Bullpen Report: September 10, 2012

• With Jonathan Papelbon unavailable tonight, the Phillies used Antonio Bastardo for the save tonight against the Marlins. Bastardo isn’t likely to receive many (if any) save opportunities for the rest of the season (or next), but it’s worth noting he’s pitched better than his 4.57 ERA would indicate. Bastardo has elite strikeout ability and with a 3.29 xFIP Bastardo is still one of the highly touted set-up men as we expected early in the season and he could even help out some of your ratios.

• After proving himself as being human in his last outing, Aroldis Chapman looked fallible again tonight, walking three in two-thirds of an inning. Chapman isn’t in danger of losing his job but those in deep leagues in need for saves (or Chapman owners wanting a hand-cuff) could stand to take a flier on Jonathan Broxton or Sean Marshall. Broxton probably has a greater chance to receive save opportunities if Aroldis were to have a prolonged bad streak but Marshall is the better pitcher with more striktout potential (10.83 K/9).

Francisco Cordero was released by the Astros today with a 7.55 ERA on the season. Cordero struggled all season long but was particularly bad after he was traded to the  Astros, giving up 11 runs in only six appearances for them before landing on the DL in early August.  Wilton Lopez has done a solid closing for the Astros since Cordero hit the DL and although there is nothing flashy about closing for the worst team in baseball, Lopez has great control (0.95 BB/9) and with a 2.72 xFIP, he can possibly help out you ratios as every little bit can help you win your league.

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: Wade Davis (TB) @ BAL

Wade Davis has been terrific for the Rays in relief this season (3.41 xFIP; 10.48 K/9) and has only given up one earned run in his last 20.1 innings pitched. The Rays and Orioles are both fighting for a playoff spot and potential division title and the Rays will want to use all the tools at their disposal, including Davis.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second Off 25-Man
Arizona J.J. Putz David Hernandez Takashi Saito
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Eric O’Flaherty Jonny Venters
Baltimore Jim Johnson Pedro Strop Darren O’Day
Boston Andrew Bailey Vicente Padilla Junichi Tazawa
Chicago (NL) Carlos Marmol James Russell Shawn Camp
Chicago (AL) Addison Reed Brett Myers Matt Thornton
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Vinnie Pestano Tony Sipp
Colorado Rafael Betancourt Matt Belisle Rex Brothers
Detroit Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit Octavio Dotel
Houston Wilton Lopez Wesley Wright Fernando Rodriguez
KC Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Scott Downs Jordan Walden
LAD Brandon League Ronald Belisario Jamey Wright Kenley Jansen
Miami Steve Cishek Heath Bell Mike Dunn
Milwaukee John Axford Kameron Loe Francisco Rodriguez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Alex Burnett Matt Capps
NY (NL) Frank Francisco Bobby Parnell Jon Rauch
NY (AL) Rafael Soriano David Robertson Boone Logan
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Josh Lindblom
Pittsburgh Joel Hanrahan Jason Grilli Chris Resop
St. Louis Jason Motte Mitchell Boggs Edward Mujica
SD Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer Brad Brach Huston Street
SF Sergio Romo Javier Lopez Santiago Casilla
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Stephen Pryor Charlie Furbush
Tampa Bay Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Kyle Farnsworth
Texas Joe Nathan Mike Adams Alexei Ogando
Toronto Casey Janssen Brandon Lyon Darren Oliver
Wash. Tyler Clippard Drew Storen Sean Burnett

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

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  1. Kevin says:

    Time to green Axford yet?

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