August 5, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Added and Dropped: New Closer Time

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Greg Holland, RP, Kansas City Royals

As usual the relief pitching market was active around last week’s trade deadline.  Only one new closer was created in last week’s moves, however.  Naturally, there was a big run to claim Kansas City’s Greg Holland.  One of April’s most dynamic players id being dropped as well as one of the best starting pitchers of the first half.




Greg Holland:  He is the deadline’s big winner in fantasy as Jonathan Broxton was shipped to Cincinnati.  Manager Ned Yost wants his closer to “throw strikes”, luckily Holland’s walk rate is dropping through the year.  His ERA is higher than his FIP, xFIP, tERA, or SIERA, an indication that he could finish the year strong.


Drop for him:  Brett Myers, Ryan Cook, Alfredo Aceves

Don’t drop for him:  Tom Wilhelmsen, Casey Janssen, Addison Reed


Ryan Ludwick:  He had a .908 OPS in June and 1.089 in July.  Chris Heisey once challenged him for playing time but is now almost never starting.  Ludwick has a 24.0% HR/FB in Cincinnati and a still solid 17.9% on the road.  He is the team’s best hitter aside from Joey Votto.


Drop for him:  Jayson Werth, Carlos Lee, Lance Berkman

Don’t drop for him:  Lorenzo Cain, Dexter Fowler, Torii Hunter


Matt Harvey:  A check Monday morning will reveal how many just added as a streamer for Sunday.  He could see lots of drops after a 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER effort.  He still has twenty-two strikeouts and seven walks in sixteen innings pitched.  Despite the bad start he still has streaming appeal in standard mixed and should be held in deeper leagues.


Drop for him:  Ivan Nova, Mark Buehrle, Matt Harrison

Don’t drop for him:  Edwin Jackson, Jason Vargas, Chad Billingsley


Paul Maholm:  A 1.23 ERA in July was good enough for a contender to pry him away from the Cubs.  His skills are consistent with his efforts in 2011 and pushing his strikeout rate to 6.29 makes him more palatable for fantasy.  He could have trouble when facing lefty-heavy lineups.


Drop for him:  James McDonald, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone

Don’t drop for him:  Homer Bailey, Edinson Volquez, Chris Capuano


Chris Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks



Chris Young:  Since his shoulder injury he has struggled.  The Diamondbacks sat him in four of the last nine games.  Gerardo Parra is getting most of the action against right-handed pitching.  He is putting 51.2% of balls in play in the air, partially explaining his .239 BABIP.  He has only six steals, a steep drop and a disappointing development for his fantasy value.


Drop him for:  Cody Ross, Angel Pagan, Micheal Brantley

Don’t drop him for:  Garrett Jones, Delmon Young, Bryan LaHair


James McDonald:  His breakthrough year is headed south with a 5.97 July ERA.  He is missing the zone badly, walking 6.23/9 last month.  He still enjoys a .265 BABIP against and could give up more base runners even if he fixes his control.  He is likely to exceed his career high in innings pitches, this seems a good time to cash in on him.


Drop him for:  Clay Buchholz, Jon Niese, Wei-Yin Chen

Don’t drop him for:  Ricky Romero, Yu Darvish, Josh Beckett


Mike Aviles:  Shifting towards the bottom of the lineup is hurting his production, he only scored three runs in July.  His .284 OBP is a large issue, and it is not far from his career mark.  A toe issue cost him some time, but he seems able to play through it.


Drop him for:  Danny Espinosa, Jhonny Peralta, J.J. Hardy

Don’t drop him for:  Yunel Escobar, Marco Scutaro, Josh Rutledge


Justin Masterson:  Instead of building on a strong 2011 he reverted to 2010’s skill levels.  He has a sharp platoon disadvantage against lefties, they post a .354 wOBA off him.  His fastball velocity is down 1.5 mph but is increasing through the season.


Drop him for:  Jeff Samardzija, Francisco Liriano, Jake Westbrook

Don’t drop him for:  Ubaldo Jimenez, Bud Norris, Ervin Santana


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