Bullpen Report: September 4, 2013

• We’ve said it in this space before but there are just some teams that are a waste of time when it comes to chasing saves. Apparently, the 2013 Astros are one of those teams. Bo Porter left Erik Bedard (who actually racked up the first save in baseball this season) in to try and finish off a win. No Chia-Jen Lo, no Josh Fields. Just Canadian pride. Unfortunately, Bedard gave up a leadoff tater to Ryan Doumit (12) so “BS” train, here we come. Of course, he still scabbed a win when Trevor Crowe singled in Jonathan Villar in the bottom of the ninth, so all was not lost for the 0.326% (*not a real number) of fantasy owners who started Bedard (or have left him accidentally in their lineup for months). Either way, the ‘Stros are probably looking at a handful (one handful) of saves the rest of the way and it’s highly unlikely they’ll come from the same source. I’m just not that into Russian roulette.

I talked a little bit last week about how I liked Blake Parker as the number two guy in Chicago behind Kevin Gregg. This normally wouldn’t be interesting news but Kevin Gregg has been pitching even worse than normal Kevin Gregg over the last few months. Couple that with the fact the “goggled one” is almost assured of not being in Chitown next year, and speculating on a guy (Parker) who has put up good rates since the all-star break (3.13 xFIP) didn’t seem like a bad decision.

Well, apparently Dale Sveum heard me and was all like “nuts to that” since he went on record today as saying Pedro Strop might get a few chances here and there down the stretch as the team looks towards 2014. Like Parker, Strop has been quite good over the last couple months, posting an even more sparkly xFIP since the break (2.98). Since Strop has good rates, I’d roster him if I needed help — hopefully the worst case scenario is he gives you a few extra holds/strikeouts even if he doesn’t get any saves. That said, I’m a bit leery when it comes to thinking a guy with a career 13% BB% could be a long-term option in the ninth inning. Don’t get too caught up on the Cubs bullpen in keeper leagues. (Of course, Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth — albeit with two walks — today).

• Quick hits: LaTroy Hawkins got another save for the Mets. I don’t think he’s quite green on the chart yet, but there’s a high probability he remains the Mets closer for the remainder of the year. Just don’t expect a lot of help outside of saves (18% K%). Rafael Soriano closed out the Phillies for save number 38. I saw a lot of “sharply” in Gameday’s description of his outs (not good), but he still has job security in Washington. Mariano Rivera got a save. Yawn.

• More quick hits: Daniel Bard was claimed by the Cubs. I guess Theo Epstein thinks he can work magic again. Don’t even bother in dynasty leagues, though; 2010-2011’s Bard seems to have disappeared. Sergio Santos “blew” Mark Buehrle‘s win (he gave up a sac fly after he was given a runner on third with one out, but as a Buehrle streamer, I still wasn’t happy). He’s way away from the ninth, so while he was trendy last offseason, don’t stretch for him in keeper leagues this September.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Heath Bell David Hernandez J.J. Putz
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Scott Downs
Baltimore Jim Johnson Tommy Hunter Francisco Rodriguez
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Craig Breslow Andrew Bailey
CHI (NL) Kevin Gregg Pedro Strop Blake Parker
CHI (AL) Addison Reed Nate Jones Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Sam Lecure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Joe Smith Cody Allen
Colorado Rex Brothers Matt Belisle Wilton Lopez Rafael Betancourt
Detroit Joaquin Benoit Jose Veras Drew Smyly
Houston Chia-Jen Lo Josh Fields Josh Zeid Jose Cisnero
KC Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Dane de la Rosa Kevin Jepsen Robert Coello
LAD Kenley Jansen Paco Rodriguez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek Mike Dunn Chad Qualls
Milwaukee Jim Henderson Brandon Kintzler Michael Gonzalez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) LaTroy Hawkins David Aardsma Scott Rice Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) Mariano Rivera David Robertson Shawn Kelley
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Justin De Fratus Jake Diekman Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Justin Wilson
St. Louis Edward Mujica Trevor Rosenthal John Axford Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Santiago Casilla
Seattle Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Jake McGee Jesse Crain
Texas Joe Nathan Tanner Scheppers Jason Frasor
Toronto Casey Janssen Steve Delabar Sergio Santos
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

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



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