Bullpen Report: September 12, 2012

Tom Wilhelmsen needed 19 pitches in Toronto to earn his 26th save of 2012. Wilhelmsen surrendered a walk, but fanned two and induced a fly ball to lock down his seventh consecutive save. The Mariners ninth-inning man is now 4-3 on the year with 26 saves, a 2.50 ERA (1.14 WHIP) and a 2.33 K/BB. Wilhelmsen’s save tally is good enough for 12th-best season in club history, which is a huge accomplishment considering he didn’t take over the role until June 4th — 59 games into the season.

Luke Gregerson notched his seventh save of the season tonight for the Padres while filling in for injured closer Huston Street. The right-hander allowed a free pass and a hit, but induced three ground ball outs to seal the Cardinals’ fate. While Gregerson perched atop the hill for the Friars, Huston Street was busy tossing a simulated game to Andy Parrino and catcher Ali Solis. Street’s rehab has finally progressed to the point where he’s allowed to cover first base — a major hurdle he has to clear to return from the calf strain that landed him in the disabled list on August 11th. Padres’ manager Bud Black expects to have a “clearer picture on Street’s Friday.

Jonathan Papelbon gave up a walk, but struck out the Marlins in the ninth en route to his 34th save of the year. The Phillies’ closer has given up just one earned run in his last 13 outings, and tonight’s effort improved Papelbon’s ERA to 2.44 — the lowest it’s been since June 20th (2.28)

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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Grant Balfour (OAK) vs. LAA

It look like a pitcher’s duel is brewing tomorrow afternoon in the Bay Area as Brett Anderson and Jered Weaver are scheduled to face-off in the series finale. Anderson has been stellar in his four starts since returning from the disabled list and should keep the Atheltics within striking distance for closer Grant Balfour.

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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