What’s poppin, Razzpimples?

Took last week off, as I was in Gulf Shores absolutely throwing down Yuenglings left and right. If you follow me on Twitter, you know all about it. If you don’t, make a burner or something just to follow me and beef my count up. Shameless self-promotion is why fantasy writers do what they do, am I wrong? Love of the game, schmove of the game.

I kid, I kid. You may recall that I’m a high school English teacher, so this is a fun way for me to keep my writing chops in amateur-ish shape.

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).

Here’s what stood out to me this week (note: Monday’s games do not factor in):


AL West

A dude who’s making a SVHD name for himself is Dennis Santana for the Rangers. Did get hit with an L this past week, but also had 3 HD, 0.00 ERA, and 0.64 WHIP. Going back two weeks, you can tack on 1 SV and 1 HD to that total. The Ks are not impressive, however, but as long as he keeps not walking many guys or giving up hits, he’s in great shape! Aside from K% and Whiff%, that Statcast is sizzling red.

Paul Sewald picked up 2 SV (and 1 BS) this week, with identical K% and BB% (20%). So, yeah; that’s not good. What’s better is the 13.6 SwStr%. What’s even betterer is he’s starting to pull ahead in this crazy committee the Mariners have been rocking all year. But! Alas! Ken Giles isn’t too far away (though his rehab could be going much better, I’m afraid. Currently has a WHIP north of 3.00 and an ERA north of 8.00 in four appearances).

Fellow Mariner Diego Castillo had a nice week if you happen to own him in a league that counts wins. He won twice, striking out six in 3 IP. Hard to justify owning this guy anywhere still.

Two more saves for Joe Barlow, who’s evolved into a bona fide badass fantasy option. That’s now 10 SV on the year and a WHIP under 1.00. Sure, he had a BS+L in an outing as well, but his job is not in jeopardy at all and he’s been mostly excellent.

Ryan Pressly bagged 2 SV despite underwhelming ratios (6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP). Ain’t too worried yet, but I’m a smidgen annoyed at his 1.32 WHIP on the year. Of all guys with 10+ SV, only Melancon’s WHIP is worse: *barf* 1.80.

Dany Jimenez picked up a random hold but also lost a game. His stock is slipping some, sadly. Over the last 14 days, he has a 13.50 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP, with 2 L and 1 BS in that span. Walks are starting to become a problem, but there’s still some positive signs: not giving up homers (yet to allow one all season), still generating solid whiffs, and a 32.7 CSW% in that 14-day span is encouraging.

 

AL Central

Eli Morgan had himself a week. Had five scoreless innings and struck out eight, earning 4 HD in the process. Safe to say he’s bumped Trevor Stephan down the depth chart. Walked just one batter, so that’s good for a 44.4 K% and 5.6 BB% this past week. Noice.

Emmanuel Clase fired off four scoreless, allowing a single hit and no walks while striking out six. Yeah, he’s good. On our Last 7 Days Player Rater, if you filter out RP whose values were inflated because of wins, Clases sits at #1.

That Liam Hendriks guy had two more saves, with 3 K in two perfect innings. Bit of a rough start, but La Russa is never not gonna use him as closer, and now Hendriks is up to 1 W and 9 SV over the last month of play. No one has more saves in that time. Oh yeah, and 19 K in 12.1 IP.

Nice stuff from Gregory Soto, who added 2 SV and 3 K to his season totals (10 and 16, respectively). Just a good, solid fantasy closer. Wish I’d taken more chances on him. On that Last 7 Days Player Rater with wins filtered out that I just mentioned? Soto’s #2.

Emilio Pagan got hit with a BS+L in his only outing of the week. I don’t really know why this guy continues to get chances in the 9th, cuz he really ain’t that good. His season ERA (3.00) does not jive with his season FIP (6.14). He’s been shelled for 5 HR already (among the most among all RP in baseball), too.

Another week gone by without a save from Scott Barlow or Josh Staumont. Sigh.

 

AL East

Clay Holmes tacked on 2 SV in two scoreless innings. Struck out two and walked one. Continue owning him in confidence. I’m not sure Chapman gets the 9th again with the way Holmes has dominated.

Jorge Lopez had a strong week despite only 1 SV and 1 L. He allowed an unearned run on just one hit across 3.1 IP, striking out three and walking none.

Jordan Romano picked up 1 SV, bringing him to 16 SV in 2022. No question about his job or his ROS outlook.

Welp, it was a mess in Tampa. Per the usual. Matt Wisler impressed with 1 SV and 1 HD, striking out six in 4 IP (though he did also walk three). Colin Poche had 1 W and 1 SV (and 1 BS). Brooks Raley had 2 HD and 4 K. Ryan Thompson had 1 SV. J.P. Feyereisen, who’s now on the IL, had 1 HD. Even Shawn Armstrong had 1 HD and looked pretty good while doing it (1 ER and 6 K in 4 IP). But! Alas! Andrew Kittredge is back in action, so ya gotta think he jumps back to the top of the pecking order for high-leverage work.

Not much from Red Sox relievers this week. Two holds for John Schreiber and one for Tanner Houck. Could feasibly see Houck rising to must-own status in SVHD leagues, but he’s obvs not there yet.

 

NL West

Daniel Hudson had 2 SVHD this week, striking out four in 2.1 IP. Didn’t allow a run nor a walk. More like Daniel Studson, amirite?

Craig Kimbrel had 1 SV but also had 2 L and 1 BS. Yikes. Except really that yikes is unfounded: 0.89 FIP. 1.67 SIERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 6 K make those losses look much better. Unlucky. You never know; maybe some knuckle-dragger in your league thinks he’s on the hot seat already or something.

I am so tired of writing about Mark Melancon but dammit the guy just keeps getting the fantasy stats we like. Picked up 1 W and 1 SV this week, but *SURPRISE!* it came with shitty ratios: 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Bafflingly, he generated whiffs 18.4% of the time anyone swung, which is elite territory. Just an anomaly, of course, as his season total in that department is a lowly 10.6%.

Mixed bag from Camilo Doval this week: 1 SV and 1 BS. Gave up 3 R, but only one of those was earned. Don’t like to see 4 H in just 4.1 IP, but I do like to see zero walks. Healthy 16.1 SwStr%, as well.

Taylor Rogers also had 1 SV, 2 L, and 1 BS this week, and his underlying metrics are almost the exact opposite. While Kimbrel still had killer strikeout stuff, Rogers had zilch. Both FIP and SIERA were north of 6.50. Ah well, these kinds of weeks happen. Rogers is still one of the best in the business at the moment, both IRL and in fantasy.

Daniel Bard had 1 W this week and didn’t allow any earned runs, buuuuut he also walked five in 4 IP.

Just for the record, if you haven’t already, please drop Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee in your SVHD leagues. They’re toast. Two of the best in those formats last year, but 2022 is a whole different ballgame.

 

NL Central

Me oh my, Chris Stratton, take a bow! I’ve been talking about how meh this dude is, and here he is going beast mode: 1 W, 3 HD, 0.00 ERA, 0.21 WHIP, and 5 K. A surprising 17.3 SwStr%, to boot! Still, despite a much-better-looking Statcast nowadays and being my pun headline of the week, I can’t get too excited about a Bucs reliever with Bednar and Crowe in the mix. Speaking of…David Bednar and Wil Crowe also did some thangs. Bednar had 1 SV and 1 W, with 6 K in 3 IP. Crowe had 2 SVHD (one of each), with 4 K in 3 IP while allowing no hits/runs. Those two are quite good at the baseball. They’re the ones you want.

Welp, what else can anyone say about Josh Hader? Added 2 SV and 6 K this week, giving him 18 SV and 28 K in 17.2 IP. It’s June and he still hasn’t allowed a run (not even an unearned one!). Only allowed four hits and has walked six. All season long.

David Robertson continues to look like pre-injury D-Rob, adding 1 SV and 7 K this week (no walks and no runs, either). Scott Effross has become a potential holds source from the Cubs, earning two this week and striking out five in 3.2 IP.

A win, a hold, and a blown save for Giovanny GallegosAlso 9 K, so that’s dope af. Genesis Cabrera had 1 W and 1 HD, striking out six in 5 IP.

As for Reds guys, Tony Santillan stood out with 1 SV, but he had an ugly line overall: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, and then salvaged that with 3 K. Alexis Diaz had 1 HD and 4 K but also allowed three runs. Diaz is the one I’d own if I had to pick.

 

NL East

Tanner Rainey had 2 SV and 2 K. Having a very strong season IRL, but the fantasy returns are capped by the team he plays for. He’d be in the convo for Top 15 or even Top 10 fantasy RP if he played on a better squad, but for now he’ll have to sit at #45 on our Player Rater.

Kenley Jansen collected a pair of saves (and a BS) this week. Wasn’t pretty (6.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP), but it got the job done. And 4 K is nothing to scoff at. A.J. Minter had a strong fantasy week: 2 W, 1 HD, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 2 K. He’s up to 12 HD on the year with sparkling ratios and juicy K numbers — a definite must-own in holds formats. And let’s give Collin McHugh some love: 2 HD and 6 K in 5.2 scoreless.

Corey Knebel had 1 W and 1 SV but did allow 2 ER in 3 IP. He’s been pretty good, all things considered: 9 SV, 3.52 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 21 K in 23 IP. Not great, but not bad. Rather have this guy than freakin Melancon. Two holds for Brad Hand, who fired off three perfect innings. Can’t help but think the wheels are gonna fall off sooner or later, but right now he’s locked in (only allowed 2 ER all season).

I can’t really support any Marlins relievers right now, but if you told me I had to become a Cubs/Blackhawks fan or pick one, then I’d pick Tanner Scott. He had 1 W and 1 SV this week, adding 5 K in 3 IP. His 13.7 K/9 leads the team, but I’m not sure there will be too many saves in the future.

And finally, the Mets boys were kind of fantasy duds this week.  Edwin Diaz had a hold and 3 K in two perfect innings. Seth Lugo was the most valuable, with 1 W and 1 HD, but it came with a 4.50 ERA. Okay fine, Colin Holderman was technically the most valuable, with 2 W and 4 K, but who even is that guy? He’s apparently never been tagged on this site before.


I do some fantasy baseball as well as some fantasy hockey here at Razzball. Find me on Twitter: @jkj0787. DMs are always open for questions, comments, concerns, complaints, etc. Odds are good I’m drinking black coffee, dark beer, or some form of bourbon at any given time.

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Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
2 months ago

JKJ

Fantastic breakdown of the bullpens. With so many in constant flux, it would be great to see this breakdown more often.
Question. I have been holding on since draft day to Giles with the hope that no one runs away with the closer job while he rehabs, ( done deal ) and that he looks decent enough to be the guy in the second half ( Not a done deal )
Was wondering what your take on Mr. Giles is for the second half.
As always, thanks in advance.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
2 months ago

Yuenglings?? Need to get you some Other Half double IPAs!!

Lower the Jolly Roger
Lower the Jolly Roger
2 months ago

Awesome stuff! 12 team dynasty keep 10 + 12 farm… S+H .. I’m in 3rd guy dangling Holmes needs an OF … i definitely need S+H … offer my Winker and Drew Smith for him ? Or hold .. thank you as always

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Hi Chris,

Really enjoyed your pitching analysis. I have a couple of pitching questions;

  1. I am going to start the Rays’ Jeff Springs at home against the Cards. Do you agree?

2.I picked up Konnor Pilkington and waived Merrill Kelly. Would you try and get back Kelly of waivers? If the answer is yes, who would you cut from the list below?

3.There is a lot of fantasy chat about pro and con about Cinns Graham Ashcraft, His next two starts are against AZ and the Cards. Would you pick him up and if you say yes, who would you waive from the list below? Would you start him against both the Diamondbacks and the Cards?

4.The next two starts of the Cards’ Mikolasis at TB and home against Pitt. I was going to sit him against TB and start him against Pitt. Do you agree?

5.What are your thoughts about Blackburn and Mikolas?

Corbin Barnes  
Pablo Lopez    
Cristian Javier  
TylerAnderson 
Freddy Peralta  (IL)
Paul Blackburn
Mike Mikolas    
Aaron Ashby    
Mike Cleavinger
Nick Pivetta    
Jeffery Springs
Konnor Pilkington

Thanks so much for taking your time!

Martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  JKJ
2 months ago

thanks!

Gander gossage
Gander gossage
2 months ago

Joe Barlow is a top __ closer. Also, do you think he gets traded? Thanks

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
2 months ago

Can you rank Giles, Houck, Chapman for ROS (redraft saves league only).

Kpizzle
Kpizzle
2 months ago

Are you telling me there’s a guy, a reliever no less, named Holderman and he didn’t get a single hold? Get it together, Universe.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
2 months ago

JKJ, I’ve got to ask; have you ever had a student ask about baseball without them knowing what you do/how deep you’re into it?

I know it’s illogical (why would they ask about baseball if they don’t know you know about it?), but just looking for a good story where you put a kid (or colleague) in their place.

Thanks JKJ,

Jolt

Jimmy
Jimmy
2 months ago

Need saves 13 team 5×5 roto… I own Doval- Seawald-Bard-Jimenez-Lange-Munoz and Garcia…been offered Edwin Diaz and Chris Taylor for Mullins and Yepez….

Jimmy
Jimmy
Reply to  JKJ
2 months ago

I got Lou Bob manning center thank you for responding! Love your work!

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago

Have Iglesias and Rainey, but need a 3rd RP (saves only), any of these injured guys intriguing? Lucas Sims, Jose Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez, Ken Giles

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
2 months ago

12 team, 5×5 roto (saves only)

I’m hurting for saves. My current staff and available FA are listed below. Would you make any swaps?

RP – Scott Barlow, Kittredge, Duran, Hudson, Castillo

FA – Bender, Floro, Scott, Hand, Kennedy, Staumont, Munoz, Giles, Warren, Santillan, Diaz