Bullpen Report: May 28th, 2012

Hoping you all enjoyed your Memorial Day, ending with the latest edition of the Bullpen Report!

• In a tie game in the 7th inning this afternoon, the Mets brought in Bobby Parnell who proceeded to give up a run on two hits and a walk, getting the loss against the Phillies. Then, down by one run in the 8th, Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a single to Cole Hamels. What does this mean to all of us desperate for saves? It means that Frank Francisco is still the Mets closer and there is no strong inclination on who would be next in line. Frustrating, I know. For now, Rauch seems to have the inside track if something happens to Frank Squared, but Parnell’s skillset (9.58 K/9) will provide more value for your team in a non-closer capacity.

• A day after removing Rafael Dolis from the closer’s role, the Cubs let Casey Coleman pitch the ninth inning today but Coleman has a career ERA over 5.00 and didn’t enter a save situation, so don’t expect him to enter the closer conversation in Chicago. Lefty James Russell, expected to share the closer’s role with Shawn Camp in place of Dolis, pitched  a scoreless eighth due to matchups as lefty hitting Will Venable and Yonder Alonso were due to bat first and third in the inning. Too make the entire situation even murkier, Carlos Marmol was activated from the 15-day DL today, as Dolis was optioned to Triple-A. Marmol will likely pitch in middle relief and not in any high-leverage innings,  but considering his contract and the lack of reliability of Camp and Russell, Marmol is worth monitoring.

• Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning today against the Tigers, lowering his ERA to 0.93 (3.07 xFIP), and now hasn’t given up a run since April 25th, pitching 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Alfredo Aceves then gave up two runs in a  non-save situation in the ninth inning off of a Jhonny Peralta home run and has now struggled in his last two outings just after he was starting to make Red Sox fans feel safe again at the end of the game. The Red Sox might prefer to have Atchison pitch in a multi-inning relief role like he has, but that is also a role Aceves has succeeded at in the past. Franklin Morales has not pitched that well this year (4.86 xFIP) and Daniel Bard is still in the Red Sox rotation, so Atchison is another reliever worth monitoring, but it’s still Aceves’ job to lose.

• Just when you think Heath Bell is gone, he comes back! After giving up 3 runs in his previous two outings, even conceding a save to Steve Cishek, Bell came back and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning today, getting the save against the Nationals. Heath Bell is still the Marlins closer, but he  hasn’t pitched well at all this year pitching to the lowest strikeout rate of his career (6.00 K/9) and an xFIP dangerously close to six (5.95).  Ozzie Guillen removed Bell from the role briefly a few weeks ago, and certainly can again if Bell continues to pitch poorly and inconsistently, so Steve Cishek still needs to be owned, and Mujica on watch for teams in need for saves.

For those of you who play daily fantasy games like FanGraphs: The Game, or just like to stream players, here is a matchup you may be able to exploit.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Addison Reed (CHI) at TB

Addison Reed converted his save chance today against the Rays, and could figure to get another chance tomorrow against the same team. Also, regardless if there is a save situation, Reed has great strikeout ability (11.15 K/9) to help your team.

Closer Grid:


  Closer First Second Injured
Dbacks J.J. Putz David Hernandez Bryan Shaw  
Braves Craig Kimbrel Jonny Venters Eric O’Flaherty  
Orioles Jim Johnson Pedro Strop Matt Lindstrom  
Red Sox Alfredo Aceves Franklin Morales Daniel Bard Andrew Bailey
Cubs Shawn Camp James Russell Rafael Dolis Carlos Marmol
White Sox Addison Reed Hector Santiago Matt Thornton  
Reds Aroldis Chapman Sean Marshall Jose Arredondo  
Indians Chris Perez Vinnie Pestano Tony Sipp  
Rockies Rafael Betancourt Matt Belisle Matt Reynolds  
Tigers Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit Octavio Dotel  
Astros Brett Myers Wilton Lopez David Carpenter  
Royals Jonathan Broxton Greg Holland Aaron Crow  
Angels Scott Downs Ernesto Frieri Jordan Walden  
Dodgers Kenley Jansen Josh Lindblom Javy Guerra  
Marlins Heath Bell Steve Cishek Edward Mujica  
Brewers John Axford Francisco Rodriguez Jose Veras  
Twins Matt Capps Glen Perkins Alex Burnett  
Mets Frank Francisco Jon Rauch Bobby Parnell  
Yankees Rafael Soriano David Robertson Boone Logan  
Athletics Brian Fuentes Ryan Cook Grant Balfour  
Phillies Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Chad Qualls  
Pirates Joel Hanrahan Juan Cruz Jason Grilli  
Cardinals Jason Motte Mitchell Boggs Fernando Salas  
Padres Dale Thayer Andrew Cashner Luke Gregerson Huston Street
Giants Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Javier Lopez  
Mariners Tom Wilhelmsen Brandon League Charlie Furbush  
Rays Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta J.P. Howell Kyle Farnsworth
Rangers Joe Nathan Mike Adams Koji Uehara  
Blue Jays Casey Janssen Jason Frasor Darren Oliver Sergio Santos
Nationals 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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7 Responses to “Bullpen Report: May 28th, 2012”

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  1. Theonewhoknocks says:

    Don’t like the Reed pick at all for tomorrow. It’s shields vs Humber (edge rays) and it would be back to back days for reed. Also the sox are probably due for a loss

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  2. rilesm81 says:

    Yeah, shields vs humber? Reed is a great reliever but he is not who id pick for tomorrow to be honest. Id probably go Craig Kimbrel, whose strikeout rate is just as good or better plus the Braves have lost god knows how many games in a row. For a good team, they should get a win here in the next couple games and a great chance we see Kimbrel for a save situation. I would say Kimbrel, Jansen or Chapman for tomorrow for those who are interested.

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  3. Stephen T. says:

    Nothing about Seattle’s situation?

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  4. Seattle’s situation was talked about in the last Bullpen Report and not much information was gained from last nights game. Eric Wedge said that he’d hold League back a bit, and League did pitch a scoreless 9th in a non-save situation. Furbush looked good too, but as a lefty, he has some pretty drastic platoon splits. Since the manager said League is out we can assume Wilhelmsen will get some looks, but he hasn’t been so dominant this year as to potentially kill any trade value that League has. It’s still a very tepid situation, but I expect Wilhelmsen to get the first looks.

    As for The Game choice, I can’t argue with anyone choosing Kimbrel any day as he’s certifiably terrific.

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