Bullpen Report: April 25, 2016

A few quick notes from Sunday:

Jake McGee had a bad night allowing five earned in less than an inning. Every dog has it’s (bad) day and I don’t think McGee’s job is in danger but we’ll keep Colorado yellow for now. Miguel Castro who pitched himself into setup duty was put on the DL with an apparent non-serious shoulder injury. Chad Qualls and Boone Logan both move up a spot with McGee still ahead provided he doesn’t repeat last night’s performance.

Craig Kimbrel gave up two in the ninth for his first blown save. A 5.00 ERA won’t stop him from complete job security. Meanwhile, in that same game Ken Giles gave up more hits, runs, and walks inflating his ERA to 8.31. He still has 12 strikeouts against just three walks in 8.2 innings this year and his 2.77 xFIP suggests clearer skies ahead but if he doesn’t turn it around soon he might temporarily out of such high leverage innings. Cody Allen had a clean save last night, helping ease his owner’s concerns after a few rough outings in April.

And on to Monday!

Joaquin Benoit hit the DL and should be out for a few weeks. Nick Vincent has been outstanding in 8.1 innings throwing 10 strikeouts without issuing a walk and should see higher leveraged innings along with Tony Zych.

Alex Colome only needed one out to get his fourth save on the year. Erasmo Ramirez and Xavier Cedeno provided the bridge to Colome and I’ve changed the grid below with them added in place of Steven Geltz and Enny Romero (who got the final out of the seventh this inning). Apologies on a lot of changes in the Rays pen but they mix and match and the back end of the pen has been quite good as well. This might all be for naught when Brad Boxberger returns but Colome’s job is safe and I’m changing them to yellow, mostly to signify Boxberger’s presence.

• Caleb Cotham threw a scoreless inning but it was in the bottom of the eighth with the Reds down two runs. At this rate, just a scoreless inning might put you ahead for saves in Cincinnati but I’m going to swap him and Cingrani at the moment.

• Quick Hits: Craig Kimbrel put the rough outing last night behind him, throwing a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for save number five. David Robertson (8) got out of a little jam when Troy Tulowitzki ran into a grounder for the final out. Dellin Betances allowed his first run of the year and Andrew Miller (5) taunted him, throwing another scoreless inning. On the year Miller and Betances have combined for 19 innings pitched with one earned run 38 strikeouts and only two walks. Jeurys Familia had a shut down inning for his sixth save. Kevin Jepsen threw a perfect ninth receiving the win after the Twins scored in the ninth and with Trevor May getting action in the fifth and sixth inning, Jepsen’s hold on the ninth in Perkins’ absence remains strong.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Tyler Clippard
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Jim Johnson Jason Grilli
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Mychal Givens
Boston Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Carson Smith
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Jacob Petricka
Cincy Tony Cingrani Caleb Cotham Blake Wood J.J. Hoover
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister
Colorado Jake McGee Chad Qualls Boone Logan Miguel Castro
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Mark Lowe Justin Wilson Bruce Rondon
Houston Luke Gregerson Ken Giles Pat Neshek
KC Wade Davis Joakim Soria Kelvin Herrera
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Hatcher Yimi Garcia
Miami A.J. Ramos Bryan Morris Craig Breslow Carter Capps
Milwaukee Jeremy Jeffress Michael Blazek Tyler Thornburg Will Smith
Minnesota Kevin Jepsen Trevor May Casey Fien Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Chasen Shreve Aroldis Chapman
Oakland Ryan Madson Sean Doolittle John Axford
Philly Jeanmar Gomez David Hernandez Andrew Bailey
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Neftali Feliz
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seung Hwan Oh
SD Fernando Rodney Brandon Maurer Kevin Quackenbush
SF Santiago Casilla Hunter Strickland George Kontos Sergio Romo
Seattle Steve Cishek Tony Zych Nick Vincent Joaquin Benoit
TB Alex Colome Erasmo Ramirez Xavier Cedeno Brad Boxberger
Texas Shawn Tolleson Sam Dyson Anthony Barnette Keone Kela
Toronto Roberto Osuna Drew Storen Brett Cecil
Wash. Jonathan Papelbon Blake Treinen Shawn Kelley

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

When he's not focusing on every team's bullpen situation, Ben can be found blogging at Ben's Baseball Bias and on Twitter @BensBias

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Yimi Garcia is on the DL.


Good point. And that slot was pretty clearly Pedro Baez’s even before the injury.