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Bullpen Report: June 3, 2014

Cody Allen converted his fifth save of the year tonight and his second save in a row, getting four outs on only 12 pitches. It’s the fourth save opportunity in a row that Allen has nailed down and he’s definitely the guy in Cleveland. Bryan Shaw, Scott Atchison  and John Axford are still lingering in the Indians bullpen and are effective relievers but it’s Allen’s job to lose and considering he’s the best reliever in the pen, the chances are he’ll hold on tight. Of more interest tonight might be Nick Hagadone who also recorded four outs in relief, three via the strikeout. Hagadone is a relic from the Victor Martinez to Boston trade and has been largely unsuccessful in the majors but he can get whiffs from the left side and could see some higher leverage innings against left handed batters if he keeps pitching like he did tonight.

Trevor Rosenthal was on the hook for his third loss of the year allowing three base runners and one run to score tonight.  Rosenthal is still striking guys out at a nice rate (11.52 K/9) but his elevated walk rate (4.94 BB/9) is causing him some trouble. He’s pitching better than his 4.28 ERA would suggest but fantasy owners expected more impressive results than their getting. If Carlos Martinez or Jason Motte were pitching exceptional I might suggest Rosenthal owners pick up a handcuff, but neither are performing any better than Rosie at the moment and his job remains secure.

Joe Nathan entered the game in the top of the ninth in a save situation and left with the bases loaded and by the time the ninth inning ended he was charged with four earned runs. Nathan has struggled a lot lately and his seasonal ERA/FIP/xFIP now stands at an unsightly 6.86/5.21/4.34. Nathan’s fastball velocity has been on a decline and it’s the lowest it has ever been and lacking any real swing and miss stuff has really hurt Nathan this year. Joba Chamberlain safely looks like the man to own behind Nathan and I’m skipping the yellow designation and making the Tigers bullpen situation code red.

• Quick Hits: Greg Holland nailed down his 16th save of the year, securing the win for Wade Davis which was actually his fifth of the year. Davis has really found his groove in the Royals bullpen this year with an impressive 1.37 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched. Fernando Rodney shot his 15th arrow in the air tonight, securing the win for the Mariners. Danny Farquhar was a popular choice for speculative saves earlier this season but Rodney is now 15/17 on saves with a 2.49 ERA and 2.84 FIP, he’s not losing the job anytime soon.  David Robertson had quite the implosion on Sunday so it was nice to see him rebound with a perfect inning tonight.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Oliver Perez J.J. Putz
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel David Carpenter Luis Avilan Jordan Walden
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Ryan Webb Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Andrew Miller
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Neil Ramirez James Russell Pedro Strop
CHI (AL) Ronald Belisario Zach Putnam Jacob Petricka Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton Sam LeCure
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino Rex Brothers
Detroit Joe Nathan Joba Chamberlain Al Alburquerque Joel Hanrahan
Houston Chad Qualls Kyle Farnsworth Josh Zeid Jesse Crain
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Joe Smith Michael Kohn Dane de la Rosa
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Perez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Will Smith Brandon Kintzler Jim Henderson
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jenrry Mejia Jeurys Familia Daisuke Matsuzaka Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) David Robertson Dellin Betances Adam Warren Shawn Kelley
Oakland Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Jim Johnson
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Mike Adams Antonio Bastardo
Pittsburgh Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Carlos Martinez Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Joaquin Benoit Alex Torres
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Jean Machi Santiago Casilla
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Grant Balfour Jake McGee Joel Peralta
Texas Joakim Soria Alexi Ogando Jason Frasor Neftali Feliz
Toronto Casey Janssen Brett Cecil Steve Delabar Sergio Santos
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

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