Bullpen Report: April 19, 2015

After watching Sugar Ray Marimon give up a game-winning home run to Josh Donaldson Saturday, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez hinted that he’d lean towards using Jason Grilli in tie games on the road, instead of waiting to protect a lead that may never materialize. We didn’t get a chance to see that in action today, but Grilli did notch his sixth save. Cody Martin got the nod over a suddenly struggling Jim Johnson to set up Grilli. It would have been Johnson’s third appearance in three days, so maybe there’s nothing to read into here, but giving up two earned on both Friday and Saturday doesn’t garner much confidence. Interestingly, he had identical lines both nights, Friday he earned a hold, Saturday a blown save. Maybe monitor this early in the week, and see what Gonzalez does with his pen if you’re holding Johnson.


Dellin Betances threw 23 pitches to get his five outs. Something about a dominant reliever getting more than three outs just makes my heart sing. Andrew Miller struck out the side to get the save as the Yankees swept the Rays. I think we’re about at the point where all of us DellinCorp owners can just stop wishing for some saves from him and start looking elsewhere for them. Keep him of course, but it’s becoming apparent that he’s just not going to be providing many saves this year.

Greg Holland will be on the shelf for a couple of weeks with a strain of his right pectoral muscle. Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera will just move up to pitch the ninth and eighth respectively. Based on today’s usage against Oakland, Ryan Madson will slot into the seventh inning role until Holland returns. Nice little bonus for all of the Wade Davis owners out there.

After pitching both Friday and Saturday, getting touched up for the loss yesterday, Craig Kimbrel was unavailable today, allowing Joaquin Benoit to collect his first save. Along with his three wins, 1.13 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, you haven’t been hurting if you kept him after the Kimbrel acquisition.

Neftali Feliz was called into the game in Seattle in the eighth inning with the bases loaded after Tanner Scheppers and Keone Kela walked four Mariners, bringing up the tying run in the person of Nelson Cruz, who had homered twice already. After he had faced the rest of the Mariners, Feliz faced Cruz again and delivered a walk-off single on the last of the 47 pitches that he threw.

Of Note: Jeurys Familia got his sixth save of the season as the Mets beat the Marlins again. Jared Hughes earned his fifth hold of the season, striking out two in a perfect seventh. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon followed as usual to close it out. Drew Storen worked around two hits to escape with his fourth save. Chad Qualls got the day off, and Tony Sipp took his spot with Pat Neshek and Luke Gregerson to shut down the Angels to seal a 4-3 win. Qualls struck out three in his perfect inning on Saturday to bounce back from an ugly outing on Friday. Carlos Rodon has been called up by the White Sox and will be pitching out of the bullpen. Pick him up if you have the space, because he’s not going to be in the pen forever. Grant Balfour has been DFA’d by the Rays and has been replaced by Ernesto Frieri on the closer grid.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Evan Marshall Brad Ziegler
Atlanta Jason Grilli Jim Johnson Luis Avilan
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Edward Mujica
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Jason Motte
CHI (AL) David Robertson Zach Putnam Zach Duke Jacob Petricka
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jumbo Diaz Tony Cingrani Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison
Colorado Adam Ottavino Rafael Betancourt LaTroy Hawkins John Axford
Detroit Joakim Soria Al Alburquerque Joba Chamberlain Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Ryan Madson Greg Holland
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Vinnie Pestano
LAD Joel Peralta Chris Hatcher Pedro Baez Kenley Jansen
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jonathan Broxton Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Caleb Thielbar Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Carlos Torres Jerry Blevins Jenrry Mejia
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances David Carpenter
Oakland Tyler Clippard Eric O’Flaherty Dan Otero Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Jake Diekman
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Jared Hughes
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Jordan Walden Seth Maness
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Dale Thayer Kevin Quackenbush
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina
TB Brad Boxberger Kevin Jepsen Ernesto Frieri Jake McGee
Texas Neftali Feliz Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Tanner Scheppers
Toronto Miguel Castro Brett Cecil Roberto Osuna Steve Delabar
Wash. Drew Storen Aaron Barrett Blake Treinen Casey Janssen

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





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Rosenthal rested tonight despite having only pitched twice since 4/12 and only 1 day in a row prior plus off day tomorrow.

Of course it was Reds awful 7-8-9 hitters so Matheny probably could have put himself in the game and closed it out.