Bullpen Report: April 3, 2014

With the exception of all the Jim Johnson concerns, a lot of positive discussion took place in the comments last evening after the Bullpen Report hit the interwebs. Thank you, I/we appreciate the feedback.

-Just when the murky waters in Chicago appeared to clear, Matt Lindstrom surrendered two earned runs on two hits and a walk in a save situation this evening against the Twins. The blown save is the first on the season for Lindstrom, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Nate Jones is ready to take on ninth-inning duties. Jones appeared in the seventh-inning tonight, surrendered free passes to the first two batters he faced, then was immediately relieved of his duties. Maikel Cleto took over for Jones with two on and no out, but couldn’t keep Jones’ two runners from scoring. After the game, both Robin Ventura and Nate Jones himself acknowledged that the reliever experienced some discomfort during the game. Don’t drop Lindstrom just yet.

Pedro Strop surrendered a leadoff single to Neil Walker, but induced a pop out on a bunt attempt, followed by a double-play to earn his first save of the season in a 3-2 Cubs victory over the Pirates. Strop likely earned the look in tonight’s contest due to Jose Veras’ 38-pitch effort last evening, so I don’t think there is any sort of competition to worry about just yet in Wrigleyville. Strop should be owned in all holds and solds leagues, but could make for an interesting handcuff in deeper mixers if you have the bench spots. The right-handers is available in 93% of Y! leagues.

David Robertson notched the first save of the post-Mariano Rivera era in a 4-2 Yankees victory over the Astros tonight. The righty induced a deep flyout off the bat of Matt Dominguez, fanned Alex Presley and got Jonathan Villar to ground out to seal the deal. It may take 82 games or so for Yankees’ fans and fantasy owners alike to accept the fact that Rivera will no longer be called from the bullpen in closing situations, but more outings like tonight’s will likely ease their heartache. Tonight’s save was the ninth of Robertson’s career.

Quick Hits: Koji Uehara needed just seven pitches to strike out one and induce to foul outs en route to his first save of the season. Seven pitches. Glen Perkins, the beneficiary of the White Sox bullpen miscues, allowed a hit but collected his first save of twenty-fourteen. Steve Cishek earned his second save of the young season as the Marlins clipped the Rockies, 8-5. Trevor Rosenthal picked up the four out save — his second of the year — without allowing a hit or a walk, while striking out one.

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) Jose Veras Pedro Strop Hector Rondon Kyuji Fujikawa
CHI (AL) Matt Lindstrom Nate Jones Daniel Webb
Cincy J.J. Hoover Sam LeCure Logan Ondrusak Aroldis Chapman
Cleveland John Axford Cody Allen Bryan Shaw
Colorado LaTroy Hawkins Rex Brothers Matt Belisle
Detroit Joe Nathan Joba Chamberlain Al Alburquerque
Houston Josh Fields Matt Albers Chad Qualls Jesse Crain
KC Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow
LAA Ernesto Frieri Joe Smith Kevin Jepsen Dane de la Rosa
LAD Kenley Jansen Chris Perez Paco Rodriguez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jim Henderson Brandon Kintzler
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jose Valverde Jeurys Familia Gonzalez Germen Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) David Robertson Shawn Kelley Matt Thornton
Oakland Jim Johnson Luke Gregerson Sean Doolittle Ryan Cook
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Jake Diekman
Pittsburgh Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Carlos Martinez Kevin Siegrist
SD Huston Street Joaquin Benoit Alex Torres
SF Sergio Romo Santiago Casilla Javier Lopez 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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Can you format the quick hits section in bullet format, in the future?


Howard Sober
Howard Sober

It’s just we’re putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that’d be great. All right!

Jackie T.
Jackie T.

Perfect response.