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, 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
Ryan Pressly had 2 SV, so that’s nice; he had identical K% and BB% (12.5%), so that’s not as nice. Didn’t allow any runs and struck out one. Not dominant stuff, but good enough for fantasy!
Raisel Iglesias with 1 W and 1 SV in three perfect innings while striking out six. Good enough for #6 over the last seven days of action. He didn’t come cheap this year and that’s why.
Dany Jimenez picked up a save and didn’t allow any runs or walks, but did allow two hits and didn’t have a lot of swing-and-miss. But for a guy who was on absolutely zero radars, he’s having a hell of a fantasy season.
Your holds daddies for the week from the AL West were Aaron Loup, Ryne Stanek, and Rafael Montero, all of whom had 2 HD for the week. Montero and Stanek combined for zero runs and 7 K (five from Stanek), while Loup allowed just 1 ER and K’d four.
Joe Barlow had 1 SV in one scoreless inning. Walked a batter but allowed no hits and had 1 K.
Jose Leclerc was activated off the IL for the first time in like 75 years. Barlow’s job isn’t in jeopardy yet probably, but this is a situation I’m interested in. Leclerc probably gets basic usage for a while, but let’s say he starts to look like his old self and Barlow keeps being as boring as he has been lately. What then? Alas, Leclerc’s numbers this week were atrocious: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
Ken Giles was also activated, and kinda ditto. I don’t think he vies for saves yet, but it should be his job soon enough as long as he’s fully healthy. Whereas Leclerc may have to earn it again, I’d think Giles is going to get worked directly into the role eventually.
Shoutout to Andres Munoz for 9 K (69.2 K%) and 32.7 SwStr% with 0 BB in just 3.2 IP. No counting stats, though. I don’t think he has much SVHD relevancy at all outside of dynasty formats, sadly.
Your #1 RP for the week was Emmanuel Clase, and you can see the stats up there for yourself. He did allow 3 H and just had a single strikeout. Other than that, dude was money for fantasy and should continue to be so.
Scott Barlow owners finally got some good stuff: 2 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, and 4 K. His CSW% was on point, too: 39.1%. *Borat voice* vereh niiiice!
One save for Emilio Pagan, whose only blemish was one walk while also striking out a pair in 1 IP. It’s lame for Duran hopefuls, but Pagan has been pretty ding dang good lately. His last month looks like this: 1 W, 4 SV, 3.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 14:2 K:BB. That’s not, like, amazing stuff, but it’s way better than I would have expected out of him for any month-long stretch.
Eli Morgan continues to pwn fools, collecting 1 W and 1 HD this week, striking out six in 5 IP.
Griffin Jax also impressed: 1 W, 1 HD, and 4 K in 3 IP.
Andrew Chafin had 1 HD and 8 K in just 3 IP. Woulda been a real banger of a week if not for 3 R and 2 ER.
Gregory Soto has been excellent, so he was due for a dud week: 1 L, 1 BS, 3 ER, and 2 BB in 3 IP. Silver lining was his 4 K.
Jorge Lopez has turned into an elite IRL closer. This week he had 3 SV and 7 K in 5.1 scoreless IP. If you were worried his early-season success was flukey, rest assured it was not. There’s no real reason to believe anything other than an injury will derail one of the best fantasy bargains of 2022.
Clay Holmes racked up two more saves and picked up four more Ks and threw 3.1 more scoreless innings. This. Guy. Is. Very. Very. Very. Good.
Tanner Houck seems to have earned #1 closer status in Boston. Must-add everywhere if you haven’t already. Wasn’t very pretty this week, but he got you 2 SV.
Noice stuff from Michael King this week: 1 W, 2 HD, and 7 K in 4.1 IP. Did walk three batters and allowed a hit, but he didn’t let anyone score and that’s what matters most. Other holds standouts this week were Orioles guys: Cionel Perez (3 HD, 1 K) and Felix Bautista (1 W, 2 HD, 0 ER, 6 K).
So who sucked out of the AL East this week? Hansel Robles was garbage and might just be out of the save mix entirely at this point with the way Schreiber and Strahm are dealing. Ryan Thompson blew two saves, allowed two hits, and walked three in 2 IP. Yuck.
Camilo Doval stood out in the NL West with 3 SV and 6 K this week. Gave up 1 H and 1 BB in 4 IP, so all things considered, he pretty much kicked some ass.
Taylor Rogers had 2 SV, bringing his MLB-leading total to 20 SV on the year. Rogers K’d a pair, didn’t walk anyone, and allowed just 1 H and 1 ER.
Daniel Bard had 1 SV and tossed two scoreless. Gave up 3 H and 1 BB but also had 2 K.
Craig Kimbrel was both good and bad. The good: 1 SV and 7 K. The bad: 5 H, 2 ER, and 3 BB (1 IBB).
Daniel Hudson had 1 HD but also got tagged with a BS. Overall he was pretty good: 0 ER and 3 K in 2.2 IP.
More very meh stuff from Mark Melancon this week: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
We’ll kick off the NL Central with David Bednar‘s win, save, and 8 K in 5.2 IP. Earned a blown save in there but you ain’t gotta worry about this guy. Eeeeeeeelite. Just, you know, plays for the Bucs and all.
The Cardinals duo did some stuff. Both Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley earned a save. The former also had a win, and the latter also had a hold. Both didn’t allow any runs. Gio had 2 K and Helsley had 3 K. Them two is real good.
Josh Hader was on the paternity list for most of the week, so Devin Williams and Brad Boxberger filled in. Box had 1 SV and 1 HD, tossing three scoreless. Airbender was his typical filthy self: 1 SV, 1 HD, one baserunner allowed, and 4 K in just 2 IP. Dude had a 40.9 SwStr% (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), too.
Two Reds earned a save: Hunter Strickland and Joel Kuhnel. ICYMI: Alexis Diaz hit the IL, so that’s now Diaz, Sims, and Santillan on the shelf. Would go with Strickland if I had to pick one, but you’re probably better off looking for your saves elsewhere if you can manage.
David Robertson had 1 SV but allowed four runners (1 H, 3 BB) in 2 IP. Still having a boss 2022 season overall.
Three guys had 2 HD: Miguel Sanchez, Genesis Cabrera, and Scott Effross. Odds are Cabrera is already owned if you’re in a league with holds, but Effross might be out there. He had 5 K in just 2.2 IP but also allowed 6 H and 2 ER. Meh, just avoid him probably. And Sanchez ain’t anything special with Airbender and Boxberger ahead of him.
Edwin Diaz had 2 SV and 5 K, though he wasn’t totally dominant (4 H and 1 ER).
With Corey Knebel on the IL (oof, and with his injury history…), it’s up to Brad Hand and Seranthony Dominguez to close games out for the Phillies. Looked like Hand was the favorite, but he blew a chance that Dominguez later capped off in extras. Both have been quite good this year, but my money’s on Dominguez for as long as Knebel’s out. I don’t trust Hand anymore. Feels like he lets the pressure of being closer get in his own way. Hand might get looks, I just got a feeling he botches it. Dominguez picked up the trifecta this week: 1 W, 1 SV, and 1 HD, while striking out five in 3.2 IP. Hand, to his credit, had 1 W and 1 SV with 3 K in 3 IP.
Tanner Scott had 1 SV but also had a terrible outing that earned him a BS+L. Nice to see 4 K in 2.2 IP. Probably still the favorite for now, but key phrase there is “for now.” We’ll see if he can bounce back.
Drew Smith had 1 W and 1 HD, striking out five in 3.1 IP. Great holds guy moving forward as long as May isn’t around.
Rare off week for A.J. Minter: 1 L, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Wouldn’t sweat it all, of course. Should remain elite for holds ROS.
In case you thought Dylan Floro might become a thing, this was his week: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 K. I guess the Ks are kinda encouraging??…Nah. He’s trash. You don’t need to go look where I ranked him before the season started…
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