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):
Player Rater Top 15
Top 10 Last 7 Days
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah. Shall I victory lap over Felix Bautista? I’m sippin on Old Grand-Dad 100 Proof, Bonded. So yes, I shall, if only for the bang-for-your-buck this bourbon provides. Bautista has been better than that guy who was in his role before him, capping off the #1 week among all RPs with 3 SV, 1 W, and 9 K. Over the last month, we’re talkin 1 W, 7 SV, 1.80 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 21 K in 15 IP. His swing-and-miss has been elite for some time now, and that comes with very few free passes. Put him on a contender and you have a premier fantasy closer; keep him in Baltimore and you still have a very, very, very good one.
Emmanuel Clase is still kickin ass even after collecting a loss this week. He’s #2 on Player Rater for the season in my heart, but in actuality, he’s #3 cuz Helsley’s wins have him beat. It’s a minuscule difference anyway; only one person is better for fantasy as far as I’m concerned.
That one person is Edwin Diaz, of course, who annoyingly got used in high-leverage-but-non-save situations this week. Adam Ottavino had 2 SV in his stead, though Diaz was effective with 1 W, 1 SV, and 1 HD. Well, effective as far as counting stats go; he did allow five baserunners and a run in 3 IP.
Rafael Montero is the Astros guy you wanna own while Ryan Pressly is on the IL. Montero had 2 SV and 1 HD this week, with 5 K and 2 ER in 4 IP. Only 14 relievers have 25+ SVHD, and this guy’s one of ’em.
Daniel Bard kept his dream 2022 season going with 2 SV (and a loss) and 2 K this week. Did you ever think Bard would be the #8 RP at any point ever in his career? That’s where he’s at for the moment if you live and die by our Player Rater. You should, by the way.
In a way, Ryan Helsley was very awesome this week (2 W on back-to-back days; 5 K), and in another way he was not very useful for fantasy purposes (0 SV; 1 BS). Of course, IRL he was as awesome as he has been all year (1 ER, 62.5 K%, 0 BB%, and 16.7 SwStr%). Giovanny Gallegos had 2 SV but just a boring 1 K in 2 IP. No runs, though!
Tanner Scott had 2 SV, but that’s about the extent of his credibility this week. Also had a 7.71 ERA (10.41 FIP, yikes) and twice the BB% than he did K%. I’m honestly very surprised he’s still the closer, as his walks have been categorically abysmal for the past month+. Despite it all, the saves keep coming at a steady pace so there’s fantasy relevancy to be had.
Jose Leclerc has needed some time to shake off the rust, but damn he’s been good in recent weeks. Had just 1 SV this week, but it came with 9 K in just 4 IP. Pushing things out to the last month of play, Leclerc has 21 K to just 4 BB in his last 17.2 IP, also posting a 0.74 WHIP in that time. Might wanna consider this guy for some late-season saves down the stretch.
Brandon Hughes had 1 SV and 9 K as well this week, but he also blew a couple chances. Still looks like all the momentum is in his corner, so he’s definitely worth a look.
Trifecta for A.J. Puk! Had 1 W, 1 SV, and 1 HD, striking out six in 3.2 IP. Annoying part is he also walked four.
The lone Padres save went to Nick Martinez and has 1). the last two for the Dads and 2). the vote of confidence from manager Bob Melvin as the closer while Hader remains demoted. Gotta add this guy if you can.
John Brebbia had 3 HD and 3 K this week in two scoreless innings. Seems he fades in and out of holds value, and right now he’s on the “in” part of that spectrum.
Jose Alvarado also had 3 HD, striking out five in 2.2 IP. He’ll probably do this for another week or so before imploding, per his norm.
Hector Neris bagged 3 HD as well, adding 6 K in 3.1 IP. He’s been a good holds guy all year and there ain’t much reason to think he can’t keep it up ROS.
James Karinchak added two more holds to his 2022 totals, striking out six in three scoreless. Been one of the better relievers in the second half, and he’s got 23 K in his last 12.1 innings (in which he’s allowed no runs, mind you).
Robert Suarez had 1 W and 2 HD. His usage is looking good these days, and with Hader in what-do-we-do-with-this-guy land, Suarez should continue to see holds opportunities for now.
Clay Holmes was activated yesterday. Expect him to slide back into the closing role…unless he picks up where he left off. Fingers crossed things will be back to where they were!
Josh Staumont landed back on the IL.
As noted above, Ryan Pressly has hit the IL, so Montero is the guy to roster for now.
Anyone remember J.T. Chargois? Could be a holds guy down the stretch, and this just further complicates what is already a well-known carousel of arms.
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