What’s poppin, Razzpimples? Bullpen update time!
I’m already tired of the per-division format I’ve been doing the past few weeks. Feel like it’s better to lead off with the saves daddies, move into the holds daddies, then add some final miscellaneous notes. Much more streamlined reading/writing experience if you ask me.
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
Tanner Rainey leads the way this week with saves (tied with Hader), adding 3 SV and 3 K in three scoreless outings. That’s the good news; the bad news is he allowed four baserunners. More good news is he had a good 17.6 SwStr%, an area in which he has excelled all season long (16.5%).
Josh Hader may be showing some new daddy fatigue? I only say that cuz he allowed 3 H and 1 ER, but still picked up 3 SV and 5 K this week, good enough for a -0.21 FIP on the week. This guy is easily on track for #1 fantasy RP status ROS. The only reason he’s #4 up top is cuz he doesn’t have any wins. Them’s be too random; Hader’s the best in the biz right now.
Taylor Rogers got himself a pair of saves this week, keeping him tied atop the league (with Hader of course) at 22. Rogers also matched Hader with 5 K in 3 IP but did him one better by not allowing any runs. Those who paid for Hader on draft day have gotten every ounce worth, but those who didn’t pay much for Rogers easily got the better end of that bargain.
Paul Sewald had 2 SV and 2 K in two perfect innings. Also had a beastly 23.8 SwStr% and 38.1 CSW%. Maybe most notably of all is that he picked up saves on back-to-back days.
More sexiness from Jorge Lopez, who is legit morphing into an elite fantasy option. Tossed 1.2 perfect IP, picking up 2 SV and 2 K. Being #3 on the Player Rater is no fluke; the man is for real. All you gotta do is watch him for like two batters and you just feel how good he’s become.
Edwin Diaz had 2 SV and 4 K in 2.1 scoreless. Despite giving up three hits, he earned a negative FIP and SIERA. Got whiffs 25% of the time, too. Unreal stuff.
Well well well. Our boi Lou Trivino is all of a sudden back in the fantasy mix. It wasn’t pretty, but Trivino managed 3.2 scoreless IP even with 6 H and 1 BB allowed. Did have 5 K, but it only came with a middling whiff rate. I guess I say ride him while/if you can, but you can’t plan to hold this guy for very long. He’ll mess up sooner or later. I’m pretty shocked he has a nearly-elite 31.1 K% this year, honestly. But that 1.97 WHIP tells you all you need to know, even if you’re smart enough to know WHIP doesn’t tell you the whole story.
Emmanuel Clase keeps on keepin on: 2 SV this week with 3 K in two perfect innings. Disgusting 28.6 SwStr% as well.
Two more saves for Tanner Houck. Did allow 4 H and 1 ER, but I’m plenty happy with 0 ER and 4 K.
Oh hey, it’s the #1 RP on the Player Rater, Kenley Jansen, having yet another badass week: 1 W, 2 SV, and 9 K. Yeah, he allowed 6 H and 3 ER in 4 IP, but he didn’t walk anyone. And did I mention 9 K? I did. Just wanted to say it again. Edit: Sliding in here to update that Jansen is now on the IL with an irregular heartbeat. No word on length of absence, so keep an eye out for updates on the interwebs. It’s an issue he’s been dealing with basically his entire career, and last time it landed him on the IL (in 2018), he only needed the minimum 10-day stay.
Ryan Pressly was both good and bad this week. He got shelled in one outing but then capped off a combined no-no in another. Ultimately he finished with 2 SV and 4 K but it came with a 15.43 ERA and 2.14 WHIP. Ain’t worried; he’s borderline elite for fantasy as a sole closer on an excellent team.
Craig Kimbrel earned 1 W and 2 SV this week. He allowed an unearned run and K’d four. Hard to believe he’s not at least in the Top 10 being the Dodgers closer, but here we are. No reason to believe he can’t finish with a Top 10 or Top 5 second half, though!
Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly each had 1 SV and 1 HD this week, though both were not totally efficient. Edge went to Graveman for 0 ER and 5 K, and I’d wager he gets the most save opps while Hendriks is on the shelf. I definitely trust him more from a fantasy standpoint.
Only 1 SV to show for it, but Gregory Soto had a week: 2 IP, all goose eggs, and then 4 K.
Jhoan Duran was good again: 1 SV, 1 HD, and 6 K in 4.1 IP. Only allowed two baserunners and one of em was an IBB.
Also nice stuff from David Robertson, who has revitalized his career this year: 1 W, 1 SV, and 5 K. Earned a blown save cuz of a solo bomb, but other than that he was aces.
Clay Holmes wasn’t his typical elite self but was good enough: 1 SV and 3 K, but did allow 2 H, 2 BB (1 IBB), and 1 ER.
John Schreiber was approximately 0.0000% on my radar entering this season. That’s because I straight up had never heard the dude’s name before he started earning holds on a regular basis for the Red Sox. Now it’s almost July and he’s been the best bullpen arm for Boston, to the tune of a 0.79 ERA and 10.7 K/9 so far in 2022. Oh yeah, and he’s got 15 SVHD. One more oh yeah: his WHIP is lower than his ERA (0.71). For the week, mans had 1 SV and 3 HD.
Hector Neris snagged 3 HD this week. Didn’t allow a hit or run but did walk two batters. Struck out a pair.
Devin Williams needs no fancy analysis to convince you at this point. Straight baller status. Three more holds this week, three more strikeouts this week, and zero more baserunners this week.
Matt Strahm is also having himself quite a season, and he’s another reliever I wouldn’t have thought a single iota about not too many weeks ago. Now he’s gone and become a consistent holds source in Boston, adding three more this week. I don’t like him more than Schreiber, but at this point, I do like him a little more than Jake Diekman.
Impossible to peg saves in Tampa on any given night, but Jason Adam remains the best SVHD option. Had 1 W and 3 HD this week (and also a loss). So four positive counting stats and one negative one, but all five of them go to show he’s getting the ball in the later innings on a very regular basis. His 2022 season numbers are quite impressive: 1 W, 2 SV, 10 HD, 1.47 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, and 33 K in 30.2 IP.
Rafael Montero had 1 SV and 2 HD, allowing no runs but three baserunners and also K’ing three. What a rebound season this dude’s having.
The Luis Garcia on the Padres had 2 HD and 5 K and allowed just one run in 4 IP. Definitely my favorite holds guy ROS for Slam Diego. Said it before, but really wish my Cardinals had prioritized keeping him around instead of T.J. McFartfaceland, I mean T.J. McFarland.
John Brebbia impressed with 2 HD and 5 K. Allowed just one unearned run but did also allow four baserunners in 3.1 IP.
Daniel Hudson suffered an ACL tear and is out for the rest of 2022. Look for Brusdar Graterol should be the favorite for highest-leverage, but don’t count Evan Phillips, Alex Vesia, or even Yency Almonte. Crazy that Hudson and Blake Treinen are out and this pen is still just fine.
Twins holds leader Joe Smith (14) is injured. Griffin Jax had an ugly week (1 BS and 2 L ) and both Caleb Thielbar and Tyler Duffey have ERAs north of 5.00. Not the steadiest of situations all-around, but Jax probably is the best bet for SVHD behind Duran/Pagan.
Josh Staumont also wound up on the injured list. Means that Barlow is the closer and uninteresting guys like Jose Cuas and Dylan Coleman are in line for setup duties. Wouldn’t bother unless ridiculously desperate or if you’re in an AL-only league.
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