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Bullpen Report: August 2, 2012

• Just a few hours after last night’s Bullpen Report was published, the Rangers touched up Angels’ closer Ernesto Frieri for four runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk to be charged with his first blown save of the season. As an Angel, Frieri held opponents scoreless in 26.1 consecutive innings up until July 15th, but hasn’t been his dominant self as of late. The struggles seem to stem from the 1.8 K/BB (2.77 K/BB on the year) and the three long balls he’s surrendered in the last seven outings as his ERA with the Angels climbed from 0.00 to 1.95 over that short time. Despite the recent bumps in the road, Frieri is still the reliever to own in Anaheim, especially with Scott Downs hitting the DL.

Tyler Clippard locked down his sixth consecutive save and 21st on the season in a 3-0 Nationals victory over the Phillies. It’s worth noting that Clippard gave up two free passes in the ninth, but fanned pinch hitter Ryan Howard on three consecutive pitches to seal the victory. The right-hander has been fairly dominant since his last blown save on July 20th, going 6-for-6 in save chances allowing just one earned run and tallying a 2.0 K/BB.

Frank Francisco is expected to return from the disabled list on Friday and join the Mets in San Diego in time for their series opener against the Padres. The Mets’ closer, shelved since late June with a strained oblique, is expected to regain the closer’s role immediately upon his return. Bobby Parnell owners should note that manager Terry Collins suggested he could see some infrequent save opportunities should Francisco pitch “multiple days in a row.” I’m holding Parnell until after the weekend to be sure Francisco doesn’t suffer an additional set back, but plan on sending him packing to the waiver wire shortly thereafter.

• The Dodgers made a last minute push at the trade deadline to acquire Twins’ lefty Glen Perkins, presumably due to his recent success and reasonable contract, “but nothing materialized” according to beat writer Dylan Hernandez. Perkins appeared tonight for the first time since the rumors of his potential trade to the left coast and didn’t disappoint. The six-foot Minnesota native entered in the eighth inning and trotted back out in the ninth to finish off the Red Sox and earn the six-out save, his sixth on the year.

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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Aroldis Chapman (CIN) vs. PIT

Mat Latos will face off against the Pirates’ and Wandy Rodriguez tomorrow in Cincy. The Reds were able to defeat the Padres this evening without using their dominant closer, so with a days rest under his belt, one could assume Chapman will be fresh for tomorrow’s contest.

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 Alfredo Aceves Andrew Miller Mark Melancon Andrew Bailey
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 Francisco Cordero Wesley Wright
KC Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Kevin Jepsen LaTroy Hawkins Jordan Walden
LAD Kenley Jansen Brandon League Javy Guerra
Miami Steve Cishek Heath Bell Mike Dunn
Milwaukee John Axford Francisco Rodriguez Kameron Loe
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Alex Burnett Matt Capps
NY (NL) Bobby Parnell Jon Rauch Ramon Ramirez Frank Francisco
NY (AL) Rafael Soriano David Robertson Boone Logan
Oakland Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle Grant Balfour
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Josh Lindblom
Pittsburgh Joel Hanrahan Jason Grilli Jared Hughes
St. Louis Jason Motte Mitchell Boggs Edward Mujica
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Javier Lopez
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Shawn Kelley Stephen Pryor
Tampa Bay Fernando Rodney Kyle Farnsworth Jake McGee
Texas Joe Nathan Mike Adams Robbie Ross
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.]