Bullpen Report: August 6, 2015

A go-ahead solo home run off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury in the home half of the seventh-inning provided Andrew Miller an opportunity to convert his 24th save of the season in 24 chances. With the Yankees up 2-1 on their chief rivals, Miller secured the three outs necessary to remain a perfect 24-for-24 in save chances this season. The lefty surrendered a free pass along with a single, but escaped unscathed in a 17-pitch effort to seal the deal. In 37 frames this season, Miller is 0-2 with 24 saves, a 1.46 ERA (2.55 FIP) and a 28.4% K-BB%. Entering tonight, Miller’s owned career bests in swinging strike rate (17.4% SwStr%), nailing the first-pitch strike (66.4% F-Strike%), limiting contact on pitches both in (76.3% Z-Contact%) and out (35% O-Contact%) of the zone as well as inducing swings on pitches outside of the zone (33.2% O-Swing%).

Zack Greinke got tagged for a six-pack of runs — five in the first inning — against the Phillies today, but the Dodgers’ bats kept the right-hander in the game leading to a Kenley Jansen save opportunity in the ninth. But Jansen came on in relief of Joel Peralta, who yielded a pair of singles with the Dodgers up four runs before giving way to the closer. Jansen then surrendered a double to Maikel Franco — allowing both of Peralta’s runners to score — followed by a single to Ryan Howard before inducing a game-ending double play. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but Jansen picked up his 21st save of the year in 22 chances and owns a 2.86 ERA (2.39 FIP) in 28.1 innings. The successful save conversion pushed Greinke to an 11-2 record on the year.

Arodys Vizcaino notched his first save of the season — and his career — in a 9-8 Braves victory over the Marlins. He allowed a single and is guilty of throwing a wild pitch, but eventually closed out the Marlins in a 20-pitch effort. Vizcaino took over the closer’s role for Atlanta when they shipped off Jim Johnson to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. The 24-year-old right-hander is available in more than 60% of Yahoo! leagues at the time of this writing.

Quick Hitters: Another day, another save for Cardinals’ closer Trevor Rosenthal. He did allow an infield hit along with a free pass, but escaped with his 32nd successful conversion on the year. Hector Rondon fanned one in a 12-pitch outing to secure his 17th save of the season in a 5-4 Cubs win over the Giants. Alex Wilson yielded a hit and two walks in the top of the ninth of a tie game, but failed to allow any Royals to cross the plate. Wilson was rewarded with his second win of the season (now 2-3) thanks to an Ian Kinsler walk off home run in the home half of the ninth-inning. Bruce Rondon appeared in the eighth and fanned two in a clean inning of work.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler Daniel Hudson David Hernandez Addison Reed
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino David Aardsma Jason Frasor Jason Grilli
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Brad Brach
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Alexi Ogando
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Jason Motte Pedro Strop 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 Tommy Kahnle Rafael Betancourt Justin Miller
Detroit Alex Wilson Bruce Rondon 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 Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Kevin Jepsen Trevor May
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Tyler Clippard Bobby Parnell
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances Justin Wilson
Oakland Edward Mujica Fernando Rodriguez Drew Pomeranz 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 Brendan Maurer
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland
Seattle Carson Smith Fernando Rodney Tom Wilhelmsen
TB Brad Boxberger Jake McGee Steve Geltz
Texas Shawn Tolleson Sam Dyson Jake Diekman 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.]

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