Bullpen Report: August 25, 2016

The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to give both Daniel Hudson and Randall Delgado a chance in late-inning/closing situations. Neither have been great to date — they share an identical 4.20 FIP and just about the same K-BB% (10.7% K-BB% for Hudson, 10% for Delgado) — but Hudson owns the superior ground ball rate at 42.3% and induces more soft contact (23.6% Soft%) than Delgado (17.6% Soft%). And while both of the aforementioned right-handers post better numbers against opposing right-handed hitters, Delgado has been slightly better in terms of FIP (3.10 to Hudson’s 3.79) while Hudson has been better against left-handed hitters (4.70 FIP to Delgado’s 6.03). Situation in Arizona is still red, but if I had to grab one of the duo it would be Hudson. Late note: Arizona has Jake Barrett on the hill in the top of the eighth, down a pair of runs to Atlanta.

Kelvin Herrera induced a pop out to Martin Prado and a pair of strikeouts to Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich to earn his ninth save of the season in 11 opportunities. Herrera needed 19 pitches (12 strikes, six called and one swinging) to finish off the Marlins and lower his ERA to 1.87 (2.09 FIP) in 57.2 innings on the bump in ‘16. Despite the fine season the right-hander is having, Royals’ closer Wade Davis made the first of a few likely rehab appearances yesterday for the Royals of the Arizona Rookie League. He surrendered a hit and struck out one in an inning of work. He’ll likely jump back into ninth-inning duties when deemed ready to return to the first division, which could be as soon as early September.

Francisco Rodriguez converted his 35th save of the year today in 38 chances. KRod induced a worm burner and fanned a pair to finish off the Twinkies, 8-5. Rodriguez, now the owner of 421 career saves, sits just one behind Billy Wagner (422) and three behind John Franco (424) on the all-time career saves list.

Quick Hits: Tony Watson notched his eighth save on 13 pitches (10 strikes, two called and two swinging) in a 3-2 victory over the Brewers in 10 innings. The Pirates’ southpaw is now 8-of-11 in save situations with a 2.67 ERA (3.91 FIP) in 54 innings of work. Enny Romero picked up his first career save for the Rays tonight in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox. With David Ortiz at the dish, Tampa removed right-hander Tyler Sturdevent in favor of left-hander Enny Romero to eliminate Big Papi’s platoon advantage. Six pitches later, Ortiz struck out to end the game. For two-thirds of an innings, Sturdevent was rewarded with a hold. Also with holds this evening at the time of this writing: Chris Young (1), Joakim Soria (17), Arquimedes Caminero (8), Tom Wilhelmsen (11), Erasmo Ramirez (12), Matt Strahm (4) and Jose Valdez (3). You can view the entire list of today’s holds here for some left coast games that haven’t concluded just yet.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Daniel Hudson Randall Delgado 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 Tony Cingrani Raisel Iglesiasi Michael Lorenzen
Cleveland Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw
Colorado Adam Ottavino Jake McGee Boone Logan Scott Oberg
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 Derek Law
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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Pirates Hurdlesmember
5 years ago

How the heck is Strahm doing what he is doing? Is the fastball that great at 94 from the left? Is it the curveball? What can those who have seen him tell us?

Pirates Hurdlesmember
5 years ago

I guess this was a timely question, thanks August!