The Bullpen Call: New Bullpen Adds

  • Hi Fantasy Baseball heads, in this week’s edition of the Bullpen Call, we’ll look at some new hot save options and some non-closing relievers that may help with ratios and holds. We know some leagues are ultra-competitive in the saves or saves/holds department, so let’s get ahead of the curve on some hot adds. Let’s get right into it.

    Non-Closer Adds

    Phil Maton (RP, Astros)

    Maton is a non-closer that finds himself in the top 100 so far. Maton has a 1.06 ERA, 0.35 WHIP, and 19 Ks in 17 innings in 2023. We believe Maton is a strong ratio reducer asset. Maton fits the Cano model, in that he can be plugged into value and he’s a low equity cut if he loses his value. There is always the next RP up, and Phil is in that range for now.

    Matt Strahm (SP/RP, Phillies)

    Strahm is a guy that you can plug in an SP slot if all your active RP/P slots are filled with daily relievers. Strahm has K upside and he may find himself in multi-inning scenarios. Strahm is back in the bullpen and has a 3.14 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 40 Ks in 28 innings.

    Bryan Baker (RP, Orioles)

    Baker has 8 holds so far in 2023. He’s a strong ratio reducer with a good K rate in all formats, and he’s even more valuable in holds settings. Baker’s line so far sits at a 2.16 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 2 wins, 8 holds and a great 22 Ks in 16 innings.

    Yennier Cano (RP, Orioles)

    Yennier Cano deserves to be rostered in all formats the way he is throwing. Cano is in the top 50 in roto and h2h cat leagues and has value in point leagues. His line so far: 5 holds, 2 saves, 0.00 ERA (yes, you read that right), 0.12 WHIP and 19 Ks in 16 innings. He’s a set and forget value play while he’s throwing like this. I like him over an excess bench bat or middling streamer SP.

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