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
Ryan Helsley topped all saves daddies with 4 SV in a week that was otherwise not his best work. He allowed six baserunners and two runs in 4 IP, sprinkling in three strikeouts. Overall, one can’t even kind of complain about his 2022 season as, well, he’s the #1 RP on the Player Rater. One of just three RP with $5+ in value, even. Is that a ton of relative value compared to other players on the ol’ Rater? Hardly. Goes to show maybe RP ain’t worth the hassle outside of rotos with an overall…
Jordan Romano had 3 SV and 7 K in three scoreless. Worked his way to the #4 spot among RP on the Player Rater, which just so happens to be right where I plopped that guy in my preseason rankings. Okay, fine, it’s where I plopped him in my rankings before Craig Kimbrel signed with LA — he got bumped down one spot after that. Close enough!
Delicious week for Camilo Doval stans (of which I am not): 1 W and 3 SV. Was your #3 RP over the last week. Woopty doody! He’s been good at times and meh at times, but for now, he’s squeaked into the Top 15 among all RP. You probably drafted him thinking you’d get better returns; I didn’t draft him knowing I wouldn’t. (Feeling snarky cuz I’m sitting here with tissue plugs stuffed into each nostril).
The guy I really wanna talk about is Jose Leclerc. I been tellin’ y’all to keep your eye out for this guy ever since I took the bullpen reins here. I then kinda got on the “well, I guess Joe Barlow is gonna be the guy for Texas” train for a while, and then that went about how things with Joe Barlow seem to go, soooo here we are. Leclerc has been one of the better RPs across all of baseball for the last month. Here’s his line in that span: 16.0 IP, 4 SV, 2 HD, 1.69 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 2.81 SIERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 22 K. His 17.4 SwStr% in that time is better than most. His fastball spins sits at 100th percentile right now on Statcast, and for those keeping track at home, that’s the best you can do. It’s not even close to his best pitch, but it sets up that slider that’s sporting a .180 xwOBA right now. It’s got a 41% whiff rate, while his changeup is even better in that regard (44.6%). Man’s found his groove after shaking off the post-TJ surgery rust. Might be your leaguemates are sleeping on him and you can snag him for some late-season saves…only 9% rostered in Yahoo and 1% rostered in ESPN.
Liam Hendriks had 3 SV and 6 K but did allow four baserunners in 3 IP. Hasn’t been his completely dominant self this year but his swing-and-miss have been elite. People are just finding ways to get hits off him, annoyingly. Still, leads all of baseball with 9 SV over the last month, with a 33.3 K% and 20 SwStr% over that span.
Daniel Bard is your #5 RP after cranking out the #1 week for an RP with 2 W and 1 SV in five scoreless.
Looking for other late-season saves guys aside from Leclerc? Could maybe take a stab at Matt Barnes or Dylan Floro. Two guys I was decently high on entering the year but who were derailed by injuries. They’re back in the saddle now, more or less. Floro is looking like he might actually be the favored guy for Miami right now, while Barnes is part of a committee.
James Karinchak had 2 SV and 2 HD this week, buuuuut woof, his peripherals sucked: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, and 6 K. Those walks are a big concern, as they’ve been a problem in the past. He’s been so good since coming back that he’s probably got some more leash, so hopefully, he can right the ship before the end of this season.
Taylor Rogers had 1 SV and 3 HD, striking out eight in 4 IP. Looks great until you see he also allowed 5 R, 4 ER, 2 HR, and 2 BB (1 IBB). Encouraging, but also…kinda not? Mostly encouraging though.
Andrew Bellatti had 3 HD in three scoreless, striking out four. Tough to count on regular holds from him with Dominguez/Hand/Robertson/Alvarado in the way, but also hard to deny he’s very effective this year and deserves regular looks. Maybe you’re in a deep NL-only SVHD or something, I dunno. Doing my best here.
Speaking of Jose Alvarado, he had 1 W and 3 HD. Struck out four in 3.1 perfect IP. He’s got a pretty quiet 17 HD on the year. Not elite, but it’s more than the likes of Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera, two dudes I thought would contend for the league lead.
Matt Bush deserves a shoutout for 3 HD and 8 K this week. Been a Holds Daddy fo sho since coming to Milwaukee. Has 15 HD and an 11.7 K/9 on the year. Not too shabby.
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.
Hey JKJ, good stuff. But, not sure your season long Player Rater $$ amounts are correct
Yep, my bad; copy/paste fail I guess. Fixed!