Bullpen Report: April 27, 2017

Happy Thursday, folks. Just a quick couple of notes out of the bullpens this evening.

Take a deep breath before this one. Bud Norris notched his fourth save of the week and is now 4-of-5 in save chances while manning the closer’s role for the Angels this season. In 12.2 total frames on the bump, Norris owns a 3:1 K:BB with a 2.84 ERA (2.03 FIP). The spike in cutter usage/effectiveness seems to be at the root of the 32-year-old’s rebirth as a relief arm. As it stands, we have the Angels situation as “yellow,” but as the days pass and saves continue to be converted, it’s hard to say that Cam Bedrosian is a lock to earn his ninth-inning role back when reinstated from the disabled list. If you’re scrambling for saves, you’re grabbing Norris (if you haven’t done so already) where you can as he’s available in more than 65% of Y! Leagues at the time of this writing.

In the second half of the Cardinals/Blue Jays double header, Mike Matheny opted for right-handed flamethrower Trevor Rosenthal to face the bottom third of Toronto’s order with a save on the line. Although neither Oh or Rosenthal hadn’t pitched since Sunday, Oh dished a clean inning of work during the first half of the doubleheader which is likely why we didn’t see him the second time around today. Rosenthal needed just 13 pitches to strike out two and induce a groundout to first base en route to his second save of the season while recording the third-fastest pitch of the year at 101.7 in doing so. The Cardinals have yet to allow Trevor Rosenthal to pitch on back-to-back days since suffering the lat strain during Spring Training. And for that reason, I’m not so sure he’s ready — or if the Cardinals would be willing — to lock him into his former role just yet. Seung Hwan Oh isn’t exactly off to the best start — 5-of-6 in save chances with a 7.59 K/9 and a 5.25 FIP — so you’re adding Rosenthal where possible as he’s available in over 70% of Y! formats. Green tonight, but thinking this may be moving towards a yellow situation.

Cody Allen surrendered three consecutive singles to Astros bats to start the top of the ninth, but managed to escape unscathed for his fifth save of the year. Allen is 5-for-5 in save opportunities with an 18.0 K/9 and a 1.00 ERA (-0.69 FIP) in nine innings of work. Velocity looks good and he’s inducing swings-and-misses at a ridiculous 23.1% clip prior to tonight’s outing. Green, green, green.

The Mariners’ ninth-inning sensation, Edwin Diaz, locked down his third successful save conversion in four opportunities with an 11-pitch (nine strikes, three swings-and-misses) effort. Allowing free passes have been an early season hiccup for the 23-year-old, but this evening he managed to finish off the Tigers without allowing a walk — just the fourth time in eight games he’s failed to surrender the free pass. Green.

Hector Neris needed just seven pitches to pick up his third save for the Phillies en route to a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Still yellow-ish in Philly for the time being, however, Neris is still available in close to 50% of Y! Leagues which shouldn’t be the case.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Fernando Rodney JJ Hoover Archie Bradley
Atlanta Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez Mauricio Cabrera
Baltimore Brad Brach Darren O’Day Mychal Givens Zach Britton
Boston Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes Heath Hembree Carson Smith
CHI (NL) Wade Davis Hector Rondon 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 Shane Greene
Houston Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Peter Moylan
LAA Bud Norris Blake Parker David Hernandez Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Sergio Romo Grant Dayton
Miami A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Neftali Feliz Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Ryan Pressly Matt Belisle Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Jerry Blevins
NY (AL) Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard
Oakland Santiago Casilla Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson
Philly Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit 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 Nick Vincent Evan Scribner Steve Cishek
TB Alex Colome Danny Farquhar Austin Pruitt Brad Boxberger
Texas Matt Bush Jeremy Jeffress Jose Leclerc Sam Dyson
Toronto Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joe Biagini
Wash. Shawn Kelley Blake Treinen Joe Blanton Koda Glover

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

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Turd Furgeson

krod & osuna continued fumigation thurs. whats the chances of capps earning saves by end of june?