain, 24 (6) MO — He’s prone to an occasional four earned run disaster, but Chamberlain has five holds in the last month to lead the league.
4. Mike Adams, 30 (8) MO — The holds have slowed down a bit for Adams, who found himself atop the rankings a few weeks ago, but not enough to knock him out of the top 10. He’s been in the top eight in each of the last five updates.
5. Hong-Chih Kuo, 33 (9) MO — He has 15 Ks in his last 11 innings and has a pair of wins in the last month to go along with five holds. Kuo has been a fixture for weeks in my league that counts holds.
6. Daniel Bard, 36 (1) MO — Widely regarded as a future closer, Bard got a chance this week as Jonathan Papelbon had to leave the Red Sox for personal reasons. Bard earned a save, blew a save and sported a 10.13 ERA. He’ll be back to his setup self by next update.
7. Fernando Rodney, 37 (NR) — The first new face on this list is a brand new face to the holds update. Rodney tied for the league lead with three holds in the last week and has the second most in the last month. Take care if you add Rodney — who could be in line for saves if Brian Fuentes continues to struggle — because he has the same number of walks (17) as he does Ks (17) and while his WHIP is a scary 1.40 it’s still below his career mark.
8. Kevin Jepsen, 39 (NR) — After a two-week absence, Jepsen returns to the update thanks to a three-hold week. Another good week and he’ll probably get an MO — he’s among the top 10 in the consistency rankings.
9. Arthur Rhodes, 42 (2) MO — Another scoreless week for Arthur Rhodes, but he doesn’t have a hold to show for it. He did earn a win. That’s the second week in a row he was quiet on the holds front. As long as he remains effective he needs to stay rostered. The holds will come.
10. Scott Downs, 43 (5) MO — Downs has been so… Well, let me put it this way, he’s got the third most saves this season, but in the last week posted a 27.00 ERA and a 6.00 WHIP. He has three holds and a loss since May 31. If you need holds, Downs will get them and he’ll take your ERA and WHIP for a ride a couple times a month.
11. Brandon Lyon, 44 (15) — Available in 92% of Yahoo leagues, Lyon has four holds, a save and a win in June. His WHIP in the last month (1.59) is cause for concern, but he’s been good this season.
11. Sergio Santos, 44 (NR) — Has made some noise in the holds department in the last month (tied for second most in the majors) and is available in 97% of Yahoo leagues. He’s got 27 Ks in 21 innings with a 1.69 ERA and an almost disturbing 1.31 WHIP in 2010.
13. Sean Marshall, 46 (NR) — Marshall hasn’t made an update since the first of the season, and he only has one hold in June. However, his overall numbers are strikingly good — five wins, 38 Ks in 30 innings, a 1.78 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and a .194 batting average against. He’s an excellent RP option, holds or not.
13. Santiago Casilla, 46 (NR) — Makes this ranking thanks to tying for the league lead in holds this week with 3. Since June 1 he has four holds, a save and a loss with a 1.80 ERA. Casilla has 15 Ks to only four walks this season. He’s not a must add, but if your fantasy bullpen has questions, Casilla could provide some answers.
15. Ronald Belisario, 47 (13) — Has five Ks, two walks, a hold and a win in his last five innings pitched. Belisario’s ERA has fallen nearly four points (7.20-4.62) since May 26, but if his performance so far this season is any indication, he’s due for a three- or four-earned run disaster. Add at your own risk. It’s probably better to have a Matt (Guerrier or Thornton, see below).
Knocked out: Clay Hensley (4), Matt Guerrier (7), Darren Oliver (10), Matt Thornton (12), Chris Perez (14).
Players to watch:
Craig Breslow — Only has three holds this season, but has two of them since June 6. Breslow has a 2.63 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 2010.
Jerry Blevins — Like Breslow, Blevins has a pair of holds since June 6. He has a higher K rate, but also has a higher ERA (4.30). Blevins’ WHIP (1.61) and BAA (.299) portend future disaster, but holds are holds.
Grant Balfour — Gets a K per inning and has two holds and a win in June. His season ERA (1.98), WHIP (0.91) and BAA (.210) are good too.
Peter Moylan — He made the first two updates but has been absent since. Last week he gave up his first homer — an inside-the-park HR to Gerardo Parra — since Opening Day 2008. He had three holds in April, five in May and two so far in June to give him 10 on the season. That’s how you accumulate 25 over the course of a year. Considering the start, this might be one of the months he’ll help fantasy teams.
- Luke Gregerson
- Mike Adams
- Tyler Clippard
- Arthur Rhodes
- Daniel Bard
- Hong-Chih Kuo
- Joba Chamberlain
- Scott Downs
- Kevin Jepsen
- Matt Guerrier