Bullpen Report: September 25, 2013

• Hope you stashed Trevor Rosenthal (for a few days, at least). The flamethrowing righty picked up his third save in as many days on Wednesday, striking out a pair against the Nationals. You don’t need me to tell you how fantastic Rosenthal has pitched this year. His 2.41 xFIP puts him seventh amongst big league relievers and that’s right where he slots in WAR-wise as well.

Rosenthal has been closing while Edward Mujica is unavailable, who has been given some time off for general fatigue. The general consensus is he’ll get the job back when healthy, but I’m not so sure. Mujica’s 3.45 xFIP isn’t bad, but is also not elite, and the Cardinals closer has seen his K% plummet from 22% in the first half of the season to 12% after the all-star break. Jeff Zimmermann sees warning flags in his latest MASH report, so, let’s just say I wouldn’t be shocked to see Rosenthal closing into October.

• Like Mujica, Chris Perez is picking a bad time to start struggling. After allowing another homer last night, Perez saw his September ERA balloon to 6.23. Couple that with his 5.73 mark and you have a pitcher who hasn’t pitched like a shutdown closer for almost two months. Looking at the underlying rates, there isn’t a whole lot that jumps out. His 25% K% over the last couple months is well above his 2013 mark and his velocity has been trending the right direction. If I’m Terry Francona, I’m not panicking given his peripherals, but with the playoffs right around the corner, Perez can ill afford any more missteps over the last few games.

• Quick hits: Kevin Gregg got a save in Chicago. You can keep playing “who gets the ninth” with Gregg and Pedro Strop, but if I’m at all concerned about ERA/WHIP, it’s not worth the potential save over the last four games. Mariano Rivera didn’t pitch today, meaning he has one more game to pitch in Yankee Stadium before his calls it quits. I bet a substantial amount of money he takes the mound tomorrow, regardless of score.
Closer Grid:


Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler J.J. Putz Heath Bell
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Scott Downs
Baltimore Jim Johnson Tommy Hunter Francisco Rodriguez
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Craig Breslow Andrew Bailey
CHI (NL) Kevin Gregg Pedro Strop Blake Parker
CHI (AL) Addison Reed Nate Jones Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Sam Lecure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Joe Smith Cody Allen
Colorado Rex Brothers Matt Belisle Wilton Lopez Rafael Betancourt
Detroit Joaquin Benoit Jose Veras Drew Smyly
Houston Josh Fields Chia-Jen Lo Josh Zeid Jose Cisnero
KC Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Dane de la Rosa Kevin Jepsen Robert Coello
LAD Kenley Jansen Paco Rodriguez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek Mike Dunn Chad Qualls
Milwaukee Jim Henderson Brandon Kintzler Michael Gonzalez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) LaTroy Hawkins David Aardsma Gonzalez Germen Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) Mariano Rivera David Robertson Shawn Kelley
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Justin De Fratus Jake Diekman Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Jason Grilli Justin Wilson
St. Louis Edward Mujica Trevor Rosenthal John Axford Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Santiago Casilla
Seattle Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Jake McGee Jesse Crain
Texas Joe Nathan Tanner Scheppers Jason Frasor
Toronto Casey Janssen Steve Delabar Sergio Santos
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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5 Responses to “Bullpen Report: September 25, 2013”

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  1. Dave says:

    Vic Black deserves a mention on the Mets’ closer chart. He seems locked in to the eighth inning role and picked up the save Tuesday night.

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  2. shapular says:

    I’m looking for relievers to pick up as my starters make their last starts. How would you rank these guys: Neal Cotts (LAA), Smyly (@MIA), Alex Torres (@TOR), Rosenthal (CHC), Gregerson (@SF), David Carpenter (PHI)? Are there other guys that should go before some of those guys (most setup men are available)?

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  3. Nathan says:

    Just thought I’d mention the Sean Marshall is back on the active roster for the reds. He’s looked pretty sharp. I’d actually say he’d probably be second in line for saves if Chapman was totally unavailable. Hoover slots in as second. Broxton should be on the DL/minors spot.

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  4. Bert Ernie says:

    Grilli’s the closer again in Pittsburgh.

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