Bullpen Report: May 31, 2016

A few quick notes from Memorial Day:

• It wouldn’t be an authentic Bullpen Report without bad news out of Cincinnati’s bullpen as Tony Cingrani blew his fourth save last night. Cingrani entered the ninth like a regular old closer but was unable to finish the inning after allowing four baseruners and three earned runs. Ross Ohlendorf threw a perfect eighth and JC Ramirez was able to get the final out for his first big league save. As usual this situation is ridiculously fluid with Ohlendorf and Cingrani likely still in some sort of job-share for the moment.

Huston Street was activated off of the Disabled List and should be activated in all fantasy leagues immediately. Joe Smith and Fernando Salas will go back to their familiar roles in the seventh and eighth.

On to Tuesday:

Joseph Biagini picked up his third win of the season tonight after throwing a scoreless seventh picking up two strikeouts. He doesn’t have such spectacular swing and miss stuff (if he did he probably would have been protected in the Rule-5 draft) but after tonight he’s supporting a fantastic 0.86/2.35/3.64 ERA/FIP/xFIP line and I’ve moved him ahead of Drew Storen in the grid. At this rate I’d also place Jesse Chavez ahead of Storen with those two and Gavin Floyd representing the bridge to Roberto Osuna. You also have to wonder if another team will take a shot on Storen and see if a change of scenery will help. His underlying numbers suggest a non-awful reliever and there would be some value in taking a flier on him.

• While the word was that Boxberger would return to the ninth soon after returning from the DL, he got his first action of the season in the sixth inning tonight. Unfortunately for Boxberger owners he was both ineffective (three baserunners, two earned) and left the game with a “left side muscle strain.” You always have to temper expectations with someone returning from injury and Boxberger will be evaluated by the Rays but his chances of getting the ninth inning soon seem to be more distant now. Expect the excellent Alex Colome to resume closing in Tampa Bay.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Tyler Clippard
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Jason Grilli Hunter Cervenka
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Mychal Givens
Boston Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Zach Duke
Cincy Tony Cingrani Ross Ohlendorf Blake Woodf Jumbo Diaz
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Dan Otero
Colorado Jake McGee Carlos Estevez Jason Motte
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Mark Lowe Justin Wilson Bruce Rondon
Houston Luke Gregerson Will Harris Ken Giles
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Joe Blanton Yimi Garcia
Miami A.J. Ramos David Phelps Kyle Barraclough Carter Capps
Milwaukee Jeremy Jeffress Tyler Thornburg Michael Blazek Will Smith
Minnesota Kevin Jepsen Fernando Abad Michael Tonkin Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles
NY (AL) Aroldis Chapman Andrew Miller Dellin Betances
Oakland Ryan Madson Sean Doolittle John Axford
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris David Hernandez
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Neftali Feliz
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seung Hwan Oh
SD Fernando Rodney Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter
SF Santiago Casilla Cody Gearrin Hunter Strickland Sergio Romo
Seattle Steve Cishek Joaquin Benoit Joel Peralta
TB Alex Colome Erasmo Ramirez Xavier Cedeno Brad Boxberger
Texas Sam Dyson Jake Diekman Matt Bush Keone Kela
Toronto Roberto Osuna Gavin Floyd Joseph Biagini Brett Cecil
Wash. Jonathan Papelbon Blake Treinen Shawn Kelley

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



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jimtron
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It might be time to brush up on your official scoring knowledge. Tony Cingrani did NOT get hung with a blown save yesterday, since he didn’t gave up the lead with the Reds hanging on in the 9th. An ugly outing to be sure, but not a BS.

King Donko of Punchstania
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King Donko of Punchstania

Don’t be a jag.

KobraCola
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KobraCola

Probably an unnecessarily nasty way to add that note, but he’s right, Cingrani came into the game with the Reds up 11-5 and allowed 3 runs to make it 11-8 so his buddy J.C. Ramirez could get the save. What a pal. /s

zhooker
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zhooker

Posts like that just make ya wanna nitpick someone’s ungrammatical use of the verb “give,” don’t they? Let he who is without sin cast the first hanging slider…

jimtron
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jimtron

Problem is when come reads Tony Cingrani blew his fourth save, they could be more likely to drop him based on bad information. Fangraphs has a lot of influence. Not only was it not a save because he didn’t blow the lead, it was never a save opportunity to begin with since he came in with the Reds staked to an 11-5 lead. I’m being completely serious, if only a tad blunt, when I point suggest the author pick up a rule book or bring a scorecard to the next game he attends.

KobraCola
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KobraCola

Yeah, I have to agree with zwibi here, I don’t think this Fangraphs blog post would be the one reason anyone would immediately cut Cingrani. Not like it’s the first time Cing has allowed runs, and he’s blown 4 saves, so… I think anyone holding onto him right now is hoping for the saves and expecting bad outings here and there.

zwibi
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You are right. The mistake here and not the fact that cingrani has been awful is the reason he gets cut. Anyone rolling with the reds bullpen doesn’t need to look any farther than a mirror for whatever happens to their fantasy team