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
Big props if my headline strokes your nostalgia chords. And my condolences to you if you’ve got Edwin Diaz, who has been the best thrower of baseballs in Major League Baseball all season long. You’ve had yourself the best closer in fantasy, and these days he’s getting the fireman treatment. Quite irritating. Just in time for fantasy postseason, no less! Can’t go panic-dropping him or anything of course; he’ll still get you good results. He’s only slipped one spot, falling to #2 on the Player Rater behind my dad Ryan Helsley despite having just 1 W and 1 SV since August 21.
Adam Ottavino is getting some vulture saves instead. He had 1 SV and 1 HD this week, striking out four. How does this guy always come back around and make himself relevant year after year? I guess it’s cuz he’s just pretty damn good at his job? His 25 W+SV+HD, 2.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 65 K in 54.2 IP attest to that.
Rafael Montero actually led the way with 3 SV this week (tied with the next guy I’ll talk about). I just wanted to toss my super awesome Carmen Sandiego pun out there, and then of course I had to segue into Ottavino. Anywho, Montero has kicked major ass all season long and has every ounce of Dusty Baker’s trust. If Ryan Pressly weren’t a thing, Montero would be one of the most valuable fantasy closers of 2022. Even so, Montero’s SVHD value has been immense: 34 W+SV+HD and 61 K in 56.2 IP.
Jordan Romano also had 3 SV this week, striking out six in 4.1 IP.
Jimmy Herget is your man for the Angels now. Totally saw that coming (read: I didn’t). He was always part of the committee, but now he’s got the last three saves for the Halos, so I feel good calling the job his.
Nick Martinez had 2 SV this week, but it’s sorta worth noting that Josh Hader got the last one for the Dads (came a day after one of Martine’z saves). And Martinez’s week was rather ugly (7.71 ERA, 1.71 WHIP).
Daniel Bard added two more saves to his 2022 totals, and he’s still clinging to a Top 10 (#9) spot among all RP on the Player Rater. What a freakin steal, man. Love to see it. They weren’t doo doo saves either; he struck out three and didn’t allow any runs.
You wanna complain about doo doo saves, look no further than Kenley Jansen. Man was some kinda bad this week but still managed 2 SV. Here’s his line: 2.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. He’s up to a 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in his last month. Yowza. Don’t forget they’ve got that Raisel Iglesias guy now, so we could see a changing of the guard if this keeps up. Iglesias’s last month, you ask? Why it’s just a paltry 0.71 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.
John Schreiber seems to be pulling back ahead for Boston. He had 2 SV and 4 K this week and didn’t allow any runs. Garrett Whitlock may be a little fatigued, I dunno, but he’s been yucky. Think Schreiber is the guy you want right now.
Props to Devin Williams for the #1 week among all relievers, picking up 2 W and 1 SV while striking out four in three scoreless. Only blemish was a walk. He’s basically just the version of Hader that didn’t start to suck it up. Airbender has 41 W+SV+HD in 2022. Me oh my.
Anthony Bass had 3 HD and 3 K in three scoreless. Trifecta of threes. He’s been surprisingly and very consistently good all season long.
One other guy had 3 HD this week. Take a blind guess who it was. Wrong! It was Carlos Estevez. Had also had 7 K. Nice stuff, Mr. Estevez! Unfortunately, he also walked three and allowed two hits and two runs.
Hector Neris had 1 SV and 2 HD in four shutout innings, striking out seven. Here and there he’s done his usual “oopsies!” outing, but overall his 2022 season has been a thing of beauty: 31 W+SV+HD, 3.30 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 68 K in 57.1 IP.
Trifecta for Jason Adam: 1 W, 1 SV, 1 HD, with 6 K in 3.2 IP. He’s excellent, plain and simple.
Just 1 HD for Luis Garcia this week but he gets a shoutout for 8 K in just 4.1 IP. Also didn’t allow an earned run but did allow an unearned one.
Blake Treinen made his return to the Dodgers this past week and should slot into setup duties pretty soon I’d wager. He got 7th-inning action in a blowout, tossing a perfect one in just five pitches (four strikes).
David Robertson and Brad Hand each had a loss and they came on back-to-back days. Ruh roh! Both had poopy weeks, obviously, but their season totals are still lookin good. Too bad the Phils aren’t affording them many chances these days.
Tanner Houck is done for the year, so any hope you were holding onto should be given a Viking funeral.
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