Bullpen Report: April 16, 2014

• Two games, two shutouts, two saves, two different closers for the Yankees today. Current closer Shawn Kelley polished off Masahiro Tanaka’s gem in game one of a doubleheader, while Adam Warren finished off the day’s eighteen straight scoreless innings against the Cubs in the nightcap. Kelley’s easy save solidifies his role in the ninth; he should be available to finish the game tomorrow. He impressively has yet to walk a batter this season. That the team went to Adam Warren when having the rest of the bullpen available in the second game speaks to his position as second-in-command on the depth chart. The concern about this bullpen appears it will be short-lived, however. David Robertson is going to try throwing off a mound tomorrow and hopes to return when eligible next week.

Fernando Rodney was unable to get any arrows out of his quiver tonight, blowing his first save since joining the Mariners. It came in interesting fashion. The crooked-lidded-righty notched two quick outs before allowing a weak hit and then a walk. An error by Brad Miller loaded the bases before a wild pitch and walkoff single conspired to waste Felix Hernandez’s gem. While there was plenty of consternation of the Rodney signing this offseason, he’s been at least OK during the young season. His 8/3 K/BB in 20 TBF isn’t a terrible ratio, although his velocity is down a touch, which bears watching. At least it’s trending the right direction. His job is plenty safe for the moment, however.

• The saga that is the Oakland bullpen continues. Sean Doolittle blew a save last night, while deposed closer Jim Johnson pitched well again in a non-save situation. It sounds like Bob Melvin isn’t terribly inclined to shake up the status quo, so expect Luke Gregerson to get the next opportunity, but he also said the team will reevaluate the situation when they return home. The last couple of games have brought Johnson’s absurdly high (small sample size) SIERA down to a more palatable 4.36. The A’s have a vested interest in getting him back in the role, so scoop him up if he’s been dropped in any of your leagues.

• Injury notes: Good news if you are an owner of elite closers. Koji Uehara threw a 34-pitch bullpen session earlier today with no apparent ill effects. While 34 pitches feels excessive, the team appears to think he’ll be available out of the bullpen as early as tomorrow. Get him back into your active lineups if he’s been reserved. Not to be outdone, Craig Kimbrel tossed 14 pitches of his own during a side session this afternoon, saying he “felt great.” Sounds like “crisis averted” for the Braves.

• More injury notes: Casey Janssen and Sean Marshall are both headed out on rehab assignments. Those in deep holds leagues might be interested in the latter, but most fantasy owners are curious to see what happens with Janssen. If he shows he’s healthy and capable of being the same guy he’s been the last couple years, it’ll make the ninth inning situation in Toronto very interesting. Brian Wilson was activated from the DL yesterday. I’m steering clear until he proves his stuff is back. Bullpen Report fave Paco Rodriguez was the odd man out (hey, he has options); he’ll almost certainly be back sooner rather than later. Jeremy Affeldt is also back, although he’s not terribly useful in most formats.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed J.J. Putz Brad Ziegler
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel David Carpenter Jordan Walden
Baltimore Tommy Hunter Darren O’Day Ryan Webb
Boston Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Pedro Strop Hector Rondon Jose Veras Kyuji Fujikawa
CHI (AL) Matt Lindstrom Daniel Webb Ronald Belisario Nate Jones
Cincy Johnathan Broxton Sam LeCure J.J. Hoover Aroldis Chapman
Cleveland John Axford Cody Allen Bryan Shaw
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Rex Brothers Matt Belisle
Detroit Joe Nathan Al Alburquerque Joba Chamberlain
Houston Josh Fields Chad Qualls Matt Albers Jesse Crain
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Joe Smith Kevin Jepsen Dane de la Rosa
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Perez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jim Henderson Will Smith Brandon Kintzler
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jose Valverde Kyle Farnsworth Gonzalez Germen Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) Shawn Kelley Adam Warren Dellin Betances David Robertson
Oakland Luke Gregerson Sean Doolittle Jim Johnson
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Carlos Martinez Kevin Siegrist Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Joaquin Benoit Alex Torres
SF Sergio Romo Santiago Casilla Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Grant Balfour Heath Bell Joel Peralta
Texas Joakim Soria Alexi Ogando Jason Frasor Neftali Feliz
Toronto Sergio Santos Steve Delabar Brett Cecil Casey Janssen
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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Satoshi Nakamoto
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Satoshi Nakamoto

Lindstrom blew another save.
Go get Daniel Webb?

Satoshi Nakamoto
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Satoshi Nakamoto

Oops! Jumped the gun. Yahoo boxscore error. Cleto walked two then Lindstrom came in.

Will
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Will

So why Cleto to start the 9th instead of Lindstrom? matchups?

McKingford
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McKingford

Technically, Lindstrom still blew the save, since he’s the pitcher who allowed the tying run to score – even if it wasn’t his runner.

PeteRock
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PeteRock

Lindstrom should’ve started 9th inning. Robin Ventura is almost as stupid as Matt Williams. Ugh.

SKob
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Hey, I can’t blame Ventura for acting on the edict to build value in relevers who won’t be on the team next year. Jones and Webb are the future… the only thing they can do now for that team is cost them money later!