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Bullpen Report: July 19, 2012

Santiago Casilla blew his fifth save in his last eight chances on Wednesday evening, and although Bruce Bochy wouldn’t “commit to making an immediate change”, he acknowledged that “there does come a time with every player when you have to change it up.” Casilla has been terrible as of late, which could be attributed to the apparent blister he suffered prior to the All-Star Break, or his inability to keep balls in the park (19.4 HR/FB%). Even with the recent struggles, Casilla’s 23 saves are good enough for seventh best in the Majors and ranks him third amongst National League closers. Should the Giants make a change from within the organization, Sergio Romo and his 0.66 ERA (2.69 xFIP) and 0.73 WHIP await patiently. Rumors have also indicated that the Giants have “heavily scouted” the Royals and Cubs Triple-A affiliates, and if the price drops a bit on Jonathan Broxton, they could be interested.

• Saves chasers and hoarders have been asking which relief pitcher would assume the Padres’ closer role when the trade deadline concludes. For now, it doesn’t appear to be Luke Gregerson or Dale Thayer — the role very well could be Huston Street’s. Yes, believe it or not, Padres’ ownership has given GM Josh Byrnes the “okay” to discuss a contract extension for the veteran right-hander. While the above quotes from the Padres’ brass could be a media ploy to encourage those teams with bullpen needs to up their ante for Street, we must proceed assuming it’s the truth, or until we hear further. Street has been spectacular this season for the Friars, earning saves in each of his 15 opportunities with a 1.07 ERA (2.48 xFIP), 0.71 WHIP and a 4.25 K/BB.

• As noted in last evening’s edition of the Bullpen Report, Drew Storen was indeed activated today in time for the Nationals’ duel with the Metropolitans. Manager Davey Johnson summoned Storen from the pen in the top of the ninth with the Nationals down 9-4. Storen, who “hadn’t stood on that mound in 296 days”, retired the Mets in order on just nine pitches. Despite current closer Tyler Clippard’s recent struggles, and the return of Storen, Davey Johnson still hasn’t decided which situations he will use Storen in for the remainder of the season.

• It took Carlos Marmol 26 pitches, but he was able to earn his 11th save on the season today as the Cubs defeated the Marlins, 4-2. The hard-throwing righty gave up one earned run, on one hit, one walk and struck out two. Marmol is now 9-for-9 in save opportunities with a 1.55 K/BB dating back to June 15th.

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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Huston Street (SD) vs. COL

With the Padres and Rockies facing off tomorrow in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the Majors, one could assume that Drew Pomeranz vs. Jason Marquis should default into a pitcher’s duel. Street has been fantastic this season, and figures to get a nice opportunity for a save given the previous conditions and the night off on Thursday thanks to Edinson Volquez’s complete game.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second Off 25-Man
Arizona J.J. Putz David Hernandez Bryan Shaw
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 Matt Thornton Hector Santiago
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Sean Marshall Jose Arredondo
Cleveland Chris Perez Vinnie Pestano Tony Sipp
Colorado Rafael Betancourt Matt Belisle Rex Brothers
Detroit Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit Octavio Dotel
Houston Brett Myers Brandon Lyon Wilton Lopez
KC Jonathan Broxton Greg Holland Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Scott Downs Kevin Jepsen Jordan Walden
LAD Kenley Jansen Javy Guerra Ronald Bellisario
Miami Steve Cishek Heath Bell Edward Mujica
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez John Axford Jose Veras
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 Grant Balfour Jerry Blevins
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Jake Diekman
Pittsburgh Joel Hanrahan Jason Grilli Juan Cruz
St. Louis Jason Motte Mitchell Boggs Eduardo Sanchez
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Javier Lopez
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Brandon League Charlie Furbush
Tampa Bay Fernando Rodney Kyle Farnsworth Jake McGee
Texas Joe Nathan Mike Adams Robbie Ross
Toronto Casey Janssen Francisco Cordero Darren Oliver
Wash. Tyler Clippard Drew Storen Sean Burnett

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