What’s poppin, Razzpimples? Bullpen update time!
Don’t forget, the Razzball Bullpen Chart is manned by yours truly and updated like every single second (not really, but I stay on top of thangs for the most part). And directly below are your Top 10 most valuable RP over the last week, courtesy of our super cool and filterable Last 7 Days pitching stats page you should be using all the time, as well as a current look at the Top 15 RP via our Player Rater.
Here’s what stood out to me this week (note: Monday’s games do not factor in, and note #2: you might see a discrepancy in total stats since I calculate days differently than our site does):
Player Rater Top 15
Top 10 Last 7 Days
Oh you were worried about Jorge Lopez? Thought regression had finally caught up to him? Shame on you. Lopez had 3 SV and 7 K this week in four innings of one-run ball. There’s one more single RP you should care about who had more K (8) this past week, and it’s the guy who will lead off the “Holds Daddies” section below.
You might recall my awesome Ryan Helsley pun several weeks back, and this week I wanted to give him some more love as the #6 RP over the last week on our Player Rater. Helsley earned a dub and a save, striking out four in 4.1 IP. Wasn’t perfect, allowing 3 H and 1 R and a walk; still, the run was unearned and he generated whiffs 24% of the time. He’s easily the best RP in that pen and simply one of the very best so far in the 2022 season. I mean, he’s the #2 RP on the 2022 Player Rater for crying out loud.
Tanner Scott had 3 SV but also blew a save and earned a loss. Job’s still safe, don’t you worry. Did have an ugly 1.64 WHIP, but only one of his runs was earned and he racked up 5 K in 3.2 IP.
Really thought David Bednar would be on the IL by now, but he seems to have overcome his back problems. Added three more saves to his resume this week, striking out five batters in 4 IP. I love walk-less weeks from RPs, and that’s just what we got from the Pittsburgh version of Liam Hendriks.
Speaking of Liam Hendriks, he had just 1 SV but fired off three perfect innings and struck out five. Looking like he’s back to 100%.
Lou Trivino had 2 SV and didn’t allow any runs. That’s about the best possible outcome you could expect from him at this point. He’s the closer at least until Dany Jimenez comes back, which shouldn’t be too long now.
Brett Martin earned back-to-back saves for the Rangers, who demoted Joe Barlow for the time being after he blew back-to-back chances. Barlow is a drop for now, I guess. Who’s gonna rush to the wire to grab that guy? I know he’s been good, and I’m pretty confused by this decision, but it’s quite clear he’s not getting opportunities for the foreseeable future, so he has no place on most fantasy rosters. Scoop him back up if/when he gets another chance.
Gregory Soto had 2 SV and an otherwise ugly line (3.86 ERA and 3.00 WHIP). He goes through spurts of dominance and meh-nance. Still a primary closer, though, so still very much fantasy relevant.
Paul Sewald had 1 SV and six delicious strikeouts in 3.2 IP. No walk and no runs. Luhhh me some of that. Sewald is back to being the stud he was last year and is, for now, the Mariners closer. I’ve been saying they didn’t sign an injured Ken Giles just to let him be a basic reliever, but now I’m like…why take Sewald out of the role? Why even? He was the #1 RP this past week and has worked himself into the Top 10 on the season.
Clay Holmes is still the #1 RP on Player Rater and put up yet another positive fantasy week: 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 2 K.
Andres Munoz, as you see above, had quite a lovely little week. He was good enough to be the #10 RP this week, picking up 3 HD and 11 (!!!) K. That’s right, eleven. Went straight Stranger Things on some muhfuhs. Just like my boi Helsley did last week. (My personal spreadsheet doesn’t look as good for Munoz cuz it calculates days a little differently, but I’m going with the Razzball way this time).
Four holds for Wil Crowe! That’s a lotta holds! Too bad he’s on the Bucs and can’t be counted on consistently!
Brusdar Graterol had 2 SV and 1 HD this week, striking out three and allowing exactly zero runs in 4.1 IP. His SVHD stock is quite, quite high these days thanks to injuries to Blake Treinen and Daniel Hudson. Barring implosion or injury, his ROS stonks are *rocket emoji*. I still feel like dude should be a better K source than he is, but whateva. He good.
There’s another Dodgers RP to pay attention to back there (not named Kimbrel), and it’s Evan Phillips, who had 1 W and 2 HD. He struck out three in 2.1 IP and has been basically elite all season long. His stonks are also *rocket emoji*.
Andrew Chafin had 2 HD in 3.1 scoreless. Only blemish was a walk. Teammate Alex Lange had 3 HD with a whopping 7 K in 3.2 scoreless. The year is 2025, the Tigers rule thanks to Tork and Greene and Mize and Skubal, and Lange is one of the best RP in fantasy baseball. Who says no?
Don’t sleep too hard on Joey Krehbiel, who had 1 W and 1 HD this week. Quietly been rather a badass this year: 4 W, 7 HD, 2.35 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 25 K in 30.2 IP. Obvs a holds-only fella.
Both A.J. Puk and Zach Jackson had 2 HD this week and didn’t allow any runs. They’re okay holds sources…in AL-only leagues.
Kenley Jansen is due back today. Both A.J. Minter and Will Smith were admirable in his absence, but if you’ve been scavenging saves with them lately, you can stop all that right about now.
Real flop of a week from Raisel Iglesias: 1 L, 1 BS, 21.60 ERA, and 3.60 WHIP. Ah well, he’ll bounce back.
Also a flop of a week from Jhoan Duran, who didn’t do himself any favors in locking down the Twins closing gig. He allowed 6 H, 4 R, and 3 ER in 4 IP. Did earn a hold at least.
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