Bullpen Report: August 20, 2013

Rafael Betancourt recorded his 16th save of the year and his first since returning from the disabled list. Betancourt faced the minimum and it looks like he’s back to his the ninth inning job in Colorado. Rex Brothers pitched quite well while Betancourt was out, but barring any injury I’d expect Betancourt to hold onto the job for the remainder of the year.

Mariano Rivera pitched in both games of the double-header today but oddly didn’t record a save.  In the first game Mo came in to get the final two outs in a non-save situation. In part II Mo received a win (4) after pitching around two hits in a tie game in the ninth. Nobody is surprised that Mariano bounced back after a stretch of three blown saves in a row but it’s still nice(r) to see Mo succeeding at the end of games. Although he’s retiring at the end of the year, with a 2.38 ERA and 36 saves in 41 tries, he remains one of the better closers in the sport. Unfortunately we won’t have many more opportunities to watch Mo pitch with the season’s end approaching.

Fernando Rodney shot his 29th arrow tonight, closing the door on the Orioles. Rodney’s obviously had his ups and downs this year and is certainly not as good as he was in 2012 but he’s been a consistent source of saves for fantasy owners nonetheless. His control (5.40 BB/9) prevents him from being a top tier closer, but with a 3.24 SIERA and 11.85 K/9, Rodney should pile up saves for the Rays in their pennant race.

• The Dodgers continue to win ball games and Kenley Jansen continues to pitch well, notching save number 20 against the Marlins. Jansen’s always had swing and miss stuff (career 13.66 K/9) and his improved control (1.46 BB/9) has made him arguably the best reliever in baseball this year since he took over the job from Brandon League. Jansen’s 1.47 SIERA ranks second among all relievers and only Edward Mujica posts a higher K/BB than Jansen (8.80). We can nitpick the reliever rankings but anyone’s list would have Jansen near the top.

Glen Perkins (29), Jim Henderson (19), Joe Nathan (37), Addison Reed (32) and Rafael Soriano (32) all recorded saves.

Closer Grid:


Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler J.J. Putz David Hernandez
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Scott Downs
Baltimore Jim Johnson Francisco Rodriguez Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Craig Breslow Andrew Bailey
CHI (NL) Kevin Gregg Pedro Strop Blake Parker
CHI (AL) Addison Reed Nate Jones Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Jonathan Broxton Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Joe Smith Cody Allen Vinnie Pestano
Colorado Rafael Betancourt Rex Brothers Matt Belisle
Detroit Joaquin Benoit Jose Veras Drew Smyly
Houston Chia-Jen Lo Josh Fields Josh Zeid Jose Cisnero
KC Greg Holland Aaron Crow Kelvin Herrera
LAA Dane de la Rosa Ernesto Frieri Kevin Jepsen Robert Coello
LAD Kenley Jansen Paco Rodriguez Ronald Belisario Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek Mike Dunn Chad Qualls
Milwaukee Jim Henderson John Axford Michael Gonzalez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) LaTroy Hawkins David Aardsma Scott Rice Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) Mariano Rivera David Robertson Joba Chamberlain
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Justin De Fratus Jake Diekman Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Justin Wilson Tony Watson Jason Grilli
St. Louis Edward Mujica Trevor Rosenthal Randy Choate Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Santiago Casilla
Seattle Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina Oliver Perez Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Jake McGee Jesse Crain
Texas Joe Nathan Tanner Scheppers Jason Frasor
Toronto Casey Janssen Sergio Santos Brett Cecil Steve Delabar
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Craig Stammen Drew Storen

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

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  1. Duncan says:

    What are the chances that Rafael Betancourt gets traded by the end of the month? Is it worth hanging on to Rex Brothers just in case Betancourt is dealt or would it be best to move on to other options in a 12-team mixed? Thanks!

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    • I’d certainly drop Brothers for anyone who is getting saves. But, if you are desperate for saves and nobody else is lurking on the wire, hold onto Brothers for another week to see if he’ll be traded. I wouldn’t say the chances are high but it’s certainly plausible.

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    • jrogers says:

      Betancourt is only making $4M, and has a team option for next year, so I’d imagine that (1) many teams would put in a waiver claim for him, and (2) the Rockies aren’t likely to deal him unless they can get a good prospect package from the claiming team.

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  2. Bob says:

    Last night and on the 17th, de la Rosa came in in the 8th of a tie game on the road and Frieri took the 9th. I think we may have a switch already…

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  3. Aaron says:

    How about the Baltimore situation. Johnson came in last night in a non-save situation and gave up 3 singles, letting 2 inherited runners score. Johnson warmed up for possible save situations that didn’t materialize the last two nights, so should we expect to see him get the next opportunity that arrives?

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  4. Phil says:

    Storen is no longer in the minors and has worked the 7th twice with a lead, earning holds both times. He should be the Second.

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  5. Gregg says:

    Drop Brothers for Trevor Rosenthal? Yep, I’m in a deep league. For the record, as a crafty Brothers owner, I think it really blows he didn’t get to keep the job.

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