What’s poppin, Razzpimples? Bullpen update time!
This will be my last weekly pen report for y’all, as I’ll be transitioning to hockey coverage along with Viz. If you play fantasy hockey, check me out there! If you don’t, you’re a loser!!!!
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
Welp, there’s that Daniel Bard guy again. Tied for the weekly lead with 3 SV in three scoreless. Racked up 6 K, too. The man is sitting at #5 on the Player Rater and it’s safe to say every pundit across the board swung and missed on him. I had him ranked…#57 coming into the year. Lmao, love it. Thanks to his new contract, we can probably expect Bard to resume these duties next year.
Coming in at #62 on my preseason list was Jose Leclerc, who has been one of the better fantasy RP down the stretch. He also had 3 SV and 6 K this week but did allow five baserunners and an earned run in four innings. Not ideal, but it’s hard to argue he’s been effective when called upon.
Emmanuel Clase had 3 SV and 4 K in four scoreless. He’s #1 RP if you take away Helsley’s wins.
Speaking of Ryan Helsley, dude had 3 SV as well, striking out seven in four innings of 1-run ball (INCLUDING AN IMMACULATE INNING — CAN I GET A HELS-YEAH-LEY?!?!). You see him sitting atop the 2022 Player Rater for RP, but that’s cuzza all them wins. Take those away and that does a whole lotta damage to his overall $$$ value. Also gotta consider he hasn’t been the sole closer for all that long, sharing the gig with Giovanny Gallegos for a majority of the time he’s even sniffed the 9th. He’ll be high on draft boards next year due to 1). his taking the sole closing gig for one of the better teams in all of baseball and 2). his elite ratios + strikeouts. Assuming he continues to be the main man closing games out, there’s not much reason to shy away in 2023.
Josh Hader had 2 SV, and boy it’s been a while since we’ve been able to say he had a 2-SV week, which sounds absolutely insane when you think about it. He was so, so, soooo good to start the year, then got traded, and just…sucked. Has being a new dad (in more ways than one…cuz baby and Padres!! Get it?!) messed him up that much? Let’s hope it’s all figured out in time for 2023 drafts. Encouraged to see a SwStr% north of 25 this week with no walks and no runs.
Jhoan Duran scored 2 SV and may just be the favored guy for Minny down the stretch. Certainly been better than Jorge Lopez these days. Duran had a whopping 9 K in just 4.1 IP, but he wasn’t untouchable by any means, giving up 5 H and 3 BB.
Pete Fairbanks also had 2 SV. Crazily, improbably, wildly, he has the majority of Tampa Bay saves of late. If your league has shied away from Rays relievers for obvious reasons, perchance Crazy Eyes is still there for you.
Domingo Acevedo has become a 9th-inning option for Oakland, collecting 2 SV this week. If you’re still alive and desperate for saves, could try this guy out. He ain’t exciting, and the A’s are really quite terrible, but you never know.
Dylan Floro had 1 SV and 2 K in 2 IP. Nothing sexy, though it looks as if he’s the man now. If he’s still on your wire and you need last-gasp saves, go for it.
Clay Holmes is just plumb exhausted I guess. Had a fine week counting-stats-wise with 1 W and 1 SV, but he allowed five hits, five runs (3 ER), and four walks in five innings. He’s honestly been pretty bad since a yucky outing on July 31. You might just cut bait so he doesn’t ruin your final days. And now one of you loyal readers did just that and he probably went Helsley on some fools with an immaculate inning or something.
Matt Moore had 4 HD and 6 K in four scoreless. He’s found his calling as a bullpen ace, throwing together a helluva 2022 campaign: 4 W, 3 SV, 12 HD, 2.05 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 74 K in 66 IP.
Giovanny Gallegos had 2 HD, striking out five in three perfect innings. SVHD stud, but sadly many took him thinking he’d be a SV-only stud. I sure thought he would be, but who saw Helsley storming back onto the scene like this?
Carlos Estevez! Everyone’s favorite has-been on Colorado! He had 1 W and 2 HD this week. If you’re entirely desperate for holds, I betcha could snag him!
Alex Lange had 2 HD and 7 K in 3.2 scoreless. Lot to like about Lange, who sports elite strikeout stuff (78 K in 56.1 IP) along with a very high CSW% (35.3). The biggest hindrance is, you guessed it, walks. That 11.5 BB% ain’t pretty. Still, don’t count him out for speculative saves at some point next year in Detroit. Gregory Soto will still be around, but I could see him getting dealt sooner or later. And he’s also kinda living on borrowed time as far as success in the 9th goes…a 1.39 WHIP with meh strikeout stuff can only last you so long.
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