Welcome back to another season of the Bullpen Report here at RotoGraphs. As the second day of regular season games come to a close, we felt the need to catch up with you all, run the closer chart, provide some general thoughts about how we will proceed with the chart this season and provide a couple of tidbits of news and analysis from the handful of games already in the books.
With respect to the chart:
-This is as an item that we’re looking to overhaul in the coming weeks. While the chart in its current state serves a purpose, we’ll be looking to upgrade the aesthetics and opportunities to provide additional details. A new color (orange?) will be added for teams that appear to be utilizing “true” committees. We’ll also be altering the wording in the final column for each team — simply to reflect a noteworthy reliever that may not be active for one reason or another (disabled list, minors, paternity leave, suspension etc…). If you have a reasonable suggestion for any future modification of the chart please drop it in the comments and we may consider it. No promises.
-If by chance a team has more than one reliever that would normally have a place on this chart is not currently active, only the most fantasy-relevant arm will be listed in the final column.
Catching up on some old news:
-To the surprise of many, the Nationals officially named Blake Treinen their ninth-inning man, not Shawn Kelley or the trendy Koda Glover. Treinen notched his first save of the season this evening, making quick work (17 pitches) of the Marlins Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna.
–Cam Bedrosian currently carries the Angels’ closer tag and could very well run with it if he continues to pitch well and/or Huston Street’s injury issues continue. Street is currently on the 10-day disabled list, but has been medically cleared to resume baseball activities following a strained lat suffered early in March during the Cactus League. I’m still trying to get more shares of Bedrosian where possible at this time, for what it’s worth.
-Blue Jays’ closer Roberto Osuna is not expected be out beyond his stint on the 10-day disabled list due to a cervical spasm. In his stead, the Blue Jays will mix-and-match ninth-inning responsibilities between Jason Grilli and Joe Biagini. Own them in that order if need be.
Up one run in the eighth-inning, the Rockies called Adam Ottavino to the bump to face the bottom of the Brewers’ order. Ottavino surrendered a pair of free passes but fanned the side in a scoreless frame. Greg Holland took the hill in the bottom half of the ninth to face the top of Milwaukee’s lineup (Villar/Thames/Braun). Holland issued a leadoff walk, but induced an Eric Thames lineout and a double play ball (thanks to Nolan Arenado) off the bat of Ryan Braun to earn his first save of the year and first save since the ‘15 season. He’s Colorado’s closer, it seems.
–Craig Kimbrel, Ken Giles, Santiago Casilla, Jeanmar Gomez and Cody Allen each earned their first saves of ‘17. Despite Gomez’s save for Philadelphia, their skipper is already going public about the right-hander’s short leash. Joaquin Benoit and trendy Hector Neris are the obvious names to keep tabs here. More on this situation tomorrow. For Oakland, Ryan Madson saw the eighth and Casilla took the ball in the ninth, so this could very well be an orange situation in Oakland in tomorrow’s edition of the BR.
Despite this evening’s brief effort, it’s good to be back folks. As always, if you have any questions, comments or bad jokes, leave them in the comments or share them with me on Twitter.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]