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Week 9 Recap (RP Adds under 50%)

12 Team Standard scoring settings/ roster %s

 

Kendall Graveman – CWS (25%)

2023/ 25 G: 1 W, 5 SV, 7 HLD, 2.55 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 24.2 IP/ 25 K/10 BB

2022/ 65 G: 3 W, 6 SV, 27 HLD, 3.18 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 65 IP/66 K/26 BB

Liam Hendriks returned Monday working lower leverage down 3-4 in the 8th giving up 2 runs. Given the amount of time missed it is possible Hendriks is brought back slowly and does not close for the foreseeable future. Graveman has filled in nicely after Reynaldo Lopez struggled to keep the job early on in the season. While his career has been pretty mediocre overall (3.99 ERA, 1.32 WHIP in 235 G) Graveman was dominant in 2021 with Seattle before being traded to the Astros.

 

2021/ 30 G: 4 W, 10 SV, 4 HLD, 0.82 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 33 IP/34 K/8 BB (w/ SEA)

 

While that looks like the outlier compared to the rest of his career, Graveman has shown he can be a strong option over small periods of time. Likely to maintain in a setup role once Hendriks is closing full-time again making him the replacement when Hendriks is resting. 

 

Colin Poche – TB (6%)

2023/ 24 G: 4 W, 1 SV, 7 HLD, 2.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 20.2 IP/14 K/10 BB

2022/ 65 G: 4 W, 7 SV, 23 HLD, 3.99 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 58.2 IP/64 K/22 BB

Pete Fairbanks landed on the IL Sunday, shifting Jason Adam into a full-time closing role. Poche has been mixed in for saves in the past and becomes the setup option for Adam. Poche has underwhelming stuff but has been solid over his first two seasons. If Adam were to work high leverage or rest Poche would likely be next in line for saves. Kevin Cash has avoided a set closer in past seasons, but it has been all of Fairbanks or Adam this year. 

 

Justin Lawrence – COL (3%)

2023/ 27 G: 2 W, 2 SV, 7 HLD, 3.06 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 32.1 IP/35 K/12 BB

2022/ 38 G: 3 W, 1 SV, 7 HLD, 5.70 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 42.2 IP/48 K/22 BB

Johnson was rested two straight days after blowing his first save and Lawrence converted both save chances. Daniel Bard earned his first hold 5/28 but had been working lower leverage coming off of an IL stint due to anxiety stemming back to the World Baseball Classic. In Bard’s absence, Lawrence has stepped up as the primary 8th inning option, utilizing a sidearm/ submarine delivery. While his avg exit velocity, whiff% and chase rate are poor has decreased hardhit% 39.2 – 38.7, BB% 11.5% – 10.1%, increasing K% 25.1% – 26.9%. ranks in the top 10% of league in XWOBA – .263, XWOBACON – .308, xERA 2.76. 

 

Jordan Hicks – STL – SP/RP (3%)

2023/ 22 G: 0 W, 0 SV, 5 HLD, 4.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 23 IP/36 K/17 BB

Hicks had some success in his first two seasons accumulating 5 W, 20 SV, 27 HLD, 3.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 105.4 IP/ 101 K/56 BB. But dealt with numerous injuries the following seasons derailing his development. The Cardinals tried using him as a starter last season but he struggled before once again dealing with injuries. Hicks is in the top 4% of League in exit velocity – 84.6, down from 86.9 last season and XSLG .271 down from .331. The main issue for Hicks is his BB%, which he has struggled with throughout his career.

 

2018 – 13.3%, 2019 – 10%, 2021 – 22.7%, 2022 – 13.3%, 2023 – 16.3% (bottom 3% of League)

 

With Ryan Helsley struggling on top of working high leverage and Gallegos mixing in for saves, Hicks could luck into rogue saves if they are unavailable. 

 

Chris Devenski – LAA (1%)

2023/ 13 G: 0 W, 0 SV, 5 HLD, 2.70 ERA, 0.54 WHIP, 16.2 IP/16 K/0 BB

Had a solid first two seasons with Houston accumulating 12 W, 5 SV, 30 HLD, 2.42 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 188.2 IP/ 204 K/ 46 BB. But from 2018 – 2022 struggled and dealt with numerous injuries appearing in 25 games from 2020 – 2022. While it is a short sample size Devenski has filled the void left by Matt Moore who was recently placed on the IL. Over the past two weeks has 2 W, 2 HLD, 2.84 ERA, 0.32 WHIP in 6.1 IP/6 K/0 BB. With Jose Quijada done for the season and Jimmy Herget in AAA Devenski has worked as the primary setup option and should be next in line if Carlos Estevez is unavailable.

 

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