Bullpen Report: August 31, 2014

– We have a committee! Santiago Casilla is no longer the lone dog at the backend of San Francisco’s bullpen, but rather, Sergio Romo will also get some save opportunities. Manager Bruce Bochy was quoted as saying, “I’m going to try to keep these guys fresh… I’m going to try to ham and egg it with those two the rest of the way in the eighth and ninth.” Aside from making fantasy owners think twice about skipping brunch this weekend, Bochy’s comments pave the way for an uptick in Romo’s value and a downturn in Casilla’s. Romo’s peripherals aren’t what they once were, but he and Casilla are neck-and-neck in the xFIP department, so expect both to be useful pieces as co-closers. Hopefully Casilla owners have the roster space to scoop up Romo to take the stress of guessing out of the equation, though.

Casey Janssen got back on the wagon, notching a save in his first appearance since his meltdown against the Red Sox a few nights ago. It wasn’t picture perfect — Janssen faced four batters, allowing a hit, striking out none, and allowing a 3/1 fly ball/ground ball ratio. That aside, it was at least a step in the right direction for the righty who has struggled lately, and, correspondingly, seen his ownership plummet. I still have some concerns about the quality of contact he is giving up, but if you desperately need saves and his owner gave up on him last week, feel free to snag him. He has some leash, even if his peripherals aren’t gaudy right now.

Jenrry Mejia tallied another “SV” today, although it didn’t come easy. Tasked with holding down a 2-run game, the Mets closer gave up a single and hit Chase Utley. Thankfully (for him), Ryan Howard hit into a double play. Even though Grady Sizemore singled in a run, Mejia induced a Dominic Brown groundout to end the threat. The righty continues to pitch through a hernia, and, although his K% is up and BB% down since the all-star break, it wouldn’t be wholly unsurprising for the out-of-contention Mets to shut him down sometime in September. Jeurys Familia should be the handcuff if you are worried about losing a few saves down the stretch.

– Quick hits: Chad Qualls rebounded nicely with a save in Houston. He’s unspectacular, but the Astros don’t have much else. Trevor Rosenthal was able to wrap up a 3-run save against the Cubbies. He continues to be somewhat unsteady, but, like Qualls, there aren’t any arms putting up elite enough numbers to cause a great deal of concern for his owners. Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, and Fernando Rodney all locked down saves. All should be green-lit all the way through the end of the season. Joakim Soria is going to try and throw Monday. He’s progressing, but still a couple weeks out. Jonathan Broxton was traded to the Brewers for a couple players to be named later. His ERA is good but the SIERA/xFIP aren’t so cheery. He’s not really worth speculating on.

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 Sam LeCure Manny Parra 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 Jonathan Broxton 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 Eric O’Flaherty Luke Gregerson Dan Otero Sean Doolittle
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 Kevin Quackenbush Dale Thayer Nick Vincent Joaquin Benoit
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt
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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Dalman
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Clearly, Janssen is still Toronto’s primary closer. But, what happened Saturday with him not getting the save opportunity despite being well rested, would argue that he may not have an exclusive on the job. His job status seems a lot more like those who are in yellow than the others in green.

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