Bullpen Report: August 22, 2014

As previously noted, we’ll be posting some of the weekend Bullpen Reports the morning after. With that said, here’s a few things that stuck out to me from Friday’s action:

Koji Uehara served up five earned runs on five hits and a walk last night to the Seattle Mariners in the top of the ninth. The blowup earned Uehara his third blown save of the year in 29 chances and he’s now yielded seven earned runs in his last three outings. Velocity may be down a hair at the moment, but I’m not sure it’s something that we could blame on his recent misfortune. The 39-year-old right-hander now owns a 2.28 ERA (2.66 FIP) with a 0.89 WHIP and a 28.5% K-BB% during his 2014 campaign.

During the same game, it was Fernando Rodney who took advantage of Koji Uehara’s unfortunate outing. After Rodney’s teammates put up a five-spot in the top half, Rodney took the bump in the home half of the ninth frame and retired the Red Sox on 14 pitches (eight strikes). Before shooting the infamous arrow, Rodney sandwiched a walk between a couple of fly outs and a ground out to seal the deal. I don’t have any proof to back this up, but I feel like Fernando Rodney always catches a bad reputation — or some hate, if you will — for his performance. The guy is 37-of-40 in save opportunities with a 2.24 ERA (2.44 FIP) and a 17.9% K-BB%. That’s pretty dang good. Maybe it’s just the way he wears his hat, or the way he carries himself in general, that cause people to think he not as good as he actually is? Or maybe it’s just me — which is probably the case. At any rate, Fernando Rodney was the 22nd closer off the board, with an ADP of ~188 in ESPN fantasy baseball drafts heading into the 2014 season. Decent return on investment.

Hector Rondon retired the Orioles in order last evening to notch his 20th save of the season. Rondon needed just eight pitches — seven fastballs and a slider — to retire Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and J.J.Hardy to clinch the 4-1 victory for Cubbies. The Cubs’ closer is now 20-of-24 in save chances this season with a 3.04 ERA (2.06 FIP) and a 19.1% K-BB%.

Joakim Soria, on the disabled list due to a left oblique strain, is scheduled to throw a bullpen today in between the Twins and Tigers double header. Soria has been on the shelf since August 10th, but if all goes well with today’s session, he could return when eligible on August 25th.

Quick Hitters: Craig Kimbrel (38) and Jonathan Papelbon (31) each notched saves on Friday evening. Sean Doolittle picked up his 19th save of the season for the Athletics despite surrendering a free pass and two hits. The A’s ninth-inning man did strike out the two batters he faced and has a 36.5% K-BB% in 53 trips to the bump. Cody Allen gave up four earned on two walks and a hit to take his third loss of the season at home against the Astros last evening.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Oliver Perez
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden David Carpenter Shae Simmons
Baltimore Zach Britton Tommy Hunter Andrew Miller
Boston Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Neil Ramirez Kyuji Fujikawa
CHI (AL) Jacob Petricka Zach Putnam Matt Lindstom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton Sam LeCure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino Rex Brothers
Detroit Joe Nathan Joba Chamberlain Al Alburquerque Joakim Soria
Houston Chad Qualls Tony Sipp Josh Fields
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Jason Frasor
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Jason Grilli
LAD Kenley Jansen Brian Wilson Brandon League
Miami Steve Cishek Bryan Morris A.J. Ramos
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Will Smith Brandon Kintzler Jim Henderson
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jenrry Mejia Jeurys Familia Vic Black Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) David Robertson Dellin Betances Adam Warren
Oakland Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Dan Otero
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Jake Diekman Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Jared Hughes
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Pat Neshek Seth Maness Jason Motte
SD Joaquin Benoit Kevin Quackenbush Dale Thayer
SF Santiago Casilla Jeremy Affeldt Sergio Romo
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Dominic Leone
TB Jake McGee Brad Boxberger Grant Balfour
Texas Neftali Feliz Neal Cotts Shawn Tolleson
Toronto Casey Janssen Aaron Loup Brett Cecil
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

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




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  1. Jeremy says:

    Janssen has been horrible recently, and after Aaron Sanchez’s recent performances hes gotta be the first in line for the closer role should Janssen continue this form.

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  2. Christopher Vonesh says:

    Casey Janssen has been quite poor recently. I haven’t heard any whispers from the club or the local media (who own the club) about changing their closer.

    Gibby has repeatedly publicly endorsed Aaron Loup and has used him frequently with the lead or tie games in the 8th inning against even with RHBs due up. Which would suggest he might be the next in line behind Janssen as the chart above shows. But despite the usage pattern he has actually been significantly less effective vs RHB (.322 wOBA, 15% walk-rate compared to .192 and 6% vs LHB). His splits scream lefty specialist but they might feel he is still their best option.

    Sanchez has been stellar but has only has 16 IP in the majors and so far hasn’t brought any of his 4+ BB/9 track record up with him from the minors. The potential for walk-rate and BABIP regression aswell as his lack of experience might be make the organisation hesitant to give him a shot at the closer job.

    Brett Cecil has the most attractive K% and has actually been more effective against RHB than LHB so far in 2014 which makes me think he would definitely be the best choice if not for his ugly walk-rate.

    Dustin McGowan probably best fits the stereotypical closer profile. Big right-handed with good fastball velocity. His season rates are inflated by a failed experiment as a starter in the spring.

    There have also been rumours that Brandon Morrow might figure into the closer situation in the long-term.

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