Bullpen Report: June 13th, 2012

Ryan Cook earned his first handshake of the year Tuesday night as the Athletics defeated the Rockies, 8-5. Cook came on in the ninth and surrendered a hit, a free pass and whiffed two en route to the save. The righty has allowed just two earned runs in 27 appearances, good enough for a 0.67 ERA (2.83 FIP). Despite a 5.33 BB/9, Cook maintains a spectacular 0.89 WHIP thanks to a 0.91 BAA. Although these ratios may be unsustainable due to a .191 BABIP and 91.7 LOB%, Mike Axisa suggests Cook may not regress as far as some may assume since he’s a fly ball pitcher in a huge ballpark. Grab Cook where you can, as he seems to be the current head of skipper Bob Melvin’s closer-by-committee.

• The once murky closer situation in Wrigleyville may be clearing up just a bit. Although the usage of the Cubs’ bullpen may not have played out exactly like the manager planned last night, Dale Sveum used Casey Coleman, James Russell and Carlos Marmol in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings respectively, before calling upon Shawn Camp to nail down the ninth. Camp did just that — earning his first save of the season while facing the minimum three batters. Despite the fact that Sveum may use Russell in situations, Camp could continue to get save chances for the North Siders.

• Yankees’ reliever David Robertson will be activated form the disabled list in time for Friday’s bout with the Washington Nationals. Robertson, who assumed the ninth inning duties when Mariano Rivera tore the ACL in his right knee, has been shelved since May 15th with a left oblique strain. However, manager Joe Girardi maintains that Robertson will return to his former eighth inning duties to allow veteran Rafael Soriano to man the ninth. Since taking over closer’s role, Soriano has nailed down 11-of-12 opportunities.

Aroldis Chapman served up a two-out long ball to Jose Lopez of the Indians while earning his seventh save in nine chances. Chapman continues to prove he is human after all, yielding his fourth earned run in his three most recent outings. Sean Marshall owners shouldn’t get giddy quite yet as Chapman continues to miss bats (17.4 SwStr%) and maintains an elite 15.97 K/9. It’s going to take a few more implosions or a potential injury (sorry for the jinx) to see Marshall regain the ninth.

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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Francisco Rodriguez vs. KC

A late addition to the bullpen report: John Axford blew the save this evening and has allowed six earned runs in his last four appearances. Although Rodriguez isn’t exactly the elite reliever he once was, he appears to be next-in-line should Axford get Thursday off to collect his thoughts.

Closer Grid:

  Closer First Second Injured
Arizona J.J. Putz David Hernandez Bryan Shaw  
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jonny Venters Eric O’Flaherty  
Baltimore Jim Johnson Pedro Strop Matt Lindstrom  
Boston Alfredo Aceves Andrew Miller Mark Melancon Andrew Bailey
Chicago (NL) Shawn Camp James Russell Casey Coleman
Chicago (AL) Addison Reed Hector Santiago Matt Thornton  
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Sean Marshall Jose Arredondo  
Cleveland Chris Perez Vinnie Pestano Tony Sipp  
Colorado Rafael Betancourt Matt Belisle Matt Reynolds  
Detroit Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit Octavio Dotel  
Houston Brett Myers Wilton Lopez David Carpenter  
KC Jonathan Broxton Greg Holland Aaron Crow  
LAA Ernesto Frieri Scott Downs Jordan Walden  
LAD Kenley Jansen Josh Lindblom Shawn Tolleson  
Miami Heath Bell Steve Cishek Edward Mujica  
Milwaukee John Axford Francisco Rodriguez Jose Veras  
Minnesota Matt Capps Glen Perkins Alex Burnett  
NY (NL) Frank Francisco Bobby Parnell Jon Rauch  
NY (AL) Rafael Soriano Boone Logan Cory Wade David Robertson
Oakland Ryan Cook Brian Fuentes Grant Balfour  
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Chad Qualls  
Pittsburgh Joel Hanrahan Jason Grilli Juan Cruz  
St. Louis Jason Motte Mitchell Boggs Eduardo Sanchez  
SD Huston Street Dale Thayer Luke Gregerson  
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Javier Lopez  
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Brandon League Charlie Furbush  
Tampa Bay Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta J.P. Howell Kyle Farnsworth
Texas Joe Nathan Mike Adams Koji Uehara  
Toronto Casey Janssen Jason Frasor Darren Oliver Sergio Santos
Wash. Tyler Clippard Sean Burnett Henry Rodriguez Drew Storen

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

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