Bullpen Report: July 30, 2014

• Only Addison Reed could pull off the amazing feat of allowing a 3-run homer and still racking up a save in the same game. After Eury De La Rosa started the ninth inning with a four-run lead, he allowed a pair of baserunners, turning a non-save situation into a save situation thanks to the tying run being on deck. Reed promptly gave up a three-run jack to Devin Mesoraco, turning the game into a razor-closer affair. Reed did manage to strike out Ryan Ludwick to preserve the 5-4 win but not before leaving a queasy feeling in Arizona fans’ stomaches.

The Diamondbacks closer is in the midst of a frustrating situation. His five blown saves and his eight meltdowns likely linger in his manager’s mind. However, he’s actually having his best season (peripherally) to date. His K% (27%) and BB% (7%) are both career bests (cup of coffee in 2011 not withstanding). A 3.41 xFIP and 2.79 SIERA paint the picture of a guy who has been a solid late-inning option, but one victimized by an awful 2.08 HR/9. While these numbers would hint at a nice buy-low guy in fantasy, Arizona is apparently open to moving Reed for the right package before tomorrow’s trade deadline. I tend to think he’s more likely to stay in the desert, but pick up Brad Ziegler and hold him until 4:15 PM tomorrow.

• It was Drew Storen, not Rafael Soriano who got the save in Washington this afternoon. It didn’t come easy; Storen allowed four baserunners and a pair of runs before finally wriggling out with a one-run win. While there was some concern as to Soriano’s absence, manager Matt Williams (essentially) said “don’t worry fantasy owners, I was just giving him a break after his recent workload.” While Soriano will be back in there tomorrow, his 4.03 xFIP/1.98 ERA split is not a favorable one going forward. If you’re OK in the saves department, it wouldn’t hurt to shop the 25 SV (and 40+ in 2012-2013) and see if you can get a desperate owner to overpay.

• Quick hits: Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless inning in a tie game today. The Cubs’ righty has a 4/0 K/BB in five scoreless outings since the all-star break and has re-tightened his grasp on the closer gig, especially with Neil Ramirez on the disabled list. He has pitched three of the last four (and five of the last seven) days, so expect him to get a breather tomorrow. Neftali Feliz tossed a 1-2-3 scoreless ninth for his third save of the season. Of concern is the fact that he topped out at 92 mph and gave up some solid contact. His K% has dropped every single year in the big leagues and he’s giving up liners more than one-quarter of the time. He has some leash, but man, it’s tough to find markers that make me think he’ll be even an above-average closer. Santiago Casilla nailed down save number eight. Sergio Romo is fading into the closer distance.

• More quick hits: Nate Jones apparently tore his UCL rehabbing and will undergo Tommy John surgery. Won’t be on the fantasy radar until 2016 at the earliest. Andrew Miller whiffed the side in what may have been his last appearance in Boston. He’s a must own in all leagues that count holds. Zach Britton seems to have bounced back after a couple recent hiccups and added another save to the ledger today. Darren O’Day also added a HLD and, like Miller, could provide great rates to help in roto if you haven’t filled all your RP slots with ninth-inning guys.

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 Darren O’Day
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Andrew Miller
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Brian Schlitter/a> Neil Ramirez
CHI (AL) Jacob Petricka Javy Guerra Ronald Belisario Matt Lindstom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton Sam LeCure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw John Axford
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino Rex Brothers
Detroit Joe Nathan Joakim Soria Joba Chamberlain Joel Hanrahan
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 Ernesto Frieri
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Pat Neshek 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 Drew Storen Tyler Clippard

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




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3 Responses to “Bullpen Report: July 30, 2014”

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  1. geo says:

    Nate Jones already had his surgery on Tuesday.

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  2. ABSkippers says:

    WIth Benoit not getting moved today, who would you rather have as a closer down the stretch, him or Jake McGee? Could Benoit still get moved in August as a waiver trade? How solidified is McGee in the role?

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    • BMac says:

      I don’t think SD could sneak Benoit through waivers. His contract calls for $15M over two years plus a club option, and that is pretty decent for a closer. (Consider that an arbitrator gave Jim Johnson 10M for one year!) He is 36, of course, but I would not be nervous about him totally losing it next year.

      There are several clubs that are stuck using very young pitchers (like McGee, in fact, and also Briton, Ptricka, & Mejia) as closers, so picking Benoit up & making him their new closer would save them a ton in future arbitration awards!

      But even without Price, I think Jake is going to get more save opportunities in TB. That will cost them in the off-season in arbitration…

      Funny thing is, if Benoit is put on waivers or sneaks through, TB would love to have him for that reason! Would save Big Buck$ for TB.

      Of course, trade Benoit and Quackenbush becomes SD closer, and here we go again with arbitrators giving awarding large contracts to rookies with saves… so SD is unlikely to trade Benoit, I think.

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