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Bullpen Report: September 19, 2012

Tyler Clippard closed the door on the Dodgers in the first half of a double-dipper this afternoon, earning his 32nd save in 35 chances this season. Clippard gave up a one-out hit to Mark Ellis, but needed just 14 pitches to induce three fly ball outs in the ninth to seal the deal. Davey Johnson called Clippard to the hill again in the second half of the double header — but gave up a lead-off moonshot to Matt Kemp — and took the loss, his fifth on the year.

• How many of y’all listened to Ben’s suggestion last night? For those who have no clue what I’m talking about, he insisted you add Rafael Soriano to your daily league or Fangraphs: The Game roster knowing that the Bombers had a double-header today in the Bronx against the Blue Jays. It turns out, Soriano earned a save in each half of the double header, handsomely rewarding those trusting the Bullpen Report. The Yankees’ closer needed a total of 32 pitches — 23 in game one, nine in game two — to earn his 41st and 42nd save respectively. Soriano is now just three saves shy of his career high 45 that he set with the Rays in 2010. With his stock seemingly rising, it will be more-than-interesting to see if Soriano chooses to opt out of his $14 million option for 2013.

Aroldis Chapman, who hasn’t pitched since September 10th due to shoulder fatigue, tossed 25 pitches off a mound today in a side session at Wrigley Field. This was the first time Chapman has threw from the mound since he was shutdown, but insisted the fatigue was gone. Chapman felt that his bullpen session went “really well today, and he needs about two or three more sessions to work on command” before he will be ready to return to action. Jonthan Broxton figures to continue to get the save chances for the Reds until Chapman returns. Although Broxton hasn’t exactly been blowing batters away since he stepped into the role (2:1 K:BB), he is a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances.

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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: David Robertson (NYY) vs. TOR

As noted above, Yankees’ ninth-inning man Rafael Soriano tossed 32 pitches in his two-save effort on Wednesday. Joe Girardi may look to get his closer some rest on Thursday to prepare for this weekend’s series with the Athletics.

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 Kevin Jepsen Scott Downs
LAD Kenley Jansen Brandon League 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) Frank Francisco Bobby Parnell Jon Rauch
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 Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer Brad Brach Huston Street
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. Tyler Clippard Drew Storen Sean Burnett

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