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Bullpen Report: August 16, 2012

Dale Thayer looks to be the closer to own in San Diego for the foreseeable future. Padres’ manager Bud Black indicated today that “Street’s injury is going to be past the 15 days.” At this time there doesn’t appear to be an exact timetable for Street’s return, although Corey Brock suggests it “won’t likely come before September.” Thayer has earned six saves in eight chances this season and sports a 3.51 ERA (4.12 xFIP) with a 3.33 K/BB. He’s available in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Alfredo Aceves dished a clean ninth inning tonight, fanning each of the three Orioles he faced en route to his 24th save of the year. Aceves needed just 15 pitches to to lock down the game for the Red Sox in what was arguably one of the right-hander’s best outings this season. Maybe Aceves has been reading all of our Bullpen Reports regarding Bailey’s return, and felt the need to show us he still has what it takes to hold down the ninth in Beantown. However, I still believe that Andrew Bailey, who has just one not-so-hot appearance since his return from the disabled list, will reclaim the closer’s role in Boston after being eased back into the big league routine.

• For the second time in a week, Terry Collins was forced to pull Frank Francisco in the ninth inning after failing to get the job done. Tonight, Francisco entered in a non-save situation, but after surrendering three earned runs on four hits and a walk, the righty was lifted in favor of Jon Rauch. Rauch fanned the only batter he faced and earned his third save of the season as the Mets clipped the Reds, 8-4. Like we always preach here at the Bullpen Report, it’s difficult to guesstimate who will be next in line for saves. But for the Metropolitans, it appears that Frank Francisco is working himself out of the ninth inning discussion while Jon Rauch is throwing his name back into the mix.

Grant Balfour earned his second consecutive save tonight since becoming the head of the closer-by-committee monster in Oakland. Balfour made quick work of the Royals in the bottom of the ninth — needing just 15 pitches to lock down his ninth save of the season. The “closer from down under” is now 9-of-11 in save opportunities in 2012 with a 2.62 ERA (0.98 WHIP) and a less-than-stellar 2.09 K/BB. Balfour is available in 57 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Carlos Marmol (CHC) vs. CIN

It may be surprising to some that Carlos Marmol’s last blown save came on April 24th against the Cardinals, and even more surprising that he’s saved 13 consecutive games since. His ratios have been far from perfect since that blown save, but Marmol could be an affordable option in daily leagues tomorrow for owners looking to grab some strikeouts and a potential save.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second Off 25-Man
Arizona J.J. Putz David Hernandez Takashi Saito
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Eric O’Flaherty Jonny Venters
Baltimore Jim Johnson Pedro Strop Darren O’Day
Boston Alfredo Aceves Andrew Miller Mark Melancon Andrew Bailey
Chicago (NL) Carlos Marmol James Russell Shawn Camp
Chicago (AL) Addison Reed Brett Myers Matt Thornton
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Vinnie Pestano Tony Sipp
Colorado Rafael Betancourt Matt Belisle Rex Brothers
Detroit Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit Octavio Dotel
Houston Wilton Lopez Francisco Cordero Wesley Wright
KC Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Kevin Jepsen LaTroy Hawkins Jordan Walden
LAD Kenley Jansen Brandon League Javy Guerra
Miami Steve Cishek Heath Bell Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Jim Henderson John Axford Kameron Loe
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Alex Burnett Matt Capps
NY (NL) Frank Francisco Bobby Parnell Jon Rauch
NY (AL) Rafael Soriano David Robertson Boone Logan
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Josh Lindblom
Pittsburgh Joel Hanrahan Jason Grilli Juan Cruz
St. Louis Jason Motte Mitchell Boggs Edward Mujica
SD Dale Thayer Luke Gregerson Brad Brach Huston Street
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Santiago Casilla
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Shawn Kelley Stephen Pryor
Tampa Bay Fernando Rodney Kyle Farnsworth Jake McGee
Texas Joe Nathan Mike Adams Alexei Ogando
Toronto Casey Janssen Brandon Lyon Darren Oliver
Wash. Tyler Clippard Drew Storen Sean Burnett

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