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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 7/1

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

The Rays have been known to play games with their bullpen usage and keep people guessing as to who will get the ball in the ninth, but since May 25th, Colin Poche is the only reliever to have more than one save as he now has five on the season. Yes, there are five other relievers with a save over this time span, but Poche is clearly the “favorite” for manager Kevin Cash and it’s easy to see why. Poche doesn’t mess around, throwing his fastball 80% of the time and challenging hitters. Despite this usage, Poche has been able to keep hitters off balance and limit hard contact (86.9 AEV) while still getting them to chase out of the zone (35.4% Chase). The K rate will likely continue to suffer given this approach, but it’s hard to complain with the ratios and SV+HLD help he has been providing so far this season.

 

Notes

 

  • It’s been a rough week for David Bednar who blew a save on Saturday against the Rays (.2 IP, 2 H, 2BB, 2ER), then missed a few days with a back injury, then returned to almost blow another save yesterday against the Brewers (.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 3 ER). His velocity is fine, but his command has been an issue and with that lingering back injury affecting his results, you have to wonder if an IL stint is coming in the near future.

 

  • While the Cardinals continue to find ways to win games, the bullpen has not had much of a chance to rack up SV+HLD’s lately, with Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos combining for just four saves in June. Génesis Cabrera is currently on the Covid IL but once he and Jordan Hicks return, this bullpen has the potential to be the best in baseball, assuming everyone is healthy. It will also be interesting to see what role Hicks will have the rest of the season as he transitions back to the bullpen, but I’m thinking it will be similar to how the Yankees have used Chad Green/Michael King

 

  • It’s that time of year when we start to see pitchers going on and off the IL on a regular basis. Liam Hendriks, Alexis Díaz, and Tyler Matzek should be the next ones off the Injured List below, but as we’ve seen multiple times before, their proposed time to return is almost next accurate, as teams are more cautious than ever these days. While Hendriks himself wants to return this Monday, the team could delay that to give him some more time to ramp up properly. That’s what we’ve seen with Díaz as he was supposed to return today, but the team is being patient with him.

 

  • Josh Hader, Ryan Pressly, and Devin Williams each had 3 SV+HLD’s this past week. While last saw a bunch of surprise names leading the way in SV+HLD’s for the week, this week we are back to the big names, with the elite Brewers bullpen duo in prime form. It’s also nice to see Pressly bounce back this week after his devastating blown save against the Yankees.

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Edwin Díaz-
3Raisel Iglesias
T2
-
4Emmanuel Clase+1
5Clay Holmes+1
6Taylor Rogers+2
7Jordan Romano+2
8Ryan Pressly+6
9Camilo Doval+1
10Devin Williams+1
11David Bednar
T3
-4
12Craig Kimbrel+3
13Jhoan Duran+3
14A.J. Minter+10
15Ryan Helsley-3
16Giovanny Gallegos-3
17David Robertson-
18Paul Sewald+2
19Diego Castillo-
20Seranthony Domínguez+3
21Kendall Graveman
T4
-
22Michael King-
23Joe Barlow+2
24Daniel Bard+2
25Jorge López+2
26Scott Barlow+2
27Tanner Houck+2
28Gregory Soto+2
29Tanner Rainey+3
30Tanner Scott+3
31Michael Fulmer
T5
+4
32John Schreiber+6
33Will Smith+14
34Héctor Neris-
35Brooks Raley+1
36Jason Adam+1
37Ryan Tepera+2
38Seth Lugo+2
39Eli Morgan+2
40Griffin Jax+3
41Andrew Chafin
T6
+7
42Brad Boxberger+8
43Drew Smith-1
44Alex Lange+2
45Ryne Stanek+7
46Rafael Montero+7
47Joe Kelly+7
48Andrés Muñoz+10
49Evan Phillips+11
50Aroldis Chapman+UR
51Colin Poche-2
52Matt Wisler-1
53Félix Bautista+3
54Collin McHugh+12
55Erik Swanson+8
56Dennis Santana
T7
+3
57Luis García-2
58Ken Giles+3
59Tim Mayza+3
60Brock Burke+4
61Dominic Leone+4
62Aaron Loup+5
63Matt Strahm+5
64Tyler Rogers+6
65Wil Crowe+6
66Scott Effross+6
67Corey Knebel+8
68Adam Cimber+8
69Brusdar Graterol+11
70Emilio Pagán-39
71José Leclerc
T8
-2
72Anthony Bass+6
73Jake Diekman+9
74John Brebbia+13
75Mychal Givens+15
76Adam Ottavino+15
77Wandy Peralta+18
78Brad Hand+11
79Trevor Stephan-5
80Tyler Duffey+4
81Alex Vesia-2
82Joe Mantiply+3
83Steven Okert-6
84Joely Rodríguez+2
85Phil Maton-12
86Carl Edwards Jr.+8
87Dylan Coleman+9
88Jake McGee+4
89Enyel De Los Santos+4
90Dillon Tate+UR
91Caleb Thielbar+8
92Penn Murfee+UR
93Lou Trivino+UR
94Cionel Pérez+UR
95A.J. Puk-38
96Hunter Strickland+UR
97Miguel Castro+UR
98Jose Cuas+UR
99Mark Melancon-16
100Bryan Abreu-3

 

Injured List

 

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Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

  • Big Joey says:

    Hunter Strickland at 96?? Come on now, he’s the official closer and has done well in the role

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