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Bullpen Report: September 11, 2012
Posted By Benjamin Pasinkoff On September 12, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Bullpen Report,Closers | No Comments
• After his second poor appearance in a row Dusty Baker was concerned with Aroldis Chapman‘s velocity down and now the Reds are going to give Chapman a few days off to “rest his tired pitching shoulder.” Chapman, whose average fastball velocity is 98 mph this year, only hit 96 mph on the radar gun last night. As ridiculous as that might sound for any other pitcher, it is definitely a cause for concern for the Reds. With Chapman resting, Jonathan Broxton received the save tonight and he should be a must add as he is the preferred replacement for Chapman.
• Frank Francisco had a rough ninth inning tonight against the Nationals, letting four batters reach base without recording an out. Before tonight’s outing Francisco had pitched inseven consecutive scoreless appearances and without anyone waiting in the wings on the Mets, Francisco’s job remains relatively safe. Also, while Frank Squared has pitched better than his 5.80 ERA would suggest (4.06 xFIP), he’s still a closer prone to some rough outings on a struggling Mets team — not necessarily the most enviable closing situation.
• Unfortunately for Wilton Lopez the Astros don’t give him too many chances to close the door but Lopez did his job tonight recording his fourth save since taking over as closer from Francisco Cordero. As I mentioned yesterday, Lopez won’t rack up gaudy save totals in the final weeks of the season, but his excellent control should be able to help out your team’s ratios.
• Tyler Clippard recorded his 31st save of the year tonight against the Mets, giving up one run while striking out two batters. Clippard is entrenched as the Nationals closer for this season, but it will be interesting to monitor what the Nationals do with their bullpen next year with Drew Storen still around.
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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Jason Motte (STL) @ SD
Motte’s season hasn’t been jaw-dropping but he’s been solid all year and has flown a little under the radar. With a 3.08 xFIP and a K/9 over 10 playing at San Diego, Motte could be a nice play tomorrow.
|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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