Bullpen Report: August 25, 2015

• Non-closing news: It looks like Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler are seeing some late inning action in Atlanta. Detwiler has been less successful than Jackson while on the Braves and has been pitching worse than he was last year as a full time reliever. Jackson has been decent in his first go around strictly in relief, pitching to a 3.13/3.44/4.10 ERA/FIP/xFIP line. As expected his velocity has ticked up a bit to 94 mph and although his swinging strike rate has shown some improvement, he’s yet to see an increase in his strikeout rate. There could be some future improvement in that category assuming he stays out of the rotation. I wouldn’t expect much moving forward this season from Jackson but he could see the ninth if/when Arodys Vizcaino needs a day off and it wouldn’t shock me to see Jackson be more effective next year, with more repetition out of the pen.

Vincent Velasquez saw some time earlier this season out of the rotation and although he wasn’t amazing, he showed solid potential. He’s likely to enter the rotation again next year but for the rest of 2015 he could be used primarily out of the pen. Velazquez threw two innings with three strikeouts (and one earned run) against the Yankees tonight and teams looking for ratio help and strikeout totals could look his way. He’s likely to see multiple innings each appearance and outings like tonight could be more common in September.

• It was a non-save situation but it’s still nice to see Cody Allen throw a perfect ninth. Allen’s had some struggles which is reflected in his 3.76 ERA but beneath that is still a terrific reliever. Allen has 80 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched with better fielding independent statistics  (2.00 FIP/2.93 xFIP) than he even had last year. The only change is the .365 BABIP and 69.5% LOB% which has inflated his earned run average to the dismay of his fantasy owners. I expect this will correct itself moving forward and I would still rank Allen as one of the top closing options entering 2016 given his stirkeout ability.

•  A. J. Ramos threw a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save tonight. Ramos has had a few yips since late July so his clean save is nice to see. In spite of the rough August (7.04 ERA/8.47 FIP) Ramos’ seasonal line is still pretty. Carter Capps, who is still feeling discomfort in his elbow, is still the most effective reliever on the Marlins when healthy but given Ramos’ success this season in the ninth the job should be his from the get go next year.

Greg Holland is dealing with a stiff arm and was unavailable again this evening. When he’s right Holland is a premier closer but he’s been a bit shakier/nicked up than normal this season.  Wade Davis slid into the closer’s again and nailed down his 12th save. When you combine his effectiveness as a set up with Holland’s discomfort, Davis is the most valuable non-closer in fantasy (after Dellin Betances). Since leaving the rotation Davis has allowed just 14 runs in his last 123.2 innings with a 1.63 FIP. Holland owners should be worried, justifying the yellow on the grid.

• Quick Hits: Tyler Clippard couldn’t quite finish the eighth inning and Jeurys Familia was called on for the four-out save (34).  Huston Street was also needed for four outs, getting his 30th save on the year. David Robertson went 1-2-3 for his 26th save. Not everyone was perfect as Shawn Tolleson blew the save (2). This situation is still green and Tolleson should see several opportunities with the Rangers in the playoff race. Pitching around three hits, Latroy Hawkins picked up the win after he threw a scoreless 9th, lowering his ERA to .93 on the Blue Jays. It’s nice to see Hawkins throw well while pitching in meaningful innings in his swan song and final season. Roberto Osuna secured the win for his 15th save, continuing his fantastic rookie year.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson Addison Reed
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Edwin Jackson Andrew McKirahan Jason Grilli
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Junichi Tazawa Jean Machi 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 John Axford Tommy Kahnle Scott Oberg
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 Will Smith Jeremy Jeffress
Minnesota Glen Perkins Kevin Jepsen Trevor May
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Tyler Clippard Carlos Torres Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson
Oakland Drew Pomeranz Fernando Rodriguez 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 Tom Wilhelmsen Edgar Olmos
TB Brad Boxberger Steve Geltz Alex Colome Jake McGee
Texas Shawn Tolleson Jake Diekman Sam Dyson 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.]

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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8 years ago

Hawkins pitched a scoreless 8th, not 9th. Slight typo there.