Baez surrendered two runs on three hits over an inning of work, but he still managed to convert his 10th hold of the season in a win over the Reds on Sunday. These mark the first earned runs the hard-throwing righty has surrendered in nearly a month. Baez has been experiencing great success as the Dodgers' setup man this season, but his 1.47 ERA comes with a 3.95 FIP, which is a result of shaky control (4.1 BB/9) and a run-of-the-mill 0.9 HR/9. He's been a great value in holds leagues up until this point, but owners should be aware of his potential for regression.
Baez struck out a pair of batters over two clean innings Friday, picking up his fourth hold in a win over the Cubs. The 27-year-old lowered his ERA to 1.27 following his solid outing. While the results have been strong on paper, his 5.1 BB/9 and high strand rate (95 percent) indicate a regression is impending. Fantasy owners should be wary of this and not rely on Baez as a ratio booster.
Baez struck out both of the batters he faced in Friday's 6-3 win over the Rockies. The veteran bounced back after surrendering a solo home run in his last relief appearance. Baez's results have been strong early on, solidifying his role as manager Dave Roberts' setup man. While he has excelled in the categories that actually count in standard leagues (1.32 ERA and 9.2 K/9), his walk rate (6.6 BB/9) and 5.25 FIP point towards an impending regression.
Baez gave up a run while striking out two in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Giants. The 29-year-old had tossed seven shutout innings before giving up a game-tying home run to Michael Morse. Fellow reliever Sergio Romo also gave up a homer Wednesday, so Baez's role as manager Dave Roberts' right-handed setup man appears to be safe, making him the most appealing target for holds on the Dodgers.
Baez (thumb) was activated off the disabled list Friday J.P. Hoonstra of the Southern California News Group reports. It was reported earlier in the week that Baez would be ready to come off the disabled list in time for the start of the Dodgers' series against the Diamondbacks, and that has since been confirmed after the hard-throwing reliever had a strong finish to his rehab assignment. The Dodgers optioned Josh Fields to clear a spot on the active roster. Expect Baez to slot back into his role as a mid-to-high leverage reliever.