Bullpen Report: August 13, 2015

Just a few quick notes for this short Thursday slate…

Andrew Miller last tripped to the hill on Tuesday when he fanned two but surrendered a pair of earned runs on three hits to be charged with his first blown save of the season. And although his 24 consecutive save streak has been reset, the Yankees summonsed their southpaw closer to the mound with a three-run lead over the Indians in Cleveland. Miller entered tonight with a 1.85 ERA (2.49 FIP) and a 27.8% K-BB%, but by the time he left the mound the lefty owned a 2.08 ERA (2.40 FIP) along with a 28.2% K-BB%. Miller surrendered an earned run on two hits while striking out two en route to his 25th save of the season. He needed 18 pitches to get through the five batters and secure the victory of the Yankees.

Shawn Tolleson induced a trio of flyball outs in a clean frame of work to notch his 21st save of the ‘15 campaign today. The 27-year-old is now 21-of-22 in save opportunities for the Rangers with a 2.81 ERA (3.26 FIP) and a 21.2% K-BB%. Keone Kela came on with two on and two outs in the sixth in an attempt to bail out Rangers’ starter Chi-Chi Gonzalez. A single to the first batter he faced brought home one run, but a second runner was thrown out at the plate trying to score which ended the inning. Kela was charged with a blown save for his efforts, but ended up being awarded the victory when his teammate picked up a run in the top of the eighth. He’s now 6-5 on the year with one save, three blown saves and a 3.13 ERA (3.06 FIP).

Roberto Osuna allowed a two-out double to Josh Reddick, but escaped the ninth-inning unscathed to notch his 12th save of the season. To date, the 20-year-old Osuna has successfully converted 12-of-13 save chances to go along with a 2.05 ERA (2.56 FIP). Huston Street labored through 23 pitches in the final frame against the Royals to earn his 27th save on the year. With two outs in his pocket, Street yielded a solo home run to Eric Hosmer, a single to Kendrys Morales and walked Mike Moustakas before an Alex Rios fly out ended the Royals’ comeback attempt. And surprisingly, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to allow six earned runs on six hits and two walks in just one inning of work. Chalk that up in the “probably won’t ever see that again column” for the Davis/Holland duo. And finally, just as I was about to press publish, Santiago Casilla finished off the Nationals for his 28th save of the season and a 3-1 victory for the Giants. Also noteworthy out of San Francisco, Hunter Strickland fanned three in two clean innings of work.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Addison Reed
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino David Aardsma Jason Frasor Jason Grilli
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Jean Machi Junichi Tazawa Alexi Ogando Koji Uehara
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Tommy Hunter Rafael Soriano
CHI (AL) David Robertson Jacob Petricka Zach Putnam
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Ryan Mattheus
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister
Colorado Tommy Kahnle Rafael Betancourt Justin Miller
Detroit Bruce Rondon Alex Wilson Al Albuerquerque Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Pat Neshek Chad Qualls
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas
LAD Kenley Jansen Jim Johnson Pedro Baez
Miami A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn Bryan Morris Carter Capps
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Kevin Jepsen Trevor May
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Tyler Clippard Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson
Oakland Edward Mujica Fernando Rodriguez Drew Pomeranz Sean Doolittle
Philly Ken Giles Luis Garcia Jeanmar Gomez
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Joakim Soria Tony Watson
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Steve Cishek Jordan Walden
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Shawn Kelley Brendan Maurer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Carson Smith Fernando Rodney Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Steve Geltz
Texas Shawn Tolleson Sam Dyson Jake Diekman Tanner Scheppers
Toronto Roberto Osuna Aaron Sanchez Brett Cecil
Wash. Jonathan Papelbon Drew Storen Casey Janssen

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





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Andrew Miller has not looked as good since coming back from his injury. He’s still good since he had a good cushion to work with but still something to watch.