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, you’ll see a current look at the Top 15 RP (in both 5×5 standard leagues and 6×6 saves/holds leagues) via our Player Rater. Subscribers also get access to the incredibly handy Relievonator Game Log, which tracks every single relief appearance from the last 14 days, including what inning they were called upon and how many batters/pitches they faced/threw.
Alrighty, let’s do it to it. (Note: Monday’s games do not factor in)
Player Rater Top 15 (5×5 Standard)
Player Rater Top 15 (6×6 w/ Holds)
Steady As They Go:
- Devin Williams went pimp mode this week, leading the way with 4 SV, striking out four, and allowing no runs. Worked around some walks like he [almost] always does. Airbender is Top 5 in both Player Raters.
- Ryan Pressly bagged 3 SV in 3 IP in which he struck out four and allowed nothing else. You blink an eye and this dude has 18 SV with elite ratios, just how it was always supposed to be.
- Paul Sewald hasn’t lost out on saves with the return of Andres Munoz, which is fantastic for owners who held fast. Sewald had 3 SV this week and has been nothing short of fan-fuggin-tastic all season long. Up to 16 SV and boasting a 35.9 K%.
- Raisel Iglesias was stellar: 2 SV, 3 K, and zeroes everywhere else. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical when he first got off the IL, but he’s been mostly everything you could have ever wanted since.
- A.J. Puk has earned “Steady As They Go” status by this point. Another week of greatness: 2 SV, 2 K, and then just more zeroes. Sported a filthy 31.6 SwStr% and 36.8 CSW%. Them numbers be mighty fine.
- Camilo Doval had 2 SV and a 4:1 K:BB in 2.1 scoreless innings this week. Damn near the best RP in the fantasy game all of a sudden. Leads the league in saves (24) and has 53 K in 38 IP. If it weren’t for Felix Bautista’s 79 (!!!) K and slightly better WHIP, Doval would be #1 in my book.
- Carlos Estevez wasn’t dominant, but he kept his perfect season alive. Perfect as in hasn’t blown a save chance yet. Added 2 SV this week while also earning 1 W. Good news is he didn’t walk anyone but bad news is he allowed six hits in just 3 IP.
- Alexis Diaz had 1 W and 2 SV this week. Ugly 4.50 ERA this week, however, and just 2 K in 4 IP. Very meh by his standards, though he’s the clear #3 RP in my book right now behind Bautista and Doval. I know the Player Rater says a little differently; don’t tell Grey.
On The Rise:
- Hunter Harvey got all the saves again this week for the Nationals. He’s definitely their man by now. At least the majority shares guy. Harvey is criminally under-owned right now, so the odds are good that he’s waiting for you if you’re a-hurtin’ for SV or SVHD.
- Scott Barlow closes for a bad team, as we all know. You also probably know by now that the Royals dealt Aroldis Chapman to the Rangers, so you can rest assured that your Barlow shares will continue to see the save chances that KC might provide. There’s also a very real chance that Barlow is traded as well, so his fantasy value would of course depend entirely on where he might land.
- Emmanuel Clase does have a share of the league lead in saves, tied with Doval and Jordan Romano with 24, buuuut he’s also already earned 6 BS this year. Woof. I don’t really feel like his job security is in question, but damn that’s a lot of blown saves for the consensus #1 RP heading into this season (after we knew Edwin Diaz would be out). Clase’s line this week was boo boo: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Metrics were absolute garbo too.
- Scott McGough was looking dandy for like a full month and now he’s backsliding a tad. This week he allowed 4 H and 2 BB in just 2 IP, allowing 3 ER in the process. Definitely something worth monitoring; could be that Andrew Chafin works his way back into the ninth here and there. Or not.
Steady As They Go:
- Brooks Raley has been the most consistent source of holds from the Mets all season long and that continued this past week. Raley had 2 HLD and 6 K in 3.2 scoreless. Strikeouts aren’t exactly his forte, so seeing 6 K in that amount of time is a nice lil pleasant surprise.
- A.J. Minter wasn’t his typical dominant self but did manage to earn 2 HLD without allowing a run in 1.2 IP. We can just overlook the 1.80 WHIP this time around.
- Erik Swanson was pooptacular, I’m afraid. One of the very best setup men in the game was the exact opposite this week: 4.1 IP, 7 H. 5 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 K. Can’t win ’em all, I suppose. He’s still a stud.
On The Rise:
- Hoby Milner had 4 HLD, more than anyone else except for a teammate I’m about to talk about. He’s definitely not the sexiest holds guy there is, but he’s entrenched as a high-leverage guy for a not-too-bad Brewers team. Helps that Matt Bush got DFA’d.
- Elvis Peguero is the aforementioned teammate. He has vaulted up the Brewers bullpen depth chart of late, securing 4 HLD as well this week. He, too, is not the sexiest setup guy in the biz. I’m really only looking at him and/or Milner in deeper or NL-only formats.
- Bryan Abreu is back in positive-projection territory after 3 HLD and 5 K in 3 IP this week. Once again had a very healthy 22.6 SwStr% and 35.8 CSW%. Also once again wasn’t flawless, this time allowing 3 H and 2 ER. No walks, though! That’s been his biggest bugaboo, so hopefully that trend continues. I would not hesitate to scoop him if a leaguemate had given up.
- Joel Payamps is another Brewers reliever in the mix for holds. Brewers always seem to have two or three holds studs at any given time. But again, really only interested in the right format. Wouldn’t go making any hasty decision for any of these MIL guys.
- Jacob Webb earned 2 HLD this week, striking out four and walking none in 3.2 IP. Man has very quietly been a really good pitcher in 2023. I guess it’s been quiet cuz the metrics aren’t anything to pop a pants tent over, but you also can’t argue too much with a 2.29 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
- Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Rangers, as mentioned above. I’m mucho interested in seeing how he gets deployed. I have like 99.7% faith that Smith remains the full-time closer. I’m much more interested in how this acquisition impacts my love affair with Josh Sborz.
- Trevor Gott was traded to the Mets. He was already a middling type as far as holds go, and now he’s joining a pen where he’s got even more guys ahead of him.
- Adam Ottavino is one of those guys, though, and he’s been…not that good lately. His overall numbers ain’t that bad (15 SVHD, 3.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), but he had a doo doo week and has really had a doo past month. What’s up with these Mets, y’all? They were supposed to be, like, Rays-level good? Anyway, for what it’s worth, Otter Vino did at least have 2 SVHD this week.
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