Bullpen Report: Friday, October 2, 2015

Aroldis Chapman helped your ratios again last night, striking out a pair in his inning of work. Sure he didn’t garner a save, but sweet fancy Moses did he look good. Jeff Brantley is on the shelf, so don’t roster him. Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, helping my Scoresheet team, but doing nothing for your saves category. Kent Tekulve missed the game when the wind blew his hat down the street and he had to chase it. He has glasses, so his vision is already compromised.
Jeff Manship has pitched almost 40 innings and has an ERA under 1.00. I’m guessing you haven’t rostered him, and I don’t blame you! He did go 1.7 last night, striking out a pair and only giving up a solitary baserunner. What did you do last night? Jeff Manship is on Cleveland.
Tom Henke and Duane Ward were unavailable last night, so Brett Cecil and Roberto Osuna paired up to strike out three Rays in the ninth.
Arodys Vizcaino lowered his ERA again last night and firmed up his grasp on the Braves closer role for 2016. Don’t be shy about keeping him if you’re in a deep league, he’s likely going to be earning saves in Georgia next year. Hopefully in Atlanta, not Gwinnett. John Rocker is nursing a sore hammy and is unavailable this weekend.
Shawn Tolleson pitched his fourth day in a row on Friday for the first time ever. Well, probably not ever, but at least in documented history. The Rangers are in the first inning as this is being written, but maybe Keone Kela sees a save opp today? Joe Smith picked up his fourth save though, and if the Angels get saves the next couple days, he’s the guy, as Greg Minton is down with a bum being old.
David Robertson struck out two as he saved his 34th of the year Friday night. Bobby Thigpen was probably enjoying being retired at an early age. I could probably look him up and see what he was doing, but I’d prefer to just think he was saving more important things than baseball games. Like his money?
Wade Davis emphatically saved his 16th game for the Royals on Friday. Mark Davis was unavailable for comment. Well, maybe he was available, I just didn’t bother reaching out. And even if I did, like he’d talk to me!
Michael Feliz was tasked with protecting an 18-run lead on Friday and he didn’t disappoint. The Astros walked away with a win, even though Feliz gave up a pair of runs . He struck out two and let four batters reach base. A couple of them scored. This Feliz won’t help your ratios.
Dennis Eckersley was dealing with a body issue and was unavailable, so Sean Doolittle ripped a save on Friday night and Ryan Dull held the nuts out of that game.
Thanks for reading my nonsense this year. I’m just a small part of the bullpen report machine, but this is my last outing of the season. I apologize for costing you hella skrilla, but I tried my best. Sweet winter dreams y’all. There will be a bullpen report on Sunday to get you through the winter!

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson David Hernandez
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Matt Marksberry Edwin Jackson Jason Grilli
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Robbie Ross Jean Machi Noe Ramirez Koji Uehara
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Fernando Rodney
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Jacob Petricka
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Ryan Mattheus
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister
Colorado John Axford Jairo Diaz Boone Logan
Detroit Neftali Feliz Alex Wilson Al Albuerquerque Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Pat Neshek Will Harris
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Ryan Madson Greg Holland
LAA Trevor Gott Mike Morin Joe Smith Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Hatcher Yimi Garcia
Miami A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn Bryan Morris Carter Capps
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Kevin Jepsen Glen Perkins Trevor May
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Tyler Clippard Addison Reed
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson
Oakland Sean Doolittle Ryan Dull Fernando Rodriguez
Philly Ken Giles Dalier Hinojosa Jeanmar Gomez
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Joakim Soria Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Steve Cishek
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Kevin Quackenbush Brendan Maurer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Carson Smith Logan Kensing
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Alex Colome
Texas Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Jake Diekman Tanner Scheppers
Toronto Roberto Osuna Aaron Sanchez Brett Cecil
Wash. Casey Janssen Matt Thornton Blake Treinen Jonathan Papelbon

[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]

Roto Riteup: October 3, 2015

What can the Roto Riteup possibly cover with just two days left in the fantasy season? The answer may SHOCK you.

On today’s agenda:
1. Jake Arrieta and the Cy Young
2. Various news and notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options

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The Daily Grind: Peavy Conley, Bour, Ketel


  1. T-Minus Two
  2. Daily DFS
  3. SaberSim Observations
  4. Tomorrow’s Targets – Conley, Lopez, Bour, Ketel
  5. Factor Grid

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Jerad Eickhoff Closes Strong for Phillies

Dividends from the Cole Hamels trade weren’t supposed to start paying off for either team until 2016. But then the Rangers stormed the West to clinch a playoff berth with a 3-game lead on the Astros for the division, though the Phillies haven’t really missed a beat production-wise as Jerad Eickhoff has essentially matched Hamels (yes, I realize that Alec Asher has been a negative for Philly while Jake Diekman has also been a boon for the Rangers tilting the balance back in their favor rather sharply, but this is about Eickhoff).

The read on Eickhoff both before the season and at the time of the trade was a #4 or #5 starter who could find success in a bullpen role if he didn’t quite pan out as a starter. Through eight starts in his big league career, he looks more like a solid mid-rotation option by the numbers, but has he shown enough to be considered such for 2016? Of course, all of the necessary small sample size caveats are in effect at the 51-inning mark, but he is showing improvements on his early season scouting report.

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A Minor Review of 2015: Miami Marlins

Welcome to the annual series: ‘A Minor (League) Review of 2015.” This series is a great way to receive a quick recap of the ’15 minor league season for your favorite club(s), while also receiving a brief look toward the 2016 season and beyond. It can also be a handy feature for fantasy baseball players in keeper and Dynasty leagues.

Previous Reviews:
Baltimore Orioles
Atlanta Braves
Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals
New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays

A Minor Review of 2015: Marlins

The Graduate: Justin Bour, 1B: Talk about coming out of nowhere. Bour wasn’t expected to be much of a contributor in 2015 but he ended up slugging more than 20 homers for The Fish. His OPS of .809 was third on the team and he led with 71 RBI. Miami popped prep first baseman Josh Naylor in the first round of the 2015 draft but he’s at least four years away from The Show so Bour has some time to keep the position warm if he continues to produce like he did in ’15 (at a low cost).

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12 Players Who Were Better Than You Might Think

I’ll kick this off with a couple of caveats. First, I’m not really sure how you think. You might think these players were fantastic, in which case the headline appears a little silly. I’m just going off of a vague feeling based on consuming fantasy baseball content through the season. Second, for the sake of a uniform ranking system, I’m using ESPN’s Player Rater.

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The Daily Grind: Owens, Peavy, Gutierrez


  1. Worst Day
  2. Daily DFS
  3. GB / FB Splits
  4. SaberSim Observations
  5. Tomorrow’s Targets – Peavy, Wagner, Gutierrez, Reds
  6. Factor Grid

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RotoGraphs Audio: Field of Streams 10/02/2015

Episode 126 – If He Gets Into The Lineup

The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live!

In the final episode of the year, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss DFS philosophy for the final weekend, the Blue Jays’ “hangover lineup,” Matt’s playoff fever in Chicago, Francisco Lindor being the new Jhonny Peralta, Matt making a pirate joke, the rash lineup decisions sometimes made in the playoffs, Mike Mahtook’s excellence against lefties, the recent hype surrounding Matt den Dekker, Wei-Yin Chen’s opportune matchup, Chris Sale seeking the White Sox record for strikeouts in a season, mispronouncing all of the Twitter handles of our favorite followers, some managers possibly on their way out, and a final thanks to everyone involved in the podcast this year.

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Roto Riteup: October 2, 2015

We’re heading into the final weekend of regular season action! This will be my last Roto Riteup of the year, and I’d just like to thank the readers for your time and for your comments. You guys rock.

On today’s agenda:
1. Jerad Eickhoff cruises
2. Welcome back, Maikel Franco
3. Chris Carter is socking dingers
4. Streaming Pitching Options
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Bullpen Report: October 1, 2015

Here’s just a quick handful of bullpen notes for this whacky Thursday slate in baseball:

At the time of this writing 11 of the 12 games scheduled for today are in the books. And at the time of this writing each of the 11 games have finished with a save. The 12th game — Colorado at Arizona — is in the final frame and also in a save situation. Looks as if we could go 12-for-12 in games and saves on the day. Has to be some sort of record. Right?
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