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 (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)
Top 10 Last 7 Days
- New format this week! Just cuz! Carlos Estevez was your lone Save Daddy with 4 SV this past week. Man has basically been on cruise control lately, with 5 SV, 1 HLD, 9 K, and just 1 ER allowed in his last 7.2 IP. Thanks to pretty much everyone else in this pen either sucking (Tepera, Loup, Herget, etc.) or being injured (Quijada), Estevez has become the full-time closer. That was more or less the plan anyway, but he’s extra solidified in the role right now. Paying dividends in a big way. Very encouraged by his 0 BB, 18.4 SwStr%, and 38.8 CSW% this week.
- Josh Hader struck out a pair and walked one in three scoreless. Dude’s got 17 K and 10 SV on the year with just 1 ER to his name. Stud.
- Emmanuel Clase was your other Daddy with 3 SV. He also picked up a BS+L in an outing and didn’t strike out a soul. Only has 4.0 SwStr% over the last two weeks (0 K). Kind of concerning. Strikeouts have never been his forte (which is weird if you watch him, cuz that stuff looks grody), but also this is kind of red flag territory. Okay, maybe just yellow flag territory.
- Ryan Pressly is back to collecting some saves. Always good to see. Super slow start this year but still figure he’ll net at least 25+ of these thangs. To my surprise, he actually leads all qualified RP right now with 153 Stuff+ (and is second, by one point, with 119 Pitching+).
- Will Smith looking like the favored option for the Rangers these days. Leclerc hasn’t been bad, but he’s walked four in his last 4.1 IP.
- Despite some struggles, Scott Barlow is still your closer for the Royals. Had 3 K and 0 ER this week, but did allow 3 H and 1 BB in 2.2 IP.
- Jordan Romano beasted, with 4 K in three perfect innings. Had been a tad shaky before this week, so it’s nice to see him back on track.
- Jose Alvarado with 6 K, 0 ER, and 0 BB in 3 IP. Had 18 SwStr% as well. Purty good.
- David Bednar arguably had a better week, with 5 K, 0 ER, and 0 BB in 3 IP but also boasting 29.3 SwStr% and 41.5 CSW%.
- Alex Lange — I told y’all this dude was gonna be worth drafting! — had 8 K and no walks in four scoreless. When this dude is on, he’s legit one of the nastiest cats around. I’m seeing he’s only 59% rostered in Yahoo right now?! What even.
- Brusdar Graterol even had 2 HLD this week, tossing 3.2 scoreless, walkless innings. Sad part is they were also strikeoutless. He’s weird in the same way Clase is: you watch and can’t believe they don’t have like a 15 K/9.
- Felix Bautista matched Lange with 8 K, but it also came at the cost of 4 BB. No matter; he’s simply one of the best in the biz until proven otherwise.
- Alexis Diaz struck out six in three scoreless. Also didn’t issue a free pass! Crazy that both he and Lange of infamous walk fame have been excellent in that regard this year. Diaz is up to 55.9 K% on the year, by the way. That’s, um, the best among all RP with even just one single inning pitched.
- Yennier Cayes, I mean Yennier Cano, like Graterol, had 2 SV and 2 HLD this week. I don’t count his 1 HBP, so in my mind he’s still perfect in 2023. Surely by now, you’re not in a holds league that still has him on the wire, but if you are…
- Jhoan Duran was kinda boss (2 SV, 5 K, 1 H, 1 ER) and kinda not boss (4 BB, 27.6 CSW%) this week. In the last two weeks, he’s got 2 SV to Lopez’s 1 SV, for what it’s worth. Definitely still a co-closer situation, though Duran seems to have a slight edge.
- A.J. Puk scored 2 W and 1 SV, earning the #2 spot in the Top 10 Last 7 Days chart up above.
- Craig Kimbrel was great, earning 1 W and 2 SV with 4 K in two perfect innings.
- Kenley Jansen is DTD with a back issue. Probably want to look at Chris Martin in the meantime.
- Raisel Iglesias will being a rehab assignment later this week. Hallelujah!
- Matt Moore had 4 HLD and 4 K in 4.1 scoreless. Walked two and allowed a couple hits. With the way things have shaken out here, Moore is def my favorite holds source from the Halos at this point.
- Your other 4 HLD Daddy was household name Danny Coulombe for the Orioles. The amount of fantasy value out of this bullpen right now is cray cray. I mean, you’ve got this guy, Cano, and Bryan Baker, not to mention Bautista.
- Three holds for Scott McGough this week. Struck out four in 4.1 scoreless. Maybe sometime down the road he sees some save chances again?
- Robert Stephenson nabbed three holds as well. Outdid his teammate Colin Holderman this time around. Holderman had 2 HLD but also had a BS+L, allowing 3 ER and 1 BB in 3 IP.
- Caleb Ferguson had 3 K in 2.2 scoreless. Gotta say, it’s looking like Fergie, Graterol, and Phillips are your three best pen arms for the Dodgers so far in 2023. My preseason love affair with Alex Vesia was a mistake.
- Trevor Stephan struck out four in three scoreless. Might be he has the edge over Karinchak for now.
- Miguel Castro didn’t have the strikeout stuff this week but managed 3 HLD nonetheless.
- Tyler Rogers somehow got 3 HLD despite 7 H, 5 ER, and 2 BB in 6 IP. Had a pair of losses and a blown save to his name, as well. Did at least strike out seven, which is a helluva lot coming from him.
- Whole bunch of 2 HLD guys. Already talked about Graterol and Cano. Also big names like Caleb Thielbar, Hector Neris, Mark Leiter Jr., Peter Strzelecki, Bryan Baker, Griffin Jax, John Schreiber, and Colin Holderman. Of this bunch, Neris maybe looked the best, getting whiffs on 19.4% of swings.
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.