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Bullpen Report: September 25, 2012

Sorry for the lack of a Bullpen Report last night but I’m here to catch up on the latest and greatest news in bullpens around the league. Also, for those who it applies, wishing you an easy fast.

•  Although there wasn’t a save situation last night, Tyler Clippard pitched in the eighth inning with Drew Storen finishing the game in the ninth and it now looks as if that is the preferred order for Nationals manager Davey Johnson. Tyler Clippard might still see some save opportunities but Storen has been lights out of late, only giving up one earned run in his last 18 appearances, while striking out 15 in 16 innings pitched. Considering Storen’s history (success as closer last year) and Clippard’s recent struggles, I expect this change to continue for the rest of the season provided Storen keeps pitching well.

•  Matt Capps was activated from the 15-day disabled list yesterday and although he won’t be receiving any save opportunities with Glenn Perkins doing an admirable job for the Twins, Capps might have a chance for some holds in the seasons final games.

•  Donnie Veal received the first save of his career last night for the White Sox as they continue to mix and match with their bullpen at the end of the game. Nobody has officially unseated Addison Reed as closer, but Matt Thornton and now Donnie Veal have received opportunities in the ninth inning. I wouldn’t expect Veal to receive any more saves, but he has pitched excellent in his brief time in the majors.  In 12 innings thus far, Veal has only let up one run while striking out 17 with only three walks.

And now for today’s games…

•  Aroldis Chapman recorded his 36th save of the year tonight and his first since he was out for a few weeks resting a  tired shoulder. I don’t expect the Reds to use Chapman at the same frequency as they did previously, they should use some caution with him allowing Broxton to see an occasional save, but it’s safe to consider Chapman the primary closer for the Reds and one of the best in the league.

• Speaking of top closers, Craig Kimbrel got the win tonight as Miami blew another save, this time courtesy of Mike Dunn. In the midst of what seems more like a soap opera than a baseball team, Heath Bell pitched a clean eighth inning but Steve Cishek is still the closer with Mike Dunn likely only starting the ninth due to matchups.

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: Tom Wilhelmsen (SEA) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Wilhelmsen isn’t a premier closer  but he’s done a laudable job closing for the Mariners and with the King on the bump tomorrow, I reckon Wilhelmsen might receive a save opportunity.

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 Kevin Jepsen
LAD Kenley Jansen Brandon League Ronald Belisario
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) Jon Rauch Bobby Parnell Frank Francisco
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 Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
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. Drew Storen Tyler Clippard Sean Burnett

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