Top Five MLB Holds Leaders In 2013
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Tuesday June 25th, 2013
Bernie Olshansky (Baseball Writer): Follow @BernieOlshansky
Depending on the year, we can usually say if it is pitcher-dominant or hitter-dominant. This year, it is very hard to say. One could make the case that the MLB is being dominated by hitters with Miguel Cabrera tallying over 70 RBI before July.
That argument could be helped by the facts that Cole Hamels already has 11 losses and Justin Verlander has a high three ERA. Either way, the season will still go on and pitchers and hitters will still record their statistics.
One statistic that is not looked at or talked about much is the hold. A hold is given when a reliever enters in a save situation, records an out, and leaves the game without having given up the lead, but also does not get a save.
Usually the guys that get the most holds are setup men. In this piece, I’ll take a look at the top five (with a bonus!) holds leaders for the year.
Mitchell Boggs (2012 Holds Leader in some lighter days)
Bonus: Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers, 16 Holds
Jansen was pegged as a possible closer for the Dodgers last season and at the start of this season. He definitely has the stuff. The only person in his way was Brandon League, whom the Dodgers signed for a massive contract.
Now that League has faltered, Jansen will get a shot at the closer role. Because of this, we will see a dip in his number of holds, but I do not think anyone will be too disappointed about that. This year, Jansen is 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA, a .94 WHIP, and 51 K.
5. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals, 17 Holds
Rosenthal is undoubtedly going to be a closer in the future. He’s a flamethrower and has great stuff. The Cardinals bullpen has been a bit shaky, so he could see a few save opportunities in the near future.
This season he has been very good going 1-1 with a great 1.91 ERA and 1.06 WHIP to go along with 53 K.
Robertson and Rosenthal have the same amount of holds, so they could be flipped in any order.
4. David Robertson, New York Yankees, 17 Holds
Robertson has a 2.67 ERA to go with a 1.02 WHIP, 39 K, and 4-1 record. If Mariano should get injured, God forbid, Robertson should step in and get some saves.
3. Joel Peralta, Tampa Bay Rays, 18 Holds
Peralta has been a little bit iffy this year, going 1-4 with a 3.21 ERA and 34 K and a 1.13 WHIP. At the start of the season, many thought there was no way for Peralta to come into the closer role.
Fernando Rodney has not been what he was last year, but Peralta is not exactly a better option. Regardless, Peralta has racked up the saves and should continue to do so for the rest of the season.
2. Jesse Crain, Chicago White Sox, 18 Holds
Crain has been a notorious eighth inning guy for his career. He will definitely be a trade target for contenders before the trade deadline. I could see a team like the Tigers trading for him with the absence of Jose Valverde.
This might not happen, though, because the Tigers and White Sox are in the same division. This year Crain is 2-1 with a .53 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 44 K. Addison Reed has been doing a pretty good job as closer so if Crain remains on the team I do not see him taking over.
1. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates, 22 Holds
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