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Bullpen Report: June 15th, 2012
Posted By Alan Harrison On June 15, 2012 @ 11:40 pm In Bullpen Report | 1 Comment
• Another day, another turn of events in Chicago. Apparently on Wednesday the Cubs’ coaching staff determined that Carlos Marmol would regain the closer role as soon as the opportunity presented itself. That opportunity came today, with the Cubs leading the Red Sox 3-0 heading into the top of the ninth frame. As promised, Sveum called upon Marmol to nail down the ninth for the Cubbies. The outing wasn’t pretty, but after a hit, an error, a strikeout and a walk, the former Cubs catcher snuck his way out of a bases loaded jam to earn his third save of the season — and his first since May 2nd. Based on the skipper’s comments, Marmol is the closer to own again in Wrigleyville and fantasy baseball owners should be racing to the waiver wire to check on his availability.
• Chris Perez locked down his Major League leading 21st save this evening as the Indians blanked the Pirates, 2-0. Perez has now saved 21 consecutive games since blowing his first opportunity on Opening Day. As previously mentioned in the Bullpen Report, many industry folks were skeptical the right hander’s “stuff” would be good enough to maintain the ninth inning role for the Tribe throughout the 2012 season. However, Perez’s strikeouts are up from 5.88 per nine in 2011 to 8.14 this season and his walks are down over a run from 3.92 per nine to 2.59 per nine. Those who stuck with Perez are cashing in as he seems to be one of the safest closers to own, at this time.
• In a non-save situation today, Dusty Baker summoned Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen to finish off the Metropolitans of Flushing Meadows. With a four-run lead, Chapman induced a fly ball and fanned the final two batters to give the Reds manager a fine gift on his 63rd birthday. This was the first outing in Chapman’s last four trips to the bump in which the Cuban hurler held his opponent scoreless. Everyone can take a deep breath, for now.
• Casey Janssen notched his sixth save as the Toronto Blue Jays’ closer this evening and is now a perfect 6-for-6 since assuming the ninth inning role. The righty has been dealing for the past 17 outings now, surrendering just two earned runs with a 2.75 K/BB. With the recent rumblings of Sergio Santos suffering a minor setback during his rehabilitation program, Janssen’s ninth inning duties seem to have been extended.
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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Francisco Rodriguez (MIL) vs. MIN
Despite his recent struggles, John Axford was called upon tonight for the save — which he indeed nailed down — but was the third consecutive night on the mound for the Brewers’ closer. Recent struggles parlayed with outings in three straight days make for good opportunity to see K-Rod should Roenicke need an arm to shut down the Twins on Saturday afternoon.
|Arizona||J.J. Putz||David Hernandez||Bryan Shaw|
|Atlanta||Craig Kimbrel||Jonny Venters||Eric O’Flaherty|
|Baltimore||Jim Johnson||Pedro Strop||Matt Lindstrom|
|Boston||Alfredo Aceves||Andrew Miller||Mark Melancon||Andrew Bailey|
|Chicago (NL)||James Russell||Shawn Camp||Casey Coleman|
|Chicago (AL)||Addison Reed||Hector Santiago||Matt Thornton|
|Cincy||Aroldis Chapman||Sean Marshall||Jose Arredondo|
|Cleveland||Chris Perez||Vinnie Pestano||Tony Sipp|
|Colorado||Rafael Betancourt||Matt Belisle||Matt Reynolds|
|Detroit||Jose Valverde||Joaquin Benoit||Octavio Dotel|
|Houston||Brett Myers||Wilton Lopez||David Carpenter|
|KC||Jonathan Broxton||Greg Holland||Aaron Crow|
|LAA||Ernesto Frieri||Scott Downs||Jordan Walden|
|LAD||Kenley Jansen||Josh Lindblom||Shawn Tolleson|
|Miami||Heath Bell||Steve Cishek||Edward Mujica|
|Milwaukee||John Axford||Francisco Rodriguez||Jose Veras|
|Minnesota||Matt Capps||Glen Perkins||Alex Burnett|
|NY (NL)||Frank Francisco||Bobby Parnell||Jon Rauch|
|NY (AL)||Rafael Soriano||Boone Logan||Cory Wade||David Robertson|
|Oakland||Ryan Cook||Brian Fuentes||Grant Balfour|
|Philly||Jonathan Papelbon||Antonio Bastardo||Chad Qualls|
|Pittsburgh||Joel Hanrahan||Jason Grilli||Juan Cruz|
|St. Louis||Jason Motte||Mitchell Boggs||Eduardo Sanchez|
|SD||Huston Street||Dale Thayer||Luke Gregerson|
|SF||Santiago Casilla||Sergio Romo||Javier Lopez|
|Seattle||Tom Wilhelmsen||Brandon League||Charlie Furbush|
|Tampa Bay||Fernando Rodney||Joel Peralta||J.P. Howell||Kyle Farnsworth|
|Texas||Joe Nathan||Mike Adams||Koji Uehara|
|Toronto||Casey Janssen||Jason Frasor||Darren Oliver||Sergio Santos|
|Wash.||Tyler Clippard||Sean Burnett||Henry Rodriguez||Drew Storen|
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]
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