(Belated) Bullpen Report: August 9, 2016

Apologies again on the belated BR but onto the news…

A.J. Ramos had been struggling of late, particularly with his control (5.28 BB/9) but he’s been placed on the DL with a right finger fracture. Fernando Rodney will slide into the ninth inning for now, so kudos to anyone who held onto him after he was traded and then was mediocre on Florida. Behind Rodney we have Kyle Barraclough and Mike Dunn. However, Brian Ellington threw in the eighth inning last night and has a shiny ERA, he could enter the grid as well.

• In other injury news, Cam Bedrosian was placed on the DL with finger issues of his own. In his place we moved Fernando Salas to the closer spot. Salas has never been that effective of a reliever and he certainly hasn’t been this year with a 4.66/4.87/4.67 ERA/FIP/xFIP line and he shouldn’t have too long of a leash if he struggles. J.C. Ramirez and Deolis Guerra should be behind Salas if he falters and this could even end up a committee of sorts until Bedrosian is back up. Ramirez has seen higher leverage but I actually like Guerra more. He’s mostly famous for being part of the package the Mets sent to the Twins in the Johan Santana deal and although he’s flamed out as being an impact starter, he’s done well on the Angels this year. He doesn’t miss too many bats but has a 1.5% BB% in 35.2 innings this year and if Salas struggles he could see a save opportunity.

• I got one thing right yesterday and one thing wrong. I correctly placed Adam Ottavino as the new closer before the Rockies announced the change, which they finally did. Ottavino has been effective in Colorado throughout his career and although he won’t be a lights out closer like seemingly half the league these days, he should prove a solid source of saves as the Rockies grind out the rest of the season.

I also got something wrong in suggesting Raisel Iglesias wouldn’t be used for saves in Cincinnati. There is no word on Tony Cingrani losing his job after his performance on Monday night but Iglesias spelled him as closer last night, recording his first save on the year. When Iglesias first entered the pen the Reds said how he wouldn’t be used as closer but they are obviously warming up to that idea as Bryan Price says it’s “something we’ll have to weigh moving forward.” Some pitchers aren’t made to start and Iglesias with his injury this year could prove to be one of them. If Cingrani falters again, Iglesias could move into the role indefinitely. Sorry if I led you astray, missing your chance to snag Iglesias off of the wire.

• I’m not quite sure what to make of the Indians pen currently. Andrew Miller was brought on in a high leverage situation in the seventh inning last night with Cody Allen getting the save in the ninth. I’m moving this situation to yellow but it’s really become a two-headed committee between Allen and Miller. We have Miller in the first chair but it’s possible Allen moves in or they flip-flop the entire year. Both “closers” are worth owning but expecting full time save totals from either moving forward would seem to be foolish. The baseball fan in me loves how the Indians are utilizing the pen but the Bullpen Report writer in me is slightly annoyed.

Quick Hits: Craig Kimbrel struggled last night and Matt Barnes had to come in to finish the save. Kimbrel threw 37 pitches and might get a day off today. Jake Barrett hasn’t looked too dominant in the ninth so it’s nice to see him throw a scoreless ninth for the save. Sam Dyson recorded a save after getting the night off previously. He has thrown in three of the last four, so Jake Diekman could spell him again if another opportunity comes up today. Top prospect Alex Reyes was called up by the Cardinals and will primarily pitch out of the pen for now. He struggled a bit in AAA this year particularly with his control but could be a monster out of the pen. He threw a perfect ninth last night, striking out one batter without a walk while almost hitting 102 mph. He’s not on the grid now but if he harnesses his control in the pen he could make an appearance and impact.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Jake Barrett Randall Delgado Daniel Hudson
Atlanta Jim Johnson Mauricio Cabrera Chris Withrow Arodys Vizcaino
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Craig Kimbrel Brad Ziegler Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Aroldis Chapman Hector Rondon Pedro Strop
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Matt Albers
Cincy Tony Cingrani Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen
Cleveland Andrew Miller Cody Allen Bryan Shaw
Colorado Adam Ottavino Carlos Estevez Jake McGee
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene
Houston Ken Giles Will Harris Michael Feliz Luke Gregerson
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Peter Moylan Wade Davis
LAA Fernando Salas Deolis Guerra J.C. Ramirez Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Joe Blanton Pedro Baez Adam Liberatore
Miami Fernando Rodney Kyle Barraclough Mike Dunn A.J. Ramos
Milwaukee Tyler Thornburg Corey Knebel Carlos Torres
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Trevor May Ryan Pressly Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles Jim Henderson
NY (AL) Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard Adam Warren
Oakland Ryan Madson John Axford Ryan Dull Sean Doolittle
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris Edubray Ramos
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Neftali Feliz Felipe Rivero
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Jonathan Broxton
SD Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Brad Hand Kevin Quackenbush
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Edwin Diaz Tom Wilhelmsen Arquimedes Caminero Steve Cishek
TB Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Xavier Cedeno
Texas Sam Dyson Jeremy Jeffress Jake Diekman
Toronto Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joaquin Benoit
Wash. Mark Melancon Shawn Kelley Jonathan Papelbon

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

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It appears that Francona is going to use Miller against the heart of the lineup late in games where they are leading, no matter whether that comes in the 7th, 8th or 9th. Occurred to me as a Miller owner that that is a double whammy – not only is he not going to get all the saves, he is going to be facing tougher hitters which should negatively impact his ERA, WHIP and K rate since he won’t get any easy innings against the 7/8/9 hitters. Yesterday for example, Miller comes in in the 7th and gets 9/1/2/3 and gives up a HR while Allen comes in in the 9th and gets 7/8/9/1.

Very smart idea for real baseball but it sucks for Miller owners in fantasy. . . .


Just to further my point, Miller has pitched in 4 game so far for the Tribe:
– Game 1: Miller comes into an 11-3 game (Indians trailing) as an introductory appearance apparently. Disregard this one
– Game 2: Miller comes in in the 6th inning of a 4-2 game Indians are winning and faces 9/1/2/3. Indians score 3 runs and then Shaw comes in to face 4/5/6
– Game 3: Kluber goes 8 and Shaw never gets in. Miller faces 1/2/3/4 for the save in a 5-2 game
– Game 4: The game above, MIller gets 9/1/2/3 and Shaw gets 7/8/9/1