Bullpen Report: August 21, 2016

Sorry we missed you most of the weekend, but a lot has happened on the grid so let’s get you updated.

Enrique Burgos had an up and down weekend blowing a save in the 8th inning on Friday, but then earned his first save of the year on Saturday by striking out two and walking one. Jake Barrett and Steve Hathaway loaded the bases for Daniel Hudson in the 8th, who escaped the jam earning the Hold (16). Not a lot of stability in this situation right now, but the grid reflects Burgos as the closer with Hudson next in line for now.

Arodys Vizcaino is back from the DL, but Atlanta wants to ease him back into the role. So even though he is back on the active grid, Jim Johnson and Mauricio Cabrera occupy the 9th and 8th inning roles respectively. Johnson pitched a scoreless 9th on Sunday, but earned the loss on Friday giving up a run in the top of the 9th of a tie game. Vizcaino pitched a scoreless 8th on Saturday with a K and a BB.

The Cubs bullpen had a rough Friday as they placed Hector Rondon on the DL with a right triceps strain (even though the Cubs say it’s precautionary and should be back by early September), and their three top arms right now gave up a combined total of 6 runs (3 earned). Travis Wood gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in his inning of work, while Carl Edwards Jr. earned his first blown save of the year in the 8th. Cubs would then take the lead in the 11th, as Aroldis Chapman took his 3rd blown save of the year and his first as a Cub.

The Rockies optioned Carlos Estevez to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, clearing room for Scott Oberg on the grid, who earned his first save last Wednesday.

Matt Strahm makes an appearance on the grid for the first time in Kansas City, as the lefty has struck out 15 over 8.1 innings to go with only 3 BBs and 4 hits. His ERA is currently at 1.08 (0.63 FIP) and could be a sneaky Holds pick-up with 2 in 7 games.

A.J. Ramos is back from the DL and pitched a scoreless 8th inning, as Fernando Rodney was given the 9th and held on for the save (24). Right now, Ramos has not been named closer as the Marlins appear to also ease him back in. I don’t see Rodney holding this closer role for much longer (especially after having to escape his own bases loaded jam on Friday) so it would be wise to start stashing Ramos again if he is available. On the flip side, the Marlins could use Ramos in an Andrew Miller type role, which would be detrimental to his role as a saves option. We will keep you updated as the situation progresses.

Steve Cishek was perfect in his first two appearances since returning from the DL, and looks to be next in line behind Edwin Diaz. Tom Wilhelmsen had a disastrous Sunday giving up two homers and a total of four runs to earn the loss and his third blown save of the season. Not sure how much longer he will survive the grid.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Enrique Burgos Daniel Hudson Jake Barrett
Atlanta Jim Johnson Mauricio Cabrera Arodys Vizcaino
Baltimore Zach Britton Brad Brach Mychal Givens Darren O’Day
Boston Craig Kimbrel Brad Ziegler Matt Barnes Koji Uehara
CHI (NL) Aroldis Chapman Carl Edwards Jr. Travis Wood Hector Rondon
CHI (AL) David Robertson Nate Jones Matt Albers
Cincy Raisel Iglesias Tony Cingrani Michael Lorenzen
Cleveland Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
Colorado Adam Ottavino Jake McGee Scott Oberg Carlos Estevez
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene
Houston Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Matt Strahm Wade Davis
LAA Fernando Salas Deolis Guerra J.C. Ramirez Cam Bedrosian
LAD Kenley Jansen Joe Blanton Adam Liberatore
Miami Fernando Rodney A.J. Ramos Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Tyler Thornburg Corey Knebel Carlos Torres
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler Ryan Pressly Taylor Rogers Glen Perkins
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles
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 Kevin Quackenbush Brad Hand Ryan Buchter
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Edwin Diaz Steve Cishek Tom Wilhelmsen
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 Blake Treinen

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

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The first sentence should read “Sorry we missed you last week” as the last Bullpen Report was on the 15th. Glad you weren’t cancelled.


This might be an impudent post. Might. But it’s neither impolite nor inaccurate, so I don’t know what anybody’s thumb’s downing here.


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