Bullpen Report: April 5, 2017

There were some ninth-inning adventures on Wednesday, but of the 10 relievers with save chances in the final frame, eight managed to come through.

Then there was Sam Dyson. In last night’s bullpen report, Benjamin Pasinkoff made note of Dyson’s meltdown in the Rangers’ season opener against the Indians, as well as his diminished velocity. Whereas Dyson averaged 93.9 mph on his fastball on Monday, this time around he raised it up to 94.7 mph. However, he lost the strike zone, walking Abraham Almonte and Carlos Santana back-to-back, and throwing strikes on just 10 of his 22 pitches. Francisco Lindor made Dyson pay for the walks, hitting a grand slam that left him with a blown save.

Dyson is already making a good case for being the first closer to lose his job. Matt Bush has pitched the eighth inning in two of the Rangers’ three games, and he would appear to be in line to succeed Dyson when Jeff Banister is ready to make the change.

Bryan Shaw got the save for the Indians, pitching a perfect bottom of the ninth. We can only presume that Shaw got the call, since Terry Francona went to his Andrew MillerCody Allen tandem in both of the Indians’ first two games.

•The other reliever, beside Dyson, to blow a save in the final inning was Chase De Jong, who was making his major league debut for the Mariners. He was called upon to pitch the 13th inning with a 3-2 lead over the Astros, and he was one strike away from notching his first save. Instead, George Springer got ahold a De Jong curveball and launched it for a three-run walk-off homer.

•Reds manager Bryan Price has talked about using a closer committee that includes Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias, with both relievers being candidates for multiple-inning saves. Lorensen entered with a 2-0 lead against the Phillies in the eighth inning, but after holding the lead, he gave way to Iglesias in the ninth. Is Iglesias the Reds’ closer? It’s too early to tell, but every trend has to start with a single data point.

•After not blowing a save in 47 opportunities last season, Zach Britton came dangerously close to blowing his first chance of 2017. He loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth, but he was rescued by a Steve Pearce double play ball that preserved the Orioles’ 3-1 win over the Blue Jays. On Monday, Britton pitched two innings against the Jays. He only went two innings in one appearance last season, and he waited three days before making his next appearance.

•Other relievers getting one-inning saves on Wednesday: Blake Treinen versus the Marlins (two hits, one run, two strikeouts), Alex Colome versus the Yankees (two hits, no runs), Fernando Rodney versus the Giants (no hits, no runs, one strikeout) and Kenley Jansen versus the Padres (no hits, no runs, one strikeout).

•>With the Brewers entering the ninth inning against the Rockies with a 6-0 lead, this did not look like the night for Neftali Feliz to get his first save with his new club. However, after Taylor Jungmann yielded an RBI single to Mark Reynolds and then loaded the bases, Feliz got summoned to get the final out. In striking out Charlie Blackmon on five pitches, Feliz recorded the save.

•Six closers pitched in non-save situations: A.J. Ramos, pitching in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run deficit against the Nationals (one hit, no runs, one strikeout); Addison Reed, pitching the top of the ninth in a tie game against the Braves (no hits, no runs, one strikeout); Jim Johnson, pitching the 11th and 12th innings against the Mets and getting the win (one hit, no runs, three strikeouts); Craig Kimbrel, pitching the top of the ninth in a scoreless tie with the Pirates (no hits, no runs); Tony Watson, pitching the bottom of the 10th in the scoreless tie with the Red Sox (two hits, no runs, a walk, a strikeout); and Edwin Diaz, pitching the ninth and 10th innings in a tie game with the Mariners (one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts).

Christopher Devenski and Alex Wood had standout multiple-inning performances. Devenski entered a tie game in the eighth inning and gave the Astros four no-hit, shutout innings against the Mariners with seven strikeouts and one walk. Wood held the Padres scoreless and hitless for the seventh and eighth innings, getting a strikeout and a walk. Both pitchers could have value in mixed Roto and Head-to-Head leagues on the basis of strong ratios compiled over 100 or more innings. That prospect is a little dicier for Wood, who would need to stay healthy to amass all those innings.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Fernando Rodney JJ Hoover Randall Delgado
Atlanta Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez Mauricio Cabrera
Baltimore Zach Britton Brad Brach Darren O’Day
Boston Craig Kimbrel Joe Kelly Matt Barnes Carson Smith
CHI (NL) Wade Davis Pedro Strop 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 Bruce Rondon Justin Wilson
Houston Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Matt Strahm
LAA Cam Bedrosian Andrew Bailey J.C. Ramirez Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Sergio Romo Grant Dayton
Miami A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Neftali Feliz Corey Knebel Carlos Torres>
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Ryan Pressly Matt Belisle Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Addison Reed Fernando Salas Hansel Robles Jeurys Familia
NY (AL) Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard
Oakland Ryan Madson Santiago Casilla Sean Doolittle
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Daniel Hudson Felipe Rivero
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Jonathan Broxton
SD Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Brad Hand Carter Capps
SF Mark Melancon Hunter Strickland Derek Law
Seattle Edwin Diaz Dan Altavilla Nick Vincent Steve Cishek
TB Alex Colome Tommy Hunter Xavier Cedeno Brad Boxberger
Texas Sam Dyson Matt Bush Jeremy Jeffress
Toronto Joe Biagini Jason Grilli Joe Smith Roberto Osuna
Wash. Blake Treinen Koda Glover Shawn Kelley

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

Al Melchior has been writing about Fantasy baseball and sim games since 2000, and his work has appeared at CBSSports.com, BaseballHQ, Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster and FanRagSports. He has also participated in Tout Wars' mixed auction league since 2013. You can follow Al on Twitter @almelchiorbb and find more of his work at almelchior.com.

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5 years ago

Thanks for the update! It’s nice reading this over coffee in the morning. I noticed Sean Doolittles link is broken, and there’s a lack of colour today!

5 years ago
Reply to  GeoffreyLogan

*color 🙂

5 years ago
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Both are acceptable spellings of the same word.

5 years ago
Reply to  alang3131982

Canadians play baseball too!