What’s poppin, Razzpimples? Bullpen update time!
Hope everyone still has all ten fingers and both eyeballs.
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
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Will Smith is gettin’ jiggy wit it once again as Braves closer while Kenley Jansen remains sidelined with an irregular heartbeat. I mean, it feels to me like he’s the closer for the next little bit given he’s 2-for-2 with no runs allowed while A.J. Minter has been a little less than ideal. Guess it doesn’t matter all that much since Jansen is expected to be ready to rock and roll when he’s eligible to return on July 12.
Ryan Pressly was your #1 RP via the Player Rater over the last week with his 1 W and 2 SV. He was perfect with 6 K in 3 IP. Nice to see 19.5 SwStr% from him as well.
Josh Hader did it again: 3 SV and 5 K in 3 IP. Did allow 2 H and 2 BB, though. Elite nonetheless.
Paul Sewald had 3 SV and 6 K on the week, allowing 1 H and 1 ER via a solo homer. Pretty much the full-time closer for the Mariners now. Ken Giles continues to get lower-leverage looks even though they’re all 8th- or 9th-inning looks so far. The whiff stuff is there for Giles and he’s yet to allow a run. Could start to see more fantasy-favorable usage before long, perhaps?
Clay Holmes only tossed 2.1 IP but earned 3 SV on the week. K’d a pair and allowed a single unearned run. No walks and a 30 CSW% will usually do just fine, and that’s just what he did.
Edwin Diaz had 6 K in just 2.2 IP. Picked up a pair of saves while allowing three baserunners. Man is having a season. He’s got the best RP K% (48.5%) and SwStr% (21.3%). Andres Munoz is the only other qualified RP with a SwStr% north of 20%.
Raisel Iglesias looked like the Tier 1 guy I ranked him as in preseason, collecting 2 SV and 5 K with just one baserunner in three scoreless. If the Halos could get back to their division-leading ways — or even just closer to it — then he’ll finish 2022 in great shape.
Ryan Helsley, my biological father, had 11 (!!!!!!) K this week in just 4 IP. Yeah, yeah, four baserunners and a blown save and a loss, too. Whateva whateva. Also had 1 W and 1 SV. And did I mention 11 K?
Devin Williams is the Josh Hader of holds, and it’s just still ridiculous to me that these guys are on the same team. Williams had 3 HD and 6 K in 2.1 IP, though it’s a bummer he also allowed 1 H and 3 BB. No runs at least!
Taylor Clarke had 3 HD and struck out five in four scoreless. He’s been kinda meh on the year, so I’ll need to see a little more of this to buy in.
Jesse Chavez is making a case for continuing to be a late-inning option for Atlanta even when Jansen is back. Had 2 HD and 6 K in 2 IP. So if you’re counting at home, that’s all six outs via the K.
Evan Phillips had 2 HD and also scored a win, tossing 2.2 perfect innings and striking out a pair. Looking like he’s jumped into the #1 setup role all of a sudden, making him a must-add type in SVHD leagues given he’s on them there Dodgers.
Both Anthony Bass and Steven Okert picked up 2 HD this week, and they’ve now got 13 and 11 HD on the year, respectively. They ain’t exactly sexy but they’re getting results now that the Fins pen has taken shape.
Andres Munoz was perfect in 2.1 IP, striking out four and nabbing a pair of holds. Several mouths to feed in the M’s bullpen, but Munoz’s strikeout stuff has been electric all year. Only 8 free passes on the year but his H/9 is approaching an even 9, and he’s allowed 5 HR as well. Future is bright, but I’m not sure he’s steady enough to be a real fantasy threat right now unless we’re talking dynasty.
John Schreiber had another productive week: 2 HD, 0 ER, and 4 K. Nothing to complain about with this guy these days.
Craig Kimbrel might miss a tiny bit of action, but he should be good to go after taking a liner off his back.
As noted above, Kenley Jansen should be back when eligible on July 12. In other Braves news, Tyler Matzek was activated yesterday and might see some holds chances. Figure Chavez and Minter and Smith handle most of that, though.
Jorge Lopez had a turd of a week (2 BS, 2 L, 27.00 ERA, 5.25 WHIP) but at least still had good K stuff (all four outs were strikeouts). Shouldn’t worry about him yet.
Emilio Pagan was terrible and really it’s just a matter of time before he’s out of the high-leverage picture entirely. Jhoan Duran should be the closer and Griffin Jax is likely the main setup guy moving forward.
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