Jansen stumbles again

Rafael Montero and Kenley Jansen each led the week with three saves. For Montero, it was three triumphant outings in which he held opponents scoreless while allowing just one run. Jansen, meanwhile, plays his way into trouble. He allowed two runs in a save last Wednesday and then was tagged for a blown save on Saturday. The Braves managed to win anyway. In just over a month with the Braves, Raisel Iglesias has a 0.66 ERA with 9.22 K/9 and 1.98 BB/9 in 13.2 innings. Jansen currently leads the league with 32 saves. Next is Emmanuel Clase (31) and four others tied with 30 saves.

Narrower levels

Tier 1: Crème de la Crème (3)

Edwin Diaz, New York Mets
Emmanuel Clase, Cleveland Guardians
Liam Hendriks, Chicago White Sox

The Guardians used Clase for three days in a row – a rarity for today’s shut-ins. He allowed two runs (one earned) in the third appearance. The other two exits were clear. Diaz has not played since last Thursday. He allowed an unearned run to the Dodgers en route to a bunt. He got a save the other day. Hendrix is ​​in the midst of a slump. Over his last five innings, he’s allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk.

Tier 2: The Elite (7)

Jordan Romano, Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan Helsley, St. Louis Cardinals
Devin Williams, Milwaukee Brewers
Clay Holmes, New York Yankees
Felix Bautista, Baltimore Orioles
Paul Sewald, Seattle Mariners
Camilo Doval, San Francisco Giants

It’s been a busy week at this level, and yet there’s not much to report. These are premium relievers that we expect to shut down opponents. They did as a whole. Helsley had four walks in 3.1 innings but allowed just one hit and no runs. Holmes allowed one run to the Rays on Sunday, but it was minor. Still marked the save. Bautista was called up for two innings on Tuesday. He allowed one run and earned a save. Sewald worked four scoreless frames, though it wasn’t without stress. Doval managed to go three straight days without walking or allowing a run. He had two saves and a win.

Tier 3: Core Performers (4)

Daniel Bard, Colorado Rockies
Kenley Jansen, Atlanta Braves
Scott Barlow, Kansas City Royals
Jorge Lopez, Minnesota Twins

Lopez allowed a costly run last Friday. The Twins can hardly afford to lose in the ninth inning. As discussed in the introduction, Jansen may be on thin ice. Bard and Barlow pitched well.

Tier 4: Ascending Uncertainty (6)

Craig Kimbrel, Evan Phillips, Los Angeles Dodgers
John Schreiber, Garrett Whitlock, Boston Red Sox
David Robertson, Brad Hand, Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Finnegan, Washington Nationals
Gregory Soto, Detroit Tigers
Jonathan Hernández, José Leclerc, Texas Rangers

Kimbrel faced the minimum number of batters in three appearances. He even worked every day on the weekend.

Whitlock had a torrid week, coughing up six runs in four innings. Silver lining – he also recorded six hits. Whitlock has a 4.35 ERA since late July. Because of those disasters, Schreiber has the three most recent Red Sox saves.

Robertson and Hand suffered losses over the weekend. Robertson bounced back with a win on Tuesday. Soto issued five free passes and allowed two runs to score in his three innings of work. He could be in the hot seat. Joe Jimenez and Andrew Chafin are next in line.

Hernandez had a brutal save last Thursday. He allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in just one-third of an inning. He has since rebounded with a perfectly acceptable scoreless performance. Meanwhile, Leclerc was called to the rescue on Tuesday.

Tier 5: Pray to the Baseball Gods (7)

Rafael Montero, Houston Astros
Alexis Diaz, Hunter Strickland, Cincinnati Reds
Nick Martinez, San Diego Padres
Wil Crowe, Pittsburgh Pirates
Rowan Wick, Brandon Hughes, Chicago Cubs
Jimmy Herget, Jose Quijada, Ryan Tepera, Los Angeles Angels
Jason Adam, Pete Fairbanks, Brooks Raley, Colin Poche, Tampa Bay Rays

Although he’s in the midst of his best season, Montero is just a decent, inconsistent reliever. He might be ranked a notch higher if Ryan Pressly wasn’t expected to return soon. Pressly is still dealing with neck pain.

Martinez coughed up a pair of runs on Monday and shut out the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Look for Josh Hader, Luis Garcia or Adrián Morejón today. Wick has the Cubs’ most recent save, and Hughes struggled Sunday in the loss.

As usual, the Rays left no action patterns for fantasy managers to exploit. Overall, Adam and Fairbanks both earned a save and a hold. Three other relievers recorded catches (Poche had two) and two more relievers recorded wins.

Tier 6: Better Removal in Others (3)

Tanner Scott, Miami Marlins
AJ Puk, Domingo Acevedo, Sam Moll, Oakland Athletics
Ian Kennedy, Mark Melancon, Arizona Diamondbacks

Puck was charged with a blown save Thursday, though the offending runner wasn’t his. Kennedy face-planted in two of the three outings. Joe Madipley was not at his best. Maybe someday, the Diamondbacks will use a bullpen. The rest of their team is actually pretty solid.


Andrew Kittredge, Tampa Bay Rays (TJS – offseason)
Lucas Sims, Cincinnati Reds (bulging disc – out for the season)
Tanner Rainey, Washington Nationals (UCL sprain – out of season)
David Bednar, Pittsburgh Pirates (back)
Tanner Houck, Boston Red Sox (back)
Seranthony Domínguez, Philadelphia Phillies (Triceps)
Ryan Pressley, Houston Astros (neck)
Zach Jackson, Oakland Athletics (shoulder)
Dany Jiménez, Oakland Athletics (shoulder)

Theft Department

Well, it’s been an interesting week on the stolen base front. The bad news is that no one hit more than three bases. The good news is that six players started this modest deck. Surprisingly, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was among the runners in the fleet. The others look the part – namely Marcus Semien, Jose Altuve, Jake McCarthy, Garrett Hampson and Kyle Tucker. McCarthy leads the league in steals after the All Star Break. The lead of the season yet owned by a mostly dead-end Jon Berti. Since returning from injury, he’s hitting .224/.297/.328 with four steals in 74 plate appearances. Bertie is followed by Cedric Mullins (30), Jorge Mateo (30) and Randy Arozarena (27).

Speed ​​Spotlight

We discussed Bubba Thompson over a month ago. There was large warning – would it hit hard enough? A month later, we have been served by an echo meh. In 100 plate appearances, he’s slashing .283/.333/.326 with 10 steals and a dinger. That’s enough speed to play for fantasy managers. It even helps with the average! There’s just one problem. Well, two. Maybe more.

The first issue is how he did it. He is running a .424 BABIP. As an incredibly fast ground ball hitter, he is expected to post an elevated BABIP. However, we should expect something like a .340 BABIP going forward. Simply put, he has five more hits than expected. In so few at bats, that’s about a 60 point bonus batting average along with extra stolen base opportunities.

The other reason why Thompson is a dangerous fantasy player is his 32 percent strikeout rate. This is more or less what we expected. He has a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. In recent seasons in the minor leagues, he has posted between a 25-26 percent strikeout rate. If he can get his whiffs down while his BABIP goes down, his batting average might balance out enough for the Rangers to keep playing him.

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