Bullpen Report: April 13, 2017

This evening’s edition of the Bullpen Report is much more of a routine fly-out than the previous week or so — lucky me. A combination of a short(er) slate and closers already in the green getting their work in are to thank as I write this. There have been some minor changes to the chart based on the work of the previous writers and the helpful notes from some of the commenters. Thanks folks.

Kelvin Herrera took to the hill for the third time the season as the Royals’ closer. The right-hander surrendered a leadoff homer to Rajai Davis and a subsequent double off the bat of Jed Lowrie, but induced a trio of worm burners to seal the Kansas City victory and notch his first save of the season. While it’s still extremely early in the season and we are cautious with sample sizes, Herrera’s velocity looks to be within striking distance of ‘16’s efforts, however, he’s not missing as many bats (9.4% SwStr% vs. career 13.1% SwStr%) resulting in just one strikeout over 12 batters faced. Everything is green in Kansas City and we’ll learn if Herrera’s lack of strikeouts are indeed “woes” as the season continues to unfold.

In Toronto, Baltimore’s Zach Britton gave up a one-out single followed by a free pass, but managed to escape unscathed to convert his fourth save of the season in a 2-1 victory. Britton needed 18 pitches (11 strikes, two of which were swings-and-misses) to successfully convert his 53rd consecutive save dating back to September 20th of 2015. Not bad! Darren O’Day (1) appeared in the seventh-inning followed by Brad Brach (4) in the eighth, each picking up holds for their efforts. All green in Baltimore.

Greg Holland (6), Craig Kimbrel (3) and Aroldis Chapman (2) each notched saves tonight. Despite allowing a pair of hits and a walk, Holland remains a perfect 6-for-6 in save chances to start the season in his new uniform. Craig Kimbrel allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Adam Frazier but the induced a fly-out, a groundout and caught Frazier stealing second to seal Boston’s 4-3 win over Pittsburgh and Kimbrel’s third save in as many chances this young season.

Adam Ottavino (5) is your current holds leader.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Fernando Rodney JJ Hoover Randall Delgado
Atlanta Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez Mauricio Cabrera
Baltimore Zach Britton Brad Brach Darren O’Day
Boston Craig Kimbrel Joe Kelly Heath Hembree Carson Smith
CHI (NL) Wade Davis Pedro Strop Koji Uehara
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Dan Jennings
Cincy Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen
Cleveland Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
Colorado Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Mike Dunn
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Joe Jimenez
Houston Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Peter Moylan
LAA Cam Bedrosian Andrew Bailey J.C. Ramirez Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Sergio Romo Grant Dayton
Miami A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Neftali Feliz Corey Knebel Carlos Torres>
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Matt Belisle Ryan Pressly Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Addison Reed Fernando Salas Hansel Robles Jeurys Familia
NY (AL) Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard
Oakland Santiago Casilla Sean Doolittle Ryan Dull
Philly Joaquin Benoit Hector Neris Jeanmar Gomez
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Daniel Hudson Felipe Rivero
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist
SD Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Brad Hand Carter Capps
SF Mark Melancon Hunter Strickland Derek Law
Seattle Edwin Diaz Dan Altavilla Nick Vincent Steve Cishek
TB Alex Colome Danny Farquhar Erasmo Ramirez Brad Boxberger
Texas Sam Dyson Jose Leclerc Tony Barnette
Toronto Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joe Biagini
Wash. Blake Treinen Koda Glover Shawn Kelley

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

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WE just had the annual auction for my AL ONLY dynasty league this past Sunday. Man, it’s so awesome to have MLB back. This was the 29th year and I think it’s about my 18th year now…participating…..supposed to be 12-team AL ONLY and was for a long time, but has been bouncing between 10-11 teams last 5-6 years…..

Great stuff! — We lucked into COLOME at $5 last year b/c my partner saw him in spring training in ARIZONA……he’s like I want the RAYS dude…now on a B-5 contract…As soon as EDWIN DIAZ (#aka failed starter) was up last year..i watched him the first week, knew of him previously and grabbed him as a $5 free agent (FAAB) pickup. Also on a B-5.

Now, the ? will be next year in 2018 do you keep them at $5 and then let them walk (C-5 = 2019 FREE AGENT) — or you can extend contracts at a $25 fee….so we have COLOME/DIAZ at B-5/B-5 this year and could go AA-10/AA-10 for 2018 and 2019 (CC-10/CC-10); or just keep them for 2018 and let them go on respective C-5 contracts.

ROTO leagues (AL ONLY) especially (and NL as well, but I’m an AL only guy) — are the best and keepers…

My problem is it’s so hard to FIND (COMBO) info broken down into “VALUE” for stat projections….we are a 5×5 league, always have been, but the categories have changed over the years. For example, we used to have TRIPLES — and we FADED WHIP eons ago…

Current categories are —
HIT = AVG/HR/RBI/SB/COMBO (your hitters BBs drawn minus their Ks; always a negative number)
PITCH = WINS/SV/HLDS/ERA/COMBO (your pitchers STRIKEOUTS minus their BBs)

Took a big chance on Dan Altavilla (#akaFAILEDstarter) at $7
but things go crazy in auctions..that’s the beauty…
Grabbed Sean Doolittle for $7 as well…
Not sure if NATE JONES is ever going to be as good as I hoped he would be. He’s no CHAD ORVELLA!
But surely if you are in a deep league he’s worth grabbing b/c Robertson gotta be on the way out.
The most interesting thing to me outta this CLOSERS’ grid tho R the PEOPLE who are not even listed — just for BOSTON ALONE
TYLER THORNBURG and Matt Barnes — u never know who’s going to get HOLDS/SAVES

socios borrachos
socios borrachos



this is amazing


This comment made me laugh more than I have in a long time (at a comment on a Fangraphs article).

Enlightening Round
Enlightening Round

Mad man indeed, but a fun little rant


“For example, we used to have TRIPLES — and we FADED WHIP eons ago…”

TRIPLES! ***just remembered that my first fantasy league had triples….and doubles…and CGs….and shut outs. Kevin Milwood was good.