Bullpen Report: August 5, 2013

• The Biogenesis fallout today didn’t have too much of an effect on the Bullpen Report but it did snag one victim of note, Philadelphia Phillies lefty and set up man Antonio Bastardo.  Bastardo wasn’t in the initial Biogenesis rumors but he was handed a 50 game suspension today, effectively ending his season. Bastardo was gaining some traction as Papelbon has been more pedestrian this year but any hopes of him sneaking saves for the Phillies will have to wait until 2014 now.

It’s slim pickings as far as Bastardo’s replacements are concerned but one name to keep an eye on is fellow lefty Jake Diekman. Diekman’s numbers (3.72/4.13 FIP/xFIP; 7.11 K/9) aren’t great, but as a lefty in the late innings for Philly, he could be in line for a holds boost.

• Colin mentioned Parnell’s neck discomfort last night but it seems as though it’s worse than expected and a DL stint is likely. The usual suspects, David Aardsma and LaTroy Hawkins should fill in for Parnell. David Aardsma’s blown save last night might give Mr. Hawkins the next shot. Although Hawkins might feel like old news (he’s 40 years old), he’s actually been quite effective this year with a 2.98/3.47/3.25 ERA/FIP/xFIP line, keeping the ball on the ground with a 52.3% ground ball percentage. Aardsma can generate a few more swings and misses than Hawkins (8.14 K/9) but he’s generally been pretty lousy this year (4.65 xFIP) and his leash for saves might only extend to the one try he had. Lastly, I wouldn’t expect Scott Rice to see consistent chances if Parnell hits the DL but he could see a save opp or two against a lefty heavy ninth.

Chris Perez entered the ninth inning tonight looking for his 18th save of the year but four batters and four earned runs later, Perez left with a blown save but without recording an out. Perez’ job isn’t in imminent danger but his 4.11 xFIP is certainly less than impressive. If Perez were to continue to stumble or miss any time with injury expect Joe Smith and Cody Allen to move up the chain.

Craig Kimbrel had pitched on three consecutive days so Jordan Walden was called upon in the ninth and recorded his first save of the year. Kimbrel’s peripheral stats have gone down a tad but with a 13.92 K/9 and a 2.09 FIP, he’s still a premier fantasy closer, if not the best. Walden has been a little lucky with balls leaving the yard this year (only a 2.1% HR/FB) but with a 10.46 K/9 and 2.12/3.53 FIP/xFIP, he’s making himself rosterable in leagues to help your ratios and certainly a must own in any saves plus holds leagues.

Ryan Madson was released by the Angels tonight. If healthy, it wouldn’t take much for Madson to take saves away from Ernesto Frieri at the moment but clearly that’s not the case as he hasn’t pitched since 2011 with the Phillies. I don’t expect anything from Madson this year but his name should resurface again this offseason. My guess is that some rebuilding team will take a flier on him returning to form, hoping to flip him at the trading deadline.

• With a bunch of lefties due up in the ninth, Paco Rodriguez stayed in for a second inning and notched his second save of the year. Kenley Jansen is still  the Dodgers closer but depending on the matchup,  Paco could steal a save or two from here on out.

Closer Grid:


Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler J.J. Putz David Hernandez
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Scott Downs
Baltimore Jim Johnson Francisco Rodriguez Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Craig Breslow Andrew Bailey
CHI (NL) Kevin Gregg Pedro Strop Blake Parker
CHI (AL) Addison Reed Nate Jones Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Sam LeCure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Joe Smith Cody Allen Vinnie Pestano
Colorado Rex Brothers Matt Belisle Mitchell Boggs Rafael Betancourt
Detroit Joaquin Benoit Jose Veras Drew Smyly
Houston Josh Fields Jose Cisnero Wesley Wright
KC Greg Holland Aaron Crow Kelvin Herrera
LAA Ernesto Frieri Dane de la Rosa Kevin Jepsen Robert Coello
LAD Kenley Jansen Paco Rodriguez Ronald Belisario Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek Mike Dunn Chad Qualls
Milwaukee Jim Henderson John Axford Michael Gonzalez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Bobby Parnell LaTroy Hawkins David Aardsma Frank Francisco
NY (AL) Mariano Rivera David Robertson Joba Chamberlain
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Justin De Fratus Jake Diekman Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Justin Wilson Tony Watson Jason Grilli
St. Louis Edward Mujica Trevor Rosenthal Randy Choate Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Santiago Casilla
Seattle Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina Oliver Perez Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Jake McGee Jesse Crain
Texas Joe Nathan Tanner Scheppers Jason Frasor
Toronto Casey Janssen Sergio Santos Brett Cecil Steve Delabar
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Craig Stammen Drew Storen

[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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Rob Moore
Rob Moore

That Paco Rodriguez save wasn’t about matchups – it was about Jansen needing a night off after saving the last two games and almost every game over the last week and a half.


yup, also, brian wilson should nvr be on this list again =D


What this does establish is that Paco is the first non-Jansen save guy, and should be ahead of Belisario on the chart.