Bullpen Report: August 21, 2017

• After getting the save in yesterday’s outing, Juan Minaya followed it up with another save today for the White Sox in the first half of a double header against the Twins. Minaya has converted the last three save opportunities he’s been handed and certainly looks to be the closer.  Minaya’s triple slash line of 4.50/4.57/4.26 doesn’t look too fancy but his 3.59 SIERA and 30.5% K% paints a more palatable picture. Not many saves to be expected for the rest of the season here, but I’m upgrading Minaya to yellow.

Curtis Granderson gave the Dodgers a lead after hitting a Grand Slam but the bullpen blew the lead after Tony Watson and Pedro Baez struggled in the eighth inning. Tony Watson has received higher leverage innings since coming to LA but he’s struggled during his time there as well, allowing five earned in 5.1 innings pitched. As a non-dominant lefty I don’t see him high on the totem pole if something were to happen to Kenley Jansen. Pedro Baez had a worse bad night, allowing four baserunners while only recording one out but was fortunate to only be responsible for one run crossing the plate. I’m keeping Baez on the grid but moving Brandon Morrow to the next-in-line for now as he threw 1.1 scoreless, lowering his ERA to 2.32. Baez is besting Morrow in ERA this year with a 1.90 mark but he’s been far less dominant than Morrow who has a 2.76 SIERA and a very strong 23.9% K-BB%.

Edwin Diaz pitched around one hit to throw a scoreless ninth for his 28th save of the year. Diaz has been struggling mightily of late with 9 walks and 6 earned runs in his last 7 appearances across 6.1 innings. Tonight’s outing won’t make this situation a green but it’s a step in the right direction, especially considering Diaz didn’t issue a walk which is his only particular  weakness. Even with a worse SwStr% than last year (18.5% to 15.6%) Diaz still has elite swing and miss stuff but his 12.7 BB% up from a 6.9% mark last year has really prevented him from repeating as an elite relieve this year.

Other Bullpen Activity:

  • Joakim Soria was placed on the DL and ex-Padres Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter should see the majority of higher leverage innings ahead of Kelvin Herrera moving forward.
  • Zach Britton only needed to see one batter to knock down his 11th save. Britton remains somewhat of an injury risk but he’s the sole closer in Baltimore and I’ve upgraded this situation to green. Mychal Givens and Brad Brach will continue to get holds ahead of Britton.
  • Fernando Rodney was spotted a two run lead to start the 10th and although he allowed one runner to score he still  launched his 28th arrow.
  • Cody Allen picked up his first win on the season, a 1-6 win/loss record isn’t pretty but it’s nicer than 0-6.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
ARI Fernando Rodney Archie Bradley David Hernandez
ATL Arodys Vizcaino Jim Johnson Jose Ramirez
BAL Zach Britton Mychal Givens Brad Brach
BOS Craig Kimbrel Addison Reed Matt Barnes Carson Smith
CHC Wade Davis Pedro Strop Carl Edwards Jr.
CWS Juan Minaya Gregory Infante Jake Petricka Nate Jones
CIN Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen
CLE Cody Allen Andrew Miller Joe Smith
COL Greg Holland Pat Neshek Adam Ottavino
DET Shane Greene Alex Wilson Joe Jimenez
HOU Ken Giles Chris Devenski Luke Gregerson Will Harris
KC Kelvin Herrera Brandon Maurer Ryan Buchter Joakim Soria
LAA Bud Norris Cam Bedrosian Blake Parker Huston Street
LAD Kenley Jansen Brandon Morrow Pedro Baez
MIA Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough Junichi Tazawa
MIL Corey Knebel Anthony Swarzak Jacob Barnes
MIN Matt Belisle Trevor Hildenberger Glen Perkins
NYM A.J. Ramos Paul Sewald Jerry Blevins Jeurys Familia
NYY Dellin Betances David Robertson Aroldis Chapman
OAK Blake Treinen Ryan Dull Santiago Casilla
PHI Hector Neris Luis Garcia Jesen Therrien
PIT Felipe Rivero Juan Nicasio Joaquin Benoit
STL Seung Hwan Oh Tyler Lyons Matt Bowman Trevor Rosenthal
SD Brad Hand Kirby Yates Phil Maton
SF Sam Dyson Hunter Strickland Mark Melancon
SEA Edwin Diaz Nick Vincent Tony Zych David Phelps
TB Alex Colome Tommy Hunter Steve Cishek
TEX Alex Claudio Jose Leclerc Matt Bush Keone Kela
TOR Roberto Osuna Ryan Tepera Dominic Leone
WSH Sean Doolittle Brandon Kintzler Matt Albers Ryan Madson

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

When he's not focusing on every team's bullpen situation, Ben can be found blogging at Ben's Baseball Bias and on Twitter @BensBias

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Andrew Miller is a question mark with the re-aggravation of his patellar tendinitis. Not sure if he’s DL-bound or not, but I would imagine so, which SUCKS.