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Bullpen Report: August 26, 2013

Casey Janssen nailed down his 24th save tonight against the Yankees. Sergio Santos was only brought in for one out but he did the job, striking out Alex Rodriguez for his third hold of the year. Janssen’s job isn’t in danger but Santos is pitching pretty well since coming back from injury (3.10 SIERA) and should be first in line if anything were to happen to Janssen. In the meantime, holds or saves+ holds leagues should take note as Santos remains a solid option in that category, particularly in any AL-Only leagues.

• It wasn’t pretty but Grant Balfour got through the ninth tonight for his 33rd save of the season. Balfour has upped his strikeout rate this season and the results are certainly paying off. Balfour’s not as good as his 1.80 ERA but his current 2.79 SIERA would be the second best mark of his career. With Oakland gunning for the playoffs, Balfour should continue to rack up saves in fantasy while striking out a a batter an inning.

Edward Mujica has been suffering some shoulder recently, but he’s still racking up the saves, recording his 35th save of the year this evening. Mujica’s solid peripherals (2.95 SIERA) are more the product of his excellent control (1.4% BB%) than the strikeouts you would except from a top tier closer, but with 35 saves and a 0.80 WHIP, Mujica’s been one of the league’s best this year. Considering the fact that Mujica was likely acquired off of waivers in your league, he ranks as one of fantasy baseball’s best pickups this season.  Fantasy owners should already own Trevor Rosenthal for strikeouts and ratios, but owners should continue to keep a keen eye on him so long as Mujica’s shoulder is a talking point.

• Although Colin appropriately warned you to avoid the Astros bullpen yesterday, I relay to you that Josh Zeid came out for the save against the White Sox. Zeid was relieved by the left-handed Kevin Chapman with two-out and two-on to retire Adam Dunn, who was subsequently walked. Jordan Lyles finally came on and got the final out for the first save of his career. Lyles hasn’t been too successful in the rotation in his career but he’s more likely to return there than to be in the mix for saves in Houston. If Zeid pitched a clean inning, I’d have move the order below, but as of now, the Astros remains a mess. Approach with caution.

Closer Grid:

 

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Heath Bell Eury de la Rosa J.J. Putz
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Scott Downs
Baltimore Jim Johnson Tommy Hunter Francisco Rodriguez
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 Rex Brothers Matt Belisle Wilton Lopez Rafael Betancourt
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 Ernesto Frieri Dane de la Rosa Kevin Jepsen Robert Coello
LAD Kenley Jansen Paco Rodriguez 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 Drew Storen

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