Bullpen Report: August 10, 2016

– It was Matt Bush, not Sam Dyson or Jeremy Jeffress that earned the save in Texas tonight. Somewhat interesting play — Dyson and Jeffress had only pitched Tuesday (not Monday) but tossed 24 and 19 pitches, respectively. Bush continues his renaissaince as a relief pitcher, lowering his ERA to 2.56 (xFIP to 3.73). He hasn’t been the most lights out stopper (“only” a 22% K% and an 11% SwStr% with a 97mph average fastball) but he’s minimized the free passes and should be a nice option to pick up some holds on a team that wins more than it loses. He’ll crack the grid, but I don’t sense any imminent shakeups here.

– After three consecutive scoreless innings, Jake Barrett had another ugly outing, giving up a two-run tater to Kelly Johnson and spoiling a Robbie Ray gem (although Arizona did win — they just needed a few extra innings). Yes Barrett has had a few saves but the peripherals aren’t terribly inspiring. The strikeout rate isn’t bad but it’s not elite. And you can’t get by with an 11% BB% if you don’t have elite stuff. Small sample size, but the swinging strike rate (13%) portends better things but the double-digit walk rate has been a consistent problem for him through the minor league ladder. Worth noting that Enrique Burgos tossed a scoreless 8th tonight. Like Barrett, he has a live arm with some control issues. He’ll crack the grid behind Randall Delgado and we’ll turn this red (while giving Barrett a very short leash). Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks don’t have an elite lockdown setup guy waiting in the wings so this might be a hot potato pen for a while.

– Quick hits: Kenley Jansen wasn’t very good in a save situation. Hurts the rates but otherwise nothing to fear. Seung Hwan Oh keeps looking good, notching save number 10. The Final Boss now owns a tidy 2.11 FIP. Mark Melancon had a nice, easy, 3-run save against the Indians. The Indians losing didn’t help tip their committee beyond the fact that Andrew Miller has been working as a non-traditional fireman lately. I nudged Raisel Iglesias just ahead of Tony Cingrani on the grid. It’s a committee, but Iglesias is easily the better pitcher moving forward. Right as I get ready to publish, David Robertson blows another save. Going to move this yellow — the peripherals are equally as mediocre as the 4.12 ERA would lead you to believe…

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Jake Barrett Enrique Burgos Randall Delgado
Atlanta Jim Johnson Mauricio Cabrera Chris Withrow Arodys Vizcaino
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Craig Kimbrel Brad Ziegler Junichi Tazawa
CHI (NL) Aroldis Chapman Hector Rondon Pedro Strop
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Matt Albers
Cincy Raisel Iglesias Tony Cingrani Michael Lorenzen
Cleveland Andrew Miller Cody Allen Bryan Shaw
Colorado Adam Ottavino Jake McGee Carlos Estevez
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene
Houston Ken Giles Will Harris Michael Feliz Luke Gregerson
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Peter Moylan Wade Davis
LAA Fernando Salas Deolis Guerra J.C. Ramirez Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Joe Blanton Pedro Baez Adam Liberatore
Miami Fernando Rodney Kyle Barraclough Mike Dunn A.J. Ramos
Milwaukee Tyler Thornburg Corey Knebel Carlos Torres
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Trevor May Ryan Pressly Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles Jim Henderson
NY (AL) Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard Adam Warren
Oakland Ryan Madson John Axford Ryan Dull Sean Doolittle
Philly Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris Edubray Ramos
Pittsburgh Tony Watson Neftali Feliz Felipe Rivero
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Jonathan Broxton
SD Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Brad Hand Kevin Quackenbush
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Edwin Diaz Tom Wilhelmsen Arquimedes Caminero Steve Cishek
TB Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Xavier Cedeno
Texas Sam Dyson Jeremy Jeffress Matt Bush
Toronto Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joaquin Benoit
Wash. Mark Melancon Shawn Kelley Jonathan Papelbon

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





There are few things Colin loves more in life than a pitcher with a single-digit BB%. Find him on Twitter @soxczar.

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