Bullpen Report: June 5, 2013

• Downright “weird baseball” outing from Addison Reed today. Robin Ventura held him as closer-in-reserve as a scoreless game ticked into the 11th, the 12th, the 13th… well, you get the picture. Finally the White Sox broke through in the 14th… for five runs. OK, not exactly a save situation, but Reed was pretty much the last guy in the pen so he might as well come in to finish the game, right? Yes, but Reed proceeded to implode and… give all five runs back (the last four coming on a granny from Kyle Seager). Because Reed was the last man standing, he pitched the 15th and had to save his own win in the 16th after the White Sox went ahead again. His line? 3 IP, 5 ER, W. Wow. Reed tossed 55 pitches and is certain to be unavailable tomorrow, and possibly Friday as well. I’m betting on Matt Thornton (20 pitches today) for the save situation tomorrow if one should arise.

Ironically, Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen had the day off after working five of the last seven games, so he’s one of the few relievers from this game ready for the M’s tilt tomorrow night against the Yankees.

• Fernando Rodney may have climbed a couple notches back up the rope the last week or so, but I’m not ready give him the green light yet. He continues to struggle with free passes, and again frustrated Rays fans by walking the leadoff batter tonight. Before all was said and done, the tying run was at the plate in the easiest of save situations (3-0). Rodney’s 18% BB% is ugly and unless his K% is 50%, there is little chance he’ll be an effective (let alone elite) reliever with that rate. His SwStr% and velocity are right where they were last year, so if he starts finding the plate, I’ll quickly jump back on the bandwagon, but I need to see him throw a few strikes first.

• Few tidbits on the transaction front. Kelvin Herrera is back. Kansas City’s hard throwing setup man worked scoreless innings in AAA, striking out one-third of his 18 batters. Unfortunately, his control issues may not be 100% behind him; he still handed out three free passes. Regardless, he has a live arm and I’d still gamble on him in holds leagues; the ERA/WHIP may be an adventure, but he has elite stuff if he’s throwing (at least some) strikes. Scott Elbert‘s lost season is officially over. The lefty had to deal with a couple offseason elbow surgeries but appeared to be on the road back to the majors a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, after a latest setback, the team announced he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of this season and likely a large chunk of next. He wasn’t near any fantasy rosters, but still a bummer for the 27-year-old.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Heath Bell David Hernandez Matt Reynolds J.J. Putz
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Cory Gearrin
Baltimore Jim Johnson Darren O’Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Andrew Bailey Junichi Tazawa Koji Uehara
CHI (NL) Kevin Gregg Carlos Marmol James Russell
CHI (AL) Addison Reed Jesse Crain Matt Thornton
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton J.J. Hoover Sean Marshall
Cleveland Vinnie Pestano Joe Smith Bryan Shaw Chris Perez
Colorado Rex Brothers Wilton Lopez Matt Belisle Rafael Betancourt
Detroit Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit Phil Coke
Houston Jose Veras Hector Ambriz Wesley Wright
KC Greg Holland Aaron Crow Kelvin Herrera
LAA Ernesto Frieri Scott Downs Robert Coello Ryan Madson
LAD Brandon League Kenley Jansen Ronald Belisario
Miami Steve Cishek Mike Dunn Chad Qualls
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez John Axford Mike Gonzalez Jim Henderson
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Bobby Parnell Brandon Lyon LaTroy Hawkins Frank Francisco
NY (AL) Mariano Rivera David Robertson Joba Chamberlain
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Mike Adams Antonio Bastardo
Pittsburgh Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson
St. Louis Edward Mujica Trevor Rosenthal Fernando Salas Jason Motte
SD Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer Joe Thatcher Huston Street
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Jean Machi Santiago Casilla
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Carter Capps Charlie Furbush
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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  1. Drew says:

    Any thoughts on the potential drug crime situation with Chris Perez? Assuming he has to miss significant time – probably unlikely, but let’s just go with it here – would Pestano or someone else have the most value as a replacement?

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  2. SB says:

    I know he just came off the DL, but Josh Fields is ahead of Wesley Wright in the high-leverage pecking order and he’s already pushing Ambriz. I’d call him a lock to end the season as the Astros’ 8th inning guy and I’d give him a 35% shot at the closer gig.

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    • SB says:

      Already feel like an ass for calling him a “lock” for the 8th inning gig. A closer look reveals he’s had major command issues in the past, although he seemed to figure it out last season. I know he was the closer for a College World Series team, that they nabbed him in the supplemental draft, that he had some eye-popping numbers last season, and that Houston put him in the other day against Trout and Pujols in the 8th inning of a tight game. I’ll pull back a bit and just say I think they’re going to give him every opportunity to run with the 8th, and soon.

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  3. Rye Rye says:

    Yeah; this Chris Perez story is wild. He can’t possibly be stupid enough to order pot through the mail, or get delivery mailed to him. Or for any other substance for that matter. I mean he does have a shoulder issue and maybe marijuania makes it feel better. Medical marijuania! I just can’t believe he is this dumb, and even if this is all true…..and it’s pot…..is it really that a big deal if he bought it for his personal use ONLY? Or his wife smokes pot? Yes, lots of ladies smoke the green stuff.

    Well, guess we’ll find out more in the coming days.

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  4. Rye Rye says:

    Is Cishek really still the closer? That’s shocking!

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    • FeslenR says:

      Well, it’s not like the Marlins have that many options out there. and Cishek was pretty effective last year.

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  5. marlins12 says:

    The Marlins don’t really care about the closer because they’re too busy trying to figure out how to get a lead in the first 8 innings, anyway. It’s been a difficult process…

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  6. ginardo napoli says:

    Chris Perez isn’t that dumb. The story was overblown by a twitter report.

    A package was delivered to the apartment where Chris lives, not to Chris. The police have already said Perez is not under suspicion at all.

    And it’s marijuana folks. Really, so what? Prescription pain pills and alcohol are more detrimental to society and one’s psychological well-being, but if Chris Perez is popping oxy or a heavy drinker … no big deal.

    But if there’s marijuana … omg, that’s somehow huge news.

    Grow up people.

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  7. JTS says:

    Colin, just wanted to say thank you for your work on the Bullpen Report. Most days I wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and read your daily post at oh-dark-thirty. It is consistently entertaining and well-informed. I’m sure a “thank you” doesn’t amount to much when you’re raking in those big Fangraphs dollars, but still. Please keep it up!

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    • Rye Rye says:

      Geez; how much does fangraphs pay? Where can I apply?

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    • Thanks, JTS. Glad you enjoy reading my mediocre bullpen analysis and bad cultural references!

      As far as the big FG dollars, let’s just say last week I wrecked my Bentley while Kate Upton and I were running away from Justin Verlander because I was on my cell trying to get my broker to dump my 37% stake in AAPL.

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  8. Giovani says:

    What’s ironic about Wilhelmsen having the day off? It’s not like he found a black fly in his chardonnay or it rained on his wedding day or something.

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