Bullpen Report: July 20, 2013

Hope y’all enjoyed the All-Star break, I know I did. Here are just a few bullpen notes from today:

Rafael Betancourt landed on the 15-day disabled list today after undergoing a last-minute appendectomy. The 38-year-old showed up to the stadium hoping to play through the pain, but his 10-year-old son wisely informed the Rockies’ medical staff that his father had been awfully sick the night before. After a quick evaluation the medical staff suspected the closer was suffering from appendicitis, resulting in the procedure. Betancourt could need two-to-three weeks of recovery time. The Rockies shelved Betancourt back in June for a groin strain causing the veteran to miss 25 games. So in just 28 appearances this season, Betancourt is 15-of-16 in save chances with a 3.16 ERA (1.20 WHIP) and a 22.2% K%. Not bad for fantasy purposes, but the red flags continue to ascend as his fastball velocity, K% and SwStr% have all dipped while his BB% spiked for the fourth consecutive year.

In his stead, Rex Brothers will assume ninth-inning duties for the Rockies. The southpaw is 4-of-5 in save opportunities this season and boasts a 1.11 ERA (3.14 FIP), a 1.16 WHIP and a 25.9 K%. Brothers is still available in over 70% of Yahoo! leagues, so open another window, add him, and come back to finish reading!

Mariano Rivera fanned two and induced a foul out off the bat of David Ortiz en route to his 31st save of the season. The future Hall-of-Famer needed just 16 pitches to seal the 5-3 victory over the Red Sox, which also happened to be the 639th (!!!) save of his career. Although Rivera continues to stack saves onto his career total, the 44-year-old’s whiff rate is down for the third consecutive year (22.9% K%) and his WHIP (1.20) is up for the fourth consecutive year. He remains a top-ten option at the closer position for the remainder of the season.

Aroldis Chapman notched his 23rd save of the season as the Reds clipped the Bucs, 5-4 in Cincinnati this evening. Andrew McCutchen lead off the top of the ninth frame with a single, then Pedro Alvarez reached via a throwing error by Zack Cozart, but Chapman induced a flyout and two consecutive strikeouts from the next three batters to get out of the jam. Tonight’s save was Chapmans fifth consecutive successful conversion to remain perfect in July and 23-of-26 on the season.

Quick Hitters: Fernando Rodney yielded a run in the bottom of the ninth frame, but snuck his way out of a jam to earn his 23rd save of the season in a 4-3 Rays victory over the Blue Jays. Bobby Parnell also surrendered a couple of runs on a Chase Utley homer, but was able to fight off the Phillies to grab his 18th save of the twenty-thirteen campaign. Greg Holland (24), Tom Wilhelmsen (21), Glen Perkins (23), Huston Street (16) and Kenley Jansen (11) each logged saves this evening. Holland has been pretty amazing this year, which is why we ranked him in the top ten of our updated consensus ranks. You can see them here.

Closer Grid:


Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler J.J. Putz David Hernandez
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Luis Avilan
Baltimore Jim Johnson Tommy Hunter Darren O’Day
Boston Koji Uehara Andrew Bailey Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Kevin Gregg Blake Parker James Russell
CHI (AL) Addison Reed Nate Jones Matt Lindstrom Jesse Crain
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Sam LeCure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Joe Smith Vinnie Pestano
Colorado Rex Brothers Matt Belisle Mitchell Boggs Rafael Betancourt
Detroit Joaquin Benoit Drew Smyly Al Alburquerque
Houston Jose Veras Wesley Wright Jose Cisnero
KC Greg Holland Aaron Crow Tim Collins Kelvin Herrera
LAA Ernesto Frieri Scott Downs Robert Coello Ryan Madson
LAD Kenley Jansen Ronald Belisario Brandon League
Miami Steve Cishek Mike Dunn Chad Qualls
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jim Henderson John Axford
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Bobby Parnell LaTroy Hawkins David Aardsma Frank Francisco
NY (AL) Mariano Rivera David Robertson Joba Chamberlain
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Justin De Fratus Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson
St. Louis Edward Mujica Trevor Rosenthal Fernando Salas Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Santiago Casilla
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Oliver Perez Yoervis Medina Carter Capps
TB Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Jake McGee
Texas Joe Nathan Tanner Scheppers Jason Frasor
Toronto Casey Janssen Steve Delabar Brett Cecil Sergio Santos
Wash. Rafael Soriano Drew Storen Tyler Clippard

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

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Any thoughts on who would replace Jose Veras as the Astros closer assuming Veras gets dealt? I know a lot of preseason talk was that Josh Fields was a dark horse to replace him, but I don’t even see him listed on the grid.


I hear Cisnero is the guy.