2020 MLB Draft Guide: Saves vs Saves Plus Holds
Ivar Anderson makes suggestions for fantasy baseball leagues with regard to using saves as a category or to incorporate more middle reliever use and include holds.
Saves vs Saves + Holds
The recent trend in the MLB where starting pitchers pitch fewer and fewer innings per start is resulting in increased value among steady bullpen arms to provide fantasy production. As managers more frequently pull their starters at the first sign of trouble brewing in the middle innings, the setup man has taken on a greater role when drafting and making in-season adjustments to fantasy pitching staffs. Witness the trending decline in the number of starting pitchers that are contributing 200+ innings in a season: 2018 saw a mere baker’s dozen contributing that number of innings, following only 15 such hurlers in both 2017 and 2016, down significantly from the 28 we saw in 2016 and the 33 that were featured in 2015. Granted, 2019 saw a slight rise in the number of arms tossing 200+ innings as 15 SP’s reached that plateau, mimicking 2017 but that is still a meager count of high inning hurlers. As a result of these propensities among major league skippers and...