Bullpen Report: September 2, 2014

• As we mentioned last night, Kevin Quackenbush is currently closing for the Padres at the moment and today we learned we can expect that to continue for at least the next 8-10 days according to Corey Brock. With Benoit on the shelf until then, Quackenbush should get another couple of save opportunities, and maybe even a few more as it’s unclear how the Padres will deal with Benoit as we approach the end of the season.

• Sean Doolitte played catch/had a catch today from 90 feet but there is still no date on his return. However, it doesn’t “seem” to be too far off, if you are in need of saves and someone dropped Sean Doolittle due to some roster crunch, I’d definitely take a look at him. The A’s are trying to win the division and Doolittle could be back in his familiar rule as soon as he’s comes off of the DL.

• There was no save in the Phillies game but BR favorite Ken Giles threw another perfect inning, striking out two in the process. His walk-rate is not at all in line with his minor league career which causes some mild “concern” but what Giles is doing is simply undeniable. A 1.23/1.27/1.84 ERA/FIP/xFIP with 54 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched is damn good and Giles should be one of the first non-closing relievers taken in drafts in March. Aaron Sanchez also wasn’t known for his control in the minors, but relieving for the Blue Jays this season he’s allowed only three walks in 22.2 innings pitched, amassing 21 strikeouts in the process, including one in a perfect inning this evening.

Jenrry Mejia threw a perfect ninth for his 22nd save of the season. Mejia was a popular pick to possibly be shut down later this season but there has been no word from the Mets brass about it so I would assume Mejia’s job as closer is pretty safe from here on out. Of course, he’s still a bit of an injury risk, but assuming fair health, Mejia will be saving games for the Mets into October.

• With a six run lead in the ninth (although it was only four runs when he was warming up), the Red Sox called on Koji Uehera and he was a bit disappointing again, allowing a homer to Brian McCann. Terry Francona John Farrell said that Uehara will receive less of a workload in September with the Red Sox out of the race and given his consistent and recent struggles, I’d certainly expect Edward Mujica to get a few opportunities moving forward.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Oliver Perez
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden David Carpenter Shae Simmons
Baltimore Zach Britton Tommy Hunter Andrew Miller
Boston Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Neil Ramirez Kyuji Fujikawa
CHI (AL) Jacob Petricka Zach Putnam Matt Lindstom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Sam LeCure Manny Parra Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino Rex Brothers
Detroit Joe Nathan Joba Chamberlain Al Alburquerque Joakim Soria
Houston Chad Qualls Tony Sipp Josh Fields
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Jason Frasor
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Jason Grilli
LAD Kenley Jansen Brian Wilson Brandon League
Miami Steve Cishek Bryan Morris A.J. Ramos
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jonathan Broxton Brandon Kintzler Jim Henderson
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jenrry Mejia Jeurys Familia Vic Black Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) David Robertson Dellin Betances Adam Warren
Oakland Eric O’Flaherty Luke Gregerson Dan Otero Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Jake Diekman Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Jared Hughes
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Pat Neshek Seth Maness Jason Motte
SD Kevin Quackenbush Dale Thayer Nick Vincent Joaquin Benoit
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Dominic Leone
TB Jake McGee Brad Boxberger Grant Balfour
Texas Neftali Feliz Neal Cotts Shawn Tolleson
Toronto Casey Janssen Aaron Loup Brett Cecil
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

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

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8 Responses to “Bullpen Report: September 2, 2014”

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  1. Dave Corbett says:

    Is Francona back with the Sox?

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  2. Cason Jolette says:

    Should I hold Romo or drop for Neshek or Petricka?

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    • Jason B says:

      Romo’s playing a fairly stout SF defense in week one, although he’s a much better play at home than on the road.

      Oh, wait…

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  3. Andrew Baker says:

    Excusable error but Terry Francona is not the Red Sox manager, hasn’t been for a number of years actually.

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  4. Jon L. says:

    Maybe Francona talked to John Farrell.

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  5. trogdor says:

    He doesn’t have to be the red sox MGR to say what he said about their closer situation, it’s simply irrelevant, insane& none of his freaking business. They should ask Bobby V. what HE thinks, too!

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