Bullpen Report: September 9, 2012

• Haven’t said this in a couple months, but, “Heath Bell blew another one.” Ozzie Guillen turned to the big man on Saturday to try and finish off the Nationals; he responded by giving up a solo shot to Jayson Werth. In Bell’s defense, he did strike out the side around the homer. Nothing came across the wire that implied Steve Cishek (12/13 save conversion rate) was unavailable, so this has all the makings of Guillen trying to give his $27 million man another shot at the ninth inning. Bell has actually pitched pretty well since the beginning of June (3.35 xFIP, 3.9 K/BB) but Saturday’s outing still probably left a sour taste in the Marlins’ mouth. Don’t count on him for anything other than the stray save chance from here on out.

After discussing some of Addison Reed’s issues on Saturday morning, he proceeded to almost blow yet another save opportunity handed to him later in the day. Reed gave up three hits and two earned runs before finishing the ninth — thankfully he entered the game with a 5-2 lead, otherwise Chris Sale owners (such as yours truly) would not have been happy about the lost “W.” Reed has now allowed earned runs in six of his last seven outings, although his peripherals (3.99 xFIP, 3.25 K/BB) are not giant red flags. Luckily for him, Brett Myers coughed up a couple runs in a scoreless tie on Sunday, so Reed’s main competition for saves didn’t do a whole lot to endear himself to Robin Ventura this weekend, either.

Carlos Marmol got save number 18 on Sunday, although in typical Marmolian fashion it involved loading the bases before inducing a whiff and a fly out to put another dart in Pittsburth’s postseason plans. For all his wart, Marmol has actually been pretty good as of late, posting 3.67, 3.56, and 2.59 xFIPs in June, July, and August. That low August xFIP was even driven in large part thanks to a decided un-Marmolian 2.7 BB/9. With another lost season upon them, the Cubs will likely stick with Marmol the remainder of the way — if you can stomach the hurt in WHIP, he can probably garner a handful of saves and strikeouts over the season’s last few weeks and is probably kicking around on the wire in shallower leagues.

• The writing has been on the wall for Alfredo Aceves for a couple weeks ago, but it appears the Red Sox are stretching out Aceves to make spot starts (if not take Daisuke Matsuzaka’s spot in the rotation) during the last few weeks of the season. Andrew Bailey gets the green light, and those holding onto Aceves hoping for a few more saves down the line can cut bait without remorse.

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A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Shelby Miller (STL) @ SD

OK. I liked Shelby Miller this weekend. Honestly, at $6 in FanGraphs: The Game, how could you not? Well, the Cardinals decided not to use him in a pair of games against the Brew Crew this weekend — at this point, he hasn’t pitched since Wednesday, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see them get him an inning or two or Petco to keep his arm on starter-esque rest. He has to pitch again sometime, right?

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 Jordan Walden
LAD Brandon League Ronald Belisario Jamey Wright Kenley Jansen
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.]

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Shaun Catron
Shaun Catron

Take Frieri off of the yellow category, man. He is all green after mowing down the heart of the Tigers order today.

Downs has been awful since the ASB and has been used strictly as a LOOGY for a while now. Scioscia brought in Frieri in the bottom of the 8th inning against Dirks (A LEFTY) with Downs still available in a 1 run game.

It is ALL Frieri now. And for any reason he gets hurt or starts coughing up leads, it won’t be Downs, it would be Jepsen as next in line.