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Bullpen Report: October 3, 2012

Just a couple of quick hitters on the final evening of the 2012 regular season:

Fernando Rodney dished one-third of an inning tonight for his 48th save of the season. In doing so, Rodney lowered his ERA to 0.60 — the lowest ERA for a relief pitcher in MLB history with a minimum of 50 innings pitched. He just edged Dennis Eckersley’s 0.61 ERA effort in 1990. The Rays hold a $2.5 million option for Rodney’s services in 2013, which will likely be picked up.

• I decided to compare Fernando Rodney’s 2012 campaign with Dennis Ecksersley’s 1990 effort and found a few interesting tidbits to share with y’all. Each of the relievers were in their age 35 year and saved 48 games when achieving their respective 0.61 and 0.60 ERAs. Additionally, Eckersley held batters to a .159 average and surrendered 0.25 HR/9 while opponents hit .163 off of Rodney and he allowed 0.24 HR/9. The biggest discrepancy I found came in the strikeouts per walk category in which Eckersley posted an 18.25 K/BB while Rodney sported a 5.07 K/BB. Check out the entire comparison here.

Matt Belisle picked up his third save in ten chances in Colorado’s final contest this evening. Belisle needed five pitches to induce an Aaron Hill line out to left field to secure the victory for Colorado.

• Orioles reliever Jim Johnson finished the twenty-twelve season with 51 saves — the most in the majors — to go along with a 2.49 ERA (3.63 xFIP) and a 2.73 K/BB. Johnson is clearly the surprise of the season compared to his original draft position of 195. Craig Kimbrel, Jonathan Papelbon and Joel Hanrahan are the only three players who were drafted as a top ten closer and finished the season as a top ten closer.

For those of you who play daily fantasy games like FanGraphs: The Game, or just like to stream players, here is a matchup you may be able to exploit.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: N/A

Unfortunately, folks, the regular season has come to an end. Check back with us throughout the week as we reflect on the 2012 season and look ahead to 2013.

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 Andrew Bailey Vicente Padilla Junichi Tazawa
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 Wesley Wright Fernando Rodriguez
KC Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Scott Downs Kevin Jepsen
LAD Brandon League Kenley Jansen Ronald Belisario
Miami Steve Cishek Heath Bell Mike Dunn
Milwaukee John Axford Kameron Loe Francisco Rodriguez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Alex Burnett Matt Capps
NY (NL) Jon Rauch Bobby Parnell Frank Francisco
NY (AL) Rafael Soriano David Robertson Boone Logan
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Josh Lindblom
Pittsburgh Joel Hanrahan Jason Grilli Chris Resop
St. Louis Jason Motte Mitchell Boggs Edward Mujica
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Sergio Romo Javier Lopez Santiago Casilla
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Stephen Pryor Charlie Furbush
Tampa Bay Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Kyle Farnsworth
Texas Joe Nathan Mike Adams Alexei Ogando
Toronto Casey Janssen Brandon Lyon Darren Oliver
Wash. Drew Storen Tyler Clippard Sean Burnett

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